Red Fern Festival - Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Only in OKlahoma Show

Mar 18 2024 • 27 mins

Quit hounding us about spring festivals!

Today we are discussing The Red Fern Festival in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Bring the family to Tahlequah and enjoy the Red Fern Festival, a fun, old-fashioned fun event featuring hound dog field trials, 1930s era children's games, a car show and more. Held annually the last weekend of April, the Red Fern Festival was inspired by the renowned novel, "Where the Red Fern Grows" by native author Wilson Rawls.

The festival evokes the novel's story of simple childhood joys with a wide array of old-fashioned events perfect for the whole family. One of Tahlequah's premier events, the Red Fern Festival features unique and rustic vendors, delicious local food, live music and plenty of children's activities. Come to this award-winning event and transport yourself back to the 1930s while also touring locations from the novel.

Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation, has been named one of the Top 100 Best Small Towns in America. Tour the recreated ancient Cherokee village of Diligwa, located at the Cherokee Heritage Center for a dose of culture. Float down what many consider the state's best canoe waterway, the Illinois River, or make a big splash at Lake Tenkiller. Wander through the Tahlequah Original Historic Townsite District, an area where the street signs are written in English and Cherokee, and test your luck at Cherokee Casino Tahlequah next. Come time to chow down, enjoy sweet crepes and coffee at Drip, dive into Sam & Ella's Chicken Palace pizza, or take in scenic views from the Branch's outdoor patio.

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