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Weekly Arts and Entertainment Highlights (Sep 29, 2011)

This weekend is the beginning of October and the beginning of the fall festival season. From bluegrass music to pugs, there is a festival for any interest.

The Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival in Guthrie runs from September 29th until October 1st. Downtown Guthrie transforms into a concert venue all three days and play host to bands from all over the world. Larry Gatlin headlines this year, along with The Quebe Sisters Band and the Kruger Brothers.

The Czech Festival is in Yukon on Saturday. More than 2,500 kolaches are made for the occasion, and the festival kicks off with a parade down main street beginning at 10 a.m. The Czech Hall holds the coronation ball for the newly crowned Czech Royalty.

The 3rd Annual Rock Island Arts Festival, from September 30th and October 1st, takes place at the Rock Island Depot in Chickasha. It features an “Art Battle” where eight artists compete on stage for audience approval, while painting to music for 20 minutes. Kids activities and live music provide additional entertainment.

The Plaza District Festival hosts everything local October 1st. Along 16th street in Oklahoma City, over 40 Oklahoma artists set up booths, with a stage in the center of the district highlighting local music. Some local bands scheduled to play include local favorites such as The Wurly Birds, Brother Gruesome, The Copperheads, and The Boom Bang. Other performers include Irish step dancers, Flamenco dancers, and Lyric Theatre.

Additional festivals around the OKC area include the Regatta Festival, a celebration of all things river, the Manhattan Short Film Festival at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, featuring films from all over the world, and Puggerfest, a celebration of pugs.

For more events, visit our calendar page, here.

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