No matter what the calendar says about equinoxes, solstices and seasonal shifts, Labor Day weekend is widely considered the last weekend of summer.
And Oklahomans across the state will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate with live music, visual arts and, of course, festive food.
College football fans will be in pigskin heaven Saturday as my Oklahoma State Cowboys host the Savannah State Tigers at 6 p.m. in Stillwater and the Oklahoma Sooners take on the UTEP Miners at 9:30 p.m. in El Paso, Texas.
But there are three days in this holiday weekend, and Oklahomans should have no trouble filling them.
From taking your family out to the ballgame in Bricktown and feasting German-style to getting the blues in Rentiesville and fiddling around in Grove, here is a partial list of the holiday weekend's entertainment options. For more, go to www.wimgo.com or www.travelok.com.
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Round Rock Express: What's summer without a little baseball? Cheer on the RedHawks as they close out the regular season at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6:05 p.m. Sunday and 11:05 a.m. Monday at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive. Information: 218-1000 or www.oklahomaredhawks.com.
Choctaw Oktoberfest: Take in authentic German food, beer and entertainment at the 22nd annual festival in Choctaw Creek Park, 2001 Harper Road. Hours this weekend are 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday and noon to midnight Monday, with the festivities continuing Tuesday-Sept. 8. Information: 390-8647 or www.choctawfestival.org.
Arts Festival Oklahoma: Take in a variety of artwork at 160 booths, live music from Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Sunday night fireworks, children's activities and more at the 34th annual festival at Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S May Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Information: 682-7576 or www.occc.edu/AFO.
Dusk 'til Dawn Blues Festival, Rentiesville: Get the blues with 35 bands performing on three stages, plus children's activities at the 22nd annual festival at the birthplace and home of late Oklahoma blues legend D.C. Minner, 701 D.C. Minner St. Hours are 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday-Sunday. Information: (918) 855-0978 or www.dcminnerblues.com.
Jana Jae Fiddle Camp & Music Festival, Grove: Jam along with fellow fiddlers, take workshops or just hear the music when the famed bluegrass fiddler and “Hee Haw” regular hosts her yearly camp. The event will include evening festivities starting at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and daytime activities beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information: (918) 786-8896 or www.grandlakefestivals.com.
Mayor's Blues Ball, Medicine Park: Hear more than 15 blues bands perform live at the resort town's sixth annual blues ball. Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday. Information: (580) 529-2825 or www.medicinepark.com.
60th Annual Cherokee National Holiday, Park Hill: Take in Cherokee arts and crafts, music, storytelling, traditional games and other cultural activities at the Cherokee Heritage Center, 21192 S Keeler Drive. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Information: (918) 456-6007 or www.cherokeeheritage.org.
Loose Caboose Festival, Purcell: Check out this Main Street festival featuring antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, live music, fashion show and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information: 527-0462 or www.loosecaboosefestival.com.
Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival, Tuskahoma: Experience Choctaw cultural exhibits, an intertribal powwow, arts and crafts, stickball games and live music from country music stars Sara Evans, Josh Turner, Ricky Skaggs and Martina McBride. Activities begin at 9 a.m. Friday and Monday, 6:30 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday at the Choctaw Capitol grounds. Information: (580) 924-8280 or www.choctawnation.com.
Pollard Theatre's “Forever Plaid,” Guthrie: See the Pollard's production of the charmingly goofy tale of a 1950s all-male singing group that returns from the Great Beyond to perform the show they never got to when they were alive, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at 120 W Harrison. Performances continue through Sept. 15. Information: 282-2800 or www.thepollard.org.
Arcadia Blues Festival & Rodeo: Take in rodeo action, live blues music, gospel extravaganza, a parade, street dance and more at this 29th annual event at various locations in Arcadia. The festivities start at 7 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday. Information: www.townofarcadia.com.
Henryetta's Labor Day Celebration: Billed as the largest Labor Day event in the state, the Main Street festivities include a carnival, parade, fireworks and more from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday. Plus, the community is hosting this weekend the Living Legends Rodeo, with the action starting at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at historic Nichols Park. Information: www.henryetta.org.
PRCA Rodeo of Champions, Elk City: Catch pro rodeo events, a parade, children's carnival and concerts by John Conlee and the Bellamy Brothers at this 74th annual event Friday-Sunday at Beutler Brothers Rodeo Arena in Ackley Park. Rodeo action begins at 8 p.m. nightly. Information: www.elkcitychamber.com.