SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER!

Our weekly “411 on the 405” email gives you all the OKC news you can use in an ultra-convenient digest format right in your inbox, no surfing required.

* indicates required
Email Format

View previous campaigns.

Sponsor

Sponsor

Tag Cloud

accolade
adult sports
Adventure District
aerospace
Arcadia
arts and culture
Asian District
attractions
Automobile Alley
aviation
ballet
bar
baseball
basketball
beer
Bethany
bioscience
bmx
Boathouse District
breweries
Bricktown
business
calendar
camping
camps
career tech
cars
Choctaw
Classen Curve
climate
college
community
concerts
cost of living
Crown Heights
cycling
Davis
day-trip
Deep Deuce
Deer Creek
Dodgers
downtown
Edmond
education
El Reno
election
employment
energy
entrepreneur
equine
family-friendly
farmers market
Farmers Market District
festivals
film
Film Row
fishing
fitness
food
football
free
gardening
golf
government
Guthrie
healthy living
Heritage Hills
Historic Capitol Hill
history
hockey
holiday
horse show
housing
Innovation District
internship
Jefferson Park
jobs
Jones
kid
kids
Kingfisher
Lake Aluma
Lake Hefner
library
live music
live sporting events
local farms
local goods
MAPS
Mesta Park
Midtown
Midwest City
military
Moore
mountain biking
movies
moving
museums
music
Mustang
Myriad Botanical Gardens
native american
networking
Nicoma Park
nightlife
nonprofit
Norman
OKC Energy
OKC National Memorial
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City history
Oklahoma River
outdoor recreation
parade
parks
Paseo District
Pauls Valley
pets
Piedmont
Plaza District
Prague
Project 180
public transportation
publication
racetrack
Rayo
religion
restaurants
retail
Route 66
running
school
shopping
soccer
social media
spring break
State Fair Park
Stillwater
Stockyards
streetcar
Sulphur
tech
theater
Thunder
Tinker
Tuttle
university
Uptown 23
velocity
Visit OKC
volunteer
water sports
weather
Western Avenue
western heritage
wine
youth sports
Yukon
zoo
 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Costume HQ

Rumble the Bison

We figure our regular readers of The Better Life are bursting with civic pride and can’t wait to show it -- and the best way to do that come Halloween time is to dress up like something that just screams “OKC.” Here are a few ideas for you.

  • A Parking Meter – Perhaps you didn’t know that the biggest reason behind all those unpaid parking tickets you’ve got was first installed right here in Oklahoma City! Have stationary fun at the party while sporting a convenient excuse to keep boring folks from standing in front of you for too long.
  • Captain W.L. Couch, OKC’s First Provisional Mayor – Though murdered in a dispute over his land near the present-day OU Health Sciences Center campus shortly after leaving office in 1890, W.L. Couch nevertheless sported a killer moustache and beard and therefore makes for a fantastic costume idea, hipster or not. Get that “grass grin” growing and maybe throw a six-shooter (fake, of course) on your hip and guard that claim!
  • Wayne Coyne – So perhaps you have an affinity for glitter and grey suits, or you just like walking around in a homemade hamster ball whilst surrounded by confetti and weirdness. Either way, this is the costume for you. And you never know – if you’re at the right party, you might actually run into Wayne while you’re dressed like him! We’re not sure what would happen at that point, but one thing’s for sure – somebody’s mind is gonna be blown.
  • OKC Mascots  - Are you shy, but still like getting hugs from strangers? You don’t have to say anything to anyone in a big giant animal head. RumbleSplashBrooklyn and Brix are ready to be had for your pro-OKC sports team Halloweening pleasure. These costumes might be a little difficult to recreate, but we have faith in you. You can do it!
  • Devon Tower – Get a big cardboard cylinder, a three-cornered hat, some Christmas lights and BANG! You’re a walking version of OKC’s tallest landmark. For added effect, papier-mâché your shoes into something resembling the building’s rotunda and podium. Now that would be impressive.
  • Thunder Storm Chaser – Run around like a maniac waving a giant flag, jump on mini-trampolines, get the crowd pumped up and throw out some free t-shirts! The only con is that this could get expensive if you don’t own your own t-shirt factory.

What other OKC-centric costume ideas are we missing? Let us know in the comments!

holiday, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Schmooza is so fun it is scary

Halloween SchmoozaPalooza

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I really wish there was a way to combine my love of costumes and making important business connections?” Boy, do we have an event for you. Head on over to the State Fair Park’s Oklahoma Expo Hall for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s SchmoozaPalooza Trade Show on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 4-7 p.m.

A $10 admission, which includes a drink ticket, will give you a preview of the latest products and services (which means free stuff!) from Chamber member exhibitors while enjoying live music, networking activities, food tastings from more than 20 restaurants and caterers and door prizes. So put on your Halloween best, and bring your friends.

To purchase tickets and see a video from the last event, visit www.okcchamber.com/schmooza.

business, holiday, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



A better life: health

Family exercising

While we are all about to gorge on the sweet, sweet Halloween candy, it is important we think about our health for a second. We know health is one of the most crucial aspects of relocating to a new city. Whether it is healthy living through outdoor activities or outstanding medical care, having options when it comes to the lifestyle you want is extremely important when picking a new hometown.

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

community, cycling, outdoor recreation, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Things to Do & See: October 24 - October 30, 2017

live music in Bricktown

Tuesday, October 24
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Brick-or-Treat 2017; 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.

Wednesday, October 25
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
John Mark McMillan; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Dead Horses; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Studio; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, October 26
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Schmoozapalooza; 4 p.m.; State Fair Park, Oklahoma Expo Hall; Tickets are $10.

Friday, October 27
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Wizard World Comic Con; 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Coop Showcase; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tower Theatre; Admission is $10.
Conor Oberst; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.
Murder on the Dance Floor; 8 p.m.; The Paramount Room; 410-4978; Tickets are $20.

Saturday, October 28
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Haunt the Zoo; All Day; Oklahoma City Zoo; 425-0292; Ticket prices vary.
Wizard World Comic Con; 10 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Spaghetti Eddie!; Noon; Tower Theatre; Tower Theatre; Admission is free.
My So Called Band; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Chase Rice; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.
Brothers Griiin: The Hallofgriiin; 9 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, October 29
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Day of the Dead Festival; All Day; Plaza Festival; This event is free.
Haunt the Zoo; All Day; Oklahoma City Zoo; 425-0292; Ticket prices vary.
Wizard World Comic Con; 10 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 30
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.

calendar
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spooky surprises on the river

Oklahoma River Cruise

Has the fall weather put you in the mood for a spooky surprise? Are you counting down the days until it’s time for the tricks and treats of Halloween? Why wait until October 31 to celebrate? Head over to the Exchange Landing and climb aboard an Adult Haunt The River Cruise!

This new take on the classic Halloween party will feature a decorated boat, haunted tunes, light snacks and a cash bar. Enjoy the scenery of downtown OKC in a way unlike anything you have experienced before!

The Adult Haunt The River Cruise will sail through the waters of the Oklahoma River each Friday and Saturday in October beginning October 13th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and reservations are required so don’t delay, buy your tickets today!

holiday, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



You will heart this shopping experience

An Affair of the Heart

Are you looking for the right piece of furniture or artwork to accent your living room? Do you like to shop small and support local business? If any of these descriptions fit you, head on over to An Affair of the Heart, October 20 - 22 at the State Fair Park!

This unique shopping experience will feature booths filled with a wide variety of arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, furniture, decorative items, accessories, jewelry, clothing, gourmet foods and more. There will be something for everyone in this marketplace. Affair of the Heart is recognized as one of the largest arts and crafts shows in the United States.

Entrance into this ultimate shopping experience will be $8 for adults but is free for kids ages 12 and under. Tickets are currently on sale, so buy yours today!

shopping, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



This combo has our hearts

OKC Ballet Dancers

If you are searching for a new take on a classic date night or even have a child in your life who loves the magic and beauty that is ballet, plan an outing to the Civic Center Music Hall on October 20 - 22 to see Swan Lake.

Swan Lake is the tale of Odette, a beautiful maiden, and the Prince who loves her. Their love is challenged when an evil sorcerer transforms Odette into a swan - will their love remain true? This ballet explores the basic notions of classic takes on good vs. evil. Swan Lake comes to life through the Tchaikovsky score, with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic accompanying the Oklahoma City Ballet. The craftsmanship and dedication given to this performance will leave audiences in awe as they find themselves captivated by each twist in the storyline.

Tickets are on sale now, so be sure to call the box office or order your tickets online soon, as you won’t want to miss out on attending this beautiful ballet.

arts and culture, ballet, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Class is in session

Kids using computers

Finding the right education option is never easy, so let the Better Life OKC website assist you in your search! To learn more about education options in Oklahoma City, visit the education section of our website. You can then select the schooling style that’s right for you and your family, whether that be public schools, private schools, charter schools, universities or childcare.

In today’s blog post, we are going to highlight the private school webpage. Here you can find a list of all the private schools in Oklahoma City, and under each school you will find a brief description of what to expect in regard to the grades they teach, how many students they typically serve, and a myriad of other facts as is deemed applicable. You will also find a link to each school’s website, where you can learn more about their values and educational standards.

education, university
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Things to Do & See: October 17 - October 23, 2017

OKC Thunder Fans

Tuesday, October 17
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.

Wednesday, October 18
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Run the Jewels; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Ira Thomas & The Blind Boys of Alabama; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, October 19
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Lil Uzi Vert; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, October 20
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Swan Lake; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Turnpike Troubadours; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, October 21
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Haunt the Zoo; All day; Oklahoma City Zoo; 425-0292; Admission prices vary.
Halloween Party: Garden Monster Bash; 6:30 p.m.; $10 for members and $13 for nonmembers.
Swan Lake; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, October 22
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Haunt the Zoo; All day; Oklahoma City Zoo; 425-0292; Admission prices vary.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 23
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.

calendar
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Three things to watch this upcoming season

OKC Thunder Fans

The start to the regular NBA season is nearly upon us, which means Thunder basketball is finally returning! Whether you’re a casual fan or claim to be the biggest, here are three things to look out for this upcoming season.

The first, and probably one of the most obvious, is to get to know the new big three in OKC; Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. It was an eventful offseason as the Thunder added George, a four-time all-star and Olympic gold medalist, and the 10-time all-star Anthony. Oh, and some Westbrook guy signed the biggest contract in NBA history to stay in Oklahoma City for six more seasons. With three superstars on the roster, the revamped Thunder are poised to make a run in the Western conference.

Second, be sure to pay close attention to the crazy clothing styles Westbrook will unleash this year. We know, this doesn’t have much to do with the actual game, but one of the reasons for the NBA’s strong rise in popularity has to do with the character and fun the individual players bring to the league. Besides, some of Westbrook’s pre-game style choices may also have a few subliminal messages that are really fun to tweet about if last season was any indication.

Lastly, be sure to buy a program to get to know the new faces. Besides George and Anthony, the Thunder also signed NBA veterans Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson, as well as drafted Terrance Ferguson. Felton, a former top five pick, has been in the league for 13 seasons and will take over backup PG duties. Paterson is entering his 10th season in the NBA and is known for his defense and shooting ability. Ferguson was picked in the first round last June and is only 19 years old. Fun fact: Ferguson was born in Tulsa.  

The Thunder regular season begins Oct. 19 with a home game against the New York Knicks. You can check out the complete regular season schedule on the Thunder website.

basketball, live sporting events, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



A decade in OKC

OKC Thunder Fans

In case you didn’t already know this, Thunder fans are known for being some of the most passionate in the league, which didn’t just transpire by happenstance. In fact, OKC’s passion for basketball started even before the Thunder came to town with the New Orleans Hornets.

When the Hornets came to play temporarily in Oklahoma City due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the city embraced the idea of having an NBA team of their own. Thus, when the opportunity arose for a particular NBA team to relocate, OKC jumped on the opportunity and the Seattle SuperSonics became the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

After the move to OKC, the Thunder drafted key players in Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and James Harden, among others, in fostering their rise to NBA prominence. The Thunder made it to the NBA Finals for the first time in 2012. The Thunder have made the playoffs seven of their nine years in Oklahoma City and have had two players win the MVP award.

basketball, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



The G-League is back

With the start of Thunder basketball also comes the start of the regular season for the NBA G League (formerly known as the D League). In fact, one of the coolest things about the Thunder’s G League team, the Oklahoma City Blue, is the way in which they use it.

Brett Dawson from NewsOK highlight’s how the Thunder are adept at treating the OKC Blue as a Triple-A farm team in baseball and to a much greater extent than other NBA teams.

If you can’t make it to a Thunder game, an OKC Blue game is a great way to get in your basketball fix throughout the regular season. The OKC Blue kicks off the regular season with a home game against Rio Grande Valley on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Check out the full schedule here.

basketball, live sporting events, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Things to Do & See: October 10 - October 16, 2017

Pumpkinville

Tuesday, October 10
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.

Wednesday, October 11
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Rock of Ages; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Post Malone; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, October 12
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Rock of Ages; 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Paul Horn; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
The xx; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, October 13
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
Why Not? Comedy Show; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Rock of Ages; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones; 8 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Mastodon; 7: 30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, October 14
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Rock of Ages; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Gojira; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, October 15
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. OKC Energy FC; 5 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Rock of Ages; 5 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 16
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.

calendar
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Crew goals

Dragon Boating

Some of the best riversport athletes in the world will be in Oklahoma City on Oct. 5-8 as the Oklahoma Regatta Festival takes place on the Oklahoma River. For four days, 2,500 athletes will compete in rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and whitewater rafting during the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma Regatta and the OGE NightSprints.

The OCU Head of the Oklahoma races will include 2.5 mile races against the clock each day where participants from across the country will compete in collegiate, masters and junior rowing divisions. The 500-meter night sprints Saturday evening will surely be a sight not to miss – they take place on the only permanently lighted rowing race course in the world. And the friendly dragon boat competition with teams of 20 paddlers and one drummer will “Paddle for a Cure,” with all proceeds benefitting the local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

In addition to the racing, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival will include a family festival with food trucks and beer gardens – all with a first-rate view of the racing and the traditional post-race fireworks. Whether you are rolling with your crew or flying solo, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival is the perfect place to enjoy the first weekend of October in Oklahoma City.

View the schedule at riversportokc.org.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, festivals, Oklahoma River, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



From zero to hero

Regatta Festival

While it’s hard to imagine OKC today without the fantastic amenities that are available in the Boathouse District, the district is actually in its infancy. A seven-mile stretch of the North Canadian River, known today as the Oklahoma River, was part of the original MAPS projects and was completed in 2004.

Prior to MAPS, the area had been a dry riverbed whose water was redirected to avoid flooding downtown Oklahoma City and the city had to mow it a couple times each year. The river actually got its name after local civic leader Ray Ackerman encouraged city leaders to name the area the Oklahoma River.

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

Boathouse District, family-friendly, MAPS, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Rollin’ on the river

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

The newest addition to the river is RIVERSPORT Rapids, a MAPS 3-funded whitewater center that offers rafting, kayaking and tubing. The center opened in May 2016 and hosted the Olympic trials for canoe/kayak slalom that year. For tamer entertainment, rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board for the day or test your skills on the climbing walls.

But if watersports aren’t your style, you can also take your adventurous spirit to new heights with the Rumble Drop or SandRidge Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world! Both the 700-feet zip line across the Oklahoma River and the 72-foot sky slide from atop the sky trail will make you feel like a kid again. There is even a youth zone for the kiddos. And certainly anyone who appreciates the great outdoors will love the 13 miles of scenic trails that meander along the Oklahoma River. No matter your activity level, the Oklahoma River and the Boathouse District are sure to have something for you to enjoy.

water sports, Boathouse District, cycling, family-friendly, kids, MAPS, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Things to Do & See: October 3 - October 9, 2017

Chesapeake Energy Arena

Tuesday, October 3
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Band of Horses; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, October 4
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Kings of Leon; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Tesla; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, October 5
2017 Oklahoma Regatta Festival; All Day; RIVERSPORT Adventures; 552-4040; This event is free.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Full Moon Bike Ride and Run; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is $5.
Birdtalker; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Cut Copy; The Jones Assembly; 8 p.m.; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, October 6
2017 Oklahoma Regatta Festival; All Day; RIVERSPORT Adventures; 552-4040; This event is free.
Day Out with Thomas; All Day; Oklahoma Railway Museum; 424-8222; $18.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 to 10 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, October 7
2017 Oklahoma Regatta Festival; All Day; RIVERSPORT Adventures; 552-4040; This event is free.
Day Out with Thomas; All Day; Oklahoma Railway Museum; 424-8222; $18.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Rakim; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, October 8
2017 Oklahoma Regatta Festival; All Day; RIVERSPORT Adventures; 552-4040; This event is free.
Day Out with Thomas; All Day; Oklahoma Railway Museum; 424-8222; $18.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Melbourne United vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. OKC Energy FC; 5 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 9
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.

calendar
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wild, wild West(ern) Avenue

Western Avenue

When you hear the word ‘Western,’ the image that comes to mind may be that of an old black and white, gun toting, horseback riding western film. Or, if you’re an OKCitian who knows their way around, you probably imagine food, retail and a fun-filled day in a certain section of town.

Ranging from contemporary to classic, the Western Avenue district has a little something for everyone. Classen Curve, located at the northern edge of the Western Avenue district, contains some of OKC’s most fashionable shops, including national retailers like Lululemon Athletica, Anthropologie, Cos Bar, Kendra Scott and West Elm. If local retail is more your style, Balliets, Bebe’s, CK & Co., On a Whim, Red Coyote Running and Fitness and Liberté are a few great options. The momentum at Classen Curve is not slowing down as retailers like Athleta, Bassett Furniture and Francesca’s have stores opening soon.

Foodies will also take heart in the number of restaurant options throughout the district, from upscale options like West to fast-casual concepts like All About Cha, The Wedge, Sushi Neko, Musashi’s, The Drum Room, Tucker’s Onion Burgers, and Café 501. There’s plenty to see and do on Western Avenue, so go out and explore all there is to offer like you’re John Wayne on horseback riding feverishly into the Oklahoma sunset.

restaurants, shopping, Western Avenue
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Ready for the uptown funk?

Uptown 23 Street Art

Teeming with flavor, color and life, Uptown 23rd is one of the latest neighborhood revitalizations gaining a well-deserved reputation. Uptown 23rd is one of OKC’s oldest retail corridors with historic buildings such as the Gold Dome building, a Buckminister Fuller-inspired geodesic dome on the corner of Classen Avenue and Northwest 23rd Street. The attractions in Uptown are casual, accessible and largely owned by local proprietors.

Must-visit bars and restaurants in the area include Big Truck Tacos, Cheever’s, Pizzeria Gusto, known for their authentic Neapolitan pizza; The Drake, a seafood restaurant served family style; the Pump Bar, a former Texaco station turned bar that serves up drinks in a friendly atmosphere; and the 70s-themed Rockford Cocktail Den. You can also test your detective skills at The Escape OKC, a live-escape game where you have 60 minutes to solve the puzzles of a locked room.

The most recent additions to 23rd’s thriving restaurant and bar scene include the Bunker Club, Scottie’s Deli, UR/BUN and more.

The jewel of 23rd might be the Tower Theatre. Built in 1937, the theatre was one of Oklahoma City’s premier movie houses for nearly four decades but closed in the ‘80s. It was renovated last year and reopened as a live music venue and has attracted popular acts from across the country.  

Whichever district you are visiting, find out even more about what to eat, enjoy or experience there online at the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website at www.visitokc.com

concerts, live music, nightlife, restaurants, Uptown 23
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Festive with PlazaFest

Plaza District Festival

Looking for a fun, exciting day out with family or friends? With live music, incredible food and beautiful art, there’s a lot to see and do at the upcoming Plaza District Festival.

Celebrating local arts, culture and the revitalization of OKC’s Plaza District, the Plaza District Festival will feature art from more than 30 Oklahoma-based artists in addition to an all Oklahoma lineup of musicians and performers on three stages. There will also be a kid’s area with activities like face painting, hula hoops and bubbles, and firehouse art activities throughout the festival so your little ones can harness their own creative genius.

The Plaza District is an enclave of locally owned shops, galleries and restaurants and has become a hub for creativity and a magnet for local businesses. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe. Grab a cup of coffee at District House, a slice of pizza at Empire or a grilled cheese at the Mule. You can also get a drink at Oak and Ore before heading over to DNA Galleries to buy some clothes or art. How about ending the evening with a performance at Lyric Theatre and then running over to Roxy’s for some ice cream or Pie Junkie for the best pie around. Get the picture? There is something for everyone in the Plaza.

The Plaza District Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

nightlife, Plaza District, restaurants, theater, arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, food, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Pave the way for Rock the Block

Construction Equipment

Have you or your kids ever played with Tonka trucks or other construction toys? Well push those to the side because now’s your chance (we mean your kid’s chance... yea, let’s go with that) to get up close and personal with the real thing at Dolese’s Rock the Block event on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Rock the Block event will give child-at-heart adults and actual children alike the opportunity to view a variety of construction vehicles and equipment up close from Dolese and other industry partners including Bobcat of Oklahoma City, the OKC Fire Department, Oklahoma Gas and Electric, and many more.

Free and open to the public, the event will also have a canned food drive benefitting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and will raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. You can learn more about Rock the Block and pave your way to a fun, family weekend by checking out the Facebook events page.

community, family-friendly, festivals, free, kids
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Things to Do & See: September 26 - October 2, 2017

Plaza Festival

Tuesday, September 26
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Against Me!; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Beautiful – The Carol King Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, September 27
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Beautiful – The Carol King Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
JJ Grey & Mofro; The Jones Assembly; 8 p.m.; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, September 28
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Young the Giant; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.
Beautiful – The Carol King Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Hamlet by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, September 29
Day Out with Thomas; All Day; Oklahoma Railway Museum; 424-8222; $18.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Beautiful – The Carol King Musical; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Wade Bowen; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Hamlet by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, September 30
2017 Plaza District Festival; All Day; Plaza District; This event is free.
Day Out with Thomas; All Day; Oklahoma Railway Museum; 424-8222; $18.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Beautiful – The Carol King Musical; 2 & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Locash; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Matt Stansberry & The Romance; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, October 1
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Beautiful – The Carol King Musical; 2 & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
LA Galaxy II vs. OKC Energy FC; 5 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Yelawolf; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 2
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
2017 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Entry prices vary. 
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.

calendar
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Better biking

Whether you’re a fan of road bikes, mountain bikes or the occasional unicycle, OKC has the trails for you and is getting more every day. With the passage of MAPS 3 in 2009, voters approved $40 million to construct miles of new trails to make the city more bike friendly than ever. Additionally, with the recent passage of the 2017 GO bonds, the City will dedicate even more money, $8.4 million, to new trails. Here are just a few of the multi-use trails the City currently has to offer:

  • The Oklahoma River trails are two trails that run along the Oklahoma River corridor and the Boathouse District that are 13 miles long. They also connect to several other trails such as the Bricktown Trail and Katy Trail.
  • If you’re interested in taking a cruise around a lake, take a look at the Bert Cooper Trails that circle Lake Hefner. These trails are 9.8 miles long and are near a variety of restaurants along the East Wharf so you can grab a bite to eat after a good workout.
  • One of the newest trails as part of MAPS 3 is the 7.5 mile long West River Trail. This trail offers some beautiful scenery and is connected to the Oklahoma River Trails and Overholser Trail.

If you’re someone who likes to chart their own path, take a look at the bike trail map. From here you can pick your own route and pedal to your heart’s desire throughout OKC.

Boathouse District, cycling, Lake Hefner, mountain biking, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Be larger than life in OKC

If you know someone looking to move to OKC, or just looking for a fresh start, OKC represents opportunity that’s here for the taking. With a stellar standard of living, booming communities and exciting future developments, our region has a spirit that says “go for it!” Watch our 2017 relocation video for more information about relocating to Greater Oklahoma City and be sure to share it with friends, family, peers, coworkers, pets … well you get the point.

community, moving, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Better Life: childcare

Better Life Childcare

Having access to quality childcare is important if you’re a working adult or even just looking to get your kids involved in some fun activities.

If you don’t know where to start in finding childcare centers near you, we’ve got you covered. Check out our website for a list of childcare centers, schools and more in the OKC area.

family-friendly, kids, school
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



What to see OKC

Our friends over at the Convention and Visitors Bureau create a lot of great content. And, contrary to popular belief, their website isn’t just for visitors!

VisitOKC.com features all the latest happenings in OKC, from the latest events to the best local restaurants even some locals don’t know about. They even have monthly “What to see in OKC” videos filled with the biggest shows, events and other attractions taking place in the City that month in under 2 minutes. In fact, the one for September can be found here, highlighting the Oklahoma State Fair, Disney on Ice, upcoming concerts and more.

So, if you’re interested in being “in the know” and have some serious FOMO (Fear of missing out… We millennials have some odd phrases), just check back in to the VisitOKC website each month or follow them on Instagram @VisitOKC to stay updated with the latest.  

attractions, concerts, restaurants, State Fair Park, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Things to Do & See: September 19 - September 25, 2017

live music in Bricktown

Tuesday, September 19
2017 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Entry prices vary. 
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.

Wednesday, September 20
2017 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Entry prices vary. 
Suzanne Santo; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.

Thursday, September 21
2017 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Entry prices vary. 
The Mavericks; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Hamlet by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline; 7:30 pm.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, September 22
2017 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Entry prices vary. 
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline; 7:30 pm.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
American Aquarium; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Hamlet by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, September 23
2017 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Entry prices vary. 
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline; 1:30 & 7:30 pm.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Hamlet by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, September 24
2017 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Entry prices vary. 
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline; 1:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Hard Working Americans; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, September 25
2017 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Entry prices vary. 
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.

calendar
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Great State Fair of Oklahoma

Midway at the Fair

Football, cooler weather and the State Fair of Oklahoma means it is fall. If you are new to Oklahoma City then you might be surprised to find out that for many the kickoff of the State Fair of Oklahoma is our official signal that autumn has arrived!  

From Sept. 14-24, State Fair Park in Oklahoma City will be bustling with the Oklahoma State Fair and all that it entails. An annual extravaganza stretching back more than 100 years, the Oklahoma State Fair offers a little something for everyone, from deep-fried culinary delights (sign us up!) to ice-dancing Disney princesses. Read on for our can’t-miss fair favorites.

AGtropolis- The Oklahoma State Fair has its roots in agriculture, and this hands-on learning experience presents Oklahoma’s agricultural history with interactive exhibits and demonstrations throughout the Oklahoma Expo Hall. This event is perfect for kids or adults formerly obsessed with the Little House on the Prairie series.

The JFK Exhibition- New this year is the JFK Exhibition: Experience His Life and Legacy. This is the largest traveling JFK exhibition and displays hundreds of authentic items from his presidency, including one of his presidential limousines.

Disney on Ice- A State Fair mainstay, Disney on Ice is back with Follow Your Heart a fun adventure with all your Disney and Pixar favorites.

Free concerts on the Adventure Road Stage- Gather smack-dab in the middle of the fairgrounds each evening to enjoy jazz, alt rock, country, oldies and R&B. Personally we are ready to break out our moves for Tony! Toni! Tone!

Honestly, we can’t even begin to describe all the cool stuff taking place at this year’s fair. Luckily, the Oklahoma State Fair has its own app. Download it today to help organize your Fair Day.

concerts, family-friendly, kids, live music, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



110 years and counting…

State Fair Ferris Wheel

Ever wonder how the great State Fair of Oklahoma came to become so great? Or why we have a fair to begin with? Jump in our DeLorean and do a little time traveling with us.

When a young Oklahoma City had the opportunity to host the Farmers National Congress in 1907, city leaders were determined to do everything they could to make the convention a success. There was only one stipulation from the convention organizers: They wanted a fall fair so their delegates could see the achievements of agriculture in the new state.

Oklahoma citizens pushed for an annual fair as early as 1892, recognizing the impact that the fair could have on the new territory. Convinced of the potential, a coalition of business leaders gathered in the offices of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on Jan. 18, 1907, to organize a state fair association. After months of planning, the first State Fair of Oklahoma celebrated its opening day on Oct. 5, 1907.

Here are a few more facts you may not know about the Oklahoma State Fair:

  • The first State Fair of Oklahoma opened on Oct. 5, 1907, a few weeks before Oklahoma was officially granted statehood.
  • The first fair attracted a crowd of more than 10,000 people.
  • The State Fair Park moved to its current location in 1954.
  • The park expanded its facilities in 1961 to included horse barns, a move that allowed Oklahoma City to earn its place as the “Horse Show Capital of the World”—a title that the city still holds today!
  • The current park is 435 acres and hosts more than 180 events each year. The total attendance of these events is more than 2.28 million people annually.
  • Oklahoma State Fair Park is located at the junction of two major highways, providing easy access from anywhere in the state (and nation!).
  • The people of Oklahoma City support the fair in a big way. Citizens have improved major improvements to State Fair Park in both the MAPS I and MAPS 3 initiatives.
Oklahoma City history, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



The fairest food

Fair Food

We aren’t going to lie, one of our favorite posts annually is talking about our favorites foods at the fair. The fair comes only once a year, so why not indulge in some deep-fried, chocolate-covered fair food to make your experience complete? Ranging from classic to crazy, here are five picks for the best food that the fair has to offer.

  • Indian Tacos at Dan’s Indian Taco Stand. This stand is a state fair staple for delicious Indian tacos.
  • Bacon Bloody Mary at The Roadhouse Concessions. A new item for 2013, try this take on a classic Bloody Mary if the midway leaves you feeling thirsty. Must be 21 to purchase.
  • Root Beer. Ice cold, in a jug. What more do you need?
  • Bacon-Wrapped Caramel Apple from Rodney and Lisa LTD, LLC. Is it a dessert? Is it a main course? Will you regret it the next day? We don’t know, but we still think you should give it a try anyway.
  • Elvis S’more. Full disclosure we actually haven’t tried Elvis S’more before but we love the name. Plus s’mores are delicious so it can’t be bad. We would love s’more food like this (sorry we can never pass on a terrible pun).

If none of these treats tickle your fancy, check out the interactive food finder on the Oklahoma State Fair website to pinpoint exactly what your taste buds are craving.

food, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)