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2019 Guide to Family-Friendly Summer Festivals

There is always something to do in Oklahoma—and this festival guide is your comprehensive list 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 in Oklahoma. There is family fun waiting to be explored in every corner of our state, so enjoy exploring with your family!

Want to see the seasonal festivals and fairs offered year-round in Oklahoma? See our guide to festivals in all seasons

[Editor’s Note: This is a working list last updated May 14, 2019, 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.]


May 31 – June 2

Sunfest at Bartlesville’s Sooner Park (420 SE Madison Blvd, Bartlesville) features live entertainment, a diverse selection of arts and crafts, children’s games, story tellers, food and more. Free to attend. Friday, 3 – 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

June 1

Route 66 Triathlon at Lake El Reno (801 Babcock Dr, El Reno) features the Olympic Distance Traithlon, a 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10k run, and the Sprint Distance Triathlon, which is a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5k run. $30 & up. See website for complete schedule.

Chisholm Trail Crawfish Festival at Mollie Spencer Farm (1001 Garth Brooks Blvd, Yukon) features living history re-enactors of the Old West, authentic Cajun foods, a live Cajun band, Cajun dance lessons, crawfish racing, pie eating contests, Civil War demonstrations, gunfights, food vendors, craft booths, the Kids Korral, pony rides and a petting zoo. Free to attend.  9 a.m – 6 p.m.

Historic Route 66 Wine & Food Festival in Downtown Stroud (Rt 66, Stroud) features wineries from across Oklahoma, gourmet foods, a wide selection of Made In Oklahoma products, original jewelry and artwork, car show and live music. FREE admission, wristbands, $15. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

June 1 – 3

El Reno Small Town Weekend at Adams Park (2001 Park Dr, El Reno) celebrate Old Route 66 with a a car show, Hot Wheels races, drag races, burnouts, antique car cruise, kids games and more. FREE to attend, event prices vary. See website for complete schedule.

June 6 – 9

deadCENTER Film Festival in Downtown Oklahoma City (various locations) features new short films, documentaries, comedies, scary monster movies and some of the best independent films from around the world and all over Oklahoma. See website for a full list of films and show times.

June 7 & 8

Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show at the Pawnee Bill Ranch (1141 Pawnee Bill Rd, Pawnee) features performing cowboys and American Indians, chariot races, trick riders and musicians. Adults, $14; kids (4-10), $10; kids (3 & under), free. 7:30 p.m.

June 7 – 9

Red Earth Festival at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features American Indian artists and dancers from throughout North America. A grand parade opens the festival on Friday at 10 a.m. Adults, $11, kids, FREE; parade, FREE. Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

June 8

Wines of the West in Stockyard City (1305 S Agnew Ave) features some of Oklahoma’s finest wines. Sip on samples at various Stockyard City businesses. $15. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

FREE Chandler Ice Cream Festival at Tilghman Park (811 Park Rd, Chandler) features free ice cream, free carnival rides, live music by local talent and plenty of food vendors. Kids can enjoy face painting, clowns and balloon animals, as well. Noon – 5 p.m.

FREE Tinker Inter-Tribal Council Powwow at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features Native American traditional dance, singing, art, jewelry and food, in honor of veteran warriors from Oklahoma Native American tribes. 1 – 11 p.m.

June 20 – 22

FREE Jazz in June in Brookhaven Village (3700 W Robinson St, Norman) is a three-day festival featuring a long list of jazz musicians. See website for full lineup. Thursday & Friday, 7 – 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6 – 10:30 p.m.

June 29 & 30

Kidsfest at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve (1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd, Bartlesville) features entertainment, games, pony rides and more. Adults, $12; kids (under11), $10. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

July 4 

Cajun Festival at the Grove Civic Center (1702 S Main St, Grove) features Cajun music, food, dancing, a craft fair and more. FREE admission. 10 a.m.

For a complete list of Independence Day Events, see our Independence Day Fun Guide.

July 7 – 12

International Finals Youth Rodeo at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center (1700 W Independence, Shawnee) features up & coming contestants from across the US competing in barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, bareback riding and more. See website for a complete schedule.

July 12 & 13

Blackberry Festival at the McLoud High School Complex (12780 W SeikelMcLoud) features all kinds of blackberry themed items, live music, a parade, royalty pageant, carnival, old fashion games, food and fireworks. FREE admission. Friday, 5 – 11 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

July 12 – 14

An Affair of the Heart of Tulsa at the River Spirit Expo Center at Expo Square (4145 E 21st, Tulsa) is one of the largest arts and crafts shows in the nation, with a variety of crafts, antiques, collectibles, furniture, decorative items, jewelry and clothing. $10, kids (12 & under), free. Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m – 5 p.m.

July 18 – 20

Porter Peach Festival in Downtown Porter features arts & crafts, games, parade, car show, 5K Run, peach auction, music, food, antique tractor pull, carnival and, of course, peaches. FREE admission and peach ice cream while supplies last. FREE admission. Thursday & Friday, 4 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.

July 25 – 28

Whole Hawg Days in downtown Eufaula include a parade, car show, barbecue cook-off, carnival, poker run, live entertainment, rodeo, arts & crafts festival and children’s activities. See website for complete schedule.

July 27

FREE National Day of the Cowboy at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan. Rope a Longhorn, ride a buckin‘ bronc, create your own brand and more, all in inside the museum. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Aug. 3

FREE Pawnee Old Time Saturday Night Cruze-In in Downtown Pawnee celebrates a bygone era with live music, games for kids and a car show. Bring your own street rod, 4×4, motorcycle or sports car and put it on display for everyone to see and admire. 6 p.m.

Aug. 8 – 10

FREE Rush Springs Watermelon Festival at Jeff Davis Park in Rush Springs celebrates the watermelon harvest with seed spitting contests, arts & crafts, carnival rides, live entertainment, 5K Watermelon Run, free watermelon and more. Thursday & Friday, 6 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Aug. 23 & 24

Annual OCA Range Rodeo at the Lazy E Arena (9600 Lazy E Dr,Guthrie)  features six events including saddle bronc riding, wild cow milking, team branding and wild horse race. Benefits Children’s Miracle Network. Adults, $15-$30; kids (6-11), $5; kids (under 5), free. Friday & Saturday, 7 p.m.

Aug. 23 – Sept. 1

FREE Payne County Free Fair at Payne County Expo Center (4518 Expo Circle E, Stillwater) features livestock shows, a wide variety of agricultural exhibits, a carnival, fair food, an old-fashioned horse pull, a lawn tractor pull, a pet parade, an antique tractor parade and more. See fair guide for a complete schedule of events.

Aug. 31 – Sept. 1

FREE Labor Day Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) features stomp dance and cultural demonstrations and special activities in the living village. Saturday, 10 a.m -5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.

Sept. 2

FREE Labor Day Celebration in Henryetta (Main Street, Henryetta) features a parade, games for all ages, concerts, a carnival, rodeo and an impressive fireworks display at dusk as well as a car, bike & tractor show. 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Want more family-friendly fun? See our guide to fall festivals.