This year, Claremore offers a fall to remember with something for everyone in the family. Kick off November with the Will Rogers Birthday Bash, celebrating Oklahoma’s favorite son. This year marks what would have been Will’s 139th birthday, and Claremore is also honoring the 100th anniversary of Will’s first film. The party starts with the Will Rogers Day parade on Friday, November 2, at 3pm. The parade ends at Claremore’s Gazebo Park at the Museum of History with food trucks and games from 4pm to 6pm, and complimentary birthday cake will be served.
Saturday, November 3 offers more family fun with the Cherokee Nation’s Wings Race starting at 6:30am on the grounds of Rogers State University at the Nature Preserve. Registrations can be found at www.willrogers.com. The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club will hold their traditional wreath-laying ceremony on November 3 at 10am at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. And on Sunday, November 4, the museum celebrates Will’s birthday by offering complimentary admission from 10am to 5pm.
More celebrations can be found throughout Claremore, such as shopping in historic downtown at 1st Saturday Downtown event, which offers special sales at local merchants from 10am to 5:30pm. Don’t forget to stop by the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum between 10am and 5pm and experience the world’s largest privately-owned gun collection and a great collection of World War I posters.
Claremore’s Veterans Day parade will be Monday, November 12, starting at 11:11am and will travel from the Claremore Expo Center to Gazebo Park. Join the community in paying tribute to our men and women in the Armed Forces, for those who have served both past and present, as well as honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Rogers State University celebrates homecoming November 12 – 17. Cheer on the RSU Hillcats as they play Northeastern State University on November 14th at 5:30pm and 7:30pm, and on Saturday, November 17th, more games will be played at 2pm and 4pm. All games are held at the Claremore Expo Center.
November 16th brings Claremore’s Dickens on the Boulevard, a Victorian Christmas festival. Starting at 6pm on the 16th and 17th, Dickens features food trucks, late-night shopping, photos with Santa and the always-popular Tales from the Top, tours of historic buildings in downtown Claremore.
Ready for the holidays? Claremore’s West Bend Winterland has set the official Christmas Tree Lighting for Monday, November 26. Food trucks will open at 5pm so folks can grab a bite of dinner before the ceremony commences at 6pm. Entertainment will feature RSU’s Choir and the Cherokee National Youth Choir. There will be lots of photo opportunities for families, including a giant snow globe and Santa’s sleigh. Enjoy skating, compliments of the West Bend Winterland committee and sponsors.
The Claremore Expo Center will be full of excitement and family fun at the Nitro Arena Cross Nationals, November 30 and December 1. Advance tickets are available online at nitroaxtour.com or purchase at the door starting at 6pm.
Christmas celebrations start November 30 with West Bend Winterland offering fun activities for all ages. Music, inflatables, shopping and more will be offered through December 22 on the grounds of the Claremore Expo Center. A complete schedule of activities can be found at www.westbendwinterland.com. Will’s Country Christmas will be held November 30 and December 1 at the Birthplace Ranch in Oologah. Children can enjoy hayrides, photos with Santa and more activities for all ages. A complete schedule can be found on willrogers.com.
Claremore invites you to experience the hometown of Will Rogers, located northeast of Tulsa on historic Route 66. Come shop, play, dine and stay with us and enjoy a multitude of family fun events. A complete event schedule can always be found at www.visitclaremore.org or by calling Visit Claremore at 918-341-8688.