2018 Guide to Family-Friendly Summer Festivals




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There is always something to do in Oklahoma—and this festival guide is your comprehensive list to family-friendly fun around the state! 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. There is family fun waiting to be explored in every corner of our state, so enjoy exploring with your family!

Want to see the seasonal festivals and fairs offered year-round in Oklahoma? See our guide to festivals in all seasons

[Editor's Note: This is a working list last updated April 18, 2018, so check back often for new listings. If you know of a festival or activity that you think should be included, please email the listing information to calendar@metrofamilymagazine.com or leave a comment below.]


May 31 - June 2

Route 66 Triathlon at Lake El Reno (801 Babcock Dr, El Reno) features the Olympic Distance Traithlon, a 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10k run, and the Sprint Distance Triathlon, which is a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5k run. $30 & up. See website for complete schedule.

June 1 – 3

El Reno Small Town Weekend at Adams Park (2001 Park Dr, El Reno) celebrate Old Route 66 with a a car show, Hot Wheels races, drag races, burnouts, antique car cruise, kids games and more. FREE to attend, event prices vary. See website for complete schedule.

Sunfest at Bartlesville’s Sooner Park (420 SE Madison Blvd, Bartlesville) features live entertainment, a diverse selection of arts and crafts, children's games, story tellers, food and more. Free to attend. Friday, 3 - 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

June 2

Chisholm Trail Crawfish Festival at Mollie Spencer Farm (1001 Garth Brooks Blvd, Yukon) features living history re-enactors of the Old West, authentic Cajun foods, a live Cajun band, Cajun dance lessons, crawfish racing, pie eating contests, Civil War demonstrations, gunfights, food vendors, craft booths, the Kids Korral, pony rides and a petting zoo. Free to attend.  9 a.m – 6 p.m.

June 7 – 10

deadCENTER Film Festival in Downtown Oklahoma City (various locations) features new short films, documentaries, comedies, scary monster movies and some of the best independent films from around the world and all over Oklahoma. See website for a full list of films and show times.

June 8 & 9

Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show at the Pawnee Bill Ranch (1141 Pawnee Bill Rd, Pawnee) features performing cowboys and American Indians, chariot races, trick riders and musicians. Adults, $14; kids (4-10), $10; kids (3 & under), free. 7:30 p.m.

June 8 – 10

Red Earth Festival at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features American Indian artists and dancers from throughout North America. A grand parade opens the festival on Friday at 10 a.m. Adults, $11, kids, FREE; parade, FREE. Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

June 9

Historic Route 66 Wine & Food Festival in Downtown Stroud (Rt 66, Stroud) features wineries from across Oklahoma, gourmet foods, a wide selection of Made In Oklahoma products, original jewelry and artwork, car show and live music. FREE admission, wristbands, $15. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wines of the West in Stockyard City (1305 S Agnew Ave) features some of Oklahoma’s finest wines. Sip on samples at various Stockyard City businesses. $15. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

FREE Chandler Ice Cream Festival at Tilghman Park (811 Park Rd, Chandler) features free ice cream, free carnival rides, live music by local talent and plenty of food vendors. Kids can enjoy face painting, clowns and balloon animals, as well. Noon – 5 p.m.

FREE Tinker Inter-Tribal Council Powwow at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features Native American traditional dance, singing, art, jewelry and food, in honor of veteran warriors from Oklahoma Native American tribes. 1 – 11 p.m.

June 14 – 16

FREE Jazz in June in Brookhaven Village (3700 W Robinson St, Norman) is a three-day festival featuring a long list of jazz musicians. See website for full lineup. Thursday & Friday, 7 - 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6 - 10:30 p.m.

June 24 & 25

Kidsfest at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve (1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd, Bartlesville) features entertainment, games, pony rides and more. Adults, $12; kids (under11), $10. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Find summer festivals happening in July on the next page.

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