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

  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. Get your passport stamped with a free cultural dance class! Classes are hosted weekly on Saturdays through Oct. 14 and no previous dance experience is necessary.
  3. Explore downtown on a dime with these low-cost, family-fun ideas! And, be sure to hop aboard the new OKC Streetcar. Complimentary fares are offered on the third Friday through September.
  4. Become a citizen scientist by creating your own mammal feeder!
  5. Head out on a fall nature scavenger hunt and find all of the ways nature is preparing for winter.
  6. Take to the trails at Martin Park Nature Center to learn about the wildlife at the park on a Wild-ones Wildlife Walk on Oct. 21. Admission is $2.
  7. Embrace the great outdoors by heading to one of these top spots for exploring nature in OKC.
  8. Enjoy an urban adventure at a local futsal, basketball, bocce ball or bike park.
  9. 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. 11-13
  10. Watch Hocus Pocus at the FREE Outdoor Movies Series at Lions Park in Norman. Oct. 13
  11. Go explore a new-to-you local shopping district! Here are some of our favorites.
  12. 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.
  13. Celebrate the famous trail and Western history at the Chisholm Trail Festival at Mollie Spence Farm. Watch living history re-enactors, Civil War demonstrations, gunfights and other live entertainment, plus enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, the Wild West Pumpkin Patch and more. Oct. 14
  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. Load up the car and go exploring on a fall hike.
  16. 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.
  17. Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day at the FREE Red Earth FallFest at Myriad Gardens which features a parade, an arts market and a youth Powwow. Oct. 14
  18. Learn more about Oklahoma weather and what goes into forecasting at the FREE National Weather Festival. Oct. 14
  19. Secure your spot for the FREE CU in the Park concert featuring Chris Young, a multi-platinum global entertainer and one of Billboard’s top country artists. This free concert is open to the public. Oct. 14
  20. Learn about traditional American Indian tribal dances at FREE performances by the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers at Metropolitan Libraries.
  21. 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.
  22. Transform into a territorial Oklahoma kid! Find out what life was like when Oklahoma City was getting established in the 1890s with these fun activities.
  23. Stroll through the park on a FREE Glow Walk with the Moore Library. Enjoy a story walk, treats and glow-in-the-dark art at Central Park on Moore. Oct. 19
  24. 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.
  25. Use science to craft a tasty treat, Ice Cream in a Bag!
  26. 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.
  27. Stomp on over to the Stockyard Stampede. The historic district invites families to see a longhorn parade, sample chuckwagon fare and more! Oct. 21
  28. Explore Midtown during their FREE Fall Walkabout event. Take part in free pop-up programming including live entertainment and family-friendly activities. Oct. 21
  29. The Oklahoma History Museum is bringing back their FREE Folklife Festival. Cultural practitioners, diverse communities and heritage professionals will offer hands-on experiences that spark curiosity and catalyze intercultural exchange. Oct. 21
  30. Volunteer together! It won’t cost you anything but your time and it will enrich your community and make you feel great.
  31. Get the whole family moving at the FREE Let’s Get Moving 5K at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park. Oct. 22
  32. 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!
  33. Find some delicious treats at the annual FREE Brick or Treat in Bricktown. Take photos with roaming characters, trick-or-treat businesses and more. Oct. 23
  34. Get some fresh air and exercise together on a bike ride. There are plenty of scenic trails to discover together.
  35. You don’t have to spend a dime to enjoy a day at Full Circle Bookstore.
  36. Spend time stargazing. While a telescope can add to the fun, it costs nothing to explore the night sky!
  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. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. Celebrate the changing seasons with a FREE Full Moon Watch at Lake Thunderbird. Park Naturalist will take families on a walk to observe the moon and constellations. Oct. 27
  42. 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.
  43. Host a family game night with homemade prizes for the winner. Find reader-recommended family games at metrofamilymagazine.com/family-board-games.
  44. Observe the competition, discover the cultural relevance of tipis and enjoy drumming and dancing at the FREE Tipi Raising Competition at First Americans Museum. Oct. 28
  45. Learn about all things paranormal at the Downtown Library’s FREE Paranormal Fest. Take part in a variety of activities including a movie marathon. Oct. 28
  46. Ride to the light of the Hunter’s Moon during the Full Moon Bike Ride at Myriad Gardens. The one-hour bike ride cruises through downtown. Oct. 28
  47. Hear some spooky stories at Martin Park Nature Center on Oct. 28. Costumes are welcome.
  48. Celebrate the Day of the Dead at the OKC Festival of Vida Muerte at Scissortail Park. Oct. 29
  49. Enter our contests! It just takes a second and you could win big!
  50. Explore heat and temperature with this simple science experience that uses items you are guaranteed to have around the house.

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

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