Norman is a bustling college town. The University of Oklahoma is the largest university in the state of Oklahoma, with approximately 30,000 students enrolled. The university was founded in 1890, prior to Oklahoma statehood. The university includes both Norman and Oklahoma City campuses with the main campus located in Norman. In Addition Norman enjoys many cultural attractions that are funded by the university. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art made national and international news in 2000 when it was given the Weitzenhoffer Collection, the largest collection of French Impressionist art ever given to an American university. The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is a museum containing over 50,000 square feet of exhibits. The Moore-Lindsay House is a Queen Anne-style home built prior to 1900 by prominent Norman home builder William Moore; it was purchased by the city of Norman in 1973 and today serves as the city and Cleveland County's historical museum.
Norman hosts many free festivals and community events that occur throughout the year. The Norman Medieval Fair, Norman Music Festival, The Chocolate Festival, Jazz in June is a music festival held the last full weekend in June at various venues across Norman, May Fair is an arts festival held every year during the first weekend in May at Andrews Park, Summer Breeze Concert Series is a series of concerts held from Spring to Fall at various park venues across Norman, Midsummer Nights' Fair is a nighttime arts festival held during two evenings in June, The Norman Mardi Gras parade is a celebration of Mardi Gras occurring on the Saturday closest to Fat Tuesday, and The Main Street Christmas Holiday Parade is a celebration of Christmas and the holiday season held every December in downtown Norman.
Norman has a wide variety of neighborhoods. Downtown Norman is an area of approximately 2 square miles bounded by University Blvd., Symmes St., Porter Ave., and Daws St.; primary streets include Main St. and Gray Ave. The area consists of restaurants, art galleries, and other businesses; it is home to some of the oldest buildings in Oklahoma.
Hall Park is an area northeast of downtown Norman that was originally an independent township; in 2005 it was annexed into Norman, becoming one of its neighborhoods. The area is home to many middle-class suburban homes and is historically important in that it was advertised as the United States' first "all-electric town." President Ronald Reagan, then an executive with General Electric, attended Hall Park's grand opening ceremonies in 1962 where he was named the town's honorary first mayor. Campus Corner near Boyd and Asp
The University of Oklahoma and the area surrounding it are home to many historically significant neighborhoods.