Summer is right around the corner. I know it doesn’t seem possible since Christmas was just last week, but the calendar does not lie. And for me, summer is also the unofficial start of festival season. The crowds, the music, the food, the fun!
You can find something happening almost every weekend across the area and the best part is that they are usually free. And you regular TTCU blog readers know I’m always looking for ways to stay thrifty. So without further ado, here is my shortlist of fun, mostly free events in the upcoming months.
Rooster Days (May 11th – 14th) – Now in its 86th year, Rooster Days is Oklahoma’s longest-running festival. Carnival rides, great food, live entertainment, the Miss Rooster Days pageant, and the Rooster Days Parade (look for the TTCU float!) bring families back to Broken Arrow year after year.
Mayfest (May 18th – 21st) – Started in 1973 as an arts festival, Mayfest has not strayed far from its roots. With more than 100 exhibitors selling their work, Mayfest also boasts four stages of live music, tons of food and activities for kids. It’s an easy way to spend a beautiful spring day in Tulsa.
Blue Dome Arts Festival (May 19th – 21st) – Running concurrent with Mayfest, the Blue Dome Arts Festival has come to be known as the "locals only" arts festival. With more than 200 local artists, live music, and some of Tulsa’s best food trucks, it’s the place to be when you’re finished with Mayfest.
The Hop Jam (May 21st) – Founded by Hanson, Hop Jam will celebrate its 4th year this summer. Taking place in the Brady Arts District, Hop Jam is Oklahoma’s largest craft beer and music festival.
Tulsa Tough (June 9th – 11th) – Started in 2005 by a group of cycling enthusiasts, Tulsa Tough has quickly become one of the nation’s premier cycling events. It’s hard to beat the excitement of the crowd during the Friday night races and Saturday offers rides and races for children of all skill levels and ages. Sunday features the family friendly townie ride, an event free to everyone.
Tulsa Balloon Festival (June 14th – 18th) – Tulsa Balloon Festival is the largest in Oklahoma and one of the largest in the nation. With free admission, bring the entire family out for the spectacular balloon glows, a huge carnival, shopping tents, food vendors and live music.
It’s easy to get caught up in the big-ticket items like theme parks and pricey vacations but if you look around, you’ll find cheap entertainment as close as your own neighborhood.
Check back later this summer for even more great summertime activities that won’t bust the budget!