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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

You’re fifteen, Chesapeake Energy Arena

Chesapeake Energy Arena

One of our best-known modern philosophers once admonished, “When you’re fifteen, and somebody tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe them.” In the case of the Chesapeake Arena, there’s no reason to doubt OKC’s genuineness. “Loud City,” the current home of the OKC Thunder and one of the centerpieces of the original set of MAPS projects, is also a great place to see a concert. We recommend taking a deep breath as you walk through the doors of the ‘Peake, because you’re sure to see some concerts that will leave you breathless. In fact, one of the senior boys winked at the arena right off the bat, with the legendary Paul McCartney playing one of the first shows back in 2002 and making our head spin around. The Chesapeake is ready to celebrate its 15th in style, with the former Beatle slated to return July 17, joining Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, Iron Maiden and more on the arena’s upcoming concert calendar. Check out more info here, and don’t mind us as we dance around the room when the night ends, when the night ends.

basketball, concerts, live music, MAPS
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Various venues

The Criterion

The ‘Peake isn’t the only place to see a show around here. In addition to a plethora of smaller bar/restaurant venues, a number of schmedium-to-mid-sized live music venues have recently come on line, joining stalwarts like the Zoo Ampitheater, the Diamond Ballroom and indie-focused venues Opolis and 89th Street Collective.

The Criterion – a brand-new building in east Bricktown, this 4,000-capacity venue is across the street from the Steelyard development in a suddenly hot quarter of OKC’s premiere entertainment district. My Morning Jacket, Explosions in the Sky and Lil Wayne have played here recently, with performances by The xx and Jason Isbell on the upcoming calendar, among others.

The Tower Theater – a lot of excitement has surrounded the resurrection of one of the “grand old dames” of OKC’s early movie house scene. The main space has room for 700 standing on the main floor and an additional 264 (seated) in the balcony, and a smaller “studio” space handles 100 standing or 50 seated. The venue’s Studio Series has sold well, with only a few tickets for select shows available.

The Jones Assembly – set to open July 29 with The Wallflowers and Better Than Ezra, this renovated, 100-year-old, 20,000-square-foot space on Film Row (just south of the 21C Museum Hotel) features a 1,600-capacity performance venue as well as a true dining destination. Lake Street Dive and JJ Grey & Mofro have also been announced.

ACM@UCO Performance Lab – this performance space in Bricktown hosts plenty of touring acts in addition to ACM@UCO gigs (which is itself a pretty cool story, speaking of music), seating 200 sitting and 500 standing. The Lab has hosted Dr. Dog, Sean Lennon, Okkervil River and Ben Taylor recently.

Adventure District, Bricktown, concerts, Film Row, live music, Uptown 23, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Music Men (and Women)

Flaming Lips Alley

You may know from reading The Better Life in the past that OKC has a pretty cool and unique history when it comes to jazz. And you might know that OKC is the home of the fabulous freaks, the Flaming Lips (who even have an alley in Bricktown named after them). But you may not know that OKC’s also “ground zero” of sorts for folks like Color Me Badd (formed in OKC, the four met while attending Northwest Classen High School), Garth Brooks (country megastar from Yukon), Mason Williams (graduated from Northwest Classen as well), Neal Schon (Journey founding member and lead guitarist, born on Tinker Air Force Base), and Hinder (formed in OKC in 2004), to name a few. And, in addition to Flaming Lips Alley, OKC also boasts streets named Wanda Jackson Way, Charlie Christian Boulevard, and Vince Gill Avenue to honor those hometown heroes. We’re certainly proud of our musical heritage!

live music, music, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 23 - May 29, 2017

Paseo Arts Festival

Tuesday, May 23
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; Event is free.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 24
Big 12 Baseball Championships; All Day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Portland Timbers FC 2 vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 25
Big 12 Baseball Championships; All Day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
NCAA DIII Softball Championships; All Day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 26
Big 12 Baseball Championships; All Day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
NCAA DIII Softball Championships; All Day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 27
Big 12 Baseball Championships; All Day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Paseo Arts Festival; All Day; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
NCAA DIII Softball Championships; All Day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Chuck Wagon Festival; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 28
Big 12 Baseball Championships; All Day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Paseo Arts Festival; All Day; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
NCAA DIII Softball Championships; All Day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Chuck Wagon Festival; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 1 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 29
NCAA DIII Softball Championships; All Day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Paseo Arts Festival; All Day; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shopaholics unite

Shopping in Plaza District

As the 4-0-5 has grown over the past decade, so has Oklahoma City’s retail scene. We don’t know about you, but one of the things we love about OKC is the absolute perfect mix of national retailers and eclectic locally-owned boutiques.

The last few years has seen major national retailers like Trader Joe’s, H&M, Cabela’s and TopGolf (just to name a few) plant their flag in OKC.

One booming area might be something to hang your hat on in some cities, but not in OKC. Call us overachievers, but we revel in the fact that each and every area of our city is thriving with new developments. Every corner of our city has something to brag about when it comes to retail development.

We would be amiss not to give kudos to the different districts in the heart of OKC. Each district has its own flair and showcases fun and funky boutiques as well as world-class restaurants. Get more information on each of our district here.

Oklahoma City is also lucky to have some of the biggest and fastest growing retailers in the country headquartered in our city. Names like Sonic, Hobby Lobby, Orange Leaf, Braum’s, Love’s and Mathis Brothers are just a sample of those who have taken their local success nationwide.

local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKCRetail.com

Grocery Shopping

What makes OKC a prime place for retailers? It is actually pretty simple. When you combine a low unemployment rate with a low cost living, people simple have more buying power. Retailers love OKC and we, of course, love the steady stream of new shopping and dining options.

Whether you just like to keep up with the latest retail headlines or you need some handy tools to open up your own shop of restaurant, visit okcretail.com. It is a website dedicated to helping the world know about how easy it is to find retail success in OKC. Scout for locations, pull demographic reports, find out about permitting and even peruse property listings from the literally anywhere. You can also hear success stories from others who are proud to have a retail presence in OKC.

restaurants, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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What’s next?

ICSC Vegas

In OKC, we mean business – literally. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the city of Oklahoma City and a number of our other community partners are always looking for new ways to attract new businesses to our community. It is with this goal in mind that a group from OKC is heading west to Las Vegas next week for the International Council of Shopping Centers RECon conference. We’ll have an opportunity to tell more than 36,000 retailers, business owners and developers how great OKC is in a mere three days.

Why is bringing new retail to OKC important? In short, retail is what makes our city go. Sales taxes in Oklahoma City fund the city’s core services and day-to-day operations. That’s important stuff like police, fire, street maintenance, the Zoo, parks, etc. While property taxes can be used to fund voter-approved bond issues for specific capital projects, Oklahoma law actually prohibits cities from levying property taxes for services. So shop till you drop – not only will enjoy finding great deals on fabulous items, but you’ll be helping keep our city great.

retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Better know the 4-0-5: Retail

Tammy Fate is the manager of retail development and recruitment for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

 

Why is retail important?

Retail is the lifeblood to our community that ultimately funds critical services like: police, fire, public safety and enhances our quality of life. That means every dollar you spend in OKC keeps our city going. Beyond that, retail helps give areas a sense of place. Whether it is local or national retailers, places like the Plaza, Bricktown, Western Avenue, Uptown 23, Midtown, Penn Square or the Memorial corridor, creating an experience and gathering spot is a way to keep retail alive and vibrant.

What makes Oklahoma City attractive to national retailers?

National retailers are really number driven. Average household income, number of people within a given area, traffic counts and commuter patterns are crucial to identify the perfect site. Competition is another factor that weighs in on decision making. Retailers are attracted to a city with a positive population growth and a vibrant and affordable quality of life. Having a healthy downtown core resonates throughout the city and makes Oklahoma City an attractive market.

What is Oklahoma City’s strategy in recruiting retail?

Attracting new-to-market, destination retailers and working with developers to create experienced based retail options in our community. Given the size of Oklahoma City, grocery stores continue to be an important component in developing outlying areas in our city. In addition to recruiting new, we work with existing retailers to provide research, data and a variety of tools to help grow and identity opportunities in our market.

How does local retail fit in the picture?

Local retail is extremely, extremely important to us. So much of our local identity is defined by our unique/one of kind local restaurants and boutique shops. We are thrilled every time we can recruit a Trader Joe’s or Cabela’s to the metro. However, lots of cities have Trader Joe’s. Concepts like Big Truck Tacos, Kitchen No. 324, Plenty Mercantile and Black Scintilla help create the fabric in our community that people identify OKC with when they visit our market. It’s a part of our DNA. It takes a healthy mix of local and national retailers to cultivate a city and provide a variety of diverse offerings to you as the consumer.

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local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 16 - May 22, 2017

Whitewater Rafting

Tuesday, May 16
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler Disrict; Event is free.
Sacramento River Cats vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 17
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Sacramento River Cats vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 18
Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival; All day; RIVERSPORT Rapids; 552-4040; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Sacramento River Cats vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 19
Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival; All day; RIVERSPORT Rapids; 552-4040; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
21c Museum Hotel Film Series; 8 p.m.; 21c Museum Hotel; 982-6900; Event is free.

Saturday, May 20
Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival; All day; RIVERSPORT Rapids; 552-4040; Event is free.
2017 Star Spangled Salute; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tinker Air Force Base; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Eats on 8th; noon to 8 p.m.; 8th and Harvey; 234-7960; Event is free.
Disney’s The Lion King; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Orange County Soccer Club vs. OKC Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 21
Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival; All day; RIVERSPORT Rapids; 552-4040; Event is free.
2017 Star Spangled Salute; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tinker Air Force Base; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 1 & 6:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 22
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Sacramento River Cats vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Oklahoma City Parks

Myriad Gardens Park

It’s no secret that the City of Oklahoma City has an array of parks, trails, splash pads and programs that will help you enjoy the great outdoors, and during the summer months, the opportunities to enjoy them are more plentiful than ever. To keep you in the know, the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation department has created a handy guide to enjoying its amenities during the 2017 summer season.

From enjoying a pool day to taking a nature walk, the guide has something for every interest and every age. View the 2017 Summer Program Guide here, and let us know your favorite way to enjoy your neighborhood parks in the comments.

Speaking of parks, progress is starting to pick up on the new 70-acre Downtown Park. Keep up-to-date with the park’s progress here.

family-friendly, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Great lakes

Lake Hefner Lighthouse

Oklahoma City is one of the premier places for water sports in the country. There are more than 30 lakes within an hour’s drive of OKC. In fact, Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any state in the Union and more shoreline than the east and Gulf coasts combined. With so many lakes in Oklahoma it would take weeks to cover all you can do, so let’s just focus on what to do within OKC’s city limits.

  • Lake Hefner: features 2,500 surface acres, heated fishing docks, boat ramps, 9.1 miles of biking and jogging trails and is famous for sailboats and windsurfers. Hefner is also home to the Oklahoma City Boat Club.
  • Lake Draper: features 2,900 surface acres, four covered fishing piers, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, jet skiing, boating and sailing are all permitted. Skiing is allowed in open waters.
  • Lake Overholser: features 1,500 surface acres, covered fishing pier, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, sailing, boating and jet skiing are permitted. Lake Overholser is also attached to the wondrous Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.
  • Arcadia Lake: features 1,820 surface acres, picnicking, camping, swimming, water skiing, boating, hiking, disc golf and an equestrian trail. A heated, covered dock is provided for year-round fishing.
camping, cycling, equine, fishing, Lake Hefner, outdoor recreation, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Trails for days

Family Biking

Whether you run, bike or hike, Oklahoma City has many options throughout the metro that residents can choose from when looking for a nice exercise trail. The trail system of OKC currently has 10 intertwined trails stretching across the majority of the city. These trails include the Bert Cooper Trails, Earlywine Trail, Hefner-Overholser Trail, Katy Trail, Lightning Creek Trail, Oklahoma River Trails, Overholser Trail, South Grand Trail, Tinker-Draper Trail and the West River Trail. Recreational activities abound within each of these trails, so the options are endless. The Bert Cooper Trails are located along Lake Hefner with easy access to the restaurants along the East Wharf, fishing docks, Stars & Stripes Park and the Lake Hefner Golf Course. The Overholser Trail is another trail with fun amenities including kayak and canoe rentals, a café, and even zip lines. No matter your interests, Oklahoma City’s expanding trail system will give you a way to enjoy the great outdoors.

cycling, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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What to see in May

Baseball in OKC

May is a busy month for fun stuff to do in Oklahoma City with great sporting events, the Lion King, the Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival and so much more. Check out this month’s What to See in OKC video from our friends at the Convention and Visitors bureau for more.

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Things to Do & See: May 9 - May 15, 2017

Live! on the Plaza

Tuesday, May 9
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler Disrict; Event is free.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 10
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.

Thursday, May 11
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 12
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Big 12 Conference Softball Championship; All Day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Tapwerks Craft Beer Festival; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Travis Scott; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 13
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Big 12 Conference Softball Championship; All Day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
3rd Annual OKC Garden Fest; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Pavilion Lawn; Event is free.
Tapwerks Craft Beer Festival; 1 & 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; (800) 745-3000; Tickets prices vary.

Sunday, May 14
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Disney’s The Lion King; 1 & 6:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Chevelle; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 1-866-977-6949; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 15
Sacramento River Cats vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Delmar Gardens

Uptown 23 Street Farmers Market

Located in the heart of the Farmers Market, Delmar Gardens Food Truck Park offers a cozy place for friends and family to congregate, enjoy the best food trucks in Oklahoma City and even play some yard games (we call next on corn hole).

The Farmers Market District is steeped in history and is quickly becoming a great destination for shopping, eating, concerts and even some brewing. Delmar Gardens is an outstanding spot to wind down after a day of fun in the district. The best part … they even allow your furry friends, assuming it is a dog (we didn’t ask them about their ferret policy).

P.S. If you are a long-time OKC resident the name Delmar Gardens might seem familiar to you. It is a callback to the metro’s first amusement park.

family-friendly, Farmers Market District, Uptown 23, volunteer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Root for the home team

Big XII Baseball

The Big 12 Baseball Championships are right around the corner and once again the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is the host. This year’s tournament will be held May 24 – 28 and tickets are on sale now.

This will mark the 18th time our city has hosted the tournament since the Big 12 was formed in 1997. In fact, going back to the old Big 8 days, OKC has hosted 39 of the last 42 conference championships.

Basically that was long way of saying our community has done an outstanding job of supporting the tournament and we know that tradition will continue. Whether you root for the guys in Orange, Crimson, another Big 12 school or have no allegiance, this is an Oklahoma City tradition that shouldn’t be missed.

baseball, Bricktown, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Braggadocios

Riversport Rapids

We all know Oklahoma City is a great place to live, work and play. I mean did you know OKC was recently named the “Most Romantic City in the U.S.” by Open Table? However, when we talk about the metro being amazing (and apparently extremely romantic) it can come off as bragging. That is why we love when other people say it for us! That is right we track all the good things people say about us.

You can check the Better Life website for an always-fresh list of accolades. Share with your friends and family what people are saying around the country about Oklahoma City’s quality of live, job market, housing and even romance.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 2 - May 8, 2017

Paseo Arts Festival

Tuesday, May 2
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler Disrict; Event is free.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 3
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 4
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
HIR; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Silversun Pickups; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 1-866-977-6949; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 5
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Hinder; 6:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 1-866-977-6949; Ticket prices vary.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
HIR; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 6
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.

Sunday, May 7
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.

Monday, May 8
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Run to Remember

OKC Memorial Marathon

Each year since 2001, thousands of runners have gathered in downtown Oklahoma City to take part in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. The “Run to Remember” which begins and ends near the OKC National Memorial has grown since its’ inception, now drawing more than 25,000 runners from across the U.S. as well as Japan, China, Germany and the UK. The event has even been labeled "12 Must Run Marathons" by Runner's World magazine.

From the 168 seconds of silence before the race begins to the green banners carefully hung throughout the course which pays tribute to the victims, the race is certainly not one to miss. It is a reminder of the hope, perseverance and pride in our community that grows stronger each day.

Get involved with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 30, whether you want to support a runner, volunteer or run races of several different lengths – a full or half marathon, a relay, a 5k and even a kids marathon completed with a 1.2-mile kids’ fun run as part of the day’s festivities. The full marathon is a Boston-qualifying, USA Track and Field (USATF)-sanctioned event.

Register to run or sign up to donate or form a team to raise money for the Memorial’s mission. A separate web page is for those who want to volunteer.

If you would like to cheer on the runners, some of our favorite places include:

  • Starting line 
  • Bricktown 
  • State Capitol Complex 
  • Edgemere Park 
  • Crown Heights
  • Nichols Hills 
  • Classen Boulevard 
  • Finish line

A new addition to the race is the Standard Stretch. At 23rd and Classen, runners will through the 9:03 gate. For watchers there will be food trucks, sign-making stations, games and more.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is the sole beneficiary of Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon event proceeds. This is the Memorial’s largest fundraiser. To learn more about the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, click here.

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Coming together

OKC National Memorial

More than two decades ago our community was forever changed and an unbreakable bond was forged among all Oklahomans. On that April day, 168 Oklahomans died when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed, in what was then the worst terrorist act on American soil.  Hundreds more were wounded and more than 12,000 volunteers and rescue workers participated in rescue efforts, recovery and support.

Out of that act, the grief and the many acts of kindness from around the world that followed the bombing came the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is a beautiful and serene park that rests between two gates etched with the minute before – 9:01 a.m. – and the minute after the attack – 9:03 a.m. In between the golden-hued gates are representations of what happened at 9:02, the minute the bomb went off – 168 chairs with each victims’ name, a reflecting pool and the Survivor Tree, an American elm that miraculously survived the blast and is still growing strong.

While you’re visiting, don’t miss the chance to tour the Memorial Museum. If you haven’t ever experienced the museum, or it’s been a while since you have, we can promise it’s something you won’t soon forget. Renovated with new interactive exhibits just last year, including  ‘Investigation and Justice, survivor experiences and “Gallery of Honor” provide visitors a true sense of the magnitude of that fateful day and the search for justice that followed. 

There’s even an app containing video and audio tours for the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial and Memorial Museum. Search OKCNM in the Apple App Store and in Google Play. Tickets for the museum are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, military personnel and students ages 6-17; and free for children ages 5 and younger.

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A Better Living: Health

A Better Life OKC

We know health is one of the most crucial aspects of relocating to a new city. Whether it is healthy living through outdoor activities or outstanding medical care, having options when it comes to the lifestyle you want is extremely important when picking a new hometown.

During the past decade, Oklahoma City has made huge investments in walking/biking trails, sidewalks, watersports and just about any matter of outdoor activity you can think of. The metro is also home to some of the most prestigious medical care facilities in our part of the country. For more on health in Oklahoma City visit www.abetterlifeokc.com/health.

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Things to Do & See: April 25 - May 1, 2017

Festival of the Arts

Tuesday, April 25
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler Disrict; Event is free.

Wednesday, April 26
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

Thursday, April 27
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
HIR; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lil’ Wayne; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 28
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
The Health and Fitness Expo; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center.
Straight Outta Oz; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
HIR; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 29
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
The Health and Fitness Expo; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Cox Convention Center.
HIR; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Explosions in the Sky; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 30
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Memorial Marathon; All day; Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum; Event is free.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Alton Brown Live; 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 1
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Celebrate the arts

Festival of the Arts

Henry David Thoreau once said, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” For the past 50 years, the Festival of the Arts has brought imagination to our own backyard as one of the largest and most successful arts festivals in the country. With hundreds of world-renowned artists from across the country, the Festival of the Arts is a must see event bringing imagination to life.

Here are just a few things you should know about the Festival of the Arts:

  • You have six days to enjoy the fun as the festival is April 25-30 at Bicentennial Park, situated between the Civic Center Music Hall and City Hall. Admission is free and hands-on activities in the Children’s Art Field is just $2.
  • More than 450 artists applied and submitted work for the Festival jury process. The 144 chosen artists are some of the nation’s finest, featuring a wide array of art from oils, water, drawing and printmaking to photography, ceramics, glass, sculpture and more.
  • At the Festival of the Arts, art isn’t just what you look at, it’s what you eat too. From appetizers to desserts, the Festival brings 31 vendors to the International Food Row and throughout the grounds. Each food vendor is partnered with a local arts organization, so each bite you take supports the arts in central Oklahoma.
  • Art is also a performance. Nearly 300 entertainers will be donating their performances on three stages throughout the Festival to the 750,000 Festival attendees.

Whether you’re imagining buying a painting that you love, jamming out at a free concert or eating a piece of art you enjoy, the Festival of the Arts will bring your imagination, and your taste buds, to life.

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Festival of the Arts History

Festival of the Arts

The Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City is one of the largest, most successful and best organized festivals in the country. However, it didn’t always used to be that way, and like every Van Gogh, the story of how the Festival of the Arts came to be is a true masterpiece.

It all began in the mid-1960s with the establishment of the National Endowment for the Arts, an endowment designed to provide funding for the arts across the country. Soon after, a group of representatives from art organizations in Oklahoma City jumped on the opportunity and established The Arts Council in 1967, with Marion DeVore serving as the first president.

The idea for the Festival of the Arts was ignited through a suggestion from Symphony General Manager Frank Ratka, who wanted to begin an arts festival to attract publicity and interest in the Arts Council. The date of the Festival was set in March, only three weeks away from the day of the meeting that approved it. Every board member participated in making the event a success, from asking local artists to participate to gathering fund lenders and even making sandwiches.

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Your newest guide to OK (See) attractions

Whether you’re just visiting Oklahoma City or you’re a long-time resident, the Visitor’s Guide is a great resource to learn the ins and outs of OKC. Published and updated twice each year, the Visitor’s guide can give you ideas for dining, shopping and recreation with a map to help get you where you need to go. The Oklahoma City Visitors Guide is available in magazine version by request or as a digital version online.










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HefnerFest

Lake Hefner Lighthouse

Beautiful sunsets, a 10-mile trail and iconic lighthouse in the middle of the state make Lake Hefner a must see travel destination for visitors and residents alike. Instead of simply driving by this iconic lake again on Lake Hefner Parkway, why not stop by for a fun-filled day?

Hefner Fest is a free event for people of all ages taking place April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience all that Lake Hefner has to offer with free sailing experiences, stand up paddle board rentals, kayak rentals, tailgate games and so much more. Hefner Fest will also feature live music, food trucks and a beer garden.

Most people see Lake Hefner as a great place to take a stroll or ride your bike but Lake Hefner also offers all kinds of water sports fun. In fact, plans were just released to enhance the historic Lake Hefner Boathouse to help increase the amount of activity on the lake.

After the event, take a stroll along the 10 mile trail that surrounds the lake or stop by one of the many restaurants along Lake Hefner’s waterfront to enjoy a beautiful sunset that only Lake Hefner can provide. Lake Hefner is more than just that pretty lake next to the highway, so be sure to stop by and experience all that it has to offer. 

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Things to Do & See: April 18 - April 24, 2017

OKC Thunder Fans

Tuesday, April 18
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 19
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Rio Grande Valley vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 8:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 20
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Chris Tomlin; 7:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 21
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Billy Currington; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 22
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Sesame Street Live; 2 & 5:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 23
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 2:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 24
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Plaza District

Dramatic changes in the past 15 years brought new life to the Plaza District. The district was first developed in the 1920s at the end of the city’s trolley line. For the next 40 years the area served as a bustling commercial district for the growing neighborhoods that surrounded it. The district started to a decline through the 70s, 80s and 90s but new development there since has turned it into a thriving hub of creativity.

The Plaza District, located on NW 16 between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, is one of the city’s most walkable corridors and contains art galleries, a tattoo shop, restaurants, collaborative work spaces and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, which includes the Thelma Gaylord Academy and a performance space in the 1935-era Plaza Theatre, which has been newly rebuilt and is home to professional performance productions and other events. Lyric Theatre was one of the first entities to invest in the district, playing a crucial role in the Plaza’s rebirth.

The District is home to monthly events such as Live! On the Plaza and the Plaza District Festival in September. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe. Almost any night of the week you can find something interesting going on in the Plaza so keep up an eye on their events page.

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Midtown

Midtown

To see OKC’s renaissance in action, you don’t have to look any farther than the Midtown District, centered around Walker Avenue and 10th Street, near St. Anthony Hospital, the city’s first hospital. Midtown connects the energy of downtown with beautiful, historic neighborhoods to its north.

The bustling area continues to develop for people who want to live, work and play in the heart of Oklahoma City, and features housing, retail, night life, hotels and history, with many of its original buildings being brought back to life. The heart of the district is Plaza Court, an 84-year old building that features some of OKC’s favorite restaurants and bars.

Public and private investments have created a thriving district of diversity within its 387 acres. Midtown included the city’s first grocery store and kindergarten, surviving territorial Victorian homes and a strong restaurant and night-life scene. Midtown continues to be an urban center in its current-day renaissance as it is one of the hubs of downtown living with a plethora of urban housing recently opened, under construction or announced.

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Asian District

Asian District

One thing newcomers to our great city are sometimes surprised of is the vibrant Asian community that permeates our city. The epicenter of the community and culture is the Asian District, located around NW 23rd and Classen.

Oklahoma City experienced an influx of Vietnamese immigrants in the 1970s who were looking to escape religious and political persecution. Those new citizens helped establish OKC as one of the most underrated centers of Asian cuisine in America. We aren’t kidding when we say our city has some of the best and most authentic Vietnamese food this side of the Pacific. Of course we’ve been known to succumb to hyperbole at times so don’t take our word for it. Check out this article on Vietnamese food in Oklahoma City from the New York Times.

The Asian District is not just limited to Vietnamese food though. You can also find Tokyo-style sushi, Taiwanese bubble tea, Hong Kong-style dim sum and so much more.

The bustling district is also home to shops, nightclubs and Super Cao Nguyen, one of the largest Asian grocery stores in this part of the United States.

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