The return of the events: October 2021 features so many fall favorites
October in Norman gets off to a swift start with three straight big weekends filled with favorite events.
Oct. 2 will feature kid-friendly Touch a Truck at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds and the Annual Aviation Festival at Max Westheimer Airport. Touch A Truck promotes play-based learning to help children learn and grow as they get an up-close, hands-on look at vehicles they might normally see from afar. From the controls a Norman Fire Department crew uses as their truck fights fires, to a look at how the colorful and blaring sirens of a police vehicle function, to a trip inside the Pioneer Library System’s Maker Mobile, a mobile maker space with many creative activities, children have a chance for a morning of unique learning opportunities.
The Annual Max Westheimer Airport Aviation Festival will present an open house and festival starts at 9 a.m. and lasts through 2 p.m. This family favorite activity features airplanes and helicopters along with demonstrations at the airport hangar and immediate area.
Later in the day, the Norman Philharmonic starts their season with a concert at McFarlin Methodist Church and the Christmas Market at the Wells Family Christmas Tree Farm. The weekend winds up with the annual Farm Girl Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Norman Philharmonic season begins with masterworks by Mozart, Bach and Handel including Mozart's Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter" from 3-5 p.m. Masks will be required.
The Farm is hosting its 3rd annual Christmas Market with more than 40 retail vendors, food trucks, live music, a magician, trick dogs, bounce house, pet adoptions and much more from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5/person (children under age 3 are free). From their first seedlings planted in 2016, the vision has been the same: Create memories and traditions for families to pass down from generation to generation.
Coming up after the start of the monthly 2nd Friday Art Walk Oct. 8 will be a special October version of the Downtown Ghost Tour led by Jeff Provine Oct. 9, starting a few minutes before 8 p.m. Take a stroll down Main Street with our walking ghost tour of spooky tales from Norman history, including a few new bits about the old Sooner Theatre. The tour will meet at the James Garner statue at the intersection of Main Street and the railroad tracks a few minutes before tour time. The walking tour will last about 80 minutes and a little bit less than a mile.
The two-day Flea Market will also be staging at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds on Oct. 8 and 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
The final Outdoor Movie Series presentation will take place Oct. 15. The screening of Hocus Pocus will begin at sunset at Lions Park as the final edition of Outdoor Movie Series for 2021. Presented by the City of Norman's Parks and Recreation Division and sponsored by Nexus Productions and Armstrong Bank, the activities will start at 7 p.m. Admission is free, bring lawn chairs and/or picnic blankets.
The inaugural Norman Brewtoberfest Oct. 15 is sponsored by Norman Next, VisitNorman, along with 405 Brewing, Black Mesa Brewing, Crossed Cannons Brewery, Equity Brewing, Beer Is Good Brew Co. and Lazy Circles Brewing. Celebrate outside Octoberfest with games, food, live music and German Style Beers from 5-11 p.m. with live music by Bohemian Knights and food by The Meating Place.
Sooner Theatre will stage six Mamma Mia performances over two weekends, with nightly performances Oct. 15, 16, 22 and 23 and afternoon matinees Oct. 16, 17, 23 and 24. The musical follows the story of a young woman in Greece looking for her birth father.
Presented by the Norman Parks and Recreation Department, Cheers and Beers will present 15 tastes of a selection of local beer and wine along with a mug for $25 at Legacy Park. Must be 21 or older to participate in alcohol tastings, activities for children will be a part of the festivities.