Can you feel it? Summer is in the air. School is out and those hot summer days are only a little ways away. I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with summer. There’s something about this time of year that makes me smile and brings back childhood memories.
Because I want this summer to be the best yet, I will be soaking up the sun at local festivals all summer long in Chickasaw Country. And, I think you should too! Below is a guide to six summer festivals that you should attend.
6 Summer Festivals in Chickasaw Country
Love County Frontier Days: June 3 - 5
Marietta, Oklahoma is home to the Love County Frontier Days and is the festival to attend the first weekend of June. You can compete in the cornhole and horseshoe tournaments. There will also be live music, food trucks, a parade and games for the kiddos.
National Sand Bass Festival: June 7 - June 12
You don’t want to miss Madill’s Jumpin’ Little Summer Fest during the first full week of June! This festival has FREE concerts featuring Neal McCoy along with a corn hole tournament, softball tournament, talent content, carnival rides and games, craft vendors, food trucks, and turtle races for the kiddos.
Okie Noodling Tournament and Festival: June 18 – June 19
The popular and exciting, Okie Noodling Tournament and Festival, is in Wacker Park in Pauls Valley. Tournament participants come from far and wide to try and catch the biggest fish in the state. You don’t have to be a noodler to attend this festival. There will be live music, vendors, inflatables, a catfish cook-off and a catfish eating contest.
Twisterfest: June 25 - June 27
Muscle Car Ranch presents the three day weekend music festival Twisterfest! Muscle Car Ranch, located in Chickasha, presents a weekend music festival that highlights the great talents of Oklahoma artists. This event showcases all genres of music and there are booths set up where local artists display their original works.
Stratford Peach Festival: July 17
There’s nothing better than eating peaches in the summer. Visit Stratford in July for all things peaches (Peach ice cream, peach tea and peach cobbler) This festival has a 5K fun run, pancake breakfast, farmer’s market, car show, princess pageant, carnival rides, vendors, and more!
Rush Springs Watermelon Festival: August 14
End the summer with the annual Rush Springs Watermelon Festival. This festival has been an annual event since 1948 and has over 20,000 festival visitors each year. Enjoy carnival rides, compete in a watermelon seed spitting contest, and eat your weight in watermelon!
I hope to see you at all of these festivals this summer! If you see us, say hi. Remember while you are traveling this summer to use #VisitChickasaw, and you might be featured on our social media. To see all the events and festivals going on the summer click here.
(Originally published on May 23, 2018. Updated on May 20, 2021.)