Festivals & Gatherings


Rodeo   ItalianFestival
Big V Feeds Pro Rodeo presented by Sam Wampler's Freedom Ford
  The McAlester Italian Festival
Join over 5,000 attendees and more than 350 contestants, each February, as they conviene at the McAlester Expo Center for the largest winter PRCA rodeo in Oklahoma. Top cowboys and cowgirls from across the country will compete for a multitude of prizes and  overall bragging rights! Organized by the McAlester Chamber of Commerce.

  Mark you calendar for the 2nd weekend in May. For nearly 50 years, the award-winning Italian Festival has celebrated the food, culture and heritage of the Italian immigrants who helped found McAlester and Krebs. Feast on spaghetti, Italian sausage, meatballs or pizza. Sip wine or beer. Enjoy music, games and over a hundred craft and vendor booths. Don't forget to check out the car show and carnival. It's ture family fun at it's best!
Grillmarks   DRMA
The Grillmarks Festival Series
  The Dancing Rabbit Music Festival
Whether it's steak, ribs or juicy BBQ, you don't want to miss these sizzling, outdoor grilling competitions, held in downtown McAlester, OK and sponsored by the McAlester Makers, Inc.  Sample savory food, grab a cold beer and kick back with some live music, as competitors of all ages take to the streets to showcase their skills with the grill! 
  FREE outdoor music festival held in downtown McAlester, Oklahoma. Featuring a series of concerts by acclaimed indie-roots and Americana artists with national and international followings. Experience live music, food trucks, an outdoor beer garden and the full energy and atmosphere of a outdoor street-festival. VIP tailgate packages are available to purchase.
TrickorTreat   McWinterWonderland
Trick or Treat: Party in the Street
  McWinter Wonderland
McAlester's annual pre-Halloween event, perfect for families and fun for all ages! Join area merchants for a night of spooktacular fun, games, prizes and more, all within a safe community environment. Held annually on Choctaw Ave, in historic downtown McAlester. Wear your favorite costume and participate in over 25 carnival games as well as multiple booths and trunk or treats.

  'Tis the season to visit McAlester and experience McWinter Wonderland. Kick off the Christmas season with the annual McAlester Christmas parade. Drive down Carl Albert Pkwy and see more than 100 static displays. Stroll through historic downtown filled with various holiday scenes and decorations. Visit Arvest Park, where you can sit inside a 12ft tall, lighted, Christmas ornament. Glide around the synthetic ice rink located inside the Farmer's Market. Shop McAlester, collect your tickets and if you're lucky, win cash and prizes during our $10,000 drawing! Enjoy over a half a million lights, as McAlester welcomes you this holiday season. 
Other popular local events include:    
- Little Festival on the Prairie 
- Movies in the Park
- Armed Forces Day Parade
- Cruise Nights
- Indigenous People's Day
- Chocolate Tour
- Cookie Crawl
- Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration
- Pittsburg County Free Fair
- Relay for Life Bingo
- First Thursdays (Downtown)
- Old Town Junk & Flea Market
- City-Wide Garage Sale
- Small Business Saturday
- Vintage Christmas (Old Town)
  Mini Logo (White background)

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