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The National Weather Festival is the largest event hosted by the National Weather Center, attracting over 4,000 guests annually. The NWF features many weather-related organizations, such as the National Weather Service, Oklahoma Mesonet, Storm Prediction Center, and broadcast meteorologists from local news channels.

The National Weather Festival is a family event with fun educational activities for all ages. There will be lots to see, including helicopters, emergency vehicles, hourly weather balloon launches, and drone demonstrations by our research partners. 

The NWF is a fun and free event that will run from 10am to 2pm. Please join us on Saturday, October 14th, for the 2023 National Weather Festival.

If you plan to stay in town, the Norman Parks and Recreation will be hosting the International Festival 2023 in Reave's Park from 4pm to 8pm. This event is not affiliated with the NWF or NWC. For more information about this event, click here! 



Clear Bag Policy

Please note that this event is going to be under OU’s Clear Bag Policy! You can see our policy on the NWC Policy page. Please adhere to this policy and do not bring large bags unless they are clear. If you have questions about this policy, please contact NWC Security at 405-325-1157.

Approved Bags

These two types of bags are the only bags permitted at the festival, per the NWC Visitor Bag Policy. No other types of bags will be permitted.

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cLipart of a large clear bag. text: 12" x 6" x 12"  CLEAR TOTE  (anything larger is prohibited)
clipart of a small clutch purse. Text: 6.5" x4.5"  SMALL CLUTCH PURSE



Thank you to our Amazing Sponsors!



Annular Solar Eclipse

To prepare for the solar eclipse, review the following resource or click the graphic below!

How to safely view a solar eclipse



Looking for parking at NWF?

The parking lots in front of the Radar Innovations Lab, and Partners Place buildings will be open to our volunteers and participants. 

Free public parking is available in the Lloyd Noble Center parking lot. Shuttles will be running between the LNC and the NWC; beginning at 9 am, at 15-20 minute intervals, with a break from 12-12:30. The last run will be at 2:20. 

Accessible parking will be available in the first row of the NWC parking lot. 



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National Weather Festival Map

Please view the map below for a general overview of our festival areas which include; food trucks, weather balloon launches, drone demonstrations, and outdoor vendors!

National Weather Festival 2023 OUTDOOR Map (png)

National Weather Festival 2023 INDOOR Map (png)



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Interested in NWF Merch?

The National Weather Fest Shop will be available for all your t-shirt and other goodie needs. Make sure to bring your credit card, as purchases are card-only.

The NWF Merchandise booth is located on the South Patio of the NWC
This image is a collection of prices for the NWF 2023 Merchandise.

Festival Food



The 2019 Weather Friends on the stairs of the National Weather Center.  (Photo courtesy: NOAA)
The 2019 Weather Friends on the stairs of the National Weather Center. (Photo courtesy: NOAA)



National Weather Center Social Media Links



NWC Website



A weather balloon is launched in front of a crowd at the 2019 National Weather Festival.  (Photo courtesy of NOAA)
A weather balloon is launched in front of a crowd at the 2019 National Weather Festival. (Photo courtesy: NOAA)



Contact Us

For questions about the National Weather Festival, including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please contact our coordinator:

Outreach Coordinator
College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences | National Weather Center

Jessica Cavin
(405) 325-1147
University of Oklahoma
120 David L. Boren, Blvd., NWC Suite 3630
Norman, Oklahoma 73072-7303