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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Opening Night 2019


For more than two decades, Opening Night has been the place to ring in the New Year in Oklahoma City. Put on by Arts Council Oklahoma City, Opening Night features great food and music for the whole family in Downtown OKC.

This year’s entertainment includes Take Cover, The Allie Lauren Project, Edgar Cruz, OKC Improv, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, OKC Philharmonic and more. Also several of the metro’s best food trucks will be there.

Party favors can be picked up inside the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Also, those who are 21 and older can keep warm with adult beverages in certain tents.

Wristbands are $8 in advance and can be purchased at MidFirst Bank and 7-Eleven stores around town. The night of wristbands are $10 and kids under five get in free.

family-friendly, festivals, food, holiday, live music, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Brewfest 2018

2018 BrewFest

To say the craft beer scene in Oklahoma City has taken off the last couple of years would be an understatement. Recent changes to the state’s liquor laws have done nothing but turbo charge the creation of great breweries, wineries and distilleries in the metro. Brewfest, an annual showcase of Oklahoma breweries, is a great chance to sample the newest stuff from your favorite brewers.

Brewfest is put on by the OKBio Association to help raise awareness of the state’s diverse bioscience industry. This year’s event is Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Admission is $35 and includes a mug, t-shirt, unlimited samples and free parking. You can get your tickets here. Of course you must be 21 to enter.

One of the best aspects of Brewfest is that attendance is limited to 500. That means you have plenty of face-to-face opportunities with the people who are making the great beers and spirits in Oklahoma. You can pick their brains on their process, what is on the horizon or even what foods they think their beers pair best with.

While it is called Brewfest don’t be scared away if you are not a fan of beer. A handful of local wineries and distillers will also be in attendance. At last count, more than 30 local breweries, distillers and wineries will be on hand.

So on November 8, sample some amazing local beers, wines and spirits while supporting the state’s burgeoning bioscience community. You can learn more about the event here and more about the biosciences here.

beer, breweries, festivals, wine
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Plaza District Festival turns 20

Plaza District Festival

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

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

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

family-friendly, festivals, free, Plaza District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

August in OKC

The Convention and Visitors Bureau has a brand new video out to talk about August in the city. With 12 concerts, 3 festivals, and other local events in art and culture, stay tuned and get informed with August in OKC.

arts and culture, attractions, festivals, live music, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

restaurants, Bricktown, Uptown 23, Deep Deuce, festivals, Film Row, food, live music, nightlife, Oklahoma City history, Paseo District, Plaza District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

New World Comic Con

New World Comic Con Photo credit: Keara Phillips-Berlin

[Photo Credit: Keara Phillips-Berlin]

New World Comic Con is a newcomer to the local con scene, having been started in 2015 by OKC’s very own New World Comics & Games. It also happens to be the only nerdy convention that’s permanently (and currently) housed in Oklahoma City (though we’re hoping that’ll change when the MAPS3 Convention Center is complete!) Although less like a full-blown con and more akin to a marketplace with an artist’s alley, it doesn’t make New World Comic Con any less fun for attendees. Besides, it’s hard to argue with a $6 admission fee either way. Several of OK’s most incredible local comic artists/creators and vendors like Natasha Alterici, Jerry Bennett, and New World Comics & Games (obviously) will set up booths that attendees can peruse at their leisure. But of course, it’s not all about comics and Marvel movies: Western cartoons, anime, video games, tabletop games (and shows based on them), fantasy/sci-fi movies and shows—there’s a little something for everyone of all fandoms at NWCC. Attendees have been known to find treasures ranging from rare comics to vintage toys, video games, (fan) art, collectibles, autographed goods, fandom goods (prints, keychains, bookmarks, ita bags, enamel pins, etc.) and more! As if that weren’t enough, guests like Justin Nimmo (the Silver Ranger, Zhane, from Power Rangers in Space) and Count Gregore (local horror hosting legend) have also been known to regularly appear at New World Comic Con.

For congoers who prefer a less congested, less time consuming, family friendly (and budget friendly!) congoing experience—or even people who’ve never been to a con and just want to get their feet wet in the culture of it to see whether or not they like it—New World Comic Con is ideal. This year it’ll be July 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Centennial Building at the Oklahoma State Fair Park (same spot as last year).

festivals, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Party like its 1776

Kids on the 4th of July

It’s almost here! America’s 242nd birthday! And that means fireworks, neighborhood cookouts, fun at the lake – or down on the river – and the smell of sunscreen.

OKC really knows how to do Independence Day and whether you like cooking out, enjoying the outdoors, or just watching a good fireworks display, you don’t have to go very far to find what July 4th is all about, the celebration of America's birthday as the fireworks adorn the sky. And in the Oklahoma City metro area, you have plenty of options for July 4th fireworks. Plus, many of the events have turned into multi-day affairs with games, activities, free live music concerts and much, much more. Get detailed information here on:  OKC 4th Fest, Red, White & Boom at State Fair Park, Bethany's Freedom Festival, Edmond's LibertyFest, Yukon's Freedom Fest, Midwest City's Tribute to Liberty and Moore's Celebration in the Heartland.

What better place to get together with friends and families to celebrate our country's Independence Day than out on the lake. Enjoy campsites, water sports, fishing, picnicking, kite-flying and other outdoor recreation, or simply find a place to sit back, relax and take in the view. The Oklahoma City metro area has several excellent lake options. Get all the details here.

Lakes aren't the only place where you can enjoy the outdoors on the Fourth. If you prefer your fun to be land-based, visit one of the many city parks for playgrounds, sports fields, gyms, golf courses, trails and more. And for the water fun, check out the city pools or the many spraygrounds sites.

So, put on your red, white and blue, light some sparklers, and get ready to "Ooh!" and "Ahh!" as you enjoy some patriotic fun with your family this 4th of July. Be safe and have fun!

family-friendly, festivals, free, holiday, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Deep (Deuce) end

Deep Deuce sign

The Deep Deuce district is the heart of Oklahoma City in more ways than just its central location. Deep Deuce, one of the most historically significant areas of Oklahoma City, was the home of African-American culture in the 1920s and ‘30s and, during that time, it gave birth to a vibrant jazz music scene. The district was home to jazz legends Charlie Christian and Jimmy Rushing, to name a few. Fans of great works of American literature will recognize another famous resident – Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man, was born there in 1913.

The vibrancy of Deep Deuce is still alive and well today. The district has reinvented itself as a hub of urban living and includes local favorite restaurants, bars and coffee shops. It’s also home to downtown Oklahoma City’s grocery store, Native Roots Market. Even if you don’t call the district home, it’s the perfect place to meet friends for a weekend drink or to enjoy Deep Deuce Sessions, a monthly night celebrating OKC’s best musicians at venues throughout the district.

Deep Deuce, festivals, live music, nightlife, Oklahoma City history, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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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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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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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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!

arts and culture, festivals, food, live music, volunteer
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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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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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Wheeler Criterium


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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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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.

attractions, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Coffee & Cars

OKC Classic Cars

How do you feel about cars? How about a warm cup of joe? If you answered affirmative to both, Coffee & Cars is the event for you.

Held the first Saturday of each month, from 8 to 11 a.m., at Northpark Mall, Coffee & Cars brings together car enthusiasts from the region to show off their beauties. The best part is the event is completely free. That is right, all you need is your love for four wheels. Each month you can check out a diverse lineup of classic automobiles. You can see everything from the best American muscle cars to Volkswagen vans and everything in between. So fill up your thermos with your favorite coffee and we will see you there bright and early.

festivals, free
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Plaza District

Plaza District Festival

Dramatic changes in the past 15 years brought new life to the Plaza District. The district was first developed in the 1920s at the end of the city’s trolley line. For the next 40 years the area served as a bustling commercial district for the growing neighborhoods that surrounded it. The district started to decline through the 70s, 80s and 90s, but new development since has turned it into a thriving hub of creativity.

The Plaza District, located on NW 16 between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, is one of the city’s most walkable corridors. The district contains art galleries, a tattoo shop, restaurants, collaborative work spaces and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, which includes the Thelma Gaylord Academy and a performance space in the 1935-era Plaza Theatre, which has been newly rebuilt and is home to professional performance productions and other events. Lyric Theatre was one of the first entities to invest in the district, playing a crucial role in the Plaza’s rebirth.

The District is home to monthly events such as Live! On the Plaza and the Plaza District Festival in September. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe. Almost any night of the week you can find something interesting going on in the Plaza.

arts and culture, festivals, Plaza District, restaurants, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

arts and culture, bar, festivals, housing, nightlife, Paseo District, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Oklahoma City Way to Cinema Verite

Film Row OKC

Between the popularity of projects like ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, “Jim & Andy” on Netflix, Frederick Wiseman’s “Ex Libris,” Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War,” “School Life” and others, one could argue that the documentary film scene has never been stronger or more varied. Get in on the action this Sunday, January 14, as you make your way to docLAHOMA, the state’s only documentary film festival. Appropriately located in OKC’s historic Film Row district at the Paramount, this free(!) festival features five different subject “blocks” of programming, with multiple docs in each. The fun begins (and the bar opens) at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, so don’t miss the chance to check out some of the newest, best indie docs to hit the screen!

More info:

festivals, film, Film Row, free
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Kick off the New Year in style


For 30 years, Opening Night has been the center of New Year’s Eve fun in Oklahoma City. Put on by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Opening Night offers fun for the entire family with performances throughout downtown OKC featuring acts such as The Wise Guys, Edgar Cruz, OKC Improv and more. Trust us, there is absolutely zero chance of a less than stellar New Year’s Eve. Did we mention there’s fun for the whole family? The youngsters are sure to enjoy face painting, an interactive art project, and lively music performances. And the fireworks finale is a show-stopping spectacle that you won't soon forget.

Wristbands are just $8 in advance and you can pick them up at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, MidFirst Bank locations and Plenty Mercantile. You can also get wristbands for $10 at the event.

And don’t worry about grabbing grub before heading downtown – seriously, they’ve thought of everything – the city’s best food trucks will be on-hand to serve up a variety of exciting food. Get your dinner on Finale Alley any time before midnight!

food, live music, family-friendly, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Decembering up downtown

Devon Ice Rink

The calendar is about to change from November to December which means one thing…. Downtown in December! If you are new to our fair city, you might be wondering what exactly is Downtown in December. Basically, downtown Oklahoma City turns into a winter wonderland of holiday cheer.

The very best thing about Downtown in December is most of the activities and events are free. Here are some of our favorite events, but be sure to check out their website for more.

  • Devon Ice Rink
    The ice rink is open at Myriad Botanical Gardens and is ready for you and your friends, family and/or honey lambs to make some memories whilst making lazy circles in the ice and doing your best to stay level and off your backside. Click here for schedule and prices.
  • SandRidge Santa Run
    Run a 5K with various Santas, elves, reindeer and other assorted Christmasy characters as you work off some of that cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole (either in or out of a costume). It’s an all-ages event, with a Kid’s Dash and 1-mile Fun Run part of the festivities as well. Saturday, Dec. 9 is the day and activities begin at 8:45 a.m. at SandRidge Energy, 123 Robert S. Kerr. Get more info here.
  • Devon’s Saturdays with Santa
    Each Saturday in December the world famous Santa Claus will be at the Devon Energy Center to hear want toys your kids want under the tree. Learn more here.
downtown, family-friendly, festivals, holiday, kids, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Last one down

Snow Tubbing

Get ready to snow tube your colorful woolen socks off starting at the LifeShare Winterfest. One of our favorite holiday traditions is cruising down one of the country’s largest manmade snow-tubbing slides at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark each year. Check hours and prices here.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Get iced

Downtown In December Ice Skating

It’s time to pull out your sequined leotard, channel your inner Dorothy Hamill, Nancy Kerrigan, Scott Hamilton or Michelle Kwan and head downtown to lace up a pair of skates. The Devon Ice Rink is back at the Myriad Botanical Gardens beginning November 10th through January 28th. Plan an afternoon of fun with your little ones, an adventurous staff holiday party, or a cozy date night on ice.

Times and prices vary depending on day of the week, so be sure to click here to plan your outing.

family-friendly, festivals, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017


2017 Brew Fest

One of our favorite trends in Oklahoma City is how many craft breweries are popping up around town. It is getting to the point that keeping up with the latest great suds is getting difficult. The good news is we know of an event where you can try out products from all the local breweries as well as local wineries and distilleries.

The Oklahoma Bioscience Association’s annual BrewFest will take place Nov. 9 at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Tickets are $35 and get you a mug, t-shirt (if you are one of the first 300 registered), free parking and, best of all, unlimited samples of local beer, wine and spirits. This year’s event will have nearly 30 local purveyors of tasty beer and spirits.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Crew goals

Dragon Boating

Some of the best riversport athletes in the world will be in Oklahoma City on Oct. 5-8 as the Oklahoma Regatta Festival takes place on the Oklahoma River. For four days, 2,500 athletes will compete in rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and whitewater rafting during the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma Regatta and the OGE NightSprints.

The OCU Head of the Oklahoma races will include 2.5 mile races against the clock each day where participants from across the country will compete in collegiate, masters and junior rowing divisions. The 500-meter night sprints Saturday evening will surely be a sight not to miss – they take place on the only permanently lighted rowing race course in the world. And the friendly dragon boat competition with teams of 20 paddlers and one drummer will “Paddle for a Cure,” with all proceeds benefitting the local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

In addition to the racing, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival will include a family festival with food trucks and beer gardens – all with a first-rate view of the racing and the traditional post-race fireworks. Whether you are rolling with your crew or flying solo, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival is the perfect place to enjoy the first weekend of October in Oklahoma City.

View the schedule at

Boathouse District, family-friendly, festivals, Oklahoma River, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Festive with PlazaFest

Plaza District Festival

Looking for a fun, exciting day out with family or friends? With live music, incredible food and beautiful art, there’s a lot to see and do at the upcoming Plaza District Festival.

Celebrating local arts, culture and the revitalization of OKC’s Plaza District, the Plaza District Festival will feature art from more than 30 Oklahoma-based artists in addition to an all Oklahoma lineup of musicians and performers on three stages. There will also be a kid’s area with activities like face painting, hula hoops and bubbles, and firehouse art activities throughout the festival so your little ones can harness their own creative genius.

The Plaza District is an enclave of locally owned shops, galleries and restaurants and has become a hub for creativity and a magnet for local businesses. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe. Grab a cup of coffee at District House, a slice of pizza at Empire or a grilled cheese at the Mule. You can also get a drink at Oak and Ore before heading over to DNA Galleries to buy some clothes or art. How about ending the evening with a performance at Lyric Theatre and then running over to Roxy’s for some ice cream or Pie Junkie for the best pie around. Get the picture? There is something for everyone in the Plaza.

The Plaza District Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Pave the way for Rock the Block

Construction Equipment

Have you or your kids ever played with Tonka trucks or other construction toys? Well push those to the side because now’s your chance (we mean your kid’s chance... yea, let’s go with that) to get up close and personal with the real thing at Dolese’s Rock the Block event on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Rock the Block event will give child-at-heart adults and actual children alike the opportunity to view a variety of construction vehicles and equipment up close from Dolese and other industry partners including Bobcat of Oklahoma City, the OKC Fire Department, Oklahoma Gas and Electric, and many more.

Free and open to the public, the event will also have a canned food drive benefitting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and will raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. You can learn more about Rock the Block and pave your way to a fun, family weekend by checking out the Facebook events page.

community, family-friendly, festivals, free, kids
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Out East

As residents of Prague like to say, “Come Czech us out!” Prague has a rich European history as it was founded by Czech immigrants who named the city after the capital of the Czech Republic. Prague hosts the annual Kolache Festival the first Saturday of May and celebrates the rich Czech culture.

You also don’t want to miss Prague City Lake, a 400-acre lake that includes a boat ramp, boat docks, picnic areas, volleyball court and playground. For hours and usage fees, go online. It is surrounded by the Prague Lake Trail, which features 30 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, although you have to bring your own horse.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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