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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Horsing around in OKC

Horse Show

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

On that note, you may be surprised to learn that we are considered the “Horse Show Capital of the World,” hosting more national and international equine championships than any place on the globe. Horse shows are a great way to see lots of action at an affordable price (many don’t charge admission). Saddle up and come see world-class performers show off their routines at these upcoming events:

See event details and check out the remainder of fall events here.

equine, horse show
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Riding on the river

Equestrian River Trail

One thing that makes Oklahoma City great (in our humble opinion) is the mixture you get of urban vitality and wide open spaces. There aren’t many places in America where you can watch an NBA game and then whitewater raft just a mile away. No matter what lifestyle gets you going, you can find it in the 4-0-5.

Did you know you can ride your horse right next to the Oklahoma River? Well, you do now. If you have a horse and want to stretch its legs, then get to know the new River Park Equestrian Trail located on the south side of the Oklahoma River near the Stockyards. The 20-acre park is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily and offers parking suitable for your trailers. So hit the trails today.  

equine, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Low tax, low problem

Shopping in Plaza District

Not only is Oklahoma notorious for its friendly people and rich history, but it also ranks in the bottom third of the U.S. for taxes as a percentage of income. Oklahoma’s low-tax burden only adds to the ongoing list of why the Sooner State is a great place to call home. What does that mean for you? You’ll have more money to spend on what you want to do – whether it’s buying a home, enjoying OKC’s retailers, getting that pony you have always wanted, or making a night of it in one of Oklahoma City’s districts.

Curious about other ways that living in OKC helps you save? Check out our cost of living calculator.

community, cost of living
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 25 - July 31, 2017

Dodgers Baseball uniforms

Tuesday, July 25
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Reno Aces vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
West Side Story; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Future Clear: Pyramid Tour; 8:30-10:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Wednesday, July 26
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Reno Aces vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
West Side Story; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: 42 The Jackie Robinson Story; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Thursday, July 27
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Reno Aces vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
West Side Story; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 28
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Fiesta Friday; 7 to 10 p.m.; Historic Capitol Hill; 632-0133; This event is free.
Reno Aces vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
West Side Story; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, July 29
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
West Side Story; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Tacoma Rainers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Better than Ezra and the Wallflowers; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 30
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Tacoma Rainers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Monday, July 31
Tacoma Rainers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

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

I Believe I Can Fly… Nonstop to 20 cities!

Plane taking off

Being right in the middle of the country has its perks. For one, it doesn’t take too long to get practically anywhere in the U.S., especially if you fly (on an airplane, not like Superman). From Chicago to Dallas, San Francisco to New York, Will Rogers World Airport has flight options to 23 airports in 20 different cities across the country, and just today Frontier Airlines announced a return to the OKC market with flights to Denver, Orlando and San Diego. That means no changing planes, no pesky layovers and no switching seats.

You’d also be interested to find out that OKC doesn’t have just one airport, but three. The second one, Wiley Post Airport, is a reliever airport for Will Rogers and functions as a major center for corporate and business aviation. The third, Clarence E. Page airport, is a facility perfect for grass-roots aviators with a number of experimental and small general aviation aircraft.

So, whether you’re a business person with a turbulent flight schedule, someone who just loves to travel or a person who really can fly solo like Superman but just doesn’t want to because you have three bags of luggage (trust me, it’s tough without the super strength), OKC has plenty of airports and options to get you where you’re going.

aerospace
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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All aboard the Heartland Flyer!

Heartland Flyer

Let’s say you’re on a mini road trip to Fort Worth, Texas. Not too long of a drive, but still. You accidentally left a little late, so now you find yourself in the middle of rush hour in Denton, Texas, where the I-35 construction has been going on for around forever. Getting through it takes another hour, and now you’re exhausted, with another 45 minutes to go. Even worse? There were lane closures on both sides, so now you spend your time in Fort Worth dreading the thought of driving back through that mess.

But worry not! There is one way to avoid this stressful (and sadly, realistic) nightmare-inducing scenario. All aboard the Heartland Flyer, an Amtrak train with daily 418-mile round trips between OKC and Fort Worth. With reclining coach seats that have more leg room than a car, a full-service café and restrooms, a trip aboard the Heartland Flyer takes the stress out of traveling to Forth Worth (no offense to our beloved southern neighbors). And, with a plethora of ride sharing services, you can get to traveling efficiently and comfortably around the Fort Worth area at a low cost to you.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Embark makes busing better

EMBARK bus

There are a multitude of benefits to taking the bus over a car when traveling in and around the OKC metro. For one, if more people take the bus, it reduces traffic and congestion on city streets and highways. It also reduces emissions, thus improving air quality and takes the stress out of driving.

Oklahoma City’s public transportation system is run by Embark, which won an award last year as North America’s outstanding public transit system. If you’re unsure about how the buses work in OKC, their website has a plethora of resources and videos so you can board the public transportation train (okay…bus) in OKC like a seasoned pro.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The future is almost here. Excited yet?

Streetcar Ground Breaking

Last week, the first of seven streetcars came off the assembly line and will soon be painted and shipped to OKC. If you drive or do a bit of walking around Bricktown, you can see the freshly installed tracks where the streetcar will run. And, if you read or hear anything on the news about the streetcar, you can feel the palpable excitement OKCitians have for this groundbreaking project.

The installation and soon-to-be operation of the streetcar reflects the growth of OKC’s downtown core as a result of the booming success of the other MAPS projects. In fact, the OKC Streetcar itself will be transformative, as many city leaders are expecting its installation to result in greater sales and property tax revenue for the city like similar installations in Kansas City. But, even more important than positive economic impact, the OKC Streetcar will have a positive influence on OKC’s culture for years to come.

downtown, MAPS, public transportation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 18 - July 24, 2017

Crowd at the Twilight Concert

Tuesday, July 18
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 19
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Moonrise Kingdom; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Thursday, July 20
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 21
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Center of the Galaxy Festival; Noon to 9 p.m.; OKC Public Farmers Market; 810-6977; Entry prices vary.
Dive in Movies- Captain America: Civil War; Dusk; White Water Bay; Free with park admission.
21c Museum Hotel- New Film Series; 8 p.m.; 21c Museum Hotel; 982-6900; This is event is free.

Saturday, July 22
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Western Avenue Cars and Coffee ; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sushi Neko; 719-398-9176.
Center of the Galaxy Festival; Noon to 9 p.m.; OKC Public Farmers Market; 810-6977; Entry prices vary.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Summer Concert Series at Frontier City- Randy Houser; Frontier City Theme Park; 478-2410. Event prices vary.

Sunday, July 23
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Center of the Galaxy Festival; Noon to 9 p.m.; OKC Public Farmers Market; 810-6977; Entry prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Monday, July 24
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
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, July 11, 2017

Downtown digs

Deep Deuce neighborhood

Everything is waiting for you downtown. Do you fancy the idea of being surrounded by community amenities and leaving the car in the garage and just walking to work, the movies, the museum, the Myriad Gardens or to your neighborhood “watering hole”* without having to worry about parking, traffic or all the other headaches inherent to getting behind the wheel? Downtown offers plenty of neighborhoods, both established and up-and-coming, to consider if you’re looking at a move. And you’re not alone, with downtown population increasing more than 15 percent since 2000 and more than 1,000 new units either under construction or planned.

Neighborhoods like Deep Deuce and Midtown offer a mix of housing types and are rapidly becoming well-developed and dense with lots of services and retail. Former entertainment-heavy areas like Bricktown have new housing coming on line soon. Linger on the sidewalk in Automobile Alley, where the neon signs are pretty, and maybe even get yourself a loft rental, apartment or a condo in a new development. Relish being an urban pioneer in all the new housing stock in Film Row and other areas in west downtown. Live modern in SoSA and take advantage of proximity to midtown and the central business district. Oklahoma City’s urban neighborhoods offer the best of the new urban vibe and excitement, without all the typical old urban grit. Learn more on our website.

*that’s code for “bar”

downtown, Film Row, housing, Midtown, Automobile Alley, Bricktown, Deep Deuce
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Historic neighborhood highlights

Heritage Hills

Did you know Mesta Park got its name from one-time resident Perle Mesta, the so-called “hostess with the mostest” and well-known foreign ambassador, socialite and daughter of William P. Skirvin? How about that Jefferson Park wasn’t actually annexed by Oklahoma City until 1908? Similarly, did you know that the Overholser Mansion, along with the rest of Heritage Hills, was once considered “out in the country” when it was built in 1903, and was so-named because it was built over a series of holes*? And did you know that the Paseo Arts District was actually originally developed to be the first “shopping center” north of downtown in 1929? With some fantastic (and sometimes legendary) history and intrigue behind them, some of the most sought-after areas of OKC to live in are also (unsurprisingly) among the oldest! Nothing quite compares to the tree-lined charm and close community connections inherent to living in Oklahoma City’s historic neighborhoods. A wealth of great housing stock to choose from is typical of these areas, as are sidewalks, parks, supportive neighborhood associations, a sometimes wacky Nextdoor experience, and squirrels. In OKC, living in a historic neighborhood is a great way to be close to the action downtown but still enjoy a lot of amenities that you might think of as more typical of suburbia, like great lawns, community picnics and parks, neighborhood schools and more. Learn more on our website.

*OK, that part is a lie.

Mesta Park, Oklahoma City history, Paseo District, Heritage Hills, housing, Jefferson Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Superb suburbs

Suburban Home

We know what you’re thinking: the suburbs are snoozers! But wait just a moment, dear reader. It’s not all huge SUVs with backseat TV screens, chain restaurants, roving packs of opinionated soccer moms, soulless big-box retail and packed Starbucks drive-thrus in OKC’s suburbs. Many take advantage of Oklahoma City’s famously quick commutes and live in popular “suburban” areas that are nonetheless easily accessible, feature lots of new housing product, clean and green lawns and safe, cost-effective subdivisions--and that still feel like a seamless part of the city.

So what’s the real story on OKC’s suburbs? How about good schools, close neighborhood ties and unique community events? If that doesn’t grab you, think open, modern floor plans, sizable yards, shared neighborhood amenities like pools and splashpads and more. The best part? Affordable suburban neighborhoods abound all over the metro. Whether it’s north, south, east or west, in our own cool considerate objective opinion, OKC’s suburbs offer the best of all worlds, especially given Oklahoma City’s low commute times. In Oklahoma City, living in the suburbs doesn’t have to mean living out of the city. Learn more on our website at http://www.abetterlifeokc.com/housing/suburban-neighborhoods/.

school, community, cost of living, housing
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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July in OKC

Have you seen this month’s “What to OKC” video from our colleagues at the OKC CVB? If you have friends/fam coming to visit, or just want to be a tourist in your own town, visitokc.com and these monthly video features are great resources, fam. Get fired up with Dodgers baseball, Disney songs, Energy FC soccer, Rick Springfield, Garth Brooks, a great Kehinde Wiley exhibit at the OKC MOA, Macca, West Side Story and more. Check it out below!

live music, OKC Energy, theater, Visit OKC, arts and culture, attractions, Dodgers
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 11 - July 17, 2017

Guitar

Tuesday, July 11
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Pachuca vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s When You Wish; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 12
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s When You Wish; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Thursday, July 13
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s When You Wish; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 14
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
Garth Brooks World Tour; 7 & 10:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Arena; 866-448-7849; Ticket price vary.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s When You Wish; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, July 15
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Eats on 8th Food Truck Festival; noon to 8 p.m.; 8th & Harvey; 234-7960; This event is free.
Disney’s When You Wish; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Garth Brooks World Tour; 3 & 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Arena; 866-448-7849; Ticket price vary.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 16
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Monday, July 17
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Paul McCartney; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Arena; 866-448-7849; Ticket price vary.

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

The neon lights of Broadway

Automobile Alley at Night

When we say “neon” and “Broadway,” you might have another city in mind. But no longer! Just north of the central business district in downtown Oklahoma City is Automobile Alley, a district centered on Broadway and aptly named for its history as the hub of auto dealers starting in the 1910s. That history is brightly on display today with the neon signs that shine over the district.

While some dealerships still call this area home, it is now known for its restaurants and retail options. Along this stretch of street, you’ll find everything from breakfast and coffee to whiskey and wine. And if shopping is your objective, some of the most unique stores in the metro are located along Automobile Alley and the nearby Ninth Street. For the full list of all to do and see, visit www.automobilealley.org, and be sure to follow Automobile Alley on Twitter at @AutoAlleyOKC.

retail, Automobile Alley, downtown, Oklahoma City history, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Lights, camera, nightlife

Film Row

Roll out the red carpet, because this district knows how to give you a star-studded time. Starting in 1907, what is now known as Film Row was home to film exchange distribution offices, a place where movie theater owners could return old films and exchange them for new releases. By the 1960s, every major film studio was represented in the area (along with theater supply stores), but changing technologies caused the industry to disintegrate, leaving Oklahoma City with the last remaining film exchange district in the U.S.

Thankfully, Film Row has experienced a rebirth that deeply respects its cinematic history. Boasting a unique mix of creative companies, restaurants and retail means that this district has plenty of opportunities to enjoy. Today, you can catch a classic film or live music at Paramount, an old Paramount Pictures screening room, buy succulent plants while sipping on coffee at the Plant Shoppe/Okay Yeah Co., or grab a drink and view the art galleries at 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City. Follow the district on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay updated on all there is to do in the district.

restaurants, retail, arts and culture, film, Film Row, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get artistic

Paseo District

What do you get when you combine the oldest planned commercial shopping district in Oklahoma City with a creative, inclusive community? The Paseo Arts District, of course! The winding streets and original Spanish-style stucco buildings are home for the art galleries and studios that give this district so much artistic flair. Perfect for a meandering walk, the Paseo Arts District is also home to some of Oklahoma City’s best restaurants and bars, including Paseo Grill, Sauced on Paseo, Piccaso Café and The Other Room. Its proximity to the Uptown 23rd District and the historic housing options available nearby, including single-family homes and apartments, make this a walkable neighborhood with a community atmosphere.

On the first Friday of each month, the Paseo cranks up the hospitality with the First Friday Gallery Walk, in which more than 60 neighborhood artists show off their wares amid a blocks-long party of music, food and fun. Be sure to check out the next one this Friday, July 7.

arts and culture, bar, festivals, housing, nightlife, Paseo District, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Lasso up some fun

Stockyards City entrance

There’s no better place to experience a piece of Oklahoma City’s past than Stockyards City. This district is a living testament to one of Oklahoma City’s first major industries, packing plants, and the cattle trade that accompanied it. When the original plant closed in 1961, a cattle auction was added to secure the district’s future. Today, that auction operates as the Oklahoma National Stockyards, and it is the world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market. (You can see it in action on Mondays and Tuesdays starting at 8 a.m.)

The original business district is still intact, housing stores that can meet all your western wear and gear needs. Once you work up an appetite, a trip to Cattlemen’s Steakhouse is in order. This OKC staple has been feeding hungry cowboys and ranchers since 1910 and has welcomed John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Charles Barkley, to name a few.

Oklahoma City history, restaurants, Stockyards, western heritage
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Things to Do & See: July 4 - July 10, 2017

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July 4
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Red, Bright and Blue Festival; 2 to 9 p.m.; Wheeler Ferris Wheel; 810-6977; This event is free.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

July 5
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Western Avenue on the Lawn; 6 to 9 p.m.; 62nd and Western; This event is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Star Trek Beyond; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

July 6
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

July 7
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 to 10 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.

July 8
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Rally of the Realms; All day; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Randy Rogers Band; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500’ Ticket prices vary.
Full Moon Bike Ride & Run; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080.

July 9
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Rally of the Realms; All day; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

July 10
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; 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.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

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