Festivals & Events in Tahlequah
From celebrations of Cherokee culture to art festivals, car shows and the Red Fern Festival, Tahlequah invites you to come join the fun at their many festivals and events. Witness powwow dances, play traditional Cherokee games and sample traditional foods at the Cherokee National Holiday festival. Or enjoy the nostalgic Red Fern Festival based on the famous novel "Where The Red Fern Grows" that was based in Tahlequah. You'll find frequent live entertainment events along with major festivals to enjoy when you visit Tahlequah!
You'll find several float trip outfitters on the Illinois River providing canoes, rafts and kayaks.
Illinois River Overlook
Get outdoors and take in the abundant scenic vistas around the Illinois River in Tahlequah.
Visit Tenkiller Lake, where you can enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, camping and scuba.
Cherokee National History Museum
Immerse yourself in the interactive hands-on and multi-media exhibits at this interesting museum.
Cherokee National Holiday
Enjoy the annual Cherokee homecoming with big-name concerts, a powwow, traditional food and games.
Plan a float trip on the Illinois River where float outfitters offer canoe, kayak and raft trips.
Cherokee Casino in Tahlequah
Choose from over 500 slot machines to play in the upscale atmosphere of this Cherokee Casino.
Tenkiller Lake Near Tahlequah
Enjoy scuba diving, boating, fishing, hiking, camping and beautiful views on Lake Tenkiller.
Purdy Cabin Guest Retreat
Relax at this charming cabin with amazing views of the Illinois River from the deck.
Fishing on the Illinois River
Count on a great fishing experience on the Illinois River, known especially for trout and bass.
John Ross Museum
Learn about John Ross, principal chief of the Cherokees during 30 years of critical tribal history.
NSU Jazz Lab
Hear live music at the NSU Jazz Lab in Tahlequah from large jazz ensembles to star solo performers.
J.T. Nickel Family Preserve
Bring your binoculars when visiting this 17,000-acre preserve teeming with watchable wildlife.
Sam and Ella's Chicken Palace
Savor incredible pizza, sandwiches, salads and appetizers at Sam & Ella's in Tahlequah.
Experience the thrill of winning on your choice of over 500 slot machines at Cherokee Casino.