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Muskogee Blossoms During the April Azalea Festival
By Tourism Industry Partner
The community of Muskogee “blossoms” during the Azalea festival! Join in the celebration of the beautiful flowers in bloom with a wide variety of activities for you to enjoy in between your shopping adventures. Visit the all new www.muskogeechamber.org and click on the Community Calendar of Events button for a link to a complete list of April festivities with contact information for each event.
Enjoy Muskogee’s colorful display of Azaleas as we celebrate the Azalea Festival the whole month of April. Every year, Muskogee’s Azalea Festival attracts over 300,000 visitors to Honor Heights Park, one of the oldest and most celebrated public parks in the southwest. The 122 acre park features spectacular color throughout 40 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, highlighting over 30,000 azaleas as they flourish in 625 varieties. Roses, tulips, other flowers and perfectly manicured landscaping compliment the azaleas – an unforgettable impression to last a lifetime and a perfect backdrop for family photos!
While you’re in Muskogee explore Muskogee’s exceptional museums this month. Stroll through the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in April for the Art Under the Oaks Exhibit of basketry, beading, cabin crafts, knapping, textiles, and more. Tour the U.S.S. Batfish Submarine War Memorial Park, featuring a submarine launched in 1943 and one of the most highly decorated submarines in World War II. Visit the Three Rivers Museum for history on the Muskogee area and an outdoor exhibit of an antique 1940’s switch engine. Walk through the Thomas-Foreman Historic Home and learn about the five fascinating people that lived there. Enjoy the Ataloa Lodge Museum which presents collections of traditional and contemporary Native American art. And finally the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a celebration of musicians that have contributed to Oklahoma’s rich musical heritage. Inductees include Merle Haggard, Toby Keith, Vince Gill, Brooks and Dunn, and Carrie Underwood, just to name a few.
The Azalea Arts and Craft Festival is April 2nd and 3rd at the Muskogee Civic Center.
The pinnacle of the Azalea Festival is on April 9th with a parade through Downtown Muskogee and then the Muskogee Exchange Club’s Annual Chili & Barbeque Cook-Off outside the Muskogee Civic Center, tantalizing taste buds with chili, brisket, baked beans, and ribs!
Muskogee Little Theatre will present CHICAGO, in the 150-seat intimate theater. "Ladies and Gentlemen, we present to you a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery "and all that jazz!" Beginning at 8pm there will be 6 performances in April.
Muskogee Rotary Club will host the Rotary’s Party in the Park” Wine Tasting, enjoy tasting Oklahoma wines, breads, and listen to live jazz music on April 16th at Honor Heights Park. The Muskogee Area Quilter’s Annual Quilt Show “A Garden of Quilts” runs April 15th and 16th at St. Paul United Methodist Church.
On April 16th, the Muskogee Farmers’ Market will celebrate opening day, featuring Oklahoma-grown fresh produce, plants, herbs, flowers and bakery goods. The Farmers’ Market will then be open on Saturdays and Wednesdays on the lawn of the Muskogee Civic Center.
Muskogee welcomes filmmakers, directors, producers, writers, actors and entertainers from all over the United State and abroad for the Bare Bones International Film Festival April 23rd through May 1st. Dubbed a little bit of Sundance with a sunny disposition, Bare Bones is the friendliest film festival in the west. Independent film productions, including features, shorts, animation, horror, drama, comedy, documentary, music videos, movie trailers and more will be playing a various locations in the City.
For the sports enthusiasts a Flower Power Bike Ride for the 100 mile and 68 mile routes on April 23rd. Outlaw Motor Speedway and Thunderbird Speedway features stock car racing every Friday night throughout the spring and summer.
There are lots of kid’s activities as well. Look up for the 2nd Annual “Candy from Heaven” Helicopter Candy Drop presented by Grace Ministries Church at 800 W Peak Boulevard on April 23rd. Helicopter rides available after drop.
You can bring your children to Touch-A-Truck on April 30th. The Muskogee Public Library is presenting this opportunity for kids to crawl on and around different stationary vehicles at Love Hatbox Field. Don’t miss this chance to pretend to drive a tractor, helicopter, dump truck and many more!
Planning ahead for May? Make sure you visit the Renaissance Festival at the Castle of Muskogee each weekend in May. Step back in time to days of old with King Henry VIII, Queen Margaret of Scotland, the Royal Court, jousters, jesters, jugglers, magicians, musicians and minstrels. Delight your taste buds with the wonderful and unique foods of the day. Browse through the more than 80 handcrafted booths with one-of-a kind items.
The Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is the unified voice of business dedicated to building and promoting a better business and community environment. For more information, please call 918-682-2401 or visit www.muskogeechamber.org.