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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Here’s what you missed on VeloCity in September

OKC Skyline

VeloCity is a website aimed at helping keep the citizens of Greater Oklahoma City informed. That means you … yes, you. Whether you have lived in the metro for 30 years or 30 minutes it is important that you are informed and engaged with your community. If you haven’t checked out the new site here are some stories you may have missed last month:

  • Top 5 Metro for Youngest Entrepreneurs: Did you know OKC was ranked as one of the best places for young entrepreneurs? You would if you read VeloCity.
  • SkyWest Airlines: The airline recently celebrated the grand opening of their new facility in OKC that will bring more than 100 high-paying jobs to the Metro.
  • Pot Pie Party: Ever wonder who has the best chicken pot pie in the land? Our expert fills you in. 
  • Education update: Both the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Public Schools have new leadership.
publication, velocity
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: October 2 - October 8, 2018

Myriad Gardens Pumpkinville

Tuesday, October 2
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Mat Kearney; 6:30 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, October 3
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.
Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
The Breeders; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, October 4
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
The Bad Plus; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, October 5
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Day Out with Thomas; All day; Oklahoma Railway Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; This event is free.
Juice WRLD; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Friday; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, October 6
Industry Flea; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Day Out with Thomas; All day; Oklahoma Railway Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Kevin Gates; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary
Classics 2; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Reik; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Read Southall Band; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, October 7
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Day Out with Thomas; All day; Oklahoma Railway Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Cafe Tacvba; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Bishop Briggs; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 8
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Henry Rollins- Travel Slideshow Tour; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

2018 Oklahoma Regatta Festival

Oklahoma Regatta Festival

The 2018 Oklahoma Regatta Festival will take place Sept. 28 - 30 in the Boathouse District. This amazing three-day competition includes rowing, dragon boating, kayaking, white water rafting and family fun.

The weekend will also feature the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma race, OGE NightSprints, and food trucks and beer gardens. The races features teams from all over the nation competing on all levels of competition--collegiate, masters and junior rowing.

During the festival the 500-meter NightSprints are held when the sun sets. This creates a unique and intense atmosphere for everyone involved from spectators to competitors. Everyone is invited to bring something to sit on or someone to sit with, or both of course, and cheer the athletes on.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, free, live sporting events, Oklahoma River, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A river’s rise

Riversport Rapids whitewater rafting

In many ways, the story of the Oklahoma River and the modern-day renaissance of Oklahoma City go hand-in-hand. The river and Oklahoma City had many ups and downs during their first century before the original MAPS program jumpstarted an unprecedented rebirth for both.

To help tell that story, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber launched a storytelling feature on www.greateroklahomacity.com/river depicting the rise of Oklahoma City’s river.

“A River’s Rise” walks the reader through the history of the Oklahoma River from the Land Run of 1889 to today. Each of the six chapters cover an important aspect of the river’s renovation, from its roots as an important water source for early settlers and a venue for entertainment offerings like Delmar Gardens at the turn of the 20th century, to the more recent addition of the RIVERSPORT Rapids Whitewater Center and hosting the 2016 Olympic trials for whitewater kayaking.

Each chapter of the story offers the chance to engage with more contextual content, with links to news archives about Oklahoma City’s hosting of the Olympic Festival of 1989 and videos capturing the original vision for the boathouses that now dot the banks of the Oklahoma River, all to tell Oklahoma City’s story more fully.

So check out “A River’s Rise” and be sure to share it with you friends and family.

Boathouse District, MAPS, Oklahoma River, publication, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Plaza District Festival turns 20

Plaza District Festival

The Plaza District Festival turns 20 this weekend and the celebration is September 29th from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be live music, art, good drink and great food.

Outside the usual art, music and food, there will be Zumba classes, Home Depot will have areas for building birdhouses and even soccer activities. Heck, the Plaza has thought of everything as they will even have childcare available.  

If you really want to get involved check out volunteer opportunities here. You can find a map of the festival here.

family-friendly, festivals, free, Plaza District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Live Music in October

concert goers

We love to talk about live music in Oklahoma City. You could say it is a bit of an obsession. But don’t let our bias fool you when we say this is one of the best months for live music in the 4-0-5 we can remember, especially if you are a rock fan. Below is just a small sample of what there is to look forward. What concerts are you looking forward to? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook!

  • Artic Monkeys- October 10 at the Criterion. The Grammy-nominated rock band makes their first-ever stop in Oklahoma City
  • Father John Misty- October 11 at The Jones Assembly. This singer/songwriter released one of the most acclaimed albums of the year. Special bonus: local rockers Broncho are the opening act.
  • Thomas Rhett- October 12 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. One of the biggest stars in country music swings through OKC.
  • Rod Stewart- October 18 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. This international superstar is one of the best-selling artists of all time.
  • The Nixons- October 25 at the Tower Theatre. The Oklahoma legends have reunited for the first time since 2000.
  • The Struts- October 30 at the Diamond Ballroom. These English rockers are helping keep glam rock alive.
concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: September 25 - October 1, 2018

OKC Zoo Tiger

Tuesday, September 25
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Spyair; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Get the Led Out- American Led Zeppelin; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, September 26
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.
Coop Showcase; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, September 27
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Lake Street Dive; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, September 28
2018 Oklahoma Regatta Festival; All day; Boathouse District; This event is free.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Day Out with Thomas; All day; Oklahoma Railway Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Zoo Brew; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.
My So Called Band; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, September 29
2018 Oklahoma Regatta Festival; All day; Boathouse District; This event is free.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Day Out with Thomas; All day; Oklahoma Railway Museum; Ticket prices vary.
2018 Plaza District Festival; All day; Plaza District; This event is free.
20th Annual Vietnamese Lunar Moon Festival; 4 p.m.; Military Park; This event is free.
Myriad Gardens Signature Concert featuring Parker Millsap; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
Ryan Davis; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, September 30
2018 Oklahoma Regatta Festival; All day; Boathouse District; This event is free.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Day Out with Thomas; All day; Oklahoma Railway Museum; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 1
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Art galore

When you have as many gorgeous murals as OKC, it’s not totally untrue to say that the entire city is like an art gallery. But for the visitor or resident who prefers a more indoor art experience, or wants a more curated art experience, OKC has plenty of galleries and museums to quench your thirst. As always, this isn’t an exhaustive list, so let us know if you don’t see your favorite(s) on here!

21c Hotel
[Artspace] at Untitled
OKCMOA
The Womb
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
JRB Art at the Elms
Exhibit C
Red Earth Art Center
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
Oklahoma Contemporary

arts and culture, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Hands on history

Overholser Mansion

There is perhaps no experience quite as fulfilling as holding a 400-year-old object in your hand, or being in a place where a landmark event once happened. Such are the joys of history, many of which can be found right here in OKC.

For the aspiring historians out there we’ve compiled a list of some of the more historic spots across Oklahoma City that you might be especially interested in visiting. As always, this isn’t a comprehensive list, so if you think we missed a really good location, please let us know!

Centennial Land Run Monument
Henry Overholser Mansion
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma State Capitol Building
Oklahoma History Center
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
Red Earth Art Center
Science Museum Oklahoma
American Banjo Museum  
International Gymnastics Hall of Fame
Harn Homestead
Museum of Osteology
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
Oklahoma Railway Museum
Oklahoma Hall of Fame

family-friendly, history, museums, Oklahoma City history, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Comic book shopping

Bookstore

The comic novice looking to read all the classics, the hardcore fan looking for their favorite niche series, the collector with rare comics they’re looking to buy or sell, will all find good things at OKC’s comic book stores. Whereas many book stores also have a comic book section, there’s something special about the dedicated comic book store: The fan interactions, the better variety, the merchandise, etc. So here’s a list of some of OKC’s favorite local comic book stores! As always, this isn’t an exhaustive list, so let us know if you don’t see your favorite(s) on here!

Okie Comics (publishes local comics)
All Star Comics
Atomik Pop!
DZ Comics
New World Comics & Games

local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Retro fun

video games

Anyone who tells you toys and video games are just for kids has clearly never gone hunting for retro toys and video games. There’s a lot of fun to be had looking around, reliving your childhood, sharing major parts of your childhood with your kids, or maybe even getting the toys/games you couldn’t get then, well, now. And in the interest of helping you experience that joy, we’ve assembled a list of some of the best vintage game/toy stores in and around OKC.

Amazing Action
Got Games
Plastic Galaxy
Toy Base 10
Vintage Stock

retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: September 18 - September 24, 2018

OKC Civic Center show

Tuesday, September 18
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Les Miserables; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
JJ Grey & MOFRO; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, September 19
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.
Les Miserables; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, September 20
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Bullet for my Valentine; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Les Miserables; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, September 21
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Les Miserables; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.
Stone Temple Pilots; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, September 22
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Les Miserables; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Fall Out Boy; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.
Alejandro Escovdeo; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, September 23
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Mesta Festa; Noon; Mesta Park; This event is free.
Les Miserables; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Sacramento Republic FC vs. OKC Energy FC; 6 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, September 24
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Full Moon Bike Ride and Run; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens.
Frankie Cosmos; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Great State Fair of Oklahoma

Midway at the Oklahoma State 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. 13-23, 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.

  • Disney on Ice- A State Fair mainstay, Disney on Ice is back with Dare to Dream!, a fun adventure with all your Disney favorites.
  • Xtreme Bulls- What do you get when you mix action-packed bull riding and high-energy country music concerts? You get Xtreme Bulls.
  • Chickasaw Country Entertainment Stage- Nothing can beat free live music. This year’s lineup includes Neal McCoy, Beatlemania, Dylan Scott, Dru Hill, Foghat and more.
family-friendly, live music, live sporting events, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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110 years and counting…

Ever wonder how the great State Fair of Oklahoma came to be so great? 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 approved major improvements to State Fair Park in both the MAPS and MAPS 3 initiatives.
history, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Fry it and put it on a stick please

OK State Fair Food

The State Fair of Oklahoma is a wonderful way to celebrate this time of the year. The rides are fun, the exhibits are cool and it’s an even better treat to close out the summer, but can we be honest? We all know it’s about the food. The state fair has become more and more consumed with food and just how crazy and fried can it be. Well, if that makes you salivate then you are in for another treat this year.

While fried foods are usually what get headlines, there are some foods that are making headlines without taking a dip into the fryer:

  • Cotton Candy Pie
  • Beef Poke Bowl
  • Drizzled Muffins
  • Cherry Limeade Pie
  • Mac-N-Cheese Topped with Ground Beef and Fries
  • Cheese Curd Taco
  • Gourmet Donut Burger (maybe the most famous)
  • Waffle Wrapped Snow Ice
  • Flaming Hot Cheetos Fish Taco

It wouldn’t be a state fair without new and crazy fried food. Here are the new platters for this year:

  • Deep-Fried Hot Pepper Rings
  • Deep-Fried Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip
  • Cookie Fries
  • Funnel Cake Burger
  • BBQ Chicken and Bacon Calzone
  • Fish & Chips
  • Beer Cheese Bacon Fries

My mouth is watering right now. Here at BetterLife HQ we’re a big fan of spicy food, and that Deep-Fried Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip and those Flaming Hot Cheetos Fish Tacos are right up our alley.

food, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: September 11 - September 17, 2018

Shakespeare in the Park

Tuesday, September 11
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, September 12
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.
Neck Deep; 7 p.m. Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Hannibal Buress; 10 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, September 13
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.
John Mark McMillan; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, September 14
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Latin Food, Dance and Mariachi Fest; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
Rigoletto; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, September 15
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.
Punch Brothers; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, September 16
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Wiggle Out Loud 2018; 10:30 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
Rigoletto; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, September 17
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
WWE Live; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Farmers Market District

Historic Farmers Market

Historic yet cutting edge, classic yet fresh, the Farmers Market District in OKC dates back as far as the 1920s. In the 90 years it’s been operational, the Farmers Market District has been a pillar in the Oklahoma City community acting as an economic, culinary, development, cultural and performance hub. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a farmers market, a yoga class, new breweries, bowling or even a concert—the Farmers Market District probably has what you’re looking for and even some stuff you didn’t know you needed.

farmers market, Farmers Market District, Oklahoma City history
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Horse Show Capital

Oklahoma City is unique for many different reasons. You can whitewater raft in downtown, our city was founded in a day and the parking meter was invented here, just to name a few.

On that note, you may be surprised to learn that we are considered the “Horse Show Capital of the World,” hosting more national and international equine championships than any place on the globe. Horse shows are a great way to see lots of action at an affordable price (many don’t charge admission).

In a single year, OKC hosts more than a dozen horse shows with an economic impact of $126.5 million. For horse riders and admirers alike, there’s no better place for the equestrian aficionado than OKC.

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Get up to speed with VeloCity

VeloCity website

A couple months back we introduced you to our newest pride and joy, VeloCityOKC. We are sure you have bookmarked the site, subscribed to the weekly e-mail and told all your friends and family about it. But just in case you haven’t checked out the site, here is a quick refresher: simply put, VeloCity is here to help keep the citizens of Oklahoma City better informed. Nothing can help you get to know your new hometown more than being in the loop. Here are some stories you might have missed in August:  

  • Q&A with the executive director of CJAC: Criminal justice reform has been a big topic in not just in OKC, but nationally. Let Timothy Tardibono, executive director of the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council, fill you in on why this is an issue we should all care about.
  • Chisholm Creek: Get an update on one of the quickest growing retail developments in the state.
  • Construction update: Construction is the name of the game in downtown OKC right now. Get an update on what is going on and how it will impact our metro’s visitors economy (spoiler: it will be a positive).  
  • Congrats to Nonesuch: Did you know Nonesuch was named the best new restaurant in America? You do now.
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September in OKC

Be sure to get your rest because September is a busy month in Oklahoma City (if you like to have fun). The State Fair of Oklahoma, Plaza District Festival, Oklahoma River Regatta Festival and Banjo Fest all take place this month. If that is not enough there is more live music than we can list and an exciting new exhibit is opening up at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Be sure to check out this month’s video from our friends at the CVB to stay on top of the action.

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Things to Do & See: September 4 - September 10, 2018

OKC Banjo Museum

Tuesday, September 4
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, September 5
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.

Thursday, September 6
Banjo Fest 2018; All day; American Banjo Museum.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Johnny Mathis; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, September 7
Banjo Fest 2018; All day; American Banjo Museum.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; This event is free.
William Clark Green; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
OKC 48 Hour Film Project Awards; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Tickets are $5.

Saturday, September 8
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
VegFest OKC; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
Eighth Grade; 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
BanjoFest; 7 p.m.; Hudiberg Chevrolet Center; Ticket prices vary.
Testify/Green Dazed; 9 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticker prices vary.

Sunday, September 9
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; 10 a.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Eighth Grade; 2 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, September 10
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Gary Numan; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

POPS

Pops on Route 66

No soda connoisseur can be a true soda connoisseur until they’ve been to POPS. Located on scenic Route 66 (you really can’t miss it, there’s an enormous, multi-colored light up statue of a soda bottle in front) and lined from wall to wall with colorful bottles of more kinds of soda than you probably thought existed. Visit on a day you’re feeling classic and pair some of their renowned food with a new brand of old favorite flavors like strawberry, lemon-lime, orange, root beer, whatever suits your fancy. Or visit on a day where you’re feeling a little more adventurous—perhaps in the mood to try something truly unique—and try flavors like ranch, celery, chocolate, buffalo wing, or corn (yes, you read those all correctly). Indeed, no drive across Route 66 is complete without a stop—and more importantly, a soda—from POPS.

Arcadia, day-trip, restaurants, Route 66
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Route 66

Route 66 sign

Every year, thousands of travelers start their trek across the iconic and historic Route 66. Covering nearly 2500 miles of land across seven states, Route 66 is widely considered to be a pilgrimage for any and all road trip enthusiasts. Paved with restaurants, museums, and roadside attractions galore, there’s no shortage of exciting things to be found on Route 66. Perhaps we’re a little (a lot) biased, but we here at TheBetterLife tend to believe that the Oklahoma City portion of your Route 66 journey, in particular, will probably (definitely) be the best part of any Route 66 journey; After all, the Oklahoma City portion of your journey will take you through the gold dome, Lake Overholser, the Asian District, Uptown 23rd, the Adventure District and more—and that’s to say nothing of other exciting, nearby Oklahoman Route 66 attractions like the Route 66 Museum in Clinton, POPS in Arcadia, the Blue Whale of Catoosa, and more.

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Monthly Live Music

concert goers

Do you love live music? Odds are you do—after all, you’re living in the city that’s been proven to love live music more than any other across the country. Therefore you might find yourself wondering what the biggest concerts coming to town this month are—don’t worry, we have you covered. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but if you don’t see the one you’re most excited for on this list, let us know via Twitter or Facebook!

  • Johnny Mathis – September 6 at the Civic Center Music Hall. In his 62nd year in the music industry, Mathis is currently the longest signed artist at Columbia Records.
  • Colt Ford – September 13 at the Chickasaw Country Entertainment Stage. Ford is famous for his unique “country rap” style of music.
  • Bullet for My Valentine – September 20 at the Diamond Ballroom. With three wins (and upwards of 10 million albums sold worldwide), this Welsh heavy metal band is considered to be the most-successful act in the Kerrang! Awards in “Best British Band.”
  • Stone Temple Pilots – September 21 at the Diamond Ballroom. With over 35 million albums sold worldwide during that time, they’re one of the most commercially successful bands of the 90’s.
  • Fall Out Boy – September 22 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. With an endless list of awards, titles, and No. 1 albums and songs on the Billboard 200, Fall Out Boy is commonly called one of the most influential pop punk bands of the 2000’s.
  • Space Oddity: The Ultimate David Bowie Experience – September 23 at the Chickasaw Country Entertainment Stage at Oklahoma State Fair Park. David Brighton and his band will take you on a musical journey through time with a “live, multimedia spectacle” about the unique music and artistry of David Bowie.
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OKCMOA

Chihuly Glass

Among local favorite museums is the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA). The largest art museum in the entire state, the OKCMOA boasts a permanent collection of countless pieces of art (including an especially massive collection of Dale Chihuly glass that’ll make you feel like you’re walking through a Dr. Seuss book), a film program with its own theater, and is constantly getting the best of the best in traveling exhibitions (Matisse, Rembrandt, Picasso, Rubens, Fabergé—those are just some of the famous artists whose work has only recently been viewed at the museum!). The modern art connoisseur who wants to feel inspired, the art history enthusiast who wants to admire some classics, the film buff on the prowl for their new favorite movie, and even families looking for Downtown activities that everyone can enjoy will all find something incredible at the OKCMOA.

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Things to Do & See: August 28 - September 3, 2018

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Tuesday, August 28
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.

Wednesday, August 29
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, August 30
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Coop Showcase; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Tickets are $8.

Friday, August 31
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
GLOW at RIVERSPORTS Rapids; 6 p.m.; RIVERSPORT Rapids & Adventures/
The Mavericks; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary. 

Saturday, September 1
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Eighth Grade; 4:30 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Weezing/Marilyn Hanson; 9 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticker prices vary.

Sunday, September 2
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; 10 a.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Eighth Grade; 2 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, September 3
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Eighth Grade; 2 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Mapping our way to the future

Chesapeake Energy Arena

The OKC Streetcar is set to begin normal operations in December. The new, state of the art convention center is due to open doors in 2020. We stand in an era of unprecedented growth, but new residents may not know how the decisions of Oklahoma City voters led us to this path.

Our remarkable productivity today was born after Oklahoma City experienced an energy downturn in the late ‘70s and ‘80s. Hungry for a way to boost economic development and reinvestment, Oklahoma City Mayor Ronald Norick proposed the Metropolitan Area Projects, a capital improvement program to be funded by a temporary one-cent sales tax. MAPS was comprised of the following projects:

  • Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Finished in 1998, the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark was the first major project of MAPS and served as the first testament to Oklahoma City’s renaissance and its close ties to the past.
  • Improvements to the State Fairgrounds – The State Fairgrounds received a new livestock show facility, horse barns, and several other necessary renovations by this project’s completion in 1998.
  • Creation of the Bricktown Canal – Completed in 1999 and improved in 2003 and 2004, the Bricktown Canal served as the first bridge to take back Bricktown from years of vacancy and crime. Now, the canal and the district are one of OKC’s main attractions.
  • Creation of the Myriad (now Cox) Convention Center – Home to countless shows, exhibitions, graduations, and other events, the Cox Convention Center has been a hub for state and nationwide activity since its opening in 1999.
  • Creation of the Spirit Trolley System – Predecessor to Oklahoma City’s growing public transit sector, the Spirit Trolley service began in 1999 and served the city for 11 years.
  • Improvements to the Civic Center Music Hall – Home to the OKC Phil, the Lyric Theatre and others, the Civic Center was renovated in 2001. Stage advancements, a five-story atrium, and acoustic improvements were among other renovations.
  • Creation of the Ford Center (now the Chesapeake Energy Arena) – Constructed in 2002 and considered the beating heart of Oklahoma City, the Chesapeake Energy Center is the home of the OKC Thunder and serves as one of the largest musical venues in the southern United States.
  • Creation of the Oklahoma River Recreational Area – MAPS turned a seven-mile span of the North Canadian River into a series of river lakes for public use. Construction of the dam system, trails, landscaping, and other amenities finished in 2004.
  • Creation of the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library – The four-story library includes classrooms and a conference center, and is a part of the Metropolitan Library System. It was named for Mayor Norick upon its completion in 2004, marking the end of MAPS.

The first Metropolitan Area Projects differentiated from other improvements programs by funding projects debt free. As a result, MAPS and its successor programs, MAPS For Kids and MAPS 3, are model success stories that have spurred faster – and more fiscally responsible – investments than most cities throughout the U.S.

MAPS was a simple idea with a big impact, and it speaks as a testament to the ideals of Oklahoma City residents. When faced with crisis, we reinvent; when faced with a cause, we give; when faced with a quandary, we climb our way out. The Yes to MAPS campaign slogan in 1994 was “Believe in Our Future!”, and it seems like Oklahoma City residents believe more now than they ever have.

You can find out more about the history of MAPS, including interviews from prominent figures in OKC, at the City of Oklahoma City MAPS site here.

baseball, Bricktown, library, MAPS, Oklahoma River, State Fair Park
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Education foundation

kids learning at school

In November 2001, the MAPS for Kids program was established when Oklahoma City voters approved a new tax to fund public schools. The seven year temporary sales tax, combined with a $180 million bond issue, raised $700 million to fund transportation, technology and construction projects for the benefit of Oklahoma City’s public school students.

With many of the larger construction projects complete, work continues at some schools throughout Oklahoma City. When the program comes to a close, more than 70 new and renovated schools totaling $470 million in construction will be completed.

MAPS for Kids also provided funding for 23 suburban school districts that serve Oklahoma City resident students. When the program ends, nearly $153 million in city sales tax will have been expended for over 400 projects in these 23 suburban school districts.

Like other MAPS projects, MAPS for Kids has played a fundamental part in improving the daily lives of Oklahoma City residents. By investing in Oklahoma City student’s schools and programs, MAPS for Kids has also invested in the future of Oklahoma City.

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MAPS 3 Update

Streetcar

The huge success of previous MAPS projects led to a vote in late 2009 that approved of a one-cent sales tax to pay for debt-free projects that improve our quality of life. MAPS 3 consists of eight different projects; several of the projects have been completed, and the last project is scheduled to be complete in 2021.

  • The MAPS 3 Convention Center to replace the current aging convention center is located directly south of the Chesapeake Energy Arena. This new center will help the city stay competitive in the lucrative convention industry for years to come. A 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 45,000-square-foot meeting space and 30,000-square-foot ballroom are all included in the $288 million budget for the convention center. Construction is underway on this cornerstone of the ongoing Core-to-Shore renaissance in downtown OKC, and it is expected to open by June 2020.
  • Construction is also underway to the immediate west of the new convention center for a 70-acre urban oasis christened Scissortail Park. Design plans for the park call for everything from a café and sports facilities to a lake and nature trails. Scissortail features two sections, a 40-acre north section scheduled for completion in 2019 and a 30-acre south section projected to be complete in 2021.
  • In a transformative moment for public transit in OKC, a budget of $131 million is being put towards linking major employers, businesses, attractions and residences in the downtown area. Construction for the modern streetcar transit system can be seen at a number of route sections along with safety testing at others in preparation for the streetcar service to begin this December. The streetcar project will connect Midtown, Automobile Alley, Bricktown and the Business District.
  • The State Fairgrounds hosts more than 200 trade shows and other events throughout the year, including several equine events that helped Oklahoma City earn the title of Horse Show Capital of the World. MAPS 3 added to the appeal of Oklahoma State Fairgrounds with the Bennett Event Center. Its design makes for a state-of-the-art flexible facility capable of comfortably accommodating a wide variety of shows and events. The 279,000-square-foot event center was completed in 2017 and its operations are in full swing.
  • Senior Health & Wellness Centers will connect OKC’s seniors with important services and also with each other. Two of the four planned centers are completed, with the third to be completed in 2019 and fourth in 2021. The centers will be spread around the city and have experienced operating partners in senior services.
  • The Oklahoma River has become an Olympic rowing destination, so MAPS 3 expanded on current operations by building the RIVERSPORT Rapids whitewater rafting and kayaking center along the river with additional improvements to existing rowing facilities. The whitewater park is suitable for beginners enjoying a summer weekend or elite kayaking competitions.
  • Former Mayor Mick Cornett emphasized a healthier community during his tenure and the MAPS 3 trails and sidewalk improvements promote a more active lifestyle by taking advantage of OKC’s natural beauty. Three trails were developed using MAPS funds: West River Trail was completed in 2015, Will Rogers Trail was completed earlier this year and Lake Draper Trail is set to be complete this fall. The trails wind through wetlands, wooded areas, natural landscapes, neighborhoods and more urban settings. MAPS 3 sidewalks are planned for the areas with a high demand for pedestrian amenities.

Stay up to date on all MAPS 3 news by signing up for the MAPS 3 newsletter or following the efforts on Facebook and Twitter.

community, downtown, MAPS, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, parks, public transportation, State Fair Park, streetcar
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The Code of the West

Gunfight at the O.K. Corrall poster

Later this month, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will launch The Code of the West- Western Movie Matinees film series. The series will run every Wednesday from Aug. 29 – Sept. 19 at 1 p.m.

The aim of the series is to teach a new generation the code of the west through cinema. Films that will be featured are The Westerner, Wagon Master, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and 3:10 to Yuma. Admission is free courtesy of Oklahoma Ford Dealers.

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