GUIDE: The Best Things to Do in Oklahoma in July

by Brooks Nickell

06/30/2014

From fireworks and cookouts to baseball and blackberries, here are the best things to do in Oklahoma in July.

Kiowa Gourd Clan Celebration
Gourd dancing, impressive shawls, and drumming showcases are the main attractions of this traditional ceremony. July 2-4. More here.

First Friday Shawnee
Shawnee hosts a monthly community event held in downtown Shawnee where the work of local and regional artists, artisans and musicians is on display in full force. Take part in fun games with free arts activities for the children. July 4. More here.

Celebrate Independence Day
Looking for the best fireworks displays and things to do on July 4? We’ve got a whole list dedicated to pointing you in the right direction on Independence Day. Click here.

McLoud Blackberry Festival
McLoud’s Blackberry festival started in 1940 as a celebration marking the end of blackberry harvest. While blackberries are no longer the cash crop in McLoud, the festival still brings in attendees from all over the nation and offers a carnival, parade, the Blackberry Pageant, and a blackberry recipe competition.  July 4-5. More here.

Huckleberry Festival
Like a blueberry but better, huckleberries grow wild around Jay, and the community celebrates them with this annual festival. July 5. More here.

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival
It’s mid-July in Okemah—you know what to do. In the birthplace of Oklahoma’s favorite 20th century son, nearly two dozen local and visiting musicians will sing the sweet and solemn tunes of Woody Guthrie, who would have been 102 this summer on July 14. July 9-13. More here.

LIVE on the Plaza
Every second Friday is LIVE on the Plaza, an art walk featuring local artists, live music, deadCENTER film screenings, local retail shopping and more. July 11. More here.

El Reno Grascar Racing
High-powered lawnmowers battle for bragging rights. Watch souped-up mowers, winged outlaw karts, yard karts, and flat karts race around the track at the El Reno Grascar Association’s El Reno Grascar Racing event. July 12. More here.

Western Heritage Days
Western Heritage Days at the Tulsa RV Ranch in Beggs includes chuck wagon racing,  cowboy-mounted shooting, staged shoot-outs, buggy rides, fishing tournaments, horseshoes, and more. July 12-13. More here.

Stratford Peach Festival
Stratford is the self-proclaimed peach capitol of Oklahoma, and during the annual peach festival, you can enjoy arts and craft vendors, street games, and helicopter rides. Plus, take home as many bushels of peaches as you can carry, all picked from seven area orchards. July 19. More here.

Porter Peach Festival
That’s not to say everything isn’t peachy down in Porter as well, which hosts its annual Peach Festival downtown July 17-19. More here.

Otoe-Missouria Summer Encampment
The Otoe-Missouria people host their 133rd annual Summer Encampment, which includes gourd dancing, a 5K run, and contest dancing. July 17-20. More here.

Comanche Homecoming Powwow
Dancers in full regalia compete in gourd, cloth, buckskin, straight, fancy, and more. July 18-20. More here.

Valliant Watermelon Festival
Few things embody summer as well as the watermelon. Stop by Valliant for a watermelon-eating contest, horseshoe tournament, wienie dog races, and turtle races. July 25-26. More here.

Center of the Universe Festival
AWOLNATION, Fitz and the Tantrums, Twenty One Pilots, Young the Giant, Capital Cities, Cold War Kids, and others take the stage at this two-day event in downtown Tulsa. July 25-26. More here.

Tulsa County Free Fair
4-H and community exhibits, learning events and competitions. Take the kids to the Festival of Fun for ice cream, live entertainment, and inflatables. July 31-Aug. 1. More here.

Catch a game
Choose from baseball, soccer, Aussie football, or basketball.

  • See the Oklahoma City RedHawks schedule here.
  • See the Tulsa Drillers schedule here.
  • See the OKC Energy schedule here.
  • See the Tulsa Athletics schedule here.
  • See the Tulsa Buffaloes schedule here.
  • See the Tulsa Shock schedule here.

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