The mission of Mayfest is to raise and contribute funds to enhance the Trinity River, surrounding parks and community programs.
For more than 46 years, Fort Worth’s most beloved festival – Mayfest – has brought the Fort Worth Community together in beautiful Trinity Park on the banks of the Trinity River to celebrate the best of Fort Worth.
MAYFEST BEGAN IN 1973 AS THE TRINITY RIVER FESTIVAL
The festival was a celebration of hard work and great success in improving the unsightliness that was left after the devastating Fort Worth flood of 1949. This magnificent event was the beginning of Fort Worth’s most popular family festival. Since it’s beginning, the festival has been a collaborative effort, combining volunteerism and community resources.
MAYFEST INC. WAS INCORPORATED AS A NON-PROFIT CORPORATION IN SEPTEMBER 1987.
The purpose of Mayfest is to raise funds for community programs, for the recreational development of the Trinity River, and for support of our city’s parks. The Mayfest, Inc. Board of Directors consists of representatives from the four original sponsors (the Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc., the City of Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department, Streams and Valleys, Inc., and the Tarrant Regional Water District) and leaders of our community. Along with the Board of Directors, the Mayfest, Inc. Executive Director oversees the operation of the corporation and the staff and volunteers who plan and implement the festival.
THROUGHOUT ITS RICH HISTORY, MAYFEST CONTINUES TO CHANGE WITH THE TIMES TO ATTRACT MORE THAN 200,000 VISITORS EACH YEAR.
The festival includes an Art & Gift Market, Tom Thumb Albertsons Children’s Area, Riverbank Area, Midway Area, Zone Area, Senior Citizen’s Day, Military Appreciation admission and music and performing arts entertainment on seven stages. There are a number of special attraction shows, rides, activities, games and a delectable offering of food and beverages. From young to old, Mayfest includes something for everyone and entertains the entire family.
PROFITS FROM MAYFEST, INC., WHICH EXCEED $7.4 MILLION, ARE RETURNED TO THE COMMUNITY.
With the cooperative effort and shared commitment to the community, Mayfest will continue to increase the awareness of the parks and river, and enhance the quality of life in the Fort Worth community for years to come.