A Festival Frenzy

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Photo by Gina Michalopulos Kingsley.

Photo by Gina Michalopulos Kingsley.

September in Oklahoma is festival season – from cultural to athletic to musical celebrations, there’s an occasion for every type of Oklahoman this month.

In Tulsa, combine heritage, culture and delicious food at the annual Greek Festival, running Sept. 10-17 in downtown Tulsa. Created in 1960, this event has added new aspects every year to keep audiences coming back – like toga runs, auctions and traditional dances.

“As always, you will find delicious Greek food, mouth watering pastries, dancing and entertainment. But be prepared for an expanded menu, new venues, additional family friendly activities and a brand new look,” says Tonya Van Zandt Boone, the marketing and VIP chairman of this year’s festival.

In Oklahoma City, the Regatta Festival offers a unique experience with amazing spectator perks – front row seats to the boat races that include rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and white water rafting. Other happenings include food trucks, beer gardens, live music and breathtaking views. The festival will run Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in the Boathouse District.

And the Bluegrass and Chili Festival, running Sept. 8-10, is a highlight for Claremore’s residents. Competitions, live music and delicious food make it a unique staple in the city.

“We are excited to expand the fun Outhouse Races this year. We did a trial run last year after about a 15-year hiatus,” says Dell Davis, the festival coordinator. And yes – the Outhouse Races are just what they seem: festivalgoers construct their own mobile latrines at the Claremore Expo Center and race them down a track. It’s doubtful you’ll find another festival that can offer that kind of entertainment.

Other festivals

In Tulsa

PostOak Wine & Jazz Festival Sept. 2-4 – PostOak Lodge & Retreat

Blue Whale Comedy Festival Sept. 9 – Cain’s Ballroom

Let It Be Natural Arts Festival Sept. 10 – Chandler Park

Rock n’ Rib Festival  Sept. 15-18 – BOK Center

SCOTFEST  Sept. 16-18 – River West Festival Park

McNellie’s Harvest Beer Festival  Sept. 24 – Downtown Tulsa

ShalomFest  Sept. 25 – Temple Israel

In Oklahoma City

WestFest OK  Sept. 3 -Oklahoma City

Septemberfest  Sept. 10 – Governor’s Mansion, OKC

Banjo Fest  Sept. 10 – Civic Center Music Hall

Mesta Festa Sept. 10 – Perle Mesta Park

Turkish Festival Sept. 24 – Myriad Botanical Gardens

Around the State

Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival & Powow  Sept. 1-5 – Durant

Backwoods Music & Camping Festival  Sept. 1-Sept. 5 – Tatanka Ranch, Stroud

Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival  Sept. 2-4 – Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame

Choctaw 2016 Oktoberfest  Sept. 2-10 – Choctaw Creek Park

Stone River Music Festival  Sept. 16-18 – Chandler

Medicine Stone Music Festival Sept. 22-24 – Diamondhead Resort, Tahlequah

Grape Stomp Festival  Sept. 24 – Slaughterville

Groovefest  Sept. 25 – Andrews Park, Norman

Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival  Sept. 29–Oct. 1 – Guthrie

Wild West Festival  Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – McAlester

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