Oklahoma is a surprisingly great place to visit, especially the area around Grand Lake. You might think that it’s like a typical lake town that would only be good in the summer when the weather is nice, the fishing is good, and everybody is out boating on the lake. You might think that it’s a ghost town every other time of year. If you think that, though, you’ve probably never been around here. We don’t have a lot of trouble finding reasons to celebrate.
For example, we start the year off right in Grand Lake. On New Year’s Day, Grand Lake State Park is open for a first day hike. Everybody who makes “get more exercise” and “be healthier” as a resolution for the New Year should be out there in Bernice to get a fantastic head start.
I do enjoy springtime here, especially Spring Break. I might be biased, because spring has a lot of fishing tournaments. The Gigging Tournament, the Crappie Spring Tournament, and sometimes even Bassmaster Elite – just to name a few.
Summertime is pretty wonderful here too. Not just because we’re a water sporting haven and the parks are full of campers and outdoorsmen. We kick it off at the Bernice Nature Center at Grand Lake State Park for Memorial Day, and then there’s the Toes in the Grand Festival celebrating life here at Grand Lake – that one is in Wolf Creek Park. We’ve got an American Heritage Music Festival at the beginning of June, which includes an amazing Fiddle Fest. There’s a Route 66 festival in mid-June, then a Huckleberry Festival in Jay at the end of the month. That’s followed by lots of 4th of July celebrations, complete with parades and fireworks. Personally I like the Cajun Fest, which includes great food, music, and crafts. August brings Langley’s Woodstock on the Water as well as a Back to School Fun Run. One not-to-miss event is the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo Parade in Vinita, and that’s at the end of August.
The fun doesn’t stop here once the weather starts to turn. In the fall, Grove has the Taste of Grand festival, Monkey Island throws a block party, and there’s a Cook Off at the regional airport. Halloween is a lot of fun around here. Vinita’s got a Punkin Chunkin Festival that is a real blast. There are a lot of trunk-or-treats held around Grand Lake. The Chamber of Commerce in Grove has a Trick or Treat Day downtown with even a special performance by The Playmakers. We’ve got Veteran’s Day parades and fall markets, too.
Fall rolls into the most celebratory time of year. Christmas parades and tree lighting ceremonies like the one in Jay are a great time for the whole family, and winter concerts are everywhere. There is a beautiful Angel of Hope Candlelight Ceremony at Lendonwood Gardens, too.
In other words, there’s a lot going on here just about any time of the year you might come to visit. You should experience some of the great things we’ve got on our events calendar. I’m sure you will find something you’d enjoy!