We have had a very mild summer here in Oklahoma. There were very few days in the triple digits compared to summers past and even some mild to moderate heat days when the temperature barely broke into the 90’s. And yet, I find myself longing for fall to begin.
The official first day of fall is September 22. The weather man predicts it will be partly cloudy on that day here in Bixby, OK with a temperature of 91. But don’t let the heat fool you – there are plenty of fall festivities and fun to be found in our area. Here are a few festivals and events that offer family fun:
Chalk It Up! Art Festival
Chalk It Up! Art Festival in Broken Arrow offers something for everyone. Artists ages 6 and up can compete in 5 categories for one of 17 cash prizes while brightening up the streets of Broken Arrow. For $35 , each entrant will receive chalk and water for the competition, a festival t-shirt, lunch voucher, and a gift bag from the Main Street Merchants.
Even if you are not entering the contest, the festival has plenty to offer like jugglers, living statues, unicyclists, stilt walkers, and fire artists. Other local artists will include stone carvers, crafters, painters, and recyclers. A live music lineup featuring local musicians will play throughout the festival. The Kids’ Zone will include snow cones, face painting, balloon art, and chalk art.
The Chalk It Up! Art Festival takes place in Broken Arrow from 7-11pm on Friday September 22,2017 and continues from 10am – 7 pm on Saturday. https://www.facebook.com/ChalkItUpAnArtFestival
Tulsa State Fair
The Tulsa State Fair opens September 28,2017. Heralded as one of the largest entertainment events in northeastern Oklahoma, the fair has something for children and adults of all ages. People come from all over the state to see the blue ribbon winners in competition categories ranging from a to z.
Funnel cake, cotton candy and corndogs are staples on midway of the fair. With carnival rides, live music, a petting zoo, 4-H, and shows, there is family fun for everyone. Be sure to check the website www.tulsastatefair.com for ticket prices and hours of operation for this 11 day event.
Scouting’s Fall Festival
Have you ever wondered what scouting is all about? Well here is your chance to try scouting for a day. The Scouting Fall Festival is held at the Jack Graves Scout Reservation in Broken Arrow on September 23,2017 from 11:00 am to 3:00pm. The scouts invite everyone to come enjoy a fun day in the outdoors. Bring the whole family and participate in over 50 activities including archery, fishing, zip lines, games, and more. Kids can take part in the Pinewood Derby or relax while paddling a canoe down river. Admission is free. For more information go to www.okscouts.org/events/fallfestival or call 918-743-6125.
Food Truck Wednesday
The Guthrie Green near downtown Tulsa is more than just a place to play. Every Wednesday from 11:30am and 1:30pm take a break from the office to grab a bite to eat or gather the kids for a fun outing then stay to play in the park. Live music will be playing while you enjoy your lunch from one of these amazing food vendors: Taza, Hoop, Lone Wolfe, Cajun Boil, Andolinis, Bon Cheri, Local Table just to name a few. What could be better?
Kiefer Medieval Faire
Kiefer Municipal Park is the location of the Medieval Faire held on September 29,2017 and October 1,2017. Relive the golden days of yore during this event. Attendees are encouraged to get in the spirit of things by entering the costume contest. Featuring a kids corner,kids having fun is what this faire is all about. There will be a teen scavenger hunt, a best beard contest, horse show tournament and so much more. To get information visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KieferrMedievalFaire or call 918-851-4822.
Smokin’ In Sapulpa BBQ Cook-off
If you are a barbeque fan you won’t want to miss the sites, sounds, and smoky smells of this cook-off. Held in Sapulpa on September 29 and 30,2017,the event is sponsored by the Sapulpa Elks Club and is their annual fundraiser for the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. The admission price for the BBQ Cook-off includes a tasters kit. A car show, live music and various venders round out the venue. Come Hungry! For more information, ticket prices and directions to the park go to www.smokininsapulpa.com.
Brush Creek Bazaar
Brush Creek Bazaar is four decades old and is held at The Barn in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 13-15, 2017. The Barn is an historic building located at 10900 South Louisville. This annual event benefits the Brush Creek Youth Ranch for boys and the New Life House for girls. This is an outdoor festival for the whole family. The bazaar features venders and craftsman in jewelry making, wood working, metal, and clothing to name a few.
The kid zone extravaganza is awaiting all children who enjoy face painting, pony rides, and a pumpkin patch. There will be a variety of food venders so no need to go home hungry. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and children are admitted free. To find out more about the bazaar or to get directions go to www.brushcreekbazaar.org.
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These are just a few of the fun festivals to visit to celebrate fall in our area. So load up your family and friends and have a good time.
Author: Shirley Pittenger
Shirley Pittenger was the Executive Assistant, Office Manager, and Digital Communications & Social Media Manager at Bixby’s First Baptist Church from 2009 to 2017. Shirley is married to Bob Pittenger who is the Community Groups Pastor at the Church at Battlecreek in the Tulsa Metro area. Shirley holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Baptist College of Florida. She enjoys teaching in the youth group, singing, reading, studying God’s Word, and spending time with her family.