Annual Events in OKC
From one of the "Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" to cultural celebrations that are uniquely Oklahoman.
Each February and October, patrons make their way to the annual 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 800 exhibitors from over 30 states displaying antiques, collectibles and handmade items.
Voted one of the 12 ‘must-run’ marathons in the world by Runner’s World magazine, the 26.2 miles is loaded with bands, cheering supporters, banners, and the most scenic neighborhoods in Oklahoma City.
April 29, 2017 Oklahoma City IS a Marathon City. The marathon 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.
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 three restaurants and seventeen working galleries will also be open during festival hours. Many galleries will host special exhibits and new artists during the Festival.
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. In its 14th year in 2014, deadCenter Film Festival featured 115 different films over 4 days, and had over 25,000 attendees.
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.
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. At Red Earth, guests can sample 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.
The 2019 Oklahoma Regatta Festival will celebrate its 15th Anniversary when racing takes place Oct. 4-6 in the Boathouse District, downtown on the Oklahoma River. The three-day celebration of rowing, kayaking, dragon boating, whitewater rafting and family fun includes the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma race, OGE NightSprints and a family festival featuring food trucks, beer gardens, a front row seat for all the racing – and RIVERSPORT Adventures!
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!
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.