50 Things to Do This Fall Under $5

The arrive of autumn usually gets everyone in the mood to celebrate, so we've rounded up some cheap and free ways to get in a fall mood. Later this season, we'll swap out some of the events on this list to keep the fun coming! If you're looking for more fall fun, be sure to check out our Fall Guides with links to Halloween events, pumpkin patches and more. For more ways to save money in the Oklahoma City area, see our Kids Pass full of coupons to area attractions. 

  1. ​A fair is an iconic fall experience. The McClain County Free Fair at the McClain County Expo Center (1715 Hardcastle Blvd, Purcell) delights visitors with an antique tractor display, arts and crafts exhibits, a kiddie tractor pull, beef and dairy show and a children's rodeo. See fair guide for a complete schedule of events. Sept. 4 - 8.
  2. A fair closer to the central metro area is the Cleveland County Fair at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson, Norman). The event offers free parking and admission and features livestock shows, carnival rides, power lifting contests, tractor pulls, wiener dog races & more. Sept. 6-9.
  3. Volunteer together! It won't cost you anything but your time and it will enrich your community and make you feel great.
  4. Piedmont Founders Day offers a full day of family fun including a parade, train rides, a petting zoo and more. Shop vintage treasures at JUNKOKLAHOMA. Sept. 8.
  5. Septemberfest at the Governor’s Mansion & Oklahoma History Center explores Oklahoma's rich heritage and diversity through crafts, music, storytelling, historical re-reenactments, exhibits. The event is free and attendees can also enjoy free admission to the Oklahoma History Center. Sept. 8.
  6. Rogers County Fair at the Claremore Expo Center in Claremore is free and features made in Oklahoma products, arts and crafts, baked goods, livestock exhibits, children’s area, carnival and food. Sept. 13-16
  7. Enjoy a full day of festivities at Stafford Air & Space Museum's Wings over Weatherford event featuring historic aircraft, food trucks and a kids' zone. Access to the museum is also include in the festival's admission. Sept. 15.
  8. Head to a local street festival! This list of neighborhood celebrations features events that usually continue through the first part of the fall as long as the weather stays warm. 
  9. If you think it's impossible to visit a museum for less than $5, think again. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman is always free!
  10. Celebrate the beginning of the fall season at the Asian Moon Festival at UCO. Take part in games, crafts and more that showcase Asian cultures and end the evening watching a traditional lion dance. Sept. 21.
  11. The change in seasons means the family will need a whole new wardrobe. Find plenty of free fall consignment sales (which are loaded with cheap clothing) on this list of consignment sales happening throughout the OKC metro.
  12. Get free admission to WINGS: A Special Needs Community Fall Harvest Pumpkin Patch and make tons of fall family memories. Hay rides, pumpkin train rides and a corn maze are just a few of the cool things featured here. The pumpkin patch is open Friday – Sunday, Sept. 28-Oct. 21.
  13. You don't have to spend a dime to enjoy a day at Full Circle Bookstore
  14. A favorite time to explore art as a family happens at the end of September at the Plaza District Festival. This free outdoor event boasts food trucks, outdoor vendors and art displays for the whole family. Sept. 29.
  15. The Annual Fiestas de las Americas in the Historic Capitol Hill District is a celebration of Oklahoma’s rich multicultural heritage featuring the colorful Parade of the Americas, food, games, music, art and more. Kids area requires a wristband purchase but other activities are free. Sept. 29.
  16. Tinkerfest at Science Museum takes tinkering to another level. Encompassing the entire museum, guests of all ages will have the opportunity to get hands-on with a variety of activities, using raw materials and tools to create unique machines, launch rockets and more. Thanks to Oklahoma EPSCoR, Tinkerfest's presenting sponsor, there is no charge for museum admission. Sept. 29.
  17. From art and science to history and more, Oklahoma City offers a wealth of high quality museums, many of which are completely FREE.
  18. Celebrate fall at Quail Creek’s Fall Festival. Enjoy games, prizes, pumpkin painting and more. Tickets are $1 each or $15 for 20. Sept. 30.
  19. Explore downtown on a dime with these low cost, family fun ideas!
  20. Find a new indoor play place. Several of the places on this list are low-cost and offer a new environment for play no matter the weather.
  21. Go back in time with a trip to the Old Volks Show. This free event will showcase several retro Volkswagens along with food trucks and a DJ playing live music. Sept. 29.
  22. Experience a day in the life of an early Edmond student at the Homeschool Day at the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse. Oct. 2.
  23. Kids ages 4-12 can enjoy a free activity just for them at Saturdays for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The activity is free but you must preregister. Oct. 6.
  24. Monthly Free Fishing Days at select area lakes offer a chance to learn a new skill for free. The City of Oklahoma City hosts these free workshops to introduce kids to the excitement of fishing. Sept. 1, Oct. 6 & Nov. 3
  25. Kick back and watch a flick under the stars at Edmond's FREE Movie Night @ the Park. October's film is Hocus Pocus. Oct. 12.
  26. Learn about aviation at the Max Westheimer Airport Annual Aviation Festival. Attendees can also enjoy visits with the Sooner Schooners' Boomer and Sooner. Oct. 13.
  27. Explore Main Street in Norman during their annual Mix on Main Street Festival and enjoy live music, outdoor family games including glow golf and more. Oct. 13
  28. Explore the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and enjoy fun activities for the whole family including story time, crafts, movies and a community art project during the museum's Fall Y'All event. Each day has a special themed planned. Oct. 9 - 13 & 16 - 20.
  29. Enjoy FREE admission and fun fall break drop-in activities to the National Cowboy Museum during their Wide-Open Wednesdays on Oct. 17.
  30. Stroll the food trucks and live entertainment at the monthly Heard on Hurd event in Edmond. Purchase a couple local staples from food trucks at the event and share them with the whole family. Oct. 20.
  31. Boo on Bell in downtown Shawnee offers three days of Halloween fun and admission is totally free (although some specific activities may have a cost). Activities include car show, live music, trick-or-treating, ghost tours, boo bingo, old fashion carnival with rides and games, pet costume contest & more. Oct. 18-20.
  32. Fall is the ideal time to curl up with a good book. Oklahoma City has plenty of public story times and most are offered free of charge!
  33. Climb aboard a variety of large vehicles and talk with drivers at the Pioneer Library System's annual Touch-a-Truck, benefiting all of the Cleveland County library locations. Oct. 20.
  34. Oklahomans are pretty fortunate in that warm temperatures from summer usually hang around well into fall. Take advantage of it by checking out one of these mom-approved playgrounds in OKC!
  35. Camping is an essential fall experience. If you already have the equipment, this activity is essentially free. Pick one of these kid-friendly state parks to set up your tent and spend a few nights. 
  36. Explore Sam Noble’s galleries while hunting for prizes and more, snap a photo with props at the photo booth, get your face painted or create the perfect fall craft during Spike’s Spooktacular Fall Festival. Admission is FREE. Kid-friendly costumes are encouraged. Oct. 25.
  37. Haunt the Harn at Harn Homestead features trick-or-treating and more. $5 in advance. 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 25.
  38. As long as the weather cooperates, there's no excuse not to take your dinner outside. So go ahead and pack up that slow cooker meal and head out to one of these prime picnic spots.  
  39. Take in some public art! These must-see murals are scattered throughout the Downtown area and are great ways to inspire creativity and expose kids to art without spending a dime.
  40. Visit Edmond's Hafer Park. Our Kid Reviewer highly recommends the local park and gives some guidelines of things to do there in his review.
  41. Put on those costumes and enjoy Westminster's Fall Fest complete with trunk-or-treating, games and a costume walk. Most activities are free; the costume walk is $5. Oct. 26.
  42. Enjoy a trunk-or-treat event at Church of the Servant featuring a petting zoo, games, inflatables, balloon artists, face painting, cake walk and a hot dog dinner. Guests are encouraged, but not required, to bring donations of diapers or wipes for Infant Crisis Services. Oct. 26.
  43. Schedule a playdate! It doesn't cost you anything to get together with friends at a public park. Here are some of our favorite spots to meet up to play. 
  44. Fall calls for costumed fun and  Trunk or Treat in the Park at Mitch Park in Edmond features decorated vehicles and candy for kids in a safe & fun environment. Costumes encouraged. 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 28.
  45. Let your creativity run wild at the Paseo District’s annual Magic Lantern Celebration. Children of all ages are invited to "come as they are" and transform themselves with the help of local artists and join in on a costume parade on the labyrinth painted on the street. Oct. 28.
  46. Enjoy some autumn favorites like a chili cook-off, hayrides, games, s'mores and more at Nichols Hill UMC's Fall Festival. Oct. 28.
  47. Join in on a night of trick-or-treating and games at a safe and family-friendly event with free food, inflatables, music, and, of course, candy at New Covenant United Methodist Church's Trunk-or-Treat. Oct. 28.
  48. Yukon’s Mummy & Son Masquerade at the Jackie Cooper Gym features carnival games, costume contest, hot dogs, spooky music and lots of candy for boys ages 4-12 & their "mummies." Ticket include both mom & son. $4 in advance; $5 the day of the event. 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 29.
  49. Bricktown’s Brick-or-Treat encourages young ghouls to spot by participating businesses for a special treat! Families can also enjoy a pumpkin-painting station, photo booth and a movie. All activities are FREE. Oct. 29. 
  50. Experience our state's diverse Native American cultures at the FREE Multi-Tribal Day at the Chickasaw Cultural Center. Nov. 3.

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