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2019 Guide to Family-Friendly Fall Festivals

There is always something to do in Oklahoma—and this festival guide is your comprehensive list to family-friendly fun around the state! Whether you are looking for a large festival in the Oklahoma City metro or an event with small-town charm, this guide can help you plan a day of fun and weekend trips in Oklahoma.  If you’re looking for more fall fun, be sure to check out all our Fall Guides filled with events happening in the Oklahoma City metro.

Want to see the festivals and fairs happening year-round in Oklahoma? Check out our festival guides for all seasons

[Editor’s Note: This is a working list last updated Aug. 16, 2019 so check back often for new listings. If you know of a festival or activity that you think should be included, please email the listing information to calendar@metrofamilymagazine.com or leave a comment below.

Sept. 4 – 7

FREE Potawatomie County Free Fair at Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center (1700 W Independence, Shawnee) features livestock competitions, arts and crafts, commercial vendor and educational booths, fair food, old-fashioned midway games, live entertainment and evening carnival rides. See website for a schedule of events.

Sept. 6  – 7

FREE Annual Bluegrass & Chili Festival at the Expo Center (400 S Veterans Pkwy, Claremore) features live music, the Mid America Regional Chili Cook-off, a car & tractor show, junior showcase, Kiddie Korral, shopping and more. Thursday & Friday, 4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sept. 6 – 9

FREE Cleveland County Free Fair at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson, Norman) features carnival rides, fair food, Celebrity Cow Milking Contest, 4H, FFA and OHCE exhibits and more.

Sept. 7

FREE Piedmont Founders Day in Olde Town (Piedmont & Jackson, Piedmont) features a vintage, boutique & craft sale, parade, 5K, inflatables, kids’ obstacle course, train rides, pony rides, a petting zoo and more.  7:30a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sept. 7 – 8

FREE Western Days Festival at Mustang Town Center & Wild Horse Park (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features a Stampede Fun Run, parade, Best-Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl contest, an art show, gunfighters, a coloring contest, games and activities at Wild Horse Park, pancake breakfast, chuck wagon dinner, corn hole tournament, live music and more. Most events are free to attend, participation prices vary based on activity. Friday, 10 a.m. -10 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. See website for a schedule of events.

Sept. 12 – 15

FREE Rogers County Free Fair at the Claremore Expo Center (400 S Veterans Pkwy, Claremore) features a horse show, car show, 4-H and FFA competitions, carnival rides, children’s area, midway games and more. See website for complete schedule of events.

Sept. 12 – 22

Oklahoma State Fair at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features fair food, midway games and rides, five exhibit halls, concerts, livestock competitions and more. Adults, $12; kids (6-11), $6; kids (5 & under), free. Season passes and discount days available. See website for complete schedule of events.

Sept. 13 & 14

FREE Cherokee Strip Celebration in downtown Enid (various locations) features food, arts & craft show, live entertainment, parade, gunfight reenactments and more. See website for a schedule of events.

Sept. 13 – 15

Scotfest at the River West Festival Park (2100 S. Jackson Ave, Tulsa) features food, crafts, live Celtic music, highland games, Scottish and Irish dance demonstrations, a Celtic dog parade and genealogy & family history sessions. Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Stone River Music Festival at Stone River Music Festival Grounds (343188 E 870 Rd, Chandler) features Oklahoma bands, local crafters and artists, food and a kids’ corral with a playground. Festivalgoers are welcome to camp on site in a tent or in their RV. $25 – $35. See website for complete schedule of performances.

Sept. 14

FREE Cherokee Strip Celebration in Historic Downtown Perry (various locations) features a 5k, parade, Mock gunfights, live entertainment, food, exhibitors and more. 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sept. 14

FREE Harrah Day at Harrah Heritage Park (1374 N Church Ave, Harrah) features carnival rides and games, a parade, food and retail vendors, live music and fireworks show. Carnival will run Friday, Sept. 13, 6 – 10 p.m. & Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sept. 21

FREE Aviation Festival at OU Westheimer Airport (1700 Lexington, Norman) features aircraft displays, workshops, R/C model aircrafts in action, a children’s activities area sponsored by Sooner Flight Academy and tours of the control tower. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sept. 25 – 28

National Cavalry Competition at Historic Fort Reno (7107 West Cheyenne St, El Reno) features equestrian competitions including mounted saber and pistol courses, wagons and unit demonstrations. Adults, $8; kids, $5; seniors & military, $7. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sept. 26 – Oct. 6

Tulsa State Fair at Expo Square (4145 E 21st St, Tulsa) is Tulsa’s largest annual event featuring carnival rides, midway games, attractions, free concerts, creative arts, food, livestock competitions and more. See website for ticket pricing and hours of operation.

Sept. 27 – 29

Fin & Feather Fall Festival at the Fin and Feather Resort (445889 Hwy 10 A, Gore) features more than 200 exhibitors from several states showcasing their handmade items. Free to attend. Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

FREE Annual International Festival at Elmer Thomas Park (3rd & NW Ferris, Lawton) features concerts, food, children’s activities, demonstration artists, a parade, vendors & multi-cultural entertainment. Friday, 5 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.

Sept. 28

Wings over Weatherford at the Stafford Air & Space Museum (3000 Logan Rd, Weatherford) features a full day of festivities including historic aircraft flights, a kids’ zone and food trucks. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet pilots, tour select aircraft and more. Museum admission is included. Flights in historical bombers and biplanes will be available for purchase during event. Adults, $5; kids (12&under), $3; members, free. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

FREE Fiestas de las Americas in the Historic Capitol Hill District (SW 25th St. between Harvey and Robinson) features a celebration of Oklahoma’s rich multicultural heritage featuring the colorful Parade of the Americas, food, games, music, art and more. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

FREE Plaza District Festival in the Plaza Arts District (1700 Block NW 16th St) features live music, food trucks, visual art exhibitions, children’s activities and fun to celebrate the spirit and diversity of the neighborhood. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sept. 28 – 29 & Oct. 4 – 6

Day Out with Thomas at the Oklahoma Railway Museum (3400 NE Grand Blvd) features a ride with Thomas, the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, authentic engines, model trains, photo opportunities, a bounce house, live music, miniature golf and more. Advanced purchase is recommended. $16-$18. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Oct. 3 – 5

Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival at the Cottonwood Flats Recreation Area (E Noble Ave, Guthrie) features international and national bluegrass bands, children’s activities and workshops. Food vendors and concessions will be available. RV & Tent camping available. $15 & up. Thursday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Oct. 4

Rock Island Arts Festival at the Rock Island Depot (100 Chickasha Ave, Chickasha) features fine art displays, crafter booths, live music & entertainment as well as face painting, storytelling, inflatables and more. Free to attend. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.

Oklahoma Regatta Festival at the Oklahoma River (725 S Lincoln Blvd) features rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and a family festival with a children’s area, food trucks and a beer garden. Free to attend. Friday, 5 – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

EdFest at the Edmond Farmers’ Market Pavilion (25 W 3rd St, Edmond) features local beers and food, live music, kids activities and more.  Kids’ activities include inflatables, face painting, balloon animals, temporary tattoos, carnival games, character photos and more. Benefits Edmond Mobile Meals. Free to attend; wristbands, $5. 6 – 10 p.m.

Oct. 4 – 6

Greek Festival at St. George Greek Orthodox Church (2101 NW 145th St) features  authentic Greek food such as gyros and baklava  and live entertainment including dancing and music. $16, meal included. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Oct. 5

Annual Down Syndrome Festival & 5k at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a 5k and an Awareness Walk as well as games, inflatables, a petting zoo, an animal exhibit and more. Awareness walk & festival, free. 5K, $35 & up. 8 a.m. – noon.

FREE Old Settler’s Day in Perkins (Main St, Perkins) features a parade, vendor alley, kids zone, baking contest and auction, hot dog eating contest and plenty of entertainment. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

FREE Oklahoma Czech Festival at Yukon Czech Hall (205 N Czech Hall Rd, Yukon) celebrates Czech heritage with a carnival, parade, craft booths, music, dancing, games, and traditional Czech food including kolaches and klobasa. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Market in the Park at Harrah Heritage Park (1374 N Church, Harrah) features a craft show, music, a kids’ area and more. Free to attend. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

FREE Planes, Trains & Automobiles at Pottawatomie County Oklahoma Museum & Historical Society (614 E Main St, Shawnee) features an air show, mini train rides, pony rides, historical illustrations & reenactments, live music, classic cars, motorcycles and tractors. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Oct 10 – 12

Cheese & Wine Festival in Watonga (Main St, Watonga) features the annual Great Rat Race, a parade, live music, crafts, an art show, a quilt show, food and beverage options, wine tastings and, of course, a wide-range of cheese-related activities, including tastings and cooking contests. Free to attend: participation prices vary. Thursday, 6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.

October 11 – 27

Pumpkinville at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno) is a celebration of all things fall. Thousands of pumpkins will fill the Children’s Garden along with crafts, games, imaginative displays, a party and more. Members & kids (2 & under), free; nonmembers, $8. See website for schedule of events.

Oct. 12 – 13

Watonga Cheese and Wine Festival (Main St, Watonga) features the annual Great Rat Race, a parade, live music, crafts, an art show, a quilt show, food and beverage options, wine tastings and, of course, a wide-range of cheese-related activities, including tastings and cooking contests. Participation prices vary. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Oct 17 – 20

Spook-A-Rama at Kiddie Park (201 S Cherokee Ave, Bartlesville) features a costume parade, live Mad Scientist Show, rides and a haunted house. Prices vary. 6 – 10 p.m.

Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa at River West Festival Park (2100 S Jackson Ave, Tulsa) features nationally known German bands, authentic European foods, arts and crafters MarktHaus, carnival, and fun activities for the entire family. Adults, $7-$10; kids (12 & under), free. 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Oct. 18 – 20

FREE Annual Robbers Cave Fall Festival at Robbers Cave State Park in Wilburton features amusement rides, arts & crafts, carnival, car show, a variety of music, food and 5k & 1-mile Walk. See website for a complete schedule of events.

An Affair of the Heart at the State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) is among the largest arts and crafts shows in the nation occupying more than five buildings and offering a variety of crafts, antiques, collectibles, furniture, decorative items, jewelry and clothing. $10 per person per show. Ticket good for all three days. Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Oct. 19

Stockyards Stampede in Stockyard City (1305 S Agnew) features chuck wagons, blacksmiths, gunfighters, carriage rides, food trucks and a children’s educational area with commodity trailers, tractors, straw mazes and games. Free to attend. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

FREE Wiggle Out Loud! at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno) features a family music festival. The whole family can move and groove to the upbeat rhythm of Kindie Rock bands and enjoy fun movement and creative activities. Healthy food choices abound with local food trucks and vendors. 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 19 – 27

Night of the Living Dead at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) features a 1968 black and white, B-movie horror classic brought to life on stage. This co-production with Young Company is full of thrills, chills and dark satire not suitable for young children. Recommended for ages 10 & up. $10. 7 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 24

FREE Spike’s Spooktacular Fall Festival at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman). Explore the galleries while hunting for prizes, snap a photo with props at the photo booth, get your face painted or create the perfect fall craft. Kid-friendly costumes are encouraged. 4 – 7 p.m.

Oct. 24 – 26

Boo on Bell in Downtown Shawnee (Main St & Bell Ave, Shawnee) features trick-or-treating, live music, costume contests, family activities, parade, vendors and more. See website for detailed schedule.

Oct. 25

FREE Annual Downtown Norman Fall Fest (Main St, Norman) features a trick-or-treating, games, activities, costume contests and prizes. Costumes encouraged. 6  – 9 p.m.

Oct. 26

FREE National Weather Festival at National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, Norman) features hourly weather balloon launches with local TV meteorologists, emergency response vehicle and equipment displays, weather-themed superheroes “The Weather Friends” and other weather-related information and products. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Oklahoma Wine Walk & Brew Fest at Brookhaven Village (36th Ave NW & Robinson Ave, Norman). Patrons can taste delicious selections from Oklahoma wineries and breweries, listen to live music from local entertainers and stroll through outdoor booths featuring genuine wine collectibles and made-in-Oklahoma products. Tasting tickets, $25 & up. 1:30 – 7 p.m.

Nov. 3

Orr’s Gourd Wild: Pumpkin Fest at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave) features a pumpkin smash in addition to the regular farm activities. $15.95 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Nov. 16

Pecan Festival in Luther (Main St, Luther) features local artists, artisans, musicians, food, contests, crafts, an attempt to make the world’s largest pecan praline and more. Free to attend. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For a complete list of family-friendly fall fun, see our guide to Fall Fun.

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