Oklahoma has many fabulous festivals that will have you coming back year after year. You can find German food, Indian art, beautiful flowers and so much more at these unique festivals in the state. Here are 10 festivals in the Sooner state to put on the calendar:
1. Azalea Festival: Muskogee - April
Voted a U.S. "Top 100 event" by the National Bus Association, the Azalea Festival is held in April in Muskogee at Honor Heights Park. The festival brings in over 300,000 visitors every year and includes a parade, chili cook-off and barbecue contest.
2. Norman Music Festival: Norman - April
This free event features over 100 bands from several genres performing at many different venues in the city. It is a 2 night event that takes place in late April.
3. Fried Onion Burger Day Festival: El Reno - May
Held as a tribute to the fried onion burger, visitors can watch the cooking of the world's largest fried onion burger, weighing over 750 pounds. Enjoy the classic car show, craft show, games, live entertainment and more.
4. Red Earth Festival: Oklahoma City - June
More than 1,200 Indian artists and dancers gather from all over the country to celebrate their heritage. This award winning festival has become a prestigious model for all other Indian art shows around the United States. Visitors can enjoy the entertainment and purchase many products from the vendors at the festival.
5. Oklahoma State Fair: Oklahoma City - September
One of the most popular events in Oklahoma is the Oklahoma State Fair, bringing in almost a million visitors every year. Besides the Oklahoma State Fair, you can find many other county fairs in Oklahoma in September. You will find all the fun fair activities and shows at this event.
6. Tulsa Oktoberfest: Tulsa - October
One of the largest German celebrations in the country is held in Tulsa every October. Visit the on-site German marketplace , sample German beer, eat popular German foods and participate in some polka lessons.
7. Watonga Cheese & Wine Festival: Watonga - October
The city of Watonga is best known for its cheese plant that has been in operation since 1940. For 2 days it draws in visitors to participate in a parade, rat races, 5k run, games, cheese and wine tasting, quilt show and so much more.
8. Poteau Balloon Fest: Poteau - October
An award winning popular hot air balloon festival that features America's Best Frisbee Dogs, along with live entertainment, hot air balloons, Muts Gone Nuts, monster truck rides, food and much more.
9. Beaver's Bend Folk Festival: Broken Bow - November
Step back in time and enjoy folk music, arts and crafts, and even a petting zoo. Learn how to make quilts, instruments, candles and soap, while enjoying all the festival food and drinks.
10. Festival of Lights: Chickasha - November & December
View one of America's largest Christmas trees, over 3 million lights, 100 lakeside displays, holiday music, carriage rides and Santa. This extravaganza can be visited at the 43-acre Shannon Springs Park in Chickasha.
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