Events and attractions in northeast Oklahoma’s Green Country attract visitors from across the nation. Many of these events take place in the beautiful month of June.
You can experience some of the finest music in the world at the OK Mozart Festival, attend the classic Oklahoma! at Discoveryland, experience a real Pow-Wow, try your luck in one of the fishing tournaments, cheer on a baseball team, saddle up to a rodeo and pedal away in Tulsa Tough (bike) Race.
If you want a cool retreat, be sure to investigate some of the many nationally-known museums such as Tulsa’s Philbrook and Gilcrease, Bartlesville’s Price Tower and Woolaroc, or Muskogee’s Batfish and Three Rivers. Many offer new exhibits this month.
The Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks invites all to its new and improved Shark Adventure where 20 huge sharks are on exhibit, and the Tulsa Zoo is always a great family destination.
Add all of the lake and park activities in the area offering camping, fishing, boating, hiking and swimming—and you have a vacation destination the entire family will enjoy.
As you can see, communities in Green Country’s 18-counties are ready to showcase their events and destinations to visitors near and far. Tourism is a $6 billion dollar industry in Oklahoma. Come see why more than a fifth of that is generated in Green Country. Here are some highlights; visit www.greencountryok.com and www.travelok.com for more details.
The renowned OK Mozart Festival runs the 11th-19th in Bartlesville and offers amazing orchestral concerts with the famed Amici New York Orchestra; chamber concerts; and family-friendly Showcase events. More information: 918.336.9900, okmozart.com.
Woolaroc’s Kidsfest 2010, 26-27, is a hugely popular event for the little ones and those not so little. Parents will enjoy the beautiful setting. 918.336.0307 ×55.
Also in Bartlesville, SunFest, 4-5, promises amazing art-buying opportunities, fabulous food and family entertainment. 918.331.0456.
Diamond Daze Festival in Sallisaw, 2-5, is full of entertainment and fun for all. A car show rounds out the days-long list of things to see and do. 918.775.2558.
Wagoner hosts SummerFest, 6-7, celebrating summer with many fun activities. 918.485.3414.
Cleveland’s Catfish Festival, the 5, is always a popular event. 918.358.2131.
Sapulpa’s 21st Annual Route 66 Blowout, on the 5, includes a huge classic car show, live music, fine art show and sale, kids Zone, food vendors and more than 75 craft and commercial vendors. Sapulpamainstreet.com, 918.224.5709.
Skiatook Bluegrass Festival, 3-5, features national bands, food, fiddle contests and more. Skiatookbluegrass.com.
Grove’s American Heritage Music Festival, 11-12, is sure to set your toes to tapping. 800.526.2523.
Eufaula’s Golden Eagle Poker Run and Festival, the 12, includes activities for kids, vendors and an expanded offering of events for everyone. 918.689.7751.
International Tri-State Route 66 Festival, 17-20, features events in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. 918.542.4435.
Oklahoma! at Discoveryland in Sand Springs runs from June 4-Aug. 14. Enjoy this sentimental journey with amazing singers and dancers plus a surrey with the fringe on top! Dine outdoors before the show. 918.245.6552, discoveryland.com.
Enjoy Broken Arrow’s Tuesdays in the Park Concert Series all month long. 918.259.4300 ×244.
Cherokee Heritage Center Summer Performance, Under the Cherokee Moon, runs June 4-Aug. 21 in Tahlequah. Also enjoy the Center’s exhibits in the cool museum. 888.999.6007.
For some authentic roping and riding, head to Pawnee for Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show on the 12, 19 and 26. 918.762.2513.
Muskogee’s Honor Heights Park is the place to enjoy Symphony in the Park on the 5th. A symphonic concert under the stars, a relaxing opportunity. 918.684.6302.
More Cool June Activities
Tulsa Tough Ride & Race, 4-6, Tulsa (downtown, midtown, Riverside) includes the big race and others, fun activities, tour rides, music and food. 918.580.0246, tulsatough.com
Also in Tulsa is the popular Green Country Water Garden Society 18th Annual Pond Tour, 26 and 27 in Tulsa and surrounding communities. 918.518.5340, gcwgs.com.
Pow-Wows offer amazing insights into the culture of American Indians. Several are held throughout the area during the summer. The Miami Nation Annual Pow-Wow is the 4 and 5 in Miami, offering dancing, contests, vendors and more. 918.542.1445.
“La Dragon Cirque” at the Coleman Theatre in Miami on the 5th is sure to please. 918.540.2425.
Claremore’s 2nd Annual Green Country Calf Fry, 25 and 26, will host great area cooks, Oklahoma Red Dirt Music from several Oklahoma performers, and more. 918.341.8688, visitclaremore.org.
The Annual Vinita Chamber Golf Classic, the 4th, at the Peoria Ridge Golf Course in Miami, offers amazing prizes and great fun. 918.256.7133.
Muskogee hosts the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament on the 17th at Three Forks Harbor. 918.682.2401.
Ponca City is host to the 29th Annual Classic Car Club Show ‘N’ Shine Cruse and Swap Meet, 4-5, with classic cars, family fun, vendors and a swap meet. 580.762.1929, poncacitycarclub.com.
Ponca City’s 17th Annual Herb Festival runs the 5 -17, and includes a plant sale, live entertainment, seminars, children’s activities and great food. 580.304.3880, poncacityherbfestival.net.
Check out all the Price Tower Arts Center has to offer. This Bartlesville gem offers workshops, activities for children and performances. 918.336.4949 ×115, pricetower.org.
There are many other events, check out Green Country’s web site: www.greencountryok.com. For your free copy of the 2010 Guide to Green Country, call 918.744.0588 or 800.652.6552.
Green Country Marketing Assn. is one of 11 multi-county organizations working with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the Oklahoma Travel Industry Assn. and the other 10 multi-county associations to promote the state tourism industry.
(By Jeanette Swindell, Public Relations Consultant, Green Country Marketing Assn.)