Calendar of Events / Things To Do In Oklahoma

Food Trucks on Film Row. Photo by Dennis Spielman

Oklahoma is becoming a place where people are no longer asking, “What is there to do?” and are now asking, “What shall we do?” To help decide what to do, Uncovering Oklahoma’s curated calendar of events features the best of the best unique events happening throughout Oklahoma. Whenever you’re looking for something interesting to do on the weekend or your day off, come here and find out what’s happening. Be sure to follow on Facebook or Twitter as events will often be shared there too!

Special Event Guides:
Valentine’s Day
Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday Events
St. Patrick’s Day
Earth Day
Cinco de Mayo
Mother’s Day
Father’s Day
July 4th
Oklahoma Oktoberfests
Halloween and Haunted Houses
Christmas Lights, Holiday Plays, and Winter Festivities Guide
New Year’s Eve Celebration Guide

To submit your event for consideration, click here.

Sep
13
Thu
Oklahoma State Fair @ Oklahoma State Fair Grounds
Sep 13 – Sep 23 all-day

Oklahoma State Fair photo by Dennis Spielman

Taking place in mid-September each year, the Oklahoma State Fair is one of two state fairs in Oklahoma. During the eleven-day run, the Oklahoma State Fair attracts close to one million people with concerts, performances, Disney On Ice, Carnival rides, games, livestock shows, and of course, fair food.

Archives:
Watch The Fair Food of 2017 Video

Great Taste of a Fair 2018 Winners

On September 12, 11 concessionaires submitted their top Fair Foods to be judged in the annual Great TASTE of a Fair, a professional food vendor competition. Each food vendor contracted to participate in the 2018 Oklahoma State Fair is eligible to enter food items to be scored by a panel of judges. These judges are a variety of news anchors, radio DJs, journalists, food bloggers, a hometown hero, and a wildcard judge. The entries are separated into three categories: Sweetest of the Sweet, Slice of Savory and New to the Scene.

And the winners are…

Sweetest of the Sweet

Cutie Pies Concessions's Watermelon Pie - photo by Dennis Spielman

First Place: Cutie Pies Concessions’s Watermelon Pie

Coco Flow Chocolate Shoppe's German Chocolate Brownie - photo by Dennis Spielman

Second Place: Coco Flow Chocolate Shoppe’s German Chocolate Brownie
Third Place: The Urb Express’s S’more Eggroll

Slice of Savory

The Urb Express's Honey Pepper Bacon Dog

First Place: The Urb Express’s Honey Pepper Bacon Dog

MacTastic's BBQ Mac N Cheese - photo by Dennis Spielman

Second Place: MacTastic’s BBQ Mac N Cheese
Third Place: Rodney & Lisa Pizza’s BBQ Chicken Bacon Calzone

New to the Scene
First Place: Layne Concessions’s Mac N Cheese Burger
Second Place: Harvell’s Ragin’​ ​Cajun’s Bacon Chicken Sandwich

A Latte Love Coffee House's Pina Colada Lemonade - photo by Dennis Spielman

Third Place: A Latte Love Coffee House’s Pina Colada Lemonade

The first place winners of each item competed in the FAIRest of Them All title and an invitation to present the winning food item at the Oklahoma State Fair Chairman’s Party. This year’s Fairest of Them All judges were Darcy Schein and Leslie Coale-Mossman, owners of Pie Junkie, and Malory Craft, creator of the podcast OKC Overeasy.

The FAIRest of Them All winner is: Cutie Pies Concessions Watermelon Pie.

New Oklahoma State Fair Foods for 2018

All Fairgoers know that part of the OLD FASHIONED FUN is getting to experience all of the incredible, delicious, and often deep-fried foods vendors have to offer, and this year is no exception! Continue reading to find out what amazing concoctions await at our NEW FASHIONED FAIR this September!

Drizzled Muffins: A Latte Love Coffee House is serving up warm muffins with chocolate, caramel or white
chocolate drizzled on top.

Beef Poke Bowl: Coco Flow has created a savory bowl of marinated beef, rice, pickled cucumbers, fried onions, greens and avocado for you to enjoy in a soy vinaigrette.

Cotton Candy Pie: When you think Fair food, you probably think cotton candy. Cutie Pies Concessions is putting a twist on this timeless Fair food by transforming it to pie form!

Root Beer Float Pie: Cutie Pies is also giving us another twist on a classic dessert with a delectable Root Beer Float Pie.

Cherry Limeade Pie: Cherry Limeades are a fan favorite in Oklahoma! What better way to enjoy it than in pie form? Be sure to stop by the Cutie Pies food truck to get your hands on a piece of this pie!

Deep-Fried Hot Pepper Rings: Pickle Pete’s is offering these deep-fried hot pepper rings for Fairgoers who enjoy the spicier things in life!

Deep-Fried Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip: Diventuri knows that everything is better deep-fried! This Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip is folded into a crispy shell, deep fried and served with ranch.

Mac-N-Cheese Topped with Ground Beef and Fries: That’s right…as if their Mac-N-Cheese wasn’t great already, MacTastic is returning this year to introduce this beefy, cheesy pasta and potato combo.

Frozen Sweet Tea: MacTastic has also created the perfect drink to cool you down. This Frozen Sweet Tea is the perfect balance of cold and sweet and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Cheese Curd Taco: O’Neil is putting a twist on the taco! Enjoy melt-in-your-mouth cheese curds atop this beef taco piled high with all your favorite taco fixins’.

Cookie Fries: Enjoy dipping these delicious shortbread cookies with sugar and berry sauce, from Coco Flow.

Funnel Cake Burger: Everything you love about a half-pound burger…except the buns have been replaced by funnel cake! This unexpected combo is the perfect mixture of sweet and savory! Find it at Porky’s!

Gourmet Donut Burger: Another sweet and savory masterpiece from Porky’s is the donut burger where, you guessed it, the buns are replaced with donuts! Not only that, but each bun is topped with your choice of Oreos, Apple Jacks, Fruit Loops, or Double Bacon.

BBQ Chicken and Bacon Calzone: Calzones are an Italian favorite, but when the Rodney and Lisa Pizza Stand stuffs one full of BBQ chicken, it becomes a Southern favorite, and a perfect addition to all the Fair food available.
Fish & Chips: Who says you can’t enjoy a classic seafood dish in a landlocked state? At San Diego’s Original Fish & Chips, you can have a taste of the sea without leaving Oklahoma.

Waffle Wrapped Snow Ice: Snow S’more is taking this classic cold treat to a new level with their Waffle Wrapped Snow Ice!

Beer Cheese Bacon Fries: You won’t be able to stay away from all the amazing bacon-wrapped items at The Bacon Habit! This year, they’ve created an artisan beer cheese topped with real crumbled bacon over a tray of fresh fries.

Flaming Hot Cheetos Fish Taco: San Diego’s Original Fish & Chips has put an interesting twist on a classic fish taco by adding the crunch and heat of Flaming Hot Cheetos!

Meatball On-a-Stick: Enjoy quality food from another culture, all on the go! The Greek Garden introduces a portable meatball option, the meatball on-a-stick.

Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage: Enjoy this dish that’s bursting with flavor! This year you can find a cheesy, spicy Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage at The Roadhouse.

S’more Eggroll: The Urb Express is bringing this unique dessert to the 2018 State Fair. This treat is a traditional eggroll wrapper filled with marshmallow and chocolate, deep-fried, rolled in graham cracker bits and drizzled with more chocolate!

Breakfast Taco: The Urban Taco, a new vendor, is fashioning a classic breakfast in taco form. Enjoy piping hot eggs, meat, pico de gallo, and melty cheese enveloped in a taco shell!

Campfire Taco: Also from The Urban Taco, is the Campfire Taco! This delicious treat is a waffle cone filled with marshmallows, fresh strawberries, decadent chocolate chips and gooey caramel.

Kit-Kat Fries: Granny’s is offering deep-fried Kit-Kats to create a combination or flavors that you won’t be able to resist!

Gourmet Kool Kreemz On-a-Stick: Fairgoers can look forward to enjoying this new sweet treat from vendor Your Just Desserts.

Schedule

Gates open at 8 a.m. daily.

Buildings:
Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Outside Vendors:
Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Carnival:
Monday: Opens at noon
Tuesday – Friday: Opens at 1 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Opens at 11 a.m.

Gate Admission

Adults (ages 12+): $12
Children (ages 6-11): $6
Children (ages 5 and under): FREE!
Season Passes: $30

Special Discount Days
Thursday, September 13: Opening Day – $2

Monday, September 17: Military Monday – Military personnel and spouses (Military I.D. required) receive FREE outside gate admission; $3 JFK Exhibition Tickets; and $3 Sky Eye Wheel ride tickets.

Tuesday, September 18: Dr. Pepper $2 Tuesday – $2 outside gate admission; $2 carnival rides*; $2 JFK Exhibition tickets; and $2 Sky Eye Wheel ride tickets for everyone! No Dr. Pepper can needed.

Wednesday, September 19: Senior Day – FREE admission for Senior Citizens 55+ (I.D. required), $3 JFK Exhibition tickets; $3 Sky Eye Wheel ride tickets.

*Some exclusions may apply. Each ride is $2.

The 2018 Oklahoma State Fair starts September 13th and goes through the 23rd.

Sep
28
Fri
Oklahoma Regatta Festival @ Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District
Sep 28 – Sep 30 all-day

Meet your favorite superheroes September 28-29 at Superhero Weekend in downtown Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District.

On Friday, September 28, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., meet comic book favorites, like Batman, Wonder Woman and Black Widow joined by the real Superheroes of Oklahoma City, our firefighters, police officers and EMSA, during the Oklahoma Regatta Festival’s OGE NightSprints.

The Superhero teams return to RIVERSPORT Adventure Park on Saturday, September 29 from 11:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m. for a hands-on experience.

“Anyone who gets a $10 Youth Zone Pass on Saturday will get a face mask and cape – plus access to the Youth Zone,” explained Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation Executive Director Mike Knopp. “Kids will get to meet Captain America, Thor and Wonder Woman and check out the OKCFD and EMSA vehicles.”

Sponsor a duck for $50 in the first OKCRespond RIVERSPORT Great Duck Race to support the free programs RIVERSPORT offers to first responders, and you could win a fun prize if your duck wins the race down the rapids. Thousands of rubber duckies will race down RIVERSPORT Rapids on Saturday, September 29 at 5:00 p.m.

“OKCRespond was started by Ronnie Irani as a way to support Oklahoma City’s first responders. As part of the program, RIVERSPORT offers first responders including firefighters, police officers and EMSA a fitness and wellness program free of charge,” explained Knopp. “Right now, we have more than 500 members.”

The Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, OKCRespond and the Committee of 100 will honor all Oklahoma City first responders and their families at a free lunch cookout on Sunday, September 30. Everyone who attends will also receive a free RIVERSPORT Day Pass, good through 2019. The event is free to first responders, but pre-registration is required and can be completed at https://www.riversportokc.org/okcrespond/.

To learn more about the OKCRespond RIVERSPORT Great Duck Race, or to sponsor a duck, visit https://www.riversportokc.org/duckrace/.

Learn more about OKCRespond at https://www.riversportokc.org/okcrespond/.

Oct
10
Wed
Tulsa American Film Festival @ Tulsa
Oct 10 – Oct 13 all-day

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The Tulsa American Film Festival returns October 10 – 13, 2018 with their 4th Annual showcase of feature and short films from across these United States of America. Join them for new independent works, with special focuses on Native American, Latino, Oklahoma-based, and student filmmakers; a curated lineup of regionally-relevant Classics; educational panels featuring professionals from across the industry; and fabulous parties each evening in celebration of the films on display.

Oct
13
Sat
Mix On Main @ Main District
Oct 13 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The 4th annual Mix On Main event, hosted by The Main District, will be held on October 13, 2018, on Main Street in Norman from 4pm-7pm. Admission is FREE. Mix On Main will be located on Main Street between 24th Avenue NW and Mercedes. This event features local businesses promoting the continued renaissance of one of Norman’s premiere corridors.

Mix on Main in 2015 - photo by Dennis Spielman

Mix On Main features local businesses promoting the continued renaissance of one of Norman’s premiere corridors. Community is at the heart of this event, bringing people together and raising the profile of Norman. It’s the perfect time to mix and mingle with other Main Street friends and fans.

Mix On Main has live music, food trucks, beer/wine, and outdoor family fun. There will be temptations for your taste buds and plenty to see and do including The Saucee Sicilian, Apple Tree Chocolate, That PIE TRUCK, Gaberino’s Homestyle Italian Restaurant, Midway Deli and, a few more food trucks, Selfie STARS photos, glow golf, henna tattoos, Pioneer Library System Mobile Maker and so much more. Plus, guests are invited inside a variety of boutiques and businesses for one night only shopping deals and giveaways.