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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

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.

museums, OKC National Memorial, running, volunteer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

museums, OKC National Memorial, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

community, cycling, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

arts and culture, downtown, family-friendly, festivals, food, free, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

arts and culture, festivals, history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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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attractions, restaurants, shopping, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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. 

beer, cycling, food, Lake Hefner, live music, restaurants, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

arts and culture, festivals, nightlife, Plaza District, restaurants, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

housing, Midtown, nightlife, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Bricktown

Bricktown

Adjacent to downtown Oklahoma City is one of the most well-known entertainment districts in the Southwest – Bricktown. With its large concentration of high-energy night clubs, casual lounges and list of restaurants covering a multitude of culinary cultures, Bricktown has something for every taste. And, when you factor in its picturesque setting, which embraces a mile-long canal lined with eateries, clubs, a movie theater, a bowling lounge, the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and beautifully landscaped gardens and public art, you'll discover something the whole family can enjoy! Vibrant melodies can be heard coming from the American Banjo Museum and the Academy of Contemporary Music. Take a Bricktown Water Taxi cruise along the canal and discover the history of this energetic district. And while the weather is warm, be sure to hail a pedicab or one of several horse-drawn carriages that can be seen ferrying customers all over Bricktown. It's the perfect place for you to choose your own adventure.

arts and culture, baseball, Bricktown, family-friendly, museums, music, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 11 - April 17, 2017

OKC Street Festival

Tuesday, April 11
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
Sacramento Republic FC vs. OKC Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-5425; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 12
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 13
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

Friday, April 14
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
Stoney Larue; 8:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 1-866-9PROTIX; Tickets are $22.50.

Saturday, April 15
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Eats on 8th; noon to 8 p.m.; 8th & Harvey; 234-7960; Event is free.
Classics 8- A Philharmonic Gala with Maestro Joel Levine; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 16
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Neil Diamond; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Easter Egg Hunt; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Children’s Garden, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Monday, April 17
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

If you build it they will come

What would you do if you had a dry riverbed that needed to be mowed periodically? If your answer is not “transform it into a world-class venue for rowing, canoeing and kayaking,” then you aren’t thinking like the leaders of Oklahoma River’s recent renaissance.

The seven-mile stretch of the North Canadian River, known today as the Oklahoma River, was part of the original MAPS projects and was completed in 2004, a mere 13 years ago. Prior to MAPS, the area had been a dry riverbed whose water was redirected to avoid flooding downtown Oklahoma City. Thanks to residents’ approval of a one-cent sales tax in 1993 and again in 2009, the Oklahoma River is now a premiere center for riversports that attracts visitors from around the world. 

If you take a stroll through this area, prepare to see world-class boathouses with stunning architecture from Oklahoma City companies and universities. The recent addition of RIVERSPORT Rapids and the developing 70-acre downtown park which will stretch from the heart of downtown OKC to the Oklahoma River will only add to the excitement of this unique area. If you haven’t, pack up the family and make the short trek to explore this growing area. We can promise you will be glad you did.

family-friendly, MAPS, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Fun even without a paddle

Riversport Zipline

In addition to hosting the Regatta annually, the Oklahoma City Boathouse District serves as a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site year-round. But it also a place for a ton of family fun and adventure.

The newest addition to the river is RIVERSPORT Rapids, a MAPS 3-funded whitewater center that offers rafting, kayaking and tubing. The center opened in May and hosted the 2016 Olympic trials for canoe/kayak slalom.

You can also take your adventurous spirit to new heights with the Rumble Drop or SandRidge Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world! Both the 700-feet zip line across the Oklahoma River and the 72-foot sky slide from atop the sky trail will make you feel like a kid again. For tamer entertainment, rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board for the day or test your skills on the climbing walls. There is even a youth zone for the kiddos. And certainly anyone who appreciates the great outdoors will love the 13 miles of scenic trails that meander along the Oklahoma River. All river adventures activities are currently open during the weekends. They will open for week-long fun in late May.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, MAPS, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Making waves

Riversport Whitewater

Oklahoma City is a town full of people who dream big but whitewater rafting in downtown? A decade ago even the most bright-eyed optimist would have told you to tap the breaks. But in 2017 your own thrill ride on the waves is possible in the shadow of the skyline.

The RIVERSPORTS Rapids is one of only six man-made whitewater courses in the country and will is powered by a total of six pumps that weigh more than 12,000 pounds each (think full-grown elephant or two great white sharks) and circulate 82,000 gallons per minute (fast enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in a mere 80 seconds). About 2,000 people will be able to raft in a single day making RIVERSPORTS Rapids one of the largest rafting facilities not only in the United States, but in the entire in the world. But don’t fret, the facility is family-friendly too, offering rafting and kayaking for all levels of users from novice to Olympic Champion.

In addition to adding fun and excitement to our community, RIVERSPORT Rapids also helps increase community safety. The center is available for firefighter swift water rescue training, offering a controlled setting where rescuers can learn the most advanced techniques for rescuing people from fast-running water. The rapids are open on weekends until May 15 when they will be open seven days a week.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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SchmoozaPalooza

SchmoozaPalooza

Are the hairs on your arms starting to stand up in excitement? That can only mean one thing! Oklahoma City’s most fun networking event, SchmoozaPalooza, is back!

Doors will open at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 and the rocking good times will go onto until 7 p.m., at the Oklahoma Expo Hall at State Fair Park. A $10 admission, which includes a drink ticket, will give you a preview of the latest products and services (which means free stuff!) from Chamber member exhibitors while enjoying live music, networking activities, food tastings from more than 20 restaurants and caterers and door prizes (scroll down at the link to see our wonderful exhibitors).

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 4 - April 10, 2017

Paseo Arts Festival

Tuesday, April 4
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
Milwaukee Bukcs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 5
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

Thursday, April 6
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
OVO from Cirque du Soleil; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 7
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
OVO from Cirque du Soleil; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Pops 6- Under the Streetlamp; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Cody Jinks and White Morgan; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (866) 977-6849; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 8
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
OVO from Cirque du Soleil; 4 & 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Rio Grande Valley Toros FC vs. OKC Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-5425; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Pops 6- Under the Streetlamp; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 9
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
OVO from Cirque du Soleil; 1 & 5 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
An Evening with Bill Maher; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 10
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Theresa Caputo Live!; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Energy FC kickoff

Energy FC Fans

Labor Omnia Vincit, or Labor Conquers All, is the motto central to the identity of the OKC Energy FC. The motto is a reflection of the hard working spirit of Oklahomans, and their flag contains elements of our own.

The OKC Energy, who had their inaugural season in 2014, play in the United Soccer League. The league features 29 teams in the United States and Canada. During their short history, the OKC Energy FC has already had a tremendous impact on the Oklahoma City sports scene and local community through camps, youth club partnerships and more.

OKC Energy soccer is a great way to spend time with family and friends as you cheer on a team that made it to the Western Conference Semifinals in 2016. Cheer on the OKC Energy FC in their home opener Saturday, April 8 at Taft Stadium against the Rio Grande Valley Toros FC. Be sure to check out their full schedule on their website.

family-friendly, live sporting events, OKC Energy, soccer
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MAPS 3 update

MAPS 3 Health and Wellness Center ribbon cutting

Milestone is the word of the week as three MAPS 3 projects have recently hit major landmarks in development.

First, the MAPS 3 Streetcar groundbreaking recently took place, and construction is underway with service projected to begin by the end of 2018. The streetcar will connect residents and visitors to downtown Oklahoma City districts and attractions, including Bricktown, the Myriad Gardens, Chesapeake Energy, Midtown and Automobile Alley. The main line and Bricktown loop will encompass 6.9 miles of track.

Second, the first of four MAPS 3 Senior Health and Wellness Centers recently opened, providing services that promote healthy and active lifestyles to Oklahoma City seniors. Construction on the second wellness center is underway and is set to open later this year with the third and fourth wellness centers set to open in 2019 and 2021 respectively.

Third, the preliminary design for the MAPS 3 Downtown Convention Center was recently approved, moving the project one step closer to its scheduled groundbreaking later this year. The convention center will be adjacent to the future MAPS 3 Park and south of Chesapeake Energy Arena with 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, 45,000 square feet of meeting rooms and a 30,000-square-foot ballroom.

Oh, and did we forget to mention the MAPS 3 Park will soon have its name? More than 3,500 name ideas have been submitted for the park, with a few already standing out from the crowd. The deadline to submit a name is April 7, so act now.

downtown, MAPS, public transportation, streetcar
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MAPS

Chesapeake Energy Arena

MAPS stands for Metropolitan Area Projects and actually began 24 years ago in December of 1993 with MAPS I, thought to be the first large scale, public-facility enhancement project of its kind in the nation. The original MAPS project was funded by a temporary one-cent sales tax that lasted for 66 months, raising $309 million for MAPS I projects.

The original MAPS projects included iconic OKC facilities such as the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Bricktown Canal, Cox Convention Center, Chesapeake Energy Arena and the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library.

These landmark, iconic OKC facilities are so part of our daily lives today, that sometimes it is good to take a trip down memory lane and remember how it all began.

baseball, Bricktown, library, MAPS, Oklahoma City history
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MAPS for kids

MAPS for Kids Elementary School

In November of 2001, the Maps for Kids program was established when Oklahoma City voters approved a new tax to fund public schools. The seven year temporary sales tax, combined with a $180 million bond issue, raised $700 million to fund transportation, technology and construction projects for the benefit of Oklahoma City’s public school students.

With many of the larger construction projects complete, work continues at some schools throughout Oklahoma City. When the program comes to a close, over 70 new and renovated schools totaling $470 million in construction will be completed.

MAPS for Kids also provided funding for 23 suburban school districts that serve Oklahoma City resident students. When the program ends, nearly $153 million in city sales tax will have been expended for over 400 projects in these 23 suburban school districts.

Like other MAPS projects, MAPS for Kids has played a fundamental part in improving the daily lives of Oklahoma City residents. By investing in Oklahoma City student’s schools and programs, MAPS for Kids has also invested in the future of Oklahoma City.

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Things to Do & See: March 28 - April 3, 2017

Lyric Theater

Tuesday, March 28
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Wednesday, March 29
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

Thursday, March 30
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach; 11 a.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Sioux Falls Skyforce vs. Oklahoma City Blue; Cox Convention Center; 208-HOOP; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 31
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach; 11 a.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
John Lithgow- Stories by Heart; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Community College; 682-7579; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 1
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach; 10 a.m. & Noon; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
MetroFamily’s Kids Fest; 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Kids under 18 are free.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. OKC Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-5425; Ticket prices vary.
Texas Legends vs. Oklahoma City Blue; Cox Convention Center; 208-HOOP; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 2
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach; 1 & 3 p.m. & Noon; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 3
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Dodgers are a Home Run

OKC Dodgers Baseball

As the grass begins to green and air starts to warm, that means one thing for a lot of people …baseball. The start of the 2017 is right around the corner for the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

The Dodgers, the AAA affiliate for the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers, are stacked with talent and have been one of the most successful teams in minor league baseball the past two seasons. They are back-to-back divisional champions and last season they won the conference title.

AAA baseball is a great way to enjoy spring in Oklahoma with family or friends while seeing some of the future stars of baseball. Recent All-Stars including Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis, R.A. Dickey, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Carl Crawford are just a few to have spent time in OKC. Even Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg spent a couple of seasons in the metro.

The first home game of the 2017 season will be April 6 against the Iowa Cubs. So check the schedule, buy your tickets and we will see you at the fabulous Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. We’ll be the ones enjoying the world famous Dodger Dogs.

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America’s Pastime

Historical OKC Baseball Stadium

Did you know pro baseball has been played in Oklahoma City since at least 1903, and maybe even earlier? That’s right, just a few years after settlers ran for land to call home, players ran for home plate at Colcord Park, a baseball field near the current Farmer’s Market area in what was called Delmar Gardens. The Oklahoma City Metropolitans made the park their home until 1908, when the Oklahoma City Indians, managed by the too-apropos-for-an-old-school-baseball-guy-to-be-made-up-sounding Doc Andrews, joined the class C Texas League the following year and took up residence at the park.

After years of bouncing around lesser leagues, in 1962 Oklahoma City joined the ranks of AAA with the advent of the 89ers, who played in All Sports Stadium at the Fairgrounds and were the farm club of the awesomely-named Houston Colt .45’s. 1990 saw the advent of the much-heralded Robo Niner era. The ‘Niners and their mascot stayed there until the opening of the Bricktown Ballpark in 1998, when the team was renamed the RedHawks. (Local legend has it Robo-Niner escaped destruction by hiding in the basement of the Space Tower, but his plan was foiled when it flooded in 2010 and he finally succumbed to metastasizing rust.) The RedHawks, after becoming the Astros top farm team in 2011, switched affiliations to the LA Dodgers over the winter, and Boom! It’s Dodger time in OKC. If you’d like to delve further, a good read on the history of baseball in Oklahoma City would be the book Baseball in Oklahoma City by Bob Burke.

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Moving Made Easy: Transportation

OKC Downtown Skyline and highway interchange

One thing that might surprise newcomers to the 4-0-5 is just how big Oklahoma City is. The city covers 620 square miles, making it one of the top three largest cities in America by land size. In a city that size transportation is crucial.

The good news is that Oklahoma City sits at the crossroads of three major interstates. If your preferred mode of transportation is automobile…well you won’t spend much time there. Out of the biggest 52 metros in the U.S., OKC had the third-lowest commute time.

As the population of the metro continues to grow, public transportation is also key. EMBARK is Oklahoma City’s bus system and has recently won a trio of prestigious awards. We also have a popular bike sharing program called Spokies.

One of the most anticipated transportation projects (heck developments of any kind) is the upcoming MAPS 3 Modern Streetcar. The final route for the streetcar was recently approved, the streetcars are on order, and construction on the line is underway (please pardon our progress).

If you are looking to travel outside of the metro, come home soon, but check out Will Rogers World Airport and the Heartland Flyer. The airport boasts seven airlines with 22 nonstop flights and the train makes daily trips to Ft. Worth (with connections further south) with several stops along the way. 

For more information on transportation in OKC our website is a great start.

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Things to Do & See: March 21 - March 27, 2017

NCAA Women\\\'s Basketball

Tuesday, March 21
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Wednesday, March 22
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 23
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

Friday, March 24
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
The OKC Home & Outdoor Living Show; 12 to 9 p.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6704; Admission prices vary.
2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional; 6 & 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 25
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
The OKC Home & Outdoor Living Show; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6704; Admission prices vary.
The OKCINE Latino Film Festival; 4:30 to 11 p.m.; CHK/UCO Boathouse; 632-0132; Tickets are $30.
Swope Park Rangers vs. OKC Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-5425; Ticket prices vary.
Classics 7- Vladimir Kulenovic; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 26
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
The OKC Home & Outdoor Living Show; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6704; Admission prices vary.
2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Discovery 3- Machines, Motors, and Music; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 27
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick\'s Day Celebration

Remember in elementary school when St. Patrick’s Day was that holiday where you would pinch people if they didn’t wear green? Well, it’s a lot more than that in OKC (although, the pinching is still very important, too).

Join in on the St. Patrick’s Day fun by heading to the Myriad Gardens on March 17 to learn about Irish heritage with music and fun crafts for kids. Or, head to Bricktown for the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party, where you can enjoy live music, great food and even a few surprises.

Feel like going to Midtown instead? Then head to McNellie’s for their annual St. Patrick’s Day Party for food, drinks and music. If you want to make a difference this St. Patrick’s Day, consider participating in the 7th Annual Run Lucky 5k on March 12. All proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Bricktown, holiday, live music, Midtown, Myriad Botanical Gardens, running
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NCAA Tournament

NCAA Basketball

While the Thunder have helped put OKC on the international basketball map, the metro has been a hotbed of college basketball for decades. For the fifth time since 2008, Oklahoma City will be hosting an NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional from March 24-26. Four teams will compete, and one will advance in their quest to win a national title. Take part in the March Madness so you can witness who emerges victorious.

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