Whether this weekend marks the beginning, middle or end of your kids’ Fall Break, add some staycation-worthy fall fun to your family’s calendar with these top 12 events and experiences!
If fall is your favorite season, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate the best of autumn at these fall festivals:
- FREE Fall Y’all at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. From Thursday, Oct. 13 through Saturday, Oct. 15, enjoy free admission from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at this high-tech museum featuring the stories of Oklahoma’s people. Plus, check out fall games, art and crafts and story time. On Saturday evening, check out a showing of Lilo and Stitch (with free popcorn!) at 7:30 p.m.
- Chisholm Trail Festival at Mollie Spencer Farm in Yukon. This family-oriented event celebrates the western history of the famous Chisholm Trail. Enjoy live entertainment, a variety of foods, living history re-enactors and craft booths. Little ones will love the Kids Korral, pony rides, a petting zoo and the Wild West Pumpkin Patch. Catch all the FREE fun on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- FREE Red Earth Parade and FallFest. Spend Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Myriad Gardens, where Red Earth presents their annual parade, children’s activities, an arts & crafts market, Native dancers and a youth Powwow, all celebrating Indigenous People’s Day. The Red Earth Parade begins at 10 a.m. at NW Walker and 6th Street moving southbound on Walker and ending near the Myriad Gardens, the site of Fallfest where activities will continue through 6 p.m.
- Oklahoma Folklife Festival at the Oklahoma History Center. On Saturday, Oct. 15, enjoy learning from cultural practitioners and heritage professionals, as well as participatory experiences. The event is FREE to attend, and so is museum admission for festival guests.
Family flicks and toe-tapping tunes are on full display at these favorite special series:
- FREE OKC Parks Film series. Catch the final flick in OKC Parks’ outdoor film series on Friday, Oct. 14 at Taylor Park. The Princess and the Frog will start at sunset, with pre-movie activities beginning at 7:15 p.m.
- OKC Philharmonic Discovery Family Series: Philharmonia Fantastique – The Making of the Orchestra. Perfect for family fun, check out this one-hour, family-friendly concert on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. Designed to entertain and educate kids 13 years & under, guests will watch a short film exploring the orchestra as the OKCPhil performs the soundtrack live. Make sure to arrive early because starting at 1 p.m., concertgoers can enjoy activities like the Instrument Playground provided by the Oklahoma City Orchestra League, arts and crafts, dance and games. Tickets are $9.
If you want to mark this weekend with a truly unique experience, these late-night and overnight family fun events are for you:
- Late Night at The Cowboy. Play the popular board game Clue in real life! On Friday, Oct. 14 from 6 until 11 p.m., visit Prosperity Junction at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, where a crime has been committed. Guests will help solve the mystery, then decorate cupcakes and watch Scooby Doo: Shaggy’s Showdown. Pre-registration is required, and tickets are $30-35.
- Tentober at Mitch Park. Let’s go camping! Hosted by Edmond Parks, enjoy this overnight camping experience beginning on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. Campers will enjoy campfires with s’mores, fishing, kayaking, a mountain biking course, camping gear demonstrations, a movie showing in the amphitheater and campfire storytelling. The $60 registration includes a campsite and large enough for a 4-6 person tent. Dinner and breakfast are included.
If you haven’t picked out pumpkins yet, or you need to add juuusst a few more to your porch decor, the perfect pumpkin patch DOES exist — and there are several right here in OKC, or one of our faves makes for a perfect family road trip.
- Rustic Roots in Lamont. Just under an hour and half hour drive from the metro, the annual Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze features a 10-acre, themed corn maze, hay fort, barrel train, hay rides, corn cannon, petting zoo and so much more! On Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to dark, the annual Fall Festival will also feature live music, food trucks and local vendors in addition to all the farm fun.
- Pumpkinville at Myriad Gardens. Recently named the BEST pumpkin patch in America by USA Today, Pumpkinville is a treasured fall family tradition for OKC families. Featuring a mini-village made out of pumpkins, gourds, haystacks, cornstalks and mums, this year’s theme is Witches and Wizards. Enjoy hand-crafted games, activities, entertainment and unlimited rides on Mo’s Carousel. Pumpkinville is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 23. Admission is $9 or free for members.
- Wings Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch. The pumpkin patch with a purpose helps fund programs for local adults with intellectual disabilities at Wings. The event features a petting zoo, yard games, hayrides, food trucks, a maze, inflatables, photo-ops, and of course, pumpkins of all shapes and sizes plus other fall deco for sale. Tickets are $7 or a family 4-pack is $25. The patch is open through Oct. 23 on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.
- The Pumpkin Patch at Chisholm Creek. This brand-new patch in partnership with Wind Drift Orchards features pumpkins of all sizes, including ornamental and giant pumpkins, plus photo opportunities. On select days, families can enjoy outdoor movies and a petting zoo. The Pumpkin Patch is open through Oct. 30 on Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.