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There’s one thing you need to know about the people of Oklahoma City: They know how to party. Between the food and heritage festivals, not to mention the art fairs and live music, there’s never a dull moment on OKC’s calendar.
Foodies, head to one charming Oklahoma City suburb in October for Guthrie Escape: Art, Wine & Music Festival, or make your way to Yukon in June for the Chisholm Trail Round-Up Crawfish Festival. Traveling with kids?
Check into the Cleveland County Free Fair in September, or wrangle them up for a day at the 89er Days Celebration.
Music fans and art aficionados are in for a treat in Oklahoma City.
If you’re staying in town this spring, check out the Festival of the Arts in late April. Set in downtown OKC at Sheridan Avenue and Hudson Avenue, this six-day celebration features live music, great food and artwork from across the country.
For the ultimate trifecta, check out the Guthrie Escape Festival for that triple threat of art, wine and music.
Held in early October, the Guthrie Escape Festival is held in historic downtown Guthrie, and features live music on two stages, amazing food, and artwork for show and sale. Experience cultural Oklahoma with arts and music festivals in Oklahoma City.
Held in May for three days, the Blue Dome Arts Festival is set in downtown Tulsa in the iconic Blue Dome District. Established in 2002, the fest features a 300-artist marketplace with jewelry, home décor, pieces of art, and local beers. Make the drive in from Muskogee.
Hosted by the Forest Heritage Center Museum, the annual Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show is held in November in southern Oklahoma. Set at the Beavers Bend & Hochatown State Park in Broken Bow, the festival features workshops, live music, country cooking, a petting zoo, and more.
Established in 2008, the Norman Music Festival is three-day music festival in April. Held in downtown Norman, NMF is known for being free to the public.
Be a part of the Norman tradition and join in the crowd of more than 47,000 people, filling the streets of downtown. Plan on eating, shopping, and catching live music.
With more than 19 stages of local, national, and international music and a variety of delicious food, there is plenty to do.
The Dustbowl Arts Market features local and regional artists' work, in the heart of the festival. Enjoy your time in the Oklahoma City area.
State Fair, Oktoberfest & More
Plan your Oklahoma visit accordingly and come hungry – there are enough annual food festivals held all across the Panhandle State to fill even the most empty of stomachs.
One of OK’s most storied festivals, the Oklahoma State Fair draws hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers to Oklahoma City each September.
Join the hungry ranks this summer at the Oklahoma State Fair Grounds, where countless food vendors will be showcasing classic fried festival foods as well as more unique offerings.
The following month, over in the northeastern city of Tulsa, Oktoberfest brings beer, brats, and plenty of sauerkraut to hungry festival goers for four days each October at the River West Festival Park. Grab your lederhosen and enjoy tradition Bavarian festivities and food this fall.
For nearly 100 years, the Great Plains community of El Reno has been providing its signature dish – the fried onion burger – to ravished Route 66 travelers.
More recently, they’ve celebrated the creation with the annual Fried Onion Burger Day Festival, held in historic downtown. Enjoy tons of food, live music, kids’ activities, and the cooking of a gigantic fried onion burger to top it all off.
Over in Stillwater, home of Oklahoma State University, local favorite restaurant Eskimo Joe’s celebrates its anniversary each July with a week’s worth of food and drink specials, unique events, contests, and more. Check the calendar and find out what’s on tap for this year’s Eskimo Joe’s anniversary.
Love is in the air in OKC each and every February during the annual Chocolate Decadence festival. Nearly two decades running now, this sweet festival features a full day of tasty gourmet treats, live jazz bands, a Valentine’s themed auction, wine and champagne samples, and more, all at the Hudson-Essex Loft Offices. Grab your passes today.
For Sooner State family fun, the Chisholm Trail Round-Up Crawfish Festival is an annual event held along the Chisholm Trail near Yukon.
The outdoor festival celebrates good times with cajun food, cajun music, and entertainment. Time your Oklahoma City area visit, to join in the festivities and learn about the Western frontier.
Watch the Western re-enactors and cheer on your favorite contestant in the crawfish races.
Bring the whole family and watch the kids play in the Kid's Kreative Korral, while you enjoy the music and food.
Celebrating the Oklahoma Territory Land Run from April 22, 1889, this annual April festival is held in Guthrie.
Events are found at the Logan County Fairgrounds – the site of the initial settlement and capitol in the great plains region. The Old-Timer Baseball Game and the Auction of 89er items are highlights of the festival.
Schedule your visit to cheer on the parade participants, watch the Festival Queen Coronation, enjoy a delicious BBQ meal at the Chuck Wagon Feed, and listen to live entertainment.
Bring the family to watch the children's costume contest and have fun on the carnival rides.
Oklahoma is a staple of the Old West, but what would it be without it’s many cultural influences? During your time in Oklahoma City, be sure to visit the many heritage festivals circulating OKC’s calendar.
Choose from awesome festivities like the Oklahoma Czech Festival in October in Yukon, or the Iron Thistle Scottish Festival in late April at Yukon’s own Kirkpatrick Family Farm. Of course Oklahoma has some heritage of it’s own. Be sure to spend some time at the 89er Days Celebration in mid-April in historic downtown Guthrie.
If you’re visiting Oklahoma during your summer vacation, make certain to see the many performance at the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival. Held in early June at the Cox Convention Center, the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival has delighted attendees for more than 25 years. Get a good view of the many dance competitions, and the Red Earth Parade – and be sure to bring home some gifts from the Red Earth Art Market.
With all there is to do in Oklahoma City, don’t you think it’s time to start packing?