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February 14, 2014  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 3-7, 2014 National School Breakfast Week
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 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2014 - Land & Water Issues of the West
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum announces a symposium focusing on rural issues to be held in March. The program titled ‘Surviving the Elements: Land & Water Issues of the West’ aims to increase awareness of drought and rural issues in the American West, by focusing on stewardship and conservation of land and water. The Museum aims to make an impact and be a change agent for rural issues by creating a conversation between farmers, ranchers and their industry partners to help create solutions. At the center of this conversation will be the symposium held each Friday in March 2014 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and features world-renowned experts on several topics.


March 25, 2014  'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless other across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.

April 3-5, 2014  Oklahoma City Farm Show - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Launched in 2005 as the Southern Plains Farm Show, the show will now be billed the Oklahoma City Farm Show.  The name change is designed to clearly communicate the show’s location, and also signifies the plans for a long term partnership with the community and State Fair Park, a world-class event site.  The show continues as the premier spring agricultural and ranching event for the southern plains area, with over 300 exhibitors featuring over 1000 product lines for three big days.

April 12-19, 2014  45th Annual 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, 2014  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 26, 2014  An Evening at the Gallery - Rotary Wine & Arts Festival
Poteau, Oklahoma
Taste wine from several Oklahoma wineries, sample gourmet food, view exceptional art work from local artists, all while enjoying the entertainment provided by local musical and theatrical performances.

May 3, 2014  26th Annual El Reno Fried Onion Burger Day - El Reno, OK
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 10, 2014  Stilwell Strawberry Festival - Stilwell, Oklahoma
The 67th annual festival will feature the Strawberry Queen contest, recipe contest, berry auction, concert, 5k run, parade, and fresh Adair County strawberries.

May 11, 2014  Mother's Day - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list. (2nd Sunday in May)

JULY 4, 2014 - 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.

November 27, 2014  Thanksgiving Day - Nationwide
All StatesThere are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.   (4th Thursday in November).



2013 OKLAHOMA 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

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 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, OK
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, OK
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
Catoosa, Oklahoma
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 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, OK
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.

December 12-14, 2013  Tulsa Farm Show - Tulsa, Oklahoma
20th annual farm show with equipment demos and educational seminars.


2012 OKLAHOMA 2012
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

May 23, 2012  Oklahoma's 3 Shows in 1 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Food & Drink Expo; Convenience Store Show; Bar & Night Club Show

July 13-14, 2012  Smokin' Up A Storm Charity BBQ Challenge
Norman, Oklahoma
Event Cancelled for 2013.

October 5, 2012  Wine, Eats and Easels - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Wine, Eats and Easels is a wine tasting benefit held for Broken Arrow Neighbors a United Way Agency.  Over 30 artists from the Broken Arrow Arts and Humanities Council will display their art.  There will be 20+ wine vendors and 20+ restaurants providing samples as well.

October 27, 2012  Owasso Harvest Festival Chili Cookoff - Owasso, OK
The Harvest Festival has activities for the entire family. Chili lovers will be able to taste some of the world’s best chili and sample over 50 pots of chili prepared by local chili teams.


2011 OKLAHOMA 2011
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 16-18, 2011  Wine'N on the Chisholm Trail - Duncan, OK
(Link no longer valid: )
Fall Wine Festival with live music, entertainment, food, area vendors and a kids zone.

October 7-8, 2011  Fall Fair - Aline, Oklahoma
Bring your taste buds and enjoy this fall fair that includes a chili and stew cook-off, ice cream crank-off, a parade, entertainment and more.

Dec 31, 2011  Price Tower Arts Center's New Year's Eve Olive Drop
Bartlesville, OK
Ring in the New Year in style with a festive countdown as an olive drops from the top of the Price Tower to a martini glass waiting below.


2010 OKLAHOMA 2010
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

Events waiting for new dates

October 8-9, 2010  Merchants' Cuisine Festival - Oklahoma City, OK
This is a two day exhibition to the public of producers and sellers of foods and other products, that are designed to help the home chef.  Products such as ingredients for recipes, organic foods, and food-related services will be featured.  In the facility are two auditoriums in which we are scheduling chefs conducting demonstrations and informative talks, as well.

October 14, 2010  Taste Napa Valley - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Twice a year, the Napa Valley Vintners hits the road with the principals and winemakers from 80 or more member wineries, focusing each trip on one market. The vintners spend several days in that market, hosting a mix of trade and consumer tasting events and educational programs.

October 17, 2010  Grand Wine Country Fall Festival - Ketchum, Oklahoma
Enjoy a day in Grand Wine Country with local wineries at the Grand Wine Country Fall Festival. Activities include art, food and live jazz.

October 30, 2010  Great Pumpkin Egg Hunt - Wagoner, Oklahoma
Bring the family and enjoy this Halloween egg hunt where thousands of candy and prize eggs will be scattered over the resort. Also enjoy kid's games and a costume contest.


2009 OKLAHOMA 2009

events still waiting for new dates

November 7, 2009  Oklahoma WineFest - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma WineFest showcases Oklahoma's premier wineries featuring award winning wines. Music provided by: Keys, Satchmo & the Bees, Lisa Curl and Russ Hulme. Food, shopping and wine tasting will be available throughout the day.


2008 OKLAHOMA 2008

June 13-14, 2008  Northpark Mall Art Walk & Wine Tasting Festival
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (no website)
Fine art & fine wine making comes together in Oklahoma.  Uncork your passion and join Oklahoma's best artists and wine makers during this unique 2 day event. Activities for the entire family.  E-mail:



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