Thursday, May 14, 2009


One of my favorite aspects of Tulsa International Mayfest weekend is that myriad events and activities that spring up around the Mayfest hubbub on Main Street and the goings-on in the Blue Dome District with Blue Dome Arts Festival.

Here's just a sampling of events that will benefit from the waves of traffic brought on by the biggest downtown festival all year, while causing their own ripple effects as well: 

Whew, that's a lot of awesome sauce. 

Perhaps the biggest and most-loved Mayfest/BDAF sideshow, though, is Art Car Weekend, hosted for the fifth year by Living Arts of Tulsa. Artists come from all over the country to to enter their crazy, colorful working car designs in the show. 

It all gets started today at 6 p.m., when the Art Car Artists will start rolling into T-Town. The cars tour Tulsa schools tomorrow from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. They'll parade through downtown at 2 p.m. Saturday and party the night away at the Roadhouse at Blue Dome Diner. The artists will sit down for a documentary by Harrod Blank at Circle Cinema. For all the times in between, head to second and Elgin to up-to-the-minute updates on Art Car Weekend. 

Want to put a bite to eat after the Saturday afternoon Art Car parade on the itinerary? Great. That's a good idea. Know what'd make it even better? If that bite to eat didn't cost you a darned, blessed thing. Also, if you were wearing a free Mayfest t-shirt and had a free Mayfest poster rolled up and tucked under your arm. 

I should be a professional party planner. Because if a trip to Art Car Weekend, Blue Dome Arts Festival, Tulsa International Mayfest and maybe a few events in between isn't a party, I don't know what is.

You can win this free bundle of Mayfest goods by heading to Twitter, Facebook, Myspace or the comments in this blog and chatting about one of the many events listed in this post.

BONUS: Four bonus entries to each entrant who posts a photo to the Tasha Does Tulsa group on Flickr. That's a total of five entries for the shutterflies.

BONUS: Four bonus entries to each entrant who can answer the following question: Which act will take the Main stage at Williams Green at Mayfest Saturday night at 9:00 p.m.? That's a total of five entries for the Mayfest trivia and music lovers.

Bonus: Four entries to each entrant who'd be coming to Mayfest from outside the Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area. That's a total of five entries for the out-of-townies. 

Contest ends Friday night at 5 p.m. I'll announce winners later in the evening, so stay tuned.

Good luck, Mayfest fiends! I could say the same thing to the weather, but hey, it's all part of the fun of holding a festival during the wettest month of the year in the state of Oklahoma. Wee!


Brian said...

Heh. Where to begin? I live in Pryor, Old 97's (Saturday's headliners) are my favorite band, and I've got pictures I took this afternoon that I could upload to the Flickr group. I WIN THE INTERNETS!

Out of all the non-Mayfest shenanigans, I'm most looking forward to the American Craft Beer Festival. Not just because I'm a degenerate lush, but because I'm a proud Oklahoman degenerate lush & I can't wait to get my hands on some Marshall and Coop brews.

Sammi said...

Ah Elote! I've been very lucky to live downtown (ahah that was a freudian slip) I WORK downtown so I get to go to Elote all the time. I love the puffy tacos and the pico bites and the ELOTE :-) Yum!!!!!! :-)

SpiffySilpion said...

Ahh yes, Elote! I love their salmon sandwiches. I also feel lucky to work downtown to be able to enjoy them for lunch.

I also have several friends that home brew. I bet they'd enjoy going to McNellie's during Mayfest in particular. ;)

SpiffySilpion said...

Oops! Was I supposed to post that I live in Tulsa?

ba_joker said...

I have a neice who would love to see Hanson. If I win this prize bundle, I'll pretty much have to take her.

Mercedes Millberry said...

Looking forward to a sneak peek of everything when I head to Elote for lunch today. Hope the weather holds out so I can get to everything this weekend! We saw the art cars at the drive in a few years ago. Great experience!

Brigid said...

1. I tweeted about Art Car here:

2. I'll post a photo a little later.

3. Old '97s! I love their song "Nineteen."

Marilyn said...

Wow ! Hanson playing tomorrow morning?? How cool is that! I would not have known had I not read it here! Thank you!!! I am heading downtown to hand out posters for a Carrie Dickerson Foundation event
at Dwelling Spaces, Elote and Ida Red...I'll be watching for the art cars too! BTW - Yay Sunshine!!!!

Marilyn said...

Oh oops - Yes, Old '97s play tomorrow night at 9 on the Green! I'll try to post a photo too - I want to win!!! :-)

SpiffySilpion said...

I'm actually not a Hanson fan. *ducks from the virtual eggs that are surely being thrown at her at this very moment* However, I have heard really good things about the Old 97s from a co-worker who saw them at Cain's a few months ago. I'm looking forward to seeing them at Mayfest! :)

Courtney said...

Third time is the charm, right? lol I want to go. Old 97's is the answer to your question.
or you can tweet me if I win. :)

Courtney said...

Oh and I'll be tweeting about this. :)

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