Wedged between the brutal heat of summer and the vicious cold of winter is the sweet relief of fall, and festival organizers will make the most of the temperate weather to lure Oklahomans away from college football and out into the community. Following is a brief rundown of some highlights of the fall festival season.
Fiestas de las Americas
S.W. 25th Street
Hispanic culture is on full display as Capitol Hill residents celebrate what it means to be American south of Texas and beyond. There will also be parades, live entertainment, authentic cuisine and kids' entertainment.
Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center, 425 E. California
$5 for adults, free for children under 12
A three-day immersive marketplace transports Oklahoma patrons to villages across Asia, Africa and Latin America, offering the chance to buy products created in remote corners around the globe. More than a world market, WorldFest is also an education exhibit from the organization World Neighbors, which strives to promote community engagement to improve conditions of the earth, locally and globally.
Oklahoma Czech Festival
205 N. Czech Hall Road, Yukon
Metro residents have migrated to the Czech Hall in Yukon since 1930 for the weekly polka dance. The hall has helped preserve Czech-American culture for decades, and will give a broader glimpse with the annual Oklahoma Czech Festival.
Featuring a parade, crafts and the distinctly Czech pastry, the kolache, the festival-goers will finish their experience at the Czech Hall for a full night of celebrating the brilliance of the "Chicken Dance" (which is technically a Swiss song, but chances are still good you'll hear it once or twice.)
Guthrie Art and Wine Festival
Guthrie knows how to throw a festival, with one seemingly around every turn. If you can only make one this year, then the Guthrie Art and Wine Festival is certainly worthy of consideration. Located in the historic downtown strip of Victorian buildings, art lovers can mosey from shop to shop, sampling the work and refilling their wine glasses. It will also be one of the last street festivals of the fall season before the weather turns foul.
Watonga Cheese Festival
$5 for adults, free for children 12 and under
Cheese lovers rejoice! Watonga has rebounded from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Erin of 2007, which damaged the town's treasured cheese factory and forced the cancellation of its annual festival. Residents have rebuilt the downtown area and the cheese festival is alive again for two days of delectable delights.
Of course, there will be plenty of tastings and new this year will be the culinary arts contest, a timed event pitting upcoming chefs from area culinary arts classes. The annual parade begins 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 11.
Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market
311 S. Klein
Girls rule the roost for this annual female-centric art and craft show. Far from a church bake sale, The Girlie Show is aimed at younger, hipper crowds looking for unique takes on jewelry, fashion, art and home decor. Artists might still indulge in kitsch from time to time, but only ironically. "Charles Martin