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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy Birthday to You…

Guess who turns the big 2-3-9 this week? These United States of America, of course. Since firefighters across the country might frown on putting 239 candles on the cake, why don’t you let someone else do all the work and hit one of the many celebratory events all over the metro instead? On this week’s blog we will take a look at some of the best firework displays, festivals and parades you will find in OKC.

So grill a hotdog, grab an ice-cold beverage (something made in ’Merica) and enjoy the Fourth. No matter what corner of the OKC metro you live in we promise you there is a celebration nearby. Also, don't forget that personal fireworks are illegal in OKC proper, including sparklers, snakes and bottle rockets. (Don't say we didn't warn you.) Here are a few public fireworks displays for you to enjoy:

Know of any other communities nearby having Fourth of July bashes we missed? Let us know in the comments.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Red, White and Boom

If you want to get a head start on the Fourth of July check out the annual Red, White & Boom performance at State Fair Park on Friday, July 3. The family-friendly, and most importantly free, event features the Oklahoma City Philharmonic playing your favorite songs about America through the night. Hear classics like “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless the USA,” “The Washington Post March” and “Who Let the Dogs Out” conducted by Maestro Joel Levine (we are kidding about that last song, by the way).

The concert starts at 8 with fireworks around 10. Those times are p.m., because a firework show at 10 a.m. might be slightly less impressive and kind of weird. Concessions will be available but be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

What could be more American than spending the Fourth watching baseball and eating a Dodger Dog? The answer is simply nothing (unless you go to the game in an Uncle Sam outfit). After the Oklahoma City Dodgers play, and hopefully beat, the Storm Chasers of Omaha you will be treated to a spectacular fireworks show, an annual tradition in OKC.

Not much of a baseball fan even in celebration of America? No problem. The great thing about fireworks is that you can see them from almost anywhere. Grab a bite to eat at your favorite Bricktown establishment, take a cruise down the Bricktown Canal or even check out Live on the Green in Lower Bricktown for some free, live music while enjoying the dazzling display of pyrotechnics. 

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Remember Those Who Have Served

Fourth of July can be about fun, friends and family but it is also a great time to remember all those who have served to help keep our country free over the years. It does not take living in Oklahoma City very long to see the deep roots and pride the community takes in the military. We’ve written extensively about OKC’s military ties in the past so take some time this Fourth of July week to check out some of our past blogs:

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Things to Do & See: June 30 - July 6, 2015

Tuesday, June 30
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.

Wednesday, July 1
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Walk-Ups: Reading Wednesdays; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggest donation of $2.
Okie Tales; 10:30 a.m.; Oklahoma History Center; 522-0765; $2 for children and includes museum admission.

Thursday, July 2
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.
Turnpike Troubadours/Jason Boland & the Stragglers; Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Garden, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.
Full Moon Bike Ride and Run; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Friday, July 3
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District, 3022 Paseo; 525-2688; Free.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Garden, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.
Red, White and Boom; 8:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; 842-5387; Concert is free.

Saturday, July 4
Stars and Stripes Forever 5K; 7 a.m.; Stars and Stripes Park; 613-5191; Registration is $25.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Farmers Public Market; 232-6506; Event is free.
Omaha StormChasers  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 5
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Omaha StormChasers  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, July 6
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Walk-Ups: Make-It Mondays; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggested donation of $2 per child.
Omaha StormChasers  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, June 23, 2015

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Housing in Deep Deuce

With entertainment, arts, sporting events and nightlife all in your backyard, it is no surprise that downtown Oklahoma City living is booming. With housing options as diverse as the individuals that live in them, downtown Oklahoma City dwelling will give you the urban adventure that you’ve always wanted.

In downtown Oklahoma City, there are a total of 2,880 housing units, with nearly 2,000 more under construction or announced. Most of the construction is rental, but there are a few ownership units under construction as well.  (Rental prices will range anywhere from $784-$3,000, while for-sale options start at around $180,000 for a one-bedroom condo.) For those with children, living in downtown Oklahoma City allows you to have first dibs on entrance to John Rex Charter Elementary School, a tuition-free elementary school that currently offers pre-K through third grade instruction.  By the fall of 2018, the school will offer pre-K through sixth grade.

Below is a breakdown of downtown’s hottest spots for housing.

Central Business District/Bricktown/Deep Deuce
Oklahoma City’s renaissance is on display in the core of downtown, making it a perfect place to call home. Attractive to the young, the old and families in between, downtown offers plenty of choices and value for those looking for a true urban experience without much of the traditional hassle. Whether you choose to live in the heart of Oklahoma City in the central business district or you embrace the history and culture of the Deep Deuce neighborhood, new condos and apartments abound, as do newly-renovated rental units and fresh loft spaces. Whether you're looking to rent or to buy, downtown offers something for everyone in a hip, sophisticated upscale urban setting.

Midtown
One of the newest areas on the scene, Midtown is truly making a splash as a revitalization effort has taken hold and created multiple success stories. Full of fantastic housing options – from revitalized historic buildings to new developments – plus local restaurants and bars, Midtown is a great place to discover what’s new and hip on the OKC scene.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Living in the Past

Heritage Hills House

You already know that Oklahoma City has plenty of character, and that is especially evident in the historic neighborhoods throughout the city. Tree-lined streets, peaceful front-porches and beautiful architecture all abound within close proximity to downtown and to several of Oklahoma City’s most popular districts.

Crown Heights
Crown Heights is an attractive Historic Preservation District consisting of homes dating from the 30s. Its mix of Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, Mission-Spanish, Monterey, French Eclectic, Minimal Traditional and Art Deco styles combine with characteristic landscaping and a trendy location (bordering Western Avenue shopping and dining, near Asian District , midtown, downtown) to create one of Oklahoma City's premier historic neighborhoods.

Mesta Park/Heritage Hills
Home to many of Oklahoma City's founding elite, the neighborhoods just north of downtown, Mesta Park and Heritage Hills, are among the first Historic Preservation Districts in the state. With development starting just after the turn of the century, these neighborhoods feature a wealth of local history and intrigue, with the Overholser Mansion (Heritage Hills), one of the finest house museums in the world, and home of the legendary Perle Mesta (Mesta Park) joining the former Georgian "Oil Mansions," Prairie School / Foursquare, and Craftsman-style homes typical of the area.

Jefferson Park
The bungalow neighborhood of Jefferson Park is located two miles north of downtown and a mile west of the State Capitol. Neighbored by some of Oklahoma City’s other historic neighborhoods, Jefferson Park is filled with smaller bungalows that are big on historic charm.

Historic Capitol Hill
Historic Capitol Hill is located just south of downtown Oklahoma City and was once slated to be the location of the capitol of Oklahoma – thus giving it the source of its name. Years ago, the district was a thriving commercial area and since the creation of Capitol Hill Main Street in 1997, it has experienced a rebirth.

Read more about Oklahoma City’s historic preservation districts and find more neighborhood options.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Sticking with the Suburbs

Suburban Edmond Home

In Oklahoma City, living in the suburbs doesn’t mean that you are too far away from the action. The city’s large land area allows you with plenty of options, while Oklahoma City’s low commute times make getting where you need to go a breeze. Oklahoma City has plenty of options for a suburban paradise in all directions from city center

Near Northwest OKC
Situated in the northwest quadrant of Oklahoma City near scenic Lake Hefner, the enduring popularity of these neighborhoods surprises no one. A variety of residences can be found, ranging from 30s-platted mansions to 50s-built ranch-style to 70s-developed subdivisions with larger footage. Close to shopping and recreation and sporting easy interstate access, this area is an enclave for those desiring suburban living without the commute. Subdivisions and cities include Nichols Hills, Lakeshore, Lansbrook, The Village, Warr Acres and more.

Northwest OKC/Edmond
Recent construction, a growing amount of retail offerings and larger homes are typically what you will find in this area. Some communities are gated and all offer outstanding neighborhood involvement. Good highway and turnpike access comes standard, as does excellent public schools. Subdivisions include Blue Stem, Warwick, Val Verde, Bocage, Summerfield, The Greens, Glen Eagles, Englewood Manor, Gaillardia, Oak Tree, Quail Creek, Silverhawk, Whitehall, Rose Creek, Oak Cliff Estates, Stone Creek Canyon, Highland Trails, Fairfax, Kingsbury Ridge, The Bluffs, Arbor Creek, La Sonata, The Grove South, Montague, Sonador, Heritage Oaks and many others.

South OKC/Moore/Norman
South Oklahoma City boasts more room, more new subdivisions, more new retail, more diversity, more value and more excitement than ever before. Similar to its counterparts in the northwest, newer construction and larger floorplans come standard, as do excellent public schools and interstate access. Subdivisions include Pepperwell Oaks, Rivendell, The Vineyard, Talavera, Brookhaven, Hallbrooke, Blue Creek, Classen Miller, Crossroads, Carrington Place, Summit Lakes, Eagles Cove, Lost Creek, The Willows, The Apples, Deerfield, Park Place, Eagle Cliff South and more.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Pastoral Paradise

Oklahoma City Pastoral Housing

Looking for a little more room to roam? Living on the outskirts of Oklahoma City has never been more attractive. You’ll have all the peace that pastoral living provides, with much shorter commute times than you expect and still the same access to amenities.

Surrey Hills/Piedmont/Deer Creek
These communities located in far northwest Oklahoma City offer bigger lots and a definite change of pace. Subdivisions include Surrey Hills, Antler Ridge, Anderson Acres and more.

West Bethany/Mustang/Yukon
Large, unplatted residences on lots of land near traditional subdivisions offer all the traditional amenities alongside sought-after public schools. Easy highway access gives you a great way to live the lifestyle you want in the west Oklahoma City metro area. Subdivisions include Brownsville, Westport, Kingsridge, Magnolia Trace, Savannah Lakes, Walnut Manor, Hunters Glen, Canyon Lakes and more.

Midwest City/ Choctaw/ Jones/Nicoma Park/ Lake Aluma
The combination of small-town goodness and the close comforts of a metropolitan area can't be beat! Near Tinker AFB and great outdoors activities, eastern Oklahoma county has lots with lots of room, and lots to offer. Subdivisions include Asheville, Frolich Meadows, Riverwind Estates, Burtondale, Hickory Forest, The Timbers, Mill Creek Pond, Edgewater, and more.

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Things to Do & See: June 23 - June 29, 2015

OKCFest Crowd

Tuesday, June 23
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 24
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Okie Tales; 10:30 a.m.; Oklahoma History Center; 522-0765; $2 for children and includes museum admission.
Oklahoma City Summer Classic Dog Shows 2015; 8 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Tickets are $7 for adults, $2 for children 12+ and free for children 12 and under.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 25
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma City Summer Classic Dog Shows 2015; 7:30 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Tickets are $7 for adults, $2 for children 12+ and free for children 12 and under.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, June 26
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma City Summer Classic Dog Shows 2015; 7:30 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Tickets are $7 for adults, $2 for children 12+ and free for children 12 and under.
OKCFest; doors open at 4:30 p.m.; downtown OKC; $55 per day or $95 for both days.
H&8th; 7 p.m.; Hudson Ave., between N.W. 6th & 10th; Free.
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 27
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Sandridge Energy Stars & Stripes River Festival; All Day; Boathouse District; 552-4040; This event is free.
Oklahoma City Summer Classic Dog Shows 2015; 7:30 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Tickets are $7 for adults, $2 for children 12+ and free for children 12 and under.
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends; 2:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
OKCFest; doors open at 4:30 p.m.; downtown OKC; $55 per day or $95 for both days.

Sunday, June 28
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma City Summer Classic Dog Shows 2015; 7:30 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Tickets are $7 for adults, $2 for children 12+ and free for children 12 and under.
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends; 3:00 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, June 29
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
International Mud Day; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Thunder Fountain; 445-7080; Suggested donation of $2 per child.
Weekly Walk-Ups: Make-It Mondays; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggested donation of $2 per child.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Fired Up for OKCFEST

Performer at OKC Fest

OKCFEST is back! Make a calendar note now for June 26-27 (Friday and Saturday), because you won’t want to miss the second iteration of downtown OKC’s music festival and party. Last year, more than 20,000 people took in the inaugural edition. This year, along with expanded musical offerings, there are a number of ticket options of which to take advantage, depending on your taste. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The festival will take place downtown (centered around SW 2nd and Harvey) just west of the Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Good news: the street will be closed so you don’t have to worry about dodging mopeds or getting hit by an inattentive texting motorist whilst enjoying the festival.)
  • There’s a “rock night” (Friday) and a “country night” (Saturday).
  • Friday night artists include: Grace Potter, Better Than Ezra, Graham Colton, Drive-By Truckers, and… Sammy Hagar and The Circle!
  • Saturday night artists include: Rascal Flatts; Hank Williams, Jr.; Clare Dunn; Lucas Hoge and Corey Kent White.
  • You can buy one-night tickets ($55) or two-night passes ($95).
  • Doors open at 4:30 p.m. each day with bands taking the stage at 5:00 p.m.
  • Rock headliner Sammy Hagar and The Circle features Hagar, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, former Bus Boys guitarist Vic Johnson and Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.
  • Like last year, all profits will go to charity.
  • You might consider watching the @okcfest Twitter for deals.
  • Get more info at http://okcfest.com/

Crowd at OKC Fest

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The City is Alive With The Sound of Music

Crowd at Twilight Concert

We’ve covered places where you can check out some live music in town before, but the great thing about summer in OKC is that there are also plenty of chances to take in some totally free music outdoors with programs like Art Moves, Noon Tunes, OKC’s Friday district extravaganzas and other regularly recurring events. And what’s better than free? Not much, except maybe if they’re paying you… unfortunately, that’s not usually how it works. Wah-wah. Who do you think you are, The Bruce Dickinson? Sorry, you’re not. But still! Get those eardrums in earshot of the events below—and let us know what we’re missing.

  • First Friday of every month – Paseo First Friday Art Walk – 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Art / Gallery Receptions and live music in the Paseo District
  • Second Friday of every month – LIVE on the Plaza – 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Plaza District merchants open late with live music and special events
  • Third Friday of every month – Premiere on Film Row – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Art exhibitions, food trucks, film screenings and live music
  • Last Friday of every month – H&8th Night Market – 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. – “Family- and pet- friendly street festival built around a lineup of the city’s top gourmet food trucks and live music…”
  • Every Sunday – Sunday Twilight Concert Series at the Myriad Botanical Gardens (one of our TBL staff’s favorites) – 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – bring a lawn chair or blanket, some foodstuffs and beverages and stuff yourself with edible and aural goodness.
  • Every Thursday – Noon Tunes at the Norick Downtown Library – 12:00 p.m. (naturally) – 1:00 p.m. – “musical performances from local musicians” in the cool comfort of the atrium of the downtown library
  • First Thursday of every month – Western Avenue on the Lawn Summer Series at 62nd and Western Ave. – 5:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. – “free live music for the whole family” along with food trucks and COOP beer
  • Third Thursday of every month – Auto Alley Shop Hop in Automobile Alley – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – giveaways, extended shopping hours, activities for kids and live music
  • Every work day (that’s right!) – Art Moves at various locations downtown – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., generally – music and occasional other live acts while you munch and mingle
  • Every Thursday night – concerts “in the park” in Midwest City (Joe B. Barnes Regional Park), Edmond (Hafer Park), and Yukon (Chisholm Trail Park)
  • Every other Sunday – Norman’s Summer Breeze Concert Series – 7:30 p.m. – Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes
  • Select Fridays during the summer -- FAA Credit Union Summer Movie Series at the Boathouse District – head on down to the Oklahoma River with a blanket or lawn chair for live music, food trucks and a beer garden along with free family-friendly movies projected on the side of the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower. Music and festivities begin at 6 p.m., with films rolling at 8:30 p.m.
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Festival Fulsomeness

Crowd at Charlie Christian Jazz Festival

Speaking of summer and free live music, OKC offers an exorbitance of opportunities to coalesce with your fellow fun- and music-loving humans in the coming weeks and months as those summer temperatures get more temperate. Check out just a smattering of our free festival calendar below:Charlie Christian Jazz Festival

Bricktown Blues and BBQ Festival – Friday and Saturday, June 20-21, Bricktown
I mean, what’s not to like? Live music? Good. BBQ? Good. Beer? Good. Don’t “trifle” with anything less than the true festival trifecta at the Bricktown Blues and BBQ Festival.

LibertyFest Concert in the Park – Thursday, June 25, in front of UCO’s Mitchell Hall Theater in Edmond
Check out this year’s edition of this popular event as the 88-person-strong band conducted by UCO Wind Symphony Conductor Dr. Brian Lamb fires up “a mixture of light classics, marches and patriotic music… that will appeal to all.”

SandRidge Energy Starts & Stripes River Festival – Saturday, June 27, Boathouse District
In addition to dragon boat racing, corporate league 500m sprint rowing races, a 5k run/500m kayak duathlon and other exciting athletic events, the Stars & Stripes River Festival features live music and entertainment (including fireworks!) suitable for all ages.

West Fest – Saturday, September 19, Western Avenue District
The website says, “music + food trucks + beer.” Again, that’s quite the pulchritudinous potpourri for us festival lovers. Details are still being worked out, but you can follow their Twitter for updates.

Plaza District Festival – Saturday, September 26, Plaza District
What else is coming up? What are we missing? What are your favorite festivals of the summer? Let us know via social media or in the comments section.

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Music in our DNA

Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips

Music is a big part of our region’s history, identity and culture. Stretching all the way back to Woody Guthrie singing about the depression, Oklahoma has a strong tradition of producing influential musicians across a variety of musical styles.

Here in OKC specifically the talent is just as diverse. From Grammy-winning rockers to country superstars and early jazz pioneers, check out a list of just some of the famous musicians who have or still call Oklahoma City home: Oklahoma City Blue Devils, Color Me Badd, Mason Williams, Hinder, Garth Brooks and Neal Schon. Also check out these bios for a little reminder of why Wanda Jackson Way, Charlie Christian Boulevard, Vince Gill Avenue and Flaming Lips Alley are named as such.

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Things to Do & See: June 16 - June 22, 2015

Film Row at Sunset

Tuesday, June 16
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Walk-Ups: Tasty Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7094; Suggested donation of $2 per child.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.

Wednesday, June 17
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Tedeschi Trucks Band; Gates open at 5 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Winter’s Tale; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 18
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.
Shop Hop; 6 p.m.; Automobile Alley; Free.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, June 19
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Premiere on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row, Sheridan Avenue in Downtown; Free to attend.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Lower Bricktown Live on the Green; 8 p.m.; Lower Bricktown; 235-3500; Event is free.

Saturday, June 20
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Deep Deuce Block Party; 3 to 7 p.m.; Bella Vici, 1 NE 2nd Street; Event is free.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Winter’s Tale; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, June 21
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Father’s Day at the Zoo; Regular zoo hours; Oklahoma City Zoo; 424-3344; Dad’s get in free with any paid admission.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, June 22
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
KGOU Book Club; 7 p.m.; Full Circle Books; 842-2900; Event is free.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

deadCENTER Film Festival: THE Event to Attend This Week in Oklahoma City

If you’re new to town, or even if you’ve been here awhile, you don’t want to miss all the movies and festivities surrounding Oklahoma City’s acclaimed film festival, the deadCENTER Film Festival, coming up at various venues downtown Wednesday, June 10, through Sunday, June 14.

deadCENTER celebrates filmmakers in all genres and Oklahoma City’s thriving film community. During the week, you can see independent films, documentaries, dramas, full-length movies, kids’ films, horror flicks, comedies, short films and more – and learn about their craft in panel discussions and other education outreach programs.

Founded in 2001 as a one-night screening of short films, deadCENTER is celebrating its 15th year and has grown into Oklahoma’s largest film festival. It has been dubbed one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World,” according to MovieMaker magazine. Last year, about 25,000 film enthusiasts came to the festival, which presents the best of Oklahoma films as well as films from all over the world.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the festival headquarters, but deadCENTER also screens films at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas, Devon Energy Auditorium, The Paramount on Film Row, the Terrace Room at the Myriad Botanical Gardens and outdoors on the Myriad Gardens Grand Lawn.

The all-access pass gives you priority entrance to every deadCenter-related event, including parties, panels and films and is $150. You can also buy individual tickets to specific films starting at 20 minutes before each show, but they might not be available for certain films as pass holders get admitted first. Films include eight Oklahoma features and three free outdoor screenings.

Buy passes. See a schedule. Passholders also get to attend the Opening Night Party sponsored by OG&E from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, on the rooftop of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive.

Also, check out the festival’s 15th anniversary celebration from 7 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10,  at the still-under-construction American Indian Cultural Center (AICCM), 659 American Indian Blvd. Buy tickets for $150 now (separate from festival passes), wear a costume and enjoy getting a sneak peek of the new AICCM at the “deadCENTER Studio Backlot Party” sponsored by The Chickasaw Nation.

Read more about the 2015 deadCenter’s opening night films and Film ICON honorees

 

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Who’s Who in Oklahoma and Who’s Been Here

Over the years, the deadCENTER Film Festival has hosted both home-grown OKC celebrities like Megan Mullaly of “Will and Grace” fame, James Marsden (“27 Dresses,” “X-Men,” “The Notebook”) and BMX pioneer Mat Hoffman (the subject of the documentary “Birth of Big Air”), as well as the likes of actors Chris Kattan and Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”), who happens to be married to Mullaly.

And celebrities have come from elsewhere to film in Oklahoma:

  • August: Osage County” (2013) starred Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan MacGregor, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney and was filmed in and around Bartlesville and Pawhuska.
  • William H. Macy’s first feature as director, “Rudderless” (2013), included stars like Billy Crudup, Laurence Fishburne, Felicity Huffman and Selena Gomez, was filmed in Oklahoma City, Edmond and Guthrie.
  • The Killer Inside Me” (2010) was filmed in Guthrie, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Cordell and Enid and starred Ben Affleck, Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba.

Macy got to the heart of filming in Oklahoma in a 2013 interview he did with The Oklahoman. In it, he Macy praised the Oklahomans who helped him with “Rudderless” while filming here. Here is an excerpt:

“I saw incredibly clever solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems,” Macy said in an email to The Oklahoman. “I saw a community who not only helped us at every turn, they practically adopted us. …

“I will say Oklahoma has a lot of what filmmakers are looking for which includes varied and breathtaking landscapes, beautiful little western towns, and a particular personality. …

“I found our crew in OKC to be incredibly hardworking, dedicated and a delight to spend 12 hours a day with, and I come from Hollywood which is practically the center of the universe when it comes to filmmaking. The Film Office in Oklahoma was outstanding in helping us get this film made, and I know they are aggressive in trying to get more films to shoot in Oklahoma…

I’ve been in this business my entire adult life, and my three months in Oklahoma will remain a standout memory for me ’till the day I die. Thank you Oklahoma.”

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Watch it: Interesting Movie Places in Central Oklahoma

If you’re a movie fan and are having post-deadCENTER Film Festival blues, here are some on- and off-the-beaten path ways to watch movies this summer:

SONIC Summer Movie Nights – For free family entertainment, you can’t beat spreading out on the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Great Lawn at 9 p.m. on Wednesday night for movies. The movie nights kick off with “Paddington” on July 8 and end on Aug. 19 with “Guardians of the Galaxy.” In between, you can see “Back to the Future” (July 15), “Big Hero 6” (July 22), “The Wizard of Oz” (July 29), “Finding Nemo” (Aug. 5) and “E.T.” (Aug. 12). Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic (no glass), or dine from a variety of local food trucks or area vendors like Ice House or Park House.

FAA Credit Union Summer Movie Series at the Boathouse District – head on down to the river with a blanket or lawn chair on select Fridays during the summer for live music, food trucks and a beer garden along with free family-friendly movies projected on the side of the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., with films rolling at 8:30 p.m. This year’s schedule includes “Maleficent” (July 10), “Annie” (July 24), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” (August 7) and “Guardians of the Galaxy” (September 4).

Winchester Drive In: Oklahoma City’s oldest drive-in is open seven days a week for the summer, with movies beginning at 9 p.m. It has been a family tradition for more than 45 years. Farther north, in Guthrie, is the Beacon Drive-In Theater, which has been open since 1950.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art – See independent art films that are likely not showing elsewhere in the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Noble Theater. Buy tickets at the box office or online, or dig deeper by reading Film Curator Michael J. Anderson’s Film Blog.

Science Museum Oklahoma – The Dome Theater at Science Museum Oklahoma offers a large-format, dome-screen theater surround that is 70 feet in diameter. It uses IWerks Entertainment 15/70 projection system. Currently, stop by and see “Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees” in IMAX and “Journey to Space” about plans of NASA and the space community.

Dive-In Movies and Soaked Cinema - Indulge in your love of the cinema while making the most of the summer season! Join the Oklahoma City Parks and Recs team at aquatic centers around the city to watch family-friendly classics in a unique way. If you are looking to cool your heels, Dive-In Movies will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday evening at Earlywine Family Aquatic Center (June 20) and Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center (August 1). To make a different kind of splash, head over to the city’s spraygrounds for the Soaked Cinema experience in Memorial Park (July 17) and Harvest Hills (July 18). Read more about what’s going on at city pools this summer.

 

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Things to Do & See: June 9 - June 15, 2015

Tuesday, June 9
The Winter’s Tale; Myriad Botanical Gardens; play starts at 8:00 p.m.; 301 W. Reno Ave.
Blake Lankford/ Scott Keeton; JJ’s Alley, begins at 6:30 p.m.; 212 E. Sheridan Ave, OKC.
Wheeler Criterium; Event begins at 5:30 p.m.; OKC Downtown Airpark; 1701 S. Western Ave.; Admission is free.

Wednesday, June 10
The Winter’s Tale; Myriad Botanical Gardens; play starts at 8:00 p.m.; 301 W. Reno Ave.
Charolette’s Web; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Children’s Garden; 301 West Reno and Harvey; Free admission for members.
deadCENTER Film Festival; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; Prices vary.

Thursday, June 11
The Winter’s Tale; Myriad Botanical Gardens; play starts at 8:00 p.m.; 301 W. Reno Ave.
Charolette’s Web; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Children’s Garden; 301 West Reno and Harvey; Free admission for members.
OKC Dodgers vs. Nashville; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive; Game starts at 7:05 p.m.; Ticket prices vary.
Yukon Summer Concert Series; Chisholm Trail Park; 500 W. Vandament; Free admission; located at the park’s Gazebo.

Friday, June 12
OKC Dodgers vs. Nashville; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive; Game starts at 7:05 p.m.; Ticket prices vary.
Charolette’s Web; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Children’s Garden; 301 West Reno and Harvey; Free admission for members.
Live on the Plaza; Plaza District; 1618 N. Gatewood Ave; Street Festival 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.; Admission is free.
Movie in the Park; Big Hero 6; Little River Park; 700 SW 4th St.; Movie begins at 9:00 p.m.; Admission is free.

Saturday, June 13
OKC Dodgers vs. Nashville; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive; Game starts at 7:05 p.m.; Ticket prices vary.
Charolette’s Web; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Children’s Garden; 301 West Reno and Harvey; Free admission for members.
Junk Hippy; Cox Pavilion State Fairgrounds; 3001 General Pershing Blvd.; Event starts 9:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.; Admission price varies.
Drop- In Art: Father’s Day Cards; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 415 Couch Drive; 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Free with museum admission. 
Painting in the Gardens; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 301 W. Reno Ave.; $25 admission.

Sunday, June 14
OKC Dodgers vs. Nashville; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive; Game starts at 6:05 p.m.; Ticket prices vary.
Charolette’s Web; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Children’s Garden; 301 West Reno and Harvey; Free admission for members.
Scott Lowber/ Will Galbraith/ Rick Toops; Friends Restaurant & Club; 3705 W. Memorial Ave., Suite 604; 9:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.; Prices vary.
Twilight Concerts Series: Matt Stansberry & The Romance; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 301 W. Reno Ave; 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Admission is free.

Monday, June 15
Works by Regina Murphy; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 301 W. Reno Ave.; 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Admission is free.
Vitrum Novus Exhibit; Kasum Contemporary Fine Arts; 1706 NW 16th St.; Event is open all day.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Cultural Celebration

If you’ve been in OKC any time at all, chances are that you’ve heard of the Red Earth Festival. The exciting three-day event celebrates the rich Native American culture that makes our city and state unlike any other.

The event will kick off with the annual Red Earth Festival parade this Friday in downtown OKC.  The majestic parade is a certainly a sight to behold. Not only has it been heralded as one of the most unique in America, but it’s also something that you will only see in Oklahoma City. Tribal members from across the country will take to the streets, many in full tribal regalia. Native American bands, honor guards, dignitaries and tribal princesses will provide entertainment during the hour-long event.

Inside the Cox Convention Center, expect to be wowed by the nation’s best Native American dancers from more than 100 tribes as they compete during the Red Earth Fancy Dance competition. The booming drums and rhythmic stomps of hundreds of dancers showcase the emotion and celebration of the tribes’ dances. While you’re here explore the history of the Five Civilized Tribes that were relocated to Indian Territory, or discover the culture of the tribes whose headquarters are in Oklahoma. And the kiddos are sure to be entertained with exciting hands-on activities and will have an opportunity to learn about Oklahoma’s deep Native American roots.

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Works of Art

During the annual Red Earth Festival, the talents of a multitude of Native American tribes will be on display during a juried art show and market. Handcrafted beadwork, basketry, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, paintings, graphics and cultural attire are just a small sampling of the art you’ll see. But there is more to Red Earth than just the annual festival. The Red Earth Art Center hosts a respected permanent collection featuring more than 1,400 pieces of Native American artwork. Expect to see fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles, and beadwork. The Center features widely acclaimed traveling exhibitions, as well as such prized permanent exhibits as the Deupree Cradleboard Collection, one of the finest individual collections of its kind in North America. The Red Earth Art Center also provides an outlet for Native American artists to sell their works to the public. 

Exhibit C also features works by Chickasaw artisans. The hand-crafted pieces include jewelry, pottery, paintings and clothing. There’s always something new to see at Exhibit C, as a new artist is featured every four months. 

A can’t miss exhibit this month is ”Best of the West” at JRB Art at the Elms. The exhibition, which runs through June 27, features works by Joe Andoe, Billy Schenck and Bert Seabourn. Andoe, an Oklahoma native who is part Cherokee, is celebrated across the county. His works are part of permanent collections in a variety of museums including the Museum of Modern Art and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. Seabourn, an internationally acclaimed expressionist painter and sculptor, has made Oklahoma City his home. Seabourn’s works are held in private and public collections worldwide including The Vatican Museum of Religious Art in Rome; The National Palace Museum in Taiwan; the Smithsonian Museum of National History, Washington, D.C.; and the President Gerald Ford Library. Outside of the “Best of the West” exhibit, Seabourn’s work can be seen locally at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

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A Rich History

Have you ever wondered why the influence of Native American is predominant in Oklahoma?

You might be surprised to learn that even the state’s name can be traced back to early Native American settlers. In the Choctaw language, okla means "people;" homma or humma means "red." So Oklahoma literally means “red people.”

Certainly Native Americans have played an important role in shaping our great state, settling here nearly a half-century before the Land Run of 1889. Their contributions to our heritage are evident in everything from our state flag to the markings on our overpasses. Throughout history, Oklahoma has been home to 67 American Indian tribes, and even today, more than 35 federally recognized tribes call Oklahoma home. The state is even home to the Spiro Mounds, considered to be one of the most important Native American sites in the nation. The mounds are open to the public, weather permitting.

To get more information on the history of Native American and our state read one of our past blogs here.

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Arts and Culture

If you’ve read much of our blog you can probably tell the arts are an important aspect of life in OKC. From festivals like Red Earth, whole districts like the Paseo who focus on the arts and world-class museums like the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the arts help tell the story of our city and state and connect each newer generation to the culture of our region.

To learn more about the countless festivals, museums, districts and galleries OKC has to offer, be sure to check out the Arts & Culture section of our Better Life website.

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Things to Do & See: June 2 - June 8, 2015

Tuesday, June 2
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.
Sacramento River Cats vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 3
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Sacramento River Cats vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 4
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.
Sacramento River Cats vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Tyler the Creator; doors open at 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (866) 977-6849; $24 in advance.

Friday, June 5
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Red Earth Parade; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens.
Red Earth; 10 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500.
Portland Timbers vs. OKC Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Sacramento River Cats vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Outdoor Movie Night: Big Hero 6; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Finish Line Tower; 552-4040.

Saturday, June 6
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Rock the Boat; Starts at noon; Bricktown Canal; 235-3500; This event is free.
Red Earth; 10 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500.
Vince Gill/Tracy Lawrence; Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 1-866-9PROTIX; Ticket prices vary.
AWOLNATION; doors open at 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (866) 977-6849; $22 in advance.

Sunday, June 7
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Charlotte’s Web; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for member, $6 for children and $4 for adults.
Red Earth; 10 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, June 8
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Charlotte’s Web; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for member, $6 for children and $4 for adults.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Living in a Golfer’s Paradise

OKC Golf Course

If you are new to our great state then you know how crazy we can get about our sports. Football is king and the Thunder have taken the state by storm (pun somewhat intended). What you might not know is that golf has a great tradition in the Sooner state. From affordable local courses, prestigious tracks that host major golf championships and a couple of the winningest college programs in college golf, Oklahoma is a golf lover’s dream. With more than 30 courses in the metro (and plenty of sun), hitting the links is pretty easy.

The City of Oklahoma owns and operates five courses throughout the metro that offer great golf on any budget. Be sure to bookmark www.okcgolf.com for all the info you need to know about city courses.

  • Earlywine- Located on 11600 S. Portland, Earlywine offers 2 courses that show off the natural landscape of Oklahoma City. Earlywine has plenty of water features which make for a great view but challenging round of golf.
  • Lake Hefner- Right off scenic Lake Hefner, this golf course offers length and water hazards to challenge experienced golfers but is also enjoyable for all skill levels.
  • Lincoln Park- You’ll find two courses at Lincoln Park, both maintained at tournament conditions. Lincoln is located at 4001 NE Grand.
  • Trosper Park- An OKC favorite, Trosper is a heavily wooded, 6,660-yard layout located at 2301 SE 21st St.
  • James E. Stewart- This course has been providing enjoyable golf in the heart of the city for generations. Located at 824 Fredrick Douglas Dr., James E. Stewart also partners with First Tee of Oklahoma City to introduce new generations to the sport of golf.
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Par for the Course

The metro also offers a plethora of golf courses both public and private not run by the city. Whether you are a beginner who wants to learn the game or a scratch golfer who wants to challenge themselves on courses that have hosted major championships for the best players in the world, a course for you is nearby.  For a more comprehensive list check below but here are some local courses that have made national headlines:

  • Oak Tree National- Oak Tree National is not only one of the most prestigious golf courses in our state but also ranks as one of the top courses in the country. The course opened in 1971 and was designed by the renowned Pete Dye. The private course has hosted multiple major golf championships including the U.S. Amateur, PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open. The course is also home to no fewer than seven championship golfers from the PGA and Senior PGA.
  • Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club- Designed by Perry Maxwell and opened in 1920, this 6,947-yard course is located in the heart of Nichols Hills.
  • Gallardia Country Club- Opened in 1998, Gaillardia has become a nationally recognized private country club and residential community. The expansive links course, designed by architect Arthur Hills and later renovated by famed player Tom Kite, can play from 5,100 yards to well over 7,300. The manicured course features generous fairways but requires precision iron play which challenges every level of skill from the astute to the beginner. The clubhouse is world renowned and has many recreational amenities including tennis, pool, fitness center, and an indoor golf learning facility.
  • Jimmie Austin Golf Club- One great advantage of having powerhouse college golf programs is they also offer top-notch courses to test your skills. You can play the same courses that have helped shape some of golf’s biggest names. In Norman, the University of Oklahoma won the 1988 NCAA Championship and has produced 16 conference titles and 50 All-Americans. Their home course is the Jimmie Austin Golf Club. This top-rated course has hosted multiple amateur golf championships in its history. Best of all, the course is open to the public.
  • Karsten Creek- This course is home to the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and Cowgirls. The Cowboys are widely regarded as one of the top programs in all of collegiate sports. The Cowboys have won 10 NCAA titles, 8 individual champions, 160 All-Americans and more than 50 conference titles. Karsten Creek was named the best new course by Golf Digest when it opened and was also named the best college course in the country by Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine. The course has hosted multiple NCAA Championships and is also open to the public.  

These are just a small sampling of great courses in the metro. For more public courses click here. To find more private courses click here. Also check out the Sporting Life on our website.

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Golf with a Spin

Golf takes many forms. Long gone are the days of yore when golf required a club and ball. Today you can play a round of disc golf in a public park or show off your skill when it comes to putting a ball through a clown’s mouth.

Looking for a fun place to take your date after enjoying a cold Coke? Or maybe just want to have a relaxing afternoon with the family? Head out to one of OKC’s popular miniature golf courses. These establishments offer 18-holes of the finest mini-golf around and the best part is that balls and putters are included:

Like the idea of golf but don’t want to mess with clubs, golf carts and green fees? Give disc golf a try. Never head of disc golf? It is actually quite simple: think golf with a Frisbee. All you need is a Frisbee because the courses are free. Central OKC is home to several courses:

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Golf with a View

One of the newest additions to Central Oklahoma is TopGolf. Never been to a TopGolf? The concept is simple, you hit golf balls towards certain targets to score points. The great thing is the balls have computer chips in them so the score is totaled by a computer. You don’t have to break out your math skills. That is a good thing because you can enjoy TopGolf while eating and enjoying your favorite adult beverages. The three-story complex allows even the most novice golfers to hit the ball a mile (not literally). TopGolf is fun for everyone in the family, from those who think they are the next Jack Nicklaus to those who don’t know the difference between a birdie and a bogey. Slated to open off Memorial Road later this summer, this will be the first TopGolf in the state of Oklahoma.

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Things to Do & See: May 26 - May 31, 2015

Tuesday, May 26
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.

Wednesday, May 27
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Bringing Gardens to Life: May Flowers!; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080.

Thursday, May 28
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OQHA Redbud Spectacular Horse Show; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700; Free to the Public.
Brown Bag Lunch Speakers Series: “Love Your Landscape”; Noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 2nd Floor Conference Room; 445-7080.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.

Friday, May 29
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OQHA Redbud Spectacular Horse Show; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700; Free to the Public.
Under the Sea Sleepover; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; The event is $35 for kids and $20 for adults.
H&8th; 7 p.m.; Hudson Ave., between N.W. 6th & 10th; Free.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 30
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OQHA Redbud Spectacular Horse Show; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700; Free to the Public.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 31
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OQHA Redbud Spectacular Horse Show; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700; Free to the Public.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Austin Aztex vs. OKC Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, June 1
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OQHA Redbud Spectacular Horse Show; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700; Free to the Public.
Barre3 Free Community Workout; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

It’s Zoo-rific!

If you want to get in touch with Oklahoma City’s wild side, then look no further than the Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District. Oklahoma City’s zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the Southwest and is home to around 1,900 of the world’s most exotic animals, 54 of which are endangered or threatened species.

At the Zoo, you can discover the state-of-the-art Elephant Habitat (be sure to say hello to five-month-old Achara and new-to-OKC elephants Bamboo and Chai), catch the waves at Stingray Bay, and flutter your way through the largest walk-through outdoor Butterfly Garden in Oklahoma. And that doesn’t even begin to cover the Zoo’s Lion Overlook, Cat Forest and bear habitat, oh my!

Be sure to check out the Zoo’s upcoming events and schedule a behind-the-scenes tour to take full advantage your trip.

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