The Best Time to Visit Oklahoma City

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Bridging the past and the present, Oklahoma City celebrates the frontier's history while also looking toward the future. The city’s evergreen attractions, green spaces, and recreational offerings stay open all year long, so unless you’re in town to attend a specific festival or event, picking the best time to visit mainly boils down to a matter of personal weather preference. Many folks head to OKC in June and July to make the most of summer vacations, but spring and fall offer what many visitors consider the most pleasant stretches of the year. 

Weather in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City swings from cool winters to muggy summers. Although December, January, and February temperatures can dip down into the 30s, days tend to hover in the 40-degree range, and there’s not much snow to speak of to hinder outdoor plans. The annual rainy season lasts from late spring into early fall—visitors should be prepared for sudden cloudbursts and follow any guidance issued from the National Weather Service regarding tornado watches and warnings. Summer heat easily can soar upwards of 85 degrees with high humidity, making the comfortable seasons of spring and fall perhaps the most appealing times of year to visit. 

Year-Round Attractions

Albeit a somber introduction, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is a good place for guests to familiarize themselves with the city's resilient spirit that followed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing on April 19, 1995. Other popular attractions that stay open year-round include the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (home to a dazzling Chihuly collection), Science Museum Oklahoma, and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The Oklahoma City Streetcar and the Spokies bike share program make navigating much of the city a breeze.

Populated with galleries, restaurants, and vibrant street art, the Plaza District invites exploration on foot. Meanwhile, First Fridays on the Paseo open doors throughout this arts-driven neighborhood for visitors to wander in and out while enjoying live music and food truck cuisine. Or, slide behind the wheel and travel the Mother Road — Route 66 passes through the city’s Uptown 23rd district.

Popular Events and Festivals

No matter what time of year you choose to discover Oklahoma City, you’ll find something entertaining going on. Here’s a month-by-month rundown of popular activities, festivals and events:

January

Oklahoma City’s winter temperatures rarely dip below 30, and negligible snowfall means there’s no reason to stay holed up inside. The holiday decorations may be coming down, but the sense of spirit and goodwill lingers throughout the city well into January. Throw on a coat, head outdoors, and ring in the new year.

Events to check out:

• The American Banjo Museum’s events and exhibits enlighten visitors about the origins and adaptability of this versatile instrument. “Women of the Banjo” celebrates female performers, on display through April 2021.

• The sleek new $288 million Oklahoma Convention Center is slated to open in January 2021, featuring a vast exhibition hall, two ballrooms, meeting spaces, and an outdoor terrace overlooking Scissortail Park. 

February

The weather may be cool, but Oklahoma City’s friendly warmth comes through loud and clear. Grab your sweetheart, make dinner reservations, and explore some of the city’s more romantic date-worthy destinations for Valentine’s Day. 

Events to check out:                                         

• Book reservations for a Valentine dinner to remember at one of OKC’s most romantic restaurants. The Paseo GrillRedrock Canyon Grill, and the Metro Wine Bar and Bistro are all dependably solid choices that are guaranteed to impress.

• Hop on a two-wheeler for an Art and Architecture cruise through the city led by Ride OKC Bike Tours and Rentals

March

In like a lion and out like a lamb? With gentle weather transitions, there's no need to beware of the Ides of March here. Oklahoma City welcomes spring's return in festive ways in like St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and other seasonal fun.

Events to check out: 

• Raise a pint of Guinness. Oklahoma City's St. Patrick’s Day lineup of events includes a downtown parade, block parties, concerts, a 5k race, and pub crawls galore. Slainte!

April

April showers might put a slight damper on outdoor activities, but don’t let a little rain cancel your fun. You can always duck inside indoor attractions if a sudden downpour occurs. Just be prepared by packing an umbrella, splash through any puddles and carry on!

Events to check out:

• A local tradition since 1967 and the signature annual Arts Council event, the Festival of the Arts brings the community together in Bicentennial Park to showcase works from international artists across all forms of media. 

• The city’s coming back to life after the winter, making spring a great time to appreciate seasonal flowers in bloom. The Myriad Botanical Gardens proposes 17 acres of greenery for strolls amid cheerful tulips and daffodils.  

May

Temperatures are on the rise but haven’t yet hit swelter levels just yet, making May an appealing time of year to visit before summer heat sets in. Dress in layers, and you’ll be ready for everything from hot days to cool evenings. 

Events to check out:

• Feast on hearty Wild West cuisine at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s annual Chuck Wagon Festival. Hands-on activities, artisan demos, music, face painting, and kids’ crafts round out the weekend. 

• Farmers markets are firing up for the summer season, providing great opportunities to sample local flavors. The Historic Farmers Public Market of Oklahoma City holds year-round Saturday markets featuring a diverse roster of vendors covering everything from produce, meats, dairy and baked goods to jams, herbs, spices, tea, salsa, and desserts.

June

Summer’s finally here, and Oklahoma City makes the most of its great outdoors. Daily June temps top out in the 80s, so dress in light clothing to stay comfortable. You'll probably be outside for much of your visit, and it's an ideal time of year to drink and dine on outdoor patios.

Events to check out:

• Oklahoma City’s proud of its LGBTQ+ community. Show your support during OKC Pride Week when thousands of attendees converge for a big parade, live entertainment, and lots of rainbow-adorned fun. 

• The deadCENTER Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in Oklahoma, delighting movie buffs with ten days of film screenings, panel discussions, classes, script readings, and opportunities to mix and mingle with filmmakers. 

July

Summer sizzles in Oklahoma City; don't forget the sunscreen and sunglasses. Look for hotels with pool and attractions with water features for a quick cool down. Or, just stay comfortable in the air conditioning at indoor attractions like museums and theaters.

Events to check out:

• Scissortail Park provides a vibrant, verdant urban destination for locals and visitors to enjoy with an outdoor roller rink, gardens, pedalboat and kayak rentals, and a cooling “sprayground” for the kiddos. 

• July 4 fireworks light up the sky over downtown OKC with public displays visible from the Boat House District and across the city.

August

Baby, it’s hot outside! August temperatures best 90 degrees during the day and rarely dip below 80 at night with occasional summer storms popping up. Hearty visitors don't let the weather get them down; they simply refresh with a local craft beer. Or, if you can’t take the heat, fill your itinerary with indoor adventures. 

Events to check out:

• Walk on the wild side at the Oklahoma City Zoo, where you can observe and admire the resident lions, tigers, bears—oh my!—and many other animals, birds, and marine life.

September

The days are still hot, but fall is on the way during the transitional month of September. University of Oklahoma Sooner football season kicks off in nearby Norman, creating fun opportunities to tailgate and cheer on the home team. Just check the forecast for any rain predictions before heading out to the big game; you might want to watch from a sports bar instead.

Events to check out:

• The Oklahoma State Fair is an annual tradition for OKC families, bursting at the seams with farm-themed activities, live entertainment, educational agriculture, and delicious deep-fried fare. 

• Oklahoma City commemorates its Native American heritage and culture with the Red Earth American Indian Festival.

October

The leaves are falling, and so is the temperature. Comfortable fall weather in Oklahoma City encourages visitors to enjoy hayrides, apple picking, and spooky Halloween activities. Warm up with a pumpkin spice, maple, or cinnamon latte at any one of OKC's buzzy coffee shops amid the city's thriving cafe culture.

Events to check out:

• The State Fair Park hosts “An Affair of the Heart,” a dizzying collection of antiques and collectibles for sale from more than 500 exhibitors. 

• The annual Plaza District Festival gives this energizing neighborhood a chance to shine with visual and performing arts, live music, and food. 

• For a spooky good time, haunted attractions, and theme park fun, head to the Frontier City’s annual Hallowfest.

November

Chill out with Oklahoma City's cooler temperatures just ahead of winter’s arrival. Yuletide preparations are in full swing, and decorations are going up, lending a sense of wonder and excitement to the streets and districts of OKC. It's also a great time to browse local shops and boutiques for holiday gifts.

Events to check out:

• The cit comes alive with holiday spirit during its annual Downtown in December promotion (which actually kicks off in November), lighting up stores and restaurants with a full calendar of fun activities.

December

Seasonal fun, colder weather, and showy decorations all add up to happy holidays in Oklahoma City. There's not much snow to speak of, and it's not too cold for a boat ride on the Bricktown canals or a leisurely walk around town to admire the lights and Christmas trees at the state capitol building and North Pole City.

Events to check out:

• The annual Opening Night party ushers in the New Year in style downtown with performing arts, bands, kids’ fun, and fireworks. 

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