Since 1991, a growing number of cities and states are formally recognizing and celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday in October. The Oklahoma legislature officially moved our state’s honorary celebration from November to October.
Today, venues and organizations around the Oklahoma City metro invite families to learn more about the diverse Native cultures in our state, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day and into Native American Heritage Month.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day at First Americans Museum (659 First Americans Blvd) features stickball games, performances, panel discussions, food trucks, an Indigenous youth art contest and more. Free to attend, $5 gallery admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
FREE Red Earth FallFest at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a parade, an arts market, and a youth Powwow. a parade, an arts market, and a youth Powwow. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
FREE Native American Flute Circle at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman). Learn about Native American flute history and advanced flute techniques, and experience the musical community of the flute circle. 2-3 p.m.
FREE Native Americans through Film at the Belle Isle Library (5501 N Villa Ave) features a curated collection of films celebrating the rich histories, diverse cultures and important contributions of our Nation’s first people. All ages welcome. 6:30-8 p.m.
Worth the drive
Choctaw Nation Annual Powwow at the Choctaw Cultural Center (3702 Choctaw Rd, Durant) features one of the nation’s largest powwows. Experience the sights and sounds of dancers from all over the country. Free with admission. See website for schedule.
SkasdiCon at the Northeastern State University – University Center Ballroom (612 N Grand Ave, Tahlequah) features indigenous artists and creators, panel discussions, a screening of Inage’I (an animation all in the Cherokee language) and a family-friendly cosplay competition. All ages welcome. Free to attend. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
For even more family-friendly events, visit our searchable calendar with things to do every day of the week.