2018 Guide to Family-Friendly Fall Festivals




Pumpkinville by Carl Shortt Jr

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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! If you're looking for more fall fun, be sure to check out all our Fall Guides

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 Oct. 3, 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.

Oct. 4 - 6

Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival at the Cottonwood Flats Recreation Area (E Noble Ave, Guthrie) features international and national bluegrass bands, children’s activities and workshops. Food vendors and concessions will be available. RV & Tent camping available. $15 & up. Thursday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Oct. 5 & 6

Tombstone Tales in Enid (201 W Owen K. Garriott, Enid) features a tractor-drawn hayride tour through the Enid Cemetery, where unusual characters who once lived in Oklahoma will appear to share the tales of their historical journeys. $15. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  

Oct. 5 – 7

Antique Agriculture Festival at Hunter’s Home (19479 E Murrell Home Rd, Park Hill) features nineteenth-century agriculture and heritage farming on a historic 1850s farm. Enjoy demonstrations, entertainment, food, shopping, and more. Adults, $7; students, $4; kids (5 & under), free. Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

October 5 - 21

Pumpkinville at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno) is a celebration of all things fall. Thousands of pumpkins will fill the Children’s Garden along with crafts, games, imaginative displays, a party and more. Members & kid (2 & under), free; nonmembers, $6. See website for schedule of events.

Oct. 6

Market in the Park at Harrah Heritage Park (1374 N Church, Harrah) features a craft show, Pig in the Park BBQ cook off, bluegrass festival, pumpkin patch, kids' area and more. Free to attend. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

FREE Planes, Trains & Automobiles at Pottawatomie County Oklahoma Museum & Historical Society (614 E Main St, Shawnee) features an air show, mini train rides, pony rides, historical illustrations & reenactments, live music, classic cars, motorcycles and tractors. 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

FREE Oklahoma Czech Festival at Yukon Czech Hall (205 N Czech Hall Rd, Yukon) celebrates Czech heritage with a carnival, parade, craft booths, music, dancing, games, and traditional Czech food including kolaches and klobasa. See website for a schedule of events.

Old Timer's Day in Jones (Main St, Jones) features a parade, cake & pie eating contests, live entertainment, hay bale throw and more. Food trucks and craft vendors will be on site as well. Free to attend. 9 a.m. - midnight.

Oct. 12

FREE Rock A Block in Downtown El Reno (Main St, El Reno) features games, food trucks, music and more. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

FREE EdFest at the Edmond Farmers’ Market Pavilion (25 W 3rd St, Edmond) features  local beer and food, live music, kids activities and more. A special Kidzone will feature a jump house, face painting, games, character photos and more. Benefits Edmond Mobile Meals. Wristbands, $5. 6 - 10 p.m.

Oct 12 & 13

Cheese & Wine Festival in Watonga (Main St, Watonga) features the annual Great Rat Race, a parade, live entertainment, crafts, an art show, a quilt show, food and beverage options, wine tastings and, of course, a wide-range of cheese-related activities, including tastings and cooking contests. Participation prices vary. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Oct. 12 - 14

Greek Festival at St. George Greek Orthodox Church (2101 NW 145th St) features authentic Greek food such as gyros and baklava and live entertainment including dancing and music. $16, meal included. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m - 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Oct. 13

FREE OU Westheimer Aviation Festival at OU Westheimer Airport (1700 Lexington, Norman) features aircraft static displays, tours of the control tower and a children's activities area sponsored by Sooner Flight Academy. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

French Pétanque Festival at UCO’s Plunkett Park (100 N University Dr, Edmond) features French games, activities, food, music and move. From 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., OKC’s Crepe Brewers will be serving authentic French crepes from their famous vintage Airstream trailer. Free to attend. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

FREE Family Day at the Ranch at Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch (9501 E 380 Rd, Oologah) features hands-on activities and demonstrations about everyday life on the ranch during Will Roger’s childhood. 1 – 3 p.m.

Oct. 12 - 13

Watonga Cheese and Wine Festival (Main St, Watonga) features the annual Great Rat Race, a parade, live music, crafts, an art show, a quilt show, food and beverage options, wine tastings and, of course, a wide-range of cheese-related activities, including tastings and cooking contests. Participation prices vary. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Oct. 13

Pumpkin Festival in Prague (Jim Thorpe Blvd, Prague) features  live entertainment, kids' crafts, inflatables, a pie eating contest, chili & pumpkin pie cook-off, pumpkin decorating, hay rides and more.Free to attend. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Oklahoma Wine Walk & Brew Fest at Brookhaven Village (36th Ave NW & Robinson Ave, Norman). Patrons can taste delicious selections from Oklahoma wineries and breweries, listen to live music from local entertainers and stroll through outdoor booths featuring genuine wine collectibles and made-in-Oklahoma products. Tasting tickets, $25 & up. 2 - 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 – 20

Boo on Bell in Downtown Shawnee (Main St & Bell Ave, Shawnee) features Halloween fun including live music, trick-or-treating, parade, boo bingo, old fashion carnival with rides and games and more. Participation prices vary. Friday, 6 - 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Spook-A-Rama at Kiddie Park (201 S Cherokee Ave, Bartlesville) features a costume parade, live Mad Scientist Show, rides and a haunted house. Prices vary. 6 - 10 p.m.

Oct 18 – 21

Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa at River West Festival Park (2100 S Jackson Ave, Tulsa) features nationally known German bands, authentic European foods, arts and crafters MarktHaus, carnival, and fun activities for the entire family. Adults, $7-$10; kids (12 & under), free. 5 p.m. - 1 a.m. 

Oct. 19

Bethany Fall Festival in Downtown Bethany (NW 39th Expressway & College St, Bethany) features crafts, carnival games, snacks, story book princesses, super heroes, face painting, cake walk and a dump tank. 5 - 8 p.m.

Oct 19 & 20

Stillwater Balloon Festival (6411 N Perkins Rd, Stillwater) features balloon rides, dusk glow shows, skydiving presentations, car show, inflatables and more. Adults, $10; kids (16 & under), $5. Parking, $10. Friday, 5 - 10 p.m; Saturday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. 

Oct. 19 - 21

FREE Annual Robbers Cave Fall Festival at Robbers Cave State Park in Wilburton features amusement rides, arts & crafts, carnival, car show, a variety of music, food and 5k & 1-mile Walk. See website for a complete schedule of events.

An Affair of the Heart at the State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) is among the largest arts and crafts shows in the nation occupying more than five buildings and offering a variety of crafts, antiques, collectibles, furniture, decorative items, jewelry and clothing. $10 per person per show. Ticket good for all three days. Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Oct. 19 – 27

Night of the Living Dead at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) features a 1968 black and white, B-movie horror classic brought to life on stage. This co-production with Young Company is full of thrills, chills and dark satire not suitable for young children. Recommended for ages 10 & up. $10. 7 - 8 p.m.

Oct. 20

Stockyards Stampede in Stockyard City (1305 S Agnew) features chuck wagons, blacksmiths, gunfighters, carriage rides, food trucks and a children’s educational area with commodity trailers, tractors, straw mazes and games. Free to attend. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

FREE Fall Festival at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial, Sulphur) features  cultural and language demonstrations, traditional games, storytelling, food arbors and stomp dance demonstrations. Admission applies for the exhibit center. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

FREE National Weather Festival at National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, Norman) features hourly weather balloon launches with local TV meteorologists, emergency response vehicle and equipment displays, weather-themed superheroes "The Weather Friends" and other weather-related information and products. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fall Festival at Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum (1141 Pawnee Bill Rd, Pawnee) features   blacksmithing demonstrations, children's crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides, a children's pumpkin patch, a hay maze, tractor-pulled hayride and more. Free with admission. Noon - 3 p.m.

Oct. 20 - 28

Haunt the Zoo at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features photo opportunities, 25 fantasy-themed booths to trick-or-treat, live DJ and a ghost train. Adults can dress up too but nothing too scary, please. Zoo admission is required, as trick-or-treaters can also explore the zoo. Trick or Treat bags: $7; members, $6 if purchase in advance. Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Oct. 25

FREE Spike's Spooktacular Fall Festival at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman). Explore the galleries while hunting for prizes, snap a photo with props at the photo booth, get your face painted or create the perfect fall craft. Kid-friendly costumes are encouraged. 4 - 7 p.m.

OSU Symphony Orchestra's Halloween Pops Concert at The Seretean Center for the Performing Arts (132 Seretean Center for the Performing Arts, Stillwater) features music from Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean and Wicked. Attendees can also enjoy an instrument petting zoo and a costume contest. $10; students & seniors: $7. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 25 & 26

Scary Tales at the Henry Overholser Mansion (405 NW 15th St) features spooky stories about Oklahoma history. This tour also explores areas of the mansion not typically open during daily tours. This event is family-friendly, but ghost stories will be told. $25. 7 - 9 p.m.

Oct. 26

FREE Annual Downtown Norman Fall Fest (Main St, Norman) features a trick-or-treating, games, activities, costume contests and prizes. Costumes encouraged. 6 – 9 p.m.

Oct. 27

Fall Festival at OSU-OKC Farmers Market (400 N Portland Ave) features a pie-baking contest, Thanksgiving basket giveaway, live music, food trucks, craft vendors, a scavenger hunt for children and a water well demonstration by the nonprofit, Water4. Free to attend. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Red Dirt Film Halloween Drive-In Extravaganza at Beason Drive-In (2404 S Division St, Guthrie) features the showing of Halloween movies on a huge 40’ movie screen, drive-in style. Attendees can also enjoy raffles, music, concessions, pre-movie activities, vendors, costumed actors and prizes. Benefits the 6th Annual Red Dirt Film Festival. $5 -$65. 7 - 10 p.m.

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