The Plaza District, located on NW 16th between Classen Boulevard and Penn Avenue, is one of the metro’s most walkable retail corridors and home to many of Oklahoma City’s most unique and eclectic local restaurants, art galleries, shops and more.
The district was first developed in the 1920s at the end of the city’s trolley line. For the next 40 years the area served as a bustling commercial district for the growing neighborhoods that surrounded it. The district started to decline through the 70s, 80s and 90s, but new development since has turned it into a thriving hub of creativity.
Besides amazing retail, the Plaza is also home to Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, which includes the Thelma Gaylord Academy and a performance space in the 1935-era Plaza Theatre, which has been rebuilt and is home to professional performance productions and other events. Lyric Theatre was one of the first entities to invest in the district, playing a crucial role in the Plaza’s rebirth.
There is never a bad time to visit the district as almost any night of the week you can find good times. However, monthly events such as LIVE! On the Plaza and the annual Plaza District Festival in September are especially great time to get to know the district.