2019 Guide to Family-Friendly Spring Festivals
PHOTO COURTESY OF ARTS COUNCIL OKLAHOMA CITY
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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 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 Feb. 5, 2019 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 16 - 24
FREE Three Sisters Spring Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) features daily festivities and special events that welcome the spring season. Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.
Vernal Equinox Walk at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center (18154 1st St, Spiro) features a guide tour of the prehistoric Native American archaeological site. Archaeologist Dennis Peterson discusses the Caddoans who created the mounds between 900-1450 A.D., how they became a very important leadership group and why some of the mounds line up to solstice and equinox sunsets. Adults, $5; kids, $3. Tours are held at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
March 22 & 23
Momentum OKC at The Womb (25 NW 9th St) features Oklahoma artists ages 30 and younger. Attendees encounter film, performance, new media, installation, music and more. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. See website for a complete schedule of events.
March 22 - 24
OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features over 300 experts and vendors providing DIY tips for remodeling, cooking, decorating and outdoor entertaining. Adult, $10; kids (5 & under), free. Friday, noon - 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Spring Celebration at Lake McMurtry (29180 Chisholm Curve, Stillwater) features an afternoon of fun, games, food and more. Kids can participate in eagle demonstrations, face painting, touch the fire truck, police k-9 demonstrations, bouncy house, kayaks and more. Free with park admission. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
March 30 & 31
Grand Lake Renaissance Festival at Park Hills Mote (438415 E Hwy 60, Vinita) features live entertainment, foods and a village of merchants. Adults, $7; students (13-17), $3; kids (6-12), $2; kids (5&under), free. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Apr. 5 - 7
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/walk, 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 and inflatables for kids. Free to attend. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
April 12 - 14
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, $19; kids (6-12); $6; 5 & under, free. Friday & Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 16 - 20
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.
April 23 - 28
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. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
April 25 - 27
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 of variety of music genres, poetry and comedy as well as children’s activities. See website for a complete schedule of events.
April 26 - 28
Iron Thistle Scottish Festival at the Mollie Spencer 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, $8; 9 & under, free. Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Red Fern Festival in Downtown Tahlequah (Muskogee Ave, Tahlequah) features hound dog field trails, 1930s era children's games, a car show, live music, vintage play fly-in 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.
April 27 – June 2
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.
On the next page, see more festivals happening in May