Paseo Arts Festival, OKC

Sept. 4-6
Paseo Arts District
Keep your Labor Day plans open for the Paseo Arts Festival, happening in the epynemous OKC district all weekend long.

A slew of artists, entertainers and performers will line the streets for a fully immersive dive into the city’s talented arts community. With works from over 90 visual artists, guests will see photography, paintings, woodwork, jewelry, ceramics and more.

Those looking for performance artists are in luck, as two stages will spotlight singers, songwriters, dancers and other musical acts. 

Children are encourged to visit a special area for activities tailored just for them, including spin art and sculpture classes. Even better, the entire district is teeming with art galleries, restaurants and other specialities shops, so patrons can enjoy the festival for hours on end.

For more information, visit

Oktoberfest, Tulsa

October 21-24
River West Festival Park

You know the drill: delicious German food, folks dressed up, live music around the clock, and yes – plenty of beer. Tulsa’s Linde Oktoberfest returns after a must-aggrieved hiatus in 2020. 

Whether it’s your first time or your tenth, the sheen of Oktoberfest never wears off. You can experience “Bavaria in Oklahoma” with one of the nation’s top-rated cultural celebrations. Highlights include polka dancing, rows of vendor booths with one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, plus authentic markets. Stick around for the iconic Dachshund Dash dog races, plus beer pong competitions and beer keg races. New this year are a Lederhosen Lauf 5K race on opening night, plus the acceptance of credit cards – so no more exchanging of coupons! 

Oktoberfest is open to the public Thursday from 5-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Learn more at 

Aviation Festival, Norman

Oct. 2
Max Westheimer Airport
Those with dreams of sky-high adventures should visit the Max Westheimer Airport for the 15th annual Aviation Festival.

This year marks the 80th year of flight training at the airport, so the event brings more fun than ever with an open house, static aircraft displays and a children’s activity area. Sights to behold include the OU Fleet, an antique Steersman, and the T-6 Texans. The Vance Air Force Base, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and radio control aircraft from the Central Oklahoma Radio Control Society will also have displays on hand to enjoy.

“This is a perfect opportunity to see the airport up close,” said Lance Lamkin, the Max Westheimer Airport Administrator, in a press release. “You get to touch and feel the aircraft and visit with the pilots. This is a wonderful time for children and adults of all ages to explore the aviation world and see the many facets of the airport, aircraft and careers in aviation.”  

Other draws include a model hot air balloon, tours of airplanes, and food and snow cone trucks. Visit for more information.

Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival, Claremore

Nov. 3-6
Will Rogers Memorial Museum

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum is the place to be from Nov. 3-6 as a celebration of ‘Oklahoma’s Favorite Son’ gets into full swing.

The Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival celebrates film and Western heritage icon Rogers, an Oologah native, with a diverse array of film offerings from local, national and international creators. Stick around to see who will win the Dog Iron Award at the award ceremony Nov. 6.

While you’re there, mosey around the museum itself for a variety of informative content. Learn more about the Oklahoma icon with memorabilia, exhibits and helpful guides.

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Tulsa Greek Festival/Greek Street Drive-Thru

Sept. 17-18, 24-25
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

The beauty of Greece is calling at the Tulsa Greek Festival, returning this year live and in person with a hybrid celebration, mixing the popular drive-thru model of last year’s event with traditional entertainment from years prior. 

Authentic and delicious food is a major draw for this event – whether you’re craving gyros, lamb dinners, baklava, ouzo, spanakopita and more. 

Other enticing adventures including live folk dancing performances, replete with traditional garb and music. To curb any health concerns, patrons are able to watch this dazzling entertainment from the safety of their own vehicles. Patrons can also witness live cooking demonstrations, called saganaki, and partake in the delicious results. 

For more information on the festival’s 60th anniversary event, visit 

Poteau Balloon Festival

Oct. 15-16
LeFlore County Fairgrounds

Turn your eyes to the skies this fall as the Poteau Balloon Festival returns for out-of-this-world adventures. From hot air balloon rides to balloon glows, helicopter rides and tethered rides, thrill seekers can certainly get their fill of fun off the ground.

But the festival is more than just balloons – guests can enjoy a variety of arts and crafts booths, plus carnival rides for those wanting to stay planted on the ground. 

If you’re interested in how things work, pilots will be on hand to explain the ins-and-outs of hot air balloon mechanics. Other draws include the Ms. and Mr. Balloon Festival, plus ATV races and pet contests with the Poteau Humane Society. Don’t miss out on Mean Machine monster truck rides and delicious concessions to boot. 

For more information or to book a balloon ride, visit

Regatta Festival, OKC

Oct. 1-3
Oklahoma River

Grab a blanket, grab some friends and head to the Oklahoma River to enjoy the Oklahoma Regatta Festival. 

A celebration of rowing, kayaking, dragon boating, whitewater rafting and family fun, the Regatta Festival offers athletes and spectators alike the chance to see and engage in the best these on-the-water sports have to offer. Athletes come from around the country, competing in collegiate, masters and junior rowing.

For those of us on the sidelines, food trucks and beer gardens abound, along with fireworks to round out days of fierce competition. A variety of special community activities and exhibitions typically run in tandem with the festival, so visit for more information. 

Scotfest, Tulsa

Sept. 17-19
Broken Arrow Event Park
Primarily modeled after the 178-year-old Lonach Gathering and the 189-year-old Braemar Gathering, both in Scotland, Tulsa’s Scotfest is as authentic as it comes. Celebrating Celtic history and heritage, this weekend-long celebration is the perfect pick for all-ages fun. 

A highlight is the Scottish Highland Games, featuring over 160 athletes in events like the caber toss, braemar stone, hammer throw and sheaf toss.

If you’re buzzing for some live music, Scotfest offers it all, from folk to roots and rock to pop. Other entertainment includes highland and Irish dance, whisky tastings, a variety of vendors and a delicious selection of beers. Stick around for educational sessions and workshops, plus sack races, three-legged races and a Scottish ring fling.

For more information, visit  

Rooster Days Festival
Sept. 2-5
Central Park, Broken Arrow

Dusk ’Til Dawn Blues Festival
Sept. 3-5
OK Blues Hall of Fame, Checotah

Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival
Sept. 3-5
Tvshka Homma Tribal Grounds, Tuskahoma

Water Lantern Festival
Sept. 4
Hafer Park, Edmond

Watermelon Festival and Community Fair
Through Sept. 4
310 N. Main St., Ringwood

Paseo Arts Festival
Sept. 4-6
Paseo Arts District, OKC

Bluegrass and Chili Festival
Sept. 10-11
Downtown Wagoner

Red Fern Festival
Sept. 10-11
Norris Park, Tahlequah

Downtown Edmond Arts Festival
Sept. 10-12
Broadway and Second St., Edmond

Iron Thistle Scottish Festival
Sept. 11-12
Mollie Spencer Farm, Yukon

Fall Festival at the Orr Family Farm
Sept. 15-Nov. 13
Orr Family Farm, OKC

Coweta Fall Festival
Sept. 16-18

Tulsa Greek Festival/Greek Street Drive-Thru
Sept. 17-18, 24-25
1222 S. Guthrie, Tulsa

Sept. 17-19
Broken Arrow Event Complex

Wiley Post Festival
Sept. 18
506 Williams St., Maysville

Elk City Fall Festival
Sept. 18-19
Convention Center

Pumpkin Festival at Shepherd’s Cross
Sept. 21-Nov. 6
Shepherd’s Cross, Claremore

Skiatook Pioneer Day Festival
Sept. 23-25
Skiatook Central Park

Muscogee Nation Festival
Sept. 23-26
Claude Cox Omniplex, Okmulgee

Illinois River Jam
Sept. 24-25
Peyton’s Place, Tahlequah

Fin and Feather Fall Festival
Sept. 24-26
Fin and Feather Resort, Gore

International Festival
Sept. 24-26
Elmer Thomas Park, Lawton

Sucker Day Festival
Sept. 25
Main Street, Wetumka

Oklahoma Heritage Farm Fall Festival
Sept. 25-Oct. 31
38512 U.S. Hwy 75, Ramona

Mesta Festa
Sept. 26
Perle Mesta Park, OKC

Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival
Sept. 30-Oct. 2
Cottonwood Flats Recreation Area, Guthrie

Honobia Bigfoot Festival and Conference
Oct. 1-2
Kiamichi Mountain Mission Campgrounds, Honobia

Oklahoma Regatta Festival
Oct. 1-3
RiverSport Adventures, OKC

Aviation Festival
Oct. 2
Max Westheimer Airport, Norman

Plaza District Festival
Oct. 2
Plaza District, OKC

Oklahoma Czech Festival
Oct. 2
Main Street, Yukon

Banjo Fest
Oct. 7-9
OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Theater, OKC

Pelican Festival
Oct. 7-10
Wolf Creek Park, Grove

Watonga Cheese Festival
Oct. 8-9
Downtown Watonga

Owasso Harvest Festival
Oct. 9
Redbud Festival Park

Vinita Oktoberfest
Oct. 9
Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Vinita

Tallgrass Music Festival
Oct. 14-16
2967 W. 133rd S.t N., Skiatook

Poteau Balloon Fest
Oct. 15-16
LeFlore County Fair Grounds, Poteau

Boo on Bell Fall Festival
Oct. 15-17
Main Street and Bell Avenue, Shawnee

Robbers Cave Fall Festival
Oct. 15-17
Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton

Chisholm Trail Festival
Oct. 16
Mollie Spencer Farm, Yukon

Oct. 16-17
Gathering Place, Tulsa

Linde Oktoberfest
Oct. 21-24
River West Festival Park, Tulsa

National Weather Festival
Oct. 25-30

Will Rogers Days
Nov. 3-6
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Claremore

Chamber Music Festival
Nov. 4-7
McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, Stillwater

Dia de los Muertos Festival
Nov. 5
Living Arts of Tulsa

Beavers Bend Folk Festival and Craft Show
Nov. 5-7
Forest Heritage Center Museum, Broken Bow

Talihina Fall Foliage Festival
Nov. 6
School Agriculture Barn

BXTRM Festival
Nov. 13
920 S. Sheridan Rd., Lawton

Chickasha Festival of Light
Nov. 20-Dec. 31
2400 S. Ninth Street, Chickasha

Minco Honey Festival
Dec. 7
Minco High School

Los Festivales y Mercado
Dec. 18
Kendall Whittier District, Tulsa

All festivals on this list are subject to reschedule, go virtual or cancel. Visit individual websites for updates. 

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