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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Red, White & Boom!

Oklahoma City Fireworks

One of the best annual traditions in the 4-0-5 around the fourth is the annual Red, White & Boom performance at State Fair Park. The family-friendly, and most importantly free, event takes place Sunday, July 3rd starting at 8:30 p.m., and features the Oklahoma City Philharmonic playing your favorite songs about America through the night. Hear classics like “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless the USA,” “The Washington Post March” conducted by Maestro Joel Levine.

Fireworks usually start around 10 p.m., and concessions will be available but be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

family-friendly, festivals, free, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Free ride Friday

Embark Bus

Did you know that on the third Friday of each month EMBARK is offering free bus rides? Well, now you do. Since 2011, EMBARK has provided the Third Friday program to encourage those who don’t normally ride the bus to give it a try. The program also helps reduce emissions and improve our air quality during the dog days of summer.

The buses also provide free Wi-Fi so you can get some work done while saving on gas money and helping the environment. The program will continue through Sept. 16 so visit www.embarkok.com to plan your trip today.

free, public transportation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Martin Park recreation

Man Hiking at Martin Park Nature Center

As the great Ron Swanson once said, “I think it’s pointless for a human to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it.” While we actually think painting landscapes and other scenes of the great outdoors is a noble pursuit, nature is indeed readily available at Martin Park Nature Center. Now that we’re into the warmer months, summer hours are in effect which means even more time on Thursday-Saturday to satisfy those occasional stand-in-nature cravings we all get. We’ve written about Martin Park Nature Center a bunch, so enjoy these blasts-from-the-pasts as you get to know Martin Park and its 144 acres of accessible wildlife. After all, you should “never half-ass two things; whole-ass one thing”–in this case, learning about Martin Park Nature Center.

Park It at Martin Park Nature Center
You’ll want to give up your neighbor’s open wi-fi connection for this, nature fiend. More>>

Visiting Martin Park Nature Center
For hiking, nature and wildlife, visit Martin Park Nature Center at 5000 W Memorial Road, an oasis of calm by the busy John Kilpatrick Turnpike. More>>

Hang out with Mother Nature
You've felt that, right? That cool air in the morning? The pleasantly just warm afternoons? Fall is on the way, and this weather makes us want to be outside ALL THE TIME. Since you probably feel the More>>

Back to Nature
You don't need to travel far to get in touch with nature's glory. Martin Park Nature Center & Trail is one of Oklahoma City's greatest treasures, a crossroads of wildlife, recreation and More>>

Nurturing your Nature Side
Nestled on 144 acres on Oklahoma City’s northwest side, Martin Park Nature Center is what we like to call a “hidden gem.” Yes, we’ve talked about it on here before, but we More>>

Stroll along, stroll along like we know you do
Last week we told you about some great ways to get in some two-wheeled action around town, but maybe you prefer to stay grounded on your own two feet. Not to worry. We’ve got some great ideas More>>

Spring has Sprung
Spring is upon us, fellow OKC’ers. The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, sometimes there’s a torrential downpour. We know that you’re itching to put away those winter coats More>>

10 Ways to Do OKC for Free
We know that sometimes your pocketbook gets a little on the empty side. Not to worry. There are plenty of activities in Greater Oklahoma City that are full of free fun! Mat Hoffman Action Sports More>>

family-friendly, free, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

2016 Oklahoma City Visitors Guide

Have some friends or family coming to town or simply need another resource to help you discover more of Oklahoma City? The Oklahoma City Vistors Guide is a magazine you need to get to know.

The 2015 version is hot off the presses and if there is fun to be had in OKC you will find the info you need inside. Everything from festival and event listings, district guides and even some ideas of free things to do dot the pages. If you want to be a true citizen of Oklahoma City be sure to check out Iconic OKC to check off stuff from your OKC bucket list. With Valentine’s Day around the corner you might even get some great ideas of how to spend that special evening with that special someone.

 

 

 

free, publication, attractions, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Overview of the Metropolitan Library System

Downtown Library

Here in Oklahoma City we have an amazing library system that allows easy access to your favorite titles so you can keep your brain sharp and your imagination running free.

The Metropolitan Library System serves more than 600,000 people throughout 19 locations in Oklahoma County. Yes, you can go to use free Wi-Fi in any of its locations, but why would you go for that reason when you can enjoy such a great collection of books and other activities? The library system is also digital with eBook and music downloading services.

To get a card you just have to live in Oklahoma County. And if your county is Cleveland, McClain, or Pottawatomie and you are part of the Pioneer Library System, you can still join in the Metropolitan Library System’s fun – our Oklahoma City-area libraries have a reciprocal service agreement with the Pioneer Library System, with its headquarters in Norman.

In addition to the books, the eBooks, the Wi-Fi and the music, the Metropolitan Library System has a long list of activities for those who want to connect with real people in the real world. Whether you want to join a book club or pursue a hobby like tai chi or art, you can find something that interests you at a nearby library. Check out the events calendar and sign up for one.

There are virtually no limits to the things you can learn as a card-carrying member of the library.
Find a library near you.

family-friendly, free, library
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Friends of the Library Book sale

Friends of the Library Book Sale

If you prefer to own books or just enjoy sifting through mountains of books, magazines, videos, etc., the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma City has a solution for that, too: The Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale.

Each year, more than 600,000 books are for sale, making it one of the largest in the nation. Admission is free. This year’s Book Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 21, in the Oklahoma Expo Hall at the State Fairgrounds. If you are a Friends of the Library member, you can shop early – at the members-only pre-sale event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.

If you want to even more time around the books (and what reader wouldn’t?), then volunteer.

free, library
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Merry and bright…

Christmas Lights in Automobile Alley

One of our favorite things about the holiday season in OKC are the beautiful decorations and light displays that adorn the city.

If you haven’t visited Automobile Alley during the holiday season, then you are truly missing out. More than 180,000 colorful lights drape the historic buildings transforming the eight blocks of North Broadway into a magical holiday wonderland. There are also some really awesome shops along this stretch including where you can find unique local gifts for that special someone on your holiday list.

Don’t miss the annual tree lighting festival in Bricktown as Mayor Mick Cornett officially kicks off the holiday season in OKC on Nov. 27. The festivities will continue that evening at the Oklahoma River during the annual holiday river parade and will conclude with a fireworks show. The beautiful lights in Bricktown can be enjoyed throughout the holiday season.

We know most towns in the metro have great holiday light displays and tours so hit us up in the comments and with more information so we can spread the Holiday cheer.

Oklahoma River, parade, retail, Automobile Alley, Bricktown, festivals, free, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Natural beauty

Ice Skating at the Myriad Gardens

We have to admit that Myriad Botanical Gardens  might just be one of our favorite places in downtown OKC. Seriously, the gardens recently received the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Open Space Award recognizing it as one of the most outstanding public spaces in the entire world. So we are obviously not alone in our love of the OKC gem.

The Myriad Botanical Gardens always provide a serene locale to escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown OKC, but in the wintertime the gardens come to life in a whole new way complete with shopping, a festive outdoor atmosphere complete with lights and a selection of boutique-style vendors.

If you’ve never strolled through the gardens, we might suggest taking part in one of the free monthly walking tours. While you’re here be sure to take in the beauty of Crystal Bridge. The holiday season is the perfect time to explore the 750 varieties of plans in the 13,000 square feet conservatory. If you visit on Sunday evenings in December, you can take in all of the beauty for free.

The gardens also give you a great view of the fabulous Devon lights just across the street (look North).

Another fun family-friendly winter attraction at the Myriad Botanical Gardens is the Devon Ice Rink. The young and young at heart are welcome to slip and slide the night (and day) away now through January. A bit rusty on the ice? Don’t fret, you can even take skate lessons so you will be ready to show off your mad skills to your kids, friends, co-workers or all of OKC. Check the schedule for rink hours and get ready to hit the ice.

Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation, shopping, family-friendly, free
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Museum Madness

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

Whether you’ve recently developed a large hole in your pocket, learned the hard way the downside to a “put it all in lottery scratch-offs” investment strategy, or you just plain lost your ATM card, sometimes you wanna have loads of fun without spending commensurate loads of cash. It’s cool – being thrifty is nifty, arewerite? This week, we’re all about free fun in OKC.

Let’s get started with a bang and “just a glass of water, thank you.” Did you know that you can visit some of our area museums for the price of air?

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art – located on the OU campus in Norman, “The Fred” is known for its collection of French Impressionism, featuring works by Van Gogh, Degas, Renoir, Monet, Pissaro, Vuillard and others, in addition to fantastic collections of 20th-century American (O’Keeffe, Hopper, Davis), Native American and Southwestern art. And the best part? Admission is now free for all, thanks to an annual $60,000 gift from the OU Athletics Department.

Hours & Admission Info: www.ou.edu/fjjma/visit.html

National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum – Located in OKC’s Adventure District, the Softball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the greatest players in the sport’s history and their accomplishments, and history of the game. Located on the grounds of ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, the museum is a must-visit for softball players, aficionados or even casual fans.

Hours & Admission Info: www.teamusa.org/usa-softball/about/national-softball-hall-of-fame

45th Infantry Division Museum - Another Adventure District favorite, the 45th Infantry Museum features one of the country’s largest collections of military firearms in addition to plenty of WWII and Korean War artifacts, in addition to info and artifacts from other major conflicts. The museum commemorates the 45th Infantry Division and 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (aka “Thunderbirds”), an Oklahoma Army National Guard major formation from 1920 to 1968 and modular infantry brigade team since, respectively. Another cool part of the 45th Museum is the large military vehicle/equipment displays outside, with ‘copters, planes, tanks, transports and more available to check out!

Hours & Admission Info: 45thdivisionmuseum.com/

Red Earth Museum– Located downtown, the Red Earth Museum features more than you might think (especially if you’re thinking it’s just a museum full of various red clay soils—that would be madness). No, this museum is chock-full of fantastic Native American art items of all types, from pottery, beadwork and basketry to fine arts and textiles. Its “mission is to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets,” and is definitely worth checking out the next time you’re downtown.

Hours & Admission Info: www.redearth.org/red-earth-museum/visiting-information

free, museums, western heritage, Adventure District, arts and culture
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Friday Festivals

H&8th Night Market

If it’s Friday, put down those samples at Sam’s Club and get to one of our city’s fabulous Friday events, where admission is always free and there are lots of things to do and see. (If you want to eat and drink, you’re on your own, but hey, those are the breaks.)

  • First Friday Gallery Walk- Located in the Paseo Arts District, First Friday is (you guessed it) held the first Friday (and Saturday) of every month. Fireman-pantsed beard lovers, social gadflies and art lovers alike peruse more than 60 artists in 17 galleries participating in the middle of one of OKC’s first real “districty” districts. They were a district before being a district was cool, so check it out.
  • LIVE on the Plaza - from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. the second Friday of every month, Plaza District merchants stay open late with live music, special events and extra funky PIZZAZ, hence the extra capital letters.
  • Premiere on Film Row happens on the third Friday of every month, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Art exhibitions, food trucks, film screenings, live music, merriment, and you, urban wanderer.
  • H&8th- On the last Friday of each month (through October) H&8th is the place to be. Beer, food trucks, live music, free activities and people-watching await you. If you’re dead set on spending zero dollars, you won’t even have to wait in any lines for food. Score! Get to the last one of the year on October 30.
  • Fun street fairs aren’t just happening in Oklahoma City limits, as many communities in the region have their own monthly festivals. One of the most successful is 2nd Friday in Norman. The event is free and features everything from dance to painting to photography and music. Check out their website for a full list. If you are on the north side of the metro check out Heard on Hurd every 3rd Saturday from March to October in Edmond.
free, live music, Midtown, Paseo District, Plaza District, arts and culture, Film Row
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Park It at Martin Park Nature Center

Families at Martin Park Nature Center

You’ll want to give up your neighbor’s open wi-fi connection for this, nature fiend. We’ve written myriad times about the Myriad Botanical Gardens and the trail system around OKC. But this time, let’s consider learning a little about nature, Martin Park style. Martin Park sports 144 acres of woods and grasslands that are home to foxes, reptiles, birds, squirrels, butterflies, and even maybe deer, owls, armadillos and more, depending on the time of year and which species might be passing through. Yeah, it’s basically like Noah’s Ark up in there, but with a 2.5-mile walking trail that’s just waiting for you go get your feet wet in the wilds of nature, right in the middle of the city at 5000 W. Memorial Road. Only 400 shekels gets you in the door… Kidding! You can just walk on in.

More info: www.okc.gov/parks/martin_park

kids, outdoor recreation, family-friendly, free
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Visitors Guide Suggestions

Oklahoma City National Memorial at night

No need to keep on pretending it’s your birthday at a casual dining chain restaurant for a good time: visitors, newcomers and old-school residents alike will appreciate this guide to other great ideas for free activities in OKC, including the OKC National Memorial, Land Run Monument, Cattle Auctions, State Capitol tours and more. While you’re at it, check out some of the other picks for what to do in Oklahoma City when you’re sporting a little more green!

More: www.visitokc.com

attractions, free
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy Birthday to You…

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

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

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

family-friendly, festivals, free, holiday, Kingfisher, Moore, Stillwater, Yukon, Bethany, Edmond
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Red, White and Boom

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

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

holiday, family-friendly, free
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

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

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

family-friendly, free, music, baseball, Dodgers
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Festival Fulsomeness

Crowd at Charlie Christian Jazz Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boathouse District, Bricktown, Edmond, festivals, free, Plaza District, Western Avenue
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Watch it: Interesting Movie Places in Central Oklahoma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Golf with a Spin

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

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

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

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Three days of arts and entertainment

The three-day weekend is a perfect excuse to head over to one of America’s “10 Greatest Neighborhoods” and check out the 35th annual Paseo Arts Festival. Held Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30, this festival features more than 80 artists representing all types of art and all mediums. Stroll through the booths and check out the art on your way to two different stages showcasing Oklahoma entertainers and musicians. And bring the kids for some hands-on fun in the children’s area.

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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.

food, free, holiday, live music, Oklahoma River, downtown, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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In search of Santa

Santa is calling in reinforcements as he visits Oklahoma City this year. From the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who to the Gingerbread Man and even live reindeer Sven and Idina, Saturdays with Santa is sure to be a memorable experience for the youngsters.

  • Bass Pro Shop will have free photos with Santa, free crafts for kids, games and activities to celebrate the season.  Photos with Santa are available weekdays, 3-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Breakfast with Santa at Whole Foods features a tasty morning treat! Grab the kids, bring your camera and enjoy free pancakes with Santa. 9-11 a.m.

Keep an eye out for Santa as he tours downtown events and delivers goodies for both kids and kids-at-heart alike this holiday season. Follow @downtownokcinc on Twitter to learn when and where Santa will be.

holiday, kids, family-friendly, free
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Paws-itvely a Blast

The air in Oklahoma City is getting a tad more brisk as October rolls on, but the great thing about OKC is the sun still shines. In fact, the sun shines 350 days a year in the Sooner State. The ample sunshine means the metro is the perfect place to take man’s (and woman’s) best friend outdoors for some fun in the sun.

Even better (especially for your four-legged friend), Oklahoma City is home to one of the best dog parks in the country, Paw Park. Located at 3303 NW Grand, we would describe Paw Park as a sort of Disneyland for canines on two acres. That is just not our sense of local pride taking over either. Both Southern Living and Dog Fancy have named Paw Park to their “Best Dog Parks in the U.S.” list over the years.

“What makes Paw Park so special?” you might ask. The park features a duck pond for your buddy to cool off on the warmer days. Anyone who has a dog that likes to swim can attest that it is the most fun their pet has that doesn’t involve food or chasing cats.

The park is also sectioned off into two areas: one for smaller dogs and the ones who don’t get around as well as they used to, and one for larger dogs. Water stations, trees and lots of room to run make Paw Park just short of heaven for your dogs. Also, the park is completely free, but donations are much appreciated.

free, outdoor recreation, parks, pets
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Are you an entrepreneur? Join us at a Summit

Focused on growing innovative small businesses in Oklahoma, the nonprofit i2E will hold its free annual Entrepreneurial Summit from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17.

Dave Berkus, speaker, author and early-stage private-equity investor, will give the keynote address in the Renaissance Ballroom at the Cox Convention Center, 10 N Broadway Ave. He is considered one of the most active angel investors in the country and is past chairman of Tech Coast Angels, one of the largest angel networks in the United States.

The Summit also will offer a panel on local funding sources and business resources that are vital to assisting entrepreneurs in starting, growing or expanding their business.

The event concludes with a networking luncheon with entrepreneurial college students who will be participating simultaneously in the annual “Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur” workshop.

Register

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Time to Get Moving

Break out your tennis shoes—yes, the ones sitting in the corner of your closet collecting dust—and get ready to explore Oklahoma. Fall is a great time to get outdoors and explore our state. Thankfully, there are so many trails, parks and outdoor activities that you can become one with nature in no time.

No matter what part of OKC you live in, there’s sure to be a park or trail nearby to aid in your exploration of the Sooner state. Explore the flora and fauna at the Hefner-Overholser Trail, which roughly follows the water diversion canal between the two lakes. Other local trails include the Earlywine Trail, Katy Trail, Lightning Creek Trail, Oklahoma River Trails, Overholser Trail, South Grand Trail and Tinker-Draper Trail.

And the best part? These trails are free from motorized vehicles. That’s right, all of you walkers, runners, roller-bladers, skateboarders and cyclists can experience the beauty without the interference of four-wheelers, motorcycles or other speedy machinery.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Not Cloudy with a Chance of Meteors

Perseid meteor shower

It’s that time of the year again. No, not when you’re watching your electricity usage from 2 to 7 p.m. like a hawk that is blessed with an exceptionally good awareness of the current state of the thermostat (though that may be the case as well). The Perseid Meteor Shower is once again upon us. The Perseids typically peak on August 12-13, but are visible from July 13 through August 26th. One of the awesome things about meteor showers is that no special equipment is required – just your eyes and a dark, clear sky. And the best thing? Free, courtesy of Mother Nature. Don’t ever say she never did anything for you!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Get Festive

If you are more of a spectator when it comes to sports, the Boathouse District is hosting two upcoming festivals that will give you a peek into the world of competitive river sports.

The 2014 USA Canoe/Kayak Canoe Marathon National Championships will be held on the Oklahoma River on June 21-22 and the SandRidge Energy Stars & Stripes River Festival takes place on June 28. Both festivals are free to the public, and the Stars & Stripes River Festival will feature live music, and free family festival and a fireworks show following the masters racing and corporate rowing.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Birthday, OKC!

One thing is for sure, OKC knows how to celebrate in style and its 125th birthday will be no different. The folks at the City of OKC are planning one heck of a party at City Hall today and everyone is invited.

The City will host an open house today, April 22, and the event will feature free birthday cake, tours of City Hall, history lessons (better than the ones in high school, we promise), a Spokies bike tour and free children’s activities during the Festival of the Arts. Some OKC attractions are even offering free admission today to all Oklahoma City residents. See the City’s website for a full list of the fun.

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

Free for All

Who doesn’t enjoy some playtime? Even if you’re a grown-up, there are plenty of ways to recreate here in Greater Oklahoma City. And if you find yourself pinching pennies, that’s A-OK because we’re about to lay down some FREE-as-can-be options for you.

Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park
Ranked in the top 10 skateparks in the U.S., the action park is divided into two areas – a flow course with bowl combinations and a street course with ledges and handrails.

City Parks
Did you know that there are more than 100 public parks are located across the city? True story. Check one (or many) out.

Downtown Community Basketball Court
Located on the southwest corner of Hudson Avenue and Reno Avenue in Downtown, the court is open to the public daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Disc Golf
FORE! Head over to one of three disc golf parks in Oklahoma City and play 18 holes of flying fun.

Mountain Biking & Hiking Trails
Are you a biking and hiking enthusiast? The Bluff Creek Trail is a single loop of more than 2.5 miles with tight turns around trees and some moderately difficult terrain. The Lake Stanley Draper Trail has three connecting loops that can be ridden consecutively for a distance of 12 miles, with three color-coded loops that vary in difficulty.

Walking Paths
In the mood for a stroll? Get moving on one of the many trails and walking paths around town.

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

A Little Art History

We’ve talked your ear off when it comes to MAPS, but can you really blame us? It took OKC from so-so to so awesome in just two decades.

Now you can experience MAPS in a whole new way with the “MAPS 20th Anniversary Artist Projects” at IAO Gallery in historic Film Row. This exhibition features the work of six artists to help tell the city’s transformational story. It’s free which is awesome. And you’ve got a couple weeks to make sure you stop by. The exhibit will be up through March 15.

Read more about historic Film Row here.

[Photo from ULI Oklahoma]

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Deck the Halls Downtown

"What do you wanna do?"
"...I dunno. What do you wanna do?"
"I dunno."

If you find yourself having a similar conversation this month, look no further than Downtown in December, presented by Devon, to spice up your holiday season. Whether you're old or young, a thrill seeker or a penny pincher, there’s a Downtown in December activity on the schedule guaranteed to make you smile.

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Check it out:

  • The Devon Ice Rink returns for its third season in the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Lace up your skates for another great winter of outdoor ice skating at Downtown in December's premier attraction.
  • Devon’s Saturdays with Santa. Devon Energy invited Santa to OKC every Saturday in December. Kids of all ages will be welcomed to take free photos with Santa, write letters to the North Pole and enjoy holiday entertainment.
  • Chesapeake Energy Snow Tubing. Cruise down one of the country’s largest manmade snow tubing slopes at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Admission is $10 for a 90-minute session of tubing fun.
  • The SandRidge Santa Run will have guests prancing in the streets of downtown on Saturday, Dec. 14. The event includes a 5K race and a one-mile Fun Run, followed by a free Santa Claus Kid’s Dash.
  • Free Water Taxi Rides. On designated evenings, all ages are welcome to enjoy a fun-filled float down the beautifully-adorned Bricktown canal free of charge. The OneMain Financial Bricktown Canal lights will make your trip a little bit brighter.
  • On Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1, the Deluxe Winter Market will offer an opportunity for guests to do their holiday shopping at more than 40 vendor booths.
  • See the historic buildings of Automobile Alley in a whole new light at Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway. More than 180,000 colorful LED lights will drape the buildings along eight blocks of North Broadway, making for a magical holiday wonderland.

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This is only the beginning! There are over 20 holiday events to choose from during Downtown in December. Click here for a full list of events and for more details.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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