Mayfest, Inc. announced today an exciting agenda to honor the 45th Anniversary of Mayfest and to give back to the supportive community who made Mayfest one of Fort Worth’s longest-standing traditions.

As part of the 45th Anniversary celebration, Mayfest is offering two opportunities for patrons to gain free admission to the festival. On Thursday, May 4th, Mayfest will not charge an admission fee. All patrons will be able to participate in celebrating Mayfest without paying to enter the festival. On Friday, May 5th, the first 45 patrons to enter the festival will receive a 45th Anniversary Party Pass that provides that patron free entry all days of the festival.

“The Fort Worth community has been such an integral part of Mayfest for the past 45 years. We wanted to give back in a way we never have,” said Elizabeth Basham, Mayfest, Inc. Executive Director. “Our hope is the entire community will come out to experience Fort Worth’s favorite family festival.”

Mayfest 2017 will feature enthralling festival activities that will entertain patrons of all ages.

Fan-favorite Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel will return to perform her famous act, which was featured in Brad Paisley’s River Bank music video in 2014. The audience can also participate in The Great American Duck Races again this year, as well as watch the retriever dogs on the riverbank.

More than 40 groups will perform on Mayfest’s three stages for over 70 hours of live music. Local entertainer Tori Martin will return to the Main Stage Thursday night for her third year performing at Mayfest. For a complete list of music performance, visit

The third annual Best of the Fest Food Contest presented by Star-Telegram will occur Thursday afternoon where local celebrity judges will choose to the best dishes at the festival. With 30 food booths in the festival’s three food courts, there is something to quench every appetite. Patrons will also be able to enjoy Mayfest’s new Beer Garden, which will feature craft beer from local breweries.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults 13+, $5 for adults 60+, and $5 for children 3-12.  Admission is free for children two years of age and younger. Military Appreciation Admission, presented by Lockheed Martin, admits all active duty, retired, reserve, or student cadets for free as well as up to five family members every day of Mayfest 2017 with show of ID. Mayfest runs May 4 – 7, 2017 and is located in Trinity Park (2401 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107). To purchase tickets and sign up to volunteer, visit

About Mayfest

Mayfest is an annual four-day family festival held on thirty-three acres of picturesque grounds off the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Texas that attracts 200,000 patrons each year. Mayfest aims to raise funds to support community programs and recreational development of the Trinity River and Fort Worth city parks. Mayfest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has raised more than $7,100,000 for the community of Fort Worth since inception in 1973.


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