Festival Frenzy

Photo courtesy Claremore Chamber.
Photo courtesy Claremore Chamber.

This month is proving to be one dedicated to myriad festivals. From cultural and music festivals to food and even a balloon festival, there are so many things to choose from this September. Kicking off the line-up, the Dusk ‘Til Dawn Blues Festival brings 35 bands to Rentiesville, Sept. 4-6 (www.dcminnerblues.com). Choctaw’s Octoberfest welcomes festivalgoers Sept. 4-12 with German food, beer, wine and dancing underneath 30,000 square feet of tents (www.oldgermany.com). The Bluegrass & Chili Festival in Claremore offers live music on three stages, a chili cook-off, open car show, singing competition and more, Sept. 10-12 (www.claremore.org). On Sept. 14, Temple Israel in Tulsa will be serving Jewish food, music and fun for its 21st annual ShalomFest (www.templetulsa.com). At The Tulsa Greek Festival on Sept. 17-19, enjoy authentic Greek foods, ethnic dancing and browse Greek jewelry and gifts (www.tulsagreekfestival.com). The Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival on Sept. 17-20 brings American Indian culture to the forefront with art, competitions, entertainment, cultural demonstrations and more (www.okindiansummer.org). The Rock ‘N Rib Festival returns to Tulsa Sept. 17-20 with four days of championship barbecue, concessions and entertainment (www.bokcenter.com). On Sept. 18 and 19, the Gatesway Foundation raises awareness for individuals with intellectual disabilities with its 20th Annual Gatesway Balloon Festival in Claremore (www.gatesway.org). ScotFest will offer live entertainment, Scottish, Irish and international beers, specialty whiskey tastings, traditional foods, dance demonstrations and more at Tulsa’s River West Festival Park, Sept. 18-20 (www.okscotfest.com). Norman’s 52nd Groovefest will host performers, speakers, vendors and artists, while raising human rights awareness on Sept. 28 (www.groovefest.org). On Sept. 21-26, the second annual OKC Jazz Fest presents performers at the Civic Center Music Hall and Bicentennial Park (www.okcjazzfest.com).