Between wanting to enjoy the improving weather to needing ideas for spring break, March is a time when many Oklahomans slowly start to leave their winter hibernation.
If you need ideas for how to enjoy the earliest whispers of spring, here are the best things to do in Oklahoma in March!
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Home Thunder Game (OKC) March 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 14th, 19th, 28th, 29th
Our team is young and shows flashes of brilliance at times. March is the perfect month to go to a home game and cheer on your Oklahoma City Thunder.
Tulip Mania (OKC) February 22nd – April 9th
The Myriad Gardens are fun every day, but they’re trying something new for spring. Tulip Mania is a twist on the traditional tulip festival. Instead of fields of flowers, they’re displaying dozens of local artists’ takes on tulips.
Fort Towson Living History Education Day (Fort Towson) March 2nd
This annual event portrays life at For Towson during the Mexican-American War. The event is held at Fort Towson Historical Site and is free.
Iron Man of Pro Rodeo (Guthrie) March 2nd-4th
If you want to go to a rodeo or western event this month, head to the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie for the Cinched Timed Event Championship, nicknamed the Iron Man of Pro Rodeo.
The official name might be a mouthful, but this is a premier rodeo event that hosts the top 20 event cowboys and leads them through all five major rodeo events: heading, tie-down, heeling, steer wrestling, and steer roping.
Simply Indie Film Fest (Edmond) March 2nd-4th
Hosted at the ShowBiz cinema and the Edmond Fine Arts Institute, the Simply Indie Film Festival is an annual independent film festival with a great reputation in the small indie film community.
Mustang Chocolate Festival (Mustang) March 3rd
The seventeenth annual iteration of the Mustang Chocolate Festival is a real treat (pun intended). You don’t have to go all the way to Switzerland to get a behind-the-scenes look at the chocolate industry.
You can expect chocolate candies, cupcakes, and even chocolate-covered bacon.
Almost Ready to Cruise Car Sale & Swap Meet (Shawnee) March 3rd-4th
Car lovers should head to the 35th Annual Shawnee swap meet, which features over one hundred and fifty auto-related vendors as well as a traditional craft fair. Hosted by the Almost Ready to Cruise Car Club.
Oklahoma City International Auto Show (OKC) March 3rd-5th
The 107th annual Auto Show is one of OKC’s longest-running traditions. Held in State Fair Park, the show features car manufacturers showcasing their latest models and newest technologies, as well as classic cars and custom vehicles.
Stilly Half Marathon & 5K (Stillwater) March 4th
The third annual Stilly Half runs through the heart of OSU’s Stillwater campus and showcases the school’s beauty. There’s a 5K race for those who don’t want to compete in a half marathon.
Eagle Watch (Beavers Bend State Park) March 4th
While you never need an excuse to head to Broken Bow, going on an Eagle Watch tour is a pretty good one! The tour leaves from the amphitheater at Beavers Bend State Park and goes through the park, looking for the park’s bald eagles.
Eagle Tour & Loon Watch (Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge and Tenkiller State Park) March 4th
This tour is co-sponsored by the AARP, this Eagle and Loon tour includes seeing southern bald eagles in the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in the morning and then continuing to Lake Tenkiller to see more eagles along with a variety of loons.
Kids’ Trout Fish Out (Yukon) March 4th
If you have a young angler (or are trying to encourage one), come out to Dale Robertson Center Pond in Yukon. This free event offers $25 gift card prizes for children who catch a golden trout.
Frederick Oyster Fry & Craft Show (Frederick) March 4th
You might not think of Oklahoma as being a place with a ton of seafood festivals, but this one goes above and beyond to get fresh seafood to our landlocked state.
And as someone who has a freezer full of freshly caught Gulf Coast fish myself, I appreciate the effort that this town goes to! You can read all about their exploits to get the oysters for the fry here.
Acrofest (Idabel) March 4th
This annual dinosaur festival celebrates the acrocanthosaurus atokensis, the Oklahoma state dinosaur! The event is held at the Museum of the Red River and includes dino-themed crafts, entertainment, and snacks plus a chance to see real dinosaur fossils.
Asian District Cultural & Culinary Tour (OKC) March 4th
This dive into the history and cuisine of the Asian District, hosted by the Asian District Cultural Association of Oklahoma City, will be as delicious as it will be informative.
OKCine Latino Film Festival (OKC) March 4th-5th
The 9th annual Latino Film Festival showcases films from the US and Latin America that are an eclectic mix. Criteria for included films are that they “must be about Latino culture, for the Latino community or made by Latinos.”
Good to know: all films are either in English or accompanied by English subtitles.
2023 Oklahoma Youth Expo (OKC) March 8th-17th
Held at the OKC Fair Grounds, the Oklahoma Youth Expo is one of the largest youth livestock events in the US and has been held since 1915. The event is free and features over 7,000 exhibitors.
The Mid South (Stillwater) March 9th-11th
The Mid South is touted as a “weekend endurance festival celebrating hard challenges and the beauty of Oklahoma dirt roads,” entrants from nearly all fifty states as well as international participants come to and experience the adrenaline rush of biking 100 miles, 50 miles, or 12 miles on Oklahoma dirt roads.
Big Meat Run (Disney) March 9th-12th
Held in the South Grand Lake Recreation Area, the Big Meat Run is turning 23 years old this year! Every year, ATV and off-road enthusiasts come to push their machines to the limits, and spectators get the thrill of watching to see what they can do.
Indigipop X [Formerly Indigenous Comic Con] (OKC) March 10th-12th
A festival celebrating Indigenous creatives, creators, and pop culture, Idigipop X is held at the First Nations Museum. This event is family-friendly and for all ages. Cosplay is welcome!
Stockyards City St. Patrick’s Day Parade (OKC) March 11th
This Ireland-meets-the-Wild-West event is Oklahoma City’s only St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Stockyards City St. Patrick’s Day Parade features marching bands, bagpipes, horses, cattle, and a lot of shamrocks.
Riversport Rapids Opening Day (OKC) March 11th
If you’ve been itching to get out on the water, you’ll be happy to know that Riversport schedules its opening day to coincide with area spring breaks, giving families a way to let out some pent-up energy.
Come down for kayaking, SUP, and other aquatic adventures.
2023 Norman Wine and Craft Festival (Norman) March 11th
The second annual Norman Wine and Craft Festival is a family-friendly event with free admission, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and featuring over seventy booths of wine, beer, food, and crafts.
Porchfest at Carlton Landing (Lake Eufaula) March 11th
The fifth annual Porchfest is a free music festival held to showcase the beauty and excitement around Carlton Landing on Lake Eufaula. The event includes a horseshoe tournament, pop-up shops, and food trucks along with musical acts.
Second Saturday Tour with the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture (Tulsa) March 11th
Tulsa is blessed with amazing architecture, and the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture (TFA) is committed to teaching Oklahomans about it through an exciting series of tours of various historic buildings. March’s topic is Collegiate Gothic and will be held on the University of Tulsa campus.
Shamrock the Rose (Broken Arrow) March 11th
This St. Patrick’s Day festival is held annually in Broken Arrow’s Rose District. At Shamrock the Rose you can expect to enjoy the beer garden, three blocks of events, and nearly one hundred vendors. This event is both free and family-friendly.
Okie Half Marathon (Muskogee) March 11th
The fifth annual Okie Half Marathon and 5K takes is back after getting stormed out last year. The course is considered “very flat” and features parts of scenic downtown Muskogee. Registration includes a barbeque lunch following the race.
Holba’ Pisachi’ Native Film Festival (Sulphur) March 11th
The Holba’ Pisachi’ Native Film Festival is an indigenous film festival hosted by the Chickasaw Cultural Center. The theme for 2023 is “Cultural Renaissance through Indigenous Cinema.”
Grand Lake Renaissance Festival (Vinita) March 11th-12th
Held at the Craig County Fairgrounds, the Grand Lake Renaissance Festival is set in Queensberry, Scotland in the year 1540. Proceeds support the Second Chance Pet Rescue.
Oklahoma Bigfoot Symposium (Stilwell) March 11th-12th
The annual Oklahoma Bigfoot Symposium is held in Stilwell and features speakers and vendors to educate about the history, legends, and current status of the search for Bigfoot. Proceeds go to purchasing Bigfoot-hunting equipment.
Snake Run (Tulsa) March 12th
Most races are a rush to get to the end, but the Snake Race reverses this by seeing how far you can run in a set period of time. Run as many loops as you can in three or six hours in a race against the clock.
NCAA Wrestling Championships (Tulsa) March 13th-19th
You don’t have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy the atmosphere at a national championship. The NCAA Wrestling Championships will feature the best of the best in a state that’s known for appreciating the sport.
Three Sisters Celebration (Sulphur) March 14th-18th
Hosted by the Chickasaw Cultural Center, the Three Sisters Celebration celebrates the changing of the seasons and the planting of corn, beans, and squash, which are known as the “three sisters.” The event stretches over several days with various events to attend. The event is free.
ShamROCK the Gardens (OKC) March 17th
St. Patrick’s Day at Arnie’s Bar (Tulsa) March 17th
The 67th annual St. Patrick’s Day at Arnie’s Bar is sure to be a hit. Taking over the Blue Dome District, this is Tulsa’s premier St. Patrick’s Day block party. No cover.
Route 66 Native Arts Alliance & Vault Gallery Spring Art Show (Catoosa) March 17th-18th
This two-day art show also features a genealogy presentation and entertainment. Hosted by the Route 66 Native Art Alliance and held at The Vault Gallery in Catoosa.
Chickasa Pre-War Auto Swap Meet (Chickasha) March 17th-18th
Touted as the world’s largest early auto meet, the Chickasa Pre-War Swap Meet focuses on cars made between the years 1895-1945. This year’s meet is the 33rd annual event. Held at the Grady County Fairgrounds in Chickasha.
Castle Falls Tour (OKC) March 18th
Modeled after a Norman castle (yes, we have a few castles in Oklahoma!), the castle is now a restaurant and wedding venue. The Castle Falls tour is a special opportunity to learn about the history and architecture of the castle and the surrounding WesTen neighborhood.
Oklahoma Farm-to-Table Festival (OKC) March 18th
The Oklahoma Farm-to-Table Festival is a free event hosted by the Oklahoma Historical Society. The festival celebrates and educates about farming practices from the seventeenth century through today, as well as highlighting the importance of local food.
OKGO Market (Tulsa) March 18th
The OKGO Market is made of vendors featuring only made-in-Oklahoma products. The market features over 150 vendors from all over the state of Oklahoma. It’s the perfect place to select an Oklahoma gift or souvenir!
Lilac District St. Paddy’s Party (Claremore) March 18th
This annual St. Patrick’s day Celebration is held in the Lilac District of historic downtown Claremore. This is an all-ages, free event, though bring an ID if you want a glass of green beer with your Irish luck.
Burning of the Socks & Switch for Flip Flops (Kingston) March 18th
Head down to Lake Texoma for the official end of closed-toe shoe season. Celebrate by burning your socks at one of the lake’s marinas. This year will mark the event’s seventh anniversary at Lake Texoma, though it’s been celebrated across the country since the 1970s.
Get your toes ready for flip-flop season ahead of time:
“Texoma Flip Flop season begins with the Spring Equinox which marks the moment when the center of the sun appears directly overhead at the Equator.”
Black Wall Street Diamond Classic (Tulsa) March 18th
The first annual Black Wall Street Diamond Classic will be held at Tulsa’s ONEOK Field. The event will feature a doubleheader between Philander Smith College and Dillard University.
Queensferry Renaissance Festival (Vinita) March 18th-19th
I would love to know why the town of Vinita has not one, but two renaissance fairs set in the year 1540 in Queensferry, Scotland. As far as I can tell, these two events are not associated with each other in any way. Please, if someone has the tea, email me!
The Queensferry Renaissance Festival centers around the arrival of Dowager Queen Margaret Tudor. Cosplay is highly encouraged.
Taste of Yukon (Yukon) March 23rd
Taste dishes from twenty local Yukon restaurants at the Taste of Yukon, a town known for good eats. You can try the best of the best appetizers, entrees, and desserts from Yukon’s most famous eateries.
T-Town Half Marathon (Tulsa) March 25th
The fifth annual T-Town Half Marathon and 5K features iconic Tulsa architecture on its medals, so finishers are rewarded with something truly beautiful and truly Tulsa. The half goes through downtown Tulsa as well as Riverparks Trail.
March in Okarche Duathalon (Okarche) March 25th
The 20th annual March in Okarche Duathlon is run by Tri-OKC. The event is 5K-20K-5K on a flat, fast course. You can compete in the duathlon alone or as a relay with a partner.
Caffeine Crawl (OKC) March 24th-25th
The eleventh-annual Caffeine Crawl is a dream come true for coffee and tea lovers. Featuring seven different routes, you can explore OKC’s various neighborhoods and districts while sampling the best coffee, tea, and chocolate in the city.
Guthrie Renaissance Festival (Guthrie) March 24th-26th
The three-day Guthrie Renaissance Festival takes place on an 80-acre Cottonwood Flats Recreation Area near downtown Guthrie. Cosplay encouraged. Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance and $12 at the gate. Kids’ tickets are $5.
Sunny Side Up Film Festival (Miami) March 24th-26th
Held at the famous (and stunning) Coleman Theater in Miami, Oklahoma, the Sunny Side Up Film Festival was started in 2016. This international film festival is held on Route 66 and draws movie lovers from the four-state area.
Tulsa Garden Club Oklahoma Shows! (Tulsa) March 25th
This design-specialty flower show is hosted by the Tulsa Garden Club, an organization that has been beautifying Tulsa since 1929. Come to enjoy the exhibits, vendors, and all things springtime in Oklahoma!
Oklahoma Jewish Film Festival (Tulsa) March 26th-30th
The ninth iteration of the Oklahoma Jewish Film Festival will be held over five days at Circle Cinema in Tulsa. Features a selection of international films that touch on Jewish life, history, and culture and promote Jewish filmmakers and creatives.
2023 Medieval Fair (Norman) March 31st-April 2nd
One of my personal favorite March events in Oklahoma, the Medieval Fair is held over three days in Reaves Park in Norman. Featuring multiple entertainment venues, dozens of vendors, and a delicious selection of food, this is a popular springtime event that’s been going strong since 1977.
April Fools Mountain Bike Festival (Medicine Park) March 31st-April 3rd
The April Fools Mountain Biking Festival is held over four days and is hosted by the Mountain Bike Club of the Wichitas. Come enjoy the competition in one of Oklahoma’s mountain destinations.
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Stephanie Craig is a born-and-bred Oklahoma mom and travel expert who has been to over fifty countries. After traveling all over the world, Stephanie moved back to Oklahoma to explore more of her own backyard. Her favorite things to do in Oklahoma include visiting the Blue Whale of Catoosa, the Arcadia Round Barn, and the Talimena Scenic Byway.