A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.
Labor Day weekend events abound across Oklahoma
Oklahomans should have no trouble filling the holiday weekend with food, music, art and culture.
College football fans will be in pigskin heaven Saturday as my Oklahoma State Cowboys take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs at 2:35 p.m. Saturday at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, while the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at 6 p.m. in Norman.
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 or wiggling out loud in downtown Oklahoma City to getting the blues in Rentiesville or 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. Memphis Redbirds: 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 23rd 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 through Sept. 7. Information: www.oldgermany.com or Ö www.choctawfestival.org.
Wiggle Out Loud: Oklahoma City’s first-ever free kindie rock festival will feature The Verve Pipe, Sugar Free Allstars, Monty Harper, the Red Dirt Rangers, Jim Cosgrove, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Eddie Spaghetti and others from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bicentennial Park, 500 Couch Drive. Information: http://wiggleoutloud.com.
H&8th Night Market: Check out the next-to-last monthly installment of the popular new street festival that showcases Oklahoma food, beer and music starting at 7 p.m. Friday at NW 8 and Hudson in MidTown OKC. This month’s event features popular food trucks like Big Truck Tacos, Urban Agrarian, Mutt’s Hot Dogs and more, plus live music from musicians Sherree Chamberlain, Tyler Hopkins & the Rebellion, Desi & Cody and Honeylark. Information: http://h8thokc.com.
Arts Festival Oklahoma: Take in a variety of artwork at 120 booths, live music from The Wild Frontier Band and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Sunday night fireworks, children’s activities and more at the 35th annual festival at Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S May Ave. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Information: 682-7576 or www.occc.edu/AFO.
Dusk ’til Dawn Blues Festival, Rentiesville: Get the blues with more than 30 bands performing on three stages, plus children’s activities at the 23rd 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 through 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 Ö www.grandlakefestivals.com.
Mayor’s Blues Ball, Medicine Park: Hear more than a dozen blues bands perform live at the resort town’s seventh annual blues ball. Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday outside in downtown. Information: (580) 529-2825 or www.medicinepark.com.
Cherokee National Holiday, Tahlequah: Take in Cherokee arts and crafts, music, storytelling, traditional games and other cultural activities at the 61st annual homecoming event taking place at various locations around the historic Cherokee Nation capital. The festivities begin bright and early and continue until dark Friday through Sunday. Information: (918) 453-5536 or www.cherokee.org.
Loose Caboose Festival, Purcell: Check out this Main Street festival featuring antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, live music and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information: 527-0462 or www.loosecaboosefestival.com.
Arcadia Western Heritage Festival & Rodeo: Take in rodeo action, live blues music, a parade, street dance and more at this 30th annual event at various locations in Arcadia. The festivities start at 7 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday. Information: www.townofarcadia.com.
Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival, Tuskahoma: Experience Choctaw cultural exhibits, arts and crafts, stickball games, carnival rides and live music from former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn and fellow country music stars The Band Perry, Neal McCoy and Don Williams at the 66th annual festival. 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.
Henryetta’s Labor Day Celebration: Billed as the largest Labor Day event in the state, the festivities include a carnival, parade, live music, games, fireworks and more from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday all around the town. Plus, the community is hosting this weekend the 20th Annual Living Legends Rodeo, with the action starting at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at historic Nichols Park. Information: (918) 652-3331 www.henryetta.org.
PRCA Rodeo of Champions, Elk City: Catch pro rodeo events, a parade, carnival, American Indian dancers and concerts by Ace in the Hole and Ronnie Milsap at this 75th annual event Friday through Sunday at Beutler Brothers Rodeo Arena in Ackley Park. Rodeo action begins at 8 p.m. nightly. Information: www.elkcityrodeoandpbr.com.
Monster Energy’s Rock Allegiance Tour, Tulsa: Hear rock music from four different countries when Volbeat (Denmark), HIM (Finland), All That Remains (USA) and Airbourne (Australia) play at 6:45 p.m. Saturday at the Cox Business Center Arena, 100 Civic Center. Information: www.coxcentertulsa.com.