The only thing better than fall fun is free fall fun. We’ve rounded up events happening throughout the Oklahoma City area that are entirely free and listed them for you below. So round up the family and go indulge in some frugal fall fun! For more family fun like area pumpkin patches and Halloween events, see all our Fall Guides.
(This list is a working list so check back often. Know of a free fall fun event? Let us know by commenting below. Updated Oct. 5, 2020.)
Through Sept. 27
FREE Plays in the Park at Will Rogers Park (3400 NW 36th St) features socially distanced, pop-up performances of Teddy Bear’s Picnic & The Three Billy Goats Gruff. See website for performance times.
Through Oct. 19
FREE Aqueous at Oklahoma Contemporary’s Campbell Art Park (11 NW 11th St) features an interactive light installation by NYC artist Jen Lewis at Campbell Art Park. During the day, the pathway reflects the sky and the surrounding environment. At night, the surface lights up and responds as visitors move along the pathway.
Through Oct. 30
FREE Concerts at the Creek at The Water Stage at Chisholm Creek (13230 Pawnee Dr) features live, local music from Oklahoma singer-songwriters in the open-air pavilion. Bring a blanket and pick up a to-go picnic from any of the surrounding restaurants. There is a playground and coffee shop nearby as well as shopping. Thursdays & Fridays, 6-9 p.m.
Through Oct. 31
FREE Plaza Wall Mural Expo in the Plaza District (various locations) features metro muralists as they paint and debut their new creations. Visitors to the district are invited to view, from a distance, some of their favorite local artists creating murals in person.
Through Nov. 22
FREE Wiggle Out Loud Family Music Festival on Facebook features several virtual concerts as well as a series of educational videos. On Sundays, families can tune in to watch musical performances and art events and on Wednesdays take part in social media challenges and more aimed at staying active and healthy. Sundays & Wednesdays, 2 p.m.
Through Nov. 30
FREE Magic Lantern Fairy “Gazement” in the Paseo Arts District (30th & Dewey). Children are invited to take part in creating a window display for Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan. On select days, children can stop in to collect supplies to create their own paper puppets. The company will create a magical display in the window of the theater using the children’s creations, which will be revealed and illuminated at twilight on Sunday, Oct. 31, and will stay lit for families to view from the sidewalk. On First Friday, Nov. 6, 6-9 p.m., the Gazement Ball features the youth and adult dancers of StarDanceSwan and the original music of Steve McLinn.
Through Dec. 18
FREE Discovery Days with Oklahoma Hall of Fame (online) features a virtual storytime, followed by the creation of a simple craft inspired by the book. Then, participate in a show and tell. Best suited for ages 3-7. Preregister and pick up a complimentary craft kit containing all the supplies needed. 10:30-11:30 a.m.
FREE Expanse by RACE Dance Collective at Oklahoma Contemporary (11 NW 11th St) features an outdoor, choreography performance inspired by Jen Lewin’s Aqueous. Admission is free but tickets are required. Seats open at 6:30 p.m. Performance starts at 7 p.m.
Oct. 8 – 11
FREE Let’s Get Midwest City Moving Free 5K Walk/Run (virtual) features a non-competitive, virtual 5K run & walk for all fitness levels. Start and finish line banners will be hung at three parks in MWC, including Joe B. Barnes Regional Park. Complete the 5K at your own pace. Preregister.
FREE OKC Ballet Under the Stars at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features classical works and contemporary choreography performed by professional company dancers, pre-professional dancers and students from the Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School. 6:30 p.m.
FREE See You Saturdays at Gaylord-Pickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) features themed experiences and learning opportunities for families to enjoy together including crafts and guided tours. All ages welcome. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FREE Second Saturday at Oklahoma Contemporary (11 NW 11th St) features a socially distant afternoon of outdoor art activities celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day, spotlighting Native American culture and contemporary practices. The event is free to attend, but tickets are required. All ages are welcome. 1-4 p.m.
FREE Movie at the Coop at Jackie Cooper Gym (1024 E Main St, Yukon) features an outdoor screening of Scooby-Doo. The movie will show in the grass area behind Jackie Cooper Gym, starting dusk.
FREE Creepin’ It Reel Movies in the Park at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 E Reno Ave) features a Halloween-themed, double feature. Families can enjoy an outdoor screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas followed by Hocus Pocus.
FREE Not-so-Creepy Crawlies at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Learn some cool facts about why animals like bats, snakes and spiders aren’t worth being afraid of. Preregister. All ages welcome. 10 a.m. – noon.
FREE Fall Y’all Family Fun at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features a one-day fall festival with outdoor activities for families to enjoy together. Activities planned to allow families/groups to come and go as they please and also explore the museum. Enjoy pumpkin painting, plantings, crafts, carnival games and more. 10 a.m.
Oct. 16 – 25
The Great Pumpkin Patch at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features murals and mosaics, fall floral displays, scarecrows and other fun things to do outside at a safe social distance. All ages welcome. Free to attend; participation prices vary. Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Due to the expected forecast, the patch is closing at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23 instead of 7 p.m. as was originally planned.
FREE Church of the Servant Drive-thru Fall Festival at Church of the Servant (14343 N MacArthur) features a drive-thru, trunk-or-treat activities with fun treats. Cruise through and see dozens of decorated trunks. Kids will receive a goodie bag at the end filled with candy, trinkets and more. Non-scary costumes are welcome. Best suited for kids in 5th grade and under. 6-8 p.m.
Oct. 26 – 31
FREE National Weather Festival at the National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, Norman) features many weather-related organizations and activities. The event is going virtual this year with children’s activities, speakers and more.
FREE Boo on Bell in Downtown Shawnee (Main St & Bell Ave) features a drive-thru trick-or-treat and virtual costume contest. See Facebook for updates.
FREE Haunt the Hike at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Learn about some of the coolest nocturnal animals and witness how the park comes to life after hours. Preregister. Costumes encouraged. Best suited for ages 6 & up. 6-7:30 p.m.
FREE Thunder Free Days at the OKC National Memorial Museum (620 N Harvey Ave) features free museum admission. In accordance with social distancing guidelines, reservations are required. Get your timed tickets here. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FREE National Weather Festival with the National Weather Service (Facebook) features a week-long celebration of the science behind our weather. Get your weather questions answered by local broadcast meteorologists, women scientists and more, plus take part in a variety of activities exploring meteorology.
FREE Trunk or Treat at Hope Connection Church (8309 S Santa Fe Ave) features a spooktacularly sweet Trunk or Treat. Families will be able to walk safely through the parking area to receive candy, enjoy warm apple cider and freshly popped popcorn. All ages welcome. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
FREE Trunk or Treat at Highland Baptist Church (2425 SE 4th St, Moore) features a family-friendly evening with lots of candy and fresh popcorn. Families will have the opportunity to walk from trunk to trunk to get candy. As a safety precaution, volunteers will be wearing gloves and multiple hand sanitizer stations will be available.
FREE Trick or Treat at the Shoppes at Northpark Mall (122nd & May Ave) features outdoor trick or treating. Representatives from select stores will be handing out candy from 3 to 5 p.m. on Halloween. Costumes welcome.
FREE Drive-thru Trunk or Treat at Edmond First Baptist Church (1300 E 33rd St, Edmond) features a drive-thru trunk or treat with decorated trunks and several stops to receive plenty of candy. Volunteers will wear gloves and be taking proper safety precautions to keep everyone safe. Costumes encouraged but not required. All ages welcome. 4-6 p.m.
FREE Moths and Marshmallows at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features a moth-watch station and a marshmallow roast. Remember to bring a camera, flashlight and a charged cellphone. Preregister. 5:30-7 p.m.
Events that have already happened this year.
Sept. 13 – 16
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. Free to attend. See website for complete schedule of events.
FREE Cherokee Strip Celebration in Downtown Perry (various locations) features a 5k, parade, Mock gunfights, live entertainment, food, exhibitors and more. 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sept. 18 – 25
FREE Monarch Tagging Walk-Ups at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a quick demonstration about how and why Monarchs are tagged at the Gardens. Fridays, 2-3 p.m.
FREE DSACO Parade of Inclusion in Downtown Oklahoma City (Oklahoma City Blvd and Robinson Ave) features a car parade. Family teams, volunteers and community members are encouraged to decorate vehicles. DSACO will host a contest for the best-decorated vehicle. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Oklahoma City Boulevard and Robinson Avenue. The route will then continue north to Sheridan Avenue.
FREE Rock the Park at Choctaw Creek Park (2001 N Harper Rd, Choctaw) features live music, food trucks, inflatables and games. All ages welcome. 6-9 p.m.
Oct. 2 – 4
Rock Island Arts Festival at 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.
FREE Fall Fest on Main in Yukon (W. Main St, Yukon) features sidewalk shopping, chalk art contest, food, music and more. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
FREE Oklahoma Regatta Festival (online) features a virtual experience of rowing on the Oklahoma River. See website for more information.
FREE Saturdays for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Día de los Muertos is a Mexican festival celebrated every year in commemoration of deceased friends and family members. Create a colorful sugar skull rock, make tissue paper marigolds and papel picado, colorful symbols of the holiday and enjoy storytime. Activities are available while supplies last. Free with admission for children and accompanying adult. 10 a.m. – noon.
For more family fun, find pumpkin patches, fall festivals, Halloween activities and more on this Fall Fun guide from our Sponsors or check out all our fall guides highlighting costume events, hayrides and more.
About the author: Born and raised in the Oklahoma City metro and a graduate of the Gaylord College of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma, Lindsay Cuomo has worked for MetroFamily since 2014 covering local stories, people and events. Lindsay is a mom to three school-aged boys and calls Moore, Oklahoma home.