If you’re already feeling the fall spirit, you’re not alone. From pumpkin spice lattes to fall leaves to festivals, fall is in the air and I love it! In Oklahoma, September and October are full of outdoor festivals; some are actually quite unique. From festivals celebrating Bigfoot to the return of the American white pelican to Grand Lake, mark your calendar to attend these 9 unique festivals in Oklahoma:
1. Frontier Days, Tecumseh (September 15 - 17, 2016)
Held the 3rd weekend in September, Tecumseh Frontier Days is a family-friendly festival that celebrates Tecumseh's history. Attendees can see NativeAmerican dancers, live music, costume characters from the 1800s, carnival, car shows and enjoy the spirit of the Old West at this unique festival.
2. International Festival, Lawton (September 23 - 25, 2016)
This unique International Festival is held at the Elmer Thomas Park in Lawton and is a multi-cultural event held over a 3-day period. Live entertainment from the stage will entertain you from around the globe, and kids will love the children's play area, food and concerts. Admission and parking are free.
3. Honobia Bigfoot Festival, Honobia (September 30 - October 1, 2016)
Bigfoot enthusiasts gather every year in Honobia (famous for Bigfoot sightings). Visitors can enjoy live music, food, vendors, Bigfoot souvenirs, arts and crafts, speakers, a kid zone and possibly spot Bigfoot himself.
4. Wild West Festival, McAlester (September 30 - October 1, 2016)
The Wild West Festival celebrates the birth of historic McAlester with a full schedule. Festival-goers will enjoy live entertainment, a showing of True Grit in the park, gun fight reenactments, carnival rides, games, lumber jack shows, food and lots more.
5. Pelican Festival, Grove (October 7 - 8, 2016)
Every year this festival celebrates the return of the American white pelican to the waters of Grand Lake in Grove. Visitors can enjoy food, arts and crafts, a parade, fireworks, pelican viewing and entertainment.
6. Poteau BallonFest, Poteau (October 14 - 15, 2016)
If you think this festival is all about hot air balloons, then you'll be surprised to see how much there actually is to do at this fun festival. From mud runs, to burnout competitions, to monster truck races, this festival is filled with unique things for all ages.
7. Robbers Cave Fall Festival, Wilburton (October 14 - 16, 2016)
Celebrating its 30th year, the Robbers Cave Fall Festival features over 200 arts and crafts booths, a classic car show with over 500 cars, live entertainment, food and vendors. Close to 70,000 people visit this unique festival every year and it's one you definitely don't want to miss.
8. Oktoberfest, Tulsa (October 20 - 23, 2016)
As one of the five largest Oktoberfests in the nation, and one of the top in the world, Linde Oktoberfest in Tulsa is unlike anything else in the state. Enjoy authentic Bavarian culture, great beer, German bands, games and competitions and much more. If you've never been to this unique festival in the Sooner State, put it on your calendar this year!
9. Talihina Fall Festival, Talihina (October 29, 2016)
There's no better time to drive the Talimena Scenic Drive then in the fall and the town of Talihina celebrates fall with a bang. Enjoy food, live entertainment, 5k run, arts and crafts and a car show, before taking the beautiful drive on the Talimena National Byway.