Take some time to venture outside the metros for numerous community events this month.

In Shawnee, the FireLake Fireflight Balloon Festival runs Aug. 13-14 at 1702 S. Gordon Cooper Dr. The skyline will transform into a beautiful mix of colorful hot air balloons, launching from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Powwow Grounds.

Fans of Oklahoma history won’t want to miss the Will Rogers and Wiley Post Fly-in on Aug. 14 at Oologah’s Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch.

Rock out at the Blanchard Bluegrass Festival, Aug. 20-21 at Lions Park. Along with fun for the whole family, you’ll hear talented musicians jamming together in a casual, friendly environment. 

Other goodies this month include the Fly Film Festival, running Aug. 6-7 at Enid’s Gaslight Theatre; the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival and Rodeo Aug. 12-14 at Jeff Davis Park in Rush Springs; and the Cat Video Festival on Aug. 7 at OKC’s Myriad Botanical Gardens.