Visitors unfamiliar with Lehigh Valley may be surprised to learn that Bethlehem and nearby Allentown are both art-focused towns with supportive foundations, annual festivals, and impressive galleries meant to educate and inspire the public. One of the great yearly events in Allentown that does just that is the Mayfair Festival of the Arts. Discover everything you need to know about this awesome weekend!
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About the Mayfair Festival of the Arts
The Mayfair Festival of the Arts is an annual event that has been part of the social schedule in Allentown since 1986. The mission of the festival is to educate the general public about different forms of art and inspire visitors to create their own works. This festival sets itself apart from other festivals by including a wide range of art genres, making them accessible to those in the Lehigh Valley community. The Mayfair Festival of the Arts always takes place at the end of May. The 2018 Mayfair Festival of the Arts will be hosted by Cedar Crest College during Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27. Admission to the festival is totally free!
Activities at Mayfair Festival of the Arts
The sheer variety of artistic endeavors presented at the Mayfair Festival of the Arts is one of the things that makes it a worthwhile event to participate. In past years, there has been an Artist Market featuring more than 100 local artisans. Typically, the market features pottery, fiber arts, woodworking, glass, jewelry, drawings, photography and much more. There have also been areas for children’s art, known as KidSpace, as well as an area experimental art forms, called the Pig Pen. One of the highlights of the event has been the Gallery at Mayfair, which is a juried art exhibition.
Visual art is not the only art form celebrated during Mayfair Festival of the Arts. In previous years, there was an impressive schedule of live music on multiple stages on the festival site. Music from bluegrass, classical, jazz, blues, reggae, rock, country and dance musicians plays throughout the grounds. Of course, there are usually plenty of food options from a variety of vendors whose offerings range from classic festival fare to gourmet treats.
Stay at Sayre Mansion
After spending a day at the Mayfair Festival of the Arts, return to the gorgeous Sayre Mansion for a night of relaxation.
Consider booking The Hayloft in the Carriage House for your stay. This unique suite is located on the third-floor loft of the Carriage House. It features gorgeous, one-of-a-kind views of the town. The living room offers overstuffed chairs, a daybed, and a flat-screen TV. The bedroom features a king-sized bed and an additional TV. The bathroom features a deluxe, walk-in shower and slate floors. This suite can accommodate up to three guests.
Check our availability and book today. We look forward to having you.Are you looking for even more suggestions for art galleries? Check out our blog! We’ve written about the Lehigh University art galleries, the Allentown Art Museum, ArtsQuest in Bethlehem, and the yearly Allentown ArtsFest!