Arts organizations around Polk County are celebrating the first MayfaireFlorida: Festival of the Arts, a cultural festival set for April 30-May 8.
Building on Polk Museum of Art’s 40-year tradition, MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake, the local groups will offer arts enthusiasts two packed weekends of events as well as plenty to do on the weekdays. The new festival is bookended by two longtime local events. The festival begins with Bok Tower Gardens’ 21st “Annual Concert Under the Stars” featuring the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and culminates with MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake.
The presenting agencies to date include Polk Museum of Art, Bok Tower Gardens, Imperial Symphony Orchestra, City of Winter Haven, The Lakeland Center, The Polk Theatre, Florida Southern College and the Lake Wales Arts Council. In addition, Polk Arts Alliance, the City of Lakeland, the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Central Florida Visitors & Convention Bureau are marketing partners in this new countywide initiative.
Following is a schedule of planned MayfaireFlorida: Festival of the Arts events:
All week: Special national touring exhibition of “Annie Leibovitz: Women” at the Polk Museum of Art, with daily tours.
Bok Tower Gardens celebrates “Bok in Bloom! Florida Native Plant Celebration” and has on exhibit Alice Hansen’s watercolor show, “Florida Wildlife & Surroundings.”
Special docent-led tours of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture at Florida Southern College and exhibition in FSC’s Melvin Gallery.
“Coming of Age in America,” a traveling exhibit of collaborative works created by teams of established artists and emerging young artists at the Lake Wales Arts Center, Michael Crews Gallery.
Saturday, April 30: Bok Tower Gardens’ 21st Annual “Concert Under the Stars,” featuring the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 30: Screening of “Voices from Mariel” at The Polk Theatre, 7 p.m..
Saturday & Sunday, April 30 & May 1: 9th Annual “Marilyn Newell Youth Music Festival” for outstanding young musicians at the Lake Wales Arts Center. Competition April 30, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; awards and winners concert May 1, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 5: 11th Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition “Central Park Stroll” celebration with a Cinco de Mayo flair in downtown Winter Haven, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 5: “Menopause the Musical” at The Lakeland Center, 8 p.m.
Friday, May 6: Opening reception of the Lakeland Art Guild’s 39th Annual Show in the Melvin Gallery at Florida Southern College, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 6: Platform Art’s Pecha Kucha Night 3 at Florida Dance Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 6: Bok Tower Gardens celebrates “National Public Gardens Day,” where members of any public garden are admitted free.
Saturday, May 7: 40th Annual MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lake Morton. Mayfaire Saturday Night from 5:30-11 p.m. at Lake Mirror, with live music, fireworks (9 p.m.) and Mayfaire Classic 5K with the Lakeland Runners Club (7 p.m.).
Sunday, May 8: Second day of MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake Art Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, May 8: Mother’s Day Carillon Concerts at Bok Tower Gardens.
For more information, please visit the festival’s Web site, MayfaireFlorida.org.