Annual Events

No matter what time of year it is, there's always something exciting happening in OKC. From one of the "Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" to cultural celebrations that are uniquely Oklahoman, explore annual events that are yearly favorites to locals and visitors alike.

OKC Annual Events and Information

deadCenter Film Festival

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deadCENTER Film Festival is Oklahoma's largest film festival and one of the "Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" and "Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" according to MovieMaker Magazine.

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An Affair of the Heart

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Each February, June and October, patrons make their way to the An Affair of the Heart show at State Fair Park where they are treated to one of the largest craft shows in the Southwest featuring more than 500 exhibitors from over 30 states displaying antiques, collectibles and handmade items.

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Prix de West

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The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts its prestigious invitational art exhibit of over 300 Western paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation with art seminars, receptions and awards banquet. The exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this prestigious art exhibition.

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OKC Pride Week

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Crowd enjoying Oklahoma City's Pride Parade

The OKC Pride Week calendar is packed with exciting, artistic and celebratory events, like the Pride on 39th Parade & Festival and OKC Pride Fest.

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Chuck Wagon Festival

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This two-day, fun-filled family festival showcases chuck wagon food samples, buttermaking with Ag in the Classroom, artisan demonstrations, bandanna decorating, live music, rope making with Ward Family Trick Ropers, Western re-enactors, face painting, children’s craft stations, photos with a longhorn, giant puzzles, dress up areas and more!

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Paseo Arts Festival

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Each year, this event draws thousands of people who come to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of this event. As the Paseo Arts Association's largest annual fundraiser, the Festival helps to support arts events in the Paseo year-round. In addition to the visiting food vendors and artists, the district's ten restaurants and more than 20 working galleries will also be open during festival hours. Many galleries will host special exhibits and new artists during the Festival.

Oklahoma State Fair

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Midway at Oklahoma State Fair

The Oklahoma State Fair showcases the "best of the best" in Oklahoma's agriculture, manufacturing and commerce. Enjoy family entertainment, educational exhibits and, of course, fair food at this must-do (and must-eat) event.

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Plaza District Festival

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What started as a celebration of the comeback of the revitalized Plaza District, the Plaza District Festival now draws a crowd from around the Oklahoma City area as well as visitors looking for that taste of local. During the daylong festival, you can catch a performance at any of the four stages set up in the district. So whether it's music or dance that strikes your fancy, you'll have plenty to choose from at this festival!

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Oklahoma Regatta Festival

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The Oklahoma Regatta Festival is a celebration of rowing, kayaking, dragon boating, whitewater rafting, stand-up paddleboarding and more in the heart of downtown OKC at the Boathouse District! Watch participants from across the country compete in races and supersprints.

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Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

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April 30, 2023

Voted one of the 12 ‘must-run’ marathons in the world by Runner’s World magazine, the 26.2 miles is a wonderful analogy of the character of our people, the history of our trials and difficulties and the way in which we have overcome and persevered.

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Red Earth Events

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Oklahoma City's history is rich with Native American culture, and through various events throughout the year, Red Earth promotes the traditions of American Indian arts and cultures in and around OKC.

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Fright Fest

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Zombie character from Frontier City's Fright Fest event

Frontier City, Oklahoma’s favorite theme park and host of the state’s largest Halloween event, leaves no tombstone unturned to deliver what guests want most… an all-out terrifying experience. This year’s Fright Fest lineup is scarier than ever before with more haunted attractions and over 100 ghouls lurking around every coaster.

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Downtown in December

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Downtown in December's Devon Ice Rink

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season come alive in downtown Oklahoma City for its annual Downtown in December celebration. With something fun and festive happening daily in OKC from November through Thanksgiving, Christmas and the beginning of the new year, you can be sure to find your next favorite holiday tradition.

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OKC Arts Council's Opening Night

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An image of Fireworks exploding during Opening Night, the New Years Celebration at the Civic Center Music Hall.

Since 1987, Opening Night has been the place for families and friends to enjoy the performing arts and “open” the New Year in the spirit of community. Downtown Oklahoma City is the setting for a variety bands, fireworks, and an unforgettable children’s craft and performance area. The day begins with a festive 5k and all the excitement concludes with a fireworks extravaganza at midnight.

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Festival of the Arts

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The Festival of the Arts is a community celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts, bringing a variety of talented artists together in downtown OKC’s Bicentennial Park. Festival has been an OKC tradition since 1967, considered a rite of spring and a signature event for the Arts Council.

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Oklahoma City Zoo Safari Lights

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The OKC Zoo's Safari Lights features a larger-than-life light display showcasing wildlife-themed light sculptures viewable on a driving tour through the zoo. Feel the holiday cheer with animated light displays, festive treats, kids activities and weekend visits with Santa.

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