Oklahoma City Events

Oklahoma City EventsThe Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon has been held every year since 2000. The main event is a 26-mile individual marathon for serious runners. The event also has a half marathon, a five-kilometer walk, a relay and a marathon for children. The marathon is normally held near the end of April. Anyone coming to the area should register online at least two weeks in advance of the marathon. Participation is not free. Visitors taking part in the marathon will need to be in Oklahoma City the day before the event in order to confirm registration. There is a pasta dinner the night before the marathon for runners who need the carbohydrates.

The Oklahoma Regatta Festival has been held in Regatta Park along the Oklahoma River since 2004. The festival celebrates the river. The event includes organized rowing competitions, dragon boat races and five-kilometer foot races. Spectators are treated to live music, a variety of different fresh foods and an outdoor market. There is an entire area dedicated to entertaining children that includes inflatables as well as crafts for creating art. The festival is free to attend although food and beverages must be purchased with cash.

The Oklahoma State Fair is a massive event that has drawn enormous crowds annually for more than 100 years. The fair includes carnival rides, games, live entertainment and roller coasters. There are also animal petting zoos, horse riding competitions and food vendors. The event is designed to be enjoyed by the entire family. Tickets need to be purchased for gate entrance. Tickets also need to be purchased for individual rides and events once inside of the fair. It is most economical to purchase tickets in packages in advance. Oklahoma City sees a huge influx of tourists for the week of the fair. Visitors should book rooms far in advance.

The Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children's Cowboy Festival has been held every year for nearly a quarter of a century. The event is designed for children and is entertaining for adults as well. It is a celebration of Western culture including real chuck wagon dining, Western performers, storytelling and wagon rides. Children can dress as cowboys, sit on horses and take part in fun crafts. The price of admission covers all events and food tastings. Extra concessions are the only items not covered by the cost of the ticket.

The Red Earth Festival celebrates American Indian culture. The festival is a three-day event that attracts over 1,500 American Indian dancers, sculptors and artists. Visitors attending the event can see traditional tribal dancing, artwork and storytelling. There is also a market and a large parade through downtown Oklahoma City featuring members of over 100 tribes in traditional dress. The bulk of the event is held in the convention center. Tickets are required for entrance each day although a three-day pass is available at a discount.