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Festivals and family events in Oklahoma

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Best Oklahoma family festivals

Throughout the state of Oklahoma, you'll find a number of festivals and family events happening all year long. From art to music and carnivals to rodeos, there's something for everyone. Let's take a look at some of the most popular and fun festivals in Oklahoma.

OKC Festival of the Arts

Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts

For over 40 years, residents and visitors alike have been enjoying the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts. Taking place each April, this six-day event features visual art, such as painting and sculpture, as well as performance art, street entertainment, live music and more. Families love all the Festival of Arts has to offer, from face painting and pottery making for the kids to international food vendors and artistic shopping.

Locations: Downtown Oklahoma City from Walker Avenue E. to Robinson, and from Reno N. to Sheridan. Activities take place at Festival Plaza, Myriad Botanical Gardens and on Hudson Avenue.
Phone: 405-270-4848
Rates: Admission is free.
Website: artscouncilokc.com/festival-of-the-arts

Norman Music Festival

Held every year on the third Thursday (through the Saturday) of April, the Norman Music Festival features a wide range of music performances as well as art, food and shopping from local vendors. Kids love the carnival area that features both rides and games. Though this festival just began in 2008, it's grown to be extremely popular already. In 2012, the festival featured 278 musical acts across numerous stages.

Locations: Main St. in the historic arts district of downtown Norman, Oklahoma
Rates: Admission is free
Website: normanmusicfestival.com

Rocklahoma

Also known as Rock Fever, this annual hard rock music festival, which takes place in Pryor over Memorial Day weekend, is one of the most popular festivals in the state of Oklahoma. First held in 2007, the festival attracts some of the top hard rock bands in the world, from Megadeth to Queensryche and Motley Crue to Creed. Many parents bring their teens with them and spend the whole weekend at Rocklahoma. They have a campground set-up with showers, restrooms, 24-hour security and even a convenience store. Camping admission is $60 to $80 per group and includes a 20- by 40-foot campsite.

Location: US 69 and EW 450 Road, Pryor, Oklahoma, 74361
Phone: 866-310-2288
Rates: $150 (general admission); $380 (reserved VIP seating)
Website: rocklahoma.com

Tulsa Oktoberfest

Head to Tulsa for Oktoberfest where you'll find authentic German food, drinks, music and fun activities -- from the Wiener Dog Race to the Bier Barrel Race to the Chicken Dance. Oktoberfest takes place over four days at River West Festival Park. Tulsa Oktoberfest is considered one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the country and features a number of activities and games for kids as well as adults. You can even bring your pets! The best part of Oktoberfest is the food -- from brats to strudel, everything is fabulous.

Location: 2100 S. Jackson Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127
Phone: 918-596-2007
Rates: $6 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Parking is $5 across the street.
Website: tulsaoktoberfest.org

89er Days Celebration

For over 80 years, Guthrie has been commemorating the Oklahoma Territory Land Run of April 22, 1889 with their 89er Day Celebration. This event, which is held every April, features a carnival, parade, rodeo, live music, food booths, craft vendors, an old-timer baseball game and more. They even have a mechanical bull and a rock climbing wall if you are feeling game.

Location: Logan County Fairgrounds, Guthrie, Oklahoma, 73044
Phone: 937-599-4178
Rates: Rodeo: $8 for adults; $4 for kids. Chuck Wagon Feed: $10 per person. Rates for other activities, events and rides vary.
Website: 89erdays.com

Image courtesy of Arts Council OKC

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