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.

7. Linde

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

Bluegrass and Chili Festival – Sept. 6-7 –Downtown Wagoner

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  

Aviation Festival – Sept. 21 – Max Westheimer Airport, Norman

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

Oklahoma Regatta Festival, Oct. 4-6, Riversport Adventures, OKC

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.

Visit riversportokc.org.

2. National Weather Festival  

National Weather Festival – Oct. 26 – National Weather Center, Norman

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

Scotfest – Sept. 13-15 – Broken Arrow Events Park

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
Fall Festival

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.

Linde Oktoberfest

Dusk ’Til Dawn Blues Festival
Through Sept. 2
OK Blues Hall of Fame, Rentiesville

Banjo Fest
Sept. 5-7
American Banjo Museum, OKC

Bluegrass and Chili Festival
Sept. 6-7
Downtown Wagoner

Sept. 7
Oklahoma History Center, OKC

Let It Be Arts Festival
Sept. 7-8
Kiefer City Park

Coweta Fall Festival
Sept. 12-14

Sept. 13-15
Broken Arrow Events Park

Norman Film Festival
Sept. 14

Wiley Post Festival
Sept. 14
506 Williams St., Maysville

Sept. 14
Guthrie Green, Tulsa

Skiatook Pioneer Day Festival and Rodeo
Sept. 19-21
Skiatook Central Park Corner

Buckin’ Wild Music Festival
Sept. 19-21
Lost Creek Ranch, Erick

Tulsa Greek Festival
Sept. 19-22
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Tulsa

Medicine Stone Music Festival
Sept. 20-22
Diamondhead Resort, Tahlequah

Stone River Music Festival
Sept. 20-22
343188 E. 870 Road, Chandler

Hennessey Wine and Chocolate Festival
Sept. 21
Memorial Park

Arts ’N’ Action Festival
Sept. 21
Tillman County Courthouse Square, Frederick

Wings and Wheels Festival
Sept. 21
Anadarko Municipal Airport

Elk City Fall Festival
Sept. 21
Convention Center

Aviation Festival
Sept. 21
Max Westheimer Airport, Norman

Oklahoma Book Festival
Sept. 21
Boathouse District, OKC

Fall Festival at the Orr Family Farm
Sept. 21-Nov. 9
Orr Family Farm, OKC

Mesta Festa
Sept. 22
Perle Mesta Park, OKC

Pumpkin Festival at Shepherd’s Cross
Sept. 24-Nov. 9
Shepherd’s Cross, Claremore

Illinois River Jam
Sept. 26-28
Peyton’s Place, Tahlequah

Fin and Feather Fall Festival
Sept. 27-29
Fin and Feather Resort, Gore

Oklahoma Born and Branded Festival
Sept. 27-29
Oklahoma Street, Guthrie

International Festival
Sept. 27-29
Elmer Thomas Park, Lawton

Haunted Castle Halloween Festival
Sept. 27-Oct. 26
The Castle of Muskogee

Sucker Day Festival
Sept. 28
Main Street, Wetumka

Plaza District Festival
Sept. 28
Plaza District, OKC

Grape Stomp Festival
Sept. 29
Canadian River Winery, Lexington

Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival
Oct. 3-5
Cottonwood Flats Recreation Area, Guthrie

Oct. 4
Farmers Market Pavilion, Edmond

Honobia Bigfoot Festival and Conference
Oct. 4-5
Kiamichi Mountain Mission Campgrounds, Honobia

Oklahoma Regatta Festival
Oct. 4-6
RiverSport Adventures, OKC

Rock Island Arts Festival
Oct. 4-6
Rock Island Depot, Chickasha

Oct. 5
The Church Studio, Tulsa

Fiesta de las Americas
Oct. 5
Historic Capitol Hill, OKC

Oklahoma Czech Festival
Oct. 5
Main Street, Yukon

Idabel Fall Festival
Oct. 5

Tulsa American Film Festival
Oct. 9-13
Kendall-Whittier Main Street

Pelican Festival
Oct. 10-13
Wolf Creek Park, Grove

Watonga Cheese Festival
Oct. 11-12

Owasso Harvest Festival
Oct. 12
Redbud Festival Park

Boo on Bell Fall Festival
Oct. 17-19
Main Street and Bell Avenue, Shawnee

Linde Oktoberfest
Oct. 17-20
River West Festival Park, Tulsa

Poteau Balloon Fest
Oct. 18-19
LeFlore County Fair Grounds, Poteau

Robbers Cave Fall Festival
Oct. 18-20
Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton

Talihina Fall Foliage Festival
Oct. 26
School Agriculture Barn

National Weather Festival
Oct. 26
National Weather Center, Norman

Dia de los Muertos Festival
Nov. 1
Living Arts of Tulsa

Will Rogers Days
Nov. 1-4
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Claremore

Chamber Music Festival
Nov. 7-10
McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, Stillwater

Beavers Bend Folk 

Festival and Craft Show
Nov. 8-10
Forest Heritage Center Museum, Broken Bow

Chocolate Festival
Dec. 3
Frisco Avenue, Clinton

Minco Honey Festival
Dec. 7
Minco High School

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