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2021 Family-Friendly Summer Festivals

courtesy of Myriad Gardens, photo by Carl Shortt Jr

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There is always something to do in Oklahoma—and this festival guide is your comprehensive list of family-friendly fun around the state! Whether you are looking for an outdoor 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 12, 2021, 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.]

July 15 – 17

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 16 – 18

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 24

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.

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. 4 – 11 p.m.

July 30 & 31

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.

Aug. 6 & 7

FREE Route 66 Blue Hippo Festival at Edmond Historical Society & Museum & Stephenson Park (431 S Boulevard, Edmond) features family-friendly activities, performances, food, artists and all things blue. The festival celebrates the opening of Edmond’s Route 66 exhibit at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum. Noon-4 p.m. daily.

Aug. 12 – 14

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. 13 – 14

Firelake Fireflight Balloon Fest at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Pow Wow Grounds & FireLake Arena (1702 S Gordon Cooper Dr, Shawnee) features live performers, family-friendly activities, fireworks, a hunting and fishing expo, a 5K and a display of 25 hot air balloons. Families can also enjoy a kids zone and petting zoo, a carnival and tethered balloon rides. Free to attend. Friday, noon-midnight; Saturday, 7 a.m. – midnight.

Aug. 20 – 21

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. 24 – 28

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. 28

FREE Asian District Night Market Festival at Military Park (2520 N Classen Blvd) features Asian food trucks, merchants and vendors as well as live entertainment, inflatables, cultural performances and more. 6 p.m. – midnight.

Sept. 2

FREE Rock the Route in Downtown Yukon (Main St between 4th & 5th St, Yukon) features live music, food trucks, family activities and more. Some activities are pay-to-play and prices vary. 6 – 11 p.m.

Sept. 2 – 5

Rooster Days Festival in Broken Arrow (1500 S Main St, Broken Arrow) features one of the oldest continually running festivals in Oklahoma with a carnival, parade, live entertainment, festival food 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.

Sept. 4

Water Lantern Festival at Hafer Park (1034 S Bryant Ave, Edmond) features food, music, a lantern launch and more. Adults, $26 & up; kids (8 & up), $12 & up; kids (7 & under), free without lantern kit. 5 – 9:30 p.m.

Sept. 4 – 6

Paseo Arts Festival in the Paseo Arts District (3022 Paseo St) features original artwork in a wide variety of media, musicians and other live performers, a food court and a children’s area. Free to attend. 10 a.m.

Sept. 6

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.


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 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.

Want more family-friendly fun? See our guide to seasonal festivals all year long.


The following festivals have already happened in 2021. 

May 29 – 30

Chuck Wagon Festival at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NW 63rd St) features a two-day, fun-filled family weekend with chuck wagon and Native food samples, artisan demonstrations, live music, Western reenactors, and photos with a longhorn. Stop by socially distanced craft stations and pick up take-and-make activities including bandanas for coloring, butter making with Ag in the Classroom, and more. $15; kids (12 & under) & museum members, free. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

June 3 – 5

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

June 4 – 6

Sunfest at Bartlesville’s Sooner Park (420 SE Madison Blvd, Bartlesville) features live musical entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s games, a stunt dog show, Inspyral Circus show and more. Free to attend. Friday, 3 – 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

El Reno Small Town Weekend at Adams Park (2001 Park Dr, El Reno) celebrates Old Route 66 with 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 5

Route 66 Triathlon at Lake El Reno (801 Babcock Dr, El Reno) features the Olympic Distance Triathlon, 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.

June 10 – 20

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. his year’s festival will be held mostly online with a few in-person screenings. See website for a full list of films and showtimes.

June 11 – 20

Tiny Gardens and Enchanted Woods Children’s Garden Festival at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features enchanting vignettes created by local artists inspired by popular children’s books, daily storytime, a tea party and other themed activities. All ages welcome. Nonmembers, $8, members & kids (2 & under), free – includes free rides on Mo’s Carousel. Some activities require additional ticket purchase.

June 12

FREE Pioneer Family Fun Day at the Pioneer Woman Museum (701 Monument Rd, Ponca City) features a community-friendly event with old-fashioned games and crafts, Dutch oven cooking and more. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunflower Festival at Rustic Roots (105340 Greer Rd, Lamont) features live music, yard games, photo ops, picnicking, an “agripageant,” petting zoo, sunflowers and more. In the agripageant, kids, ages 3 -14, can compete in age-divided categories for Miss Sunflower and Mr. Harvest. $10. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

June 12 – 13

Red Earth Festival at Grand Event Center at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort (777 Grand Casino Blvd, Shawnee) features Native artisans and elite Native American dancers. Guests can also enjoy the work of some of the nation’s most celebrated artists, take part in lectures, watch demonstrations and more. The annual parade and PowWow have been postponed until the fall of 2021. Adults, $15-$25, kids (5 & under), free with paid adult. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

June 17 – 19

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 the full lineup. Thursday & Friday, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Tulsa Juneteenth Festival in the Historic Greenwood District (Greenwood Avenue, Tulsa) features a festival that commemorates African American freedom, emphasizes education, celebrates the rich heritage of Greenwood, encourages healthy and active lifestyles, and advocates community impact. a festival that commemorates African American freedom, emphasizes education, celebrates the rich heritage of Greenwood, encourages healthy and active lifestyles, and advocates community impact. See website for complete schedule.

June 18 – 19

Farming Heritage Festival at the Shawnee Feed Center (40006 Hardesty Rd, Shawnee) features antique tractors and farming equipment, demonstrations, a tractor parade and more. Free to attend. Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

June 20

FREE Father’s Day Festival at Scissortail Park (300 SW 7th St) features a free family event with games, food, music, vendors and more. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

June 22 – 27

Festival of the Arts at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features art from over 200 artists, food, entertainment and more. Changes to this year’s event include the expansion of the festival grounds, food trucks instead of tents and less performing artists. However, familiar festival favorites such as Pottery Place, Children’s Art Field, Sculpture Park and artist tents will return. Free to attend. Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

June 25 – 27

FREE OKC Pride Festival & Parade in Downtown Oklahoma City (various locations) features a parade, music, art, a kids’ zone, vendor marketplace and roller rink & dance floor. Elements of the festival will also be presented in a virtual format for those who aren’t comfortable attending the in-person events. The Alliance’s parade will begin on West Sheridan at North Shartel and turn south onto Hudson. It will continue south on Hudson and will end at Scissortail Park. All ages welcome. See website for a complete schedule.

June 26

Stars & Stripes River Festival at RIVERSPORT Adventures (800 Riversport Dr) features a 4th-of-July-themed festival combining on-the-water fun with food trucks, live music, racing throughout the day. Free to attend; parking, $10. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

June 26 – 27

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 3

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 11 – 16

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 9 – 10

Blackberry Festival at the McLoud High School Complex (12780 W SeikelMcLoud) features all kinds of blackberry-themed items, live music, a parade, carnival, old fashion games, food and fireworks. FREE admission. Friday, 5 – 10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

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