Get Out, Ya'll -- It's Festival Weekend!
I really, really hope we have some breaks in the rain this weekend because there are so many family-friendly, outdoor festivals this weekend. You could seriously take a trip around the world without leaving Tulsa. And the food! It's a taste tour de force! Tacos, BBQ, baklava, haggis (okay, well, maybe not haggis). I've been to all of these festivals over the years and I can definitely vouch for them. So, here's the scoop.
The Annual Greek Festival goes through Saturday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 12th & Guthrie. Great food, music and dancing. They also have interesting items for sale. If you're unfamiliar with the Greek Orthodox Church, take a tour.
Take the family to Scotland at the Oklahoma Scottish Festival at the River West Festival Park. This festival runs through Sunday. They have a kids’ area, food, entertainment, Scottish athletes doing games, a dog parade, and, of course, bagpipes! This is a very kid-friendly festival because there's lots of space to roam. If you have some Scottish heritage, maybe you can find your family crest. The games are fun to watch, and they have kid versions of them so your little Scots can try them out.
Another cultural festival, Hispanic Fest is on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday at the Centennial Green Walk Park at 6th & Boston. This is a family-oriented event with art, food, music and entertainment celebrating the Hispanic cultures in Tulsa. I love the color and energy of this festival. And it's stroller-friendly since it's downtown.
On Saturday, take your kids to Children’s Safety Day at the Davis Arms & Historical Museum in Claremore from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We all want to teach our kids about safety, so this is a fun way for kids to learn about all kinds of safety issues from wearing bike helmets to fire safety. Kids can bring their Teddy Bears to be checked out by the Claremore Regional Hospital, and Boy Scout Troop 828 will have a Bicycle Rodeo and Bike Safety Check, so kids can bring their bikes to be checked out. The Claremore Fire Department will do a Seat Belt and Car Seat Safety Check. They’ll also be giving away some great prizes from Claremore Super Wal-Mart. Kids can register to win bikes, footballs, basketballs, and bike and skateboard helmets. FREE.
The Rock n' Rib Festival outside of the BOK is also this weekend. Hours will be 11 a.m. to midnight Sept. 15-17 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 at Third Street and Frisco Avenue.
In addition to a barbecue contest, there will be concessions, cooking demonstrations, a kids zone, and performances by 16 regional bands on an outdoor stage. Best of all, admission is FREE. It's fun to go hang out and listen to the bands (cross your fingers that the weather will be good).
Finally, there’s one more festival this weekend – ShalomFest at Temple Israel on 22nd Pl, south of Utica Square, from 12 – 6 p.m. ShalomFest celebrates Jewish culture, so they’ll have delicious food, music, art and also lots of kids' activities – a Jupiter Jump, face painting and arts & crafts.
So, choose a festival or two and get out on the town this weekend. See you there (after the Race for the Cure, of course).