Just plain folk
In time for the vivid burst of fall colors among the trees, the Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show draws thousands of visitors each year in early November for a three-day celebration of music, heritage, nature and artistry.
The festival is a showcase for turn-of-the-century arts and crafts, with exhibitors and vendors showing off their wares and demonstrating old-timey skills like candle making, woodturning, lye soap making, knife making and quilting. Children will delight in the variety of activities available, including a petting zoo, interactive puppet shows and storytellers spinning yarns aplenty.
And don’t forget the music. Some of the country’s best folk musicians descend on the festival to pick banjos, wail on fiddles and strum six-strings all weekend on an outdoor stage. Mountain dulcimer workshops are held each day in the courtyard, and visitors are encouraged to bring their own dulcimers or try their hand on instruments provided by workshop instructors.
Don’t worry about going hungry while you’re tapping your toes and stomping your feet. Perennial festival favorites like Indian tacos, kettle corn, caramel apples and funnel cakes will keep bellies full, and vendors always sprinkle in a few down-home culinary surprises.
For more information on the Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show, including dates, times, craft and food vendor information, music schedule and more, visit the Oklahoma Forestry Services website.