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It’s officially fall, and in Oklahoma, that means a plethora of festivals. Here’s a look at just a few of the autumnal celebrations happening in and around the metro this October.

Plaza Walls will be painting new murals in the Plaza alley during Plaza Fest. - PHOTO PROVIDED
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  • Plaza Walls will be painting new murals in the Plaza alley during Plaza Fest.

Oct. 2
Plaza District Festival
plazadistrict.org/plazafest

It’s hard to believe that the Plaza District is into its second decade already, but since the District itself has been around close to a century, maybe it shouldn’t be that hard to believe. This event has grown into one of the biggest annual block parties in the city, with music starting at 11 a.m. and the final performer, Lincka, hitting the main stage at 9 p.m. Dozens of artists will be on hand, as well as plenty of food.

Oct. 2
Czech Festival
czechfestivaloklahoma.com

Yukon’s kolaches bring all the boys to the streets when the annual celebration rings in for its 55th year. If kolaches, a sweet pastry often topped with fruit, aren’t your thing, the Czech sausage just might be. The festival officially kicks off at 8 a.m. with a parade at 10 a.m. If you’re a late riser, don’t sleep too long, because all the kolaches (all 30,000 of them) are usually snatched up by the early afternoon. The festival royalty coronation is at 4 p.m. followed by the coronation ball at the historic Czech Hall on the eponymous Czech Hall Road.

Oct. 17
Fall Harvest Festival
visitokc.com/event/fall/fall-harvest-festival/19911

A true fall festival, this event runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. A pop-up farmer’s market from OKC Harvest as well as a pumpkin-decorating contest will help kick the autumn off right. The Big Friendly mobile tap room will be on hand to dispense all the beers, seasonal or otherwise and a ticket also gets you unlimited chili samples from the event’s cook-off. For 21 and up, a ticket is $35 and $20 for those ages 3 to 20 (there will be plenty of games and activities to make the admission price worthwhile for those who aren’t drinking).

Oct. 29
Oktoberwest
nationalcowboymuseum.org/oktoberwest

If the name of this one doesn’t make you want to see what it’s about, then we don’t know what to tell you. Hosted at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, this 21 and older event will be serving German beer and food for those of you procrastinators who have slept on all the other Oktoberfest celebrations so far. Polka band AlpenMusikanten, half of whom hail from Austria and the other half from Texas, will be performing while everyone is draining their steins. Tickets are $25.

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