Your Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun: Top Events and Festivals in OKC

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Your Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun: Top Events and Festivals in OKC

May 9, 2024

As the summer season draws near, the Greater OKC area truly begins to come alive, especially for those who live in one of our many Taberhoods at Homes by Taber ®. With an array of year-round attractions and a calendar brimming with seasonal events and festivals in the area, your Taberhood is set to become the centerpiece of your best summer yet. Dust off your sun hat, grab your favorite pair of sunglasses, and prepare to immerse yourself in a season of joy and discovery throughout the Greater OKC area, just outside your front door. 

Summer festivals you won’t want to miss

There’s no better way to kickstart your summer than with a burst of creativity at the Paseo Arts Festival. Set against the backdrop of the historic Paseo Arts District on May 25-27, this festival celebrates the arts in all of its forms, featuring live music, captivating performances, and a diverse array of visual arts from over 100 nationally acclaimed artists. Stop by for a day, or all three, and stroll through the charming streets of Paseo, interact with all of the artists, and immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural scene that this festival is known for each year. 

Next on the list this summer, you’ll be able to experience the magic of cinema at the deadCenter Film Festival on June 6-9. This event is Oklahoma’s largest film festival, and from first-time filmmakers to seasoned veterans, this event showcases the best in contemporary filmmaking from all around. Get ready for a cinematic journey filled with screenings, Q&A sessions with directors, and exclusive events. 

The Stars & Stripes River Festival on June 22 is another event you won’t want to miss as visitors celebrate the spirit of summer along the scenic Oklahoma River. This event offers a mix of thrilling water sports, live music, delicious food, and fun activities for all ages, so be sure to mark your calendar to come cheer on dragon boat races, test your skills at kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, or simply relax by the water and soak in the festive atmosphere.

Make a splash this summer in OKC

There’s nothing quite like a water activity on a hot summer day, and the Greater Oklahoma City area does not disappoint on this front. Dive into adventure at the Boathouse District for an endless array of water sports and outdoor activities any time you want, and whether you’re a seasoned thrill-seeker or a first-time paddleboarder, there’s excitement for everyone at Riversport Adventures. You can check out their website to find the perfect pass that fits your needs, whether that’s a single day pass, an experience pass or an annual pass if you’re already thinking about planning your next trip. The equipment needed for all of your activities are covered with the initial cost, allowing you to spend the afternoon whitewater rafting, tubing, kayaking, or paddleboarding, and once you’ve had your fill of the water, there are still a number of activities for you to try like the rock climbing wall, sky trail, or the zip line across the Oklahoma River. 

Opening on Saturday, May 25, Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma City is always the ultimate destination for aquatic fun during the summer months. With exhilarating water slides, lazy rivers, and splash zones, this water park offers endless entertainment for the whole family. Cool off, make a splash, and create unforgettable memories under the Oklahoma sun. 

OKC’s all-season adventures 

The Greater Oklahoma City area has always been full of life and excitement, no matter the season, and there are some classic destinations that are always perfect for a summer visit. Delve into the world of art and culture at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and explore the impressive collection of American and European masterpieces, engaging exhibitions, and educational programs that this museum offers art enthusiasts of all levels. Take your time strolling through the galleries, attend a film screening, or participate in a workshop to ignite your creativity this summer season.

The Orr Family Farm is another incredible site to visit every season of the year, and as it’s open every Saturday, you have endless opportunities to experience what it has to offer this summer. From pony rides and rope courses to pedal car races and giant chess games, there is always something for everyone to enjoy, not to mention plenty of fun photo opportunities as well. As an added bonus this season, if you’re free on either May 11 or May 18, you can take part in the brand new Strawberry Festival, with shakes, chocolate-covered strawberries, donuts, and more for you to enjoy.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is another fun destination to spend a sunny afternoon exploring. With hundreds of animal species to see, you can wander through lush landscapes to find majestic elephants, playful primates, and colorful birds along the way. With their newest expansion, Expedition Africa, now open as well, visitors this summer can feel as if they’ve embarked on their very own safari. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, an animal lover, or are simply seeking the perfect day out with your loved ones this summer, the Oklahoma City Zoo promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. 

Savor the summer season in OKC

Summer in Oklahoma City is a time of adventure, exploration, and celebration, and whether you plan on enjoying the atmosphere of a festival, making a splash on the water, or delving into history and culture, you’re sure to create unforgettable memories just down the road from your new home in OKC that will last a lifetime. 

At Homes by Taber, we understand the allure of living close to a vibrant community like Oklahoma City, and with over 20 years of experience building our Taberhoods here, we’re committed to helping you find the ideal place to settle down. If you’re ready to embark on the next chapter of your life in OKC, we’re here to help. Give us a call at (405) 984-1185 or fill out our online form today to find the perfect Taberhood for you and your loved ones.  


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