Hi friends. Kalli here.
Can you feel it? Summer is in the air. School is out and Memorial Day weekend is only a few days 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 seven summer festivals that you should attend.
7 Summer Festivals in Chickasaw Country
Artesian Arts Festival: May 25
The Artesian Arts Festival is this weekend! Downtown Sulphur turns into a vibrant place filled with over 90 artists with Native American art. There will be live music, food trucks, and of course, art. After exploring the festival, don’t forget to stop by the Chickasaw National Recreation Area which is only a few blocks away. This is the perfect place to spend your Memorial Day weekend.
Love County Frontier Days: May 30 - June 1
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 a car show, live music, food trucks, and games for the kiddos.
National Sand Bass Festival: June 3 - June 8
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 the Casey Donehew Band, a talent show, carnival rides and games, craft vendors, food trucks, and turtle races for the kiddos.
Okie Noodling Tournament and Festival: June 14 – June 15
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.
Tuttle Ice Cream Festival: June 15
Eat ice cream all day at the Tuttle Ice Cream Festival in downtown Tuttle. This festival has a parade, car show, live music, inflatables, and lots of Braums ice cream. You can also enter the ice cream eating contest, but you better watch out … I might beat you!
Stratford Peach Festival: July 20
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 10
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 me, 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 March 29, 2019.)