Schools out, summer is here, and we are ready to celebrate! We can’t think of a better way than to attend some of our favorite festivals. Here are five festivals you won’t want to miss this summer:
Chuck Wagon Festival at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – May 28 & 29
Live entertainment, hand-on learning and delicious food to sample, could you ask for anything more? The Cowboy’s annual Chuck Wagon Festival checks all the boxes, and the best part is kids 12 and under get in FREE! (Blue star and foster families also get in free!)
Kicking off on Saturday, May 28 and continuing Sunday, May 29, the festival is a celebration of history, art and cuisine. Explore Liichokoshkomo’, the Museum’s incredible, interactive outdoor attraction, to see inter-tribal dwellings, visit with a Native chef and sample Native foods. Chuck wagon cooks from around Oklahoma and beyond will also be cooking up traditional cowboy cooking for attendees to enjoy.
After satisfying your taste buds, families can learn about ropemaking, basket weaving, quilting and more, and can even help build a LEGO model of Prosperity Junction, the museum’s old West town! Western enactors round out the festival creating a truly immersive experience, full of fun.
Paseo Art Festival in the Paseo District – May 28-30
The Paseo Art Festival returns to its traditional time on Memorial Day weekend. Voted the Best Free Entertainment in Oklahoma Gazette’s 2021 Best of OKC, the festival features over 100 nationally acclaimed visual artists as well as more than 50 live performers including OKC’s Led Zeppelin tribute band, Uncle Zep.
There will be special activities for kids, many offered at no cost, so that budding artist can have fun too. Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan, at 3020 Paseo, invites kids to participate in a free workshop to learn about paper art and storytelling. The workshops are come-and-go and are available between 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. A children’s area at 29th and Dewey will have painting activities for kids of all ages.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with music continuing until 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.
Children’s Garden Festival at Myriad Gardens – June 3-12
Myriad Gardens is a popular destination for family fun and their Children’s Garden Festival amps up the fun. This year’s festival theme is A is for Art, celebrating four popular children’s books: The Day the Crayons Quit, Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Dot, and Aaron Slater, Illustrator.
The award-winning festival brings together local artists to transform the Children’s Garden into a magical world, blending the beauty of literature and nature through colorful vignettes, crafts, classes, story times and guided “art-ventures.”
Admission is $8 for ages 3 and up and includes a ride on Mo’s Carousel. On June 7, admission is half price.
Red Earth Festival at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – July 1 & 2
The Red Earth Festival has a new home this year at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Happening on July 1 & 2, Liichokoshkomo’ is the perfect backdrop to showcase Native art with hands-on arts and craft stations, artist demonstrations, live music and tribal dance presentations. Native art will also be for sale.
An all-festival pass is available for $25 and single-day admission is $15. Kids under 6 are free with a paid adult.
Blackberry Festival in McLoud – July 8 & 9
The Blackberry Festival started as a community picnic and has grown into the longest-running, food-related festival in the state. Sample savory and sweet Blackberry foods, take part in fun contests and games including turtle races and a cobbler eating contest and get a pint of locally sourced blackberries to take home.
There will be a parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, a carnival both Friday and Saturday and the festival finale includes fireworks on Saturday at 10 p.m. Admission is free; participation prices vary.
From the MetroFamily Team
Find even more summer festivals happening in the OKC metro and across the state at https://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/summer-festivals/.