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Traveling To McAlester


McAlester has lodging for any price range. Any one of our lodging establishments would be more than happy to show you some southern hospitality!

Click HERE for a Lodging Guide or search for hotel links in the Member Roster HERE


Famous for Italian flare, McAlester also boasts many other taste-tempting choices. The area cuisine is as varied as the atmosphere: amazing seafood, spectacular desserts, four-star dining and imaginative chefs can be found in restaurants throughout McAlester.

McAlester offers a variety of dining experiences. Whether you prefer the small cafes and hometown diners, relaxing coffee shops, quaint tea rooms, fast food chains or upscale dining…it’s all here. We’re just waiting to serve you!

Whatever your taste and whatever your budget, you’ll find there’s a variety of choices that’s sure to please even the most finicky of eaters.

See the MEMBERS link at the top of the homepage and search for full listing of restaurants that are Chamber members!

Annual Events

Miss McAlester Scholarship Pageant 

McAlester is honored to have the Beta Iota of Epsilon Sigma Alpha sponsor one of the most outstanding pageants held in Oklahoma. The Pageant Executive Director, Karen Stobaugh works closely with her Board of Directors and Pageant Consultants to provide McAlester with a superior program.

Beta Iota is one of the few organizations that provides continued support for each year’s winner to compete in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant in June, including full wardrobe allowances, photos, fitness and communication skills. Miss McAlester will represent the community as a public servant, and advocate for local issues, a friend to local businesses and a role model to young women.  Contact Beta Iota for details Jennifer Stewart 420-5911.    

  • $32,000 in Oklahoma College and University Scholarships
  • $5,700 In Cash Scholarships
  • Plus Contestant Awards and Gifts

Annual Chamber Banquet – February

Pittsburg County Jr. Livestock Show – February

SE Oklahoma Hunting & Fishing Expo - March

Choctaw Pow-Wow - March 

Baby Fair – April

Gathering of Tribes - April

Armed Forces Day Celebration – May

Italian Festival - May

The first Italian Festival in McAlester was held in 1971. It was the idea of Krebs restaurant owner Bill Prichard. He and his family have operated the "world famous" Pete’s Place in Krebs for nearly 60 years. The festival was to honor and prolong the Italian heritage in this area of Oklahoma.

The festival has grown into one of the largest festivals in the state and features one of the largest arts and crafts shows in Oklahoma, as well as the delicious and freshly-prepared Italian food and tributes to Italian heritage. All the labor for the festival comes from volunteers. During the two-day event, held every May, some twenty thousand people visit and enjoy or take part in the festivities, which makes the efforts of the hundreds of volunteers all worthwhile.

Jr. Sunbelt Baseball Classic – June

Fourth of July Celebration – July

CultureFest - August

Pittsburg County Free Fair - September

Old Town Festival – October

Home & Ranch Show - October

Kiamichi Quilt Show – November

Christmas Parade of Lights - December

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