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Norman Music Festival 2024

APRIL 25-27, 2024


From alleys to bars to big stages, music fills all corners of this arts-rich cultural district in Oklahoma.

At first glance, the name doesn’t inspire confidence, but the Norman Music Festival in Norman, Okla. is bigger and better than you’d expect. In the cordoned-off Walker Arts District at the heart of the small city, hundreds of independent soloists and bands will gather for over three days of a free music festival. All genres are welcome, from psychedelic rock to indie pop, and though some bars require you to be at least 21 years old, there’s a smattering of indoor and outdoor stages available to everyone.  Sure, the vibes are quite low-key and very family-friendly, but it’s not called Okalhoma’s biggest music festival for nothing: last year saw a total of 258 music and comedy acts across 19 stages, which is more than Coachella or Boston Calling.

While bringing in artists from all over — like Japan’s Acid Mother Temple or Canada’s Wine Lips — there’s a big focus on Oklahoma talent. 2024 headliners include Husbands, an indie garage/surf band from Oklahoma City, as well as Norman-based Americana artist Jared Deck, in addition to Tropa Magica, Brainstory, Rocket, Alvvays, and Blondshell. Participating restaurants and bars even have the option to select their own lineup, providing a diverse offering that is more local and true to the neighborhood’s year-round music scene.

In fact, organizers of the festival say it’s “helped create a sense of place” as they look back on the past 15 years. From the seeds of a house party that slowly developed into a full one-day public affair—with 17 artists and 13,000 attendees in the first year—the Norman Music Festival now brings in upwards of 50,000 attendees to the city center. Since 2008, the festival has remained free, increasing only in size and capacity. In past years, concurrent events include a comedy show, a poetry slam, a kids carnival and so much more. Between the official venues, there are sections for food trucks (nicknamed Norman Music Feast by one reviewer), local artisans and vendors. You might even find the odd busker, just slipping in to join the festivities. 

The Specs

  • The Festival estimates a total attendance of nearly 100,000, but past years have seen numbers closer to 40,000-60,000. 
  • General admission is free. VIP passes, starting at $100, get you access to the VIP area at the main stage, a VIP lounge (at $200), merch, and a guaranteed parking spot (which is prime real estate for a city-center festival).
  • Just a 30-minute drive away, there’s plenty to do in Oklahoma City if you want a break from the festival or have an extra day on your trip. Check out Fifty Grande’s guide to Oklahoma City, just 30 minutes from Norman, here.


Where is the Norman Music Festival located?

Walker Arts District in Norman, Oklahoma, about 20 miles south of Oklahoma City. See the festival map here.

What is the closest airport to the Norman Music Festival?

The closest airport to the Norman Music Festival is the Will Rogers International Airport in Oklahoma City, about 30 minutes from Norman (21 miles). 

What can I bring with me?  

Though it’s a public festival, it’s in a zoned area and there are restrictions on bag types, sizes, and other items that are prohibited. Look through their list to see what’s allowed but notably, personal chairs can only be kept on the grounds till 6 pm (unless for accessibility needs), and pets can join in till 7 pm. 

Which artists are on the Norman Music Festival 2024 lineup?

Headliners currently announced: Husbands, Tropa Magica, Brainstory, Rocket, Jared Deck, Alvvays, and Blondshell. The full lineup will be announced starting March 1.


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BY Suchita Chadha