Public Programs

Celebrate First American art, culture and history through public programs and pop-up events! Looking for something else or planning to visit on a specific day? Browse the complete FAM calendar

Potato Dance World Championship
Saturday, Feb. 12, 1-3 PM
FREE to watch—$10 per couple to enter 

Grab your sweetie and compete for global glory in this not-so-traditional dance. You’ll position a potato between your forehead and that of your beloved and dance to the tunes of DJ Nymasis (Kiowa). The last pair standing with the potato aloft and intact wins. The victorious duo will earn a $250 shopping spree at FAMstore and bragging rights for the next year. This event features an opportunity for everyone to dance and performance from award-winning Fancy Dancer Boye Ladd (Ho-Chunk). 

12:30 | Dancer registration begins

1:00 | Participatory demonstration with Cultural Ambassador Ace Greenwood (Chickasaw/Cherokee) 

1:15 | First round competition

1:45 | Fancy Dance performance

2:00 | Second round competition

2:30 | Final round competition

3:00 | Award announcements (must be present to win):

      • Grand Prize for longest dance
      • Overall Best Dressed
      • Overall Best Dancers
      • A secret prize TBA after registration closes 

First Thunder
Saturday, Mar. 5, 11-3 PM
FREE—discounted gallery admission

Celebrate the arrival of spring through stories and song, hands-on activities, film screenings, and more. Along with FAM community partners at the Oklahoma Climatological Survey and local news channels, you will gain new appreciation for and perspectives on Oklahoma’s unpredictable spring weather.

FAM Trivia Night
Thursday, Apr. 14, 7-9 PM
$25 per table of six or fewer

Join First Americans Museum for an afterhours trivia night for the 21 and up set. Led by actor and podcaster Angela Startz (Inupik), trivia questions will cover First American arts, music, culture, science, politics and more. Teams of six or fewer can buy in for $25 upon arrival and compete for a $500 gift card to FAMstore. Thirty Nine restaurant will provide a cash bar and nibbles for purchase.

Pickup Stickball Game
Saturday, May 14, 1-4 PM
Free—drop in at Festival Plaza

Open to players of all ages, this coed game is your chance to play our traditional game beloved by tribes across Oklahoma. No experience needed—simply show up with sturdy shoes and sticks (if you have them). Cultural Ambassadors Ace Greenwood (Chickasaw/Cherokee) and Tresa Gouge (Muscogee/Seminole) will provide an overview of the game and its rules for first timers and will lend sticks to those without. This is a social game for all ages.