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50 Things to Do This Fall Under $5

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The arrival of autumn usually gets everyone in the mood to celebrate, so we’ve rounded up some cheap and free ways to get in a fall mood. Later this season, we’ll swap out some of the events on this list to keep the fun coming! If you’re looking for more fall fun, be sure to check out our Fall Guides with links to Halloween events, pumpkin patches and more. For even more ways to save money in the Oklahoma City area, see our coupons to popular area attractions.

Editor’s Note: Due to COVID-19 precautions, some of the events and venues featured may have adjusted their hours, programming or safety protocols. Please check with each venue directly to verify. We encourage our readers to enjoy family fun responsibly. Get vaccinated if you are a candidate and when around others, wear a mask, avoid crowded indoor spaces, remain socially distant, wash your hands often and stay home if you or a member of your household is feeling ill. 

Find more information about the coronavirus pandemic in Oklahoma at oklahoma.gov/covid19. To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine clinic locations, visit vaxokc.com.

This list is updated throughout the season. Please check back for updates. 

  1. Welcome fall at the Fall Equinox Celebration at Factory Obscura. Take park in a light-gathering ritual and listen to live music by Scandinavian folk band Rauland. Factory Obscura’s art exhibits will stay open late but admission is required. Outdoor activities are free. Sept. 22
  2. OKC Free Fishing Days offer a chance to learn a new skill for free. Pack up your gear and kick back on a nearby shore this fall.
  3. Take to the trails at Martin Park Nature Center to learn about the wildlife at the park on the FREE Family Nature Hike on Sept. 25, Oct. 23 & Nov. 27.
  4. Snuggle up with some alpaca at the National Alpaca Farm Days at Magnolia Blossom Ranch. There will be up-close encounters, live demonstrations, farm tours, inflatables for kids and more. Sept. 25
  5. Automobile Alley is hosting a free art event at Oklahoma Contemporary. Art of the Beer features local breweries, art activities, music and lawn games. The event is free and family friendly. Sept. 25
  6. Head out on a fall nature scavenger hunt and find all of the ways nature is preparing for winter.
  7. Embrace the great outdoors by heading to one of these top spots for exploring nature in OKC. Find some tips for heading outdoors with little ones here.
  8. Flashback with Centre Theatre’s special screening of “Hocus Pocus.” The historic El Reno Theatre invites families to enjoy a Halloween favorite and complimentary popcorn for $5. Oct. 1
  9. Enjoy an urban adventure at a local futsal, basketball, bocce ball or bike park.
  10. Go explore a new-to-you local shopping district! Here are some of our favorites.
  11. Head to a local street festival! This list of neighborhood celebrations features events that usually continue through the first part of the fall as long as the weather stays warm.
  12. Find festive fall fun at the FREE Fall Foliage and Flavors Fest at the Norman East Library. Swap cookbooks, learn about autumn plants, play outdoor games and more. Oct. 1
  13. Embark on a morning hike with Edmond Parks. Their FREE Hike & Brew explores metro parks. Hikers can also enjoy coffee from a local roaster or shop.
  14. ​Schedule a playdate! It doesn’t cost you anything to get together with friends at a public park. Here are some of our favorite spots to meet up to play.
  15. Climb aboard your favorite large vehicles at the Pioneer Library’s Touch A Truck event. Drivers and experts will be on hand to answer questions attendees have about the equipment. The event is free to attend but donations will be accepted. Oct. 2
  16. Celebrate Oklahoma’s rich multicultural heritage with the colorful Parade of the Americas during the FREE Fiestas de las Americas. After the parade, enjoy music, family activities and more. Oct. 2
  17. Check out the popular murals in the Plaza District during the annual Plaza District Festival. Enjoy the spirit and diversity of the neighborhood while listening to live music, exploring the art. There will also be activities for kids. Oct. 2
  18. Load up the car and go exploring on a fall hike.
  19. Let your kids show off their skills at a local skate park.  The Oklahoma City metro offers several public-use skate parks designed for BMX, boarding and skating.
  20. Fall is the ideal time to curl up with a good book. Oklahoma City has plenty of public storytimes and most are offered free of charge.
  21. Transform into a territorial Oklahoma kid! Find out what life was like when Oklahoma City was getting established in teh 1890s with these fun activities.
  22. Explore the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and enjoy fun activities for the whole family including storytime, crafts, games and more, during the museum’s Fall Y’All event. Oct. 13-15
  23. Plan your mission to space in preparation to see the Oklahoma History Center’s From Launch to Landing: Oklahomans in Space exhibit.
  24. Explore Midtown during their FREE Fall Walkabout event. Take part in free pop-up programming including live entertainment and family-friendly activities. Oct. 16
  25. Stomp on over to the Stockyard Stampede. The historic district invites families to see a longhorn parade, sample chuckwagon fare and more! Oct. 16
  26. Use science to craft a tasty treat, Ice Cream in a Bag!
  27. Disc golf is a fun and low-cost outing for families. Public courses across the metro welcome players of all ages to enjoy some friendly competition.
  28. Volunteer together! It won’t cost you anything but your time and it will enrich your community and make you feel great.
  29. Treat the family to a warm cup of hot chocolate at a local coffee or treat shop like Katiebugs and stroll through Automobile Alley or another OKC district.
  30. Ride to the light of the Harvest Moon during the #FullMoonOKC Bike Ride at Myriad Gardens. The one-hour bike ride cruises through downtown. Oct. 20.
  31. Can you spy some ghouls? Print off our Halloween Scavenger Hunt and see what festive finds you have hiding around your neighborhood. Amp up the fun with a twilight family walk with glow sticks!
  32. Get some fresh air and exercise together on a bike ride. There are plenty of scenic trails to discover together.
  33. Enjoy a spooky double feature during Midwest City’s FREE Creepin’ It Reel movie night. The films are Halloweentown & Hocus Pocus. Oct. 22
  34. You don’t have to spend a dime to enjoy a day at Full Circle Bookstore.
  35. Spend time stargazing. While a telescope can add to the fun, it costs nothing to explore the night sky!
  36. Immerse yourself in Indian culture at the India Food & Arts Festival at Myriad Gardens. Taste a variety of authentic dishes, watch Bollywood and traditional dances, create your own traditional Indian art and more. Oct. 24
  37. Oklahomans are pretty fortunate that warm temperatures from summer usually hang around well into fall. Take advantage of it by checking out one of these mom-approved playgrounds in OKC!
  38. From art and science to history and more, Oklahoma City offers a wealth of high-quality museums, many of which are completely FREE.
  39. Hear some spooky stories and roast marshmallows at Martin Park Nature Center on Oct. 23. Costumes are welcome.
  40. Learn more about Oklahoma weather and what goes into forecasting at the FREE National Weather Festival. The event is virtual this year with children’s activities, speakers and more. Oct. 25-30
  41. As long as the weather cooperates, there’s no excuse not to take your dinner outside. So go ahead and pack up that slow cooker meal and head out to one of these prime picnic spots.
  42. Take in some public art! These must-see murals are scattered throughout the Downtown area and are great ways to inspire creativity and expose kids to art without spending a dime.
  43. Explore downtown on a dime with these low-cost, family fun ideas! And, be sure to hop aboard the new OKC Streetcar.
  44. Find a new indoor play place. Several of the places on this list are low-cost and offer a new environment for play no matter the weather.
  45. The change in seasons means the family will need a whole new wardrobe. Find plenty of fall consignment sales (which are loaded with cheap clothing) happening throughout the OKC metro.
  46. Enter our contests! It just takes a second and you could win big!
  47. Become a citizen scientist by creating your own mammal feeder!
  48. Explore heat and temperature with this simple science experience that uses items you are guaranteed to have around the house.
  49. Lesson how to skate or brush up on your skills with Skate Galaxy. They host free learn-to-skate lessons every Saturday.
  50. Host a family game night with homemade prizes for the winner. Find reader-recommended family games at metrofamilymagazine.com/family-board-games.

This list is updated throughout the season. Please check back for updates. 

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