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50 Things to Do This Fall Under $5

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Explore fall pumpkins and more at the Fall Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Patch at WINGS: A Special Needs Community. Hayrides, pumpkin train rides and a corn maze are just a few of the fun things to do and the proceeds benefit the programming held at the center throughout the year. The patch is open Friday – Sunday and admission is $5 for kids ages 3 & up. Sept. 20 – Oct. 13
  3. Kick back and watch a flick under the stars at Edmond’s FREE Movie Night at the Park. October’s film is Hotel Transylvania 3. Oct. 11
  4. 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 $3. Oct. 11
  5. Go explore a new-to-you local shopping district! Here are some of our favorites.
  6. Have fun with the OKC Energy during Score OKC’s FREE Hispanic Fiesta. Enjoy free food, prizes, soccer inflatables, yard games and more. Oct. 12
  7. Movement and music combine at a new, interactive public art installation at Bicentennial Park. The Musical Swings are open daily Sept. 20 – Oct. 13.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Load up the car and go exploring on a fall hike.
  11. Fall is the ideal time to curl up with a good book. Oklahoma City has plenty of public story times and most are offered free of charge!
  12. Explore the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and enjoy fun activities for the whole family including story time, crafts, movies and a community art project during the museum’s Fall Y’All event. Each day has a special themed planned and admission is FREE. Oct. 14 – 19
  13. 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.
  14. Go old school with a classic flick at Harkin’s Tuesday Night Classics. This fall’s lineup includes “Ghostbusters” and the popular action film “Back to the Future.”
  15. Find some fright along the Trail of Horrors at Moore’s Little River Park. The park’s nature trail gets a haunted makeover with terror lurking in the shadows. The trail is best suited for kids ages 12 & up. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance. Oct. 18
  16. Dance the night away at a Family Fall Dance hosted at the Del City Community Center. Tickets include light refreshments, giveaways, a candy bar buffet and more. Oct. 18
  17. Volunteer together! It won’t cost you anything but your time and it will enrich your community and make you feel great.
  18. Travel back to the wild, wild West during the Stockyards Stampede. The day kicks off with a longhorn parade and the fun continues with carriage rides, a kids’ educational area and more. Oct. 19
  19. Hang out on the streets of Midtown during their FREE Walkabout event and browse area merchants offering special discounts, giveaways and more. Families can also enjoy face painting, kids’ crafts, a photo booth and more. Oct. 19
  20. Get some fresh air and exercise together on a bike ride. There are plenty of scenic trails to discover together.
  21. Dine food trucks fare and enjoy the live entertainment at the monthly Heard on Hurd event in Edmond. Oct. 19
  22. The whole family can move and groove to the upbeat rhythm of Kindie Rock bands and enjoy fun movement and creative activities at the FREE Wiggle Out Loud Family Music Festival at Myriad Gardens. Oct. 20
  23. Get hands-on with art at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art during their FREE Sonic Drive-in Family Day. Families can enjoy complimentary admission and take park in a variety of art-making activities.
  24. Keep moving at the FREE Open Streets OKC street fest. Enjoy food trucks each with a healthy option and activities that promote health and wellness. Oct. 20
  25. Boo on Bell in downtown Shawnee offers plenty of Halloween fun and admission is free (although some specific activities may have a cost). Activities include trick-or-treating, live music, costume contests, family activities, parade, vendors and more. Oct. 24 – 26
  26. You don’t have to spend a dime to enjoy a day at Full Circle Bookstore.
  27. 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!
  28. Explore Sam Noble’s galleries while hunting for prizes and more, snap a photo with props at the photo booth, get your face painted and create the perfect fall craft during Spike’s Spooktacular Fall Festival. Admission is FREE. Kid-friendly costumes are encouraged. Oct. 24
  29. Have fun with Unpluggits Paint & Play and Mad Science. Together they are hosting a FREE, not-too-spooky Halloween Block Party with games, crafts, face painting and more. Oct. 25
  30. From art and science to history and more, Oklahoma City offers a wealth of high-quality museums, many of which are completely FREE.
  31. Learn more about Oklahoma weather and what goes into forecasting at the FREE National Weather Festival. Visitors can view the National Weather Center’s premier facilities including National Weather Service forecast operation areas and interact with local TV meteorologists, emergency response vehicles and equipment displays and more. Oct. 26
  32. The OKC Dodgers invite families for a day of fun at their Fall Festival. Enjoy a petting zoo, human foosball, face painting and more. They will also debut a special $1 menu, just for the festival. Oct. 26
  33. Score some sweet treats at the FREE Trunk or Treat in the Park at Mitch Park in Edmond. Dozens of  community organizations with decorated vehicles will be handing out candy and attendees can try the hand at a dunk-a-cop station. Oct. 26
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. Glam it up at Gypsy Glam Roadshow’s Fall Festival. This pet & family-friendly festival features trick-or-treating, games, pumpkin decorating food trucks and more. Oct. 26
  37. Explore downtown on a dime with these low cost, family fun ideas! And, be sure to hop aboard the new OKC Streetcar.
  38. 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.
  39. Done your costumes and head to New Covenant’s annual FREE Trunk or Treat. The family friendly event includes games, inflatables, free food and lots of candy. Oct. 27
  40. Enjoy a night of light instead of fright at Paseo’s FREE Magic Lantern Celebration. Children of all ages are invited to “come as they are” and transform themselves with the help of local artists and join in on a costume parade on the labyrinth painted on the street. Oct. 27
  41. Yukon’s Mummy & Son Masquerade at the Jackie Cooper Gym features carnival games, a costume contest, hot dogs, spooky music and lots of candy for boys ages 4-12 & their “mummies.” Tickets include both mom & son. $4 in advance; $5 the day of the event. Oct. 28
  42. Bricktown’s Brick-or-Treat encourages young ghouls to stop by participating businesses for a special treat! Families can also enjoy a pumpkin-painting station, photo booth and a movie. All activities are FREE. Oct. 28
  43. Celebrate the Day of the Dead with interactive and festive performances, free food and prizes at the FREE Dia de los Muertos Celebration at UCO. Nov. 1
  44. Experience our state’s diverse Native American cultures at the FREE Native American Heritage Day at the Chickasaw Cultural Center. Nov. 2
  45. Learn all about the alpaca industry at the FREE Oklahoma Alpaca Blast Off at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo in Shawnee. Enjoy an alpaca halter and fleece show, educational exhibits, products and more, all centered around alpacas. Nov. 9
  46. Head out on a free guided fall foliage hike in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Reguge. The scenic hike is moderate to strenuous and begins at the Visitor’s Center. Nov. 9, 16 & 23
  47. Take part in honoring local veterans at the 45th Infantry Division Museum’s FREE Veterans Day Celebration. The ceremony features a loud salute provided by a World War II anti-tank gun followed by a beautiful Massing of the Colors. Nov. 11
  48. 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.
  49. Enjoy FREE admission to the National Cowboy Museum during their Wide-Open Wednesdays on Wednesdays through Nov. 20.
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