Thursday, August 29, 2013

Activities, State Resource All Year

Mentors, mentoring organizations and families--foster or other--are always looking for free or inexpensvie activities.  Fall, filled with county fairs, area festivals, free museum days and other opportunities, is the time to look at Oklahoma's tourism website.  One of the best features is an interactive map of Oklahoma upon which the viewer can click and a list of categories to check. 

Sometimes festival food can be expensive so a group on a budget can take water, snacks and even meals. 
This link features the map with various choices of activities for the different regions and seasons of Oklahoma.
Narrowing to the fall, "Top Fall Events in Oklahoma" is also useful, e.g., Poteau has an annual hot air balloon festival. 

Region-specific for the northeast:

The "Central Oklahoma Frontier Country" has a list of August 2013 Events in Central Oklahoma, posted by Katie Puckett on 07/25/2013. 

Central Oklahoma’s Event Calendar August 2013

 The following is a truncated list of events occurring in Central Oklahoma Frontier Country.
Dates are subject to change.

 CENTRAL OKLAHOMA – The Oklahoma Ford Dealers host Wide-Open Wednesdays at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The special promotion offers the public free admission every Wednesday from Aug. 7 through Nov. 13. This is the perfect opportunity to visit and learn about the legacies that have shaped the way Americans live today…

Every year, Old Germany Restaurant, the City of Choctaw and the Choctaw Chamber host Choctaw Oktoberfest under 30,000 square-feet of tents and pavilion at Choctaw Creek Park. Oktoberfest, Aug. 30-Sept. 7 features the best in German food, beer, wine, dancing and more. Admission is $5 for adults and children under 12 are admitted free.

The annual Loose Caboose Antique and Craft Festival is a one of a kind event held on Main Street in downtown Purcell from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 31. Enjoy a variety of booths, live music, food vendors and shop many wonderful antique and gift stores.

Each year, Oklahoma City Community College’s Arts Festival Oklahoma is a favorite Labor Day event in Oklahoma and one of the top arts and crafts shows in the Southwest. Join OCCC Aug. 31-Sept. 2 for this fun, free event with a variety of vendors, food booths, live music and much more.

 Look through the calendar page to find free or inexpensive opportunities. Below are a few we liked.

Wide Open Wednesdays 
All Day on Wednesdays through November 13th
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

August 30th, 2013 All Day - September 7th, 2013
Choctaw Creek Park, Choctaw

35th Annual Arts Festival Oklahoma
August 31st, 2013 All Day - September 2nd, 2013
Oklahoma City Community College

First Free Monday
September 2nd, 2013 All Day
Sam Noble Museum, Norman

Open & Free Admission Labor Day!
September 2nd, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Oklahoma WONDERtorium, Stillwater

Art Adventures
September 3rd, 2013 All Day
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman

Don't forget to look ahead at the fun activities during the rest of September and particularly all of October, e.g., the Wewoka Sorghum Festival, where the cane is cooked right in front of festival goers.  To this blogger, Wewoka's sorghum is the best produced in Oklahoma.


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