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Van Gogh, peaches, fireworks and more! AAA World's list of top events in the region.

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Daisies, Arles, 1888, by Vincent van Gogh
Photo by Travis Fullerton/ © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Master Class 
Through September 22

Van Gogh’s swirling brushstrokes. Degas’ sylphlike ballerinas. Monet’s Impressionistic landscapes. This summer, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art showcases more than 70 artworks from French and other European masters in the exhibition Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. (Timed-entry tickets are required.) okcmoa.com

Liberty and Justice for All
June 27–July 6

Experience a slice of Americana and hometown hospitality at Edmond’s LibertyFest, hosted at various venues throughout town. This year’s events include a concert in the park at the University of Central Oklahoma, rodeos, KiteFest, a car show, a carnival, a road rally, A Taste of Edmond, ParkFest and more. The Fourth of July kicks off with a parade downtown and ends with a fireworks display at E.C. Hafer Park. libertyfest.org

Star-Spangled Skyline
July 4

What’s better than a summer evening watching your home team play a game of baseball? How about an evening of baseball culminating with over-the-top fireworks? Throughout the baseball season, enjoy Fireworks Nights at Tulsa’s ONEOK Field, and on Independence Day, watch as the Tulsa Drillers take on the NW Arkansas Naturals. After the game, stay to watch the Fourth of July fireworks spectacular illuminate the city’s skyline. milb.com/tulsa

Peachy Keen
July 18–20

An annual tradition since 1960, the Porter Peach Festival in downtown Porter celebrates all things peachy this summer. In addition to antique tractor pulls, a car show, bull riding, arts and crafts, and a 5K run, sample an array of delectable peach dishes—cobblers, pies, jellies and free peach ice cream—and take in the Peach Pageant, a parade and outdoor concerts. porterpeachfestivals.com

Cool Comics
August 3–4

Dress up in your favorite cosplay, and head to the second annual Enid Comic Con at the Stride Bank Center in Enid. Browse the comic and gift vendor booths, take part in gaming tournaments, discover rare toys, and attend panel discussions at this ticketed event. stridebankcenter.com

Up, Up and Away
August 9–10

Take a ride in a beautiful balloon at the Firelake Fireflight Balloon Fest. A colorful palette of balloons rises from the Citizen Potawatomi National Powwow Grounds in Shawnee. The festival also comprises balloon glows, mini-golf, live entertainment and food trucks. RV parking is available for those who want to stay on-site. firelakeballoonfest.com

Favorite Son, Favorite Rodeo
August 28–31

Cowboy philosopher. Humorist and commentator. Oklahoma’s Favorite Son. Those are just a few descriptions of the quick-witted Will Rogers. The Original Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo turns 83 this year and brings with it plenty of Midwestern fun. Held in Vinita at—you guessed it—the Will Rogers Rodeo Arena, you’ll find all the classic events, from roping and bull riding to barrel racing and steer wrestling. (Admission for children ages 5 and under is free with a paying adult, and on Wednesday night, kids ages 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.)  willrogersmemorialrodeo.com

 

These events originally appeared in the July/August 2019 edition of AAA World.


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