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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Art galore

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

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

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

Overholser Mansion

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

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

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

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

Bookstore

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

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

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

video games

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

Amazing Action
Got Games
Plastic Galaxy
Toy Base 10
Vintage Stock

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

OKC Civic Center show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great State Fair of Oklahoma

Midway at the Oklahoma State Fair

Football, cooler weather and the State Fair of Oklahoma means it is fall. If you are new to Oklahoma City then you might be surprised to find out that for many the kickoff of the State Fair of Oklahoma is our official signal that autumn has arrived!  

From Sept. 13-23, State Fair Park in Oklahoma City will be bustling with the Oklahoma State Fair and all that it entails. An annual extravaganza stretching back more than 100 years, the Oklahoma State Fair offers a little something for everyone, from deep-fried culinary delights (sign us up!) to ice-dancing Disney princesses. Read on for our can’t-miss fair favorites.

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

Ever wonder how the great State Fair of Oklahoma came to be so great? Jump in our DeLorean and do a little time traveling with us.

When a young Oklahoma City had the opportunity to host the Farmers National Congress in 1907, city leaders were determined to do everything they could to make the convention a success. There was only one stipulation from the convention organizers: They wanted a fall fair so their delegates could see the achievements of agriculture in the new state.

Oklahoma citizens pushed for an annual fair as early as 1892, recognizing the impact that the fair could have on the new territory. Convinced of the potential, a coalition of business leaders gathered in the offices of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on Jan. 18, 1907, to organize a state fair association. After months of planning, the first State Fair of Oklahoma celebrated its opening day on Oct. 5, 1907.

Here are a few more facts you may not know about the Oklahoma State Fair:

  • The first State Fair of Oklahoma opened on Oct. 5, 1907, a few weeks before Oklahoma was officially granted statehood.
  • The first fair attracted a crowd of more than 10,000 people.
  • The State Fair Park moved to its current location in 1954.
  • The park expanded its facilities in 1961 to included horse barns, a move that allowed Oklahoma City to earn its place as the “Horse Show Capital of the World”—a title that the city still holds today!
  • The current park is 435 acres and hosts more than 180 events each year. The total attendance of these events is more than 2.28 million people annually.
  • Oklahoma State Fair Park is located at the junction of two major highways, providing easy access from anywhere in the state (and nation!).
  • The people of Oklahoma City support the fair in a big way. Citizens have approved major improvements to State Fair Park in both the MAPS and MAPS 3 initiatives.
history, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Fry it and put it on a stick please

OK State Fair Food

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shakespeare in the Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Farmers Market District

Historic Farmers Market

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

farmers market, Farmers Market District, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Horse Show Capital

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

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

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

equine, horse show, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get up to speed with VeloCity

VeloCity website

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

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

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

Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: September 4 - September 10, 2018

OKC Banjo Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

POPS

Pops on Route 66

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

Arcadia, day-trip, restaurants, Route 66
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Route 66

Route 66 sign

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

attractions, day-trip, Route 66
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Monthly Live Music

concert goers

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

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

Chihuly Glass

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

arts and culture, family-friendly, film, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: August 28 - September 3, 2018

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Mapping our way to the future

Chesapeake Energy Arena

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

kids learning at school

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

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

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

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

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MAPS 3 Update

Streetcar

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

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

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

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

Gunfight at the O.K. Corrall poster

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

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

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Things to Do & See: August 21 - August 27, 2018

OKC Energy FC

Tuesday, August 21
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, August 22
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, August 23
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Sacramento Republic FC vs. OKC Energy FC; 6 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, August 24
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Summer Series: Fiesta Friday!; 7 p.m.; Historic Capitol Hill; This event is free.
Wheeler Summer Music Series: The Allie Lauren Project; 7 p.m.; Wheeler Ferris Wheel; This event is free.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
An Evening with Gillian Welch; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, August 25
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
AMP Festival; Noon to 8 p.m.; Film Row; This event is free.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, August 26
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Candlebox; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Sunny Sweeney; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, August 27
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Donnie Darko; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Full Moon Bike Ride and Run; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Event cost $5 to participate.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Get down Uptown

UpTown 23 Mural

Perhaps no district is considered a better testament to OKC’s renaissance than Uptown 23rd. Stretching from Broadway Ave. to Pennsylvania Ave. and in between 22nd and 24th Streets, Uptown 23rd is considered one of the biggest cultural hubs in OKC: It’s home to several of our most acclaimed restaurants, favorite local landmarks, entertainment of all kinds, shopping, events and more! Locals and visitors alike agree that Uptown 23rd is one of OKC’s most vivacious areas and something everyone owes themselves to experience.

Check out this video for more on Uptown 23rd.

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Sweet tooth

Kitchen 324 Pie

OKC’s pretty sweet; literally and figuratively, of course. Yes, it’s pretty sweet that we live in a city on the rise, but you know what else is sweet? Cake. Ice cream. Candy. Cupcakes. Pastries. Indeed, as sweet as it can be to live in OKC in the midst of its renaissance, it’s much sweeter when you have a massive slice of cake just begging to be eaten right in front of you. So never fear, TheBetterLife is here to help you satisfy your sweet tooth from the comfort of your own city. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just some of the local favorites! If you don’t see your favorite(s) on here, be sure to let us know!

Cakes, Cupcakes, and Pies: Brown's Bakery, Cuppies and JoeKitchen No. 324, Green Goodies, Ingrid’s, Leo’s Cakery, La Baguette, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pie Junkie, Pinkitzel, Sara Sara Cupcakes

Ice Cream: Braum’s, Capitals Ice Cream, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social

Fudge and Specialty Candies: Russell Stover Chocolates, Woody Candy Co, Kernels & Kandies, Stockyards Sarsaparilla, Sweet Prairie Home

Cookies: Brown's Bakery, Cuppies and Joe, Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, Ingrid’s, Insomnia Cookies, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social

Donuts: Brown's Bakery, Humble Donuts, Kitchen No. 324, Best Donuts, Holey Rollers, Hurts Donut, Sweet Mini’s Donut Company

Our friends at the CVB have just as big of a sweet tooth so check out their videos of the best cookies and pies in OKC.

   

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Get to know your city government

OKC City Hall

As election season heats up in OKC, it’s becoming especially important to remind everyone how vital local government is and how important it is to vote! But we don’t just urge you to vote, we encourage you to vote wisely. It’s important to know the issues and it’s perhaps equally as important to know who your local politicians are and where they stand on the issues that are most important to you—remember, they’re representing you and your city! So, in the interest of helping you get more acquainted with the inner workings of your amazing new city, here’s links to where you can learn more about OKC’s local politicians:

The Mayor
City Council
City Manager

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Things to Do & See: August 14 - August 20, 2018

OKC Dodgers Uniform

Tuesday, August 14
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.

Wednesday, August 15
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.

Thursday, August 16
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Slayer; 4:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, August 17
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Whitey Morgan; 8:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, August 18
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Cat Video Fest; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens.
Tobymac; 7 p.m.; Frontier City Theme Park; Free with park admission.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Vince Gill; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, August 19
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 3:35 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Monday, August 20
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Coming “rail” soon

Streetcar Testing

If you’ve spent anytime near downtown recently you know that something big is happening. That something big is the OKC Streetcar and we are just months away from launch day. That is right, this December you will be able to ride the OKC Streetcar throughout downtown.

The Oklahoma City Streetcar will include five cars, each circulating to 22 stops along 4.8 miles of track, with an average time of 12 to 14 minutes between cars. Each car can carry 104 passengers through two main loops: a Bricktown loop and a Midtown-Business District-Automobile Alley cross-sectional. You can view a map of the routes here.

The streetcar will be an affordable, accessible, convenient alternative for office commuters, convention attendees, tourists and others visiting our great city. A single trip will cost $1, and a day pass will be $3. Monthly passes will be $32 and an annual pass will cost $384.

As of the beginning of July, 87 percent of track had been placed and 78 percent of stops had been completed. Six streetcars are currently in the maintenance facility with a seventh arriving at the end of October. Streetcar operation testing on the Bricktown loop is currently underway.

Construction and adjustment is still ongoing in several locations. Specific road and lane closures through Sept. 1 can be found in this report from the City of Oklahoma City MAPS 3 site. General information for the OKC Streetcar can be found on the EMBARK Streetcar page or on the City of Oklahoma City’s MAPS 3 Streetcar page.

You wanted it, you paid for it and now it’s time you got it. Keep your eyes on December: the OKC Streetcar is coming rail soon.

Bricktown, downtown, MAPS, public transportation
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EMBARK around OKC

EMBARK Bus

Whether you’re commuting to work, meeting friends, running errands or just visiting, EMBARK buses have you covered with service to much of the Oklahoma City metro area. EMBARK won the 2016 Achievement Award for North America’s Outstanding Public Transit System. Each route’s hours of operation vary, but many popular routes run about every 30 minutes during weekdays and every 60 minutes on Saturday.

There are 23 interconnecting bus routes in the OKC metro area identifiable via a three digit route ID. For a full map of bus routes, visit this helpful PDF.

With the “EMBARK Connect” app, you will be able to quickly submit requests, report issues such as bus shelter graffiti, service issues, or ask a question. Users can simply open the app, select an issue, take a picture, and tap submit – the app knows the exact location and sends the issue directly to EMBARK staff. The app also allows you to track the status of your requests.

Here are some of EMBARK’s tips on How to Ride:

  1. Arrive at the stop at least 5 minutes early and wait at a stop where the operator can see you.
  2. Be ready to board with exact change or valid pass.
  3. Check the sign above the front window as the bus approaches to make sure it’s the line and destination you want.
  4. Signal the operator that you wish to board.
  5. Along the route, major stops and intersections will be announced. If you’re not familiar with the area, you can ask the operator to announce your destination.
  6. When you want to get off, pull the bell cord or push the plastic strip near the window to request the next stop.
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