NORMAN — Much like the Sugar Bowl Champion Sooners, the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau hopes to start ’14 with a strong first half.
The first half of 2014 is when Norman hosts a variety of festivals and events that draw visitors and the staff is busy promoting these events. We actually started one of those promotional initiatives at the Main Street Christmas Parade by handing out 2014 magnets.
The year gets off to a tasty start with the annual Chocolate Festival on Feb. 1 that raises funds for the Firehouse Art Center. Hosted at the NCED Conference Center and Hotel, 2014 marks the 32nd annual event.
A month later, the 20th annual Mardi Gras parade will stroll down Main Street in Downtown Norman. The event is the only parade that takes place after dark in Norman.
April features three big favorites. The Medieval Fair will be turning back the clock at Reaves Park April 5-7. This year marks the 38th year the event will be taking place.
In the middle of the month is the 89er Day Parade on April 12 followed by the seventh annual three-day Norman Music Festival April 25-27. NMF grows every year as its spreads out all over Downtown Norman.
May will feature the Assistance League’s May Fair arts festival on the 3rd and 4th at Andrews Park.
Jazz in June, which started in 1984, takes place June 19-21 at Brookhaven Village and Andrews Park.
In between all of these magnet events will be some new initiatives like stARTNorman which is a Better Block Norman project that will begin April 11 and end April 13. It will temporarily alter public and vacant private space of a Downtown Norman block.
The CVB focuses on promoting these leisure activities throughout the first half of 2014 to attract day trippers and overnight visitors to Norman to spend money in the Sooner city and further build our tax base.