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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Bio is big business in OKC

Bio Tradeshow Booth

Did you know biotech is one of OKC’s – and Oklahoma’s – biggest industries and employment drivers? With more than $2.2 billion in compensation, supporting 51,000 employees and annual revenues of more than $6.7 billion, biotech is truly big business here in Oklahoma City. That’s one reason why scientists, business leaders, educators and economic development officers from across the state will take the best of Oklahoma bioscience to Boston in order to garner interest in one of Oklahoma’s fastest-growing economic powerhouse at the 2018 BIO International Convention, June 4-8. The delegation will promote the accomplishments of the Oklahoma bioscience sector and meet with potential business partners.

Companies and entities that comprise our city’s biotech sector run the gamut from pharmaceutical-related companies to research organizations and everything in between. Interested in working in this space? Good news, because opportunities abound and employment growth (23 percent since 2003) is expected to continue. Get more info at www.greateroklahomacity.com/industries/biotech/, and watch local media for stories on the Oklahoma BioScience Association and Oklahoma’s presence at the BIO International Convention this week.

The delegation’s efforts will be marketed under the banner of the Oklahoma Bioscience Association (OKBio), where they will help staff a 1,200-square-foot Oklahoma Bioscience Pavilion complete with touch-screen monitors showcasing Oklahoma’s bioscience companies. The delegation will answer questions from prospective targets that might be interested in doing business in Oklahoma. Attendees will also attend networking events and set partnering meetings with business contacts who may be interested in their specific endeavors.

Want to know more? Consider this; Oklahoma is fertile ground for bioscience growth, talent and premier facilities:

  • The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) has funded 2,700 projects at more than $285 million, attracting $6.5 billion in private sector and federal dollars for a return on investment of 22:1.
  • The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is dedicated to both basic and translational research, with patient-centered care and research ongoing at the Stephenson Cancer Center, the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center and the Dean McGee Eye Institute.
  • The University Research Park is part of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The complex consists of more than 700,000 square feet of modern biomedical research lab and office space supported by state-of-the-art communications and infrastructure systems.
  • The Noble Research Institute is the largest private foundation in the country conducting plant science and agriculture research.
  • Oklahoma State University is a leader in agriculture and animal science research.
  • In the past year, i2E, Inc. invested over $4.8 million in 10 Oklahoma bioscience or life science companies and $28 million over the past 20 years.

And you thought cutting-edge tech stuff only happens on the west coast!

bioscience, employment
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A biotech story

OKC Bio Scientist

One thing that consistently surprises newcomers to our great city is the width and depth of Oklahoma City’s bioscience sector. When most people think of biosciences they think of the coasts. However, for decades, cutting-edge research that has helped save countless lives has happened in the heart of downtown OKC. In fact, the industry employs more than 51,000 in our region.

In an attempt to better explain the history and look towards the future of the industry, bio tech in Oklahoma City has a new story feature at www.greateroklahomacity.com/biostory. The story focuses on Oklahoma City’s rising biotech industry. With a format intended to be easily shared with clients, coworkers and friends, the storytelling section of the Chamber’s economic development website combats the disconnect between Oklahoma City’s impressive growth and outdated perceptions about Oklahoma City’s culture. “Brilliant: Soaring Science from a Rising Bio Campus,” the second installment of the series, demonstrates how Oklahoma City’s pioneering spirit shows up in the futuristic achievements of the region’s biotech industry. From its foundations until today, the feature walks the reader through how synergy, discovery and sharing Oklahoma City’s bioscience industry with the world has made the region a frontier for achievement.

Each chapter of the story offers the chance to engage with more contextual content, with links to interviews with some of Oklahoma City’s brightest researchers, virtual tours of research space and more. Like all Chamber websites, this site is responsive and can be accessed on smartphones, tablets and computers, which means it will look great however you choose to read it. The story is also easy to share with friends, co-workers and contacts outside of the Oklahoma City area.

bioscience
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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2018 deadCenter Film Festival

deadCENTER Film at the OKCMOA

In 2001, Justan and Jayson Floyd hosted the first of what would grow to be the deadCenter Film Festival. What started off as a one-night, Oklahoma filmmaker festival has grown to a four-day festival screening more than 120 films from around the world. Each year more than 30,000 people are attracted to Oklahoma’s largest film festival, which was rated one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World”.

This year’s festival will be held from June 7-10 and films will be screened all around downtown Oklahoma City. For a detailed schedule of events, please click here. Registration for an all-access pass is $150, which grants you priority access to all screenings, panels, events, and parties which can be found here. Individual tickets can be purchased 20 minutes before each film for $10 per film, when available.

deadCenter Film Festival is the perfect way for you and your family to get connected to the creative life of OKC and celebrate Oklahoma-based film.

festivals, film
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: June 5 - June 11, 2018

Red Earth Festival Dancer

Tuesday, June 5
2018 NCAA Women’s College World Series; Hall of Fame Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
An American in Paris; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 6
2018 NCAA Women’s College World Series; Hall of Fame Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
An American in Paris; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 7
deadCENTER Film Festival; All day; Downtown OKC; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Western Avenue on the Lawn; 6 p.m.; Western Ave.; This event is free.
An American in Paris; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Styx and Joan Jett; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, June 8
deadCENTER Film Festival; All day; Downtown OKC; Ticket prices vary.
Red Earth Festival; All day; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
An American in Paris; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 9
deadCENTER Film Festival; All day; Downtown OKC; Ticket prices vary.
Red Earth Festival; All day; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
An American in Paris; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, June 10
deadCENTER Film Festival; All day; Downtown OKC; Ticket prices vary.
Red Earth Festival; All day; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
An American in Paris; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Twilight Concerts in the Great Lawn; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Monday, June 11
Bricktown Beach; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Summertime in the 4-0-5

It’s here, it’s here! Summer, that is. Memorial Day marks the traditional start of summer and the end of the school year. With backyard BBQ’s, 9 p.m. – or later – sunsets and great weather to be outdoors, what’s not to like about summer? Summer is the time of infinite fun, where the day seems to last forever and the fun never stops!

Hold on now, you say. How will we keep the kids entertained, you say. How will we make it through endless days of “Mom, what can we do today?” or “Dad, will you drive us to the mall?” while fighting the urge to ship the family off to distant relatives (distant being the key word) so you don’t have to be the fountain of fresh ideas for family fun and frolic???

Here at Better Life HQ, we have a few suggestions that just might keep your family entertained, all while enjoying some amazing attractions that should be on your summer “to do” list!

One of our favorite OKC hot spots for splashing is just outside the Children's Garden area at Myriad Botanical Gardens. Thunder Fountain lures in kids of all ages with everything from light sprinkles to heavy downpours. Fitting the nature theme of the gardens, this splash pad simulates a real rainforest thunderstorm by going through storm cycles to the delight of everyone under the shaded fountain canopy. The City of Oklahoma City also has pools and splash pads all around town. You can find them here.

Summertime used to mean drive-in movie time, back in the day, and you can still find a few drive-ins around the metro. But there's just something special about watching a movie while sitting on a picnic blanket in the great outdoors. One of our favorite places to catch a flick is Myriad Gardens’ Great Lawn. On Wednesdays throughout the summer, the Great Lawn becomes the backdrop for a free summer flick.

Buy the kiddoes – and treat yourself, too – some peanuts and crackerjacks when you root, root, root for the OKC Dodgers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, home to Oklahoma City's minor league baseball team. Tickets to these fun-filled and family-friendly games are more affordable than a game in the bigs, so you’ll have plenty of extra cash for snow cones and hot dogs. The ball yard is conveniently located in Bricktown so catching a game affords you a chance to see the scenic Bricktown Canal and views of downtown. Check out the Dodgers’ schedule to find when the home team is playing.

Anyone who grew up fishing during the summer knows just how much fun it is to dip your hook, but it can be difficult for city dwellers to go to all the trouble to have their kids take up this summertime hobby. Grabbing a pole and bait and taking the time to get a fishing license and scope out a good spot to drop your line may not seem worth the effort. But don’t despair, OKC makes fishing easy by offering Free Fishing Days. You can fish without a city permit on the first Saturday of each month (but you still need your state license). Kids can also take weekly lessons at various Oklahoma City parks throughout the summer so there's no excuse not to share this iconic summer experience with the kiddoes! Who knows, you might even run into the Thunder’s PG13!

Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation, water sports, Bricktown, Dodgers, family-friendly, fishing, free, kids, movies
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Donít strike out and miss the NCAA Softball Championships

ASA Hall of Fame Stadium

One of Oklahoma City’s favorite ways to celebrate the start of summer is at the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) hosted in Oklahoma City. The 2018 WCWS will take place May 31 – June 6 at USA Hall of Fame Stadium in the Adventure District. Get tickets to the games.

This year the hometown Oklahoma Sooners will be gunning for their third-straight NCAA Championship bit will face a tough field including Oregon, Washington, Arizona State, Florida State, Georgia, UCLA and Florida.

During the tournament, those eight teams will be cheered on by around 70,000 spectators. Since 2010, the ASA Hall of Fame complex has welcomed record-setting crowds for the event, and the venue is scheduled as the home of WCWS until at least 2035. The complex is home to four fields and a variety of fan and athlete amenities. While you are cheering on your team of choice, be sure to visit the USA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum, a shrine to the growing game of softball and the athletes who have taken the sport to new heights.

Adventure District, college, live sporting events, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Live music in June

live music

The summer is a great time to catch a concert and with the opening of several new venues in Oklahoma City the past couple of years the live music scene in OKC has never bet hotter (pun absolutely intended). Here is a quick preview of some the concerts going down in June. Of course this is far from a complete listing. What show did we miss that you are excited about? Let us know in the comments or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook.

  • Turnpike Troubadours- June 1 at the Criterion: You can’t go wrong anytime these Oklahoma legends swing through town.
  • Horse Thief & John Calvin Abney- June 2 at the Tower Theatre: Horse Thief is one of OKC’s own and puts on a great show each time out.
  • Big Head Todd and the Monsters- June 3 at the Jones Assembly: More than three decades since their formation, these Colorado rockers are still going strong and putting on killer live shows.
  • Justin Townes Earle- June 4 at the Tower Theatre: This singer-songwriter has built a sizeable following over the years. 
  • Styx and Joan Jett- June 7 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena: Break out your favorite 80s attire as Styx and Joan Jett bring rock and roll to OKC.
  • Yellow House Revisited- June 22 at the Tower Theatre: Jason Boland, Cody Canada and Mike McClure are legends of the local red dirt scene and their first performance at the Tower shouldn’t be missed.
  • Ginuwine- June 22 at the Tower Theatre: One of the biggest R&B singers of the 90s rolls into town in late June.
concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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June in OKC


June is one of the busiest months of the year in OKC. Annual events like the deadCenter Film Festival, NCAA Softball Championships, Red Earth and Prix de West draw some of the biggest crowds of the year. Luckily our friends over at the Convention and Visitors Bureau have all the action covered in their monthly events video.

arts and culture, festivals, live sporting events, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 29 - June 4, 2018

OKC Pro Am

Tuesday, May 29
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
2018 NCAA DIII Softball Championship; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Full Moon Bike Ride; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell; $ 5 per person.

Wednesday, May 30
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10.

Thursday, May 31
2018 NCAA Women’s College World Series; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
2018 NCAA DIII Softball Championship; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Friday, June 1
2018 NCAA Women’s College World Series; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Pro Am Classic 2018; Midtown; This event is free.
H&8th Night Market; Midtown; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Turnpike Troubadours; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 2
2018 NCAA Women’s College World Series; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Pro Am Classic 2018; Midtown; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Reno 1868 FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Horse Thief and John Calvin Abney; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Floating Films at RIVERSPORT Rapids; 9:15 p.m.; RIVERSPORT Rapids; The event is free but raft rental is $10.

Sunday, June 3
2018 NCAA Women’s College World Series; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Pro Am Classic 2018; Midtown; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Big Head Todd and the Monsters; 6:30 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
Blue October; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, June 4
2018 NCAA Women’s College World Series; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Justin Townes Earle; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

An introduction to OKCís artsy side†

Paseo Arts Festival

The Paseo Arts Festival is the perfect time to celebrate one of Oklahoma City’s most unique artistic communities: The Paseo Arts District. For more than 40 years, the Paseo Arts Festival has brought food, fun, music (and, ya know, art) to the picturesque district’s streets.

This year the festival will take place May 26-28. Attend this event to see the work of more than 90 visual artists whose work spans a wide variety of media including painting, photography, woodworking and jewelry. With live performers and dozens of food vendors, this event is one that the entire family can enjoy.

arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, food, free, live music, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Big 12 baseball is back

Bricktown Ballpark

The most American pastime just got a little more collegiate with the return to Oklahoma City of the 2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, May 23-27 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. This marks the 16th time Oklahoma City has hosted the tournament in the past 19 years, and the event will continue here through 2020.

Eight teams will compete in a double-elimination tournament for the right to be crowned Big 12 Champion, including No. 4-ranked University of Oklahoma at 9 a.m. and No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State University at 4 p.m. on May 23. The winner will be crowned after the final game on Sunday, May 27, at 1 p.m. Tickets for the entire tournament start at $69 per person. Learn more about how you can cheer on your favorite team (or find a new school to support).

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Circle the wagons

Chuck Wagon Festival

Oklahoma’s connection to the days of wagon trains and cattle drives is undeniable and there’s no better place to relive that part of Oklahoma’s past than the annual Chuck Wagon Festival at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. From May 26-27, you can experience a fun-filled weekend of chuck wagon food samples, a petting zoo, artisan demonstrations, live music, Western Reenactors, square dancing and more.

Each day of the festival, you can also enter your child for a chance to become the Sheriff for the Day. One lucky winner will patrol the event as sheriff with their own cowboy hat, badge and stick horse. So giddy up, partner. This event is not to be missed!

family-friendly, festivals, museums, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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It pays to job hunt in OKC

Woman Business Professional

If you are new to Oklahoma City and trying to find a job, you have come to the right place. With Oklahoma City’s low unemployment rates and growing companies, you may find that finding a job here is relatively easy compared to other cities.

A good place to start is OKJobMatch, a free service that allows you to post a resume, search for job training, research the labor market and much more. View more resources for employment seekers.  

business, jobs
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 22 - May 28, 2018

Bricktown Beach [photo credit: Downtown OKC]

Tuesday, May 22
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.

Wednesday, May 23
2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10.

Thursday, May 24
2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
2018 NCAA DIII Softball Championship; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Friday, May 25
2018 Paseo Arts Festival; All day; Paseao Arts District; This event is free.
2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
2018 NCAA DIII Softball Championship; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
James Taylor; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
American Aquarium; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Saturday, May 26
2018 Paseo Arts Festival; All day; Paseao Arts District; This event is free.
2018 Annual Chuck Wagon Festival; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Price is $15.
2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
2018 NCAA DIII Softball Championship; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 27
2018 Paseo Arts Festival; All day; Paseao Arts District; This event is free.
2018 Annual Chuck Wagon Festival; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Price is $15.
2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
2018 NCAA DIII Softball Championship; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Monday, May 28
2018 NCAA DIII Softball Championship; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Recruiting retail

ICSC Trade Show

In OKC, we mean business – literally. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the city of Oklahoma City and a number of the other community partners are always looking for new ways to attract new businesses to our community. Attracting destination retail to our city is a big part of that effort.

Enter the International Council of Shopping Centers RECon conference. An annual retail and real estate convention in Las Vegas that attracts just under 40,000 attendees each year, including the biggest retailers in the world.

Why are we talking about a conference in Las Vegas? Because RECon is a vital tool in getting the next big thing to OKC. That national retailer you really, really want to open a location here … there is a great chance a team from Oklahoma City has met with them in Vegas. When a big retailer announces they are coming to OKC, well the odds are good that it all started with a little meeting in the very large Las Vegas Convention Center, except in this case what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.

retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKCRetail.com

Shopping  for produce

Thinking about opening your own shop or restaurant in Oklahoma City? We don’t blame you—for the second year in a row, Oklahoma City was named the No. 1 large city to start a business in by WalletHub. To give your new store the best chance for success you need information. Luckily, OKC Retail is here to help with everything from vacant property listings, demographic information and more. It is also a great place to keep up with the latest retail news in our city. You should also follow OKC retail on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates and news stories regarding retail in Oklahoma City.

business, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Retail is important, very important

Shopping in OKC

We’ve spent this week talking a lot about retail. You might be wondering why it matters? I mean it is just shopping and eating right? In reality, retail is one of the key drivers of our city.

In short, retail is what makes our city go. Sales taxes in Oklahoma City fund the city’s core services and day-to-day operations. That’s important stuff like police, fire, street maintenance, the Zoo, parks, etc. While property taxes can be used to fund voter-approved bond issues for specific capital projects, Oklahoma law actually prohibits cities from levying property taxes for services. The more you shop in OKC, the more you help your community! So put down the mouse, get out of the house, and get to shopping for a new blouse, pet grouse, Westinghouse, a choice porterhouse, downspouts, bean sprouts or a new spouse (just kidding on that last one, obvi). But seriously, shopping in your community is not only fun and easy but important to maintaining a healthy city.

retail, shopping
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Things to Do & See: May 15 - May 21, 2018

Friends enjoying beer

Tuesday, May 15
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Beatles vs. Stones; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 16
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Akira; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10

Thursday, May 17
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
WWE NXT; 6 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Spoon; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Apocalyptica Plays Metallica; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 18
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary
Coop Showcase; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $8. 

Saturday, May 19
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
2018 OKC Whitewater Festival; All day; RIVERSPORTS Adventures; 552-4040; This event is free.
Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival; 1 & 6 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Midtown Walkabout; 2 p.m.; Midtown; 235-3500; This event is free.
Traditional Music of the Open Prairie; 3 p.m.; American Banjo Museum; 604-2793; Ticket prices vary.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Toadies; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (800) 514-3849; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary
2018 Big 12 Conference Softball Championship; All day; National Cowboy Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Okie Made Market; All day; Film Row; 810-6977; This event is free.
Vdubs on Auto Alley Street Festival; All day; Automobile Alley; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Stonesour; 6:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Urban Camping at RIVERSPORT Rapids; 7 p.m.; 552-4040; $10 per tent.
Insamuch Foundation Classics Series-Joel Levine; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 20
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
2018 OKC Whitewater Festival; All day; RIVERSPORTS Adventures; 552-4040; This event is free.
Wild Kratts Live!; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary

Monday, May 21
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Resources for visitors

OKC Skyline

So you just moved to Oklahoma City and now friends and family want to come visit you in your new hometown, what next? Well, if you want to show your guests the best of OKC, get to know www.visitokc.com. Run by our friends at the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, the site is a spectacular resource for all things Oklahoma City: It has everything you would want to know about upcoming events, attractions, restaurants, trip ideas and more. For visitors and residents alike, this is an extremely useful website you shouldn’t ignore!

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Must-visit destinations

Pops on Route 66

“I had no idea!” If we had a nickel for every time we heard that phrase from a first-time visitor to the 4-0-5, we would be able to pay Russ’ contract. Visitors are always surprised about the metro’s combination of art, history, entertainment, food and nightlife and more. Here are some must-visit places in America’s best-kept secret in tourism (in our biased opinions):

Route 66
Oklahoma contains more of the historic Route 66 than any other state. While you journey across this iconic route, you’re welcome to make a quick stop for the Route 66 Museum, Totem Pole Park, the Blue Whale of Catoosa, and no trek through Route 66 is complete without a stop (and a soda) at POPS!

The Oklahoma City National Memorial
April 19, 1995 changed our city and country forever. Today, a one-of-a-kind memorial and  museum about that tragic morning stand atop the bombing site. The reflecting pond and empty chairs that represent the lives lost on that fateful morning are deeply ingrained into the hearts and minds of all who see it.

The OKCMOA
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the largest art museum in Oklahoma. It features a wide array of art, including (but not limited to) sizable galleries full of European art, American art, contemporary art, and an iconic collection of Dale Chihuly’s glasswork. There’s also an exhibition gallery space that features new and wildly popular exhibitions every few months. The Museum also has its own movie theater, where it hosts special screenings and events almost every day.

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
The Oklahoma City Zoo is considered a staple for both locals’ “let’s make a regular visit” lists and Oklahoma City’s visitor economy. With nearly 2,000 animals, aquatic life, reptiles, insects and plants the public can admire, it’s a very popular attraction for all ages.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
There is perhaps nothing more inherently Oklahoman than images of the Wild West. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of American Indians and cowboys that lived in Oklahoma throughout history with art, firearms, outfits and more.

Oklahoma History Center
Oklahoma’s rich history is preserved for all generations to see at the Oklahoma History Center. Featuring a vast collection of items tied to Oklahoma’s early history, the Oklahoma History Center isn’t a stop you want to overlook.

Stockyards City
For the quintessential Oklahoma cowboy experience, Stockyards City is a must see. Stockyards City is the largest feeder and cattle market in the world, which features architecture and shops designed to give you an authentic ranch experience. It’s also home of Oklahoma’s most famous restaurant, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, which has been featured on Food Network’s Man vs Food and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Science Museum Oklahoma
With more than 350,000 square feet chock-full of hands-on science and experimentation, the Science Museum of Oklahoma is another one of the most popular and beloved tourist attractions Oklahoma City has to offer.

Route 66, Stockyards, western heritage, zoo, Adventure District, arts and culture, day-trip, family-friendly, history, museums, OKC National Memorial
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Make the move easier

Moving Resources

While we could not be more excited to have you relocate to our great city, we get it - moving is tough. If you are coming from further away and/or don’t know anyone in your new city, it is even tougher. It is hard to even know where to start! Where do I get cable? When does my trash get picked up? When does the newest edition of The Better Life hit my inbox? Okay, so maybe that last one is not the most important thing you are worried about, but we can dream. To make your move easier visit the moving resources section of our webpage.

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Things to Do & See: May 8 - May 14, 2018

Big 12 Softball Championships

Tuesday, May 8
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Celtic Woman: Homecoming Tour; 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Primus/Mastodon; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 9
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Phoenix Rising FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
A Scanner Darkly; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10.

Thursday, May 10
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 11
2018 Big 12 Conference Softball Championship; All day; National Cowboy Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
Urban Camping at RIVERSPORT Rapids; 7 p.m.; 552-4040; $10 per tent.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 12
2018 Big 12 Conference Softball Championship; All day; National Cowboy Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Okie Made Market; All day; Film Row; 810-6977; This event is free.
Vdubs on Auto Alley Street Festival; All day; Automobile Alley; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Stonesour; 6:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Urban Camping at RIVERSPORT Rapids; 7 p.m.; 552-4040; $10 per tent.
Insamuch Foundation Classics Series-Joel Levine; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 13
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Monday, May 14
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Choose your own adventure at the Boathouse District

Flat water kayaking

The Oklahoma River has the ultimate comeback story—all you need to do is look at the Boathouse District for tangible proof. What is now the glittering jewel of Oklahoma City’s outdoor recreation offering used to be a dry riverbed that required periodic mowing. Today, the Boathouse District is home to an Olympic training venue for rowing and canoe/kayak and the only permanently lit paddle sport racing course in the world, but even beginners and casual athletes can enjoy the facility through corporate rowing leagues and rowing classes.

If you want to get on the water, the Boathouse District offers flatwater kayaking and stand up paddle board rentals and a Learn to Row program that will teach you how to scull and sweep in only one month. But if you prefer to climb to new heights instead, the Boathouse District can also oblige with the Rumble Drop or SandRidge Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world! Both the 700-foot zip line across the Oklahoma River and the 72-foot sky slide from atop the sky trail will make you feel like a kid again. There is even a youth zone for the kiddos. And certainly anyone who appreciates the great outdoors will love the 13 miles of scenic trails that meander along the Oklahoma River.

The easiest way to take in everything the district has to offer is through the RIVERSPORT Pass, which includes RIVERSPORT Rapids, Love’s tubing and river boarding, plus all land and flatwater adventures in the Boathouse District, at Lake Overholser and at Lake Hefner. No matter your activity level, the Oklahoma River and the Boathouse District are sure to have something for you to enjoy.

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The Rise of the Oklahoma River

Riversport Rapids Ribbon Cutting

Long before Olympic athletes were training along its banks, the Oklahoma River had many ups and downs before the MAPS program sparked the river’s renaissance. If you are dying to know more (and we can’t blame you), you can walk through the history of the Oklahoma River with a featured story on GreaterOklahomaCity.com.

“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.

Check out “A River’s Rise” and be sure to share the story of the Oklahoma River with your friends and family.

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Class V fun at RIVERSPORT Rapids

whitewater rafting

As only one of six manmade whitewater courses in the country, RIVERSPORT Rapids distinguishes Oklahoma City as the premiere location for whitewater sports, not just in the United States but around the globe. The whitewater center, which was funded debt-free by the MAPS 3 program, offers recreational rafting, kayaking and tubing experiences. And it’s not just for novices—people will also see elite athletes from around-the-world training and competing on the slalom channel.  

RIVERSPORT Rapids also offers a few more relaxing options if “rapid” is not really your speed. On Thursday evenings this summer, participants have the option of tubing with the rapids slowed down followed by a “floating film” after the sun sets.

In addition to adding fun and excitement to our community, RIVERSPORT Rapids also helps increase community safety. The center is available for swift water rescue training, offering a controlled setting where rescuers can learn the most advanced techniques for rescuing people from fast-running water.

If you want to sample all that you can experience at RIVERSPORT Rapids, attend the Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival, May 19-20. The celebration will feature the BoaterX extreme downriver kayaking competition and free whitewater kayaking clinics. Spectators can enjoy music, food and beer specials at the on-site Big Water Grill while experiencing all the action.

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Things to Do & See: May 1 - May 7, 2018

OKC Energy FC

Tuesday, May 1
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
OKC Phil Presents Ben Folds; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 2
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Thursday, May 3
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Western Ave. on the Lawn; 6 to 9 p.m.; Western Ave.; This event is free.

Friday, May 4
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Cleverlys; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
The Music of Abba; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 5
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
COCO; 1 & 4 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10
Swope Park Rangers vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Music of Abba; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 6
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
The Incredibles; 1 & 4 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 7
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Smokepurpp Monster Energy Outbreak Tour; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

OKC Memorial Marathon

Each year since 2001, thousands of runners have gathered in downtown Oklahoma City to take part in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. The “Run to Remember,” which begins and ends near the OKC National Memorial, has grown since its inception, now drawing more than 25,000 runners from across the U.S. as well as Japan, China, Germany and the UK. The event has even been labeled one of the "12 Must Run Marathons" by Runner's World magazine.

From the 168 seconds of silence before the race begins to the green banners carefully hung throughout the course, which pays tribute to the victims, the race is certainly not one to miss. It is a reminder of the hope, perseverance and pride in our community that grows stronger each day.

Get involved with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 29, whether you want to support a runner, volunteer or run races of several different lengths – a full or half marathon, a relay, a 5k and even a kids marathon completed with a 1.2-mile kids fun run -- as part of the day’s festivities. The full marathon is a Boston-qualifying, USA Track and Field (USATF)-sanctioned event.

Register to run or sign up to donate or form a team to raise money for the Memorial’s mission. A separate web page is for those who want to volunteer.

If you would like to cheer on the runners, some of our favorite places include:

  • Starting line
  • Bricktown
  • State Capitol Complex
  • Edgemere Park
  • Crown Heights
  • Nichols Hills
  • Classen Boulevard
  • 18th and Classen
  • Finish line

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is the sole beneficiary of Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon event proceeds. This is the Memorial’s largest fundraiser. To learn more about the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, click here.

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Why we run

OKC National Memorial

More than two decades ago our community was forever changed and an unbreakable bond was forged among all Oklahomans. On that April day, 168 Oklahomans died when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed, in what was then the worst terrorist act on American soil. Hundreds more were wounded and more than 12,000 volunteers and rescue workers participated in rescue efforts, recovery and support.

Out of that act, the grief and the many acts of kindness from around the world that followed the bombing came the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is a beautiful and serene park that rests between two gates etched with the minute before – 9:01 a.m. – and the minute after the attack – 9:03 a.m. In between the golden-hued gates are representations of what happened at 9:02, the minute the bomb went off – 168 chairs with each victim’s name, a reflecting pool and the Survivor Tree, an American elm that miraculously survived the blast and is still growing strong.

While you’re visiting, don’t miss the chance to tour the Memorial Museum. If you haven’t ever experienced the museum, or it’s been a while since you have, we can promise it’s something you won’t soon forget. Renovated with new interactive exhibits just last year, including ‘Investigation and Justice, survivor experiences and “Gallery of Honor” provide visitors a true sense of the magnitude of that fateful day and the search for justice that followed.

There’s even an app containing video and audio tours for the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial and Memorial Museum. Search OKCNM in the Apple App Store and in Google Play. Tickets for the museum are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, military personnel and students ages 6-17; and free for children ages 5 and younger.

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Live music in May

Concert at the Criterion in OKC

With the opening of several new venues in Oklahoma City, there has never been more live music options in the metro. Just about any night of the week you can find an exciting performance at a top-notch venue. Here is a quick preview of some the concerts going down in May. Of course this is far from a complete listing. What show did we miss that you are excited about? Let us know in the comments or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook.

  • Ben Folds- May 1 at the Civic Center Music Hall: A special treat as Ben Folds will play with the OKC Philharmonic.
  • Primus/Mastadon- May 8 at the Criterion: Get your metal fix as Primus and Mastadon rock the Criterion.
  • Spoon- May 17 at the Jones Assembly: Indie stalwarts Spoon will be taking over the Jones Assembly for a can’t-miss show.
  • Toadies- May 19 at the Diamond Ballroom: The 90s will never die as the Toadies come to town.
  • James Taylor with special guest Bonnie Raitt- May 25 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena: Just your run-of-the-mill concert featuring a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member with 15 Grammy wins.
  • American Aquarium- May 25 at the Tower Theatre: Favorites among the Oklahoma/Texas touring scene, American Aquarium shows rarely disappoint.
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May in OKC

NBA playoffs (hopefully), 14 home games for the Dodgers, three home games for the Energy, the Big 12 Softball and Baseball Championships, Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival … well, it is safe to say May is a sports fan’s dream. Luckily our friends over at the Convention and Visitors Bureau have all the action covered in their monthly events video.

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