For three exciting days, Oklahoma City will be the center of Native American art and culture in America as more than 25,000 people gather to celebrate the 29th Annual Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival at the Cox Convention Center. More than 1,000 American Indian artists, dancers and singers from throughout the country will gather to celebrate the richness and diversity of their heritage at what USA Today just listed as one of the 10 Best Art Festivals in the USA for 2015.
The fun kicks off Friday June 5 in downtown Oklahoma City with a grand parade. Tribal members from throughout the country, many featured in full tribal regalia, will parade around the seven-acre Myriad Botanical Gardens in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. You'll want to arrive early for the 10:00 a.m. start to scout a good spot to watch the action. The parade will last approximately one hour and will signal the opening of the Red Earth Festival Art Market
At the Art Market, visitors can view the work of some of the nation's most celebrated artists, with opportunities to purchase contemporary and traditional examples of beadwork, basketry, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, paintings, graphics and cultural attire during the juried art show and market. Through the years Red Earth has matured into one of the most respected visual and performing arts event of its type - setting the standard for many of today's Indian art shows held throughout the nation.
The first Grand Entry of dance competitors begins at noon on Friday in the Cox Convention Center and Grand Entries are scheduled at noon and 6 pm Friday and Saturday, and at noon on Sunday. Red Earth dancers and singers represent the elite of Native American dance, some of the most gifted and accomplished in the world.
This annual event should be on any visitor's must-see list in June. For more information on this or any of the other fantastic events filling the calendar this June in OKC, be sure to check out VisitOKC.com.