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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fireworks

Fireworks

Have you ever wondered how fireworks became America’s Fourth of July pastime? One reason is because John Adams wanted it to be. In a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, Adams said, “It [Independence Day] ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

Though you can’t set off your own fireworks in the metro, you can still carry on this American tradition by enjoying a great public show. Check out the full list of public fireworks displays below happening throughout the OKC metro to celebrate the Fourth of July the way our Founding Fathers intended.

Red, White & Boom
LibertyFest
Downtown 4th Fest
Bethany Freedom Festival
Yukon Freedom Fest
Blanchard’s Independence Celebration
Stillwater’s Boomer Blast Fireworks Show
Kingfisher’s Annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration
Midwest City’s Tribute to Liberty

family-friendly, festivals, free, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Parades

Parade

Interested in making your Fourth of July celebration an all-day family affair? Consider attending one of the many parades taking place throughout the OKC metro for some family fun.

LibertyFest – Rated as one of the top 10 places to be in America on the Fourth by CNN and USA Today, the LibertyFest parade in Edmond is a fun-filled spectacle for kids and adults. The parade begins at 9 a.m. in downtown Edmond.

Kingfisher’s Annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration – This parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Kingfisher and is followed by a day long Fourth of July celebration in a nearby park.

Freedom Fest – The Yukon Freedom Fest parade begins at 8 a.m. with other fun activities throughout the day including a car show, sand volleyball tournament and more.

Bethany's Freedom Festival – The parade begins at 10 a.m. at 39th Expy & Peniel with many other activities for the family at Eldon Lyon Park.

Edmond, family-friendly, festivals, holiday, Kingfisher, parade, Yukon
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Military history

45th Invantry Division Museum

For all of us, the Fourth of July is the time to celebrate our nation’s independence. For some, it’s also the time to reflect upon the history that got us to where we are today.

If you’re interested in recounting that history firsthand, consider visiting the 45th Infantry Museum, dedicated to telling the story of the “Thunderbirds” of the 45th Infantry Division. Or, stop by the Oklahoma History Center to learn more about Oklahoma’s past and how it’s impacting where we are today.

If you’re more interested in military aviation history, then check out Charles B. Hall Airpark near Tinker Air Force Base for an up close look at the aircraft that have been part of Tinker’s operations for over seven decades.

Read more on OKC's military history.

holiday, military, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Voting Info

Voting Booths

With the Fourth of July coming up and a special election quickly approaching, what better way to flex your patriotic muscles than to register to vote? Here are some quick tips to help get you there.

  • If you’d like to register to vote, fill out the Voter Registration Application Form and follow the instructions. Once registered, you’ll get a voter ID card.
  • To find out when annual and special elections are being held and if they’re in your district, check out the 2017 election calendar on the Oklahoma State Election Board website.

Once you’ve registered and found out when elections are taking place in your House and Senate districts, you’re all set to start exercising your right to vote in Oklahoma. Now get out there, start voting and have a happy Fourth of July!

election
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: June 27 - July 3, 2017

Museum of Art

June 27
12-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket Prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30pm; Wheeler District; This event is free.
NRHA 2017 Derby; All day; State Fair Park- Jim Norick Arena; 405-946-7400; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Soundbites; 11:30am; Kerr Park; 405-235-3500; This event is free.

June 28
12-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket Prices vary.
NRHA 2017 Derby; All day; State Fair Park- Jim Norick Arena; 405-946-7400; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
Million Dollar Quartet; Civic Center Music Hall; 405-297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies- Karate Kid (1984); 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-445-7080; This event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

June 29
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Daily Keeper Connections; 9:00am to 4:30pm; Oklahoma City Zoo; 405-425-0262; Free with zoo admission
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; 10:00am to 5:00pm; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
NRHA 2017 Derby; All day; State Fair Park- Jim Norick Arena; 405-946-7400; Ticket prices vary.
International Mud Day; 11am; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Million Dollar Quartet; Civic Center Music Hall; 405-297-2264; Prices vary.

June 30
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
NRHA 2017 Derby; All day; State Fair Park- Jim Norick Arena; 405-946-7400; Ticket prices vary.
Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears; Diamond Ballroom; 405-677-9169; Ticket prices vary.
Dive-In Movies at White Water Bay – Sing; White Water Bay; Free with park admission.
Million Dollar Quartet; Civic Center Music Hall; 405-297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

July 1
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
NRHA 2017 Derby; All day; State Fair Park- Jim Norick Arena; 405-946-7400; Ticket prices vary.
Independence Day Train; Oklahoma Railway Museum; 405-424-8222; Ticket prices vary.
Million Dollar Quartet; Civic Center Music Hall; 405-297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Chris Janson; Frontier City Theme Park; 405-478-2140; Free with park admission.

July 2
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-270-4848; This event is free.
Border Battle IX; 10 a.m.; USA Softball Association; 405-425-3422; Ticket prices vary.

July 3
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s “Red, White, & Boom”; 8:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; This event is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The business of OKC biotech

Lab Scientist

Did you know biotech is one of OKC’s biggest industries and employment drivers? With more than $2.2 billion in compensation, supporting 51,000 employees and annual revenues of more than $6.7 billion, biotech is truly big business here in Oklahoma City. Companies and entities that comprise our city’s biotech sector run the gamut from pharmaceutical-related companies to research organizations and everything in between. Interested in working in this space? Good news, because opportunities abound and employment growth (23 percent since 2003) is expected to continue. Get more info at www.greateroklahomacity.com/industries/biotech/, and watch local media for stories on the Oklahoma BioScience Association and Oklahoma’s presence at the BIO International Convention this week.

bioscience, business, entrepreneur, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Letís get together, yeah yeah yeah

Oklahoma Health Science Campus

Earlier this year, The Brookings Institution and the Project for Public Spaces released a comprehensive study on innovation in Oklahoma City. The study in OKC centered around the Oklahoma Health Center and Automobile Alley area downtown, looking at ways to create and maximize opportunities for the wealth of entities and innovative assets in the area to interact and “percolate,” ultimately creating new ideas and business opportunities. At 843 acres, the innovation district study area represents less than 1 percent of Oklahoma City, yet almost 18,000 jobs! Bringing people together, even in disparate industries like bio, energy and tech/app development, can only result in greater synergy and long-term benefits to all. Check out more on the results of the study, including video of the study release event, and recommendations for next steps over at okcinnovation.com.

Automobile Alley, bioscience, business, downtown, energy, Innovation District, jobs, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Sunday Twilight Concert Series is back

Concert at Myriad Gardens

One of the TBL staff’s favorite things to attend during the summer is the OKC Arts Council’s Sunday Twilight Concerts. These weekly shows at The Great Lawn at Myriad Botanical Gardens are a great chance to relax on your blanket or camp chair, chill out with some picnic staples and listen to some terrific tunes with your fellow Oklahoma Citians. Bring your ears, your own drinks and great attitudes whilst you enjoy the evening (but leave your stinky cigarettes, stinkier pets and even stinkier glass bottles at home). We’ll see you there!

concerts, family-friendly, free, live music, music, Myriad Botanical Gardens, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Lifeís a beach in Bricktown

Bricktown Nightlife

Grab your plastic pails and little shovels and load up on the sunscreen, because we’re hitting the beach! The Bricktown Beach is located along the Third Base Plaza on Mickey Mantle Blvd. at the ballpark and features games, lounge chairs, umbrellas and even sand volleyball among other activities and events. Making its return after a successful inaugural run last year, the Beach is free and open 24/7. Join us for Movie Night at the Beach this Wednesday, July 21 at 9 p.m. for a screening of Angels in the Outfield (concessions will be available). Get more info at downtownokc.com.

Bricktown, family-friendly, movies, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: June 20 - June 26, 2017

OKC Dodgers Baseball

June 20
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
14-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Collective Soul and Our Lady Pease; 6 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre; Tickets start at $25.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

June 21
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
OKC Jazz Fest; various times; various locations; 405-630-7668; This event is free.
Sonic Summer Movies- Sing; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-445-7080; This event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

June 22
14-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
16-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket Prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; 10:00am to 5:00pm; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary
Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Nashville Sounds; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 405-218-1000; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-235-3700; Ticket prices vary.

June 23
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Nashville Sounds; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 405-218-1000; Ticket Prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-235-3700; Ticket prices vary.

June 24
16-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket Prices vary.
18-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket Prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
NRHA 2017 Derby; recurring daily; State Fair Park- Jim Norick Arena; 405-946-7400; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Stars & Stripes River Festival; All day; Riversport Adventure; 405-552-4040.
Americana Fest; 11 a.m.; American Banjo Museum; 405-604-2793; Ticket prices vary.
Gardens Walking Tour; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-445-7080; This event is free.
Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Nashville Sounds; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 405-218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Smash Mouth; Frontier City Theme Park; 405-478-2140; Ticket prices vary.
Western Avenue Cars and Coffee; 10 a.m.; Sushi Neko; 719-398-9176; This event is free.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-235-3700; Ticket prices vary.

June 25
18-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket Prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
NRHA 2017 Derby; All day; State Fair Park- Jim Norick Arena; 405-946-7400; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-270-4848; This event is free.
Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Nashville Sounds; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 405-218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
UFC Fight Night; 4:30pm; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

June 26
18-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket Prices vary.
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
12-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket Prices vary.
NRHA 2017 Derby; All day; State Fair Park- Jim Norick Arena; 405-946-7400; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Craft beer explosion

Friends drinking beer

With so much brewing in the OKC, it’s kind of hard not having a beer jubil-double-E every now and then. Fall for your favorite fermentables at taprooms and restaurants all over town. Like to get your craft beer straight from the brewer’s fermenter? Some of our favorite spots include Anthem Brewing Company, COOP Ale Works, Elk Valley/Mustang, Roughtail and Twisted Spike. Want food while you imbibe (pro tip: usually not a bad idea.)? Restaurants like Bricktown Brewery and Belle Isle Brewery brew their own awesome stuff on-site, and many of our local establishments pride themselves on their local craft beer selection, like McNellie’s, Urban Johnnie, Republic Gastropub and more. Due in part to OKCitians’ thirst as well as a recent change in Oklahoma law, even more brewery taprooms have been announced. There’s certainly no dearth of excellent craft beer in Oklahoma City, so get out there and enjoy (responsibly)!

beer, food, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Home-brewing happiness

Friends drinking beer

As the number of homebrewers showing off the fruits of their fermenters at the recent Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival at the Cox Center can attest, homebrewing is becoming quite the hobby in OKC. If you think you may want to give it a try but are intimidated by the terminology and process, don’t be! The easiest thing to do is go talk to some experts. Greater OKC Chamber member The Brew Shop, 2916 N. Penn, would be a great choice to hit up to de-mystify the process. After all, the famous Reinheitsgebot, or “German Beer Purity Law,” restricts beer to only three ingredients: water, barley and hops. That’s really all you need (and a few easy-to-obtain pieces of equipment). If you want to get creative, Oklahoma’s wealth of agricultural products make brewing with locally sourced ingredients, like fruit and honey, even more interesting if you so desire. Why not give it a shot? After all, beer is like pizza: even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.

beer, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Quit your whining and drink some wine

Friends drinking wine

Beer is not the only thing you can ferment up to fabulous results, no siree. If you’d like to sample some local fruit of the vine, OKC has you covered. Put A Cork In It Winery describes itself as “the little winery in the heart of Bricktown” and is indeed located on the canal in the Miller Jackson building. Put A Cork In It offers a wide variety of wines including reds, whites and sweet wines, as well as tastings, gifts and souvenirs. Also downtown, Waters Edge Winery in Automobile Alley has more than 50 varieties of reds, whites, ports, dessert and fruit-based wines that are sure to please. Waters Edge offers tasting flights as well as bottles, and makes wines from grapes from all over, with an ever-evolving menu. Bottoms up!

Automobile Alley, Bricktown, downtown, retail, wine
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: June 13 - June 19, 2017

Shakespeare in the Park

June 13
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
At the Drive In; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
OKC Dodgers vs. Omaha Storm Chasers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 405-218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Science Museum Oklahoma Storytime Science; 10:30 a.m.; Science Museum Oklahoma; 405-602-6664; Free with museum admission.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; recurring daily; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

June 14
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
OKC Dodgers vs. Omaha Storm Chasers; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 405-218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
OKC Jazz Fest; various times; various locations; 405-630-7668; This event is free.
One-man Star Wars Trilogy; recurring daily; Civic Center Music Hall; 405-297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; recurring daily; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

June 15
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary
Live Music on OKCMOA’s Roof Terrace; 5 to 9 p.m.; OKC Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Admission is $5.
OKC Dodgers vs. Omaha Storm Chasers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 405-218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
One-man Star Wars Trilogy; recurring daily; Civic Center Music Hall; 405-297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; recurring daily; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

June 16
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; recurring daily; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
10-Under Hall of Fame USA Softball National Qualifier; 8:30 a.m.; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 405-425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
21C Museum Hotel Oklahoma City- New Film Series; 8 p.m.; 21c Museum Hotel; 405-982-6900; This event is free.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-235-3700; Ticket prices vary.

June 17
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; recurring daily; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Bricktown Beach Volleyball Tournament; All day; Bricktown Beach; This event is free.
Eats on 8th Food Truck Festival; Noon ; 8th & Harvey; 405-234-7960; This event is free.
Vince Neil of Motley Crue; Frontier City Theme Park; 405-478-2140; Ticket Prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 405-235-3700; Ticket prices vary.
Father’s Day Run Presented by Stephenson Cancer Center; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens.

June 18
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
2017 Oklahoma Gazette Restaurant Week; recurring daily; various locations; 582-6000; Prices vary
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; recurring daily; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
One-man Star Wars Trilogy; recurring daily; Civic Center Music Hall; 405-297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

June 19
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; recurring daily; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary. 
Iron Maiden; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 1-800-745-3000; Prices vary
Lowell Ellsworth: My Theology of Painting; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 405-478-2250; Ticket Prices vary.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

deadCenter Film Festival

deadCenter Film Festival Crowd

In 2001, Justan and Jayson Floyd hosted the first of what would grow to be the deadCenter Film Festival. What started off as a one-night, Oklahoma filmmaker festival has grown to a four-day festival screening more than 120 films from around the world. Each year more than 30,000 people are attracted to Oklahoma’s largest film festival, which was rated one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World”.

This year’s festival will be held from June 8-11 and films will be screened all around downtown Oklahoma City. For a detailed schedule of events, please click here. Registration for an all-access pass is $150, which grants you priority access to all screenings, panels, events, and parties which can be found here. Individual tickets can be purchased 20 minutes before each film for $10 per film, when available.

deadCenter Film Festival is the perfect way for you and your family to get connected to the creative life of OKC and celebrate Oklahoma-based film.  

arts and culture, festivals, film, movies
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deadCenter U

deadCenter Film Festival film makers

One of the coolest things to come out of the success of the deadCenter Film Festival (in our humble opinions) is the organization expanding their role to be more than a film festival. deadCenter now works year-round to provide film education all over our great state.

deadCenter offers a variety of education initiatives including film classes, workshops, speaking engagements and more to high schools, colleges and technology centers. The aim is to use movie-making as a way to foster creativity, collaboration and confidence in our state’s students.

deadCenter University is a great opportunity for local high school students to learn from experienced Hollywood pros. Each June the program is offered to 60 students during the festival and they get a chance to meet with filmmakers and participate in panels.

Visit the deadCenter website for more on the amazing educational opportunities the festival provides.

college, education, festivals, film
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Red Earth Festival

Red Earth dancing competition

Come out and experience the pride of our nation’s Native American culture June 9-12. This year, Red Earth will turn 30, and the fun can be found at the Cox Convention Center. The festival includes sample art from some of the nation’s best Native American artists, and the art ranges from contemporary art to native jewelry, the perfect range to fit your taste.

Native dancing is a big part of the celebration, as hundreds of native dancers from around the United States will gather. On June 9 and 10, you can discover the Grand Entry of Dancers and watch as tribes preform ceremonial dances. A full schedule can be found here. There will also be an “Ask the Expert” time where you can bring up to three pieces of your own Native American artwork and talk with native art professionals about the value of your art.

Ticket prices include admission to the Art Market, admission to all Festival Activities and admission to the PowWow. More information can be found at https://www.redearth.org/.

arts and culture, festivals, native american, western heritage
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Things to Do & See: June 6 - June 12, 2017

Prix de West art

June 6
NCAA Women’s College World Series; 6pm; ASA Hall of Fame Complex; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary  
OKC Energy FC vs. Phoenix Rising FC; 7:30pm; Taft Stadium; 235-5425; Ticket prices vary
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30pm; Wheeler District; free
2017 Redbud Spectacular; recurring daily; State Fair Park – Jim Norick Arena; 440-0694; Ticket prices vary
Children’s Garden Book Festival; recurring daily; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory; 445-7080; $6
2017 Downtown Employee Appreciation Day; 11:00am-1:00pm; Kerr Park; free

June 7
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
2017 Redbud Spectacular; recurring daily; State Fair Park – Jim Norick Arena; 440-0694; Ticket prices vary
Children’s Garden Book Festival; recurring daily; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory; 445-7080; $6
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; recurring daily; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary

June 8
2017 Redbud Spectacular; recurring daily; State Fair Park – Jim Norick Arena; 440-0694; Ticket prices vary
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
deadCenter Film Festival; recurring daily; various downtown locations; 246-9233; Ticket prices vary
Children’s Garden Book Festival; recurring daily; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory; 445-7080; $6
Modest Mouse with Morning Teleportation; 8:00pm; Diamond Ballroom; 866-977-6849; Ticket prices vary
The Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary; recurring daily; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary

June 9
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
deadCenter Film Festival; recurring daily; various downtown locations; 246-9233; Ticket prices vary
Children’s Garden Book Festival; recurring daily; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory; 445-7080; $6
2017 Red Earth Parade, 10:00am, Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, free
Red Earth Festival, recurring daily, Cox Convention Center, $11
OKC Dodgers vs. Round Rock Express; 7:05pm; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; 10:00am-5:00pm, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary
2017 Redbud Spectacular; recurring daily; State Fair Park – Jim Norick Arena; 440-0694; Ticket prices vary
2017 Oklahoma Gazette Restaurant Week; recurring daily; various locations; 582-6000; Prices vary

June 10
2017 Redbud Spectacular; recurring daily; State Fair Park – Jim Norick Arena; 440-0694; Ticket prices vary
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
Red Earth Festival, recurring daily, Cox Convention Center, $11
deadCenter Film Festival; recurring daily; various downtown locations; 246-9233; Ticket prices vary
OKC Dodgers vs. Round Rock Express; 7:05pm; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
OKC Energy FC vs. San Antonio FC; 7:00pm; Taft Stadium; 235-5425; Ticket prices vary
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; 10:00am-5:00pm, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary
Children’s Garden Book Festival; recurring daily; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory; 445-7080; $6
2017 International Dog Show; recurring daily; State Fair Park; free
Indie Trunk Show; 10:00am-5:00pm; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary
Volbeat at the Criterion; 8:00pm; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary

June 11
2017 Redbud Spectacular; recurring daily; State Fair Park – Jim Norick Arena; 440-0694; Ticket prices vary
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
Red Earth Festival, recurring daily, Cox Convention Center, $11
deadCenter Film Festival; recurring daily; various downtown locations; 246-9233; Ticket prices vary
OKC Dodgers vs. Round Rock Express; 7:05pm; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; 10:00am-5:00pm, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary
Children’s Garden Book Festival; recurring daily; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory; 445-7080; $6
2017 International Dog Show; recurring daily; State Fair Park; free

June 12
Bricktown Beach Bash; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; 10:00am-5:00pm, recurring daily; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary
2017 Redbud Spectacular; recurring daily; State Fair Park – Jim Norick Arena; 440-0694; Ticket prices vary

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