Top 20 Events and Festivals in Oklahoma USA
Top Events USA showcases the top 20 Oklahoma USA events, festivals and fairs.
The top of the Oklahoma events include the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo – one of the centerpieces of the ProRodeo season – and the
Oklahoma State Fair that is recognized as “Oklahoma’s Premier Family Attraction”.
See below for a complete list of the main Oklahoma US events.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
A popular affair for over 15 years, and very busy event that is often sold out, the Chocolate Decadence event is one of Oklahoma City’s most anticipated events, especially with Valentine’s Day in mind, and features decadent chocolate treats from premier local restaurants and caterers as well as copious offerings of jazz, wine and champagne, gourmet coffees and the ever popular Valentine auction.
For more information about the Chocolate Decadence event visit:
Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo
end March to early April
Oklahoma State Fair Arena – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Recognized as one of the top 20 Events and Festivals in Oklahoma USA, The championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's circuit, the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City is one of the centerpieces of the ProRodeo season and one of the richest rodeos in the world in terms of prize money. Attracting more than 50,000 visitors each year the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo features the country's most talented competitors competing in “sudden death”' knockout rounds until a champion is found.
For more information about the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City visit:
Dogwood Days Festival
The small-town, springtime festival of Dogwood Days in Idabel arose to celebrate the pink and white blooms of the thousands of dogwood trees. Celebratory events now include a country showdown dance contest, chainsaw carving demonstrations, a boat show, a 5k run/walk, volleyball tournament, Easter Eggstravaganza, barbecue cook-off, retail sidewalk sales, food vendors, craft vendors, and entertainment specifically for children.
For more information about the Dogwood Days Festival in Idabel visit:
entire month of April
One of the main Oklahoma US events, named as one of the United States’ “top 100 events” by the National Bus Association, the Azalea Festival at Honor Heights Park has been hailed as one of Muskogee’s premier events, attracting over 300,000 visitors. The Azalea Festival includes a parade through downtown Muskogee, with a Chili Cook-off and Barbecue contest. Honor Heights Park, one of the most popular attractions in Muskogee welcoming over half a million visitors each year, features a pond, fountain, swimming pool, hiking trails, and a waterfall.
For more information about the Azalea Festival in Muskogee visit:
Celebrating and commemorating the Land Run of 1889 and the birth of Guthrie, the 89er Celebration offers fun for the whole family and includes a parade, carnival, chuckwagon feed, food and craft vendors, an 1889 style baseball game, 5K & 10K run, and window displays. Highlight of the festival, now celebrated for 80 consecutive years, is the 89er Days Parade complete with wagons, buggies, horse riding groups, round up clubs, antique cars and marching bands.
For more information about the 89er Celebration in Guthrie visit:
Festival of the Arts
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Known as Oklahoma City’s annual “rite of spring”, the Festival of the Arts attracts more than 750,000 visitors each year with the work of some of the finest artists in the USA, an International Food Row serving Indian, Mexican, German, Asian, and popular USA foods, continuous live entertainment on four stages, and a children’s area with fun activities.
For more information about the Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City visit:
Norman Music Festival
The free Norman Music Festival taking place in the heart of Norman features a range of independent music performed by over 100 live bands of every type from indie pop to rock-‘n-roll in all sorts of venues, from outdoor stages to local pubs and other such venues. Also a part of the festival are poetry slams, spoken word performances, artist demonstrations and craft booths, and popular fair food.
For more information about the Norman Music Festival visit:
Red Fern Festival
A unique event that has won awards from the state Tourism and Recreation Department and the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association, the Red Fern Festival celebrates the classic children’s novel “Where the Red Fern Grows”, a story about a boy and his dogs by native author Wilson Rawls. The Red Fern Festival relives the simpler times of bygone eras with old-fashioned family activities including everything from hound dog field trials, a traditional tractor parade, children’s games from the 1930s, a vintage car show, live music, and rustic food vendors.
For more information about the Red Fern Festival in Tahlequah visit:
Fried Onion Burger Day Festival
El Reno, Oklahoma
The Burger Day Festival is a tribute to the fried onion hamburger, cooked daily in El Reno since the early 1900s. Visitors to the festival can witness the cooking of the World’s largest fried onion hamburger, weighing over 750 pounds. Other festivities include rides, games, live entertainment, a classic car show, craft show, cycle show, burger eating contest, The Bun Run, and more.
For more information about the Fried Onion Burger Day Festival in El Reno visit: http://elrenoburgerday.wordpress.com
Tulsa International Mayfest
Famed for presenting the very best in arts and entertainment, the Tulsa International Mayfest is a huge spring festival that has been running with great success for forty years, and which features an array of multi-disciplined arts, including dance, music and the visual arts. Attracting more than 350,000 people every year, the Tulsa International Mayfest highlights five indoor galleries, and uses lots of outdoor venues for even more fine arts displays, arts & crafts presentations, four stages of performing artists, great food venues and the child friendly and entertaining KidZone.
For more information about the Tulsa International Mayfest visit:
Red Earth Festival
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Showcasing more than 1,200 American Indian artists and dancers from all over the USA and representing over 200 different tribes, the Red Earth Festival has become one of the most respected visual and performing Pow Wows in America, complete with a downtown parade, followed by the Grand Entry, drum and dance contests including fancy feather dancing, and a juried art show of Native American-inspired works.
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Bartlesville Round-up Club (BRUC) Rodeo
Established in 1941, the Bartlesville Round-up Club hosts the three-day Bartlesville Rodeo that has been a huge success for 30 years and which features eight standard events, as well as breakaway roping and ranch bronc riding, and the popular Queen and Little Britches Contest.
For more information about the Bartlesville Round-up Club (BRUC) Rodeo visit:
Showcasing more than 30 hot-air balloons from various states, the free Gatesway Balloon Festival features balloon competitions, as well as family activities, live entertainment, live horse racing arts & crafts, and tempting food. Twice named Oklahoma’s top tourist attraction by former governor Frank Keating, the Gatesway Balloon Festival that has been an important and popular Oklahoma attraction for 19 years showcases the skills of top balloon pilots navigating large and specialty balloons.
For more information about the Gatesway Balloon Festival in Claremore visit:
Oklahoma State Fair
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attracting almost a million visitors, the Oklahoma State Fair is seen as one of the top 20 events and festivals in Oklahoma USA, and has been a hugely popular event for over a century and is recognized as “Oklahoma’s Premier Family Attraction”. A wealth of attractions include opening ceremonies, performances by big names in all sorts of music from country to hard rock, Disney On Ice displays and performances, appearances by the newly crowned Miss Oklahoma State Fair and Miss Oklahoma Outstanding Teen, the popular Centennial Frontier Experience – a fun and entertaining historical attraction, rodeo events, livestock showing and bull riding action.
For more information about the Oklahoma State Fair visit:
Named one of the top German food festivals in the USA by Bon Appetit magazine and saluted by USA Today as one of the Top 10 places in the world to celebrate this popular event, the Oktoberfest in Tulsa is one of the largest German celebrations in the United States. This version of the generally popular German folk heritage festival is, as expected, filled with beer pong competitions, wiener dog races, polka lessons and sessions, a rip-roaring beer keg race, popular German foods such as bratwurst with sauerkraut or smoked turkey legs, an on-site German marketplace, and chances to sample authentic German beer, to enjoy dance troupe performances and spoil the children with a variety of carnival rides.
For more information about the Tulsa Oktoberfest visit:
Robbers Cave Fall Festival & Car Show
A popular event for 26 years, the annual Robbers Cave Fall Festival & Car Show attracts more than 70,000 visitors each year for three days of quality arts and crafts from soap to furniture to jewelry, the Fall Foliage Cruise which hosts between 450 and 500 pre-1979 cars and trucks, an Halloween Carnival and “Boo Parade” for young and old, as well as music for all tastes and food for even more.
For more information about the Robbers Cave Fall Festival in Wilburton, visit:
Watonga Cheese Festival & Arts Show
Watonga is best known for its cheese plant, in operation since 1940 and is part of the draw to thousands of visitors to the annual cheese festival. Cheese lovers enjoy two days of fun filled musical entertainment, cheese tasting, art show, quilt show, classic car show, children's games and 5K run. Highlights include the big time parade on Saturday, along with a cheese food contest and rat race.
For more information about the Watonga Cheese Festival & Arts Show visit: http://www.watongacheesefestival.com
Poteau Balloon Fest
This award winning popular hot air balloon festival features not only hot air balloons but live entertainment such as America’s Best Frisbee Dogs, Muts Gone Nuts, a Magician, BMX Freestyle Team & new is Derek Cook FMX. Also happening are mud pit races, tethered balloon rides, helicopter rides, carnival rides, monster truck rides, arts, craft & food vendors, pet contests, Little Ms. & Mr. Balloon Fest, the KCBS State BBQ Cook-Off and much more.
For more information about the Poteau Balloon Fest visit:
Gazette’s Halloween Parade
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
A popular parade through downtown and midtown Oklahoma City, the Gazette’s Halloween Parade, also known as the Ghouls Gone Wild Parade, showcases more than 2,000 costumed participants attracting over 60,000 viewers. Recognized by Creative Oklahoma as a “Great Inspiration”, the Gazette’s Halloween Parade features everything from ghouls and ghosts to monsters, weird space creatures and zombies, as well as scary floats and live bands.
For more information about Gazette’s Halloween Parade in Oklahoma City visit:
Beavers Bend Folk Life Festival and Craft Show
Beavers Bend, Oklahoma
Showcasing turn-of-the-century arts and crafts, the Beavers Bend Folk Life Festival and Craft Show has been a popular event for 16 years and includes a number of fun events. Some 70 exhibitors and vendors showcase all sorts of crafts and skills from woodturning to soap making, quilt creating and instrument making. There are concerts by some of the best folk musicians in the USA, hayrides, a variety of food with festival favorites like kettle korn, corn dogs and funnel cakes and fun for children includes storytellers, puppet making, and a petting zoo.
For more information about the Beavers Bend Folk Life Festival and Craft Show visit: http://www.beaversbend.com
Festival of Light
November / December
This holiday extravaganza draws more than 300,000 visitors from across the USA. A thousand local volunteers come together to create the over-3-million-lights spectacle in 43-acre Shannon Springs Park. Carriage rides provide the best views. Other attractions include one of America’s largest Christmas trees, 100 lakeside displays, trees and walkways, the Crystal Bridge of 75,000 lights, holiday music, concessions, Santa, and shopping.
For more information about the Festival of Light visit:
Drive through Castleton Village, filled with over 2,000 lighted holiday displays. Open every night, Thursday November 28th through Tuesday, December 31st, 6-10pm. FREE, and donations are gratefully accepted. Take a hayride or a carriage ride through the Village, or ride the ponies or the camel (all weather permitting)! Don’t miss the petting zoo. Stop inside The Castle for the Christmas Shoppe, free family movies, unique merchants, and the Royal Garden Cafe. Make ornaments in Santa’s workshop and warm up by the fireplace. Visit with Father Christmas on select evenings!
Check our Calendar for the list of activities available on each night, with prices for each at http://okcastle.com/castle-christmas
updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.