MUSKOGEE TO HOST AZALEA FESTIVAL THIS APRIL
Spring is in the air and Muskogee is ready to celebrate. Held since 1968, Muskogee's Honor Heights Park boasts 40 acres of manicured gardens with over 30,000 azaleas in 625 varieties. Visit Muskogee to see this stunning park throughout the month of April for one of the top events in the South. The annual Azalea Festival celebrates the blooming of azaleas, tulips, dogwoods, and wisteria as these buds begin to unfurl during the warmer temperatures of spring to the delight of visitors.
Often considered one of the top spring events in the nation, Muskogee's Azalea Festival attracts visitors from around the world. Make your way to Honor Heights Park to enjoy a drive along paved roadways that wind around the blooming flowers, walkways perfect for runners or birders, five lakes, a variety of picturesque ponds, a butterfly sanctuary and a tree arboretum.
The Azalea Festival not only highlights the beauty of nature in spring, but also plays host to a parade, 5k + 15k runs along with a fun run, quilt exhibits, a bike ride, and online Banner Auction. This year, the festival will include a live public art demonstration and Cajun Cook-Off at The Muskogee Civic Center after the parade. The annual Azalea Festival parade will take place April 9. Beginning at 11 a.m., the parade will feature everything from floats, antique cars, clowns, and pageant queens to horseback riders and cyclists. On April 30, Honor Heights Park will welcome visitors for Party in the Park, a tasting of Oklahoma food and wine in a breathtaking setting. Thousands of tulips will be in bloom surrounding the event, which will be set up on a lawn under tents.
Celebrate the kaleidoscope of color that blooms each spring. Enjoy free tours of Honor Heights Park and don't forget your camera - you'll want to capture every bloom and every memory at the Azalea Festival. For more information, please contact Muskogee Parks + Recreation at 918-684-6302 or Visit Muskogee at 918-684-6202.
Visit Muskogee is a member of Green Country Tourism, one of eight Multi-County Organizations promoting regional tourism in Oklahoma.