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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Your vote wanted

Vote Buttons

One of the most important things you can do to become a full-fledged citizen of your new hometown is vote. Nov. 6 is an important election day across the country and things are no different in the metro, where the ballot will be full of elections at every level of government.

You can find your polling place and request an absentee ballot at the Oklahoma State Election Board’s online voter tool.

The ballot will also include a special election to elect Oklahoma City’s next Ward 7 representative. Nikki Nice and Kirk Pankratz earned the most votes in the primary special election and will stand for a decisive runoff election on Nov. 6.

View what will appear on the ballot in Oklahoma, Canadian and Cleveland counties, and make sure you are prepared to cast an informed vote on Nov. 6.

community, election, government
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Chamber launches association health plan for small businesses

Small Business owner

This month the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber launched Greater Choice Oklahoma, an association healthcare plan that will provide small business throughout Oklahoma greater choice in health care coverage. The plan will be available statewide Jan. 1 to businesses that have two to 50 employees. The new plan will allow small business to take advantage of large group pricing.

Read more about the exciting development for small business here.

business, healthy living
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Live music in November

Live music

While this time of year can be slow for live music thanks to the holidays there are still plenty of great acts hitting the 4-0-5 this November, including a Grammy-winning hip-hop group and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As always be sure to hit us up on Twitter, Facebook or the comments below to tell us your favorite show of November.

concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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November in OKC

If you thought Thanksgiving coming around the corner was going to give you a break from the action in OKC, you would be mistaken. November is action-packed with amazing concerts, new art exhibits, world-class sporting events and even a visit from comedy superstar Kevin Hart. Watch this month’s November in OKC video for more. 

Visit OKC, arts and culture, concerts, live music, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: October 30 - November 5, 2018

OKC Philharmonic Strings

Tuesday, October 30
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.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
The Struts; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, October 31
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.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.
Cirque Du Soleil Crystal; 7:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Night of the Living Dead; 8 p.m.; Cityspace Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 1
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.
Evil Dead 2; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Cirque Du Soleil Crystal; 7:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Night of the Living Dead; 8 p.m.; Cityspace Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, November 2
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.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; This event is free.
Cirque Du Soleil Crystal; 7:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Night of the Living Dead; 8 p.m.; Cityspace Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Trippie Redd; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 3
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.
Cirque Du Soleil Crystal; 4 & 7:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Joel’s Farewell; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Granger Smith; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Bryce Merritt; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 4
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.
Cirque Du Soleil Crystal; 1:30 & 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Metal Alliance Tour; 5 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, November 5
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.
Fight Club/V for Vendetta; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Hippo Campus; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

2018 Greater Grads Career Fair

Greater Grads Career Fair

The 2018 Greater Grads Career Fair is an exciting time of the year. Bright-eyed graduates look to make their mark in the job market and flourishing companies look for graduates to fill the positions they need. Mark your calendars for October 30th folks, here’s all you need to know grads.

The career fair is October 30th from noon to 4 p.m., at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. When you arrive, you will be given a fancy nametag and business casual is recommended. Remember, dress to impress.

See a list of the more than 100 Oklahoma companies that will be present here. You can pre-register here.

college, education, jobs
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Employment resources

Employment Resources

Moving can be stressful. Moving and then trying to find a job? Forget about it. The good thing is Oklahoma provides some great resources and tools for those looking for employment. We’ve got a good rundown of available tools in the employment section of our website. Be sure to check out the info on OKJobMatch. The website allows you to upload your resume, search for jobs and employers to search for you. We also have a good list of local headhunting firms, staffing companies and more.

employment, jobs
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Brewfest 2018

2018 BrewFest

To say the craft beer scene in Oklahoma City has taken off the last couple of years would be an understatement. Recent changes to the state’s liquor laws have done nothing but turbo charge the creation of great breweries, wineries and distilleries in the metro. Brewfest, an annual showcase of Oklahoma breweries, is a great chance to sample the newest stuff from your favorite brewers.

Brewfest is put on by the OKBio Association to help raise awareness of the state’s diverse bioscience industry. This year’s event is Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Admission is $35 and includes a mug, t-shirt, unlimited samples and free parking. You can get your tickets here. Of course you must be 21 to enter.

One of the best aspects of Brewfest is that attendance is limited to 500. That means you have plenty of face-to-face opportunities with the people who are making the great beers and spirits in Oklahoma. You can pick their brains on their process, what is on the horizon or even what foods they think their beers pair best with.

While it is called Brewfest don’t be scared away if you are not a fan of beer. A handful of local wineries and distillers will also be in attendance. At last count, more than 30 local breweries, distillers and wineries will be on hand.

So on November 8, sample some amazing local beers, wines and spirits while supporting the state’s burgeoning bioscience community. You can learn more about the event here and more about the biosciences here.

beer, breweries, festivals, wine
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: October 23 - October 29, 2018

Skeleton costume

Tuesday, October 23
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.
Allen Stone; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, October 24
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.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.
Army of Darkness; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Social Distortion; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Tickets are $32.50.

Thursday, October 25
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.
Boston Celtics vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion; 7 p.m.; Overholser Mansion; Ticket are $25.
Night of the Living Dead; 8 p.m.; Cityspace Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
St. Lucia; 8 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
The Nixons; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, October 26
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.
KJ103’s Riverscream; 5 p.m.; RIVERSPORT Rapids & Adventures.
Haunt the Zoo for Adults; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo.
Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion; 7 p.m.; Overholser Mansion; Ticket are $25.
Haunt the River; 7:45 p.m.; Oklahoma River Cruises; Price is $35.
Alice in Wonderland; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Night of the Living Dead; 8 p.m.; Cityspace Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Justin Moore; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Why Not? Comedy Show; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, October 27
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.
KJ103’s Riverscream; 5 p.m.; RIVERSPORT Rapids & Adventures.
Alice in Wonderland; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Floating Films: Hocus Pocus; 7 p.m.; RIVERSPORT Rapids & Adventures; This event is free.
Beetlejuice; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion; 7 p.m.; Overholser Mansion; Ticket are $25.
Night of the Living Dead; 8 p.m.; Cityspace Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, October 28
35th Annual Haunt the Zoo; All day; Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens; Regular Zoo admission.
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.
Day of the Dead Festival 2018; 1 p.m.; Plaza District Festival; This event is free.
Alice in Wonderland; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Night of the Living Dead; 8 p.m.; Cityspace Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Phoenix Suns vs. OKC Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Andy Grammer; 8 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 29
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.
Brick-or-Treat 2018; 4 p.m.; Bricktown; This event is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Higher learning

University Students

As a regular reader of this blog, you’re keeping up to date on all the things to do and see in OKC. As you can tell, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. But what about the rest of your day? If you have a hankerin’ for hustle in the form of college credits, you’re in luck – there are more than 140,000 students just like you here, and 18 public and private colleges and universities in Greater Oklahoma City from which you can choose.

Fancy a law degree? You’re covered, counselor. Medical school? The laughter we get from the question is the best medicine. Musical theater? We sing a six-second affirmative (with full orchestral backing and maybe even a twirl and jazz hands). Liberal arts? No fancy analysis necessary. Veterinarian? You vet you can. Want to do research? Get a Ph.D. and be smarter than that can of Dr. Pepper. We’re running out of ridiculous ways to respond to these questions, but rest assured, whatever you want to do in the world of higher education (even if it’s “become a rock star”,) you can probably do justice to your diploma dream here in OKC.

To learn more about the opportunities in higher education in Oklahoma City, check out the Universities section of this website and our “OKC at a Glance” publication.

college, education, university
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Public schools in OKC

Students painting

When moving to a new city, we know how important a role education plays when choosing where to live. Luckily for Oklahoma City, there are excellent public schools throughout Greater Oklahoma City. There are more than 271,000 students enrolled in public schools in the 10-county region and more than 50 schools in the region hold National Blue Ribbon distinction. Read a complete list of public school districts at abetterlifeokc.com.

Charter schools are public schools established by contract with sponsors and often promote a specific curriculum and learning style. Several Greater Oklahoma City school districts have authorized charter schools – Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Edmond, Mid-Del, Moore, Mustang, Oklahoma City and Putnam City. View a list of area charter schools.

education, school
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Private schools in OKC

Students reading

In today’s blog post we are going to highlight the private school webpage. Here you can find a list of all the private schools in Oklahoma City and under each school you will find a brief description of what to expect in regard to the grades they teach, how many students they typically serve, and a myriad of other facts. You will also find a link to each school’s website, where you can learn more about their values and educational standards.

education, school
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Where quality meets affordability

OKC Shopping

Want to save money this year? Guess what… You’re already doing it just by living in Oklahoma City! Some might say that living in OKC is like finding a $200 shirt for $30… every time you go shopping. To achieve the same standard of living in OKC that $65,000 would get you in Seattle, you would only need $37,043, a difference of nearly $27,957.

You can rest easy knowing OKC is an extraordinary, affordable place to live and grow. Check out our Cost of Living calculator to see how OKC stacks up against other top cities in the nation.

cost of living, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: October 16 - October 22, 2018

OKC Thunder fans

Tuesday, October 16
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
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.
Andy Mineo & LeCrae; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, October 17
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
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.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.

Thursday, October 18
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
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.
Rod Stewart; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
The Patriot Tour; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Birdtalker; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, October 19
An Affair of the Heart; All day; State Fair Park; Tickets are $10.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
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.
KJ103’s Riverscream; 5 p.m.; RIVERSPORT Rapids & Adventures.
Colony House; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Trivium; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Haunt the River; 7:45 p.m.; Oklahoma River Cruises; Price is $35. 

Saturday, October 20
An Affair of the Heart; All day; State Fair Park; Tickets are $10.
2018 Stockyards Stampede; All day; Stockyards City; This event is free. 
35th Annual Haunt the Zoo; All day; Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens; Regular Zoo admission.
Industry Flea; All Day; 10th & Hudson; This event is free.
Oklahoma Book Festival; All day; Boathouse District; This event is free.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
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.
Midtown Walkabout; 2 p.m.; Midtown; This event is free.
Haunt the River; 7:45 p.m.; Oklahoma River Cruises; Price is $35. 
Marco Antonio Solis; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Rhett Miller; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, October 21
An Affair of the Heart; All day; State Fair Park; Tickets are $10.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
35th Annual Haunt the Zoo; All day; Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens; Regular Zoo admission.
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.
Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Beetlejuice; 10 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 22
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
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, October 9, 2018

Changes in the liquor laws

Friends enjoying beer

On October 1, a whole bunch of new liquor laws went into effect that loosened restrictions on where and how you can buy your favorite suds. Frankly, the amount of changes can make your head spin. Here is what you need to know:

  • The headliner that everyone has been talking about is that wine and beer can be “full strength” or 6 percent like our neighbors down south.
  • Grocery and convenience stores can sell beer and wine from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. ANY day of the week.
  • Liquor stores can sell chilled beer and chilled wine (if you’re into that).
  • Liquor stores can sell other items other than just alcohol – think mixers and snacks – but it has to be under 20 percent of sales.
  • Small breweries can crank their production 65,000 barrels instead of the measly 25,000 they were capped at previously.
  • Breweries can now operate their taprooms until 2 a.m. instead of closing the doors at 9 p.m. which means you no longer have to miss out on your football!
  • Some really great news for those of you who enjoy spiked grape juice, wineries can now ship directly 30 nine-liter cases per person.
  • An owner can now own two entire liquor stores instead of one.
  • Small wineries (15,000 gallons annually) can now ship and sell directly to restaurants and retailers rather than a wholesaler if they would like to.
  • You can now drink your choice of alcohol at movie theaters as long as they have the appropriate license.
  • Good news, advertising happy hours and specials is now legal.
  • SB 211 allows counties to hold elections to see if liquor stores can be open on Sundays.
  • Finally, clerks selling high-point beer and wine at grocery stores now have to be at least 18 instead of 16; however, to work at a liquor store you still need to be 21 for selling the hard stuff.
beer, nightlife, wine
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Riverscream

KJ103 RiverScream

We all want to make memories with our family, right? We want something we can look back on 10 or 20 years from now to smile, laugh and reminisce. KJ103’s Riverscream is the perfect answer to that need. They have a zombie zip line and zombie-themed laser tag. There is a pirate’s zone for the younger children, ages 2-7, and whitewater rafting. There are a plethora of options available to make memories for the entire family. You can find all the information here.

All of this is great, the kids are important and memories with your family and kids are something you never want to lose, but what about us adults? When do we get to be a little loose and have a little fun without the kids? We love them, but we all need time apart to breathe. Once again, Oklahoma City has your back.

Haunt the River in downtown Oklahoma City provides a relaxing boat ride. The boat is decorated for the holiday, provides haunting music and light appetizers, but maybe most importantly alcohol is available. There is a cash bar on board, which can certainly help you relax and ease into the holiday season. Cruise privileges are not valid for groups of eight or more though. You can find all the information you need here.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, holiday, nightlife, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Pumpkinville

Myriad Gardens Pumpkinville

Pumpkins have quickly become the official mascot of the fall. We put their spice in our coffee. We put them in pies. Even pumpkin-scented candles are all the rage. For our money’s worth the best pumpkin-related thing every fall is Pumpkinville at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

This year’s extravaganza will be held October 5 – 21 in the Children’s Garden and will feature more than 16,000 pumpkins. If you’ve never been, the garden is filled all kinds of crafts and games. On Saturday and Sunday the visitors can even ride the Pumpkinville Express.

family-friendly, holiday, Myriad Botanical Gardens
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: October 9 - October 15, 2018

American Banjo Museum

Tuesday, October 9
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.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, October 10
Mistletoe Market 2018; All day; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
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.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.
Artic Monkeys; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, October 11
Mistletoe Market 2018; All day; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
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.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Father John Misty; 6:30 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Dan Gokey; 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
The Second City; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, October 12
Mistletoe Market 2018; All day; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
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.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
KJ103’s Riverscream; 5 p.m.; RIVERSPORT Rapids & Adventures.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
Thomas Rhett; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Haunt the River; 7:45 p.m.; Oklahoma River Cruises; Price is $35.  
Pops 1- Melinda Doolittle; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Cashmere Cat; 9 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, October 13
Mistletoe Market 2018; All day; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
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.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Wanderlust Pop Up Shops; All day; Wheeler Ferris Wheel; This event is free.  
Project Dance; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
KJ103’s Riverscream; 5 p.m.; RIVERSPORT Rapids & Adventures.
Cody Jinks; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Haunt the River; 7:45 p.m.; Oklahoma River Cruises; Price is $35. 
Pops 1- Melinda Doolittle; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
The Steeldrivers; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, October 14
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.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Stryper; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Tickts are $20.
Puddles Pity Party; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 15
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.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Cabin in the Woods; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The return of Loud City

OKC Thunder Fans

When it comes to sports in Oklahoma City, we can be a divided people. Sooners vs. Cowboys in some cases stretches back to birth. However, there is one thing everyone agrees on. The Chesapeake Energy Arena is the place to be in OKC when the Thunder are in the building.

As always, it was not a boring offseason for the home teams as superstar Paul George signed a new deal with the team. The announcement happened at a house party hosted by Russell Westbrook featuring a performance from hip-hop superstar Nas. You know … typical Oklahoma City stuff.

The Thunder tips-off the 2018-19 season with a preseason game at the ‘Peake this week. The real season tips-off October 16 with a short road trip out west, before the home opener against the Kings of Sacramento October 21. See a full schedule here and get your tickets today.

Thunder, basketball, live sporting events
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Marquee games

Chesapeake Energy Arena

New to town? Maybe not real familiar with the NBA? Here are some games we have circled as "can’t miss":

  • Sacramento Kings- Oct. 21; Home openers are always great but this is extra special as the Kings are led by former University of Oklahoma superstar Buddy Hield.
  • Boston Celtics- Oct. 25; The Celtics look like the class of the Eastern Conference and feature former Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart.
  • Houston Rockets- Nov. 8; Harden vs. Russ, the return of Melo. The Rockets vs. Thunder never disappoint.
  • New York Knicks- Nov. 14; Enes Kanter might be the most beloved former Thunder player. Don’t expect many boos when Kanter’s Knicks come to town.
  • Atlanta Hawks- Nov. 30; Former OU star Trae Young makes his first trip to OKC as a pro.
  • Dallas Mavericks- Dec. 31; New Year’s Eve with Russ. What else do you need to know?
  • Los Angeles Lakers- Jan. 17; Lebron James’ first trip to OKC in the purple and gold.
  • Golden State Warriors- March 16; Bring ear plugs.
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October in OKC

Concerts galore, Halloweens fright fests, world-class art exhibits and more special events than you can shake a stick at it. If you are looking for a good time, October in the 4-0-5 is the place to be. Check out this video from our friends at VisitOKC for more.

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Here’s what you missed on VeloCity in September

OKC Skyline

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:

  • Top 5 Metro for Youngest Entrepreneurs: Did you know OKC was ranked as one of the best places for young entrepreneurs? You would if you read VeloCity.
  • SkyWest Airlines: The airline recently celebrated the grand opening of their new facility in OKC that will bring more than 100 high-paying jobs to the Metro.
  • Pot Pie Party: Ever wonder who has the best chicken pot pie in the land? Our expert fills you in. 
  • Education update: Both the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Public Schools have new leadership.
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Things to Do & See: October 2 - October 8, 2018

Myriad Gardens Pumpkinville

Tuesday, October 2
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.
Mat Kearney; 6:30 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, October 3
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.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.
Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
The Breeders; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, October 4
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 Bad Plus; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, October 5
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.
Day Out with Thomas; All day; Oklahoma Railway Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; This event is free.
Juice WRLD; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Friday; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, October 6
Industry Flea; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
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.
Day Out with Thomas; All day; Oklahoma Railway Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Kevin Gates; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary
Classics 2; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Reik; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Read Southall Band; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, October 7
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.
Day Out with Thomas; All day; Oklahoma Railway Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Cafe Tacvba; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Bishop Briggs; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 8
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.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Henry Rollins- Travel Slideshow Tour; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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