Red Earth American Indian Cultural Festival

Red Earth Native American Festival Held in Oklahoma City

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A popular annual event in Oklahoma City for 30 years, the Red Earth Festival is held in June, a Native American cultural festival that features American Indian dance, fine art, a parade, and much more. Presented by OKC's Red Earth Museum, an institution that has been promoting "the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures" since 1978, the event represents over 100 Indian nations, tribes, and bands from across the country.


The parade is on the streets downtown, and the rest of Red Earth Festival is held at the Cox Convention Center, on Sheridan between Robinson and E.K. Gaylord.

Grand Parade

The Red Earth Festival opens each year with a Grand Parade on the streets of downtown Oklahoma City on Friday morning. See the vibrant Native American spirit displayed as participants appear in full tribal regalia. The parade starts on Reno between Hudson and Robinson.  It travels north on Robinson, west on Sheridan and back south on Hudson.

Art Exhibits

There is a tremendous diversity in American Indian cultures across the United States, and that richness is displayed at the Red Earth Festival. Visitors can experience and purchase the work of hundreds of the nation's most talented and respected artists. Both contemporary and traditional pieces are represented in a number of artistic genres, including beadwork, basketry, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, paintings, and more.

Dance Competition

Largely considered one of the more prestigious native dance exhibitions and certainly one of the more popular aspects of the event each year, the Red Earth Festival dance competition features performers from all over the United States gathered in their tribal dress and displaying their tremendous skill. Dance competitions take place each day, with grand entrances at noon Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The awards presentation follows Sunday's action.

Nearby Hotels & Lodging

If you're traveling to Oklahoma City for the Red Earth Festival there are a number of excellent downtown hotels nearby.  Among them:

  • Courtyard Downtown
    2 West Reno
    Within walking distance
  • Renaissance Hotel
    Ten North Broadway
    Within walking distance
  • Sheraton Hotel
    One North Broadway
    Within walking distance
  • The Skirvin Hotel
    One Park Avenue
    Less than 1 mile from the Cox Convention Center
  • Colcord Hotel
    15 N Robinson
    Less than 1 mile from the Cox Convention Center
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