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Spring Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss

OKC Festival of the Arts

by Emiley Bainbridge

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My family is looking forward to a full month of festivals! We love the opportunity to get outside, take advantage of the not-too-hot weather and explore new-to-us events in our beloved OKC. Below you’ll find our picks for this spring.

1. The annual Day of Remembrance at the Oklahoma City National Memorial is April 19 and features a remembrance program including 168 seconds of silence and reading of the 168 names of those who were killed in the Oklahoma City bombing. The event is free to attend. Seating begins at 8:30 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 8:45 a.m. 

*As someone who was an elementary school student in OKC during the bombing, having an opportunity to reflect on the lives lost feels significant and it allows all of us a moment to pray for their families and our city.

2. MetroFamily’s 2024 Kids Fest at Rose State College Student Union is April 20 and features petting zoos, bounce houses, character meet and greets (including your favorite princesses and heroes!), touch a truck, Pioneer Library Maker Mobile, Arena 51 Nerf Battle Zone, food trucks and 30 vendor booths each hosting a kid-friendly activity. PLUS you can get entered to win prizes! Kids 2 and up are $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Adults & kids under 2 are free. The event is come and go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

*My kids have always been suckers for a petting zoo! I think they spent over a third of their time at the last Kids Fest just feeding the goats.

3. The annual FREE Festival of the Arts at Bicentennial Park is April 25-28 and features performing arts entertainment across three stages, visual arts from 144 different artists and an array of sweet and savory foods from a variety of restaurants. On Tuesday through Saturday, the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*My favorite part of the Arts Festival has always been the performances! It’s such a special opportunity for a huge number of students to get to show what they’ve been working on all year.

4. The Oklahoma City Flower and Garden Festival at Myriad Gardens is May 11 and features a variety of vendors with herbs, perennials, roses, produce, pottery, jewelry, wineries, food products and food trucks. New this year, the Kids Garden Festival in the Children’s Garden features a one-day experience for children of all ages to explore different aspects of gardening. The event is free to attend and will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

* I’m always on the hunt for more native plants. I have a good feeling about finding some new-to-me treasure for my garden.

Find even more spring festivals happening in the OKC metro and across the state at https://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/spring-festivals/

 

 

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