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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Opening Night 2019

NYE OKC

For more than two decades, Opening Night has been the place to ring in the New Year in Oklahoma City. Put on by Arts Council Oklahoma City, Opening Night features great food and music for the whole family in Downtown OKC.

This year’s entertainment includes Take Cover, The Allie Lauren Project, Edgar Cruz, OKC Improv, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, OKC Philharmonic and more. Also several of the metro’s best food trucks will be there.

Party favors can be picked up inside the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Also, those who are 21 and older can keep warm with adult beverages in certain tents.

Wristbands are $8 in advance and can be purchased at MidFirst Bank and 7-Eleven stores around town. The night of wristbands are $10 and kids under five get in free.

family-friendly, festivals, food, holiday, live music, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKC Streetcar park and ride guide

OKC Streetcar

This story originally ran on VeloCityOKC.com.

Driving into the downtown area of any large city brings up the questions of where to park and how much will it cost? Luckily for residents and visitors to OKC, parking is relatively inexpensive compared to other large metro areas. And now, the new OKC Streetcar makes finding parking and getting to your destination easier than ever. Read on for the low-down on where to park and then easily hop on the streetcar to ride to your final destination.

The streetcar will offer free rides through Jan. 5, 2019. Following the grand opening period, rides will be $1 each or $3 for a day pass. Check out OKCStreetcar.com for all the details.

Here’s our rundown from north to south of great places to park along the streetcar route. For a more comprehensive parking guide, check out the map below. Each parking pin includes info on prices (subject to change, especially during events) and the nearest streetcar stop.

Midtown

  • Street parking in the Midtown area is generally free – just be sure to park inside the lines.
  • Most lots around Midtown are free, but some are for specific retail and restaurant customers only.

Automobile Alley

  • Street parking is free for two hours.
  • For other options, check out the parking garage at 10th and Broadway and the surface lot at 4th and Broadway.

Along Robinson

Central Business District

Myriad Botanical Gardens/Chesapeake Energy Arena/Cox Convention Center

Bricktown

  • Lower Bricktown lots are free when validated by a retail shop or restaurant.
  • If you don’t mind paying to park in Bricktown, many surface lots are available throughout the area as well as a garage east of Sheridan and Mickey Mantle.
  • Two hour metered parking is available all over Bricktown.

Whether you're catching a ball game, trying a new restaurant or just exploring downtown, we hope the streetcar transports you to new places and helps you discover more reasons to love OKC.

Use the square to expand and collapse the key. Find a mistake on the map? Let us know.

public transportation, streetcar
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Live music in January

OKC Concert

2019 kicks off one of the most anticipated concert stops of the year as Justin Timberlake comes to town. January isn’t just for the arena shows as some local favorites play shows at the Tower and Jones Assembly. As always be sure to hit us up on Twitter, Facebook or the comments below to tell us your favorite show of January.

  • Wade Bowen- Jan. 11 at the Tower Theatre. Bowen has been a regional legend in Texas and Oklahoma for the past decade.
  • Parker McCollum- Jan. 17 at the Jones Assembly. The Texas native has been getting rave reviews for his albums The Limestone Kid and Probably Wrong.
  • Justin Timberlake- Jan. 26 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. It doesn’t get much bigger than Justin Timberlake and the Grammy-award winner is bringing his Man of the Woods tour to OKC.
  • Monica/Keyshia Cole- Jan. 26 at The Criterion. The R&B favorites swing through OKC on their Trust Tour.
live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 25 - December 31, 2018

OKC Thunder Fans

Tuesday, December 25
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Wednesday, December 26
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Thursday, December 27
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Friday, December 28
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Windy City Bulls vs. OKC Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Charley Crockett; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 29
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Canton Charge vs. OKC Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Jason Boland & the Stragglers; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 30
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
American Aquarium; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 31
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
2019 Opening Night Finale 5K; 3 p.m.; Bicentennial Park.
Opening Night 2019; 7 p.m.; Bicentennial Park.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
A New Year’s Eve Funkfest; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Uptown Get Down; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
The Drop- NYE at the Jones; 9:30 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

OKC is food city

OKC Restaurant

Early this year, when Oklahoma City’s-own Nonesuch was named America’s Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit many across the country were probably surprised to hear about culinary excellence in the heartland. However, you don’t have to live here long to figure out that OKC has quickly become a culinary capital.

Frankly, the diversity of our food scene shocks many outsiders. From some of the best Vietnamese food in the U.S. to prime steaks and even sea food, the metro has something for all taste buds.

In an attempt to share some of the excitement around food options in Oklahoma City, the Chamber has a new story feature at www.greateroklahomacity.com/foodcity. The story takes a look at different dining options in Oklahoma City’s districts. With a format intended to be easily shared with clients, coworkers and friends, “Food City” demonstrates how Oklahoma City’s pioneering spirit shows up in the wide range of cuisine options available in OKC. From old favorites like Cattlemen's and Cheever's to new award winners like Nonesuch, the feature walks the reader through how the ever evolving food scene in Oklahoma City has made the region destination for food.

food, restaurants, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Christmas lights to see around OKC

Myriad Gardens Christmas Lights

This article originally ran on VeloCity.com.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year folks. The weather is cold, hot chocolate is flowing, and I think I saw Rudolph doing some practice runs a few days ago. This time of year two things become much bigger than any other time of the year; Mariah Carey and Christmas lights. In fact, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” jumped back in the top 100 just a few days ago. You know where to find the music though, so, here are the best light displays in the OKC area.

  • The Midwest City light show at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park is great! There are 100 dazzling displays of lights including an 11-story Christmas tree that has nearly 9,000 twinkling bulbs. The trail through the park is about 1.5 miles. You can take a horse-drawn carriage ride or simply stretch your legs and walk the park. It will warm your heart during such a cold time of the year.
  • The Myriad Gardens have an entire month full of festivities lined up for the holiday season. The Devon Ice Rink will be open, there are Saturdays with Santa, you can learn how to curl, and, of course, there are Christmas lights. The special display at the Crystal Bridge is designed by professionals and can be viewed for just a small fee.
  • The Chickasha light display just might be the best of all. I have gone to this show multiple times, and I am never ever disappointed. The park is completely covered in lights. Nearly every tree is covered. There is an amazing bridge and a ton of displays that will put you in the holiday spirit.
  • Automobile Alley just between N.W. 4th and N.W. 10th off of Broadway has a spectacular show. Known as “Lights on Broadway,” the district has several buildings draped in lights that would make anyone stop and gaze for a few extra moments. The lights are up from the day after Thanksgiving to New Years, and the best part is that you experience them while doing some local Christmas shopping and dining along Automobile Alley and 9th
  • Yukon might have the biggest display in terms of size. They have three connecting parks that consist of Yukon’s Chisolm Trail, Freedom Trail and city parks. These combine to make up 100 acres where you will find a 50 foot Christmas tree.  This display has so much to offer.
  • Edmond has a brand-new light display called Luminance. Held at Mitch Park, the lights are lit every night in December from 5 to 10 p.m.
  • The Bricktown Canal might be the most unique of all of these options. The businesses and buildings are lined with vibrant colorful lights. You can take a free water taxi ride to slowly travel down the canal as you take in the beauty of the scenery around you. The free taxi rides are available for all ages courtesy of the Downtown Business Improvement District. They are dependent on weather so make sure and watch the forecast!

One of the can’t miss sights and experiences of OKC is the beautiful Christmas tree in Bricktown. These are just the seven that we here at the chamber recommend, but there are other places where you can see great lists.

There is no shortage of lights this Christmas, or Mariah Carey this year, which means you have no excuse not to be in the holiday spirit!

family-friendly, free, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Shop ‘till you drop

OKC Pop up Shops

We all know the feeling. Heck, most of us are feeling the same thing this time of year. Christmas is right around the corner and we still haven’t finished up our shopping. If you haven’t wrapped up your shopping yet, there’s no need to fret. Your friends at Better Life Central are here to save the day with last minute Christmas ideas that everyone on your list is sure to love. Give a gift uniquely Oklahoma from The Black Scintilla, Plenty Mercantile or Exhibit C.

Are you looking for a one-stop experience to gather all of today’s trendy must-have gifts? You are sure to find it at one of OKC’s malls including the OKC Outlets, Quail Springs Mall, Penn Square Mall, or perhaps peruse the various rotating offerings at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown. And gift certificates to some of OKC’s coolest destinations are sure to make anyone on your list shout with glee. From high-flying fun and whitewater adventures to a day of golf, your gift list will be complete in no time flat.

If you want more great shopping ideas be sure to visit the shopping section of our website.

holiday, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 18 - December 24, 2018

OKC Tower Theatre

Tuesday, December 18
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Robert Earl Keen’s Cosmic Cowboy Christmas; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 19
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Steve Earle; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 20
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Polar Express PJ, Pancake, and Ice Skating Party; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Playboi Carter; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Bad Santa; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 21
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Boots & Bandanas w/ Casey Donahew & Stoney LaRue; 8:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Made Monster; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 22
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Polar Express; 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; 5, 8, 10:30 p.m. The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 23
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
The Nutcracker; 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Dave East; 8 p.m. The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 24
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Thunder celebrates 10 years of NBA in OKC

OKC Thunder Fans

This story originally ran on VelocityOKC.com.

October 2018 marked 10 years since the Oklahoma City Thunder played its first game in Oklahoma City, the beginning of Oklahoma City’s status as a big-league city. But bringing the NBA to Oklahoma City is a story that started much earlier than the Thunder’s first game.

Oklahoma City’s serious aspirations to attract a major sporting franchise began in earnest with the passage of the Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) in 1993. One of the MAPS program’s capstone projects was the construction of an arena built to meet NBA and NHL specifications. Construction on that arena began in 1999, and the facility opened on June 8, 2002. In 2005, Oklahoma City had an opportunity to host a professional sports team when the New Orleans Hornets temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City following Hurricane Katrina. From 2005-2007, the Hornets played two seasons in Oklahoma City, enjoying its sell-out crowds and supportive fan base. The excitement in Oklahoma City provided overwhelming evidence to the NBA that a team could be successful here.

Fans were just as eager to see Oklahoma City have a team of their own. In March 2008, Oklahoma City residents approved a penny sales tax to further propel Oklahoma City to the big leagues. The temporary sales tax raised $121 million to pay for needed improvements to the arena and to construct a practice facility.

Later that year, the Oklahoma City Thunder started its inaugural season and played its first home game on Oct. 14, 2008. In a Q&A that appeared in that month’s issue of The POINT!, Thunder Vice President of Corporate Communications Dan Mahoney said, “Because Oklahoma City has experienced the NBA through the Hornets, the city realizes what a tremendous community asset the Thunder can be. The people of Oklahoma City have been incredibly welcoming. Our players, coaches and staff are as excited to be here as the city is to have us.”

basketball, history, live sporting events, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get on board with the blue

OKC Blue logo

With the start of Thunder basketball also comes the start of the regular season for the NBA G League (formerly known as the D League). In fact, one of the coolest things about the Thunder’s G League team, the Oklahoma City Blue, is the way in which they use it.

If you can’t make it to a Thunder game, an OKC Blue game is a great way to get in your basketball fix throughout the regular season. The Blue are off to a great 9-2 start this season.

They play the majority of their home games at the Cox Convention Center and the best part is they are usually on the weekend. You can see their full schedule here.

basketball, family-friendly, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Here’s what you missed on VeloCity in November

OKC Skyline

VeloCity is a website aimed at helping keep residents of Greater Oklahoma City up to date on important issues. Whether you have lived in the metro for 30 years or 30 minutes it is important that you are informed and engaged with your community. If you haven’t checked out the new site, here are some stories you may have missed last month:

  • OKC gets top honors: Oklahoma City was recently honored as “America’s Most Livable Community”.
  • Aerospace is still soaring: A panel of experts recently gave their thoughts on the future of aerospace in our region.
  • Sur La Table opens: The popular kitchenware retailer recently opened their first Oklahoma location in Classen Curve.
  • CEO Q&A: SYNQ3 CEO Steve Bigari sat down with the website to talk about his decision to expand his company to Oklahoma City.
aerospace, business, community, retail, velocity
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 11 - December 17, 2018

Plaza District Festival

Tuesday, December 11
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Wednesday, December 12
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Thursday, December 13
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Elf; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 14
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Memphis Hustle vs. OKC Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
JD McPherson; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 15
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Breakfast with Santa; 10 a.m.; Orr Family Farm.
The Nutcracker; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Fort Wayne Mad Ants vs. OKC Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Puddle of Mud; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Tickets are $22.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. OKC Thunder; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Tyler Childers; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 16
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
A Christmas Story; 11 a.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Ugly Sweater Holiday Party w/ Biz Markie; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 17
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Chicago Bulls vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
The Muppet Christmas Carol; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Streetcar celebration

OKC Streetcar

Mark Dec. 14 on your calendars because it will be a historic day for our city as the Oklahoma City Streetcar officially opens for business. The celebration will start at 10 a.m. in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City at the Business District Platform in the plaza of Leadership Square.

The grand opening weekend will be full of live entertainment, special promotions and family activities. Also don’t forget that the streetcar will be free through January 5! You can read more about the special grand opening events here.

The modern streetcar system was approved by voters in 2009 as part of the MAPS 3 package. As of now the streetcar is scheduled for 17 hours of service daily Monday through Thursday (7 a.m. to 12 a.m.) and until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturday nights. Service will run on Sundays for special events like Thunder games and conventions. There are two “loops” or streetcar routes. The main Downtown Loop, or “D Line,” is 4.86 miles long and will service all 22 stops and carry passengers through five downtown districts. The Bricktown Loop (“B Line”) is 2.04 miles long, will only service the southern portion of the route, and will run on Saturdays and during special events.

MAPS, public transportation, streetcar
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKC ranked as the best city for retired vets

45th Infantry Museum

This story originally ran on VeloCity.com.

Did you know that about 250,000 military members transition out of service every year? There can be a lot of perks to retirement, but retired veterans in Oklahoma City have something to be especially happy about: Not only was Oklahoma City recently ranked among the top 5 cities for veteran homebuyers, but now a study conducted by Navy Federal Credit Union found that Oklahoma City is the best city for retired vets.

“The ranking was made by considering 11 metrics of veteran success and wellness, including veteran’s income, unemployment rates, proximity to VA hospitals and military bases, and then coupling it with a suite of quality of life measures, which include factors like affordability, the local economy, access to health resources, colleges and the arts, and more…Oklahoma City earns its top ranking with some of the strongest scores for both veteran-specific metrics and for overall quality of life measures…OKC scored particularly well in the categories of high incomes and income growth for veterans, low unemployment among veterans and the number of veteran-owned businesses.”

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December in Oklahoma City

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s right, it is officially time for the holidays as the calendar turned to December and you know Oklahoma City does this time of year right. Check out all the great events going on this month via our friends at the OKC CVB.

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2018 All-College Basketball Classic

All College Basketball

Did you know the world’s oldest basketball event takes place right here in Oklahoma City? Well you do now. The first All-College Basketball Tournament was held in 1936 and continues to this day. The current format sees Oklahoma State and Oklahoma rotate years hosting a marquee opponent at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

This year Oklahoma will host the Wichita State Shockers Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. You can get tickets here. Some of the greatest players in the history of basketball have participated in the All-College including Pete Maravich, Bob Kurland, Wayman Tisdale and Bill Russell.

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Things to Do & See: December 4 - December 10, 2018

Paseo

Tuesday, December 4
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Wednesday, December 5
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Kurt Vile; 6:30 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 6
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Lewis Black: The Joke’s On Us Tour; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 7
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Pancho Barraza; 6 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; This event is free.
Cody Canada and the Departed; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 8
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Indie Trunk Show; All day; State Fair Park; Admission is $6.
All-College Basketball Classic; 11 a.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Kodak Black; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Hip hop for a Cause!; 7 p.m.; ACM@UCO; Cover is $5.
Colter Wall; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 9
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Brian Regan; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Robert Cray; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 10
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Warren G; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Do some business and make new friends

SchmoozaPalooza

There is no better place to make new friends than at Oklahoma City’s premier networking event, SchmoozaPalooza. Head on over to the State Fair Park’s Oklahoma Expo Hall for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s SchmoozaPalooza Trade Show on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 4-7 p.m.

A $10 admission, which includes a drink ticket, will give you a preview of the latest products and services (which means free stuff!) from Chamber member exhibitors while enjoying live music, networking activities, food tastings from more than 20 restaurants and caterers and door prizes.

To purchase tickets www.okcchamber.com/schmooza.

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Live music in December

Live music in OKC

You would think December might be a slow month for music but not in the 4-0-5. While there is something for everyone, it is an especially good month for those who are fans of Americana music. As always be sure to hit us up on Twitter, Facebook or the comments below to tell us your favorite show of December.

  • Lindsey Stirling- Dec. 1 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The acclaimed electronic violinist will kick off December by getting OKC in the holiday spirit.
  • Kurt Vile- Dec. 5 at the Jones Assembly. The songwriter has gotten rave reviews for his recent album with Courtney Barnett.
  • The Trans-Siberian Orchestra- Dec. 5 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. One of the few holiday shows where it is loud enough you might need ear plugs.
  • Colter Wall- Dec. 8 at the Tower Theatre. This Canadian country singer has been making waves with his traditional sound.
  • Warren G- Dec. 10 at the Tower Theatre. Mount up for the west coast legend.
  • JD McPherson- Dec. 14 at the Tower Theatre. This Oklahoma native recently released an acclaimed holiday album.
  • Tyler Childers- Dec. 15 at the Tower Theatre. Many have hailed Childers as an up-and-comer to watch in the alt-country scene.
  • Robert Earl Keen’s Cosmic Cowboy Christmas- Dec. 18 at the Jones Assembly. Keen kicks off his annual Christmas tour right here in OKC.
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A good day to pie hard

OKC Pot Pies

This story originally ran on VelocityOKC.com.

Can you feel it? Fall is in the air. With the changing colors of leaves, bonfires, flannel and pumpkin everything comes another fall favorite—comfort food.

In my book, it doesn’t get more comforting than chicken pot pie. And OKC has plenty to choose from that will leave you completely satisfied. I tried several places in my quest to find the best, traditional chicken pot pie in OKC. Here is the inside scoop on places that won’t disappoint.

Café 7: Pocketed in a delicious buttery crust, the perfectly seasoned veggies (including new potatoes) and chicken form a creamy mixture that you’ll no doubt enjoy.

Kitchen 324: If fried chicken and pot pie got married, this dish would be their child. Aside from the inventive presentation with a fried chicken leg atop the buttermilk crust blanket, the fried chicken nestled into the creamy goodness puts this comfort dish over the top.

Paseo Grill: The presentation is great, coming in its own little cast iron skillet, but the flavor is even better. Rich with a crust that covers both soft and crispy, this savory dish has a hint of curry that will not disappoint.

Pie Junkie: This Plaza District hotspot has several take and bake options and guys…this is not a drill…they have one made with COOP Ale Works beer called Veggie Ale Pot Pie. It is a true vegetarian dish and has mushrooms, brussels sprouts, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onion, garlic, lemon and rosemary. However, for this round, it was the tried-and-true traditional chicken pot pie I tried. At first glance, it appears to have a beautiful crust. But then you bite into it and realize it’s not just pretty to look at, it’s perfection. The ratio of sauce to veggie and meat was just right. Priced at a reasonable $6.75, this pot pie is a solid choice.

Sweets & Eats: A downtown favorite for many, this version might very well take you back to your childhood when you bite into the biscuit-y pie crust. Catch their creamy pot pie most Wednesdays as their blue plate special.

As the weather cools you might find yourself craving something warm and hearty. Throw on some stretchy pants and use this guide to pick what’s for dinner.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: November 27 - December 3, 2018

A Christmas Carol

Tuesday, November 27
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Good Charlotte; 6:45 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 28
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol 2018; 7:30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 29
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Five Finger Death Punch & Breaking Benjamin; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol 2018; 7:30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Machester Orchestra; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, November 30
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Cory Holcomb; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Koe Wetzel; 8:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Chase Rice; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol 2018; 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 1
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 1 p.m.; Hudiburg Chevrolet Center; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol 2018; 2 & 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Lindsey Stirling; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Somo; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 2
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol 2018; 2 & 7 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
The Wood Brothers; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 3
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

 

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Downtown in December 2018

Christmas Lights in Automobile Alley

Every December, downtown Oklahoma City transforms into a winter wonderland. You might think we are being a tad hyperbolic but Downtown in December brings everything from ice skating to pop-up shops in central Oklahoma City. Here is a rundown of things to look forward this year:

  • Quickly becoming everyone’s favorite Downtown in December event, the Devon Ice Rink is already open at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
  • Are you fan of holiday trees? Check out the fourth-annual Red Earth Treefest for a great look at Oklahoma’s native cultures.
  • Speaking of trees, don’t miss the Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival.
  • Automobile Alley’s annual Lights on Broadway is your chance to see the district’s breath-taking lights display for the first time this year. As an added bonus EMBARK will have a staged OKC Streetcar at the event so people can get a sneak peek of what to expect when it goes live later next month.
  • Looking for that unique or quirky gift for someone who has it all? You can’t go wrong with the Holiday Pop-Up Shops.
  • The Deluxe Winter Market is also a great place to do you holiday shopping.
  • Starting Nov. 23, Lyric Theatre will be putting on their annual performance of their classic A Christmas Carol.

Shockingly enough this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Downtown in December. For a full list of activities visit their site.

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Small Business Saturday

Shopping local

This time of year shopping is on every one’s mind. The holidays, combined with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, are the busiest time of year for retailers nationwide. When shopping for those on your nice list, don’t forget your local stores. A great place to show your support is Small Business Saturday.

Why is shopping local so important? Besides supporting local entrepreneurs, more of the money you spend locally stays local. In a place like Oklahoma City, where sales tax is the primary source of revenue, it means funds crucial for services like fire and police. This year’s Small Business Saturday is this Saturday, Nov. 24.

P.S. If you get a free candy bar from a local business on Small Business Saturday be sure to open it. 500 of those bars will have a golden ticket that will get you on one of the very first rides of Oklahoma City’s new streetcar.

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Show them what they are missing

Family enjoying OKC

One of the best things about Thanksgiving is family. Sure the turkey, football and parades are nice but there is nothing like seeing your long-lost relatives, especially those who aren’t from around these parts. Assuming you like your family, wouldn’t it be great if they lived a little closer? We think Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to introduce them to the sides of OKC they might not know. In fact, why not sign them up for our blog while they are in town? Simply go to www.abetterlifeokc.com/blog and on the left side of the page you will see a simple signup form. Signing up couldn’t be easier and we promise no spam. Once a week we will deliver the goods straight to your inbox on why OKC is the perfect place to live, work and play.

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Things to Do & See: November 20 - November 26, 2018

Midtown Pop-up Shops

Tuesday, November 20
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Thanksgiving Tea Party; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 21
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Broncho; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 22
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Friday, November 23
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Iowa Wolves vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival; 5 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ball Park; This event is free.
Charlotte Hornets vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Bone Thugs N’ Harmony; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Stoney Larue; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 24
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Denver Nuggets vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Plies; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
My So Called Band; 10 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 25
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Monday, November 26
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Little Steven; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Get involved

United Way Volunteers

One easy way to get to know your hometown better is by lending a helping hand.  Check out one of these great local nonprofits to get involved. Just an FYI, this is far from an exhaustive list of those doing great work in our community. You can find a more complete list here.

  • United Way: United Way of Central Oklahoma is committed to improving the health, safety, education and economic well-being of individual families in need in central Oklahoma.
  • Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity helps build and restore homes in Central Oklahoma.
  • City Care: Found in 1996, City Care helps provide food and shelter for the homeless.
  • Positive Tomorrows: For more than 25 years, Positive Tomorrows has helped educate our metro’s homeless children.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma: BBBS helps pair kids with mentors who can provide a positive influence in their lives. 
  • Calm Waters: Provides counseling and support to children and their families who experience grief caused by death, divorce or other loss. The organization directly serves approximately 2,500 children, youth and adults in Central Oklahoma annually.
  • Central Oklahoma Humane Society: The Central Oklahoma Humane Society is the largest animal-related charity in Oklahoma.
  • Infant Crisis Center: Provides essential supplies to vulnerable babies and toddlers.
  • Rebuilding Together OKC: Since 1992, Rebuilding Together OKC has repaired more than 3,000 homes, 30 non-profit facilities, and eight public school buildings with the help of 70,000 volunteers. These repairs represent a value to the community of more than $20 million.
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Free in OKC

In Oklahoma City you don’t have to have a big pocketbook to have a great time. In fact, there are many great activities you can do for the low, low price of free. That’s right, from museum admission, to water taxi rides and even story time in the park, the fall offers some great events for free. Check out the video for more.

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Guthrie’s Historic District is called one of the best neighborhoods in America.

Historic Downtown Guthrie

This story originally ran on VeloCityokc.com.

Anyone who’s taken a stroll through Guthrie’s Historic District will vouch: It’s one of the most gorgeous neighborhoods in the nation and easily one of the most underrated attractions in Oklahoma in its entirety. Well, we actually won’t be able to say “underrated” for much longer: Guthrie’s Historic District was recently rated by the American Planning Association (APA) to be one of the five best neighborhoods in the entire country. With the Canalway Cultural District in Lowell, MA; the Village of Shelburne Falls in Shelburne and Buckland, MA; Historic Downtown Georgetown in Georgetown, TX; and Ghent in Norfolk, VA as its list mates, Guthrie’s Historic District finds itself in good (and prestigious) company.

“APA’s Great Places in America recognizes unique and exemplary streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces — three essential components of all communities. These authentic places have been shaped by forward thinking planning that showcases affordable transportation options, promotes community involvement and accessibility, and fosters economic opportunity.”

You can read an article about this and view the APA’s best public spaces and streets on NextCity.

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Here’s what you missed on VeloCity in October

Downtown OKC Skyline [Photo Credit: Justin Coleman]

VeloCity is a website aimed at helping keep the citizens of Greater Oklahoma City informed. That means you … yes, you. Whether you have lived in the metro for 30 years or 30 minutes it is important that you are informed and engaged with your community. If you haven’t checked out the new site here are some stories you may have missed last month:

  • Streetcar success: While the streetcar is still a month away from opening, OKC is already seeing its impact according to a new report.
  • Innovation District update: The Innovation District is a big part of OKC’s future. Get an update on the plans for the area.
  • Omni groundbreaking: The Omni broke ground and it is one of the most anticipated projects happening in OKC right now.
  • Unemployment rate: Oklahoma City saw its lowest unemployment rate in more than a decade.
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Things to Do & See: November 13 - November 19, 2018

OKC Blue logo

Tuesday, November 13
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Love Never Dies; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
2001: A Space Odyssey; 8:30 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 14
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
New York Knicks vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Greensky Bluegrass; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Love Never Dies; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
An Evening with David Sedaris; 7:30 p.m.; Hudiburg Chevrolet Center; Ticket prices vary.
Of Montreal; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 15
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Sioux Falls Skyforce vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Love Never Dies; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Killer Queens; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, November 16
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
World Championship Boxing; 5:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Moscow ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker; 7 p.m.; Hudiburg Chevrolet Center; Ticket prices vary.
Love Never Dies; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Shane Smith and the Saints; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 17
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Love Never Dies; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 18
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Love Never Dies; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
K Camp; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, November 19
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Dark City; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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