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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I Believe I Can Fly… Nonstop to 20 cities!

Plane taking off

Being right in the middle of the country has its perks. For one, it doesn’t take too long to get practically anywhere in the U.S., especially if you fly (on an airplane, not like Superman). From Chicago to Dallas, San Francisco to New York, Will Rogers World Airport has flight options to 23 airports in 20 different cities across the country, and just today Frontier Airlines announced a return to the OKC market with flights to Denver, Orlando and San Diego. That means no changing planes, no pesky layovers and no switching seats.

You’d also be interested to find out that OKC doesn’t have just one airport, but three. The second one, Wiley Post Airport, is a reliever airport for Will Rogers and functions as a major center for corporate and business aviation. The third, Clarence E. Page airport, is a facility perfect for grass-roots aviators with a number of experimental and small general aviation aircraft.

So, whether you’re a business person with a turbulent flight schedule, someone who just loves to travel or a person who really can fly solo like Superman but just doesn’t want to because you have three bags of luggage (trust me, it’s tough without the super strength), OKC has plenty of airports and options to get you where you’re going.

aerospace
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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All aboard the Heartland Flyer!

Heartland Flyer

Let’s say you’re on a mini road trip to Fort Worth, Texas. Not too long of a drive, but still. You accidentally left a little late, so now you find yourself in the middle of rush hour in Denton, Texas, where the I-35 construction has been going on for around forever. Getting through it takes another hour, and now you’re exhausted, with another 45 minutes to go. Even worse? There were lane closures on both sides, so now you spend your time in Fort Worth dreading the thought of driving back through that mess.

But worry not! There is one way to avoid this stressful (and sadly, realistic) nightmare-inducing scenario. All aboard the Heartland Flyer, an Amtrak train with daily 418-mile round trips between OKC and Fort Worth. With reclining coach seats that have more leg room than a car, a full-service café and restrooms, a trip aboard the Heartland Flyer takes the stress out of traveling to Forth Worth (no offense to our beloved southern neighbors). And, with a plethora of ride sharing services, you can get to traveling efficiently and comfortably around the Fort Worth area at a low cost to you.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Embark makes busing better

EMBARK bus

There are a multitude of benefits to taking the bus over a car when traveling in and around the OKC metro. For one, if more people take the bus, it reduces traffic and congestion on city streets and highways. It also reduces emissions, thus improving air quality and takes the stress out of driving.

Oklahoma City’s public transportation system is run by Embark, which won an award last year as North America’s outstanding public transit system. If you’re unsure about how the buses work in OKC, their website has a plethora of resources and videos so you can board the public transportation train (okay…bus) in OKC like a seasoned pro.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The future is almost here. Excited yet?

Streetcar Ground Breaking

Last week, the first of seven streetcars came off the assembly line and will soon be painted and shipped to OKC. If you drive or do a bit of walking around Bricktown, you can see the freshly installed tracks where the streetcar will run. And, if you read or hear anything on the news about the streetcar, you can feel the palpable excitement OKCitians have for this groundbreaking project.

The installation and soon-to-be operation of the streetcar reflects the growth of OKC’s downtown core as a result of the booming success of the other MAPS projects. In fact, the OKC Streetcar itself will be transformative, as many city leaders are expecting its installation to result in greater sales and property tax revenue for the city like similar installations in Kansas City. But, even more important than positive economic impact, the OKC Streetcar will have a positive influence on OKC’s culture for years to come.

downtown, MAPS, public transportation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 18 - July 24, 2017

Crowd at the Twilight Concert

Tuesday, July 18
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 19
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Moonrise Kingdom; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Thursday, July 20
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 21
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Center of the Galaxy Festival; Noon to 9 p.m.; OKC Public Farmers Market; 810-6977; Entry prices vary.
Dive in Movies- Captain America: Civil War; Dusk; White Water Bay; Free with park admission.
21c Museum Hotel- New Film Series; 8 p.m.; 21c Museum Hotel; 982-6900; This is event is free.

Saturday, July 22
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Western Avenue Cars and Coffee ; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sushi Neko; 719-398-9176.
Center of the Galaxy Festival; Noon to 9 p.m.; OKC Public Farmers Market; 810-6977; Entry prices vary.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Summer Concert Series at Frontier City- Randy Houser; Frontier City Theme Park; 478-2410. Event prices vary.

Sunday, July 23
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Center of the Galaxy Festival; Noon to 9 p.m.; OKC Public Farmers Market; 810-6977; Entry prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Monday, July 24
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Downtown digs

Deep Deuce neighborhood

Everything is waiting for you downtown. Do you fancy the idea of being surrounded by community amenities and leaving the car in the garage and just walking to work, the movies, the museum, the Myriad Gardens or to your neighborhood “watering hole”* without having to worry about parking, traffic or all the other headaches inherent to getting behind the wheel? Downtown offers plenty of neighborhoods, both established and up-and-coming, to consider if you’re looking at a move. And you’re not alone, with downtown population increasing more than 15 percent since 2000 and more than 1,000 new units either under construction or planned.

Neighborhoods like Deep Deuce and Midtown offer a mix of housing types and are rapidly becoming well-developed and dense with lots of services and retail. Former entertainment-heavy areas like Bricktown have new housing coming on line soon. Linger on the sidewalk in Automobile Alley, where the neon signs are pretty, and maybe even get yourself a loft rental, apartment or a condo in a new development. Relish being an urban pioneer in all the new housing stock in Film Row and other areas in west downtown. Live modern in SoSA and take advantage of proximity to midtown and the central business district. Oklahoma City’s urban neighborhoods offer the best of the new urban vibe and excitement, without all the typical old urban grit. Learn more on our website.

*that’s code for “bar”

Automobile Alley, Bricktown, Deep Deuce, downtown, Film Row, housing, Midtown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Historic neighborhood highlights

Heritage Hills

Did you know Mesta Park got its name from one-time resident Perle Mesta, the so-called “hostess with the mostest” and well-known foreign ambassador, socialite and daughter of William P. Skirvin? How about that Jefferson Park wasn’t actually annexed by Oklahoma City until 1908? Similarly, did you know that the Overholser Mansion, along with the rest of Heritage Hills, was once considered “out in the country” when it was built in 1903, and was so-named because it was built over a series of holes*? And did you know that the Paseo Arts District was actually originally developed to be the first “shopping center” north of downtown in 1929? With some fantastic (and sometimes legendary) history and intrigue behind them, some of the most sought-after areas of OKC to live in are also (unsurprisingly) among the oldest! Nothing quite compares to the tree-lined charm and close community connections inherent to living in Oklahoma City’s historic neighborhoods. A wealth of great housing stock to choose from is typical of these areas, as are sidewalks, parks, supportive neighborhood associations, a sometimes wacky Nextdoor experience, and squirrels. In OKC, living in a historic neighborhood is a great way to be close to the action downtown but still enjoy a lot of amenities that you might think of as more typical of suburbia, like great lawns, community picnics and parks, neighborhood schools and more. Learn more on our website.

*OK, that part is a lie.

Heritage Hills, housing, Jefferson Park, Mesta Park, Oklahoma City history, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Superb suburbs

Suburban Home

We know what you’re thinking: the suburbs are snoozers! But wait just a moment, dear reader. It’s not all huge SUVs with backseat TV screens, chain restaurants, roving packs of opinionated soccer moms, soulless big-box retail and packed Starbucks drive-thrus in OKC’s suburbs. Many take advantage of Oklahoma City’s famously quick commutes and live in popular “suburban” areas that are nonetheless easily accessible, feature lots of new housing product, clean and green lawns and safe, cost-effective subdivisions--and that still feel like a seamless part of the city.

So what’s the real story on OKC’s suburbs? How about good schools, close neighborhood ties and unique community events? If that doesn’t grab you, think open, modern floor plans, sizable yards, shared neighborhood amenities like pools and splashpads and more. The best part? Affordable suburban neighborhoods abound all over the metro. Whether it’s north, south, east or west, in our own cool considerate objective opinion, OKC’s suburbs offer the best of all worlds, especially given Oklahoma City’s low commute times. In Oklahoma City, living in the suburbs doesn’t have to mean living out of the city. Learn more on our website at http://www.abetterlifeokc.com/housing/suburban-neighborhoods/.

community, cost of living, housing, school
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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July in OKC

Have you seen this month’s “What to OKC” video from our colleagues at the OKC CVB? If you have friends/fam coming to visit, or just want to be a tourist in your own town, visitokc.com and these monthly video features are great resources, fam. Get fired up with Dodgers baseball, Disney songs, Energy FC soccer, Rick Springfield, Garth Brooks, a great Kehinde Wiley exhibit at the OKC MOA, Macca, West Side Story and more. Check it out below!

arts and culture, attractions, Dodgers, live music, OKC Energy, theater, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 11 - July 17, 2017

Guitar

Tuesday, July 11
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Pachuca vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s When You Wish; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 12
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s When You Wish; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Thursday, July 13
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s When You Wish; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 14
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
Garth Brooks World Tour; 7 & 10:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Arena; 866-448-7849; Ticket price vary.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s When You Wish; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, July 15
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Eats on 8th Food Truck Festival; noon to 8 p.m.; 8th & Harvey; 234-7960; This event is free.
Disney’s When You Wish; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Garth Brooks World Tour; 3 & 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Arena; 866-448-7849; Ticket price vary.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 16
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Monday, July 17
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Paul McCartney; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Arena; 866-448-7849; Ticket price vary.

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

The neon lights of Broadway

Automobile Alley at Night

When we say “neon” and “Broadway,” you might have another city in mind. But no longer! Just north of the central business district in downtown Oklahoma City is Automobile Alley, a district centered on Broadway and aptly named for its history as the hub of auto dealers starting in the 1910s. That history is brightly on display today with the neon signs that shine over the district.

While some dealerships still call this area home, it is now known for its restaurants and retail options. Along this stretch of street, you’ll find everything from breakfast and coffee to whiskey and wine. And if shopping is your objective, some of the most unique stores in the metro are located along Automobile Alley and the nearby Ninth Street. For the full list of all to do and see, visit www.automobilealley.org, and be sure to follow Automobile Alley on Twitter at @AutoAlleyOKC.

Automobile Alley, downtown, Oklahoma City history, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Lights, camera, nightlife

Film Row

Roll out the red carpet, because this district knows how to give you a star-studded time. Starting in 1907, what is now known as Film Row was home to film exchange distribution offices, a place where movie theater owners could return old films and exchange them for new releases. By the 1960s, every major film studio was represented in the area (along with theater supply stores), but changing technologies caused the industry to disintegrate, leaving Oklahoma City with the last remaining film exchange district in the U.S.

Thankfully, Film Row has experienced a rebirth that deeply respects its cinematic history. Boasting a unique mix of creative companies, restaurants and retail means that this district has plenty of opportunities to enjoy. Today, you can catch a classic film or live music at Paramount, an old Paramount Pictures screening room, buy succulent plants while sipping on coffee at the Plant Shoppe/Okay Yeah Co., or grab a drink and view the art galleries at 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City. Follow the district on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay updated on all there is to do in the district.

arts and culture, film, Film Row, Oklahoma City history, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get artistic

Paseo District

What do you get when you combine the oldest planned commercial shopping district in Oklahoma City with a creative, inclusive community? The Paseo Arts District, of course! The winding streets and original Spanish-style stucco buildings are home for the art galleries and studios that give this district so much artistic flair. Perfect for a meandering walk, the Paseo Arts District is also home to some of Oklahoma City’s best restaurants and bars, including Paseo Grill, Sauced on Paseo, Piccaso Café and The Other Room. Its proximity to the Uptown 23rd District and the historic housing options available nearby, including single-family homes and apartments, make this a walkable neighborhood with a community atmosphere.

On the first Friday of each month, the Paseo cranks up the hospitality with the First Friday Gallery Walk, in which more than 60 neighborhood artists show off their wares amid a blocks-long party of music, food and fun. Be sure to check out the next one this Friday, July 7.

arts and culture, bar, festivals, housing, nightlife, Paseo District, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Lasso up some fun

Stockyards City entrance

There’s no better place to experience a piece of Oklahoma City’s past than Stockyards City. This district is a living testament to one of Oklahoma City’s first major industries, packing plants, and the cattle trade that accompanied it. When the original plant closed in 1961, a cattle auction was added to secure the district’s future. Today, that auction operates as the Oklahoma National Stockyards, and it is the world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market. (You can see it in action on Mondays and Tuesdays starting at 8 a.m.)

The original business district is still intact, housing stores that can meet all your western wear and gear needs. Once you work up an appetite, a trip to Cattlemen’s Steakhouse is in order. This OKC staple has been feeding hungry cowboys and ranchers since 1910 and has welcomed John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Charles Barkley, to name a few.

Oklahoma City history, restaurants, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 4 - July 10, 2017

Energy FC Soccer

July 4
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Red, Bright and Blue Festival; 2 to 9 p.m.; Wheeler Ferris Wheel; 810-6977; This event is free.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

July 5
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Western Avenue on the Lawn; 6 to 9 p.m.; 62nd and Western; This event is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Star Trek Beyond; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

July 6
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

July 7
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 to 10 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.

July 8
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Rally of the Realms; All day; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Randy Rogers Band; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500’ Ticket prices vary.
Full Moon Bike Ride & Run; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080.

July 9
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Rally of the Realms; All day; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

July 10
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fireworks

Fireworks

Have you ever wondered how fireworks became America’s Fourth of July pastime? One reason is because John Adams wanted it to be. In a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, Adams said, “It [Independence Day] ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

Though you can’t set off your own fireworks in the metro, you can still carry on this American tradition by enjoying a great public show. Check out the full list of public fireworks displays below happening throughout the OKC metro to celebrate the Fourth of July the way our Founding Fathers intended.

Red, White & Boom
LibertyFest
Downtown 4th Fest
Bethany Freedom Festival
Yukon Freedom Fest
Blanchard’s Independence Celebration
Stillwater’s Boomer Blast Fireworks Show
Kingfisher’s Annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration
Midwest City’s Tribute to Liberty

family-friendly, festivals, free, holiday
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Parades

Parade

Interested in making your Fourth of July celebration an all-day family affair? Consider attending one of the many parades taking place throughout the OKC metro for some family fun.

LibertyFest – Rated as one of the top 10 places to be in America on the Fourth by CNN and USA Today, the LibertyFest parade in Edmond is a fun-filled spectacle for kids and adults. The parade begins at 9 a.m. in downtown Edmond.

Kingfisher’s Annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration – This parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Kingfisher and is followed by a day long Fourth of July celebration in a nearby park.

Freedom Fest – The Yukon Freedom Fest parade begins at 8 a.m. with other fun activities throughout the day including a car show, sand volleyball tournament and more.

Bethany's Freedom Festival – The parade begins at 10 a.m. at 39th Expy & Peniel with many other activities for the family at Eldon Lyon Park.

Edmond, family-friendly, festivals, holiday, Kingfisher, parade, Yukon
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Military history

45th Invantry Division Museum

For all of us, the Fourth of July is the time to celebrate our nation’s independence. For some, it’s also the time to reflect upon the history that got us to where we are today.

If you’re interested in recounting that history firsthand, consider visiting the 45th Infantry Museum, dedicated to telling the story of the “Thunderbirds” of the 45th Infantry Division. Or, stop by the Oklahoma History Center to learn more about Oklahoma’s past and how it’s impacting where we are today.

If you’re more interested in military aviation history, then check out Charles B. Hall Airpark near Tinker Air Force Base for an up close look at the aircraft that have been part of Tinker’s operations for over seven decades.

Read more on OKC's military history.

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Voting Info

Voting Booths

With the Fourth of July coming up and a special election quickly approaching, what better way to flex your patriotic muscles than to register to vote? Here are some quick tips to help get you there.

  • If you’d like to register to vote, fill out the Voter Registration Application Form and follow the instructions. Once registered, you’ll get a voter ID card.
  • To find out when annual and special elections are being held and if they’re in your district, check out the 2017 election calendar on the Oklahoma State Election Board website.

Once you’ve registered and found out when elections are taking place in your House and Senate districts, you’re all set to start exercising your right to vote in Oklahoma. Now get out there, start voting and have a happy Fourth of July!

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Things to Do & See: June 27 - July 3, 2017

Museum of Art

June 27
12-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket Prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30pm; Wheeler District; This event is free.
NRHA 2017 Derby; All day; State Fair Park- Jim Norick Arena; 405-946-7400; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Soundbites; 11:30am; Kerr Park; 405-235-3500; This event is free.

June 28
12-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket Prices vary.
NRHA 2017 Derby; All day; State Fair Park- Jim Norick Arena; 405-946-7400; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
Million Dollar Quartet; Civic Center Music Hall; 405-297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies- Karate Kid (1984); 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-445-7080; This event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

June 29
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Daily Keeper Connections; 9:00am to 4:30pm; Oklahoma City Zoo; 405-425-0262; Free with zoo admission
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; 10:00am to 5:00pm; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
NRHA 2017 Derby; All day; State Fair Park- Jim Norick Arena; 405-946-7400; Ticket prices vary.
International Mud Day; 11am; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Million Dollar Quartet; Civic Center Music Hall; 405-297-2264; Prices vary.

June 30
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
NRHA 2017 Derby; All day; State Fair Park- Jim Norick Arena; 405-946-7400; Ticket prices vary.
Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears; Diamond Ballroom; 405-677-9169; Ticket prices vary.
Dive-In Movies at White Water Bay – Sing; White Water Bay; Free with park admission.
Million Dollar Quartet; Civic Center Music Hall; 405-297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

July 1
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
NRHA 2017 Derby; All day; State Fair Park- Jim Norick Arena; 405-946-7400; Ticket prices vary.
Independence Day Train; Oklahoma Railway Museum; 405-424-8222; Ticket prices vary.
Million Dollar Quartet; Civic Center Music Hall; 405-297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Chris Janson; Frontier City Theme Park; 405-478-2140; Free with park admission.

July 2
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-270-4848; This event is free.
Border Battle IX; 10 a.m.; USA Softball Association; 405-425-3422; Ticket prices vary.

July 3
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s “Red, White, & Boom”; 8:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; This event is free.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The business of OKC biotech

Lab Scientist

Did you know biotech is one of OKC’s biggest industries and employment drivers? With more than $2.2 billion in compensation, supporting 51,000 employees and annual revenues of more than $6.7 billion, biotech is truly big business here in Oklahoma City. Companies and entities that comprise our city’s biotech sector run the gamut from pharmaceutical-related companies to research organizations and everything in between. Interested in working in this space? Good news, because opportunities abound and employment growth (23 percent since 2003) is expected to continue. Get more info at www.greateroklahomacity.com/industries/biotech/, and watch local media for stories on the Oklahoma BioScience Association and Oklahoma’s presence at the BIO International Convention this week.

bioscience, business, entrepreneur, tech
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Let’s get together, yeah yeah yeah

Oklahoma Health Science Campus

Earlier this year, The Brookings Institution and the Project for Public Spaces released a comprehensive study on innovation in Oklahoma City. The study in OKC centered around the Oklahoma Health Center and Automobile Alley area downtown, looking at ways to create and maximize opportunities for the wealth of entities and innovative assets in the area to interact and “percolate,” ultimately creating new ideas and business opportunities. At 843 acres, the innovation district study area represents less than 1 percent of Oklahoma City, yet almost 18,000 jobs! Bringing people together, even in disparate industries like bio, energy and tech/app development, can only result in greater synergy and long-term benefits to all. Check out more on the results of the study, including video of the study release event, and recommendations for next steps over at okcinnovation.com.

Automobile Alley, bioscience, business, downtown, energy, Innovation District, jobs, tech
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The Sunday Twilight Concert Series is back

Concert at Myriad Gardens

One of the TBL staff’s favorite things to attend during the summer is the OKC Arts Council’s Sunday Twilight Concerts. These weekly shows at The Great Lawn at Myriad Botanical Gardens are a great chance to relax on your blanket or camp chair, chill out with some picnic staples and listen to some terrific tunes with your fellow Oklahoma Citians. Bring your ears, your own drinks and great attitudes whilst you enjoy the evening (but leave your stinky cigarettes, stinkier pets and even stinkier glass bottles at home). We’ll see you there!

concerts, family-friendly, free, live music, music, Myriad Botanical Gardens, parks
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Life’s a beach in Bricktown

Bricktown Nightlife

Grab your plastic pails and little shovels and load up on the sunscreen, because we’re hitting the beach! The Bricktown Beach is located along the Third Base Plaza on Mickey Mantle Blvd. at the ballpark and features games, lounge chairs, umbrellas and even sand volleyball among other activities and events. Making its return after a successful inaugural run last year, the Beach is free and open 24/7. Join us for Movie Night at the Beach this Wednesday, July 21 at 9 p.m. for a screening of Angels in the Outfield (concessions will be available). Get more info at downtownokc.com.

Bricktown, family-friendly, movies, outdoor recreation
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Things to Do & See: June 20 - June 26, 2017

OKC Dodgers Baseball

June 20
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
14-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Collective Soul and Our Lady Pease; 6 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre; Tickets start at $25.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

June 21
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
OKC Jazz Fest; various times; various locations; 405-630-7668; This event is free.
Sonic Summer Movies- Sing; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-445-7080; This event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

June 22
14-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
16-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket Prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; 10:00am to 5:00pm; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary
Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Nashville Sounds; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 405-218-1000; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-235-3700; Ticket prices vary.

June 23
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Nashville Sounds; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 405-218-1000; Ticket Prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-235-3700; Ticket prices vary.

June 24
16-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket Prices vary.
18-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket Prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
NRHA 2017 Derby; recurring daily; State Fair Park- Jim Norick Arena; 405-946-7400; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Stars & Stripes River Festival; All day; Riversport Adventure; 405-552-4040.
Americana Fest; 11 a.m.; American Banjo Museum; 405-604-2793; Ticket prices vary.
Gardens Walking Tour; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-445-7080; This event is free.
Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Nashville Sounds; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 405-218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Smash Mouth; Frontier City Theme Park; 405-478-2140; Ticket prices vary.
Western Avenue Cars and Coffee; 10 a.m.; Sushi Neko; 719-398-9176; This event is free.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-235-3700; Ticket prices vary.

June 25
18-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket Prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
NRHA 2017 Derby; All day; State Fair Park- Jim Norick Arena; 405-946-7400; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-270-4848; This event is free.
Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Nashville Sounds; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 405-218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
UFC Fight Night; 4:30pm; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

June 26
18-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket Prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
12-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket Prices vary.
NRHA 2017 Derby; All day; State Fair Park- Jim Norick Arena; 405-946-7400; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Craft beer explosion

Friends drinking beer

With so much brewing in the OKC, it’s kind of hard not having a beer jubil-double-E every now and then. Fall for your favorite fermentables at taprooms and restaurants all over town. Like to get your craft beer straight from the brewer’s fermenter? Some of our favorite spots include Anthem Brewing Company, COOP Ale Works, Elk Valley/Mustang, Roughtail and Twisted Spike. Want food while you imbibe (pro tip: usually not a bad idea.)? Restaurants like Bricktown Brewery and Belle Isle Brewery brew their own awesome stuff on-site, and many of our local establishments pride themselves on their local craft beer selection, like McNellie’s, Urban Johnnie, Republic Gastropub and more. Due in part to OKCitians’ thirst as well as a recent change in Oklahoma law, even more brewery taprooms have been announced. There’s certainly no dearth of excellent craft beer in Oklahoma City, so get out there and enjoy (responsibly)!

beer, food, nightlife, restaurants
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Home-brewing happiness

Friends drinking beer

As the number of homebrewers showing off the fruits of their fermenters at the recent Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival at the Cox Center can attest, homebrewing is becoming quite the hobby in OKC. If you think you may want to give it a try but are intimidated by the terminology and process, don’t be! The easiest thing to do is go talk to some experts. Greater OKC Chamber member The Brew Shop, 2916 N. Penn, would be a great choice to hit up to de-mystify the process. After all, the famous Reinheitsgebot, or “German Beer Purity Law,” restricts beer to only three ingredients: water, barley and hops. That’s really all you need (and a few easy-to-obtain pieces of equipment). If you want to get creative, Oklahoma’s wealth of agricultural products make brewing with locally sourced ingredients, like fruit and honey, even more interesting if you so desire. Why not give it a shot? After all, beer is like pizza: even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.

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Quit your whining and drink some wine

Friends drinking wine

Beer is not the only thing you can ferment up to fabulous results, no siree. If you’d like to sample some local fruit of the vine, OKC has you covered. Put A Cork In It Winery describes itself as “the little winery in the heart of Bricktown” and is indeed located on the canal in the Miller Jackson building. Put A Cork In It offers a wide variety of wines including reds, whites and sweet wines, as well as tastings, gifts and souvenirs. Also downtown, Waters Edge Winery in Automobile Alley has more than 50 varieties of reds, whites, ports, dessert and fruit-based wines that are sure to please. Waters Edge offers tasting flights as well as bottles, and makes wines from grapes from all over, with an ever-evolving menu. Bottoms up!

Automobile Alley, Bricktown, downtown, retail, wine
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Things to Do & See: June 13 - June 19, 2017

Shakespeare in the Park

June 13
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
At the Drive In; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
OKC Dodgers vs. Omaha Storm Chasers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 405-218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Science Museum Oklahoma Storytime Science; 10:30 a.m.; Science Museum Oklahoma; 405-602-6664; Free with museum admission.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; recurring daily; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

June 14
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
OKC Dodgers vs. Omaha Storm Chasers; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 405-218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
OKC Jazz Fest; various times; various locations; 405-630-7668; This event is free.
One-man Star Wars Trilogy; recurring daily; Civic Center Music Hall; 405-297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; recurring daily; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

June 15
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary
Live Music on OKCMOA’s Roof Terrace; 5 to 9 p.m.; OKC Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Admission is $5.
OKC Dodgers vs. Omaha Storm Chasers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 405-218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
One-man Star Wars Trilogy; recurring daily; Civic Center Music Hall; 405-297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; recurring daily; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

June 16
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; recurring daily; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
10-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
21C Museum Hotel Oklahoma City- New Film Series; 8 p.m.; 21c Museum Hotel; 405-982-6900; This event is free.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-235-3700; Ticket prices vary.

June 17
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; recurring daily; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Bricktown Beach Volleyball Tournament; All day; Bricktown Beach; This event is free.
Eats on 8th Food Truck Festival; Noon ; 8th & Harvey; 405-234-7960; This event is free.
Vince Neil of Motley Crue; Frontier City Theme Park; 405-478-2140; Ticket Prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-235-3700; Ticket prices vary.
Father’s Day Run Presented by Stephenson Cancer Center; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens.

June 18
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
2017 Oklahoma Gazette Restaurant Week; recurring daily; various locations; 582-6000; Prices vary
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; recurring daily; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
One-man Star Wars Trilogy; recurring daily; Civic Center Music Hall; 405-297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

June 19
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; recurring daily; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary. 
Iron Maiden; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 1-800-745-3000; Prices vary
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

deadCenter Film Festival

deadCenter Film Festival Crowd

In 2001, Justan and Jayson Floyd hosted the first of what would grow to be the deadCenter Film Festival. What started off as a one-night, Oklahoma filmmaker festival has grown to a four-day festival screening more than 120 films from around the world. Each year more than 30,000 people are attracted to Oklahoma’s largest film festival, which was rated one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World”.

This year’s festival will be held from June 8-11 and films will be screened all around downtown Oklahoma City. For a detailed schedule of events, please click here. Registration for an all-access pass is $150, which grants you priority access to all screenings, panels, events, and parties which can be found here. Individual tickets can be purchased 20 minutes before each film for $10 per film, when available.

deadCenter Film Festival is the perfect way for you and your family to get connected to the creative life of OKC and celebrate Oklahoma-based film.  

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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