Magnolia Christmas Festival





June 2-4, 2022
Choctaw Event Center – Durant, OK


June 2-4, 2022
Choctaw Event Center - Durant, OK

Honoring the heritage of Durant, also known as the “City of Magnolias,” the annual Magnolia Festival of Oklahoma began in 1997 and features a variety of activities perfect for a fun-filled family weekend.

Occurring the weekend after Memorial Day each year, guests can enjoy a carnival with rides, games, delicious fair food, and a stunning firework display on opening night. With a wide variety of events, including an art show, live entertainment, children’s activities, tractor show, food vendors, and hundreds of shopping booths, the Magnolia Festival of Oklahoma is a guaranteed fun-filled weekend in Durant for visitors of all ages. The Magnolia Festival has been honored with the Redbud Award for “Outstanding Event” from the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association.


The Magnolia Festival also hosts various other activities throughout the community during the festival weekend, including a 5K & Fun Run in Downtown Durant and the Durant Rotary Magnolia Bike Tour.


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Vendors, Booths, and Activities

Hosting 120+ vendors and booths from all over the region, you are sure to find the “perfect” item to take home! Held at the Choctaw Event Center, this festival has everything from artisan crafts, handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, informational booths, children’s activities, and much more!


After you work up an appetite, enjoy one of the many specialty food vendors located both inside and outside of the Event Center! Festival favorites like smoked turkey legs, funnel cakes, corn dogs, cotton candy, and more will be available!


Show Hours at Choctaw Event Center

Thursday, June 1 – 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Friday, June 2 – 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Saturday, June 3 – 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Cardinal FG presents
Mitchell's Amusement Carnival

Bigger, better, and brand new – Mitchell’s Amusements Carnival, presented by Cardinal FG will have 3X the number of “Power Rides” as our previous carnivals! New hours as well so the whole family can play and enjoy longer! Great specials on wristbands will be announced on Facebook and here as soon as it is available.


Carnival Hours at Choctaw Event Center

Wednesday, May 31 – 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Thursday, June 1 – 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Friday, June 2 – 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Saturday, June 3 – 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm


United Ag & Turf Fireworks Show by Brady’s Stockpile O’ Fireworks

Seen for miles in every direction, the best seat is right at Choctaw Event Center! The display will begin at dusk on Thursday June 1st…grab your seats early!

Children’s Activities

This year’s childrens’ activities will Transform you! Highlighting this year’s list of free events is the real-life operating Transformers Show “Battle for Durant”! Brought to you by Cherokee Communications, multiple shows are planned with free photo opportunities all festival long! Plus, there are tons of other free activities, like: “Kids Say the Darndest Things” game show, Turtle Races, Diaper Derby, and more! See the Calendar of Events for more details and times.

25th Anniversary Opening Ceremony

To begin this year’s festivities, we are honoring those who’ve grown the festival to what it is today! Both individuals and community partners will be celebrated as we officially open Magnolia Festival with the “ringing of the gong”! Don’t miss this momentous occasion that will also feature awardees of the Jon Hazell Scholarships to Southeastern Oklahoma State University!


Opening Ceremony Hours at Choctaw Event Center

Thursday, June 1 -7:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Magnolia 5K & 1M Fun Run (Downtown Durant)

Take the celebration downtown and start your day with the Magnolia Festival 5K & 1M Fun Run! If you run both, you’re automatically entered to win $100 – regardless of finish time! Plus, this year, the run qualifies for P.A.C.E. members! After the race, stay downtown and enjoy the Magnolia Farmers Market, restaurants, shopping, and fun! More information registration details can be found here:

Magnolia Fun Run Hours in Downtown Durant

Saturday, June 3 – 8:15 am Start of 5K P.A.C.E. Run

Saturday, June 3 – 9:15 am Start for 1M Fun Run 

Saturday, June 3 – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Magnolia Farmers Market (Durant Market Square)

For up-to-date information, events, activities, and other schedules, please visit our Facebook page at:

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