50 Things to Do This Spring Under $5

Spring is such an exciting time in Oklahoma City. Neighborhood street festivals and statewide festivals usually get kicked off in spring and tons of opportunities for family fun abound. With summer break just around the corner, save your money this spring by attending family events that are cheap or totally free. Here are 50 opportunities to have family fun under $5 this season. For more ways to save money on family fun, check out our Kids Pass which has several coupons to popular local attractions.

  1. April 19: Tour the town on the new streetcars! On the third Friday each month, OKC Streetcars are offering free rides until September.
  2. April 16 - 20: 89er Days Celebration in Guthrie (various locations) features a chuck wagon dinner, carnival, 1889-style baseball game, parade, rodeo and more. Most events are FREE to attend. See website for a complete schedule.
  3. April 20: FREE Heard on Hurd (Broadway Ave, 1st & Hurd) is a family-friendly street festival featuring local food, unique shopping and live music. 6 - 10 p.m.
  4. Cheer on some of Oklahoma’s top riders as they race around a flat and extremely fast track at the FREE Wheeler Criterium. Tuesdays, 5 - 8 p.m.
  5. April 28: FREE Earth Day Festival at Reaves Park (2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman) features family fun activities teaching the importance of protecting our earth including hands-on art projects, musical entertainment, mascots, pet adoption and more. Noon - 5 p.m.
  6. Check out some public art! These must-see murals are scattered throughout town and don't cost a dime to visit.
  7. April 23 - 28: Festival of the Arts at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features art from over 200 artists, food entertainment and more. Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  8. Take a free tour of the Governor’s Mansion to see unique features like the Oklahoma shaped pool, a replica punch bowl of the USS Oklahoma and more. Wednesdays through May 29.
  9. April 25 - 27: FREE Norman Music Festival in Downtown Norman (Main St & Jones Ave, Norman) is a free, three day independent music festival featuring more than 300 performers providing free arts, culture and entertainment. See website for a complete list of bands and schedule of events.
  10. April 27: Artspace at Untitled is hosting a FREE Steamroller Print Fest. Enjoy art demonstrations, food trucks, live music and other family activities, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  11. April 27: FREE Festival’s Got Talent at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) is a talent competition for kids in grades k- 12th. All forms of entertainment are welcome. 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  12. Taking the whole family out for a restaurant meal can be expensive. Pack up your regular homemade lunch and take it on a picnic to instantly upgrade your meal time for free. Our list of top picnic spots in the metro should provide you with an ideal location. 
  13. Go old school with a classic flick at Harkin’s Tuesday Night Classics. This spring’s line up includes. “Superman” circa 1978 and the popular comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” $5. 7 p.m.
  14. May 3: FREE Cinco de Mayo en Calle Dos Cinco Celebration in the Historic Capitol Hill District (SW 25thSt between Harvey & Robinson). Celebrate Cinco de mayo with live entertainment, food trucks, a salsa tasting contest, a traditional Mexican dress show and more. 6 - 9 p.m.
  15. May 3 - 5: FREE Downtown Edmond Arts Festival (30 W 1st St, Edmond) features more than 100 artists, food vendors, live music and a children's area. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  16. May 3 - 5: Rose Rock Music Festival in Downtown Noble (304 S Main St, Noble) features a carnival, art and craft vendors, festival food, parade, car show and live music ranging from country, blues and rock to classical and retro pop. Free admission. Friday, 5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.
  17. May 4: FREE Fishing Days at OKC Lakes & Ponds (Various Locations). The City of Oklahoma City offers FREE fishing on the first Saturday of each month. No city permit is required; however a State license is for anyone 16 and older.
  18. May 4: Check out some cool cars at the annual FREE V-Dubs on Auto Alley car show. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  19. May 4: Hitch up your bikes and go for a spin around Mitch Park during a fun, FREE Family Bike Ride. 8:30 a.m.
  20. May 4: Festival of the Child at Yukon City Park (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) is a one-day celebration featuring over 50 areas of fun including kayaking, moon bounces, crafts, pony rides, storytelling and more. All activities are geared for children 12 and under. Kids, $5 in advance, $7 day of; adults, FREE. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  21. May 4: Hone in on your inner Jedi at Mustang’s May the 4th Be with You celebration. Take part in themed games, a meet & greet with popular characters and a Jedi training. $5. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  22. May 5: WANDERLUST Pop Up Shops at the Wheeler Ferris Wheel (1701 S Western Ave) features an outdoor market with artists, hand-crafted artisans, boutiques and local businesses offering repurposed, vintage and unique products. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  23. Edmond Parks & Recreation is hosting an Outdoor Adventure Series this spring. The series focuses on introducing a variety of outdoorsmanship skills such as archery, fire building, campfire cooking, mountain biking, kayaking, camping and more, for kids 8 & up. Prices vary by activity and some are free.
  24. May 6: FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) feature FREE admission for kids 17 years old and under. General admission applies to guests 18 and older. Adults (18-64), $8; seniors (65+), $6; Kids (17 & under), FREE. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  25. May 10: FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 block of NW 16th St) features artists, live music, special events, local shopping and more on the second Friday of the month. 6 - 10 p.m.
  26. Explore a spring festival! Whether you are looking for a large festival in the Oklahoma City metro or an event with small-town charm, this guide can help you plan day and weekend trips in Oklahoma.
  27. Get some fresh air and exercise together and go for a bike ride. There are plenty of scenic trails to discover together.
  28. Admission at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) is always FREE. They're open Tuesday through Sunday and packed with exhibits your little ones are sure to find intriguing. 
  29. May 10: FREE 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk in the Norman Arts District (downtown Norman) features a monthly celebration of the arts in Norman. 6 - 9 p.m.
  30. April showers bring May flowers but they also bring muddy puddles which might mean you need an indoor playground. Play places are available at several metro malls offering entertainment at no cost.
  31. May 10: FREE Movie Night in the Park at the MAC Amphitheater (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a screening of “Christopher Robin.” Concessions available for $1. Movie begins at dark.
  32. Whether you are looking to explore something new or simply excite your mind in a new way, museums are a fun way for families to spend time together while learning about our world. From art and science to history and more, visit a local FREE museum.
  33. May 11: OKC Garden Fest at the Oklahoma City Farmer’s Public Market (311 S Klein Ave) features a variety of vendors with herbs, perennials, roses, produce, pottery, jewelry, wineries, food products and food trucks. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  34. May 11: Travel back in time to Oklahoma’s early days at the Cherokee Strip Museum’s FREE Rural Heritage Festival. Enjoy re-enactors, crafts and more. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  35. May 11: FREE See You Saturdays at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features new, themed experiences and learning opportunities for families to enjoy together including crafts and guided tours. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  36. May 11: RailFest at Moore’s Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore). Enjoy a train show with family activities including barrel train rides, food trucks, music and more. Admission to the train show and workshops are $5. Kids are free as well as many of the family activities. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  37. May 11: FREE Second Saturday: Drop-in Studio at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) feature an art-making project inspired by works of art on view at the museum. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 1 - 4 p.m.
  38. May 11: Kick back under the stars for an outdoor concert during Riverwind’s FREE Beats & Bites Festival. Listen to popular musicians and dine on some local food truck fare. 6 - 11 p.m.
  39. May 14: Preschoolers ages 2 - 5 can learn about nature with fun songs, games and more during the Little Saplings Series hosted at Myriad Gardens. Members, $3; nonmembers, $4. 10 - 11 a.m.
  40. May 17: FREE Movie in the Park at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a screening of Incredibles 2. Concessions available for purchase. 7 - 10 p.m.
  41. May 17: See downtown in a new light during the Full Moon Ride and Runs. $5 suggested donation. 8 - 9:30
  42. May 18: The Village is hosting their annual Village Fair. The community is invited to spend the day enjoying food trucks, inflatables, a Touch-a-Truck, live performances and more. Most activities are free. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  43. May 18: Okie Sampler at Chester’s Party Barn & Farm (5201 Cimmaron Rd NW, Piedmont). Spend a day on the farm shopping and enjoying fun activities such a pony rides, live music, hay rides and more. Admission is $5, kids under 1 are free. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  44. May 18: Choctaw Creek Park is bringing back their FREE Rock the Park concert. Families can enjoy live music, food trucks, inflatables and games from 5 - 11 p.m.
  45. The Bricktown Beach is back! Opening May 21, stop in for some relaxation in the sand or friendly competition with outdoor games or on the sand volleyball court.
  46. May 23: Pack a picnic and enjoy dinner and music at the FREE Summer Concert Series at Hafer Park. 6:15 - 8:45 p.m.
  47. May 23: Make memories together with a FREE Family Game Night at The Station at Moore’s Central Park. 7:30-9:30
  48. May 25: Bethany 66 Festival (Ashbury & College Ave, Bethany) is a family-friendly event featuring food, downtown sidewalk sales, antiques, commercial exhibits and children's activities. FREE admission. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  49. May 25 - 27: An annual favorite, the Paseo Arts Festival hosts a variety of local and regional artists from varied backgrounds and mediums. Attendees can browse art and enjoy music, food vendors a children's area and more. The festival is free to attend. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  50. Witness a moving tribute to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country during the FREE Memorial Day Celebration at the 45th Infantry Museum. 10 a.m.

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