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 Sept. 1, 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 Dec. 18
FREE Discovery Days with Oklahoma Hall of Fame (online) features a virtual story time, 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.
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.
Mesta Festa at Perle Mesta Park (NW 18th & Shartel Ave) features a beer and wine garden, outdoor games, arts and crafts, live music and dance performances, sand volleyball, local artists and pop-up shopping booths, as well as food trucks. Benefit the Mesta Park Neighborhood Association. Free to attend. Noon – 6 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 Fiestas de las Americas in the Historic Capitol Hill District (SW 25th St. between Harvey and Robinson) is a celebration of Oklahoma’s rich multicultural heritage featuring a the colorful Parade of the Americas, food, games, music, art and more. Free to attend. Noon – 9 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 available while supplies last. Free with admission for children and accompanying adult. 10 a.m. – noon.
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 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.
Oct 12 – 17
FREE Fall Y’All Family Fun at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features free fall fun activities for the whole family including story time, crafts, movies, Oklahoma Hall of Famers and special activities with community partners. 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 16 – 25
The Great Pumpkin Patch and Portraits at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features murals and mosaics, corn stalk mazes, a trick-or-treat weekend, pumpkin decorating, 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. 9 a.m. – 9 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 Trick or Treat City at the Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (Reno Ave & Douglas Blvd, Midwest City) features a drive-thru-trick-or-treat experience. All ages welcome. Costumes and candy buckets/pillowcases/other candy receptacles are encouraged. Noon – 3 p.m.
FREE Trunk or Treat in the Park at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features decorated vehicles and candy for kids in a safe & fun environment. Costumes encouraged. 5 – 8 p.m.
FREE Brick-or-Treat in Bricktown (Reno & Mickey Mantle) features trick or treating at more than 40 Bricktown businesses, a pumpkin-painting station and SNL photo booth. 4 – 7 p.m.
Boo on Bell in downtown Shawnee offers three days of Halloween fun. Activities include car show, live music, trick-or-treating, ghost tours, boo bingo, old-fashion carnival with rides and games, pet costume contest & more. Free to attend, participation prices vary. See website for detailed schedule.
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.