“There’s nothing to do around here!” is a thing you should never have to say again. Tulsa is home to a rich and vibrant community that revels in festivals and events. Check out this list – there’s almost always something going on, no matter what time of year it may be!
SUMMER’S 5TH NIGHT—Each Thursday evening during the summer months, Utica Square encourages Tulsans to grab a chair and come to their free concert series. Uticasquare.com (Late June through early September)
FITNESS ON THE GREEN— Guthrie Green is host to tons of free exercise groups each week, from Zumba to yoga to boot camp, check out guthriegreen.com for the schedule. (Runs most of the year, as weather permits)
FIRST FRIDAYS—A wildly popular event, the Tulsa Arts District downtown opens it’s museum doors and workspaces and creates a free art crawl on the first Friday of each month. Street performances are often found these nights too. Arts District
ARCHITECTURAL TOURS—The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture conducts walking tours on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Visit tulsaarchitecture.com to see where to meet for the tour!
FUNDAY SUNDAY AT GILCREASE—Gilcrease museum holds this free family friendly event the 3rd Sunday of each month. Art stations are set up, and kids are encouraged to explore! gilcrease.org
SECOND SATURDAYS—Philbrook Museum (And it’s satellite location downtown!) offers free admission on the 2nd Saturday of each month. See their world-class and varied collection, along with rotating featured installations. Honestly, check out Philbrook.org often – there’s always something interesting going on there!
TULSA BOAT SHOW—If you’re a lake person like a lot of folks around here are, don’t miss out on the Tulsa Boat Show, held at the Quik Trip Event Center every January.
OVERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL—Established in 1998, this festival features bands, films by major directors, and appeals to a wide variety of audiences. This festival is not always held at the same time each year, but last year it was held in March.
MAYFEST—One of Tulsa’s longest running and most loved events, Mayfest is a downtown gathering of artists from around the country, as well as live entertainment and plenty of food every May.
HOP JAM—Still a newer event, this popular May celebration was created by the pop band Hanson (yeah, THAT Hanson!) and has become a huge weekend of breweries from around the world showing off their craft beers. Usually the same weekend as (and just around the corner from) Mayfest.
BLUE DOME ARTS FESTIVAL—Held the same weekend as Mayfest and HopJam in May, this art festival focuses on local artists and features a great selection of local food trucks as well! All 3 of these major events are held within walking distance of each other on the same weekend!
ROOSTER DAYS—Every May, Broken Arrow puts on Rooster Days! Food, rides, Miss Rooster Days, an egg hunt, local artists and more are showcased in this popular event.
ROUTE 66 BLOWOUT—Sapulpa’s main drag gets overrun with classic muscle cars, food vendors, and a kid’s zone the first weekend of June. Great tunes too!
JUNETEENTH—A long-running jazz festival held in the Greenwood district each June.
TULSA TOUGH– One of the wildest parties in Tulsa comes when you would least expect it– each June during a 3 day cycling competition! Events culminate on Sunday at the internationally lauded “Crybaby Hill” – you’ll hear plenty of cries of “Mind The Gap!”
HOGS-N-HOT RODS– This motorcycle and hot rod showcase each June in Collinsville has over 200 entries, and even a motorcycle swap meet!
BIXBY CORN FESTIVAL—Held the last weekend of June, this festival harkens back to Bixby’s agricultural roots and is good old fashioned family fun!
PORTER PEACH FESTIVAL—Held in Porter, Oklahoma each July, the festival showcases desert contests, a car show and now a 5k!
POW-WOW OF CHAMPIONS—For more than 3 decades, the Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa presents this judged dance competition, most recently held in August at the Maybee Center.
MINI MAKER FAIRE—Slated for August, the Mini Maker Faire is put on by Fab Lab, and is made up of dozens of interactive exhibits and performances designed to showcase projects and ideas we don’t encounter everyday. Wonderful for kids, but adults can enjoy as well!
ROCK N RIB FESTIVAL—Every September, Rib Crib hosts a contest for award-winning “pitmasters” from around the country—and even though only one walks with a blue ribbon, we all leave winners!
WOOFSTOCK—In September, animal aid and rescue groups from all over join together for a giant day of fun and adoptions! Held at the Riverwalk in Jenks, this event is perfect for your furry friends!
SCOTFEST—This annual September festival focuses on food, games and fun. Telephone pole tossing anyone?
GREEK FESTIVAL—Full of food, dancing, and local artisans, this festival is held the 3rd week of every September, and has been celebrated for more than 50 years! They make long lines for food service a pleasure, and you won’t mind at all waiting for the grape leaves and spanakopita.
GATESWAY BALLOON FESTIVAL—Nearly every September for more than 20 years, Claremore is home to the Gatesway Foundation’s Balloon Festival. Gatesway is a group that places individuals with special needs in jobs.
TULSA STATE FAIR—Grab a corndog, hop on a ride and check out the livestock at the Tulsa State Fair, typically held for 11 days at the end of September through the beginning of October.
ART ON MAIN —Award winning one day juried art festival in Jenks, usually held in October.
OKTOBERFEST—Attended by thousands and ranked as one of the top 10 Oktoberfest celebrations in the entire country! Usually held on the 3rd weekend of October.
OWASSO HARVEST FESTIVAL—October brings the Harvest Festival to Owasso, where you can visit the Pet Festival as well as a singing competition.
EAT STREET FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL—Family fun and lots of food trucks in Downtown Tulsa in October!
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS—Living Arts Tulsa puts on this gorgeous and fun celebration on the night of every November 1st, and it’s full of food, drinks, artwork, face painting, performances and more.
LIGHTS ON AT UTICA SQUARE—On Thanksgiving night, Utica Square holds a party to celebrate turning on their thousands of Christmas Lights. Drink hot cocoa and listen to carolers—or maybe even join in!
RHEMA LIGHTS—Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow puts on a dazzling light display with millions of lights. The display starts near Thanksgiving and ends at the New Year.
WINTERFEST—Each winter season an outdoor skating rink is constructed in the street outside the BOK Center. Usually set up through the holiday season through January.
PSO CHRISTMAS PARADE OF LIGHTS—In December, Tulsa’s Christmas Parade happens in the dark downtown, with floats and parade marchers decorated in lights!
TULSA DRILLERS—The Dodger’s AA Team is right here in Tulsa! Playing at ONEOK Field, the season lasts from April through September.
TULSA ROUGHNECKS–Tulsa’s professional soccer team, they play in the United Soccer League, and also at ONEOK Field. Their season lasts from March through September.
TULSA OILERS-Tulsa’s hockey team that plays in the ECHL at the BOK Center. Their season runs from October through April.