MAYfest is shaping up to be a healing and rejuvenating experience for the whole family. With the Memorial Day weekend festival quickly approaching, organizers finalized the lineup and schedule of music, yoga classes and other events for the two-day, three-night event in scenic Hudson Valley.
The music lineup at MAYfest is headlined by the increasingly popular Pink Talking Fish, paying tribute to Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish, who will be joined by New York City-based vocalist and American Idol finalist Elise Testone, playing Friday night. Singer/songwriter Trevor Hall headlines Saturday night with the Sensory Collective, a cirque-style theatrical troupe, performing at 11 p.m. Up-and-coming nine-piece funk band Turkuaz closes out the festival on Sunday night.
The music lineup also includes not-to-be-missed Hayley Jane and the Primates and, unrelated to them, the Primate Fiasco, both playing Saturday afternoon. Sunday is funk day with Connecticut-based funk act Funky Dawgz Brass Band playing in the afternoon. Ryan Montbleau has two performances on Sunday, the first kicking off with a special Grateful Dead tribute during a Jivamukti yoga class led by John Smrtic in the afternoon, before Montbleau returns to the stage Sunday evening with a set of his own music.
Yoga classes of varying styles and skill level will be held throughout the weekend, along with various art workshops and wellness lectures. Many of the workshops have filled up with others nearing capacity. Festival-goers are encouraged to check out the schedule and sign up in advance. The schedule allows you to add your name to the various events throughout the festival, making it easy to plan out and organize your weekend and avoid missing out. If you plan on taking part in the yoga classes, don’t forget to bring your mat — MAYfest is entirely BYOM.
MAYfest has partnered with the Veterans Yoga Project, bringing the healing powers of yoga to our nation’s veterans and their families. VYP will hold a Mindful Resilience Memorial Meditation on Saturday morning to remember and honor fallen troops. All veterans and current members of the armed forces receive a 20-percent discount.
MAYfesters are sure to leave on Monday feeling reawakened inside and out, from head to toe. Tickets for MAYfest are still available with a music-only option for those not interested in any of the workshops or yoga classes. There is a discount for children under 12 and those under age 5 are free. Single-day options are available for all ticket levels. Tent camping and on-site cabin rentals at the Surprise Lake Camp festival grounds in Cold Spring are accessible to attendees during the May 27, 28 and 29 family-friendly event.