The Mayfair Festival of the Arts is taking place at Cedar Crest College from May 26-28 and features a mix of bands and artists, food trucks, and 50 vendors selling handmade arts and crafts. Admission is free. The festival includes a diverse lineup of performers, including tribute bands, country rockers, belly dancers, and folk rock bands. The festival has grown in size and now includes multiple stages to accommodate more artists. Mayfair began as a small community event in 1986 and was held at various public spaces, but moved to the Allentown Fairgrounds before dissolving in 2017 due to high admission charges.
The Mayfair Festival of the Arts is in full swing at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, as it kicked off on Friday, May 26, with popular cover band Go Go Gadjet performing a medley of hits from the 1990s. The crowd jumped up and down to the rhythm of the music, and among the crowdpleasers of the night was a rendition of Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy.”
The festival, which will last through Sunday, May 28, features a mix of bands and artists, food trucks, and 50 vendors selling handmade arts and crafts. Admission is free, and the event is growing in size every year.
Multiple Stages and Diverse Artists
As part of its expansion, the organizers added multiple stages so that more diverse artists could join in on the fun. Now in its fifth year at the college, the festival is growing in size, and it began as a small community event for musicians and artists in 1986, held at several of the city’s public spaces, including Cedar Beach Park.
In the mid-2000s, the festival moved to the Allentown Fairgrounds before dissolving in 2017. Some locals frowned upon the hefty admission charge that was implemented, but the festival is now back and more accessible than ever.
Live Bands and Savory Eats
If you missed the festival’s first day, don’t worry, as there is still plenty of music to go around. On Saturday, 1960s tribute band The Large Flowerheads will be joined by country rockers Reservoir Hill and Moonroof on the main stage. Belly dancers Banat Al Sahra and classic rockers Castaway Band will perform at the bandstand with Strange Neighbors and pop singer Stacy Gabel.
Closing out the festival on Sunday will be folk rock band The Buzz, the Stephanie Johnson Band, the horn band Wonton Soups, and party group UUU. Also, on Sunday, DMC Duo, Supersonic Godfathers, Kendal Conrad, and the Billy Bauer Band will perform on the bandstand.
Aside from the music, the festival is offering savory eats from food trucks and vendors selling handmade arts and crafts. It’s a great way to spend the holiday weekend with friends and family.
The Mayfair Festival of the Arts is an excellent opportunity for music lovers and art enthusiasts to come together and enjoy a weekend of live bands, savory eats, and handmade arts and crafts. The festival is free, and it’s growing in size every year, with multiple stages and diverse artists joining in on the fun. If you’re looking for something to do this holiday weekend, head out to Cedar Crest College and enjoy the Mayfair Festival of the Arts.