2017 Guide to Family-Friendly Spring Festivals
PHOTO COURTESY OF ARTS COUNCIL OKLAHOMA CITY
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 festivals and fairs happening year-round in Oklahoma? Check out our festival guides for all seasons.
[Editor's Note: This is a working list last updated March 21, 2017 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.]
March 31 – Apr. 2
Medieval Fair of Norman at Reaves Park (2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman). Learn about the middle ages with exhibits, vendors, re-enactors, demonstrations and more. Free to attend; parking, $5. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Dogwood Days Festival in Downtown Idabel (Main St, Idabel) features craft vendors, children's games, live entertainment, fair food, a 5K run and walk, volleyball tournament, Easter Eggstravaganza, barbecue cook-off, a free concert and more, celebrating the beautiful blooms of thousands of dogwood trees. Free to attend. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Made in Oklahoma Festival in Downtown Seminole (Main St, Seminole) features food, wine, crafts, car show and a number of other products that are Oklahoma grown and Oklahoma made. Children can enjoy jumping in the inflatables and parents can stop by the popular wine-tasting tent to sample locally-produced wines. Free to attend. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
April 1 - 30
Azalea Festival at Honor Heights Park (N. Honor Heights Park Dr, Muskogee) celebrates the blooming of azaleas, tulips, dogwoods and wisteria with a variety of activities all month long including live entertainment, film festival and more. See website for a schedule of events.
April 6 - 15
Native American New Play Festival at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features playwriting workshops, family events, musical performances and panel discussions. $15-$25. See website for a complete schedule.
April 7 & 8
Chillin & Grillin BBQ Festival at River City Park (2014 S River City Park Rd, Sand Springs) features live music, kids zone, games and of course BBQ. Guests will have the chance to savor dishes made by the competitors. FREE admission, tasting kits: adults, $10; kids (6-12), $5. Friday, 7 - 11 p.m. & Saturday, 10 a.m - 5 p.m.
Southwest Street Rod Nationals at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) is Oklahoma’s largest gathering of pre-1984 automobiles & street rods featuring more than 1,900 specialty automobiles, a street rod parade, swap meet, arts & crafts, children’s games and more. 13 & older, $15; kids (6-12); $6; 5 & under, FREE. Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bricktown Freedom Music Fest at Bricktown Brewery Parking Lot (1 N Oklahoma Ave) features country jams, live entertainment, craft beer and local food trucks, benefiting Warriors for Freedom and Water4. $20. 4 - 10 p.m.
FREE Bud Break Festival at Canadian River Vineyards & Winery (7050 Slaughterville Rd, Slaughterville) honors a centuries old tradition of blessing the vines with local artwork, wine tasting, food, farm stand, community market and more. noon - 5 p.m.
89er Days Celebration in Downtown Guthrie (various locations) commemorates the Land Run of 1889 and the birth of Guthrie featuring a western-style dinner, carnival, 1889-style baseball game, parade, family-friendly rodeo and more. Most events are FREE. See website for full list of events.
Day of Remembrance at the Oklahoma City National Memorial (620 N Harvey). State and local dignitaries, family members, survivors, rescue workers and visitors gather at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever by bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Open to the public and no admission is charged. 8:45 a.m.
FREE Festival of the Arts at Bicentennial Park (500 W Couch Dr) features over 200 artists along with food and entertainment. Proceeds support Arts Council Oklahoma City. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 270-4848, www.artscouncilokc.com
FREE Choctaw Frontier Days at Choctaw Creek Park (2001 N Harper Rd, Choctaw) is an educational festival tailored to school children featuring historical presentations, cowboy & cavalry reenactments, American Indian fancy dancers, gun fights and old fashioned games. Food & merchandise vendors will be on site. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
April 22 - 23
Stillwater Arts Festival has grown from a small, local art show to a premier springtime event featuring juried artists, a food court, artist demonstrations, children’s activity area and live entertainment. Free to attend. Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
April 27 - 29
FREE Norman Music Festival in Downtown Norman (Main St & Jones Ave) is an indoor & outdoor, three-day independent music festival featuring more than 200 performers, a variety of music genres, poetry, comedy and children’s activities. See website for a complete schedule of events.
April 28 - 30
Red Fern Festival in Downtown Tahlequah (Muskogee Ave, Tahlequah) features hound dog field trails, 1930s era children's games, a car show, a barbecue cook-off, live music, a tractor parade, crawdad hole, duck race and more, inspired by the novel “Where the Red Fern Goes.” FREE admission, activity prices vary. Friday, noon – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Iron Thistle Scottish Festival at the Kirkpatrick Family Farm (1001 S Garth Brooks Blvd, Yukon) is a celebration of Scottish culture featuring a caber toss, sheep herding demonstrations, Celtic wares, live music and performers, Scottish & American cuisine and kids’ crafts & activities. Admission on Friday is FREE and includes a traditional fire ceremony. 10 & older, $5; 9 & under, FREE. Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 29 – June 4
Oklahoma Renaissance Festival at the Castle of Muskogee (3400 West Fern Mountain Rd, Muskogee) features costumed performers and artisans, Renaissance music, magic, comedy, juggling, jousting, tomfoolery, arts, food, drink, and more. Prices vary. Open weekends, plus Memorial Day, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
May 5 - 7
FREE Downtown Edmond Arts Festival in Historic Downtown Edmond (on Broadway between 2nd & Hurd ) features artists, live entertainment, kids activities and food vendors. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rose Rock Music Festival in Downtown Noble features three days of fun featuring a carnival, art and craft vendors, live music, food, a parade, car show, Rose Rock Idol contest, a poker run and more. Entry is free. See website for schedule of events.
May 6 & 7
FREE May Fair Arts Festival at Andrews Park (201 W Daws St, Norman) features more than 30 artists and quality craftsmen, top area performers, artist demonstrations, children's art activities, a student art show and food. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE Prague Kolache Festival in Downtown Prague (1107 N Broadway Ave, Prague) celebrates the Czech culture that played a role in the city’s beginning. Events include live music, dancing, food, crafts, a parade, carnival rides and royalty. 9 a.m.
Festival of the Child at the Yukon City Park & Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) celebrates children with more than 50 areas of fun activities including storytelling, art workshops, magic show, and a Festival Fun Zone featuring a slide, mini-golf, moon bounce and an obstacle course. Activities are held rain or shine and are geared for kids 12 & under. $5 in advance; $7 day of; Adults, free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE Murrell Home May Day Celebration & Lawn Social at George Murrell Home (19479 E. Murrell Home Rd, Park Hill) celebrates May Day, the start of growing season, with social activities, dance lessons, entertainment, agricultural demonstrations and food. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May 11 – 14
Rooster Days Festival at Broken Arrow’s Central Park (1500 S Main St, Broken Arrow) is one of Oklahoma’s longest running festivals. Activities include a carnival, parade, live entertainment, festival foods and more. Free to attend, activity prices vary. Thursday, 4 - 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 - 11 p.m. & Saturday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Stillwell Strawberry Festival in Downtown Stillwell (Olive & Oak St, Stillwell) celebrates the local crop with games, live entertainment, a 5K run as well as a rodeo, carnival, FREE strawberries and ice cream and more. Free to attend. 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
May 13 & 14
Italian Festival at the McAlester Expo Center (4500 HWY 270, McAlester) features Italian food, live entertainment and shopping among the hundreds of vendors, crafter and fine art booths and kids' activities including pony rides, Italian games and a carnival. Free to attend. 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
May 18 - 21
Tulsa International Mayfest in Downtown Tulsa (3rd & Main St, Tulsa) features an array of multi-disciplined arts, live entertainment, food and a hands-on art activity area for kids. Free to attend. Open daily at 11 a.m.
May 19 & 20
FREE May Daze Festival in Downtown Blanchard (Main St, Blanchard) marks the unofficial start to summer featuring live entertainment, a carnival, food, shopping, a diaper derby, turtle race and more. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
May 19 - 21
Blue Dome Arts Festival in the Blue Dome Entertainment District (2nd & Elgin, Tulsa) features over 200 vendors and artists featuring handmade crafts, paintings, pottery, carvings, photography, jewelry, home decor and more as well as belly dancers, pottery demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations over a live forge, beer tasting, food trucks and a kids zone. FREE admission. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m & Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bethany 66 Festival in Downtown Bethany (Ashbury & College Ave, Bethany) is a family-friendly event featuring food, downtown sidewalk sales, antiques, commercial exhibits and children's activities. Free to attend. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Artesian Arts Festival at Artesian Plaza (West Muskogee Ave, Sulphur) celebrates creativity with Southeastern Native American art, food, children's activities and live music throughout the day. Free to attend. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
May 27 & 28
Chuck Wagon Festival at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a two-day fun-filled, family weekend showcasing Chuck Wagon food samples, a petting zoo, artisan demonstrations, live music, archery, historic Western re-enactors, dress up areas and more. $15; Members & kids (12 & under), FREE