Entertaining the Hours of Your Week: A Festival Wrap

May 1, 2013

Noble, Oklahoma

In spite of these perpetual winter reminders, the spring festival season is upon us. This week's OneSix8 highlights three fairs that are more than just their productions. 

For the past 30 years, Noble has been billed as “the Rose Rock Capital of the World.” Now, every first weekend in May, the town commemorates that status with the Rose Rock Music Festival.

The event kicks off on Friday evening with a pageant and the first musical performances of the weekend. On Saturday, art vendors line the streets while the annual parade passes by and music continues in throughout the town.

The May Fair Arts Festival also takes place in Cleveland County this Saturday and Sunday at Andrews Park in Downtown Norman. And despite the city’s constant growth, this event reclaims that small-town concept.

This particular festival coincides with the Art and Sole 5K Run, which benefits the Assistance League of Norman. Registration for the run starts Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. The actual race begins at 8:00 with a 2K Run/Walk at 9:00.

Finally, if you have you ever wondered how long it takes to inhale a three-foot long pasta noodle, you can find out during the “Annual Spaghetti Suck Off” this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. during Downtown Edmond Arts Festival. The three-day celebration brings artists and crafters from across the country to Broadway and 2nd Street to display their work. Visitors can get a taste of the town’s character Friday through Sunday.

All of these three events offer art vendors, live entertainment, and fair food, but the experience from festival to festival differs. Each allows a different insight to the town itself, giving visitors a chance to get to know citizens and residents an opportunity to reflect on the city’s character.

Other activities of interest include:

Cirque de la Symphonie steals the stage at Civic Center Music Hall Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. This performance blends veteran Cirque de Soleil artists with music from Oklahoma City Philharmonic Pops Orchestra.

The Oklahoma Railway Museum offers train rides this Saturday. The locomotive departs Oakwood Depot at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Each ride lasts approximately 35 minutes.

And local writers read about the journeys of motherhood at “Listen to Your Mother” on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Will Rogers Theatre. This national series of readings benefits Infant Crisis Services.

For even more events, visit our calendar page