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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

OKC’s Rite of Spring

Festival of the Arts

From discovering new artists to experiencing global flavors, Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s Festival of the Arts has been Oklahoma City’s rite of spring for 50 years. And the 50th annual Festival of the Arts, April 19-24, promises to continue this rich tradition in its new location at Bicentennial Park located in front of Civic Center Music Hall.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Every year Festival of the Arts attracts up to 750,000 people over six days. Free admission, amazing art, fantastic food, exciting entertainment and fun activities are all in store for visitors to enjoy at this year’s Festival.

Visual Arts
The Festival features 200 artists from 41 states, including several artists representing the rich culture and talent of Oklahoma.

Culinary Arts
Take a break from the visual and performing arts to enjoy all the fine food that Festival of the Arts has to offer. International Food Row features old favorites like Indian Tacos, Strawberries Newport, Craig & Carter’s Famous Fish Tacos and C’est Si Bon. New additions to this year’s International Food Row include Meat Market Refectory, The Saucee Sicilian, Crepe Brewers and I Don’t Know & I Don’t Care. Each food vendor is partnered with a local arts-related nonprofit agency, so each bite goes to support the arts in central Oklahoma.

Performing Arts
Festival of the Arts has three stages of non-stop performing arts entertainment ranging in scope from the youngest elementary school performers to professional musicians.

Art for Children
Festival of the Arts will include many great activities for children and families. Shop from Festival’s youngest artists at the Youth Art Sale where youth ages 8 to 18 present their own artwork for sale. Young at Art Mart is a special no-adults-allowed section where children can purchase art created by their favorite Festival artists for $5 or less. Children can create their own unique work of art in the Children's Art Field. Face painting for $1 will be available.

All proceeds from the Festival support Arts Council Oklahoma City’s year-round, free and low-cost programming. Another unique way to support this effort is by attending the Angels and Friends Party. It boasts entertainment, fare from OKC’s best restaurants, an open bar and a chance to celebrate the arts and the coming of spring with OKC’s most devout arts supporters.

arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, food, live music, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Asian District

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

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

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

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

Asian District, food, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Moving made easy: specialty grocery stores

We know moving is stressful and while big ticket items like housing and schools can turn your hair grey, simple things like, “where am I going to shop?” can also turn into major inconveniences.

The good news is that no matter your proclivity, Oklahoma City has a ton of options outside of your standard grocery stores. Organic, local or ethnic, the metro has a place nearby to satisfy your growling stomach.

How would one easily find what they are looking for? Well we’ve made it easy for you. Check out the Specialty Grocery Store page on our website. While we consider ourselves all knowing when it comes to OKC we might not have thought of every place. Have a specialty grocery store we missed that people need to know about? Let everyone know in the comments or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter.

food, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Are the hairs on your arms starting to stand up in excitement? That can only mean one thing! Oklahoma City’s most fun networking event, SchmoozaPalooza, is tonight! We know this is a lot of exclamation points, but that is just the kind of fun there is to be had at Schmooza.

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

We know you are already sold but just in case we haven’t tickled you fancy enough there is also a theme: western wear. That is right, bust out your cowboy hat, boots and rhinestones and we will see you tonight.

food, live music, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Block party in b-town

Irish flag (220399586)

No silent alarm here – we’re sounding the laudatory bell for the Bricktown St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. Conveniently, the 27th annual event starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, so after the O’City parade, check out loads of live music, imbibe some green beer (as well as some awesome naturally-colored local craft beer!) and have some tasty eats from area food trucks right there at Reno and Oklahoma Avenue. The party lasts until midnight, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy that day ‘o the year when everyone’s Irish.

3 p.m. – Rocky Kanaga
4 p.m. – Empire Grey
5 p.m. – Denver Duncan
6 p.m. – Bowlsey
7 p.m. – Squad Live
9 p.m. – Josh Sallee
10 p.m. – My So-Called Band

More info:

live music, nightlife, beer, Bricktown, food, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Guthrie at night

The city of Guthrie (located just 35 minutes north of Oklahoma City) was chosen as the territorial capital in the months following the Land Run of 1889, and when Oklahoma gained statehood in 1907, Guthrie became the state capital. Today, Guthrie has retained much of its territorial architecture (and charm!) to become one of the most picturesque places to visit. It stands today as a National Historic Landmark filled with examples of late 19th and early 20th Century architecture.

Here are just a few of the many ways to experience Guthrie:

movies, retail, theater, day-trip, food, Guthrie, history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Home of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater is just an hour or so up the road from OKC and features plenty of diverse activities. Read on for more ideas on how to spend your time in Stillwater.

  • The National Wrestling Hall of Fame – this “shrine to the sport of wrestling” should definitely be on your Stillwater to-do list. Full of memorabilia and history, “mankind’s oldest and most basic form of recreational combat” is celebrated here. Learn about the sport’s pioneers, African-American and Latino wrestling history, America’s Olympic heroes, and more.
  • Main Street ShoppingDowntown Stillwater features that classic Main Street feel, with lots of local flavor and things to see and eat. Bike nights, Food Truck nights, and the Car and Bike Show augment the experience. Check the calendar at the link above to see what’s going down Downtown, or just head out and get your shop on.
  • Lake Fun – Stillwater’s three area reservoirs of regalement stand ready for you to visit any time of year. Lakes Blackwell, McMurtry, and Boomer offer all the typical lake fun you can stand and then some, including bird watching, mountain biking, hunting, disc golf, camping, horseback riding and trails for fitness, among other features.
  • Golf at Karsten Creek – The Stillwater area in general offers plenty for the duffers out there, but you may want to pay a special visit to Karsten Creek. Considered one of the best public courses in the nation, this Tom Fazio-designed course is the home of Oklahoma State’s golf teams, and you can play there too! Take the opportunity to grab your clubs and experience a demanding course you’re sure not to forget.

For more info, just hop over to

golf, mountain biking, museums, outdoor recreation, retail, Stillwater, water sports, camping, college, day-trip, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Premiere on Film Row

Premiere on Film Row

Film Row is located on Sheridan just west of downtown and is another Oklahoma City district bustling with history. Placed on the National Register of Historic Place, the district was home to OKC’s film industry at the dawn of the film age. Hollywood studios including Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Fox Films had operations in the 42-block area between Classen Boulevard and Walker Avenue along Sheridan Avenue where theater owners came to view and lease films.

Today the district is home to local retailers and businesses and it seems you can’t go a day without hearing of a new development in the up and coming district. Soon there will even be a live music venue and historic hotel.

Premiere on Film Row is the district’s monthly festival and it is held the third Thursday of each month from 7 to 10 p.m. (beginning in March). Premiere on Film Row aims to be family friendly and features live music, some of the best food trucks in OKC and even film screenings.  

festivals, film, Film Row, food, live music, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Opening Night

Opening night in downtown OKC

Each new year is a time of reflection and resolutions. But first, you have to ring in the year in style. Are you still looking for that perfect place to welcome 2016? Well, we’ve got you covered. OKC is hopping with so many exciting events on NYE that it may be hard to choose just one.

Do you love, music, dancing, theater or fireworks? If so, you certainly won’t want to miss Opening Night, one of OKC’s premier New Year’s Eve parties. Put on by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Opening Night offers fun for the entire family with performances on 16 stages throughout downtown OKC featuring acts such as Tequila Azul, OKC Improv, Michael King, Allie Lauren, Edgar Cruz, Urban Addiction and more. Trust us, there is absolutely zero chance of a less than stellar New Year’s Eve. Did we mention there’s fun for the whole family? The youngsters are sure to enjoy face painting, an interactive art project, and lively music performances. And the fireworks finale is a show-stopping spectacle that you won't soon forget.

Wristbands are just $8 in advance and you can pick them up at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, metro Homeland stores, Oklahoma City Museum of Art and MidFirst Bank locations. You can also get wristbands for $10 at the event. Children under 5 are absolutely free.

And don’t worry about grabbing grub before heading downtown – seriously, they’ve thought of everything – the city’s best food trucks will be on-hand to serve up a variety of exciting food. Get your dinner on Finale Alley any time before midnight!

If you want to kick off the evening (or that 2016 resolution) a little early, make plans to attend the Opening Night 5k. Don your best costume of neon and glitter or dig out your superhero cape because the most festively dressed wins an original piece of art.

family-friendly, festivals, food, live music, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Send your friends a taste of OKC this holiday season

If you have lived in Oklahoma City for long, you probably recognize all the awesome qualities that make this community such a great place to live. And since this is the season of giving, why not share the OKC-love with family and friends? Since it would be pretty difficult to wrap up the Devon Tower and place it under your Christmas tree (without the help of the North Pole, that is), we have an easier way to share Oklahoma City’s story.

VeloCity, the digital magazine of Oklahoma City, just launched its newest issue filled with info on OKC’s foodie scene, the abundance of adrenaline-filled activities throughout the city and more. Read the current issue at and view all the back issues at

attractions, food, Oklahoma City, velocity
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Costumes at SchmoozaPalooza

Are you hoping your Halloween is a little more treats than trick? Why don’t you check out SchmoozaPalooza on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at State Fair Park? What exactly is SchmoozaPalooza and (why are we asking so many questions of you)? SchmoozaPalooza is Oklahoma City’s most unique and fun networking party.

With nearly 100 exhibitors (including some of the best food in OKC), live music and cash prizes we promise you will go home with a full trick-or-treat bag, and probably a full belly. The only thing scary about SchmoozaPalooza is the low price (ba-dum-tshh). Entry is just $10 and that includes one free beverage of your choice. There are also group discounts if you want to take your gang of ghouls.

Get more information here and we will see you Oct. 29.

food, live music, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Invite your out-of-town friends to play in OKC

Bricktown Canal

Whether you’ve just moved here or lived here a long time, you can pitch Oklahoma City as a great destination for visitors to your out-of-town friends, and we at The Better Life Blog are happy to help tell them why.

After all, this year National Geographic named Oklahoma City as a “must-see,” “go-now” destination in its Best Trips 2015 list for good reason.

Here are some ideas for your own adventure:

  • Oklahoma City has a collection of truly world-class and won’t-see-them-anywhere else museums that will keep you busy for days. The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is a must-visit for anyone who comes to our community. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and Oklahoma City Art Museum should also be at the top of any to-do list. Get a comprehensive list of all the great OKC museums here.
  • Rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board, go zip lining across the Oklahoma River on the SandRidge Sky Zip or climb the six-story SandRidge Sky Trail at the Boathouse District, where next year, you’ll also be able to enjoy outdoor whitewater rafting on a course that’s under construction and scheduled to open in 2016. Find out more from RIVERSPORT Adventures.
  • Go to Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and tour the Oklahoma City Zoo, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Science Museum Oklahoma, or watch horse racing at Remington Park Racing and Casino.
  • Explore the city’s other districts and local shopping and dining. Get outside at Lake Hefner, Lake Overholser, in the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, or at one of the many city parks, such as Martin Park Nature Center, a 140-acre park that feels like an escape from urban life. The Myriad Botanical Gardens are also a treat, whether you stay in the outside gardens, attend an event there or tour the rainforest atmosphere inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.

There is plenty more in Oklahoma City to see and do. So sell your out-of-town friends on Oklahoma City as a place to visit. You’ll get to see them on a regular basis and make good memories with all that this place has to offer.

If you need additional help with the sell (and we don’t think you will), tell them that this year Travel and Leisure Magazine recently named Oklahoma City as the fifth friendliest city in America.

Start planning your trip online at and get more ideas by exploring The Better Life Blog.

parks, shopping, water sports, Adventure District, western heritage, arts and culture, zoo, attractions, family-friendly, food, museums, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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#SeeOKC online before you venture out

“Oklahoma City offers all of the culture, cuisine, attractions and amenities you’d expect in a modern metropolis,” reads the home page of Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s newly redesigned website,

And there is plenty to explore on the website if you are still wondering what to (OK)See in Oklahoma City, to borrow the CVB’s new slogan.

Each month, you can take your own virtual tour with a new “What to OKC” video highlighting that month’s events and attractions. And then you can dive deeper to get area highlights and happenings, as well as local trips for your specific interest – outdoors, sports, history, the arts, nightlife and more.

While we at The Better Life Blog can’t imagine living anywhere else, we realize that Oklahoma City certainly would be fun to visit as well. Come join us and (OK)See.

arts and culture, attractions, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Get your blood pumping…

Great State Fair of Oklahoma

Hold on to your hat cowboys and cowgirls, and get ready for one of our favorite can’t-miss events of the year – the Oklahoma State Fair. This year’s event will be held Sept. 17-27 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds and offers something for everyone, from bacon-covered, deep-fried treats to karate kids and ferocious dinosaurs.

Action? Did someone say action? Well, expect nothing less from the Oklahoma State Fair. Enjoy the thrills of extreme bull riding or one of the tremendous shows featuring the world's largest traveling collection of raptors, dinosaurs and even a fire-eating magician. Your little princess (or prince for that matter) is sure to enjoy the stories or Elsa and Anna as Disney on Ice presents “Frozen.”

For those who prefer something a little on the tamer side, check out the Swifty Swine Pig Races, Farmyard Follies or the ACM@UCO’s Party on the Plaza. Or, to get a feel for what it was like in the olden days, check out the chuck wagon cookin’ demonstration.

Don’t miss the Adventure Road Entertainment Stage or the Bandshell Stage to enjoy free concerts each evening from jazz, blues, hip hop, rock, country and Christian bands. You might even catch classical dancers, choirs, or magicians while you’re at it.

And we would be amiss not to mention that Oklahoma City was chosen as one of 12 cities in the nation to host Navy Week, which happens to coincide with this year’s Oklahoma State Fair. Plan to see special shows from the Navy Band Southwest and Leap Frogs Parachute Team and exhibits such as the USS Constitution and USS Oklahoma City.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Food, food and did we mention, food?!

Cheese Curds

More than 15 new and unique foods have been added to the State Fair food lineup this year. If you are into delicious, one-of-a-kind grub then the State Fair is certainly where you need to be.

Honestly, we can’t decide which of these delightful treats we want to try first. Bacon-wrapped corn on the cob might be our vegetable of choice, but the deep-fried beer battered mushrooms are also calling our name. And then there’s the bacon-wrapped donut burger, deep-fried chocolate-covered bacon, cheese corn dog or deep-fried banana pudding. There are so many delicious choices … and we can seriously hear our scale screaming now.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

German beer, schnitzel and strudel abound at Oktoberfest in Choctaw

If you’ve made The Better Life Blog’s to-the-east rounds this week, you’ve learned about Czech history in Prague, as well as that of the Native Americans in Shawnee. Now it’s time to turn our attention to the Germans, specifically its annual Oktoberfest.

The Old Germany Restaurant, which opened in 1976, started the tradition in Choctaw that now is hosted by the restaurant, the City of Choctaw and the Choctaw Chamber and includes nine days of celebrating all things German – food, beer, wine, live music and dancing included. About 40,000-50,000 people attend the event in the 160-acre Choctaw Creek Park. The next Oktoberfest where beer, schnitzels and strudel will be served up, will be Sept. 4-12. Cost for the family-friendly event is $5, although children under 12 are free.

Overall, though, Choctaw is so close to the metro area that many of the things to do include what you would do in Oklahoma City, but here are some places to visit specific to the community in eastern Oklahoma County:

  • Choctaw Creek Park is the largest park in Choctaw and has a pond that offers fishing, horse trails, a playground, pavilions for rental and a disc-golf course. In addition to Oktoberfest, the park also hosts the Haunted Trails at Halloween.
  • Ten-Acre Lake offers fishing on a stocked lake, outdoor adventures, a playground, picnic tables and a pavilion for special events.
  • Cool off this summer by visiting the Barrel Springs Splash Pad in the heart of Choctaw’s Old Town District. Parents can hang out on picnic tables while children play in the fountain.
day-trip, family-friendly, festivals, food, restaurants, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

El Reno is El Realest When It Comes to Trolleys and Onion Burgers

El Reno Trolly

“El Reno” means “The Reindeer” in Spanish, which is cool, but in reality the coolest thing about visiting El Reno isn’t Blitzen et al. No, it’s the fact that it’s the only city in the state with an operating streetcar (though OKC’s new streetcar system is not too far away)! The Heritage Express Trolley runs from Heritage Park at the Canadian County Historical Museum to El Reno’s downtown main street area. While in El Reno, you can also get an original fried onion burger from Sid’s Diner, which has been featured on the Travel Channel and the Food Network. In fact, the first Saturday every May is the Fried Onion Burger Day Festival. Yum!

Downtown El Reno Oklahoma 5-31-2014

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Festival of the Arts

This week marks one of our absolute favorite weeks in Oklahoma City. We love hearing and seeing the talents of our fellow Oklahomans and there is no better locale for that than the annual Festival of the Arts.

The six-day event is an annual rite of passage to welcome spring in Oklahoma City. The festival, now in its 48th year, literally transforms downtown OKC into a bazaar-like atmosphere complete with colorful tents and thousands of attendees. The festival had humble beginnings in 1967, when Arts Council committee members personally sought out artists to exhibit and even made sandwiches and hot dogs for attendees. But today, the Festival of the Arts is one of the largest and most successful in the country.

Here are some things to remember when you visit the Festival of the Arts:

  • The art is world-class. More than 500 artists submitted work for the Festival jury process. The 141 chosen artists are some of the nation’s finest. Artworks include oil paintings, watercolors,   photography, ceramics, glass, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, wood, and more!
  • There’s plenty of entertainment. Nearly 300 entertainers will take the stage during the festival. From the big band sounds of the 145th Army Bank to the bluegrass sounds of Southbound Mule and choral groups such as the Sweet Adelines to Irish step dancers, Mexican folk dancers and ballet artists, the talent of Oklahomans is hard to dispute. 
  • Family fun is important too. There’s plenty to keep the youngsters entertained at the festival. Kids can create their own works of art at the Children’s Art Field. Other family-friendly activities include face painting and a creation station. The tikes are also sure to enjoy the Young-at-Art Mart, a children-only shopping site where all artwork is $5 or less. 
  • Bring your appetite! From appetizers to desserts, the festival is also a celebration of the culinary arts. Dozens of vendors bring their delicacies to the festival and each one is partnered with a local arts organization, so each bite you take supports the arts in central Oklahoma. Go ahead and expand your palate with daily culinary arts demonstrations from restaurants such as Sushi Neko , VAST, Rococo, Paseo Grill and many more. 
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Groceries with Global Flair

If you’ve been itching to try tako but weren’t sure how to find the best octopus, Super Cao Nguyen has your back (even though an octopus doesn’t have one). Find the octopi to occupy your favorite recipe and even more wild fare over at Super Cao Nguyen. The state’s largest Asian supermarket features all manner of fresh and imported packaged foods as well as all the assorted accoutrements you need to fully enjoy your Asian experience. From exotic tropical fruits and in-store baked goodness to a variety of fish sauces and even home goods and gifts, Super Cao Nguyen can be described in one word – super! (OK, forgive us for that last pun, but it really is pretty awesome.)

Grocers - Retail
2668 N. Military Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone: (405) 525-7650

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015


As we get closer to warmer temperatures we are also nearing the return of the ever popular H&8th in the Midtown District. With more than 25,000 people attending the monthly food festival, H&8th has quickly become the country's largest food truck event and a gathering place for people who love OKC and love food. We can hardly contain our excitement as the March 27 date nears. Seriously, who doesn’t love picking out their favorite delicacies, whether it’s the 5th amendment from Big Truck Tacos or chicken and waffles? This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with the addition of a shopping bazaar as part of the festival.

Get out there and explore OKC at any of these monthly festivals. It’s a great, inexpensive way to see more of what OKC has to offer. Don’t worry, you can thank us later. 

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sugar High

The Cookie Monster might be a little bit of a psycho, but he kind of has a point, right? Cookies and sweets are pretty good. Bathing suit season is just around the corner so many people are trying to avoid those extra calories. That is why Valentine’s Day is so awesome. It is a built-in excuse to rage on some sweet, sweet sugar.

Where do you get your sugar fix in OKC? Well good thing you asked. OKC has some great bakeries and candy companies who can’t wait to hook you up. We only have one request: don’t be selfish. Be sure to remember your significant other on Valentine’s Day and get them a sugary treat.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The most wonderful time of the year

The holidays are quickly approaching and there’s no better place to get in the holiday spirit than downtown Oklahoma City. Whether you love the twinkle of holiday lights, meeting Santa, the thrill of finding the perfect one-of-a-kind gift or getting your sweat on, Downtown in December offers an activity for everyone.

The official kickoff of the holiday season takes place during the Tree Lighting Festival from 5 to 7 p.m. this Friday when Mayor Mick Cornett lights the Christmas tree for the season. Local musicians will provide live entertainment and guests can feast on popcorn and cookies, courtesy of Nonna's Euro-American Ristorante. Little tikes will even be able to meet the jolly big guy himself and have works of art painted on their adorable faces. Festivities also include the Holiday River Parade as boats of all shapes and sizes adorned with holiday lights float along the Oklahoma River.

Enjoy the lights of the season throughout Oklahoma City. More than 4 million lights will adorn an eight-block area around the campus of Chesapeake Energy Corp. at NW 63rd Street and Western Avenue. The historic buildings of Automobile Alley offer an unforgettable experience as more than 180,000 colorful lights drape structures. A stroll down the Bricktown Canal offers a festive atmosphere for dining, shopping and enjoying time with family and friends. During the holiday season, water taxi rides are free each Thursday through Sunday.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Spooktacular Schmoozing

Do you like your Halloween happenings to have no tricks, only treats? Then head on over to the State Fair Park’s Travel and Transportation Building for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s SchmoozaPalooza Trade Show on Thursday, Oct. 30, 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.

Text “GHOST” to 71441 to win prizes and to be added to the Schmooza VIP list, or purchase tickets and see a video from last year’s event at

business, food, live music, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

App Attack

We know, we know. Your current phone is filled with apps you download and then never use. The slogan “There is an app for that” is now literal. However, we want to introduce you to a couple new apps that we think you’ll love (and hopefully use).

The first is OKC GOV. While a city government app usually doesn’t sound overly thrilling, this one is. By downloading this app you can create positive change in our community. The app is actually pretty simple. You can upload pictures and descriptions to report code violations such as graffiti, potholes, weeds and illegal parking. You don’t even have to know where you are (although we do recommend general whereabouts awareness) as the global positioning in your phone will report the location of the code violation.

The app also connects you to general city information such as pet adoption, bus schedules, ward maps and more.

The only thing more plentiful than apps on your phone is food trucks. We aren’t complaining mind you; there are some great meals to be had out of trucks in OKC. The problem is the food truck scene in the metro has grown so quickly in such a short time in can be daunting to keep track of your favorite food truck and what is near. That is where the app truckitokc comes into play.

Like most apps the idea and interface are simple. Just open the app and it will tell you what food trucks are near you and how long they will be there. You can also pull up a menu and even tweet the truck through the app.

food, government, nightlife, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Yukon: “Czech Capitol of Oklahoma”

Here at the Better Life Headquarters we are dedicated to showing you everything that is awesome and fun about Oklahoma City. If you’ve read our blog before you know the good times don’t stop at the OKC city limits. Greater Oklahoma City (as we like to call it) has a bevy of cities and communities that each offer unique events, attractions and histories that are definitely worth exploring.

We’ll start our tour just west of OKC in Yukon. Yukon is the hometown of music superstar Garth Brooks and was officially founded in 1890. Yukon was a popular stop on the historic Chisholm Trail long before the city formed. In fact, if you know what you are looking for, you can still find deep ruts left behind from wagon tracks and watering holes for the cattle. The Chisholm Trail and Crawfish Festival is held every year in Yukon.

Yukon is also known as the “Czech Capital of Oklahoma” and hosts the Czech Festival on the first Saturday of October. The festival kicks off with a parade followed by singing and dancing at the Czech Building. The festival also features a carnival and the royal coronation ball at historic Czech Hall. More than 2,500 dozen kolaches are baked for the festival each year. Take our word for it and taste as many different flavors as you can.

Speaking of Czech Hall, you can check out the historic building (built in 1899 and on the National Register of Historic Places) every Saturday night for the Czech dances. The dances have been held every week since 1925.

Yukon is also home to some great museums, shopping and a Main Street that is part of historic Route 66. Find more fun things to do in Yukon here.

Yukon, festivals, food, museums, Route 66
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Enjoy shopping at local boutiques on picture-perfect, small-town main streets? Take a quick jaunt to Bethany (located on the west side of OKC). The historic downtown features unique and charming stores you can’t find anywhere else.

Bethany’s main street has the added bonus of being part of historic Route 66. That’s right. The millions of travelers who have made the journey from Chicago to California have gone through Bethany. Each May, the town hosts the Bethany 66 festival to honor the historic roadway. The festival features live music, food, antiques and classic cars at the Diffee Motor Car Show.

Bethany also is home to one of the best Fourth of July celebrations around, the Bethany Freedom Festival. The festival takes place each year at Eldon Lyon Park and is one of the largest digitally mastered fireworks displays in the Sooner State.

Route 66, shopping, Bethany, festivals, food, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Quick Hits

We are just going to be honest, Central Oklahoma has so many cool towns and communities we can’t even begin to touch on them all (although we will try our best throughout the year). A great resource (besides our blog of course) is, the official site of the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department. 

While we can’t mention all of our favorite places and things to do, here are a couple more quick hits:

  • Choctaw: The oldest charted town in Oklahoma is home to Old Germany Restaurant and the Oktoberfest.
  • Harrah: Held each September, Harrah Day is a celebration of all things Harrah. Live music, a hot dog eating contest and more are topped off with an amazing fireworks display.
  • Prague: On the first Saturday of each May, Prague hosts the world-famous Kolache Festival. The festival is a fun and unique celebration of Czech culture.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Step Right Up for Fair Fun!

[Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma State Fair]

From Sept. 11-21, State Fair Park in Oklahoma City will be bustling with the Oklahoma State Fair and all that it entails. An annual extravaganza stretching back 107 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.

  • The City of 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.
  • Centennial Frontier Experience – In case you aren’t quite done celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Oklahoma Land Run, the Centennial Frontier Experience at 14 Flags Plaza will take you way back to Oklahoma’s Wild West days. Don’t miss two of the rootinest, tootinest western performers, Loop Rawlins and Lynn Payne, in the Wild West Showcase.
  • Disney on Ice – Called “the ultimate celebration of celebrations,” Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! with its usual vibrancy and flair. Check out ticket prices and show times here.
  • Free concerts on the Chickasaw Entertainment Stage – Gather smack-dab in the middle of the fairgrounds each evening to enjoy jazz, alt rock, country, oldies and even hick-hop (yes, that’s a thing).
  • Fair food –You may already have your go-to favorite, but the roster of fair food has 20 new additions this year. Heads up – almost half of those foods include bacon as an ingredient. Start prepping your digestion now.   
concerts, family-friendly, food, live music, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A work of art

Art lovers rejoice! The 36th annual Arts Festival Oklahoma will take place Aug. 30 - Sept. 1 at Oklahoma City Community College. One of the top juried fine art and craft shows in the Southwest, AFO features works by hundreds of artists from 11 states who will be on-site to answer any questions you may have. With everything from hand-crafted jewelry to ceramics, photography, paintings, sculptures and more, there is sure to be something that piques your interest.

While you’re here, take in the sights and sounds as Oklahomans showcase their dance and musical talents throughout the festival. The Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra will even hold a free public performance as part of the event. And no festival would be complete with scrumptious fare including funnel cakes, foot-long corn dogs, Mexican, Greek, German and other ethnic specialties.

Art lovers can kick off the weekend each Thursday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Art After 5. Enjoy a beautiful ambiance and spectacular view of the Oklahoma City skyline from the Museum’s roof terrace. Live music is provided each week. The price of admission includes all museum exhibits, so be sure to check out Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris featuring 140 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper dating from the 17th through the 19th centuries. The museum also features its permanent collection of Chihuly glass in Illuminations: Rediscovering the Art of Dale Chihuly. The exhibit contains more than 80 pieces of unique artwork, making it one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind in the world.

No matter what your interests are, Oklahoma City offers something for everyone. Get out and explore each of the city’s districts; we promise you won’t be disappointed.

arts and culture, food, live music, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hey Boo Boo, Let’s Go Get Us a Pic-a-Nic Basket

In Oklahoma, we love to spend our summers outdoors. It’s hard not to find a nearby lake, golf course or camping spot that is not packed with citizens enjoying the beautiful summers we get on the plains. If the sun is a shining we don’t need much of an excuse to head outside. Well, we’ll give you an excuse anyway: tomorrow is International Picnic Day.

You know it is serious, because it is an international holiday. You wouldn’t want to commit an international faux-pas right? So on the 18th, grab your friends, family or coworkers (heck grab them all and make it a party), head to the nearest city park and enjoy a relaxing al fresco meal. While you shouldn’t have to worry about scheming bears at a city park, make sure someone grabs the bug spray. Find a park near you.

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