Top Stops this Fall in Central Oklahoma
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA – Situated at the crossroads of I-35 and I-40, the 12 central counties of Oklahoma, known as Frontier Country, offers an abundance of events, attractions and destinations to entertain the whole family this fall.
“Central Oklahoma Frontier Country is the perfect place to plan getaways this fall with all of the events and activities we have this time of year,” said Sherri Rogers, executive director of Frontier Country Marketing Association. “Frontier Country is ideally located for those quick trips on fall break.”
- Rock Island Arts Festival, Sept. 28-30, Chickasha. Featured at the Historic Rock Island Depot will be fine art displays, live music and entertainment, wine tasting and delicious food. Browse booths filled with sculpture, paintings, oils, acrylics, watercolors, wood crafts, jewelry, ceramics and more from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival, Oct. 4-6, Guthrie. Enjoy the celebration of Bluegrass music with Byron Berline and his band along with the best bluegrass artists in the world and Vince Gill as this year’s headliner.
- Oklahoma Czech Festival, Oct. 6, 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 at 8 a.m. and parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Yukon.
Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes
- Jantz Family Farm – Daze in a Maze, Sept. 1-Nov.25, 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.
- Orr Family Farm, Sept. 22 & 29; Oct. 1-31; Nov. 3, Oklahoma City. A variety of fall activities to entertain the family including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, train rides, fishing pond, pony rides and Oklahoma’s only zip line. Admission prices vary.
- Mikles Family Farm – Shawnee Maze & Pumpkin Patch, Sept. 28-Nov. 3, Shawnee. Plenty of activities for an entire day at the farm. The five-acre corn maze of thick, tall stalks features more than two miles of walking trails to trek through in daylight or dark. Other activities include an old-fashioned hayride, farm animals, campfire and a pumpkin patch with more than 25 varieties of pumpkins, gourds and ornamental squash still on the vine. Admission varies around $9.
- Red Silo Productions at Reding Farm, Sept. 28-Nov. 4, 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 and large sand box. From Sept. 28-Oct. 27 experience the 25-minute walk-through haunted maize. Admission prices vary.
- Chester’s Party Barn & Farm – Pumpkin Patch & Mystery Maze, Sept. 29-Nov. 4, 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 Habitat”. Admission is $8.
- James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection, Sept. 22-Dec. 30 at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and Sept. 21-Jan. 6 at Sam Noble Museum in Norman. The FJJMA and Sam Noble Museum will house different exhibitions dedicated to the James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection, which was given by the Phoenix, Ariz. collector in 2010. The collection includes more than 4,000 works representing indigenous cultures across North America and is one of the most significant private collections of Native art ever given to a university. Two other buildings on the OU campus will also showcase works from the collection, totaling approximately 40,000 square feet of exhibition space for Mr. Bialac's collection.
- Generation Next: Chapter Two by Desmond Mason, open through Oct. 27, Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The temporary exhibit showcases 15 original pieces by artist and former professional basketball player, Desmond Mason.
- Oklahoma @ the Movies, open through 2013, Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. The 8,000-square foot exhibit showcases the creativity and innovation of Oklahomans and their legacy of creating, starring in, and watching motion pictures on the silver screen. The exhibit will include Oklahoma’s actors, directors, filmmakers, historic theatres, the Oklahoma film industry, the “Oklahoma Image” on screen, and much more.
Other Can’t-Miss Fall Events
- Day Out with Thomas 2012, Sept. 28-30 & Oct. 5-7, 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. Tickets for ages 2 and up are $16 online and $18 at the door.
- Candlelight Tour, Sept. 29, 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. From 8 to 10 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children.
- Oklahoma Derby Day, Sept. 30, 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. Thoroughbred racing season continues through Dec. 9.
- An Affair of the Heart, Oct. 19-21, State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. There’s something for everyone at this shopping paradise including fine arts, crafts, gourmet food, custom furniture, seasonal items, collectibles, decorative items, jewelry, clothing and one-of-a-kind gifts. Admission is $7 and covers all three days of the show.
For more information about these events or to see a complete list of fall events in Central Oklahoma Frontier Country, visit the calendar page.