Fifteen Festivals for Family-Fun this Spring
A season of rebirth, spring is the perfect time to get out on the town and expose yourself to some sunshine! Luckily, there’s ample opportunity to grow and embrace new cultures, listen to bands from near and far while appreciating all of the things you already know you love.
When it comes to family fun, you better hop to it! There’s no time to waste in marking your calendar for unique events like the Hop Jam Festival happening this May. The best thing about festivals is that there are plenty of weekends to fill your date book with family time.
Whether you’re into food, drinks, art, culture, music, cars, the environment or all of the above, this list is bound to offer some direction. You won’t have to travel far to expand your world view, and your senses can taste all of the great things life has to offer by hitting up one of these local festivals during the months of April, May and June.
April 22; Sand Springs: What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by experiencing the goods of the land? The Herbal Affair and Festival in Sands Springs is an environmentalist’s dream, with more than 100 vendors bringing in all of the herbs, heirloom plants and gardening awesomeness every outdoor enthusiast adores. With food vendors offering Amish, Greek, BBQ, Mediterranean and other American grub, why not honor the Earth by having fun here?
April 22; Tulsa: The Quilt, Art and Music Festival is another great ode to the what’s good on the planet. The Carrie Dickerson Foundation hosts the festival that features live music, Earthly inspired art presentations and of course, delicious food from local vendors.
April 25-30; Oklahoma City: The Festival of the Arts has been kicking off spring sunshine since 1967, and it’s easy to understand why with three artful categories devoted to showcasing talent in the arts. More than 450 visual artists, thirty-one culinary arts vendors and more than 300 entertainers of all walks of life make up this legit spread of versatile, enjoyable art forms!
April 27-29; Norman: The Norman Music Festival promises performers from several different genres. Free to the public, what began as a one-day event nine years ago has grown into two nights and one full day of awesome music. The event is managed by a 100% volunteer-run board of directors. Don’t worry if you show up on an empty stomach, there will be plenty of food vendors located throughout festival grounds.
April 28-30; Yukon: The Iron Thistle Scottish Festival promises a family-fun atmosphere filled with Scottish-inspired coolness. The Kirkpatrick Family Farm in Yukon hosts the event. Music, dancing and food are just a few small pieces of the Celtic style pie being served, and the entire family is bound to want seconds.
May 5-6; Bixby: The 16th Annual Bixby BBQ and Blues Festival is coming around the bend in early May at Washington Irving Memorial Park. There’s beer, blues and BBQ – a trifecta of perfection in Bixby.
May 11-14; Broken Arrow: The Rooster Days Festival is feeling frisky in 2017 because it is the year of the Rooster! The festival has been around for 86 years and it’s still going strong. With live entertainment, food and wine, the Rooster Days Marketplace has extra flair featuring artisans from all over the state.
May 18-21; Tulsa: Tulsa International Mayfest has been bringing the best in arts and humanities to downtown Tulsa since the early seventies. It began as Jubilee ’73 and has evolved into Mayfest, a nationally recognized festival and artistic hub featuring music, art and delicious food. With something for everyone in the family, it’s an ideal stop on the way to summer.
May 21; Tulsa: Speaking of hip ways to get excited for the happiness summer brings, The HopJam Beer and Music Festival is on the must-see list for family fun this spring. HANSON and their Hanson Brothers Beer Co. founded the festival in 2014, and since then it’s featured great musical acts and even better craft beer.
May 27; Tulsa: Memorial Day weekend is prime time to honor those that have served the country, and parents can help educate their children and support the military by signing up for a weekend filled with fun stuff at the OK Route 66 Patriot Fest. There’s something to please everyone with a car show, military exhibits, live entertainment and a pet show, what better way to kick off the summer?
June 2-3; Edmond: If cars are your thing, the Oklahoma Route 66 Corvette Round Up in Edmond should be on your calendar. All seven generations of the Corvette will be there, and the family-friendly backdrop of food, live music and door prizes means every generation in your family will enjoy it.
June 4; Yukon: The Chisolm Trail and Crawfish Festival is a Cajun western festival at the Kirkpatrick Family Farm in Yukon. Guests enter free of charge and can expect delicious Cajun food, living history reenactments and crawfish races to boot. Add a live Cajun soundtrack and it’s the perfect fit for the entire family.
June 9-11; Oklahoma City: A great way to round out spring is with the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival in early June. More than 1,000 American Indian artists and performers from over 100 tribes throughout North America will be showcasing exquisite examples of their talent with Oklahoma City as their stage. The famous dance competition that draws performers from Northern and Southern tribes to the same stage is a rare occurrence not to be missed!
June 22-25; Oklahoma City: The fourth annual Oklahoma City Jazz Fest is a pleasantly sounding showcase of artists on both indoor and outdoor stages. Al Jarreau, Color Me Badd and The Gap Band headlined last year’s concert, and this year’s lineup is sure to impress.
June 22-24; Bixby: It doesn’t get more community focused or Earth inspired in Oklahoma than in Bixby during the last weekend in June. The annual Green Corn Festival has agricultural roots and features live music, scrumptious food, a carnival, a parade and of course great games and contests to intrigue the entire family.
With so many great options to choose from, there’s hardly an excuse to not step outside to smell the flowers, hear the music or taste the treats of local vendors this spring. Go here for more information on how to enjoy your free time by supporting local artisans and having fun while you’re at it!