MAYDAY is an annual music festival held in conjunction with Memorial Day Weekend, and designed to benefit the men and women serving in the armed forces today. This music festival has successfully and effortlessly hits all the right tones on all the right levels. This music festival is full of liveliness and energy and has a real spark to it, but it’s also designed to be an all ages affair. It is big enough to be an event that brings in support and crowds, but it is not out of hand or beleaguered with massive crowds. It musters strong community support, especially in the department of organizational participation and local business sponsors, but also showcases the talents of local artists. MAYDAY is a fitting tribute to community festivals done right and is a patriot tribute to not only those who have served, but hose fighting today.
Without a doubt, the music is the main draw of MAYDAY. The all free music festival brings the best DJs and bands of the entire Northeastern PA together for a two day concert. With over 75 musical acts spread over numerous stages and numerous days, the music is pretty much nonstop. Bands cover all genres and the lineup is an eclectic brew of country, rock, hip hop and reggae. In short, there’s definitely something for everyone. The half dozen stages are systematically spread through the gorgeous Kirby Park, so every act is easy to get to. The serene setting is certainly an attraction itself, and there is a unique experience of fitting the thumping energy of cover bands and dubstep DJs into the peaceful serenity of one of the areas most beautiful parks.
If music is the main focus and energy at MAYDAY, then food comes in at a very close second. With concessions lined all through the park, there are food and beverages aplenty, including some really fantastic pit barbeque from local organizations! The festival sponsors go out of their way to add a few other things to do at the festival as well. Namely, there is a small collection of art vendors set up in booths through the park. There are also a handful of things to do for the kids, including the obligatory face painting and such, plus the attraction of the park itself. There are even some very impressive military machines lining the park during the festival, adding to the military-themed focus of the event.
MAYDAY is completely free but donations are greatly appreciated. Absolutely all the proceeds go to helping the men and women serving in uniform today. Parking is in town. Event is held rain or shine
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