The leaves are turning to their fall colors, and that means its time for some of our favorite festivals. India Fest brings the colorful culture and traditions of India’s diverse communities to Expo Square each year. The India Association of Greater Tulsa presents another year of dance and music performances, Indian clothes, food and henna painting on Sept. 6 (www.iagtok.org). The following weekend, take a trip to Temple Israel and its annual ShalomFest celebration of Jewish life, thought, culture and food. The event takes place Sept. 14 and includes music, entertainment, crafts and ceremony demonstrations (www.templetulsa.com).
The weekend after, three major festivals offer an array of experiences. The Tulsa Greek Festival brings America’s Hellenic culture, traditions and foods to guests at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (www.tulsagreekfestival.com) on Sept. 18-20. Across the river, Scotfest drums up with Highland games and Scottish traditions set to bagpipes, drums and Celtic music from then and today at River West Festival Park (www.okscotfest.com) on Sept. 19-21. A short drive to Claremore and the Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs gets you to the Gatesway Balloon Festival, Sept. 19-20, and a weekend of hot air balloons, arts, crafts, helicopter flights, pony rides and more for the entire family (www.gatesway.org).