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2020 Guide to Family-Friendly Spring Festivals

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There is always something to do in Oklahoma—and this festival round up is your comprehensive guide to family-friendly fun around the state! Whether you are looking for a large festival in the Oklahoma City metro or an event with small-town charm, this guide can help you plan day and weekend trips. There is family fun waiting to be explored in every corner of our state, so enjoy exploring with your family!

Want to see the festivals and fairs happening year-round in Oklahoma? Check out our festival guides for all seasons

[Editor’s Note: This is a working list last updated Feb. 24, 2020, so check back often for new listings. If you know of a festival or activity that you think should be included, please email the listing information to calendar@metrofamilymagazine.com or leave a comment below.]

March 14 – 22

FREE Three Sisters Spring Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) features daily festivities and special events that welcome the spring season. Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.

March 19

Vernal Equinox Walk at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center (18154 1st St, Spiro) features a guide tour of the prehistoric Native American archaeological site. Archaeologist Dennis Peterson discusses the Caddoans who created the mounds between 900-1450 A.D., how they became a very important leadership group and why some of the mounds line up to solstice and equinox sunsets. Adults, $5; kids, $3. Tours are held at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

March 20 – 22

Momentum OKC at The Womb (25 NW 9th St) features Oklahoma artists ages 30 and younger. Attendees encounter film, performance, new media, installation, music and more. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. See website for a complete schedule of events.

March 27 – 29

OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features over 300 experts and vendors providing DIY tips for remodeling, cooking, decorating and outdoor entertaining. Adult, $10; kids (5 & under), free. Friday, noon – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

March 28 & 29

Grand Lake Renaissance Festival at Park Hills Mote (438415 E Hwy 60, Vinita) features live entertainment, foods and a village of merchants. Adults, $7; students (13-17), $3; kids (6-12), $2; kids (5&under), free. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Apr. 3 – 5

Medieval Fair of Norman at Reaves Park (2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman). Learn about the middle ages with exhibits, vendors, re-enactors, demonstrations and more. Free to attend; parking, $5. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

April 4

Spring Celebration at Lake McMurtry (29180 Chisholm Curve, Stillwater) features an afternoon of fun, games, food and more. Kids can participate in eagle demonstrations, face painting, touch the fire truck, police k-9 demonstrations, bouncy house, kayaks and more. Free with park admission. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

April 3 & 4

Dogwood Days Festival in Downtown Idabel (Main St, Idabel) features craft vendors, children’s games, live entertainment, fair food, a 5K run/walk, barbecue cook-off, a free concert and more, celebrating the beautiful blooms of thousands of dogwood trees. Free to attend. Friday, 5 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

April 14 – 18

89er Days Celebration in Downtown Guthrie (various locations) commemorates the Land Run of 1889 and the birth of Guthrie featuring a western-style dinner, carnival, 1889-style baseball game, parade, family-friendly rodeo and more. Most events are free. See website for full list of events.

April 19

Day of Remembrance at the Oklahoma City National Memorial (620 N Harvey). State and local dignitaries, family members, survivors, rescue workers and visitors gather at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever by bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Open to the public and no admission is charged. 8:45 a.m.

April 21 – 26

FREE Festival of the Arts at Bicentennial Park (500 W Couch Dr) features over 200 artists along with food and entertainment. Proceeds support Arts Council Oklahoma City. Tuesday -Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

April 23 – 25

FREE Norman Music Festival in Downtown Norman (Main St & Jones Ave) is an indoor & outdoor, three-day independent music festival featuring more than 200 performers of variety of music genres, poetry and comedy as well as children’s activities. See website for a complete schedule of events.

April 24 & 25

Red Fern Festival in Downtown Tahlequah (Muskogee Ave, Tahlequah) features hound dog field trails, 1930s era children’s games, a car show, live music, vintage play fly-in and more, inspired by the novel “Where the Red Fern Goes.” FREE admission, activity prices vary. Friday, noon – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

April 24 – 26

Iron Thistle Scottish Festival at the Mollie Spencer Farm (1001 S Garth Brooks Blvd, Yukon) is a celebration of Scottish culture featuring a caber toss, sheep herding demonstrations, Celtic wares, live music and performers, Scottish & American cuisine and kids’ crafts & activities. Admission on Friday is FREE and includes a traditional fire ceremony. 10 & older, $8; 9 & under, free. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

April 25 – May 31 

Oklahoma Renaissance Festival at the Castle of Muskogee (3400 West Fern Mountain Rd, Muskogee) features costumed performers and artisans, Renaissance music, magic, comedy, juggling, jousting, tomfoolery, arts, food, drink, and more. Prices vary. Open weekends, plus Memorial Day, 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

May 1 & 2

Fried Onion Burger Day in Downtown El Reno (119 S Rock Island Ave, El Reno) features the cooking of the world’s largest fried onion hamburger, carnival rides, games, live entertainment and more. Friday, $10; Saturday entry, free. Friday, 5:30 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

May 1 – 3

FREE Downtown Edmond Arts Festival in Historic Downtown Edmond (on Broadway between 2nd & Hurd ) features artists, live entertainment, kids activities and food vendors. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Rose Rock Music Festival in Downtown Noble features three days of fun featuring a carnival, art and craft vendors, live music, food, a parade, car show, Rose Rock Idol contest, a poker run and more. Entry is free. See website for schedule of events.

Germanfest at GAST Event Center (2301 E 15th St, Tulsa) features a fun-filled, family-friendly festival with live entertainment, food, children’s activities and more, celebrating the German culture. Free to attend. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.

May 2

FREE Prague Kolache Festival in Downtown Prague (1107 N Broadway Ave, Prague) celebrates the Czech culture that played a role in the city’s beginning. Events include live music, dancing, food, crafts, a parade, carnival rides and royalty. 9 a.m.

Festival of the Child at the Yukon City Park & Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) celebrates children with more than 50 areas of fun activities including storytelling, art workshops, magic show, and a Festival Fun Zone featuring a slide, mini-golf, moon bounce and an obstacle course.  Activities are held rain or shine and are geared for kids 12 & under. $5 in advance; $7 day of; Adults, free. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

May 7 – 10

Rooster Days Festival at Broken Arrow’s Central Park (1500 S Main St, Broken Arrow) is one of Oklahoma’s longest running festivals. Activities include a carnival, parade, live entertainment, festival foods and more. Free to attend, activity prices vary. Thursday, 5 – 10 p.m.; Friday, 5 – 11 p.m. & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 6 p.m.

May 9

Stillwell Strawberry Festival in Downtown Stillwell (Olive & Oak St, Stillwell) celebrates the local crop with games, live entertainment, a 5K run as well as a rodeo, carnival, FREE strawberries and ice cream and more. Free to attend. 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

May 8 & 9

Italian Festival at the McAlester Expo Center (4500 W Hwy 270, McAlester) features Italian food, live entertainment and vendors, crafters and fine art booths. Kids can enjoy pony rides, Italian games and inflatables. Free to attend; activities, prices vary. Friday, noon – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

May 8 – 10

Tulsa International Mayfest in Downtown Tulsa (3rd & Main St, Tulsa) features an array of multi-disciplined arts, live entertainment, food and a hands-on art activity area for kids. Free to attend. Open daily at 11 a.m.

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FREE May Daze Festival in Downtown Blanchard (Main St, Blanchard) marks the unofficial start to summer featuring live entertainment, a carnival, food, shopping, a diaper derby, turtle race and more. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

May 23 & 24

Chuck Wagon Festival at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a two-day, fun-filled family weekend with a variety of activities including chuck wagon food samples, artisan demonstrations, live music, rope making, Western re-enactors and more. $15; members & kids (12 & under), free. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

May 28 – 30

Oklahoma Magnolia Festival at the Choctaw Event Center (3702 Choctaw Rd, Durant) features family-friendly games & festivities including a ferris wheel, carnival, crafts and live entertainment. Free to attend. See website for schedule of events.

Chillin & Grillin BBQ Festival  in Sand Springs (109 N Garfield, Sand Springs) features live music, kids zone, games and of course BBQ. Guests will have the chance to savor dishes made by the competitors. FREE admission, tasting kits: adults, $10; kids (6-12), $5. Friday, 6 – 11 p.m. & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

For even more family fun? Check out our other Spring Fun guides

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