Buffalo Days Festival
in Pawhuska, OK
4 Days | Nov 2-5, 2023
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Combining the best of Pawhuska, OK and the Pioneer Woman with the Old West Buffalo Co and their annual Buffalo Days Festival. It’s a weekend filled with Cowboys, Indians, Horses and Buffalo celebrating National Bison Day.
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Day 1 – Bartlesville, OK
Arrive today in Oklahoma where you enjoy a two-night stay in Bartlesville at the Fairfield Inn. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Day 2 – Pioneer Woman Mercantile – The Osage Nation Museum – The Ben Johnson Cowboy Museum – Free Time in Pawhuska – Old West Buffalo Company Dinner Show
This morning, head to Pawhuska, OK where you visit the Pioneer Woman Mercantile, owned by Food Network TV show host Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman. This shop is a must-see destination. The Pioneer Woman Mercantile began in 1910 as Osage Mercantile and was a place for trading goods and browsing. Ree and family wanted to honor The Merc’s legacy by creating a shopping experience that hints to an earlier time in small town America. It takes time to see it all, so stop in and stay awhile!
Shopping at The Merc is a treasure hunt, with surprises everywhere you turn. Come explore the glorious cabinets, browse the abundant shelves, and peek in all the drawers! There is also a Deli and a Bakery where you can enjoy lunch on own with comfort food classics and hand-crafted bakery items. The offerings are endlessly delicious.
This afternoon you will visit the Osage Nation Museum devoted to history, art, and culture. Highlights include an extensive photograph collection of artifacts, plus traditional and contemporary art. Founded in 1938, this is the oldest tribally owned museum in the U. S.
Oklahoma’s western film history is also on display at the Ben Johnson Cowboy Museum. Dedicated to the Oscar-winning actor, this amazing collection features notable Osage County cowboys, cowgirls and western heritage. If you like world-class art, this museum has the largest collection of John D. Free original paintings and bronzes on-site. Also, while you’re here, find out more about the iconic Drummond family; they’ve been ranching in Osage County for over 100 years.
You will also have free time to explore downtown Pawhuska a spot that celebrates its rich history. The town was founded in 1872, and 86 buildings in the downtown area are on the National Register of Historic Places. Many were restored to their 1920 appearance for the movie filming this past year. There are plenty of shopping opportunities in this pretty town everything from antiques and collectibles to fine art.
This evening, enjoy a dinner show at the Old West Buffalo Company. Enjoy an immersive theater show featuring Theodore Roosevelt and Charles Goodnight, two of the heroes who saved the bison from extinction. This 2 1/2 hour event includes a catered barbecue meal. (B,D)
Day 3 – Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve– Buffalo Days Festival
Start the day with a tour of the 3700 acre Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve. Will Rogers said, ‘Of all the places in the U. S. Woolaroc is the most unique.’ It was the country estate of oil baron Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum Company. Its name comes from the woods, lakes and rocks. This rustic environment served as a one-of-a-kind entertainment venue. ‘Uncle Frank’ hosted U.S. Presidents, well known business titans, dignitaries, Indians, movie stars, lawmen and outlaws alike on this sprawling ranch. On the grounds, you will find a museum with one of the world’s greatest collections of western art, relics and exhibits that tell the alluring story of the American West. You will also find an 1840’s Mountain Man Camp, the Woolaroc Animal Barn, and a herd of Buffalo roaming across the prairie with grasses blowing in the breeze, prairie flowers in bloom. Some of the animals you will see include American Bison, elk and longhorn cattle and more. Then you will have time to visit the Museum with one of America’s most unique displays of Western art and artifacts; Native American pottery, baskets, beads, blankets and cultural art; historical displays and one of the most complete collections of Colt firearms.
Frank Phillips was one of Oklahoma’s original oil men, and his beautiful home in downtown Bartlesville is also on tour. It’s your chance to step back in time and experience life in the early 20th century. This 26 room Neo-Classical home was built in 1909.
The remainder of the day is spent at the Buffalo Days Festival at Old West Buffalo Company celebrating National Bison Day.
Enjoy an 1800s Buffalo Rendezvous featuring native and western artists, music and dance, special presentations and storytelling, Old West Reenactments and hay wagon tours to feed the bison. A Chuckwagon Lunch and dinner is included here today. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Depart for Home
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for home. (B)