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Explore Norman



Explore Norman

Not only is Norman, OK, home to the main campus of the University of Oklahoma, it is also a close-knit community that welcomes and supports our university and students. As the third-largest city in the state, it provides the best of both worlds with a small-town feel and big-city resources. 

Nearly every weekend, Norman provides events free to the public, from the monthly 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk and the annual Chocolate Festival.





Soy Milk performs during the 2nd annual Norman Porchfest in front of a small white house with a crowd listening.
Soy Milk performs during the 2nd annual Norman Porchfest.
Two people stand together wrapped in a Pride flag on Norman mainstreet.
Waiting for the Norman Pride Parade to begin.
Mariah Menzie dresses as Mother Earth, a tall red-headed figure, during the Medieval Fair.
Mariah Menzie dresses as Mother Earth during the Medieval Fair.
An art gallery open during 2nd Friday Art Walk with patrons inside taking in the art.
The 2nd Friday Art Walk in the Walker Arts District.
Cherry Death performs on the Winston Gray Street Stage during the second day of the Norman Music Festival.
Cherry Death performs on the Winston Gray Street Stage during the second day of the Norman Music Festival.



Places to go, people to meet

Historic Campus Corner
Located just across the street on the north side of campus, Campus Corner is a hub for activity with restaurants to coffee shops to unique boutiques. Odds are, you'll find yourself on Campus Corner when visiting OU's Campus Corner Store for your textbook and academic needs!

Music Festivals
Need a good reason to kick back and listen to live music? You are in luck. Norman features year-round events like Norman Music Festival, Summer Breeze Concert Series, and Porchfest. 

Sooner Theatre
The historic Sooner Theatre stands in the heart of downtown. Lined with crimson seating and encased in brick walls, the building is regularly home to concerts, movies, and theatrical shows.

Legacy Park
Located just three miles from campus, Legacy Park is full of picnic areas, an amphitheater, a track, and breathtaking fountains, with monthly events like Winterfest to help bring the people of Norman together. 

The Medieval Fair of Norman
As the state's largest weekend event, people from all across the state of Oklahoma have been gathering together since 1977 to experience the exciting lives of knights, kings, the royal court, and magical folk. 

Lake Thunderbird
Located just 13 miles east of Norman, Lake Thunderbird is home to 86 miles of shoreline. You can fill your weekend with outdoor activities like following hiking and biking trails, camping under the Oklahoma stars, or watching for eagles. 

Sam Noble Museum of Natural History 
Dive headfirst into the past with OU's Sam Noble Museum. Originally founded in 1899, it now serves as the home for exhibits that explore Oklahoma's indigenous people, dinosaurs, and natural wonders. 

Public libraries
Want a study break off-campus? Norman is home to three public libraries that have ample space for study sessions. Not only can you schedule time in private and group study spaces, students can also stick around for events like a poetry reading or monthly book club! 





Explore Oklahoma City

Just a stone's throw up Interstate 35, Oklahoma City is an up-and-coming community filled with charm and opportunities. With 14 districts, restaurants, and local entertainment, there is no shortage of excitement. 


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