2013 OKLAHOMA 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
(See also: 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008)
February 14, 2013 Valentine's Day
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.
March 4-8, 2013 National School Breakfast Week 2013 - Nationwide
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children.
March 19, 2013 'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.
April 18-20, 2013 Southern Plains Farm Show - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
All the latest in agriculture, equipment demos, 4H & FFA competitions, located at the State Fair Arena.
April 20, 2013 World Championship Cow Chip Throw - Beaver, Oklahoma
An event of the Cimarron Territory Celebration. Also Chili Cook-off, Horse Shoe Throwing Contest, Parades, Arts & Crafts, etc.
April 22, 2013 Earth Day - Worldwide
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
April 27, 2013 An Evening at the Gallery - Poteau Rotary Wine & Arts Festival
A Wine and Arts Festival inside the beautiful Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in Poteau, Oklahoma. We will be featuring wines from at least six Oklahoma wineries, gourmet foods, beautiful visual art and museum exhibits, all while being entertained by three different performing arts groups throughout the four-hour event.
May 4, 2013 25th Annual El Reno Fried Onion Burger Day - El Reno, Oklahoma
The Burger Day Festival is a tribute to the fried onion hamburger, cooked daily in El Reno since the early 1900’s. Ross Davis, who owned and operated the Hamburger Inn on Route 66 in Downtown El Reno, began making fried onion hamburgers in the twenties during the Depression, when onions were cheap and meat was expensive. Today's festival includes a giant 10-foot fried onion burger, music, a car show, and more! Attendance: 25,000.
May 11, 2013 Stilwell Strawberry Festival - Stilwell, Oklahoma
The 66th annual festival will feature the Strawberry Queen contest, recipe contest, berry auction, concert, 5k run, parade, and fresh Adair County strawberries.
June 1, 2013 Ponca City Herb Festival - Ponca City, Oklahoma
The Ponca City Herb Festival is held the first Saturday of June each year. Centrally located in Ponca City, the festival is set in the Lester and Mary Cann Memorial Gardens. More than 100 vendors from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado and Arkansas bring their plants, primitive birdhouses, yard and garden ornaments, quilts, herbal vinegars and oils, handmade baskets, candles, soaps, furniture, stoneware and much more. Seminars for those wanting to know more about herbs, horticulture and outdoor design. Expect sessions on growing and using herbs, garden recipes, wildflowers, herbal teas and bath products, roses and landscaping.
June 8, 2013 World's Largest Calf Fry & Cook Off - Vinita, Oklahoma
Calf fries, a.k.a. Rocky Mountain oysters, are actually fried calves' testicles. Some 2,000 pounds of them are dished out at this festival each year. Other foods that are served and judged are beans, cobblers, salsa and bread.
June 14-15, 2013 Hog Wild BBQ & Chrome Fest - Chandler, Oklahoma
The Oklahoma State KCBS Championship event will include People's Choice BBQ tasting, music, car & bike show, kid activities, vendors galore, fireworks, and more!
June 27-29, 2013 Bixby Green Corn Festival - Bixby, Oklahoma
A kick back to the good old fashioned family oriented picnic, the annual festival features great music, arts and crafts, food, and carnival, as well as games and contests for the young and young at heart. A talent show to highlight area youth is held on Friday at the Community Center and the annual Green Corn Parade entertains the masses on Saturday morning.
JULY 4, 2013 - There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.
July 5-6, 2013 Mc Loud Blackberry Festival - McLoud, Oklahoma
The McLoud Blackberry Festival began in the 1940's as a celebration of the end of harvest season for the local cash farm crop, blackberries. Activities include a parade, carnival, pageant, talent show, fireworks, car show, and blackberry baking contest.
July 18-20, 2013 47th Annual Porter Peach Festival - Porter, Oklahoma
Contests for the best peach cobbler, dessert and preserves. Parade, music, street games, pet show, antique tractor pull, and 5K run.
July 26-27, 2013 12th Annual Watermelon Festival - Valliant, Oklahoma
Activities include a parade, gospel concert in the park, fun runs, car show, pancake breakfast, photography & quilt shows, and watermelon toss, seed spitting, biggest melon, and eating contests.
August 10, 2013 Rush Springs Watermelon Festival - Rush Springs, Oklahoma
The festival has proven popular since its beginning and the crowds have increased in number to over 20,000 visitors each year. Over 50,000 pounds of watermelons are purchased from area melon growers and served to festival visitors during the day. Attendance: 20,000.
August 24, 2013 Oklahoma Championship Steak Cook-off - Tulsa, Oklahoma
More than 60 teams of grillers from around the region compete to cook the best steak in Oklahoma. After the competition teams cook steak for the Largest Steak Dinner in the Sooner State. Over 2,500 persons enjoyed the meal in 2010. Also a huge car an motorcycle show live music and family fun. All proceeds benifit are charities that assist the needy.
September 5-7, 2013 Bluegrass & Chili Festival - Claremore, Oklahoma
This 34th annual event features the Mid-America Regional Chili Cook-off, a car show, Kiddie Korral, and three stages of entertainment. National, regional, and local artists will be performing bluegrass, country, and gospel music.
September 22-26, 2013 15th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and co-host Cherokee Nation will be staging the 15th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino located in Tulsa, OK. The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) debuts its first Culinary Cultural Trends session at the 15th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC)
September 26, 2013 2nd Annual Water4 Foundation Pioneering Spirit Gala
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Please join us for an evening of celebrating the innovative spirit that drives Oklahomans and is inspiring Water4 Foundation to make an impact on the global water crisis. There will be a silent auction, a dinner and a program, followed by a night of dancing.
September 27-28, 2013 28th Annual Threshing Bee - Fairview, Oklahoma
An annual celebration of pioneer farm life with demonstrations using authentic farming equipment. Gas and steam engine show, antique car and truck show, antique farm equipment show, arts and crafts, food booths, musical entertainment, children's events, museum tours and more. Attend the Sunday morning service at the old Pioneer Church.
September 27-29, 2013 Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Hosted by Kerry Vincent of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is hard to believe we will celebrate our 20th birthday and we are gaga! What a marvelous milestone. A visual feast of sublime wedding cakes will be displayed upon stunning table settings; all taking pride of place in the lower level location of the River Spirit Expo Building at the Tulsa State Fair. The festivities begin Friday afternoon, September 27 with competition and contestant setup (not for public viewing), with all the flurry of cakes arriving, registration, unveiling – and then the event itself opens to the general public September 28 and 29, 2013.
September 28, 2013 Pelican Festival - Grove, Oklahoma
This annual event celebrates the fall migration of the American White Pelicans that return to the waters of northwest Oklahoma's beautiful Grand Lake O' the Cherokees. Activities at this year's Pelican Festival will include a parade, arts and crafts, food vendors and live entertainment throughout the event.
September 28, 2013 20th Annual Hook-N-Cook Off
South Grand Lake Regional Airport, Oklahoma
Teams compete to take home the titles for best coleslaw, catfish, and hushpuppies. Other festivities include a car show, live music, and a variety of vendor booths.
October 5, 2013 Dutch Oven Cook Off & Fall Festival - Avard, Oklahoma
Each fall, the small community also hosts the Annual Avard Dutch Oven Cook Off & Fall Festival & Art Show with crafts, good “eats” and lots of good fellowship. This event has been sanctioned by the International Dutch Oven Society and is growing each year. If you have an Rv and enjoy boondocking in the country Avard is the place to go.
October 11-12, 2013 Watonga Cheese Festival & Arts Show - Watonga, Oklahoma
Enjoy two days of fun-filled musical entertainment, cheese tasting, an art show, quilt show, classic car show, children's games and a 5K run. Don't miss the parade on Saturday, along with a cheese food contest and rat race.
October 19, 2013 Cordell Pumpkin Festival - Cordell, Oklahoma
Enjoy this family fun event featuring a pumpkin pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, vendors, food, live entertainment, parade, classic car show, poker walk, pumpkin carving, children's games and more.
October 19, 2013 McLoud Chili Cook-off - McLoud, Oklahoma
Main street will be busy with the annual Chili Cook-off and car show. Lots of chili to taste, vendors selling an assortment of products and 'vintage' cars to inspect. Applications for Chili Cooks, Salsa entries and Merchandise Vendors are being accepted now.
October 19, 2013 7th Annual Chili Cookoff & Tailgate Party
Grand Lake, Langley City Park, Oklahoma
South Grand Lake Lions Club will host its Seventh Annual Chili Cookoff. In addition to the Chili Cookoff this year, there will be a Prize for Best Tailgate Food!
October 19-20, 2013 5th Annual Route 66 Pecan & Fun Fest - Claremore, Oklahoma
Pecan pie-eating contest, car show, games for the kids, artisans and crafters from around the state, and the Route 66 Sock Hop.
October 25-26, 2013 Smokin' The Fort Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival
Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
Come and enjoy this professional barbecue competition judged by the Kansas City BBQ Society. Witness amateur cooks compete in the popular people's choice category. Bring your lawn chairs, get ready for some amazing bluegrass music and make sure to bring a big appetite.
October 27, 2013 Sorghum Festival - Wewoka, Oklahoma
Visit Wewoka for a fun-filled day at the Sorghum Festival. This fall festival is a celebration of Wewoka's history and the history of sorghum production in the town. Sorghum is a sweetener, similar to molasses, that was primarily used in pioneer times. At 10am, decorated floats, antique tractors, show horses and marching bands will make their way through downtown Wewoka in the annual parade. After the parade, visit the car show to admire classic cars of all makes and models. Attendance: 30,000.
November 28, 2013 Thanksgiving Day - Nationwide
All StatesThere are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list. (4th Thursday in November).
December 12-14, 2013 Tulsa Farm Show - Tulsa, Oklahoma
20th annual farm show with equipment demos and educational seminars.