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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Parade of ghouls and ghosts

Halloween Parade

Quickly becoming one of the most fun annual traditions in Oklahoma City is the Oklahoma City Halloween Parade & Costume Party or OKCHPCP (just kidding we made that up). This year’s parade will take place Saturday, Oct. 31 starting at 7 p.m., in Automobile Alley.

The parade will feature parade-like things such as floats, marching bands, walking groups and cars except they will be spooky. However, don’t worry if you have a young one. This year’s parade aims to be more family friendly, and candy will be handed out by parade participants. The parade will start on N Broadway and 13th and end on N Fourth Street.

After the parade stick around for the Street Party along Automobile Alley. The party will feature games, food, drink and live music by Superfreak. The best part of the parade is that all proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the Allied Arts.

Automobile Alley, family-friendly, holiday, parade
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Spooktacular fun

You are never too young or old to enjoy All Hallows’ Eve and with Halloween falling on a Saturday this year there will be plenty of fun to be had in the 4-0-5. Below are some of our favorite things to do around Oklahoma City. As always be sure to share anything we missed in the comments or give us a shout on Twitter or Facebook. We will pass along the suggestions to our followers.

  • Haunt the River – Departing from Exchange Landing at 8 p.m. every Saturday in October, cruisers can experience a decorated boat, scary music, appetizers and a cash bar. Cost is $30 per person.
  • Bricktown Haunted Warehouse – A longtime Oklahoma City favorite in the heart of Bricktown. This year’s warehouse runs from Oct. 21 through Halloween. Tickets start at $15.
  • Frontier City Fright Fest – Frontier City has something for all ages during its annual Fright Fest celebration: trick-or-treating, a haunted forest and so much more. Events come with park admission.
  • OKC Dead – Running now through Halloween, OKC Dead is an “interactive zombie survival experience” recommended for ages 14 and up. Tickets are $28.
  • Macabret: A Spooktacular Halloween Revue – The University of Central Oklahoma Musical Theatre Division will present an evening of pop-rock favorites Oct. 25 and 26 at the UCO Jazz Lab in Edmond. Hear everything from “Thriller” to “Monster Mash.” Tickets are just $20.
family-friendly, holiday, live music, nightlife, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Scare free zone

Pumpkinville at the Myriad Gardens

Want to enjoy Halloween with your youngsters but don’t want to give them nightmares until Christmas? While most events we talk about are family-friendly, below are a handful of events were there is no chance night terrors will be induced.

  • Pumpkinville– an enchanting celebration of all things fall that includes more than 3,000 pumpkins filling the Children’s Garden from Oct. 9 to 25. Pumpkinville is free for members of the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Nonmembers pay $6 for children and $4 per adult.
  • Haunt the Zoo– Running from Oct. 26 to 31 at the Oklahoma City Zoo, this annual tradition features candy, mascots and a Halloween trail through the Zoo. Admission is $7 for trick-or-treaters and $4 for non-trick-or-treaters.
  • Halloween Train– Tour the Oklahoma Railway Museum and take a spooky train ride. Free for kids under 3 and $5 for ages 3 to 14.
  • Haunt the Harn– A little something for everyone: trick-or-treating, marshmallow roasting, hayrides, pumpkin bowling and much more. This year’s Haunt the Harn will be Oct. 22 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is just $5 at the door.
  • Brick or Treat– Bring your kids to trick-or-treat around Bricktown and even watch Hocus Pocus at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. This will take place Oct. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. This event is free.
family-friendly, holiday, kids
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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SchmoozaPalooza

Costumes at SchmoozaPalooza

Are you hoping your Halloween is a little more treats than trick? Why don’t you check out SchmoozaPalooza on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at State Fair Park? What exactly is SchmoozaPalooza and (why are we asking so many questions of you)? SchmoozaPalooza is Oklahoma City’s most unique and fun networking party.

With nearly 100 exhibitors (including some of the best food in OKC), live music and cash prizes we promise you will go home with a full trick-or-treat bag, and probably a full belly. The only thing scary about SchmoozaPalooza is the low price (ba-dum-tshh). Entry is just $10 and that includes one free beverage of your choice. There are also group discounts if you want to take your gang of ghouls.

Get more information here and we will see you Oct. 29.

food, live music, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: October 27 - November 2, 2015

Thunder Fans

Tuesday, October 27
Haunt the Zoo; 6:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; 424-3344; Admission prices vary.
Brick-or-Treat; 4 to 7 p.m.; Bricktown; Event is free.
Spooky Full Moon Bike Ride and Run; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Wednesday, October 28
Mall-O-Ween; 6 to 8 p.m.; Penn Square Mall; 841-2696; Admission is free.
Haunt the Zoo; 6:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; 424-3344; Admission prices vary.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary
Mac Miller; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 677-9169; Tickets vary in price.

Thursday, October 29
Haunt the Zoo; 6:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; 424-3344; Admission prices vary.
Silence! The Musical; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Red Dirt Rangers; 8 p.m.; The Blue Door; 524-0738; Admission is $20

Friday, October 30
St. Elijah Annual Food Festival; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; St. Elijah; 755-7804.
Haunt the Zoo; 6:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; 424-3344; Admission prices vary.
H&8th; 7 p.m.; Hudson Ave., between N.W. 6th & 10th; Free.
Midwest Horror Shorts Film Festival; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Farmer’s Market; Admission is $15.
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, October 31
St. Elijah Annual Food Festival; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; St. Elijah; 755-7804.
Haunt the Zoo; 6:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; 424-3344; Admission prices vary.
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Bleu Edmonson; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Tickets are $10.

Sunday, November 1
Day of the Dead Festival; 1 to 7 p.m.; Plaza District; Event is free.
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary

Monday, November 2
Children Reading to Dogs; 6 p.m.; Belle Isle Library, Children’s Area; 843-9601; Event is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Museum Madness

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

Whether you’ve recently developed a large hole in your pocket, learned the hard way the downside to a “put it all in lottery scratch-offs” investment strategy, or you just plain lost your ATM card, sometimes you wanna have loads of fun without spending commensurate loads of cash. It’s cool – being thrifty is nifty, arewerite? This week, we’re all about free fun in OKC.

Let’s get started with a bang and “just a glass of water, thank you.” Did you know that you can visit some of our area museums for the price of air?

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art – located on the OU campus in Norman, “The Fred” is known for its collection of French Impressionism, featuring works by Van Gogh, Degas, Renoir, Monet, Pissaro, Vuillard and others, in addition to fantastic collections of 20th-century American (O’Keeffe, Hopper, Davis), Native American and Southwestern art. And the best part? Admission is now free for all, thanks to an annual $60,000 gift from the OU Athletics Department.

Hours & Admission Info: www.ou.edu/fjjma/visit.html

National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum – Located in OKC’s Adventure District, the Softball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the greatest players in the sport’s history and their accomplishments, and history of the game. Located on the grounds of ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, the museum is a must-visit for softball players, aficionados or even casual fans.

Hours & Admission Info: www.teamusa.org/usa-softball/about/national-softball-hall-of-fame

45th Infantry Division Museum - Another Adventure District favorite, the 45th Infantry Museum features one of the country’s largest collections of military firearms in addition to plenty of WWII and Korean War artifacts, in addition to info and artifacts from other major conflicts. The museum commemorates the 45th Infantry Division and 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (aka “Thunderbirds”), an Oklahoma Army National Guard major formation from 1920 to 1968 and modular infantry brigade team since, respectively. Another cool part of the 45th Museum is the large military vehicle/equipment displays outside, with ‘copters, planes, tanks, transports and more available to check out!

Hours & Admission Info: 45thdivisionmuseum.com/

Red Earth Museum– Located downtown, the Red Earth Museum features more than you might think (especially if you’re thinking it’s just a museum full of various red clay soils—that would be madness). No, this museum is chock-full of fantastic Native American art items of all types, from pottery, beadwork and basketry to fine arts and textiles. Its “mission is to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets,” and is definitely worth checking out the next time you’re downtown.

Hours & Admission Info: www.redearth.org/red-earth-museum/visiting-information

Adventure District, arts and culture, free, museums, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.
arts and culture, Film Row, free, live music, Midtown, Paseo District, Plaza District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Park It at Martin Park Nature Center

Families at Martin Park Nature Center

You’ll want to give up your neighbor’s open wi-fi connection for this, nature fiend. We’ve written myriad times about the Myriad Botanical Gardens and the trail system around OKC. But this time, let’s consider learning a little about nature, Martin Park style. Martin Park sports 144 acres of woods and grasslands that are home to foxes, reptiles, birds, squirrels, butterflies, and even maybe deer, owls, armadillos and more, depending on the time of year and which species might be passing through. Yeah, it’s basically like Noah’s Ark up in there, but with a 2.5-mile walking trail that’s just waiting for you go get your feet wet in the wilds of nature, right in the middle of the city at 5000 W. Memorial Road. Only 400 shekels gets you in the door… Kidding! You can just walk on in.

More info: www.okc.gov/parks/martin_park

family-friendly, free, kids, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Visitors Guide Suggestions

Oklahoma City National Memorial at night

No need to keep on pretending it’s your birthday at a casual dining chain restaurant for a good time: visitors, newcomers and old-school residents alike will appreciate this guide to other great ideas for free activities in OKC, including the OKC National Memorial, Land Run Monument, Cattle Auctions, State Capitol tours and more. While you’re at it, check out some of the other picks for what to do in Oklahoma City when you’re sporting a little more green!

More: www.visitokc.com

attractions, free
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: October 20 - October 26, 2015

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Tuesday, October 20
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for members, $6 for children and $4 for adults.
Tiny Tuesday; 10 a.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Free with museum admission.

Wednesday, October 21
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for members, $6 for children and $4 for adults.
Movie Night; 7 p.m.; Farmers Public Market; 232-6506; Ticket price is $5 with full bar and food trucks will be available
“Bernice Bobs Her Hair”; 7:30 p.m.; Lyric at the Plaza; 524-9312; Tickets prices vary.

Thursday, October 22
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for members, $6 for children and $4 for adults.

Friday, October 23
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for members, $6 for children and $4 for adults.
Alvin and the Chipmunks Live on Stage!; 2 and 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Glow; 6 p.m.; OKC Boathouse District; 552-4040; Admission is free.
Terror on 10th Street Haunted House; 7 p.m.; 2005 NW 10th St.; Tickets are $8 per person.
Zombit Apocalypse Paintball; 8 p.m.; Orr Family Farm; 799-3276; Price is $20.

Saturday, October 24
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for members, $6 for children and $4 for adults.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m.; 311 S Klein; 232-6506; Event is free.
Downtown Fall Festival in Edmond; 3:30 p.m..; Festival Marketplace in Downtown Edmond; 249-9391; Admission is free.
Terror on 10th Street Haunted House; 7 p.m.; 2005 NW 10th St.; Tickets are $8 per person.

Sunday, October 25
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for members, $6 for children and $4 for adults.

Monday, October 26
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for members, $6 for children and $4 for adults.
Haunt the Zoo; 6:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; 424-3344; Admission prices vary.
Doc Severinsen with OKC Jazz Orchestra; 7:30 p.m.; OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater; 682-7579; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Saddle up for Stockyards City

OKC Stockyards

Cowboy culture is alive and well in Oklahoma City, and you can experience it for yourself at Stockyards City, just a few miles southeast of downtown OKC. Stockyards City is home to the Oklahoma National Stockyards – the world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market. Originally called “Packingtown,” the area was developed as a meat processing and packing plant in 1910, and by 1915 the area was home to cowboys and cattle drives.

The meat packing plant closed in 1961 and was replaced by a cattle auction, which has seen more than 102 million head of livestock pass through its iron gates since opening. Today, you can experience a live action on Mondays and Tuesdays of each week starting at 8 a.m.

The original business district of the area is still intact, making it the perfect place to buy gear for your homestead (or just a pair of boots for two-stepping). Several businesses date back to the early 1900s and still provide authentic Western wear and gear to the cattle buyers and ranch hands that come to Stockyards City each week.

Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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In OKC, our Western roots run deep

Children learing at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Oklahoma City’s storied past – from its shotgun-start beginning to its important role in the cattle industry – is an important part of our community’s identity. If you want to get a better historical understanding of the cowboy culture that helped drive the development of this area, visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

The museum is considered “America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture.” You’ll realize the description is an accurate one as you wander through its multiple art and sculpture galleries, stand in front of the poignant 17-foot-tall “End of the Trail” sculpture by James Earle Fraser (which is 100 years old this month) or explore a replica of a Western town for children, called Prosperity Junction, and the Children’s Cowboy Corral. You’ll learn about cowboy culture and gear, Native American history, Western performers, settling the frontier and more.

The museum also organizes an annual chuck wagon gathering and children’s cowboy festival (the next one is scheduled for May 2016). The museum hosts the invitational Prix de West exhibit each year, an event that highlights the world’s best contemporary Western paintings and sculptures. While the next Prix de West is not scheduled until 2016, you can always see the past winners on display at the museum.

museums, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Grub that a cowboy would love

Historical Cattlemen\\\\\\\'s Cafe

While you are exploring Oklahoma City’s rough-and-tumble past, you are likely to rustle up an appetite. Lucky for you, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in the heart of Stockyards City is home to some of the world’s best cowboy grub around.

Cattlemen’s is an Oklahoma City staple with a history as rich as its decadent homemade desserts. It opened its doors in 1910 and served the cowpokes who came through during cattle drives. Cattlemen’s was notorious as one of the few places that stayed open after sundown, and during Prohibition it was very popular for its less-than-legal liquid libations.

The restaurant is still very popular today, albeit for different reasons. Cattlemen’s is the perfect place to go for a USDA prime grade of steak, aged by a closely-guarded secret recipe. And when you eat at Cattlemen’s, you will be in good company. The restaurant has been graced by sitting presidents (former Pres. George H.W. Bush), movie legends (John Wayne) and sports commentators (Charles Barkley).

restaurants, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Have a galloping good time

OKC Horse Show

Oklahoma City has earned its title of “Horse Show Capital of the World” by hosting more national and international equine championship events than any other city in the world. And fall is the perfect time to watch these riders and their horses giddy-up, all while celebrating Oklahoma City’s Western heritage. Some of the equine industry’s biggest shows will be in Oklahoma City in the next few months, so head out to the Oklahoma State Fair Park so you won’t miss out on any of the excitement.

Grand National Morgan Horse Show 
Oct. 10-17
www.morgangrandnational.com

Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping 
Oct. 24 – Nov. 1
www.ustrc.com

2015 American Quarter Horse World Championship Show 
Nov. 6-21
www.aqha.com

National Reining Horse Association Reining Futurity 
Nov. 27 – Dec. 5 
www.nrha.com

horse show, State Fair Park, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: October 13 - October 19, 2015

Pumpkinville at the Myriad Gardens

Tuesday, October 13
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Remembering Chris Ledoux; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

Wednesday, October 14
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Remembering Chris Ledoux; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Even is free.

Thursday, October 15
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Remembering Chris Ledoux; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

Friday, October 16
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Remembering Chris Ledoux; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for members, $6 for children and $4 for adults.
SaintOberfest; 6:30 p.m.; Midtown; 272-6430; Tickets are $35.
Terror on 10th Street Haunted House; 7 p.m.; 2005 NW 10th St.; Tickets are $8 per person.

Saturday, October 17
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Remembering Chris Ledoux; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for members, $6 for children and $4 for adults.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m.; 311 S Klein; 232-6506; Event is free.
Archaeology Day; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sam Noble Museum; 325-4712; Regular admission to museum.
Shinedown & Breaking Benjamin; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Terror on 10th Street Haunted House; 7 p.m.; 2005 NW 10th St.; Tickets are $8 per person.

Sunday, October 18
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Remembering Chris Ledoux; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for members, $6 for children and $4 for adults.
Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 19
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Remembering Chris Ledoux; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for members, $6 for children and $4 for adults.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Invite your out-of-town friends to play in OKC

Bricktown Canal

Whether you’ve just moved here or lived here a long time, you can pitch Oklahoma City as a great destination for visitors to your out-of-town friends, and we at The Better Life Blog are happy to help tell them why.

After all, this year National Geographic named Oklahoma City as a “must-see,” “go-now” destination in its Best Trips 2015 list for good reason.

Here are some ideas for your own adventure:

  • Oklahoma City has a collection of truly world-class and won’t-see-them-anywhere else museums that will keep you busy for days. The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is a must-visit for anyone who comes to our community. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and Oklahoma City Art Museum should also be at the top of any to-do list. Get a comprehensive list of all the great OKC museums here.
  • Rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board, go zip lining across the Oklahoma River on the SandRidge Sky Zip or climb the six-story SandRidge Sky Trail at the Boathouse District, where next year, you’ll also be able to enjoy outdoor whitewater rafting on a course that’s under construction and scheduled to open in 2016. Find out more from RIVERSPORT Adventures.
  • Go to Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and tour the Oklahoma City Zoo, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Science Museum Oklahoma, or watch horse racing at Remington Park Racing and Casino.
  • Explore the city’s other districts and local shopping and dining. Get outside at Lake Hefner, Lake Overholser, in the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, or at one of the many city parks, such as Martin Park Nature Center, a 140-acre park that feels like an escape from urban life. The Myriad Botanical Gardens are also a treat, whether you stay in the outside gardens, attend an event there or tour the rainforest atmosphere inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.

There is plenty more in Oklahoma City to see and do. So sell your out-of-town friends on Oklahoma City as a place to visit. You’ll get to see them on a regular basis and make good memories with all that this place has to offer.

If you need additional help with the sell (and we don’t think you will), tell them that this year Travel and Leisure Magazine recently named Oklahoma City as the fifth friendliest city in America.

Start planning your trip online at www.visitokc.com and get more ideas by exploring The Better Life Blog.

Adventure District, western heritage, arts and culture, zoo, attractions, family-friendly, food, museums, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation, parks, shopping, water sports
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Check out the OKC Visitors Guide for ideas

For additional help with planning and ideas, check out the Oklahoma City Visitors Guide. Published and updated each year, the Visitors Guide gives you ideas for shopping, dining, taking part in outdoor recreation, enjoying family-friendly activities, checking out the city’s sports scenes, night life and more.

There are couple’s retreat ideas, girls’ getaways and featured Oklahoma City attractions, as well as maps to help you get around. The Guide will also give you a glimpse of the unique atmospheres you’ll find in our many area districts – the Adventure District, Film Row, Asian District, Automobile Alley, Boathouse District, Bricktown Entertainment District, Midtown, Uptown 23, the Paseo Arts District, Plaza District, Stockyards City and Western Avenue. Each offers a combination restaurants, shopping, attractions and events based on the district’s individual character.

You can even see a schedule of festivals, sporting events, visual and performing arts happenings and more, so you’ll know exactly what to do when you visit.

The Oklahoma City Visitors Guide is available in magazine version by request or online as a Digital Visitors Guide.

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#SeeOKC online before you venture out

“Oklahoma City offers all of the culture, cuisine, attractions and amenities you’d expect in a modern metropolis,” reads the home page of Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s newly redesigned website, www.visitokc.com.

And there is plenty to explore on the website if you are still wondering what to (OK)See in Oklahoma City, to borrow the CVB’s new slogan.

Each month, you can take your own virtual tour with a new “What to OKC” video highlighting that month’s events and attractions. And then you can dive deeper to get area highlights and happenings, as well as local trips for your specific interest – outdoors, sports, history, the arts, nightlife and more.

While we at The Better Life Blog can’t imagine living anywhere else, we realize that Oklahoma City certainly would be fun to visit as well. Come join us and (OK)See.

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Things to Do & See: October 6 - October 12, 2015

Oklahoma City Thunder [Photo Credit: Oklahoma City Thunder]

[Photo Credit: Oklahoma City Thunder]

Tuesday, October 6
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Remembering Chris Ledoux; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Hozier; Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, October 7
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Remembering Chris Ledoux; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Even is free.

Thursday, October 8
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Remembering Chris Ledoux; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
6 Degrees of Bacon; 7 p.m.; The Guardian; Tickets are $35.
Halestorm; Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; Chevy Bricktown Events Center; 721-8066; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, October 9
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Remembering Chris Ledoux; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for members, $6 for children and $4 for adults.
Fenerbahce vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free
Terror on 10th Street Haunted House; 7 p.m.; 2005 NW 10th St.; Tickets are $8 per person.

Saturday, October 10
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Remembering Chris Ledoux; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for members, $6 for children and $4 for adults.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m.; 311 S Klein; 232-6506; Event is free.
Terror on 10th Street Haunted House; 7 p.m.; 2005 NW 10th St.; Tickets are $8 per person.
Gracias Christmas Cantata; 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Event is free.

Sunday, October 11
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Remembering Chris Ledoux; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for members, $6 for children and $4 for adults.
Counting Crows; Gates open at 5 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 12
End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Remembering Chris Ledoux; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Free for members, $6 for children and $4 for adults.

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