We clawed our way to the finish line this school year, and we deserve every last pat on the back for it. Whether you’re a teacher who was asked to pivot and sacrifice more times than you can count, or a full-time working mama who has been educating her kiddos from home this year, I have this to say: YOU DID IT. You made it through the 2020-2021 school year and lived to tell the tale.
So this summer, I hope you have a chance to do all the things.
Even if your only free time is on weekends, I hope you get to make the most of it. I hope you get to send your kids to summer camp, pick some berries, and explore our state. After more than a year of saying no to so many things, I wish you a WHOLE BUNCH of yes. In that spirit, we have compiled a list of all the best Summer Festivals and Concerts! You missed them last year, but so many of your old favorites are back this year, along with some brand new ones to check out! This does not include 4th of July activities – that is a whole other post for another day!
Vibes – First Thursday of the month, from April through October. Enjoy downtown Edmond eateries and artistic performances on this monthly art walk!
Free Concerts in the Park – Thursdays from 6:15 – 9:00 pm, May 20 – August 12. Concerts at Hafer Park Stage – bring your own blankets and lawn chairs!
Heard on Hurd – Monthly street festival in downtown Edmond, beginning June 19! Additional scheduling information will become available in the coming weeks, but amazing food trucks are always involved! Check their website for updated information.
Red Brick Nights – June 26, August 7, and September 4. Rotating live music, food trucks, and pop-up shops for the whole community! There is typically also a fireworks show around the 4th of July!
Live from the Lawn at Scissortail Park – Free concert series beginning in May and ending in October. View the full schedule on their website!
An Affair of the Heart – June 11 – 13, from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Sunday. Oklahoma’s largest boutique show and gourmet market! Tickets are $7 for all 3 days, and ages 12 and under are free.
Scissortail Night Market – Fridays from 5:30 – 9:30 pm: June 11, July 16, August 13, September 17, and October 15. Shop from approximately 50 local vendors each month; vendors change for variety! Night Market also offers food trucks, bar service, and live entertainment.
Children’s Garden Festival – June 11 – 20, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily. This year’s theme is Tiny Gardens and Enchanted Woods at Myriad Children’s Garden. There will be 10 days of activities, crafts, and creative displays inspired by whimsical children’s literature. Daily story time at 11:00 am! The festival is also offering a Sensory Night on June 18, geared toward families whose children have sensory sensitivities! Cost is $8/person, but free for members!
Summer Music Series at Riversport – Saturdays at Rotary Point, June 12 – August 28, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Includes live music, craft beer and cocktails, and outdoor fun!
Sunday Twilight Concert Series – Sundays from 7:30 – 9:00 pm, from June 13 – August 29. June 13 performance will be on the Jones Assembly patio, with the remaining performances taking place on the Devon Lawn of Myriad Gardens. View their website for the performance schedule!
Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Festival – If sewing is your thing, this festival is for you! At the OKC Fairgrounds from June 17-19, there will be workshops, shopping opportunities, and craft displays.
Bricktown Blues and BBQ Festival – June 18-19, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. Enjoy good food, craft beer, and performance by local artists during this two-day event!
Juneteenth on the East – June 19, all-day event on NE 23rd St. Family-friendly celebration featuring live music, dance, mural painting, spoken word performances, food trucks, and vendors.
Festival of the Arts – Moved from April, OKC’s Arts Festival will now take place from June 22-27 in Bicentennial Park. Festival of the Arts is a celebration of visual and performing arts, with vendors, performances, and food trucks all week long!
Oklahoma City Pride Festival – June 25 – 27, times vary! Celebration of OKC’s LGBTQ community! Festival takes place at Scissortail Park, with a parade through the Arts District on June 26.
Free Concerts in the Park – Fridays from 7:00 – 10:00 pm, August 6 – 20. Concerts at Central Park Amphitheater – bring your own blankets and lawn chairs!
Jazz in June – June 17 – 19, from 6:30 – 10:00 pm. June 17 – 18 take place in Brookhaven Village in Norman, and June 19 in Andrews Park. Check their website for artist lineup!
Beats and Bites – At the Riverwind Casino, this food truck and music festival will occur on Saturdays this summer – June 26, July 10, August 7, and August 21.
Free Concerts in the Park – Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, June 3 – August 5. Concerts in Chisholm Trail Park – bring your own blankets and lawn chairs! Concessions available for purchase.
Dead Center Film Festival – June 10 – 20. Oklahoma’s largest film festival is virtual again this year! Purchase virtual passes to view independent films from all over Oklahoma and the world!
OK Roots Global Bash – June 1 – 30. Tune in to the music festival virtually this year for a mix of eclectic roots music and both local and international performers.
There you have it! Everything you always wanted to do in Oklahoma City this summer. Did we miss something?? Let us know in the comments! Also – get ready for September!! The Oklahoma State Fair is back this year, and you won’t want to miss it!