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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Itís zoo-rific!

Feeding Giraffes

With more than 2,000 animals, you are sure to have a wild time exploring the animal kingdom at the Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden. Sure, there are exhibits that will keep your kids enthralled with the great outdoors, like the Great EscApe, Cat Forest, Lion Overlook and the Children’s Zoo. But the zoo has plenty of fun for adults, too! Upcoming programming for adults includes the zoo treasure hunt breakfast and stroll on Aug. 5. The Zoo Amphitheatre, which has been serving up live music since 1936, will host a full summer’s worth of concerts, with artists including Collective Soul, Megadeath, Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows, all playing there this summer.

zoo, Adventure District, concerts, family-friendly, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Letís get campy

Camping by a lake

Need an outdoor escape to celebrate the start of summer? You don’t have to leave the metro area to get your camping fix.

Lake Arcadia
The area around this in-city-limits lake in northeast Oklahoma County has been preserved to keep the nature natural, and provides an easy escape to camping bliss. At Lake Arcadia you can fish, boat, swim, ride your mountain bike, play disc golf and more. Get more info on camping here.

Lake Thunderbird State Park
With two swim beaches and two marinas (and a plethora of boat ramps) there is plenty to do both on and off the water at this state park just east of Norman. Hear that sound? Playgrounds, horse riding stables and all 18.5 miles of the Clear Bay Recreation Area Trail System are calling you (either that or the battery in your smoke alarm needs to be changed).

Oklahoma City East KOA
Located in Choctaw, this campground offers a pool, a snack bar, a playground and even Wi-Fi(!). Tent sites with water and electricity are available, as well as those without hookups.

Around the state
Want to get a little further away? The Oklahoma State Park system offers plenty of diverse opportunities to spend time under the stars. Our friends at the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department are experts in exploring Oklahoma. Be sure to check out their tips for camping in the state and view a list of state parks.

fishing, mountain biking, outdoor recreation, parks, water sports, camping, day-trip, equine, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Running the bases

World Cup Softball

One of Oklahoma City’s favorite ways to celebrate the start of summer is at the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) hosted in Oklahoma City. The 2017 WCWS will take place June 1-7 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field in the Adventure District. Get tickets to the games.

During the tournament, eight softball teams will be cheered on by around 70,000 spectators. Since 2010, the ASA Hall of Fame complex has welcomed record-setting crowds for the event, and the venue is scheduled as the home of WCWS until at least 2035. The complex is home to four fields and a variety of fan and athlete amenities. While you are cheering on your team of choice, be sure to visit the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum, a shrine to the growing game of softball and the athletes who have taken the sport to new heights.

Adventure District, college, family-friendly, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 30 - June 5, 2017

H&8th Night Market

Tuesday, May 30
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; Event is free.

Wednesday, May 31
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 1
NCAA Women’s College World Series; All day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
OKC Jazz Fest; All day; Bicentennial Park; 630-7668; This event is free.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Western Avenue on the Lawn; 6 to 9 p.m.; 62nd & Western; This event is free.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, June 2
NCAA Women’s College World Series; All day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
OKC Jazz Fest; All day; Bicentennial Park; 630-7668; This event is free.
2017 Oklahoma City Pro Am Classic; All day; Downtown; This event is free.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
H&8th Night Market; 7 p.m.; Hudson & NW 8th; This event is free. 
Peter and the Wolfe and Cinderella; 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 3
NCAA Women’s College World Series; All day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
OKC Jazz Fest; All day; Bicentennial Park; 630-7668; This event is free.
2017 Oklahoma City Pro Am Classic; All day; Downtown; This event is free.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Children’s Garden Festival: The Very Hungry Caterpillar; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; Ticket prices vary.
Peter and the Wolfe and Cinderella; 1 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, June 4
NCAA Women’s College World Series; All day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
OKC Jazz Fest; All day; Bicentennial Park; 630-7668; This event is free.
2017 Oklahoma City Pro Am Classic; All day; Downtown; This event is free.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Children’s Garden Festival: The Very Hungry Caterpillar; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; Ticket prices vary.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Move Beyond- Live on Tour; 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, June 5
NCAA Women’s College World Series; All day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Children’s Garden Festival: The Very Hungry Caterpillar; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Youíre fifteen, Chesapeake Energy Arena

Chesapeake Energy Arena

One of our best-known modern philosophers once admonished, “When you’re fifteen, and somebody tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe them.” In the case of the Chesapeake Arena, there’s no reason to doubt OKC’s genuineness. “Loud City,” the current home of the OKC Thunder and one of the centerpieces of the original set of MAPS projects, is also a great place to see a concert. We recommend taking a deep breath as you walk through the doors of the ‘Peake, because you’re sure to see some concerts that will leave you breathless. In fact, one of the senior boys winked at the arena right off the bat, with the legendary Paul McCartney playing one of the first shows back in 2002 and making our head spin around. The Chesapeake is ready to celebrate its 15th in style, with the former Beatle slated to return July 17, joining Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, Iron Maiden and more on the arena’s upcoming concert calendar. Check out more info here, and don’t mind us as we dance around the room when the night ends, when the night ends.

basketball, concerts, live music, MAPS
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Various venues

The Criterion

The ‘Peake isn’t the only place to see a show around here. In addition to a plethora of smaller bar/restaurant venues, a number of schmedium-to-mid-sized live music venues have recently come on line, joining stalwarts like the Zoo Ampitheater, the Diamond Ballroom and indie-focused venues Opolis and 89th Street Collective.

The Criterion – a brand-new building in east Bricktown, this 4,000-capacity venue is across the street from the Steelyard development in a suddenly hot quarter of OKC’s premiere entertainment district. My Morning Jacket, Explosions in the Sky and Lil Wayne have played here recently, with performances by The xx and Jason Isbell on the upcoming calendar, among others.

The Tower Theater – a lot of excitement has surrounded the resurrection of one of the “grand old dames” of OKC’s early movie house scene. The main space has room for 700 standing on the main floor and an additional 264 (seated) in the balcony, and a smaller “studio” space handles 100 standing or 50 seated. The venue’s Studio Series has sold well, with only a few tickets for select shows available.

The Jones Assembly – set to open July 29 with The Wallflowers and Better Than Ezra, this renovated, 100-year-old, 20,000-square-foot space on Film Row (just south of the 21C Museum Hotel) features a 1,600-capacity performance venue as well as a true dining destination. Lake Street Dive and JJ Grey & Mofro have also been announced.

ACM@UCO Performance Lab – this performance space in Bricktown hosts plenty of touring acts in addition to ACM@UCO gigs (which is itself a pretty cool story, speaking of music), seating 200 sitting and 500 standing. The Lab has hosted Dr. Dog, Sean Lennon, Okkervil River and Ben Taylor recently.

live music, Uptown 23, zoo, Adventure District, Bricktown, concerts, Film Row
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Music Men (and Women)

Flaming Lips Alley

You may know from reading The Better Life in the past that OKC has a pretty cool and unique history when it comes to jazz. And you might know that OKC is the home of the fabulous freaks, the Flaming Lips (who even have an alley in Bricktown named after them). But you may not know that OKC’s also “ground zero” of sorts for folks like Color Me Badd (formed in OKC, the four met while attending Northwest Classen High School), Garth Brooks (country megastar from Yukon), Mason Williams (graduated from Northwest Classen as well), Neal Schon (Journey founding member and lead guitarist, born on Tinker Air Force Base), and Hinder (formed in OKC in 2004), to name a few. And, in addition to Flaming Lips Alley, OKC also boasts streets named Wanda Jackson Way, Charlie Christian Boulevard, and Vince Gill Avenue to honor those hometown heroes. We’re certainly proud of our musical heritage!

live music, music, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 23 - May 29, 2017

Paseo Arts Festival

Tuesday, May 23
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; Event is free.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 24
Big 12 Baseball Championships; All Day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Portland Timbers FC 2 vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 25
Big 12 Baseball Championships; All Day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
NCAA DIII Softball Championships; All Day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 26
Big 12 Baseball Championships; All Day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
NCAA DIII Softball Championships; All Day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 27
Big 12 Baseball Championships; All Day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Paseo Arts Festival; All Day; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
NCAA DIII Softball Championships; All Day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Chuck Wagon Festival; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 28
Big 12 Baseball Championships; All Day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Paseo Arts Festival; All Day; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
NCAA DIII Softball Championships; All Day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Chuck Wagon Festival; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 1 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 29
NCAA DIII Softball Championships; All Day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Paseo Arts Festival; All Day; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shopaholics unite

Shopping in Plaza District

As the 4-0-5 has grown over the past decade, so has Oklahoma City’s retail scene. We don’t know about you, but one of the things we love about OKC is the absolute perfect mix of national retailers and eclectic locally-owned boutiques.

The last few years has seen major national retailers like Trader Joe’s, H&M, Cabela’s and TopGolf (just to name a few) plant their flag in OKC.

One booming area might be something to hang your hat on in some cities, but not in OKC. Call us overachievers, but we revel in the fact that each and every area of our city is thriving with new developments. Every corner of our city has something to brag about when it comes to retail development.

We would be amiss not to give kudos to the different districts in the heart of OKC. Each district has its own flair and showcases fun and funky boutiques as well as world-class restaurants. Get more information on each of our district here.

Oklahoma City is also lucky to have some of the biggest and fastest growing retailers in the country headquartered in our city. Names like Sonic, Hobby Lobby, Orange Leaf, Braum’s, Love’s and Mathis Brothers are just a sample of those who have taken their local success nationwide.

local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKCRetail.com

Grocery Shopping

What makes OKC a prime place for retailers? It is actually pretty simple. When you combine a low unemployment rate with a low cost living, people simple have more buying power. Retailers love OKC and we, of course, love the steady stream of new shopping and dining options.

Whether you just like to keep up with the latest retail headlines or you need some handy tools to open up your own shop of restaurant, visit okcretail.com. It is a website dedicated to helping the world know about how easy it is to find retail success in OKC. Scout for locations, pull demographic reports, find out about permitting and even peruse property listings from the literally anywhere. You can also hear success stories from others who are proud to have a retail presence in OKC.

restaurants, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Whatís next?

ICSC Vegas

In OKC, we mean business – literally. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the city of Oklahoma City and a number of our other community partners are always looking for new ways to attract new businesses to our community. It is with this goal in mind that a group from OKC is heading west to Las Vegas next week for the International Council of Shopping Centers RECon conference. We’ll have an opportunity to tell more than 36,000 retailers, business owners and developers how great OKC is in a mere three days.

Why is bringing new retail to OKC important? In short, retail is what makes our city go. Sales taxes in Oklahoma City fund the city’s core services and day-to-day operations. That’s important stuff like police, fire, street maintenance, the Zoo, parks, etc. While property taxes can be used to fund voter-approved bond issues for specific capital projects, Oklahoma law actually prohibits cities from levying property taxes for services. So shop till you drop – not only will enjoy finding great deals on fabulous items, but you’ll be helping keep our city great.

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Better know the 4-0-5: Retail

Tammy Fate is the manager of retail development and recruitment for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

 

Why is retail important?

Retail is the lifeblood to our community that ultimately funds critical services like: police, fire, public safety and enhances our quality of life. That means every dollar you spend in OKC keeps our city going. Beyond that, retail helps give areas a sense of place. Whether it is local or national retailers, places like the Plaza, Bricktown, Western Avenue, Uptown 23, Midtown, Penn Square or the Memorial corridor, creating an experience and gathering spot is a way to keep retail alive and vibrant.

What makes Oklahoma City attractive to national retailers?

National retailers are really number driven. Average household income, number of people within a given area, traffic counts and commuter patterns are crucial to identify the perfect site. Competition is another factor that weighs in on decision making. Retailers are attracted to a city with a positive population growth and a vibrant and affordable quality of life. Having a healthy downtown core resonates throughout the city and makes Oklahoma City an attractive market.

What is Oklahoma City’s strategy in recruiting retail?

Attracting new-to-market, destination retailers and working with developers to create experienced based retail options in our community. Given the size of Oklahoma City, grocery stores continue to be an important component in developing outlying areas in our city. In addition to recruiting new, we work with existing retailers to provide research, data and a variety of tools to help grow and identity opportunities in our market.

How does local retail fit in the picture?

Local retail is extremely, extremely important to us. So much of our local identity is defined by our unique/one of kind local restaurants and boutique shops. We are thrilled every time we can recruit a Trader Joe’s or Cabela’s to the metro. However, lots of cities have Trader Joe’s. Concepts like Big Truck Tacos, Kitchen No. 324, Plenty Mercantile and Black Scintilla help create the fabric in our community that people identify OKC with when they visit our market. It’s a part of our DNA. It takes a healthy mix of local and national retailers to cultivate a city and provide a variety of diverse offerings to you as the consumer.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 16 - May 22, 2017

Whitewater Rafting

Tuesday, May 16
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler Disrict; Event is free.
Sacramento River Cats vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 17
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Sacramento River Cats vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 18
Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival; All day; RIVERSPORT Rapids; 552-4040; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Sacramento River Cats vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 19
Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival; All day; RIVERSPORT Rapids; 552-4040; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
21c Museum Hotel Film Series; 8 p.m.; 21c Museum Hotel; 982-6900; Event is free.

Saturday, May 20
Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival; All day; RIVERSPORT Rapids; 552-4040; Event is free.
2017 Star Spangled Salute; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tinker Air Force Base; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Eats on 8th; noon to 8 p.m.; 8th and Harvey; 234-7960; Event is free.
Disney’s The Lion King; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Orange County Soccer Club vs. OKC Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 21
Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival; All day; RIVERSPORT Rapids; 552-4040; Event is free.
2017 Star Spangled Salute; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tinker Air Force Base; Event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 1 & 6:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 22
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Sacramento River Cats 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, May 9, 2017

Oklahoma City Parks

Myriad Gardens Park

It’s no secret that the City of Oklahoma City has an array of parks, trails, splash pads and programs that will help you enjoy the great outdoors, and during the summer months, the opportunities to enjoy them are more plentiful than ever. To keep you in the know, the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation department has created a handy guide to enjoying its amenities during the 2017 summer season.

From enjoying a pool day to taking a nature walk, the guide has something for every interest and every age. View the 2017 Summer Program Guide here, and let us know your favorite way to enjoy your neighborhood parks in the comments.

Speaking of parks, progress is starting to pick up on the new 70-acre Downtown Park. Keep up-to-date with the park’s progress here.

family-friendly, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Great lakes

Lake Hefner Lighthouse

Oklahoma City is one of the premier places for water sports in the country. There are more than 30 lakes within an hour’s drive of OKC. In fact, Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any state in the Union and more shoreline than the east and Gulf coasts combined. With so many lakes in Oklahoma it would take weeks to cover all you can do, so let’s just focus on what to do within OKC’s city limits.

  • Lake Hefner: features 2,500 surface acres, heated fishing docks, boat ramps, 9.1 miles of biking and jogging trails and is famous for sailboats and windsurfers. Hefner is also home to the Oklahoma City Boat Club.
  • Lake Draper: features 2,900 surface acres, four covered fishing piers, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, jet skiing, boating and sailing are all permitted. Skiing is allowed in open waters.
  • Lake Overholser: features 1,500 surface acres, covered fishing pier, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, sailing, boating and jet skiing are permitted. Lake Overholser is also attached to the wondrous Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.
  • Arcadia Lake: features 1,820 surface acres, picnicking, camping, swimming, water skiing, boating, hiking, disc golf and an equestrian trail. A heated, covered dock is provided for year-round fishing.
Lake Hefner, outdoor recreation, running, water sports, camping, cycling, equine, fishing
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Trails for days

Family Biking

Whether you run, bike or hike, Oklahoma City has many options throughout the metro that residents can choose from when looking for a nice exercise trail. The trail system of OKC currently has 10 intertwined trails stretching across the majority of the city. These trails include the Bert Cooper Trails, Earlywine Trail, Hefner-Overholser Trail, Katy Trail, Lightning Creek Trail, Oklahoma River Trails, Overholser Trail, South Grand Trail, Tinker-Draper Trail and the West River Trail. Recreational activities abound within each of these trails, so the options are endless. The Bert Cooper Trails are located along Lake Hefner with easy access to the restaurants along the East Wharf, fishing docks, Stars & Stripes Park and the Lake Hefner Golf Course. The Overholser Trail is another trail with fun amenities including kayak and canoe rentals, a café, and even zip lines. No matter your interests, Oklahoma City’s expanding trail system will give you a way to enjoy the great outdoors.

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What to see in May

Baseball in OKC

May is a busy month for fun stuff to do in Oklahoma City with great sporting events, the Lion King, the Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival and so much more. Check out this month’s What to See in OKC video from our friends at the Convention and Visitors bureau for more.

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Things to Do & See: May 9 - May 15, 2017

Live! on the Plaza

Tuesday, May 9
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler Disrict; Event is free.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 10
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.

Thursday, May 11
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 12
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Big 12 Conference Softball Championship; All Day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Tapwerks Craft Beer Festival; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Travis Scott; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 13
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Big 12 Conference Softball Championship; All Day; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
3rd Annual OKC Garden Fest; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Pavilion Lawn; Event is free.
Tapwerks Craft Beer Festival; 1 & 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s The Lion King; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; (800) 745-3000; Tickets prices vary.

Sunday, May 14
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Disney’s The Lion King; 1 & 6:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Chevelle; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 1-866-977-6949; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 15
Sacramento River Cats vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Delmar Gardens

Uptown 23 Street Farmers Market

Located in the heart of the Farmers Market, Delmar Gardens Food Truck Park offers a cozy place for friends and family to congregate, enjoy the best food trucks in Oklahoma City and even play some yard games (we call next on corn hole).

The Farmers Market District is steeped in history and is quickly becoming a great destination for shopping, eating, concerts and even some brewing. Delmar Gardens is an outstanding spot to wind down after a day of fun in the district. The best part … they even allow your furry friends, assuming it is a dog (we didn’t ask them about their ferret policy).

P.S. If you are a long-time OKC resident the name Delmar Gardens might seem familiar to you. It is a callback to the metro’s first amusement park.

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Root for the home team

Big XII Baseball

The Big 12 Baseball Championships are right around the corner and once again the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is the host. This year’s tournament will be held May 24 – 28 and tickets are on sale now.

This will mark the 18th time our city has hosted the tournament since the Big 12 was formed in 1997. In fact, going back to the old Big 8 days, OKC has hosted 39 of the last 42 conference championships.

Basically that was long way of saying our community has done an outstanding job of supporting the tournament and we know that tradition will continue. Whether you root for the guys in Orange, Crimson, another Big 12 school or have no allegiance, this is an Oklahoma City tradition that shouldn’t be missed.

baseball, Bricktown, college
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Braggadocios

Riversport Rapids

We all know Oklahoma City is a great place to live, work and play. I mean did you know OKC was recently named the “Most Romantic City in the U.S.” by Open Table? However, when we talk about the metro being amazing (and apparently extremely romantic) it can come off as bragging. That is why we love when other people say it for us! That is right we track all the good things people say about us.

You can check the Better Life website for an always-fresh list of accolades. Share with your friends and family what people are saying around the country about Oklahoma City’s quality of live, job market, housing and even romance.

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Things to Do & See: May 2 - May 8, 2017

Paseo Arts Festival

Tuesday, May 2
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
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.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 3
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 4
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
HIR; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Silversun Pickups; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 1-866-977-6949; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 5
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Hinder; 6:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 1-866-977-6949; Ticket prices vary.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
HIR; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 6
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.

Sunday, May 7
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.

Monday, May 8
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cloudscapes exhibit by Marc Barker; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.

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