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The Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival

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One of the most popular events in June in Oklahoma City is the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival.  It’s been held for more than 20 years, and it features many amazing cultural events like dancing, arts, a parade, and more.  More than 100 Native American tribes, nations, and bands participate, making it an amazing event.  This year, the Red Earth Festival takes place on June 18 through 20, starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday.

Things kick off with a parade downtown.  This parade features over a thousand participants in full tribal garb.  The parade follows the E.K. Gaylord avenue and starts at 10.  Once the parade is over with, visitors can browse the many different art exhibitions.  Here, you’ll find many different types of art, including baskets, jewelry, pottery, paintings, beadwork, sculpture, and more.  Some exhibits are for viewing only, but others include items you can purchase. 

In addition to the parade and the arts, there are also dance competitions and demonstrations.  They’re held all weekend starting at 1:00 p.m. each day.  In addition to the competitions, there’s the Gourd Dance, a very interesting event that must be seen by all festival-goers.

Finally, Saturday morning features the Red Earth Run, a 5k run and 2 mile walk that starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Regatta Park.  All ages are welcome, and for your $25 registration fee, you get admission to the festival and a t-shirt.

The festival is held at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.  Tickets are available online and at the door.  They’re $10 for adults and $7.50 for teens under 17.  Kids under 6 are free.  If you want to attend all three days, it’s $20 ($15 for those under 17). 

For more information about the Red Earth Festival, check out these blogs:

BAM’s Blog also talks about the Red Earth Festival.

Looking for a place to stay?  The Best Western Hotels blog talks about the festival and offers great accommodations.

A video of a previous year’s festival can be found on the You Have to be this Tall to Go on this Ride Blog.

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