Fall's Top Stops in Central OK 2013
A fun fall break doesn't have to break the bank. Right here in Central Oklahoma Frontier Country (the 12 central counties of Oklahoma) there are plenty of options for the whole family to enjoy. From pumpkin patches and hayrides to football games, festivals and special exhibitions, Frontier Country is the perfect place to plan your fall getaways. There's something for everyone! Take a look at some of these top stops this fall in central OK below. You can also visit our "events" page or "do" page to see even more fun to be had this season.
- Rock Island Arts Festival, Sept. 27-29, Chickasha. Featured will be fine art displays, live music and entertainment, wine tasting and delicious food at the historic Rock Island Depot. Browse booths filled with sculpture, paintings, oils, acrylics, watercolors, wood crafts, jewelry, ceramics and more.
- Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival, Oct. 3-5, Guthrie. Enjoy the celebration of Bluegrass music with Byron Berline and his band along with the best bluegrass artists in the world.
- Oklahoma Czech Festival, Oct. 5, Yukon. Yukon celebrates their Czech heritage with this free one-day festival featuring numerous activities including a parade, carnival, crafts, Czech dancing and food and a coronation. The finale of the festival is a dance at Czech Hall. Festivities begin downtown at 8 a.m. and parade begins at 10 a.m.
- Oklahoma Wine Walk, Nov. 2, Norman. The Oklahoma Wine Walk will feature wineries from across the state set up underneath tents in a festival-type atmosphere. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., patrons can taste delicious selections from Oklahoma wineries, listen to live music from Oklahoma entertainers and stroll through outdoor booths featuring genuine wine collectibles and made-in-Oklahoma products.
- Jantz Family Farm – Daze in a Maze, Sept. 2-Nov.30, Enid. The farm features a 300,000 square-foot living field maze, hay bale maze, petting zoo, hayrides, pumpkin patch, playground, campfire site and more. Open Saturdays and Sundays, and weekdays by appointment. Admission is $7.
- Red Silo Productions at Reding Farm, Sept. 27-Nov. 3, Chickasha. The Maize at Reding Farm is Oklahoma’s largest corn maze covering 35 acres. Reding Farm is complete with hayrides, pumpkin patch, farm animals train rides, campfire sites, corn cannon and more. From Sept. 27-Oct. 26 experience the 25-minute walk-through Haunted Maize.
- Orr Family Farm, Sept. 28-Nov. 16, Oklahoma City. Orr Family Farm celebrates a grand re-opening on Sept. 28 in time for the fall season. The Farm will include a variety of fall activities to entertain the family including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, train rides, fishing pond, pony rides and zip line. Open every day in October. Admission prices vary.
- Chester’s Party Barn & Farm – Pumpkin Patch & Mystery Maze, Sept. 28-Nov. 3, Piedmont. Enjoy something for all ages including the three-acre mystery maze, pumpkin patch, pony rides and hayrides, games, petting zoo and “Chester’s World’s Largest Ant Farm”. Admission is $8.
- FrightFest, Oct. 4-Nov. 2, Frontier City in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma’s only theme park features festivities for all ages at FrightFest including a haunted house for the brave at heart or the kid-friendly BooVille. BooVille includes a Trick-or-Treat Trail, pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, storytelling, face painting and more. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 2 with regular park admission.
- Haunt the River Cruise, Oct. 6-27, Meridian Landing on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City. Board this Haunted River Cruise at 7:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights in October. Enjoy appetizers, haunted tunes, cash bar onboard along with a fun costume contest. Ticket price is $35.
- Pumpkinville, Oct. 11-31, Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City. The entire Children’s Garden is transformed into a fun-filled wonderland featuring 3,000 pumpkins, games, crafts and activities, spooky storytelling, cider pressing, a hay bale maze, pumpkin painting and more. Admission is $5 for non-members. Call or check online for hours of operation.
- Fairy Tales in Miniature: Russian Lacquer Boxes from the Lucy Maxym Collection, now through Oct. 27, Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee.
- Dark Light: the Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse, now through Jan. 12, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman.
- To Pioneer, now through January, Gaylord-Pickens Museum in Oklahoma City.
- Allan Houser, now through 2014, museums across Oklahoma including National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Oklahoma History Center join together to celebrate the centennial of the birth of Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser.
Other Can’t-Miss Fall Events
- Day Out with Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013, Sept. 27-29 & Oct. 4-6, Oklahoma Railway Museum in Oklahoma City. Take a 25-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. Meet Sir Topham Hat, enjoy storytelling, inflatables, live music, build with Lego Duplo bricks and more. Purchase tickets in advance online or at the door.
- Candelight Tour, Sept. 28, Historic Fort Reno in El Reno. By candle and lantern light re-enactors will portray individuals who lived at or visited Historic Fort Reno during the different phases of its existence from 1874 to the present. Begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 and under.
- Oklahoma Derby Day, Sept. 29, Remington Park in Oklahoma City. The biggest day during Remington’s Thoroughbred racing season. The first Remington Park race on Oklahoma Derby Day is set for 1:30 p.m. with plenty of other activities happening for the whole family throughout the day. Remington’s 2013 Thoroughbred Season runs through Dec. 15.
For more information and a complete list of fall events in Central Oklahoma Frontier Country, visit our calendar page.
Frontier Country Marketing Association, a 501-c6 organization, promotes the economic growth of the tourism industry in the 12 central counties of Oklahoma.