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 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 event? Let us know by commenting below. Updated Aug. 29, 2019.)
Sept. 4 – 7
Pottawatomie 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. Free to attend. See website for complete schedule.
Sept 5 – 8
Cleveland County Free Fair at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson St, Norman) features carnival rides, tasty fair food, Celebrity Cow Milking Contest, 4H, FFA and OHCE exhibits and more. Free to attend. See website for complete schedule.
Sept. 6 & 7
FREE Western Days Festival at Mustang Town Center & Wild Horse Park (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features a parade, best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl contest, art show, gunfighters, coloring contest, games and activities at Wild Horse Park, 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.
Piedmont Founders Day in Olde Town Piedmont (Piedmont & Jackon, Piedmont) features a parade, 5K, inflatables, kids’ obstacle course, train rides, pony rides, a petting zoo and more. Free to attend. 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.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.
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 complete schedule.
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 & concert will run Friday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. & Saturday, Sept. 14, 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
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.
FREE Fiestas Patrias OKC at Plaza Mayor (7000 Crossroads Blvd) features a concert by internationally known recording artists and a special ceremony called “El Grito de Independencia” as well as food, drinks, a business expo, activities for the kids and more. 1 – 10:30 p.m.
Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live (various locations). Over 1,000 participating museums across the country will open their doors for free.
Sept. 27 – 29
FREE 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.
FREE Lunar Moon Festival at Military Park (Classen & NW 24th St) features dragon dances and other traditional dance performances, food trucks, shopping and children’s games. 5 – 10 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 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. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
FREE Plaza District Festival (1700 Block NW 16th St) features live music, food trucks, visual art exhibitions, children’s activities and more. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Grape Stomp Festival at the Canadian River Vineyards & Winery (7050 Slaugtherville Rd, Slaughterville) features family-friendly activities, wine tastings, a grape stomp, live music and shopping.. Free to attend. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Oct. 4 – 6
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.
Oklahoma Regatta Festival in the Boathouse District (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.
FREE Old Settler’s Day in Downtown Perkins (Main St, Perkins) features a parade, vendor alley, kids zone, baking contest and auction, hot dog eating contest, safari petting zoo and plenty of entertainment. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
FREE EdFest at the Edmond Farmers’ Market Pavilion (25 W 3rd St, Edmond) features local local food trucks and breweries, live music and kids’ activities including 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.
FREE Saturdays for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Put on your favorite cowboy gear and join us for stick horse barrel races, roping, and more at the Little Buckaroos Round-Up. Activities available while supplies last. Free for children and accompanying adult. 10 a.m. – noon.
Mid-America Street Fest at Charles J. Johnson Central Park & Town Center Plaza (SE 29th St & Mid-America Blvd, Midwest City) features live music, food trucks, carnival rides, games, pony rides, a petting zoo, crafts and more. New this year, festivities will also include a Midwest ArtFest showcasing local artists. Free to attend; participation prices vary. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FREE Planes, Trains & Automobiles at the Pottawatomie County Oklahoma Museum & Historical Society & Shawnee Regional Airport (614 E Main St, 2202 Airport Dr, Shawnee) features an air show, mini train rides, pony rides, petting zoo, historical illustrations and enactments, live music, classic cars, motorcycles and tractors and more. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
FREE Let’s Get Midwest City Moving Free 5K Walk/Run at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features a non-competitive 5K run & walk for all fitness levels and an interactive wellness expo before the race. Preregister. 1 – 6 p.m.
FREE Pumpkin Princess Pageant at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western Ave). Little princesses ages 2 – 10 years old can come compete in the annual pageant. Three different age groups will have the chance to win a pumpkin princess goody basket. Pumpkin-themed dress is not required, but may influence the judge’s final decision. 2 – 4 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 Paranormal Fest at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Learn about all things paranormal with presentations by our guest experts. Take part in a variety of activities. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oct. 15 – 19
FREE Fall Y’All Family Fun at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features fun activities for the whole family including story time, crafts, movies, Oklahoma Hall of Famers and special activities with community partners. Each day has a special themed planned. 10:30 a.m.
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 Family Music Festival at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features Kindie Rock bands, food trucks and fun movement and creative activities. 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
FREE Open Streets OKC in South Oklahoma City (S Robinson Ave) features local food trucks and wellness activities. A portion of Robinson Ave will close to motorized traffic to encourage active transportation such as biking or walking to promote healthier residents. Leashed pets welcome. 1 – 5 p.m.
Oct. 24 – 26
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.
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.
FREE Annual Fall Fest in Downtown Norman (Main St, Norman) features trick-or-treating, costume contests for adults, kids and pets, moon bounces, activities and more. 6 – 9 p.m.
FREE National Weather Festival at the National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, Norman) features many weather-related organizations and activities including hourly weather balloon launches with local TV meteorologists, emergency response vehicle and equipment displays, weather-themed superheroes. Visitors can view the National Weather Center’s premier facilities including National Weather Service forecast operation areas. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Creative Kids Show at The Sewcial Club (953 S Cornwell, Yukon) features a kid-focus craft show with products made by local kids. Shop handmade fishing lures, doggie couture, unique jewelry and more all made by kids. Free to attend. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
FREE Trick or Treat City at the Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (Reno Ave & Douglas Blvd, Midwest City) has a Candy Village and a carnival featuring crafts, games and inflatables. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Candy Village, FREE; carnival tickets available for purchase. 2 – 4:30 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.
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.