2018 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 Jan 26, 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.]

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.

Apr. 6 - 8

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.

April 7

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 12 - 14

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. ‘

April 13 - 15

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.

April 17-21

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.

April 19

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 19 - 20

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 21 - 22

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 24-29

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

April 26 - 28

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 27 - 29

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 28

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.

April 28 - 29

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.

April 28 – June 3

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

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