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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Things to Do & See: April 24 - April 30, 2018

2018 OKC Festival of the Arts

Tuesday, April 24
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Festival of the Arts 2018; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
The Book of Mormon; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 25
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Festival of the Arts 2018; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Book of Mormon; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
David Byrne; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 26
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Festival of the Arts 2018; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Book of Mormon; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 27
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Festival of the Arts 2018; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Book of Mormon; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Chicano Batman; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 28
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Festival of the Arts 2018; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
The Book of Mormon; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Blackberry Smoke; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
My So Called Band; 10 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 29
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
2018 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon; All day; Downtown OKC; This event is free.
Festival of the Arts 2018; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
The Book of Mormon; 1:30 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Vance Joy; 8:30 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 30
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, April 17, 2018

Festival of the Arts

OKC Festival of the Arts

You don’t have to be an Oklahoma City native long to understand that the annual Festival of the Arts is the unofficial kickoff of spring in the metro. This year’s festival will be held April 24-28 at Bicentennial Park.

First started in 1967, the Festival of the Arts is put on by Arts Council Oklahoma City to celebrate art and community. More than 140 visual artists from around the county will have booths set up to showcase any medium of art you can think of.

The great thing about the festival is that it’s a blast for the whole family as they also emphasize performing and culinary arts. You can listen to great live music on three stages while enjoying some amazing food.

As you can imagine, the festival is a major undertaking and to make it happen the Arts Council relies on volunteers. If you are interested in helping out check out the link to learn more. Trust us, there are much worse ways to spend an April afternoon.

Also, if this marks your first time going to the festival check out our insider tips from a couple years back. Be sure to note the location of the festival has changed since the post but the tips still apply!

volunteer, arts and culture, festivals, food, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Arts history

Historic OKC Festival of the Arts

The Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City is one of the largest, most successful and best organized festivals in the country. However, it didn’t always used to be that way and, like every Van Gogh, the story of how the Festival of the Arts came to be is a true masterpiece.

It all began in the mid-1960s with the establishment of the National Endowment for the Arts, an endowment designed to provide funding for the arts across the country. Soon after, a group of representatives from art organizations in Oklahoma City jumped on the opportunity and established The Arts Council in 1967, with Marion DeVore serving as the first president.

The idea for the Festival of the Arts was ignited through a suggestion from Symphony General Manager Frank Ratka, who wanted to begin an arts festival to attract publicity and interest in the Arts Council. The date of the Festival was set in March, only three weeks away from the day of the meeting that approved it. Every board member participated in making the event a success, from asking local artists to participate to gathering fund lenders and even making sandwiches.

arts and culture, festivals, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Check us out on YouTube

OKC Chamber YouTube

Sometimes selling someone who has never been to Oklahoma City about how great of a community we have can be tough. How do you describe the funkiness of the Plaza, the thrill of the Thunder or the serenity of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum? Sometimes the right words are just hard to find.

The good news is we have a ton of video that can help you show off your hometown to any curious friend or family member. Just visit the Chamber’s YouTube channel for more. Need something in-depth that shows off all the aspects of living in OKC? Check out our relocation video. Want to know what it is like to move to OKC? Check out our Oklahoma City testimonials. Want to show off the restaurant scene in the metro? Yeah, we’ve got a video for that. We could do this all day so just visit the site to see more.

moving, Oklahoma City, restaurants, social media
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Steamroller Print Fest

Art Festival

The Festival of the Arts isn’t the only fun arts celebration happening in the metro this month. The 2018 Steamroller Print Fest is happening April 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Deep Deuce District.

The festival will include artist demonstrations, food trucks, activities for youth, pop-up shops and live music. The festival, put on by [ARTSPACE] at Untiled, was first held in 2013 to celebrate the art of steamroll printing and has grown to feature more than 60 artists across multiple venues in Deep Deuce.

arts and culture, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 17 - April 23, 2018

Tower Theatre in Uptown 23rd

Tuesday, April 17
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, April 18
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Coop Showcase; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 19
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Remembrance Ceremony; 8:55 to 10 a.m.; Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum; 235-3313; This event is free.
Charley Crockett; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 20
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Luke Pell & Logan Mize; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 21
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Midtown Walkabout; 2 to 6 p.m.; Midtown; 235-3500; This event is free.
Saint Louis FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
A Night at the Speakeasy; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Shane Smith and the Saints; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 22
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Bowling for Soup; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 23
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Projector Club: Mad Max Fury Road; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.
Mickey Factz; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The thrill of live music

ACM@UCO live music

The live music scene in Oklahoma City has never been healthier due to the opening of several venues over the past two years. From arena shows, to outdoor amphitheaters, intimate listening rooms and mid-sized venues for indie darlings, Oklahoma City now has a home for any act crisscrossing the country. Here is a rundown of places to see live music in OKC. However don’t take this as an exhaustive list. If you know of a great place to catch music in OKC that we didn’t mention give us a shout in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook.

Chesapeake Energy Arena – While it is most famous as the home to the Thunder, the ‘Peake is also where the biggest names in music make their stops in Oklahoma City. Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Billy Joel and Elton John are just a handful of artists who have played there over the years. James Taylor, Thomas Rhett and Justin Timberlake are just a few of the artists with concerts announced in the coming months.

The Criterion – Opening in 2016, The Criterion is located in east Bricktown. This 4,000-capacity venue is across the street from the Steelyard development in a suddenly hot quarter of OKC’s premiere entertainment district. My Morning Jacket, Explosions in the Sky, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, The xx and Lil Wayne have all played there. On April 25, music legend David Byrne will be making his lone Oklahoma stop at the venue.

The Tower Theater – a lot of excitement has surrounded the resurrection of one of the “grand old dames” of OKC’s early movie house scene. The main space has room for 700 standing on the main floor and an additional 264 (seated) in the balcony, and a smaller “studio” space handles 100 standing or 50 seated. One of the Tower’s strengths is the diverse acts the venue books. Acts from Bowling for Soup to Chief Keef and Shakey Graves have concerts there in the next month.

The Jones Assembly – opening last year with a concert by The Wallflowers and Better Than Ezra, The Jones Assembly is a renovated, 100-year-old, 20,000-square-foot space on Film Row (just south of the 21C Museum Hotel) featuring a 1,600-capacity performance venue as well as a true dining destination. Vince Staples, Willie Nelson, Old Crow Medicine Show and Lake Street Drive have all graced the stage at the Jones.

ACM@UCO Performance Lab – this performance space in Bricktown hosts plenty of touring acts in addition to ACM@UCO gigs (which is itself a pretty cool story, speaking of music), seating 200 and 500 standing. The Lab has hosted Dr. Dog, Sean Lennon, Okkervil River and Ben Taylor.

In addition to the new venues, stalwarts like the Zoo Ampitheater, the Diamond Ballroom and indie-focused venues Opolis and 89th Street Collective are still booking great shows and adding diversity to OKC’s live music scene.

live music, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Catch a star

Wayne Coyne Flaming Lips Alley

Music is a big part of our region’s history, identity and culture. Stretching all the way back to Woody Guthrie singing about the depression, Oklahoma has a strong tradition of producing influential musicians across a variety of musical styles.

Specifically, here in OKC the talent is just as diverse. From Grammy-winning rockers to country superstars and early jazz pioneers, check out a list of some of the famous musicians who have or still call Oklahoma City home: Oklahoma City Blue Devils, Color Me Badd, Mason Williams, Hinder, Garth Brooks and Neal Schon. Also check out these bios for a little reminder of why Wanda Jackson Way, Charlie Christian Boulevard, Vince Gill Avenue and Flaming Lips Alley are named as such.

music, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Take me out to the ball game

OKC Dodgers

That sweet smell of spring means it is time for Dodgers baseball in Oklahoma City. The Dodgers first pitch of the home season is tonight against the fighting Express of Round Rock.

While this is the third season of OKC’s affiliation with the Dodgers, the metro’s history with minor league baseball stretches all the way back to at least 1903. Since changing AAA affiliation from the Astros to the Dodgers in 2015, the franchise has won two division titles and a conference championship.

AAA baseball is a great way to enjoy Oklahoma springs with the family or friends while seeing some of the future stars of baseball. Recent All-Stars like Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis, R.A. Dickey, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Carl Crawford are just a few to have spent time in OKC. Even Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg spent a couple of seasons in the metro. Seeing the future stars of baseball at one of the best minor league ballparks in America, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, is why Dodger baseball is can’t miss fun.

baseball, Dodgers, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Wheeler Criterium

cyclists

If the warming temps are making you want to break out your ten-speed then you should check out the Wheeler Criterium. The Wheeler Crit, as locals call it, is a weekly event that takes place every Tuesday, from March 20 until August 28, in the Wheeler District. Each week races are held on both flat and fast courses. The Wheeler Criterium provides an opportunity for families and friends to engage in what this city has to offer, especially during the summer months. Food trucks only add to the atmosphere for a nice evening out in OKC!

cycling, family-friendly, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 10 - April 16, 2018

OKC Classic Cars

Tuesday, April 10
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.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 11
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
John Moreland and Deer Tick; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (800) 514-3849; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Shawn James; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Thursday, April 12
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
OKG Music Show; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Friday, April 13
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Southwest Street Rod Nationals; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; State Fair park; Ticket prices vary.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Baby Cakes; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
truTV Impractical Jokes; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Red City Radio; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Saturday, April 14
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Southwest Street Rod Nationals; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; State Fair park; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Songwriter’s Festival; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Baby Cakes; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 15
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Southwest Street Rod Nationals; 8 a.m. to noon; State Fair park; Ticket prices vary.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Baby Cakes; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Nick Swardson; 7:30 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Chief Keef; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Monday, April 16
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Baby Cakes; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Bricktown: fun for all ages

Bricktown Nightlife

Adjacent to downtown Oklahoma City is one of the most well-known entertainment districts in the Southwest – Bricktown. With its large concentration of high-energy night clubs, casual lounges and list of restaurants covering a multitude of culinary cultures, Bricktown has something for every taste. And, when you factor in its picturesque setting, which embraces a mile-long canal lined with eateries, clubs, a movie theater, a bowling lounge, the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and beautifully landscaped gardens and public art, you'll discover something the whole family can enjoy! Vibrant melodies can be heard coming from the American Banjo Museum and the Academy of Contemporary Music. You can also see some of the hottest acts in music at the Criterion. Take a Bricktown Water Taxi cruise along the canal and discover the history of this energetic district. And while the weather is warm, be sure to hail a pedicab or one of several horse-drawn carriages that can be seen ferrying customers all over Bricktown. It's the perfect place for you to choose your own adventure.

nightlife, restaurants, Bricktown, family-friendly, live music, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Time to schmooza and palooze

SchmoozaPalooza

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

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

business, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Land of a lot of lakes

Lake Hefner

Oklahoma City is one of the premier places for water sports in the country. There are more than 30 lakes within an hour’s drive of OKC. In fact, Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any state in the Union and more shoreline than the east and Gulf coasts combined. With so many lakes in Oklahoma it would take weeks to cover all you can do, so let’s just focus on what to do within OKC’s city limits.

  • Lake Hefner: features 2,500 surface acres, heated fishing docks, boat ramps, 9.1 miles of biking and jogging trails and is famous for sailboats and windsurfers. Hefner is also home to the Oklahoma City Boat Club.
  • Lake Draper: features 2,900 surface acres, four covered fishing piers, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, jet skiing, boating and sailing are all permitted. Skiing is allowed in open waters.
  • Lake Overholser: features 1,500 surface acres, covered fishing pier, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, sailing, boating and jet skiing are permitted. Lake Overholser is also attached to the wondrous Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.
  • Arcadia Lake: features 1,820 surface acres, picnicking, camping, swimming, water skiing, boating, hiking, disc golf and an equestrian trail. A heated, covered dock is provided for year-round fishing.
outdoor recreation, running, water sports, cycling, equine, family-friendly, fishing
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Better Life resources

A Better Life Resources

You’ve heard us talk about it before, but if you are new to our great city or even thinking about a move to Oklahoma City, you should check out www.abetterlifeokc.com. It is a great resource for everything you need to know about calling OKC home.

While we are on the subject of social media, dive into the resources page at www.abetterlifeokc.com/resources for more social media fun. You’ll find all kinds of handy links that will help you immerse yourself in Oklahoma City’s digital world.

For starters, that is where this adventurous little blog lives. Bookmark it (or, even better, sign up for weekly emails if you haven’t already) and share it with the world (or at least someone you know). You’ll also find links to some stunning OKC photography and video. The Community Links/Resources page highlights some great newspapers, blogs and social media accounts that will help keep you in the know and your finger on the pulse of all things OKC.

community, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 3 - April 9, 2018

OKC Thunder Fans

Tuesday, April 3
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.
Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Ratboys; 9 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Wednesday, April 4
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Thursday, April 5
Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Greater Tuna; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Flaural; 9 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Friday, April 6
ACM@UCO Metro Music Festival; 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.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.
Greater Tuna; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 7
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
BrickUniverse; All day; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Tickets are $15 online and $18 at the door.
Portland Timbers FC 2 vs. Oklahoma City Energy; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-5425; Ticket prices vary.
Greater Tuna; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Reverend Horton Heat; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Sunday, April 8
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
BrickUniverse; All day; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Tickets are $15 online and $18 at the door.
Greater Tuna; 1:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Low Cut Connie; 9 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Monday, April 9
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, March 27, 2018

MAPS 3 projects are making progress

MAPS3 Streetcar delivery

If you have been around Oklahoma City for long, chances are you have heard about the Metropolitan Area Projects and how they have transformed Oklahoma City into the vibrant hub that it is today (we confess that it is one of our favorite topics). Right now, construction is underway on several of the eight MAPS 3 projects that voters approved in 2009. Read on for an update on the progress that is moving Oklahoma City forward.

MAPS 3 Trails
Because of MAPS 3, Oklahoma City is becoming better connected and healthier through the addition of three trails to the Oklahoma City trails system. The MAPS 3’s Will Rogers Trail opened in March and it connects Lake Hefner with the Oklahoma River – that’s 8.1 miles added to the trail system, and all but two blocks are protected for pedestrians and cyclists.

Also in March, city officials broke ground on the MAPS 3 Lake Draper Trail, which circles Lake Stanley Draper with a 13-mile path. The $12.6 million trail is expected to be completed this fall. The Lake Draper and Will Rogers trails join the 7.5-mile West River Trail, which was completed in 2015, in connecting thousands of residents, workers, shoppers and visitors to the growing Oklahoma City trails system.

Oklahoma City Streetcar
Have you noticed all the construction in downtown Oklahoma City? While it may be inconvenient now, those growing pains are leading to the completion of the MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Streetcar, the future of public transit in Oklahoma City. The first streetcar was delivered to Oklahoma City in February and testing has already begun on the completed rails. Want to see the streetcar for yourself? The public is invited to the MAPS 3 OKC Streetcar open house on March 30. The first 300 people get a free streetcar t-shirt at the event, which runs 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the OKC Streetcar Storage and Maintenance Facility at Southwest Seventh Street and Hudson Avenue.

Oklahoma City Convention Center
Conventions and events are big business in Oklahoma City. In fact, the hospitality industry is the third-largest in our region – and it’s growing. A big part of that growth is the MAPS 3 Downtown Oklahoma City Convention Center, which will replace the aging Cox Convention Center.

The new convention center and its adjacent headquarters hotel will allow Oklahoma City to compete for 80 percent or more of the events held in the United States, further developing the region’s hospitality industry. The $277 million center, which is projected to open in 2020, will feature nearly 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 30,000-square-foot ballroom and 45,000 square feet of additional meeting space. Oklahoma City Council has approved designs and opened the bidding process for construction is open, with the groundbreaking scheduled for later this year.

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Thirty, verdant and thriving

Myriad Gardens Crystal Bridge

When it comes to Myriad Botanical Gardens, 30 has never looked so good. Thirty years ago this month, the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory at Myriad Botanical Gardens opened to the public and, since that time, Myriad Botanical Gardens has served as the heart of downtown Oklahoma City and a breath of fresh air for all Oklahoma City residents.

The history of the gardens starts much earlier, however. This jewel of Oklahoma City was born during the downtown urban renewal project of the late 60s. Myriad Gardens was part of I.M. Pei’s plan for downtown Oklahoma City’s revitalization, and it’s one of the only parts of his plan to be fully realized. In order to win public support for the idea of a centrally located garden, city leaders made a trip to Denmark to study the Tivoli Gardens for design inspiration. A nation-wide search was made for the architects that would design the Myriad Gardens, which was named after “the Myriad,” the building now known as the Cox Convention Center. In 1971, the New York architectural firm Conklin + Rossant was chosen, and city leaders broke ground on the 17-acre plot for the garden on Nov. 17, 1977.

Unfortunately, construction was delayed as the oil bust of the 1970s and ‘80s diminished the project’s funding, so the area was constructed as money was available. In 1981, leaders formed the Myriad Gardens Foundation to raise private funds for the construction of the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. Construction resumed from 1983-1985 and the building finally opened to the public on March 25, 1988.

More recently, Myriad Gardens and its Crystal Bridge received a facelift thanks to funds from the construction of Devon Tower and Project 180. This $176-million redesign of downtown streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas included new landscaping, a new children’s garden, a new restaurant space, and reglazed acrylic panels on the Crystal Bridge. Today, Myriad Gardens is stronger than ever and spring is the perfect time to explore all that it has to offer. Check it out for yourself by attending one of their upcoming events or classes.

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Live music in April

OKC’s music scene is hot, with a variety of venue sizes and artists to choose from in April. Read on for highlights, and be sure to visit each venue’s website for the complete schedule.

  • Philippe Quint (April 7, Civic Center Music Hall) – Russian-American classical violinist Philippe Quint will reimagine traditional works as part of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s Classics series.
  • John Moreland & Deer Tick (April 11, Diamond Ballroom) – Singer-songwriter and Oklahoma native John Moreland is making a stop in his home state with Deer Tick, an alt-rock band steeped in folk, blues and country influences.
  • Bowling for Soup (April 22, Tower Theatre) – With a career spanning more than two decades, Bowling for Soup will bring its trademark power pop that will have you singing along. (1985, anyone?)
  • David Byrne (April 25, The Criterion) – Founding member of Talking Heads David Byrne is touring to promote his first solo album in 14 years, “American Utopia.”
  • Oh Wonder (April 26, The Jones Assembly) – Viral online sensation Oh Wonder will bring their signature R&B tunes to The Jones Assembly alongside the UK’s Astronomyy.
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What to do in April

With warmer weather on the horizon and major festivals and sporting events filling the weekends, April is a month full of opportunities to have fun. Check out the April in OKC video from our partners at the Convention and Visitors Bureau for a look at all of this month’s happenings.

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Things to Do & See: March 27 - April 2, 2018

Tower Theatre in Uptown 23rd

Tuesday, March 27
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Wednesday, March 28
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Thursday, March 29
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Greater Tuna; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Uptown Uncorked; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Friday, March 30
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Greater Tuna; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Ty Doll $ign; 8:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Saturday, March 31
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Greater Tuna; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Cedric the Entertainer; 10 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Sunday, April 1
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Greater Tuna; 1:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 2
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Free with museum admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Dweezil Zappa; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

This land is our land

Bison at Wichita Mountains

Many outside of our state borders think of Oklahoma’s geography as uninspiring, to say the least. However, you don’t have to live here long to realize Oklahoma’s topography is diverse. From mountains to sweeping plains, sand dunes and mighty rivers, Oklahoma’s 32 state parks allow you to experience and discover all our great state has to offer.

From rappelling at Red Rock Canyon State Park to boulder hopping and climbing at Robbers Cave State Park, there’s an activity for everyone to enjoy. Bring your own dune buggy or rent an ATV and fly over the dunes at Little Sahara State Park or grab your wet suit and have a scuba adventure in Lake Tenkiller's dive park. The range of activities offered at state parks includes golfing, disc golf, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and even cave exploring (check out the Alabaster Caverns State Park near Freedom).

In addition to relaxing in the beautiful surroundings - lakes, mountains, sand dunes and forests - you can hike, bike, fish or participate in organized park activities. Then rest in a comfortable lodge or cabin, or camp in your own tent or RV.

Some areas of interest worth exploring that aren’t on the state parks’ list include the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service near Lawton, Quartz Mountain Nature Park in southwest Oklahoma and the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve operated by the Nature Conservancy.

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Urban oasis

Kids playing in a park

As temperatures warm up, we are feeling the need to head outdoors and stretch our legs a tad. Oklahoma City’s vast array of city parks offer all the fun you can think of under the sun.

To keep you in the know, the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation department has created a handy guide to enjoying its amenities during the 2018 spring season.

From enjoying a pool day to taking a nature walk, the guide has something for every interest and every age. View the 2018 Summer Program Guide here, and let us know your favorite way to enjoy your neighborhood parks in the comments.

Speaking of parks, if you have been on the southern edge of downtown lately you’ve noticed tons of dirt moving. Scissortail Park, the new 70-acre downtown park, is coming closer to reality. Keep up-to-date with the park’s progress here.

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Will Rogers Trail

Will Rogers Trail Grand Opening

Over the past decade, Oklahoma City has invested heavily in its trails system in an effort to remake the city and promote more healthy living.

Oklahoma City’s first neighborhood trail opened in March as civic leaders cut the ribbon on the  MAPS 3’s Will Rogers Trail. As the second of three trails funded by MAPS 3, Will Rogers Trail connects Lake Hefner with the Oklahoma River. The final of three MAPS 3-funded trails, at Lake Stanley Draper, broke ground this month.

Outside of the newest additions to the trail system, Oklahoma City has many options throughout the metro that residents can choose from when looking for a nice exercise trail. The trail system of OKC currently has 10 intertwined trails stretching across the majority of the city. These trails include the Bert Cooper Trails, Earlywine Trail, Hefner-Overholser Trail, Katy Trail, Lightning Creek Trail, Overholser Trail, South Grand Trail, Tinker-Draper Trail and the West River Trail. Recreational activities abound around each of these trails, so the options are endless. The Bert Cooper Trails are located along Lake Hefner with easy access to the restaurants along the East Wharf, fishing docks, Stars & Stripes Park and the Lake Hefner Golf Course. The Overholser Trail is another trail with fun amenities including kayak and canoe rentals, a café, and even zip lines. If you are feeling really adventurous and sporty we recommend the Oklahoma River Trails. You can run and bike along the river and stop at OKC’s famed Boathouse District and grab a canoe or kayak. No matter your interests, Oklahoma City’s expanding trail system will give you a way to enjoy the great outdoors.

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A biotech story

Bio in OKC

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.

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Things to Do & See: March 20 - March 26, 2018

Clown Face Painting

Tuesday, March 20
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Black Angels; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Wednesday, March 21
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Colter Wall; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Thursday, March 22
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Austin Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
The Dead South; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.
Greater Tuna; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Shrine Circus; 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 23
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Shrine Circus; 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary;
Greater Tuna; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Lacs; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Saturday, March 24
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Shrine Circus; 10 a.m.; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary;
Greater Tuna; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Eric Johnson; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Sunday, March 25
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
30th Anniversary Celebration of the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
Greater Tuna; 1:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Shrine Circus; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary;
Monty Python and the Holy Grail; 4 & 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 26
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Free with museum admission.
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, March 13, 2018

Energy FC

OKC Energy FC

Oklahomans have always been accused of being football crazy but few could have predicted just how fútbol crazy Oklahoma City has become. Thanks to the Oklahoma City Energy FC, the love of soccer has swept across the metro. 

The Energy will kick off their 2018 season March 17 against their rivals the Roughnecks FC out of Tulsa at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City. This will mark the franchise’s fifth season and the club will be welcoming a new head coach this season, Steve Cooke. The Energy FC have made the playoffs three straight years which has led to raucous home crowds. The club routinely draws 4,000 fans to their matches.

Check out the 2018 schedule and get your tickets today.

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Just for kicks

Kids playing soccer

If you are anything like us, after each Energy home game we are ready to do our best Pele impersonation. The good news is OKC offers plenty of places to get involved in the beautiful game indoors.

Soccer City OKC:
Soccer City OKC is very popular among OKC residents, offering adult leagues throughout the year. Located at 4520 Old Farm Rd., Soccer City hosts coed, women’s and men’s leagues. The adult leagues last eight weeks including one game per week. The days of the games vary depending on each division making the scheduling flexible with a busy work week for players! Soccer City is a great place to go and be active after a work day. There is still time to sign up for the upcoming fall, winter or spring sessions.

Soccer City also offers leagues for youth and children. For more information visit www.soccercityokcity.com

Indoor Soccer Arena
ISA, located at 100 N McCormick Ave., has year-round leagues available to join. If you are looking to play and don’t have a team, this is the place to go. There are several different leagues to choose from with varying dates to accommodate your schedule! Teams include a range from boys and girls under 10 years old to coed over 25 years old and more.

Oklahoma City Sports Center:
Oklahoma City Sports Center is also a great soccer location. Open most week days after 5 p.m. and all day on the weekends, this arena is great for an after work activity. Oklahoma City Sports Center is located at 11100 N. Kelley Avenue.

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St. Patrick’s Day

Friends enjoying beer

It is time to make sure all your green clothes are washed because St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. We’ll be completely honest, it is not all that difficult to find a fun St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Oklahoma City. Your favorite restaurant or bar will probably have the green beer flowing. However, there are handful of events we want to make you aware of:

  • St Patrick’s Day in the Garden: This is a St. Patrick’s Day event the whole family can enjoy at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Food trucks, face painting, bag pipes and even Scottish dancing will all be taking place.
  • O’City St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The official parade of Oklahoma City is back and will begin at 11 a.m. All sorts of local organizations will be showing their St. Paddy’s Day pride during the parade. The parade will take place on Sheridan between the Myriad Botanical Gardens and the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
  • Bricktown St. Patrick’s Day Block Party: Kicking off at noon around Reno & Oklahoma Ave, this all day shindig will feature live music and food trucks. It is for all ages and the admission is free.
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Spring Break in OKC

OKC Whitewater Rapids

Spring Break for most Oklahoma schools and colleges will be taking place over the next couple of weeks. Here at Better Life HQ we want to make sure you know you don’t have to go to somewhere like Cabo or Cancun to have a good time. All you leave those places with are awful braids and regret. Trust us, that barbwire tattoo won’t wipe off.

If you stay in OKC you can whitewater raft downtown, sky dive indoors and so much more. Watch the video for more.

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