Now that spring is here, we can expect consistent weather and start planning where to go and what events and festivals to attend, right? Lately it seems like winter just won’t let go, but now is the time to move on and see what fun festivities await.
While I was making a list of the different festivals and events, what stood out first were the music and art festivals.
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In Stillwater, you can attend an arts and music festival on the same day. The Stillwater Arts Festival, Friday April 15 and Saturday April 16, on Main Street, is in its 43rd year. Once you’ve seen all the wonderful art presented by nearly 100 artists, head to the Community Center in the town of Stillwater for the Stillwater Music Festival, also on Friday April 15 and Saturday April 16. There will be two days of free music, food and fun.
The hugely popular Festival of the Arts will take place April 19-24 at Bicentennial Park in Oklahoma City. Famous for its International Food Row, it’s an amazing event that’s always great to attend.
And don’t forget that the Norman Music Festival will take place on April 28 and 29 on Main Street in Norman. It will feature over 100 bands covering a wide range of music.
The Downtown Edmond Arts Festival runs April 29 through May 1, and The Trail of Tears Art Show ends April 30 at Cherokee Springs Plaza in Tahlequah.
If you’re looking for a different art event, the annual Mural Fest 66 on April 30 will bring live artists to Miami, Oklahoma, a popular Route 66 destination. You can tour downtown and listen to music while the paintings murals come to life on the walls of buildings.
If you like to hit the road or “go on a cruise,” these events and festivals featuring automobiles and motorcycles might pique your interest. How about Cruise in for Coffee on Saturday, April 16 in Midwest City or Cruis’n Oklahoma Hennessey Edition on April 24? Cruisin’ The Chisholm Trail Car and Motorcycle Show will be held April 22-23 on Main Street in Duncan.
And three other events offer a distinctive type of thrill. The Apache Rattlesnake Festival runs Thursday, April 14 through Sunday, April 17 in Apache; the annual Waynoka Rattlesnake Hunt, which began in the 1940s, will take place April 22-24; and Greer County Courthouse Square will host the Mangum Rattlesnake Derby from April 29 through May 1.
If adorable baby goats are more your thing, the Un-Wine with Baby Goats event takes place on April 30 in Drumright. You can enjoy wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres and relaxing outside where the baby goats will run free. This event is for ages 21 and up only.
For sheer beauty, you can’t go wrong with one of the largest displays of spring bulbs in the state at the annual event known as the Tulsa Botanic Blooms, through Sunday, April 17. This highlight of color, to me, is both relaxing and breath-taking. -plug. The Azalea Festival in Muskogee runs through April 30. Enid’s skies are sure to light up in incredible color during the Kites Over Enid spring event on 23rd and 24th April.
Now, at most of the festivals and events mentioned here, you can find some pretty tasty food. But if you’re looking for a focused event where the main attraction is food, look no further than A Taste of Claremore on April 23, where the city’s favorite restaurants are showcased.
At the Stride Bank Center in Enid, you’ll find plenty of Red Dirt BBQ on April 22nd and 23rd.
If you’re the “all you can eat” type, head to Chandler on April 29 for the Bell Cow Boil Crawfish Festival. Along with crawfish, you can sample potatoes, corn, kidney beans, and rice at this hugely popular annual event.
Naturally, there are many events marking Easter with egg hunts across the state. For a complete list of all the events and festivals happening in Oklahoma, go to Travelok.com.
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Dino Lalli is the co-host and one of the reporters for the weekly television travel show Discover Oklahoma.