8. Greek Festival
Sept. 19-22 – Tulsa
Give a rousing Opa for the return of this annual cultural celebration.
Draw No. 1? The food. Try Greek grub, including loukaniko (pork sausage and peppers), keftedes (meatballs), rice pilaf and the classic gyro.
Entertainment features dancers, live music, shopping and church tours. Enjoy “Kefi hours” from Thursday through Saturday, with late-night dancing in the streets and tempting drink specials.
The event runs at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Visit tulsagreekfestival.com.
Oct. 17-20 – Tulsa
One of the most lauded fall events in the nation runs at Tulsa’s River West Festival Park. Linde Oktoberfest celebrates its 41st year in Tulsa with authentic music, food and entertainment from Germany.
The fun kicks off Oct. 16 with Corporate Night, where sponsors from around Oklahoma convene for a night of entertainment. Oct. 17 welcomes the general public with opening ceremonies, a whimsical parade and a fireworks display kicking off at 5 p.m. Activities to catch throughout the weekend include energetic performances atop Das Glockenspiel – a double decker stage with a bar below – and the adorable Dachshund Dash, where costumed canines race to be crowed top dog.
Athletic events offer locals the chance to compete in a variety of challenges. The bier barrel races are a highlight, where participants roll barrels of beer down a track. Another wildly amusing event is the stein competition, where the brave of heart see who can hold a full stein of beer in an outstetched arm the longest. Stick around to try relays and ax throwing.
For something more low-key, visit the arts and crafts markets or jam out with local musicians at a variety of tents around the property. Like any traditional fair, rides abound in a variety of intensities; scaredy-cats and adrenaline junkies alike can find their perfect fit.
The crowned jewel atop Linde Oktoberfest is the fare. From kebab wraps and German skillet potatoes to bratwurst, schnitzel and sauerkraut, you’ll find something to enjoy while sipping on a beverage in the biergarten.
For those looking to imbibe or hoping to save on parking, a free shuttle service runs downtown and at hotels around the city.
For tickets and a schedule, visit
6. Fiesta de las Americas
Oct. 5 – OKC
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in the Historic Capitol Hill district.
Guests can enjoy a lively parade, dubbed the Parade of the Americas; this multicultural event showcases artistic floats from numerous small businesses, schools, cultural groups, nonprofits and clubs.
The fun continues with live entertainment, a Latino art corner, a kids zone, food, a pageant and various vendors selling their wares. The fiesta runs from noon to 9 p.m. in Calle Dos Cinco. Visit historiccapitolhill.com.
5. Bluegrass and Chili Festival
Sept. 6-7 – Wagoner
The 40th annual Bluegrass and Chili Festival offers many activities, live music and grub downtown.
The free festival’s main event is the bluegrass. Headlining acts include Ricky Skaggs and the Kentucky Thunder; Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper; The Cleverlys; and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.
Other attractions include a car show with more than 50 class specifications, an antique tractor exhibition, a junior musical showcase and a Kiddie Koral for youngsters with crafts and inflatables. Guests should stick around for the exciting (and delicious) Mid-America Regional Chili Cook-Off on Sept. 7.
The event runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Visit bluegrasschilifest.com.
4. Aviation Festival
Sept. 21 – Norman
Learn the ins and outs of the aviation world at Max Westheimer Airport at the University of Oklahoma.
The 13th annual Aviation Festival, free to the public, runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers static aircraft displays and question-and-answer sessions with professionals. Enjoy a kids corner with tours of the hangar, hands-on science-technology-engineering-and-math activities, and appearances from Caesar, a bomb-sniffing dog, and OU’s pony mascots, Boomer and Sooner.
Lunch is free, and snow-cones and other treats are available to purchase. Visit ou.edu/airport/events/festival.
3. Oklahoma Regatta Festival
Oct. 4-6 – OKC
Experience an entertaining day on the water at OKC’s RiverSport Adventures.
Sporting competitions include dragon boating, whitewater rafting, kayaking and rowing; you’ll have a front row seat to all the action on the lawn.
Apart from a riveting regatta, the festival offers beer gardens and food trucks to enjoy. New this year is the concurrent Thrive Outside Expo on Oct. 5. This exhibition offers a variety of informative stations where kids and adults alike can learn about getting active in the outdoors.
2. National Weather Festival
Oct. 26 – Norman
The University of Oklahoma’s National Weather Center plays host to this educational event for all ages that shines a light on the state’s important weather-related organizations.
For the aspiring meteorologist – or just for those keen on learning more about how weather works – this festival has tours of the center’s premier facilities, along with meet-and-greets with some of Oklahoma’s most popular broadcast meteorologists.
Other highlights include displays of emergency response vehicles, drone demonstrations, a children’s area, food trucks and the opportunity to issue your own tornado warning.
The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit ou.edu/nwc/visit/national-weather-festival.
1. Festival Food
The most delicious part of any festival is the bevy of food options available. From multicultural delicacies to classic grub, you can find just about anything at Oklahoma events.
Tulsa Greek Festival
The menu at the Tulsa Greek Festival spans from souvlaki – a chicken or pork shish kabob with rice and green beans – to rice pilaf, tyropita and baklava.
You can’t go wrong with the food options at Tulsa’s Scotfest. Popular choices include fish and chips, haggis and shortbread. Stick around for several beers on tap.
Oklahoma Czech Festival
The Czech Festival offers a variety of foods to nosh, including kolaches – pastries filled with sausage, cheese or fruit – plus sausages and klobasy sandwiches.
Fin and Feather
Food trucks abound at the Fin and Feather Fall festival, or you can try Soda Steve’s on the property. Menu items include a variety of burgers, funky salads, fries and sandwiches.
Dusk ’Til Dawn Blues Festival
Through Sept. 2
OK Blues Hall of Fame, Rentiesville
American Banjo Museum, OKC
Bluegrass and Chili Festival
Oklahoma History Center, OKC
Let It Be Arts Festival
Kiefer City Park
Coweta Fall Festival
Broken Arrow Events Park
Norman Film Festival
Wiley Post Festival
506 Williams St., Maysville
Guthrie Green, Tulsa
Skiatook Pioneer Day Festival and Rodeo
Skiatook Central Park Corner
Buckin’ Wild Music Festival
Lost Creek Ranch, Erick
Tulsa Greek Festival
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Tulsa
Medicine Stone Music Festival
Diamondhead Resort, Tahlequah
Stone River Music Festival
343188 E. 870 Road, Chandler
Hennessey Wine and Chocolate Festival
Arts ’N’ Action Festival
Tillman County Courthouse Square, Frederick
Wings and Wheels Festival
Anadarko Municipal Airport
Elk City Fall Festival
Max Westheimer Airport, Norman
Oklahoma Book Festival
Boathouse District, OKC
Fall Festival at the Orr Family Farm
Sept. 21-Nov. 9
Orr Family Farm, OKC
Perle Mesta Park, OKC
Pumpkin Festival at Shepherd’s Cross
Sept. 24-Nov. 9
Shepherd’s Cross, Claremore
Illinois River Jam
Peyton’s Place, Tahlequah
Fin and Feather Fall Festival
Fin and Feather Resort, Gore
Oklahoma Born and Branded Festival
Oklahoma Street, Guthrie
Elmer Thomas Park, Lawton
Haunted Castle Halloween Festival
Sept. 27-Oct. 26
The Castle of Muskogee
Sucker Day Festival
Main Street, Wetumka
Plaza District Festival
Plaza District, OKC
Grape Stomp Festival
Canadian River Winery, Lexington
Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival
Cottonwood Flats Recreation Area, Guthrie
Farmers Market Pavilion, Edmond
Honobia Bigfoot Festival and Conference
Kiamichi Mountain Mission Campgrounds, Honobia
Oklahoma Regatta Festival
RiverSport Adventures, OKC
Rock Island Arts Festival
Rock Island Depot, Chickasha
The Church Studio, Tulsa
Fiesta de las Americas
Historic Capitol Hill, OKC
Oklahoma Czech Festival
Main Street, Yukon
Idabel Fall Festival
Tulsa American Film Festival
Kendall-Whittier Main Street
Wolf Creek Park, Grove
Watonga Cheese Festival
Owasso Harvest Festival
Redbud Festival Park
Boo on Bell Fall Festival
Main Street and Bell Avenue, Shawnee
River West Festival Park, Tulsa
Poteau Balloon Fest
LeFlore County Fair Grounds, Poteau
Robbers Cave Fall Festival
Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton
Talihina Fall Foliage Festival
School Agriculture Barn
National Weather Festival
National Weather Center, Norman
Dia de los Muertos Festival
Living Arts of Tulsa
Will Rogers Days
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Claremore
Chamber Music Festival
McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, Stillwater
Beavers Bend Folk
Festival and Craft Show
Forest Heritage Center Museum, Broken Bow
Frisco Avenue, Clinton
Minco Honey Festival
Minco High School