Paseo Arts Festival, OKC
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 thepaseo.org/festival.
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 tulsaoktoberfest.org.
Aviation Festival, Norman
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 ou.edu/airport for more information.
Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival, Claremore
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.
For more information, visitdogirons.com or willrogers.com.
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 tulsagreekfestival.com.
Poteau Balloon Festival
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 poteauchamber.com/poteauballoonfest.
Regatta Festival, OKC
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 riversportokc.org for more information.
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 okscotfest.com.
Rooster Days Festival
Central Park, Broken Arrow
Dusk ’Til Dawn Blues Festival
OK Blues Hall of Fame, Checotah
Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival
Tvshka Homma Tribal Grounds, Tuskahoma
Water Lantern Festival
Hafer Park, Edmond
Watermelon Festival and Community Fair
Through Sept. 4
310 N. Main St., Ringwood
Paseo Arts Festival
Paseo Arts District, OKC
Bluegrass and Chili Festival
Red Fern Festival
Norris Park, Tahlequah
Downtown Edmond Arts Festival
Broadway and Second St., Edmond
Iron Thistle Scottish Festival
Mollie Spencer Farm, Yukon
Fall Festival at the Orr Family Farm
Sept. 15-Nov. 13
Orr Family Farm, OKC
Coweta Fall Festival
Tulsa Greek Festival/Greek Street Drive-Thru
Sept. 17-18, 24-25
1222 S. Guthrie, Tulsa
Broken Arrow Event Complex
Wiley Post Festival
506 Williams St., Maysville
Elk City Fall Festival
Pumpkin Festival at Shepherd’s Cross
Sept. 21-Nov. 6
Shepherd’s Cross, Claremore
Skiatook Pioneer Day Festival
Skiatook Central Park
Muscogee Nation Festival
Claude Cox Omniplex, Okmulgee
Illinois River Jam
Peyton’s Place, Tahlequah
Fin and Feather Fall Festival
Fin and Feather Resort, Gore
Elmer Thomas Park, Lawton
Sucker Day Festival
Main Street, Wetumka
Oklahoma Heritage Farm Fall Festival
Sept. 25-Oct. 31
38512 U.S. Hwy 75, Ramona
Perle Mesta Park, OKC
Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival
Sept. 30-Oct. 2
Cottonwood Flats Recreation Area, Guthrie
Honobia Bigfoot Festival and Conference
Kiamichi Mountain Mission Campgrounds, Honobia
Oklahoma Regatta Festival
RiverSport Adventures, OKC
Max Westheimer Airport, Norman
Plaza District Festival
Plaza District, OKC
Oklahoma Czech Festival
Main Street, Yukon
OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Theater, OKC
Wolf Creek Park, Grove
Watonga Cheese Festival
Owasso Harvest Festival
Redbud Festival Park
Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Vinita
Tallgrass Music Festival
2967 W. 133rd S.t N., Skiatook
Poteau Balloon Fest
LeFlore County Fair Grounds, Poteau
Boo on Bell Fall Festival
Main Street and Bell Avenue, Shawnee
Robbers Cave Fall Festival
Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton
Chisholm Trail Festival
Mollie Spencer Farm, Yukon
Gathering Place, Tulsa
River West Festival Park, Tulsa
National Weather Festival
Will Rogers Days
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Claremore
Chamber Music Festival
McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, Stillwater
Dia de los Muertos Festival
Living Arts of Tulsa
Beavers Bend Folk Festival and Craft Show
Forest Heritage Center Museum, Broken Bow
Talihina Fall Foliage Festival
School Agriculture Barn
920 S. Sheridan Rd., Lawton
Chickasha Festival of Light
Nov. 20-Dec. 31
2400 S. Ninth Street, Chickasha
Minco Honey Festival
Minco High School
Los Festivales y Mercado
Kendall Whittier District, Tulsa