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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Run to Remember

OKC Memorial Marathon

Each year since 2001, thousands of runners have gathered in downtown Oklahoma City to take part in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. The “Run to Remember” which begins and ends near the OKC National Memorial has grown since its’ inception, now drawing more than 25,000 runners from across the U.S. as well as Japan, China, Germany and the UK. The event has even been labeled "12 Must Run Marathons" by Runner's World magazine.

From the 168 seconds of silence before the race begins to the green banners carefully hung throughout the course which pays tribute to the victims, the race is certainly not one to miss. It is a reminder of the hope, perseverance and pride in our community that grows stronger each day.

Get involved with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 30, whether you want to support a runner, volunteer or run races of several different lengths – a full or half marathon, a relay, a 5k and even a kids marathon completed with a 1.2-mile kids’ fun run as part of the day’s festivities. The full marathon is a Boston-qualifying, USA Track and Field (USATF)-sanctioned event.

Register to run or sign up to donate or form a team to raise money for the Memorial’s mission. A separate web page is for those who want to volunteer.

If you would like to cheer on the runners, some of our favorite places include:

  • Starting line 
  • Bricktown 
  • State Capitol Complex 
  • Edgemere Park 
  • Crown Heights
  • Nichols Hills 
  • Classen Boulevard 
  • Finish line

A new addition to the race is the Standard Stretch. At 23rd and Classen, runners will through the 9:03 gate. For watchers there will be food trucks, sign-making stations, games and more.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is the sole beneficiary of Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon event proceeds. This is the Memorial’s largest fundraiser. To learn more about the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, click here.

museums, OKC National Memorial, running, volunteer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Coming together

OKC National Memorial

More than two decades ago our community was forever changed and an unbreakable bond was forged among all Oklahomans. On that April day, 168 Oklahomans died when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed, in what was then the worst terrorist act on American soil.  Hundreds more were wounded and more than 12,000 volunteers and rescue workers participated in rescue efforts, recovery and support.

Out of that act, the grief and the many acts of kindness from around the world that followed the bombing came the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is a beautiful and serene park that rests between two gates etched with the minute before – 9:01 a.m. – and the minute after the attack – 9:03 a.m. In between the golden-hued gates are representations of what happened at 9:02, the minute the bomb went off – 168 chairs with each victims’ name, a reflecting pool and the Survivor Tree, an American elm that miraculously survived the blast and is still growing strong.

While you’re visiting, don’t miss the chance to tour the Memorial Museum. If you haven’t ever experienced the museum, or it’s been a while since you have, we can promise it’s something you won’t soon forget. Renovated with new interactive exhibits just last year, including  ‘Investigation and Justice, survivor experiences and “Gallery of Honor” provide visitors a true sense of the magnitude of that fateful day and the search for justice that followed. 

There’s even an app containing video and audio tours for the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial and Memorial Museum. Search OKCNM in the Apple App Store and in Google Play. Tickets for the museum are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, military personnel and students ages 6-17; and free for children ages 5 and younger.

museums, OKC National Memorial, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A Better Living: Health

A Better Life OKC

We know health is one of the most crucial aspects of relocating to a new city. Whether it is healthy living through outdoor activities or outstanding medical care, having options when it comes to the lifestyle you want is extremely important when picking a new hometown.

During the past decade, Oklahoma City has made huge investments in walking/biking trails, sidewalks, watersports and just about any matter of outdoor activity you can think of. The metro is also home to some of the most prestigious medical care facilities in our part of the country. For more on health in Oklahoma City visit www.abetterlifeokc.com/health.

community, cycling, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 25 - May 1, 2017

Festival of the Arts

Tuesday, April 25
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler Disrict; Event is free.

Wednesday, April 26
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

Thursday, April 27
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
HIR; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lil’ Wayne; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 28
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
The Health and Fitness Expo; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center.
Straight Outta Oz; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
HIR; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 29
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
The Health and Fitness Expo; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Cox Convention Center.
HIR; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Explosions in the Sky; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 30
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Memorial Marathon; All day; Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum; Event is free.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Alton Brown Live; 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 1
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Celebrate the arts

Festival of the Arts

Henry David Thoreau once said, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” For the past 50 years, the Festival of the Arts has brought imagination to our own backyard as one of the largest and most successful arts festivals in the country. With hundreds of world-renowned artists from across the country, the Festival of the Arts is a must see event bringing imagination to life.

Here are just a few things you should know about the Festival of the Arts:

  • You have six days to enjoy the fun as the festival is April 25-30 at Bicentennial Park, situated between the Civic Center Music Hall and City Hall. Admission is free and hands-on activities in the Children’s Art Field is just $2.
  • More than 450 artists applied and submitted work for the Festival jury process. The 144 chosen artists are some of the nation’s finest, featuring a wide array of art from oils, water, drawing and printmaking to photography, ceramics, glass, sculpture and more.
  • At the Festival of the Arts, art isn’t just what you look at, it’s what you eat too. From appetizers to desserts, the Festival brings 31 vendors to the International Food Row and throughout the grounds. Each food vendor is partnered with a local arts organization, so each bite you take supports the arts in central Oklahoma.
  • Art is also a performance. Nearly 300 entertainers will be donating their performances on three stages throughout the Festival to the 750,000 Festival attendees.

Whether you’re imagining buying a painting that you love, jamming out at a free concert or eating a piece of art you enjoy, the Festival of the Arts will bring your imagination, and your taste buds, to life.

food, free, live music, arts and culture, downtown, family-friendly, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Festival of the Arts History

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, history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Your newest guide to OK (See) attractions

Whether you’re just visiting Oklahoma City or you’re a long-time resident, the Visitor’s Guide is a great resource to learn the ins and outs of OKC. Published and updated twice each year, the Visitor’s guide can give you ideas for dining, shopping and recreation with a map to help get you where you need to go. The Oklahoma City Visitors Guide is available in magazine version by request or as a digital version online.










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attractions, restaurants, shopping, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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HefnerFest

Lake Hefner Lighthouse

Beautiful sunsets, a 10-mile trail and iconic lighthouse in the middle of the state make Lake Hefner a must see travel destination for visitors and residents alike. Instead of simply driving by this iconic lake again on Lake Hefner Parkway, why not stop by for a fun-filled day?

Hefner Fest is a free event for people of all ages taking place April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience all that Lake Hefner has to offer with free sailing experiences, stand up paddle board rentals, kayak rentals, tailgate games and so much more. Hefner Fest will also feature live music, food trucks and a beer garden.

Most people see Lake Hefner as a great place to take a stroll or ride your bike but Lake Hefner also offers all kinds of water sports fun. In fact, plans were just released to enhance the historic Lake Hefner Boathouse to help increase the amount of activity on the lake.

After the event, take a stroll along the 10 mile trail that surrounds the lake or stop by one of the many restaurants along Lake Hefner’s waterfront to enjoy a beautiful sunset that only Lake Hefner can provide. Lake Hefner is more than just that pretty lake next to the highway, so be sure to stop by and experience all that it has to offer. 

live music, restaurants, running, water sports, beer, cycling, food, Lake Hefner
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 18 - April 24, 2017

OKC Thunder Fans

Tuesday, April 18
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 19
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Rio Grande Valley vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 8:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 20
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Chris Tomlin; 7:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 21
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Billy Currington; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 22
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Sesame Street Live; 2 & 5:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 23
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 2:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 24
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Plaza District

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 a decline through the 70s, 80s and 90s but new development there 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 and 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 so keep up an eye on their events page.

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

Midtown

To see OKC’s renaissance in action, you don’t have to look any farther than the Midtown District, centered around Walker Avenue and 10th Street, near St. Anthony Hospital, the city’s first hospital. Midtown connects the energy of downtown with beautiful, historic neighborhoods to its north.

The bustling area continues to develop for people who want to live, work and play in the heart of Oklahoma City, and features housing, retail, night life, hotels and history, with many of its original buildings being brought back to life. The heart of the district is Plaza Court, an 84-year old building that features some of OKC’s favorite restaurants and bars.

Public and private investments have created a thriving district of diversity within its 387 acres. Midtown included the city’s first grocery store and kindergarten, surviving territorial Victorian homes and a strong restaurant and night-life scene. Midtown continues to be an urban center in its current-day renaissance as it is one of the hubs of downtown living with a plethora of urban housing recently opened, under construction or announced.

retail, housing, Midtown, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Asian District

Asian District

One thing newcomers to our great city are sometimes surprised of is the vibrant Asian community that permeates our city. The epicenter of the community and culture is the Asian District, located around NW 23rd and Classen.

Oklahoma City experienced an influx of Vietnamese immigrants in the 1970s who were looking to escape religious and political persecution. Those new citizens helped establish OKC as one of the most underrated centers of Asian cuisine in America. We aren’t kidding when we say our city has some of the best and most authentic Vietnamese food this side of the Pacific. Of course we’ve been known to succumb to hyperbole at times so don’t take our word for it. Check out this article on Vietnamese food in Oklahoma City from the New York Times.

The Asian District is not just limited to Vietnamese food though. You can also find Tokyo-style sushi, Taiwanese bubble tea, Hong Kong-style dim sum and so much more.

The bustling district is also home to shops, nightclubs and Super Cao Nguyen, one of the largest Asian grocery stores in this part of the United States.

Asian District, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Bricktown

Bricktown

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

museums, music, nightlife, restaurants, arts and culture, baseball, Bricktown, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 11 - April 17, 2017

OKC Street Festival

Tuesday, April 11
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
Sacramento Republic FC vs. OKC Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-5425; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 12
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 13
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

Friday, April 14
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
Stoney Larue; 8:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 1-866-9PROTIX; Tickets are $22.50.

Saturday, April 15
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Eats on 8th; noon to 8 p.m.; 8th & Harvey; 234-7960; Event is free.
Classics 8- A Philharmonic Gala with Maestro Joel Levine; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 16
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Neil Diamond; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Easter Egg Hunt; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Children’s Garden, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Monday, April 17
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

If you build it they will come

What would you do if you had a dry riverbed that needed to be mowed periodically? If your answer is not “transform it into a world-class venue for rowing, canoeing and kayaking,” then you aren’t thinking like the leaders of Oklahoma River’s recent renaissance.

The seven-mile stretch of the North Canadian River, known today as the Oklahoma River, was part of the original MAPS projects and was completed in 2004, a mere 13 years ago. Prior to MAPS, the area had been a dry riverbed whose water was redirected to avoid flooding downtown Oklahoma City. Thanks to residents’ approval of a one-cent sales tax in 1993 and again in 2009, the Oklahoma River is now a premiere center for riversports that attracts visitors from around the world. 

If you take a stroll through this area, prepare to see world-class boathouses with stunning architecture from Oklahoma City companies and universities. The recent addition of RIVERSPORT Rapids and the developing 70-acre downtown park which will stretch from the heart of downtown OKC to the Oklahoma River will only add to the excitement of this unique area. If you haven’t, pack up the family and make the short trek to explore this growing area. We can promise you will be glad you did.

water sports, family-friendly, MAPS, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Fun even without a paddle

Riversport Zipline

In addition to hosting the Regatta annually, the Oklahoma City Boathouse District serves as a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site year-round. But it also a place for a ton of family fun and adventure.

The newest addition to the river is RIVERSPORT Rapids, a MAPS 3-funded whitewater center that offers rafting, kayaking and tubing. The center opened in May and hosted the 2016 Olympic trials for canoe/kayak slalom.

You can also take your adventurous spirit to new heights with the Rumble Drop or SandRidge Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world! Both the 700-feet zip line across the Oklahoma River and the 72-foot sky slide from atop the sky trail will make you feel like a kid again. For tamer entertainment, rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board for the day or test your skills on the climbing walls. There is even a youth zone for the kiddos. And certainly anyone who appreciates the great outdoors will love the 13 miles of scenic trails that meander along the Oklahoma River. All river adventures activities are currently open during the weekends. They will open for week-long fun in late May.

outdoor recreation, water sports, Boathouse District, family-friendly, MAPS, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Making waves

Riversport Whitewater

Oklahoma City is a town full of people who dream big but whitewater rafting in downtown? A decade ago even the most bright-eyed optimist would have told you to tap the breaks. But in 2017 your own thrill ride on the waves is possible in the shadow of the skyline.

The RIVERSPORTS Rapids is one of only six man-made whitewater courses in the country and will is powered by a total of six pumps that weigh more than 12,000 pounds each (think full-grown elephant or two great white sharks) and circulate 82,000 gallons per minute (fast enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in a mere 80 seconds). About 2,000 people will be able to raft in a single day making RIVERSPORTS Rapids one of the largest rafting facilities not only in the United States, but in the entire in the world. But don’t fret, the facility is family-friendly too, offering rafting and kayaking for all levels of users from novice to Olympic Champion.

In addition to adding fun and excitement to our community, RIVERSPORT Rapids also helps increase community safety. The center is available for firefighter swift water rescue training, offering a controlled setting where rescuers can learn the most advanced techniques for rescuing people from fast-running water. The rapids are open on weekends until May 15 when they will be open seven days a week.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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SchmoozaPalooza

SchmoozaPalooza

Are the hairs on your arms starting to stand up in excitement? That can only mean one thing! Oklahoma City’s most fun networking event, SchmoozaPalooza, is back!

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

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 4 - April 10, 2017

Paseo Arts Festival

Tuesday, April 4
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
Milwaukee Bukcs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 5
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

Thursday, April 6
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
OVO from Cirque du Soleil; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 7
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
OVO from Cirque du Soleil; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Pops 6- Under the Streetlamp; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Cody Jinks and White Morgan; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (866) 977-6849; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 8
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
OVO from Cirque du Soleil; 4 & 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Rio Grande Valley Toros FC vs. OKC Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-5425; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Pops 6- Under the Streetlamp; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 9
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
OVO from Cirque du Soleil; 1 & 5 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
An Evening with Bill Maher; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 10
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Theresa Caputo Live!; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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