5 Best Fall Events in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma has beautiful foliage throughout the prime fall months that you’re sure to appreciate as a local, newbie, or traveler. In the Sooner State, there’s no better time to explore the area than when the temperatures start to drop, and you can enjoy the sights and sounds comfortably. Here are five of the best fall events and activities in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for you to enjoy with your family and friends.
OKC Turkey Tracks
The OKC Turkey Tracks takes place in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Nov. 24 at 7:30 a.m. Pick up your racing packets the day of the run between 7:30 and 9 a.m., and arrive early to avoid long lines. The race offers two routes for all participants, the 5K and the 1-mile fun run. The 1-mile fun run begins at 8:30 a.m., while the 5K starts at 9 a.m. Both runners and walkers can take part in the event, and strollers and pets are free to accompany you along the way.
This event is perfect for the family and gets everyone outside to enjoy the fall weather before Thanksgiving dinner. You can register online using the event’s site, and prices range from $35 to $49 based on when you purchase them and which category you choose — in-person or virtual and 1 mile or 5K. At the end of the race, each participant gets a cozy sweater and a turkey medal to show off to the rest of their family.
Address: 305 NW Fifth St., Oklahoma City
Public Exhibition Tour: Chihuly Then and Now
The Public Exhibition Tour: Chihuly Then and Now at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is a fun way to spend a fall day with your friends or family members this fall. This exhibit is open now and closes on June 23, 2024. You can register for public tours or purchase tickets using the museum’s website. The price for non-museum members is $25, and it’s $15 for members. On Nov. 19 at 11 a.m., the exhibit’s curator Catherine Shotick is hosting a public tour to give an overview of the exhibit.
Chihuly Then and Now: The Collection at Twenty features five decades of glass and works on paper. Each of the five decades shares the story of Dale Chihuly’s career. This exhibit will provide Oklahoma City museum visitors with work never seen before in their city. The museum recommends pre-registration if you want to take a guided tour because of limited space.
Address: 415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City
Skating at the Devon Ice Rink
Another great way to get outside to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and crisp weather is by ice skating with your loved ones at the Devon Ice Rink, located at the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. Enjoy skating on 5,500 square feet of ice, and then during your breaks, snack and sip on tasty seasonal treats and beverages from the concession stands. You can enjoy the rink’s glittering lights and so much more from Nov. 11, 2022, to Jan. 29, 2023.
In case you want to celebrate Thanksgiving by skating, here are the special holiday hours for the week:
- Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 21 through 23, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 24, from 3 to 9 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Sunday, Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For prices, it’s $14 per person for admission and skate rentals and $9 per person if you bring your own skates. If you want to have your birthday party here, it’s $200, which includes a reserved seating area near the rink for one and a half hours, 10 skate rentals with an additional $10 per added guest, and five bistro tables with up to 20 chairs.
Address: 301 W. Reno Ave., Oklahoma City
Looking Through the Windows to the West Exhibition
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Looking Through the Windows to the West exhibition is on display from July 29, 2022, to Feb. 19, 2023. This exhibit showcases the work of Wilson Hurley from 1991 to 1996. During this time, he created massive triptychs of the American western landscape, the Windows to the West. The 15 canvases of Windows to the West are located in the museum. The exhibit focuses on showing patrons the behind-the-scenes work of Hurley. It has his never-before-seen test canvases, sketches, mathematical diagrams and formulas, and color studies.
You can buy some tickets online through the museum’s website, and some are only available for purchase in person, such as the First Americans Museum and National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum joint tickets. The joint ticket allows visitors to explore both sets of museums for $25 per person, and they’re only 15 miles apart. You can take a nice autumn drive from one museum to the next when you purchase this ticket. Otherwise, it’s $15 per adult, $10 per student with a valid school ID, $5 per child between 6 and 12, and free for children 5 and under.
Address: 1700 NE 63rd St., Oklahoma City
Make Ready Market
Make Ready Market is part of Oklahoma City’s fall market series. This is a great place where you can begin looking for holiday gifts for the family from locally owned small businesses or creators while getting outside to enjoy the fall weather. The last dates for the fall series are Nov. 26 and Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. While here, you can find wonderful crafts from talented creators, such as locally made clothing, jewelry, art, and pottery. Additionally, there will be live music and food trucks for you to try as you’re browsing the market.
If you’re looking to be a vendor at one of the market’s fall series, you can fill out an application online.
Address: 220 NW 13th St., Oklahoma City
If you’re in the Guthrie, Oklahoma, area, consider taking a road trip down to the state’s capital in your new or pre-loved vehicle to check out these fun fall activities. Did we miss one of your favorites? Contact us, and we’ll be sure to add it to the list before the season ends.