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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Get to know the Paseo

Paseo First Friday

We’re pretty fond of art here in OKC, and nowhere is that more apparent than the Paseo Arts District. For the less initiated, it’s a district loaded with local artists, galleries, food and more. Locals know that there’s never a wrong time to visit Paseo, but the best times are First Fridays and their annual Arts Festival. Like the name implies, First Fridays happen on the first Friday of every month throughout the year. It’s an especially lively time to see galleries and sample some of the great food in the district! And the festival is when everything comes together—the galleries, local musicians, performers, artisans of all kinds—and delivers the ultimate summer experience.

arts and culture, festivals, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Arts central

Art Gallery

The arts scene in Oklahoma City is healthy, flourishing and full of surprises. You can’t go wrong with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, which houses several great pieces of work in its permanent collection (perhaps most well-known among them being a dazzling collection of Dale Chihuly glass works) as well as countless traveling exhibitions that have attracted visitors from states away. The Paseo District is home to countless local artists and their galleries—in fact, there’s a yearly Arts Festival at Paseo that’s happening at the end of May. The art on display at the 21c Museum Hotel is popular, too, as is at Oklahoma Contemporary (and we can't wait for their new facility to open). The most recent addition to OKC’s booming arts scene is Factory Obscura, a “contemporary arts juggernaut” that specializes in art experiences like its newest one, Mix Tape. And between visits to these, locals can see countless murals sprinkled generously throughout the metro. We hope you like art as much as we do!

arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, museums, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

OKC districts 101

Plaza District

You don’t have to read our blog very long to figure out local districts are a big deal in Oklahoma City. Whether you are getting funky in the Plaza, living it up in Bricktown or getting adventurous in the Adventure District there is a corner of the city that is perfect for you.

We will be the first to admit that getting to know the districts in OKC can be a little overwhelming for newcomers. Getting to know your Midtowns from your Uptowns might take some time. Luckily that is why we are here. Over the next month or so we will be giving you in-depth looks at each district. Until then here is a quick snapshot of each district:

  • Adventure District- the most aptly named district in OKC, home to the Oklahoma City Zoo, Remington Park, Science Museum Oklahoma, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and more.
  • Asian District- a vibrant enclave of Asian culture in the heart of OKC. You’ll find some of the best Asian food in the region here.
  • Automobile Alley- Just north of Downtown, this district used to be the primary location of the city’s car dealerships. Today it is home to local dining and shopping.
  • Boathouse District- home to future Olympians, this district features stunning architecture and is an outdoorsmen’s dream.
  • Bricktown- this former warehouse area is OKC’s prime entertainment district.
  • Classen Curve- located in NW OKC this district features great shopping and dining.
  • Deep Deuce- the center of urban living in OKC.
  • Film Row- what was once home to the film distribution industry for the region is now one of the metro’s quickest developing districts.
  • Midtown- the perfect mix of local retail and historic homes.
  • Paseo Arts District- eclectic art and great restaurants are the name of the game for this district.
  • Plaza District- the epicenter of funky local retail in OKC.
  • Stockyards City- this district is a blast to the past and pays homage to the metro’s western heritage.
  • Western Avenue- an eclectic mix of local restaurants and bars, retail shops and boutiques, antique and furniture stores and fine art galleries make up Western.
  • Uptown 23rd- anchored by the historic Tower Theater, you'll find great locally-owned restaurants and bars, as well as fun boutiques
Film Row, Midtown, Paseo District, Plaza District, Stockyards, Adventure District, Uptown 23, Asian District, Western Avenue, Automobile Alley, Bricktown, Classen Curve, Deep Deuce
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Live music in OKC

There’s a certain voice to OKC. It wavers in a rekindled vibrancy, as an old man that’s come back to his church choir. Wherever you go here, there’s someone around the corner singing gospel about the best and the worst parts of life and experience.

Back in 1919 over on Second Street, the Aldridge Theater opened and hosted the best jazz musicians in the nation. Now, the building is gone and that music spills onto the streets. Every last Saturday of the month, the historic Deep Deuce District lives again in the Deep Deuce Sessions, a music walk where artists invade local venues and fill the air with gospel, jazz and acoustic sounds.

The Jones Assembly is OKC’s newest spot for music and food, opened in 2017. Pulling big name artists and offering classy food and drink options, this young establishment does its home district of Film Row proud. Down on 23rd Street, the historic Tower Theatre stands proud again with its neon marquee. Sporting a history back to 1937 as an original movie house, this renovated venue hosts up-and-coming regional artists from hip-hop to Americana.

Swing over to the Plaza District where it bleeds with color and creativity. If the Plaza Walls are this district’s bare heart, then Saints Bar and Lounge is its illustrious voice in Saints Sessions. Every Thursday evening, talented, local acoustic and jazz musicians play at this intimate setting where the people are friendly, the drinks are strong and the music is stellar.

At Bleu Garten in Midtown OKC, culture stays local with table games, great drinks, seasoned food trucks and live, local music every Thursday night. With its outdoor setting, Bleu arguably has one of the best atmospheres in town. On the lively Bricktown canal, Michael Murphy’s Dueling Piano Bar is a true star of the city, with pizza by the slice and drinks galore. Open Thursday through Saturday, blisteringly skilled musical performers get their kicks taking requests and razzing audience members.

Just outside the Paseo District lies The Blue Door, a venue that offers a different experience than all the bars and restaurants. The Blue Door doesn’t offer drinks or food (although drinks are BYOB): it offers a quiet, close-knit listening room for the veteran and novice musician alike. Named simply after the color of its doors, this venue makes folk, rock and blues its cornerstone.

This old man doesn’t speak the words the same way as once, nor does he bellow as loud as he could in younger years, but he still finds a hunger for harmony. Etching an echo in kindred hearts, the man and his chorus, the city and its people, keep making this music, onward and ever upward.

Film Row, food, live music, nightlife, Oklahoma City history, Paseo District, Plaza District, restaurants, Bricktown, Uptown 23, Deep Deuce, festivals
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.

festivals, food, free, live music, Paseo District, arts and culture, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Paseo Arts District

Paseo Arts District

What do you get when you combine the oldest planned commercial shopping district in Oklahoma City with a creative community? The Paseo Arts District, of course. The winding streets and original Spanish-style stucco buildings are home for the art galleries and studios that give this district so much artistic flair. Perfect for a meandering walk, the Paseo Arts District is also home to some of Oklahoma City’s best restaurants and bars, including Paseo Grill, Sauced on Paseo and others. Its proximity to the Uptown 23rd District and the historic housing options available nearby, including single-family homes and apartments, make this a walkable neighborhood with a community atmosphere.

Each May, the district holds its annual Paseo Arts Festival which routinely draws more than 60,000 visitors to enjoy art, music and food. The 42nd annual Paseo Arts Festival will take place May 26 – May 28 this year.

On the first Friday of each month, the Paseo cranks up the hospitality with the First Friday Gallery Walk, in which more than 80 neighborhood artists show off their wares amid a blocks-long party of music, food and fun.

festivals, housing, nightlife, Paseo District, restaurants, arts and culture, bar
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Better know a district

OKC Skyline

You don’t have to read our blog very long to figure out local districts are a big deal in Oklahoma City. Whether you are getting funky in the Plaza, living it up in Bricktown or getting adventurous in the Adventure District there is a corner of the city that is perfect for you.

We will be the first to admit that getting to know the districts in OKC can be a little overwhelming for newcomers. Getting to know your Midtowns from your Uptowns might take some time. Luckily that is why we are here. Over the next month or so we will be giving you in-depth looks at each district. Until then here is a quick snapshot of each district:

  • Adventure District- the most aptly named district in OKC, home to the Oklahoma City Zoo, Remington Park, Science Museum Oklahoma, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and more.
  • Asian District- a vibrant enclave of Asian culture in the heart of OKC. You’ll find some of the best Asian food in the region here.
  • Automobile Alley- Just north of Downtown, this district used to be the primary location of the city’s car dealerships. Today it is home to local dining and shopping.
  • Boathouse District- home to future Olympians, this district features stunning architecture and is an outdoorsmen’s dream.
  • Bricktown- this former warehouse area is OKC’s prime entertainment district.
  • Classen Curve- located in NW OKC this district features great shopping and dining.
  • Deep Deuce- the center of urban living in OKC.
  • Film Row- what was once home to the film distribution industry for the region is now one of the metro’s quickest developing districts.
  • Midtown- the perfect mix of local retail and historic homes.
  • Paseo Arts District- eclectic art and great restaurants are the name of the game for this district.
  • Plaza District- the epicenter of funky local retail in OKC.
  • Stockyards City- this district is a blast to the past and pays homage to the metro’s western heritage.
  • Western Avenue- an eclectic mix of local restaurants and bars, retail shops and boutiques, antique and furniture stores and fine art galleries make up Western.
  • Uptown 23rd- anchored by the historic Tower Theater, you'll find great locally-owned restaurants and bars, as well as fun boutiques
Uptown 23, Automobile Alley, Western Avenue, Boathouse District, Bricktown, Classen Curve, Deep Deuce, Film Row, Midtown, Paseo District, Plaza District, Adventure District, Stockyards, Asian District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

OKC abounds with art and culture

OKC MOA

If you’ve been a longtime reader of our blog, you’re probably aware of how important the arts and culture are to the fabric of life in Oklahoma City. If you’re a first-time reader, don’t just take our word for it: explore all that OKC has to offer.

The arts and culture section of our website features the most prominent artistic events, museums and fun activities throughout OKC. Or, you can get involved with the local arts scene at the Paseo Arts District, where art and culture abound around every corner.

arts and culture, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Historic neighborhood highlights

Heritage Hills

Did you know Mesta Park got its name from one-time resident Perle Mesta, the so-called “hostess with the mostest” and well-known foreign ambassador, socialite and daughter of William P. Skirvin? How about that Jefferson Park wasn’t actually annexed by Oklahoma City until 1908? Similarly, did you know that the Overholser Mansion, along with the rest of Heritage Hills, was once considered “out in the country” when it was built in 1903, and was so-named because it was built over a series of holes*? And did you know that the Paseo Arts District was actually originally developed to be the first “shopping center” north of downtown in 1929? With some fantastic (and sometimes legendary) history and intrigue behind them, some of the most sought-after areas of OKC to live in are also (unsurprisingly) among the oldest! Nothing quite compares to the tree-lined charm and close community connections inherent to living in Oklahoma City’s historic neighborhoods. A wealth of great housing stock to choose from is typical of these areas, as are sidewalks, parks, supportive neighborhood associations, a sometimes wacky Nextdoor experience, and squirrels. In OKC, living in a historic neighborhood is a great way to be close to the action downtown but still enjoy a lot of amenities that you might think of as more typical of suburbia, like great lawns, community picnics and parks, neighborhood schools and more. Learn more on our website.

*OK, that part is a lie.

Oklahoma City history, Paseo District, Heritage Hills, housing, Jefferson Park, Mesta Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Get artistic

Paseo District

What do you get when you combine the oldest planned commercial shopping district in Oklahoma City with a creative, inclusive community? The Paseo Arts District, of course! The winding streets and original Spanish-style stucco buildings are home for the art galleries and studios that give this district so much artistic flair. Perfect for a meandering walk, the Paseo Arts District is also home to some of Oklahoma City’s best restaurants and bars, including Paseo Grill, Sauced on Paseo, Piccaso Café and The Other Room. Its proximity to the Uptown 23rd District and the historic housing options available nearby, including single-family homes and apartments, make this a walkable neighborhood with a community atmosphere.

On the first Friday of each month, the Paseo cranks up the hospitality with the First Friday Gallery Walk, in which more than 60 neighborhood artists show off their wares amid a blocks-long party of music, food and fun. Be sure to check out the next one this Friday, July 7.

restaurants, arts and culture, bar, festivals, housing, nightlife, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gallery Walk

Paseo District

The Paseo Arts District was originally developed in 1929 by Oklahoma City pioneer GA Nichols as the first commercial shopping district north of downtown. The Paseo still features the same Spanish-inspired, stucco buildings it did in the ’20s.

In the 1970s the district (located around North 28th Street and Walker Avenue) saw a renaissance take shape as artists began to move to the area and open galleries. Today the street is home to some of the top art galleries and local restaurants in the city.

During the Paseo’s First Friday Gallery Walk you can see more than 60 artists from about 20 galleries participate in this event, from 6 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, and it includes themed exhibits, refreshments, guest artists and other entertainment.

arts and culture, festivals, Paseo District, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Paseo Arts District

Families in the Paseo

In recent years, we in Oklahoma City have loved seeing the development of defined districts with their own flavor and happenings. And a lot of those have emerged around historic neighborhoods that formed decades ago, in the early days of the city. The Paseo Arts District fits that description as it dates back to the 1920s.

This thriving neighborhood, located mostly between Walker and Lee avenues and NW 30th and 28th streets, was the city’s first shopping district north of downtown and features Spanish revival architecture with original stucco buildings. Its clay tile roofs are still intact, and The Paseo is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Elms, an art gallery and studio built in 1920 at 2810 N Walker, was home to the first Oklahoma City artist studio and gallery and is an art gallery today, JRB Art at the Elms. After several years, small businesses and jazz clubs were added to the district. The Paseo transitioned into an arts district in the ’70s and held its first Paseo Arts Festival in 1977. The festival continues the tradition over Memorial Day weekend annually. In 1987, the City of Oklahoma City designated the Paseo neighborhood as its first neighborhood revitalization project, and it has been a thriving cultural scene ever since. The Paseo Arts Association helps foster this artistic vibe.

If you go, you can tour art galleries, take art classes, shop, eat or mix with artists on a regular basis. Or, you can stroll through the entire district during the Paseo’s First Friday Gallery Walk. More than 60 artists from about 20 galleries participate in this event, from 6-10 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, and it includes themed exhibits, refreshments, guest artists and other entertainment.

arts and culture, festivals, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Paseo Arts Festival turns 40

Paseo Arts District

The Paseo Arts Festival is a great excuse to discover (or hopefully rediscover) the fantastic Paseo Arts District. For 40 years the annual festival has brought food, fun, music and yes art to the district’s streets, drawing more than 60,000 visitors.

This year’s festival will take place May 28 through May 30 and feature more than 80 visual artists. Stroll through the booths and check out the art on your way to two different stages showcasing Oklahoma entertainers and musicians. And bring the kids for some hands-on fun in the children’s area (at no cost).

food, music, Paseo District, arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Gallery Walk

Paseo Arts District

The Paseo Arts District was originally developed in 1929 by Oklahoma City pioneer GA Nichols as the first commercial shopping district north of Downtown. The Paseo still features the same Spanish-inspired, stucco buildings it did in the ’20s.

In the 1970s the district (located around North 28th Street and Walker Avenue) saw a renaissance take shape as artists began to move to the area and open galleries. Today the street is home to some of the top art galleries and local restaurants in the city.

During the Paseo’s First Friday Gallery Walk you can see more than 60 artists from about 20 galleries participate in this event, from 6 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, and it includes themed exhibits, refreshments, guest artists and other entertainment.

arts and culture, festivals, Paseo District, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What are we thankful for? Local Districts

Louie\\\'s in Midtown

Partying in the Plaza and Paseo. Singing in the Stockyards. Boogieing in Bricktown. You get the picture, in Oklahoma City we love our local districts. Ask a random stranger walking down the street and they will probably agree with us, local districts are something we should definitely be thankful for in OKC.

The local districts have done a great job of carving out unique niches with eyes towards the future while celebrating their history. Food, shopping, music and fun are great ways to sum up these Oklahoma City hotspots.

  • Adventure District- A zoo, science museum, race track … yeah, this district is appropriately named.
  • Asian District- Oklahoma City has a rich Asian heritage and it is on full display in this district. Of course you already knew that if you are a fan of Pho.
  • Automobile Alley- Especially stunning this time of year with the fabulous light display.
  • Boathouse District- Just when you think the river couldn’t get any better, it does.
  • Bricktown- OKC’s original district success story.
  • Deep Deuce- This district is bursting with history and is quickly becoming the hub for urban living.
  • Film Row- An up-and-coming district that was once the center for film distribution in the region.
  • Midtown- This district is a great microcosm of Oklahoma City’s modern-day renaissance.
  • Paseo Art District- A hub of arts, history and great food.
  • Plaza District- A great place to get funky with food, local shops and live entertainment.
  • Stockyards City- Our city’s Western heritage come to life.
  • Western Avenue- Trendy food and shopping in abundance can be found on Western.
  • Uptown 23rd- Already home to some of OKC’s favorite restaurants this district is one to watch the next couple of years.
Bricktown, Deep Deuce, Film Row, Midtown, Paseo District, Plaza District, Stockyards, Adventure District, Uptown 23, Asian District, Western Avenue, Automobile Alley, Boathouse District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Friday Festivals

H&8th Night Market

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

  • First Friday Gallery Walk- Located in the Paseo Arts District, First Friday is (you guessed it) held the first Friday (and Saturday) of every month. Fireman-pantsed beard lovers, social gadflies and art lovers alike peruse more than 60 artists in 17 galleries participating in the middle of one of OKC’s first real “districty” districts. They were a district before being a district was cool, so check it out.
  • LIVE on the Plaza - from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. the second Friday of every month, Plaza District merchants stay open late with live music, special events and extra funky PIZZAZ, hence the extra capital letters.
  • Premiere on Film Row happens on the third Friday of every month, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Art exhibitions, food trucks, film screenings, live music, merriment, and you, urban wanderer.
  • H&8th- On the last Friday of each month (through October) H&8th is the place to be. Beer, food trucks, live music, free activities and people-watching await you. If you’re dead set on spending zero dollars, you won’t even have to wait in any lines for food. Score! Get to the last one of the year on October 30.
  • Fun street fairs aren’t just happening in Oklahoma City limits, as many communities in the region have their own monthly festivals. One of the most successful is 2nd Friday in Norman. The event is free and features everything from dance to painting to photography and music. Check out their website for a full list. If you are on the north side of the metro check out Heard on Hurd every 3rd Saturday from March to October in Edmond.
Midtown, Paseo District, Plaza District, arts and culture, Film Row, free, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The City is Alive With The Sound of Music

Crowd at Twilight Concert

We’ve covered places where you can check out some live music in town before, but the great thing about summer in OKC is that there are also plenty of chances to take in some totally free music outdoors with programs like Art Moves, Noon Tunes, OKC’s Friday district extravaganzas and other regularly recurring events. And what’s better than free? Not much, except maybe if they’re paying you… unfortunately, that’s not usually how it works. Wah-wah. Who do you think you are, The Bruce Dickinson? Sorry, you’re not. But still! Get those eardrums in earshot of the events below—and let us know what we’re missing.

  • First Friday of every month – Paseo First Friday Art Walk – 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Art / Gallery Receptions and live music in the Paseo District
  • Second Friday of every month – LIVE on the Plaza – 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Plaza District merchants open late with live music and special events
  • Third Friday of every month – Premiere on Film Row – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Art exhibitions, food trucks, film screenings and live music
  • Last Friday of every month – H&8th Night Market – 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. – “Family- and pet- friendly street festival built around a lineup of the city’s top gourmet food trucks and live music…”
  • Every Sunday – Sunday Twilight Concert Series at the Myriad Botanical Gardens (one of our TBL staff’s favorites) – 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – bring a lawn chair or blanket, some foodstuffs and beverages and stuff yourself with edible and aural goodness.
  • Every Thursday – Noon Tunes at the Norick Downtown Library – 12:00 p.m. (naturally) – 1:00 p.m. – “musical performances from local musicians” in the cool comfort of the atrium of the downtown library
  • First Thursday of every month – Western Avenue on the Lawn Summer Series at 62nd and Western Ave. – 5:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. – “free live music for the whole family” along with food trucks and COOP beer
  • Third Thursday of every month – Auto Alley Shop Hop in Automobile Alley – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – giveaways, extended shopping hours, activities for kids and live music
  • Every work day (that’s right!) – Art Moves at various locations downtown – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., generally – music and occasional other live acts while you munch and mingle
  • Every Thursday night – concerts “in the park” in Midwest City (Joe B. Barnes Regional Park), Edmond (Hafer Park), and Yukon (Chisholm Trail Park)
  • Every other Sunday – Norman’s Summer Breeze Concert Series – 7:30 p.m. – Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes
  • Select Fridays during the summer -- FAA Credit Union Summer Movie Series at the Boathouse District – head on down to the Oklahoma River with a blanket or lawn chair for live music, food trucks and a beer garden along with free family-friendly movies projected on the side of the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower. Music and festivities begin at 6 p.m., with films rolling at 8:30 p.m.
live music, music, Norman, Paseo District, Western Avenue, Automobile Alley, family-friendly, festivals, Film Row
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Arts and Culture

If you’ve read much of our blog you can probably tell the arts are an important aspect of life in OKC. From festivals like Red Earth, whole districts like the Paseo who focus on the arts and world-class museums like the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the arts help tell the story of our city and state and connect each newer generation to the culture of our region.

To learn more about the countless festivals, museums, districts and galleries OKC has to offer, be sure to check out the Arts & Culture section of our Better Life website.

arts and culture, festivals, museums, Paseo District, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Three days of arts and entertainment

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

arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, free, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Works of Art

While we love our retail therapy (who doesn’t, right?) we also appreciate the finer things in life – like great art, live music and fantastic food. That’s why we love Live on the Plaza and First Friday in the Paseo District.

Live on the Plaza, the district’s monthly block party is held rain or shine on the second Friday of each month and showcases the talents of wonderful Oklahomans. The artists and outdoor market changes for each event and complements the districts’ premiere art galleries, photography studios, retail shops and restaurants. From Tango workshops and fashion shows to poetry readings and works from local artists, there’s sure to be something that piques your interest. While you’re exploring the Plaza District, don’t forget to take in a Broadway-caliber show in the heart of downtown OKC at the Lyric Theatre.

Paseo, Oklahoma City’s historic arts district, also holds a monthly art walk and music festival. Expect to see paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, fine crafts and photographs by more than 60 artists in 20 galleries and experience opening receptions for new exhibits each month. Bring your appetite and try the Green Lantern from Sauced on Paseo or the Chicken Saltimbocca from Paseo Grill.

arts and culture, festivals, Paseo District, Plaza District, restaurants, retail, shopping, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Get artsy in The Paseo

In recent years, we in Oklahoma City have loved seeing the development of defined districts with their own flavor and happenings. And a lot of those have emerged around historic neighborhoods that formed decades ago, in the early days of the city. This week, let’s explore some of them, starting with The Paseo Arts District and its history that dates back to the 1920s.

This thriving district, located mostly between Walker and Lee avenues and NW 30th and 28th streets, features Spanish revival architecture with original stucco buildings. Its clay tile roofs are still intact, and The Paseo is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to The Paseo District’s website.

The Elms, an art gallery and studio built in 1920 at 2810 N Walker, was home to the first Oklahoma City artist studio and gallery and is an art gallery today, JRB Art at the Elms. After several years, small businesses and jazz clubs were added to the district. The Paseo transitioned into an arts district in the ’70s and held its first Paseo Arts Festival in 1977. The festival continues the tradition over Memorial Day weekend annually. In 1987, the City of Oklahoma City designated the Paseo neighborhood as its first neighborhood revitalization project, and it’s been a thriving cultural scene ever since. The Paseo Arts Association helps foster this artistic vibe.

If you go, you can tour art galleries, take art classes, shop, eat or mix with artists on a regular basis. Or, you can stroll through the entire district during the Paseo’s First Friday Gallery Walk. More than 60 artists from about 20 galleries participate in this event, from 6-10 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, and it includes themed exhibits, refreshments, guest artists and other entertainment.

arts and culture, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

We Arenít Done Yet

I know what you are thinking, “You’ve got my Friday nights booked for the foreseeable future. Surely there can’t be more?” Well, buckle up, because we haven’t even mentioned First Friday and H&8th, two of OKC’s biggest and most successful Friday night events.

  • First Friday Gallery Walk- Located in the Paseo Arts District, First Friday is (you guessed it) held the first Friday and Saturday of every month. It is an art lover’s dream as more than 60 artists in 17 galleries participate (and it’s all within walking distance).
  • H&8th- On the last Friday of each month (through September) H&8th is the place to be. H&8th can be summed up pretty easily: food trucks and live music (and lots of them). More than 30 food trucks located within one block is pretty tough to beat.
arts and culture, festivals, food, Midtown, music, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Paseoís Past

Oklahoma City recently celebrated its 125th birthday and to commemorate we are taking a look at the events and history that made our great city what it is today. This week we are taking a closer look at the Paseo Arts District.

The Paseo was originally developed in 1929 by Oklahoma City pioneer GA Nichols as the first commercial shopping district north of Downtown. The Paseo still features the same Spanish-inspired, stucco buildings it did in the ’20s. 

In the 1970s the district (located around North 28th and Walker) saw a renaissance take shape as artists began to move to the area and open galleries. Today the street is home to some of the top art galleries and local restaurants in the city. In 2010, the neighborhood was named as one of the “10 Greater Neighborhoods for 2010” in the entire United States. Every May, the Paseo also hosts the Paseo Arts Festival (this year marks the 37th annual) which brings more than 60,000 people to district.

arts and culture, festivals, Oklahoma City history, Paseo District, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Hidden Gems

When it comes to art, Oklahoma City has clusters of cool galleries tucked around every corner. Even some of us who have lived here for years still find ourselves discovering something new on the art scene in places we don’t expect it. So instead of making you hunt for these hidden gems, we thought we’d give you some insider insight into Oklahoma City’s rocking art scene.

We suggest you start at the Paseo Arts District, a two-block street of art galleries located just north of downtown. The Paseo is home to 17 galleries and more than 60 artists. Beyond the art you can enjoy a host of great restaurants, boutiques, a yoga studio and the Spanish revival architecture that gives the district its signature look. Next, you should check out the Plaza District on Northwest 16th between Classen and Pennsylvania Avenues. More than $15 million in investments have transformed this area into a creative hub filled with art galleries, specialty shops, businesses and restaurants. So there is no need to wander – head straight there and check out the best that OKC art has to offer.

arts and culture, Paseo District, Plaza District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ask a Local: Romy Owens, Artist-in-Residence

The Skirvin Hilton, in partnership with the Paseo Arts Association, chose Oklahoma City artist Romy Owens as its first Artist-in-Residence. Her live studio space is open to hotel guests and visitors. She shared why she chose to stay in Oklahoma City and some of her favorite things around town.

Talk about your art. How would you describe it?
Reconstructed photographs, hand sewn meticulously into unrecognizable abstract compositions.

Why did you choose to plant roots in Oklahoma City after graduation, instead of another city?
I still live in Oklahoma City because of our tremendously supportive art community.

What is your favorite gallery in OKC to visit?
I can’t answer this question, because there are so many wonderful options. One I really like is City Arts Center because they bring amazing art to OKC that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to see, and the gallery is free and open to the public.

Describe your perfect day in OKC:
A perfect day in Oklahoma City is any day in spring or fall when the air is crisp and the sky is bright, and I have participated in all three of the following activities: a productive day in my studio, a delicious dinner at one of OKC’s amazing locally-owned restaurants and an art event (either visual or performing) that inspires me.

arts and culture, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Exploring the Paseo

From its 1960s and ‘70s heyday as a counterculture haven to its current renaissance as the center of Oklahoma City’s arts community, the historic Paseo District is a place of singular charm and style. The Spanish stucco buildings house a wonderfully eclectic array of art studios, galleries and boutiques, as well as restaurants such as the elegant Paseo Grill and its sister pizzeria, Sauced on Paseo. It all adds up to what the American Planning Association in 2010 called one of the nation’s 10 Great Neighborhoods.

On the first Friday of each month, the Paseo cranks up the hospitality with the First Friday Gallery Walk, in which more than 60 neighborhood artists show off their wares amid a blocks-long party of music, food and fun. Be sure to check out the next one on Aug. 5.

arts and culture, Paseo District, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Three days of arts and entertainment

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

arts and culture, festivals, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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