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Mayfaire by-the-Lake Art Festival

May 08, 2021 — May 09, 2021

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Polk Museum of Art welcomes Mayfaire by-the-Lake back to the shores of Lake Morton on May 8 and 9, 2021. This annual event in downtown Lakeland will be safe for all visitors, artists, and staff, and a true celebration of art during the time of the pandemic.

Mayfaire by-the-Lake – a Mother’s Day Tradition

This fine art festival started as a small craft show on the Lakeland Library lawn in 1971 and grew to be one of the most prestigious juried outdoor festivals in Florida. The free, 2-day event takes place each year on Mother’s Day weekend.  This year, more than 150 artists will showcase their work across 13 different media. Purchase art in-person or online through the festival’s Eventeny virtual event site, which can be accessed through

Mayfaire will offer free art activities for children of all abilities, and Polk Museum of Art will be open to guests. Register online to see the Museum’s newest and largest-ever exhibition, Toulouse-Lautrec and the Belle Époque. Enjoy live musical performances and dine at specialty food trucks, offering a wide range of delectable options for everyone to enjoy.

Food Truck Vendors

  • Chief’s Chillout
  • Chicks’ Coop
  • Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
  • Woodson’s Wrap Shack
  • Spontaneous Consumption
  • Craving Donuts
  • Crab Daddy’s Surf and Turf
  • Heavenly Pretzel
  • Kettle Korn

Mayfaire by-the-Lake benefits Polk Museum of Art’s education and exhibition programming, including its ability to offer year-round free admission to the Museum. The Museum also offers student scholarships and programs, and exhibitions for visitors of all ages and interests.

Mayfaire by-the-Lake Safety Precautions

During Mayfaire weekend, the Museum, staff, and volunteers will take extra precautions to ensure the safety of visitors and art enthusiasts as they enjoy the festival. You can expect hand sanitizing and washing stations to be available. Masks will be strongly recommended within the boundaries of Mayfaire, including around Lake Morton. Additionally, artists’ tents will be 6-feet apart, spreading farther around the perimeter of Lake Morton to encourage social distancing.

Things To Do Before & After Mayfaire by-the-Lake

To help you plan your weekend in Lakeland, we’ve compiled a list of top 5 things to do before and after Mayfaire by-the-Lake.

Mayfaire 5k Road Rack and Walk

Lakeland Runners Club will be celebrating 42 years of the Mayfaire 5k Road Race and Walk through Lake Morton’s historic district on Saturday night. Following COVID safety protocols, runners will be placed in corrals based on the bib numbers to allow for social distancing. For more information and registration, visit


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