Don’t miss political cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher on Oct. 8 at the Tulsa PAC as he discusses his work and art. Others should venture to the Cox Business Convention Center for Tokyo in Tulsa: Worlds Collide on Oct. 15-17, covering all things pop culture with an emphasis on Japanese animation. The Tulsa State Fair runs through Oct. 10, replete with rides, delicious grub and live music. Everyone’s favorite festival, Linde Oktoberfest, returns Oct. 21-24 at River West Festival Park; don’t miss the dog races, authentic eats and stein competitions. If you prefer a more zen outing, Tulsa Botanic offers Autumn in the Garden through Oct. 31, where one can explore the changing flora around the garden. 

In OKC, the Oklahoma River comes alive Oct. 1-3 with the Oklahoma Regatta Festival. The same weekend, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum hosts the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. And on Oct. 21, Dr. Marc Milstein comes to OKC Town Hall to discuss his latest research on human health. 

Around the state, the Poteau Balloon Festival, Oct. 15-16 at the LeFlore County Fair Grounds, presents gorgeous hot air balloons that ignite the sky. The Robbers Cave Fall Festival, Oct. 15-17 at Wilburton’s Robbers Cave State Park, welcomes tourists and natives alike for car displays, markets and an entertainment stage. And for those in search of a scare, the Trail of Terror and Haunted Barn runs Oct. 22-23 at 2701 W. Tenth St. in El Reno.