Festival City: Spring Events in Norman

Spring Break in a college town is usually a quiet week, but in Norman it gives us the brief opportunity to relax before a packed calendar of outdoor events & festivals. Here is a quick rundown of some of the upcoming events happening this Spring in Norman! Grab your allergy medicine & go explore our unique community!

For a complete calendar of events, please check our friends at VisitNorman.com or download their app. 

Friday, March 17th: If green beer and live music is your idea of a fun St. Patrick's Day, make sure to head to Campus Corner for O'Connell's 49th Annual celebration. The festivities begin with green eggs & ham at 7 a.m. More info →

Saturday, March 25th: Join the Norman Parks & Recreation Department at the pond at Griffin Park for the Troy L. Hatfield Memorial Trout Derby. More info → 

Friday, March 31st to Sunday, April 2nd: One of Norman's largest & longest running festivals, the 41st Annual Medieval Fair brings thousands of knights, kings, queens, and other interesting characters to town for weekend of medieval merriment. More info →

Saturday, April 1st: Over 5,000 students from the University of Oklahoma will take part in the Big Event, the largest single-day community service effort in the state. The student volunteers will perform work at over 150 job sites across Norman & the OKC metro. Thanks OU for helping make our community a wonderful place to live! More info →

Saturday, April 8th: Because we just can't wait for fall & football season...The OU Spring Game & Fan Fest provides football fanatics with a little taste of the upcoming season. Also, check out SoonerSports.com for schedules of all the OU Athletic Teams! Whether it's tennis, softball, baseball, wrestling, etc., we truly bleed crimson here! More info →

Sunday, April 9th: Campus Corner will host Norman's inaugural Open Streets event! An international movement, Open Streets provides a space for you to walk, bike, skate, dance, play, and socialize with neighbors increase your activity and improve your health. Temporarily closing the street to motorized activities enhances the opportunity for creative recreation. By providing a local space, Open Streets encourages you to connect with your community. More info →

Saturday, April 15th: Campus Corner will host it's second annual Arts on the Corner event, featuring local artists, makers, and performers. A wonderful family-friendly event on Campus Corner. More info →

Sunday, April 23rd: Join the Norman Parks & Recreation Department and dozens of local organizations to celebrate Earth Day at Reeves Park. Free family-oriented activities providing hands-on information on protecting our air, water, forest, wildlife, & other natural resources.  More info → 

Thursday, April 27th to Saturday, April 29th: Four letters: NMFX!! It's hard to believe that the Norman Music Festival is turning 10 this year! A decade of free, original, & Oklahoma music, hundreds of musicians will take over the streets of Downtown Norman in one of the largest free music festivals in the county.  More info → 

Thursday, April 27 to Sunday, April 30th: The annual Lion's Club Carnival will also be happening the same weekend as NMF in Downtown Norman on James Garner Avenue. Carnival rides, games, and more help the club raise money for their vision screening and other charitable projects in the community. 

Friday, May 5th: Join the East Side Business Association at their inaugural Cinco de Mayo celebration. More info →

Saturday, May 6th to Sunday, May 7th: Original arts & crafts, juried art show, children's activities, and performers come together in Historic Andrews Park at the 44th Annual May Fair Arts Festival. Hosted by the Assistance League of Norman, this event kicks off with the May Fair 5K. More info →

Friday, May 12th to Saturday, May 13th: We will all be humming along with "Pomp & Circumstance" as the University of Oklahoma celebrates Commencement Weekend. Note, many of our restaurants are really packed this weekend, make reservations early! Even if you don't have a graduate to celebrate, the fireworks show is always spectacular! More info →

Whew, that was fun! Now, who's ready to kick back this summer in Norman? Check back with us around Memorial Day for the summer event guide! It'll be hot, but Norman will still be rocking!


Norman Music Festival reveals record attendance...

From it's humble origins in 2008 with an estimated crowd of 13,000 and 27 bands, the Norman Music Festival (NMF) has grown into one of the largest music festivals in the Oklahoma. Earlier this week, event organizers revealed record attendance of 80,000. In it's eighth year, the festival featured 339 bands over three days and remains free to the public. Check out this article from NewsOK for more highlights and a really cool aerial video of the #NMF8. 

We are already excited about next years event; see you next April 21-23, 2016 for #NMF9!

Live music can be found almost every night in Downtown Norman, on Campus Corner, or at one of our city's many venues and festivals. Keep on rockin' Norman!



The Diner gets revived for Food Network program

Earlier this month, crews from the new Food Network show American Diner Revival visited Norman and gave one of our most beloved restaurants a make-over. Led by celebrity hosts Ty Pennington and Amanda Freitag, local volunteers helped replace the flooring, paint and refresh the furniture at the the Diner in downtown Norman. A large crowd gathered on Friday afternoon for the grand reveal to welcome the Amspacher family back to their revived restaurant. The program will air on Friday, May 22 at 9:30 PM, but you don't have to wait for the show to see the results, go see it in person in Downtown Norman. Don't worry, our beloved Diner still serves the same menu featuring hearty portions of classic American and Tex-Mex favorites and the infamous fish is still prominently mounted on the wall.

Located at 213 E. Main Street, the Diner is open Monday through Friday from 6:30AM to 2:00PM and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00AM to 2:00PM.

For more information about the Diner, please visit their website: http://normandiner.com/

Small Business Spotlight: Mitchell's Jewelry

Meet Newt and Gina Mitchell, owners of Mitchell's Jewelry. Mitchell's has been providing fine jewelry, custom design and quality repair work since 1981. Previously located in Downtown Norman, Mitchell's Jewelry recently expanded into a beautifully remodeled building at 2201 West Main (many Normanites will remember it as the old Hob Nob Rob's). 

It's not too late to pick up a sparkling gift for your sweetheart. Mitchell's is hosting their Valentines Antwerp Diamond Event on February 12 through 14. The store will be hosting a diamond expert from Royal Gem of Antwerp, Belgium--the diamond capital of the world.  For event details, check out their Facebook page

Also, if you see Gina, be sure to wish her a very Happy Birthday this week! 


For more information about Mitchell's Jewelry, visit their website:


Campus Corner gets a little sweeter with Apple Tree Chocolate

Apple Tree Chocolate, a new specialty chocolate shop, opened on Campus Corner in late December at 754 Asp Avenue. Owners Scotty and Ashley Jackson are local Normanites. Well-lit display cases are filled with treats including chocolates, candies, and candy-covered apples, all handmade in-house. The shop also features fair-trade, locally roasted coffee by Norman-based Mariposa Coffee


For more information about Apple Tree Chocolate, visit their website: 



Climb Up opens in Norman

Norman's first climbing gym opened this month on Washington Drive, just off North Flood and Interstate 35. The 12,000 square foot, climate controlled facility features multiple types of climbing including a bouldering area, top-roping, lead climbing, and auto belays. Climb UP also offers professional training by certified instructors and will host events such as climbing competitions, film nights, and outdoor climbing trips. 


Climb UP is one of several new occupants located in the newly built Franklin Business Park. On December 10th, 2014, the Norman Chamber of Commerce celebrated the openings of Climb UPLandmark Fine Homes and Diversified Wealth Management with 3 back-to-back ribbon cuttings.