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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Summertime in the 4-0-5

It’s here, it’s here! Summer, that is. Memorial Day marks the traditional start of summer and the end of the school year. With backyard BBQ’s, 9 p.m. – or later – sunsets and great weather to be outdoors, what’s not to like about summer? Summer is the time of infinite fun, where the day seems to last forever and the fun never stops!

Hold on now, you say. How will we keep the kids entertained, you say. How will we make it through endless days of “Mom, what can we do today?” or “Dad, will you drive us to the mall?” while fighting the urge to ship the family off to distant relatives (distant being the key word) so you don’t have to be the fountain of fresh ideas for family fun and frolic???

Here at Better Life HQ, we have a few suggestions that just might keep your family entertained, all while enjoying some amazing attractions that should be on your summer “to do” list!

One of our favorite OKC hot spots for splashing is just outside the Children's Garden area at Myriad Botanical Gardens. Thunder Fountain lures in kids of all ages with everything from light sprinkles to heavy downpours. Fitting the nature theme of the gardens, this splash pad simulates a real rainforest thunderstorm by going through storm cycles to the delight of everyone under the shaded fountain canopy. The City of Oklahoma City also has pools and splash pads all around town. You can find them here.

Summertime used to mean drive-in movie time, back in the day, and you can still find a few drive-ins around the metro. But there's just something special about watching a movie while sitting on a picnic blanket in the great outdoors. One of our favorite places to catch a flick is Myriad Gardens’ Great Lawn. On Wednesdays throughout the summer, the Great Lawn becomes the backdrop for a free summer flick.

Buy the kiddoes – and treat yourself, too – some peanuts and crackerjacks when you root, root, root for the OKC Dodgers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, home to Oklahoma City's minor league baseball team. Tickets to these fun-filled and family-friendly games are more affordable than a game in the bigs, so you’ll have plenty of extra cash for snow cones and hot dogs. The ball yard is conveniently located in Bricktown so catching a game affords you a chance to see the scenic Bricktown Canal and views of downtown. Check out the Dodgers’ schedule to find when the home team is playing.

Anyone who grew up fishing during the summer knows just how much fun it is to dip your hook, but it can be difficult for city dwellers to go to all the trouble to have their kids take up this summertime hobby. Grabbing a pole and bait and taking the time to get a fishing license and scope out a good spot to drop your line may not seem worth the effort. But don’t despair, OKC makes fishing easy by offering Free Fishing Days. You can fish without a city permit on the first Saturday of each month (but you still need your state license). Kids can also take weekly lessons at various Oklahoma City parks throughout the summer so there's no excuse not to share this iconic summer experience with the kiddoes! Who knows, you might even run into the Thunder’s PG13!

Bricktown, Dodgers, family-friendly, fishing, free, kids, movies, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Donít strike out and miss the NCAA Softball Championships

ASA Hall of Fame Stadium

One of Oklahoma City’s favorite ways to celebrate the start of summer is at the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) hosted in Oklahoma City. The 2018 WCWS will take place May 31 – June 6 at USA Hall of Fame Stadium in the Adventure District. Get tickets to the games.

This year the hometown Oklahoma Sooners will be gunning for their third-straight NCAA Championship bit will face a tough field including Oregon, Washington, Arizona State, Florida State, Georgia, UCLA and Florida.

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

Adventure District, college, live sporting events, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Live music in June

live music

The summer is a great time to catch a concert and with the opening of several new venues in Oklahoma City the past couple of years the live music scene in OKC has never bet hotter (pun absolutely intended). Here is a quick preview of some the concerts going down in June. Of course this is far from a complete listing. What show did we miss that you are excited about? Let us know in the comments or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook.

  • Turnpike Troubadours- June 1 at the Criterion: You can’t go wrong anytime these Oklahoma legends swing through town.
  • Horse Thief & John Calvin Abney- June 2 at the Tower Theatre: Horse Thief is one of OKC’s own and puts on a great show each time out.
  • Big Head Todd and the Monsters- June 3 at the Jones Assembly: More than three decades since their formation, these Colorado rockers are still going strong and putting on killer live shows.
  • Justin Townes Earle- June 4 at the Tower Theatre: This singer-songwriter has built a sizeable following over the years. 
  • Styx and Joan Jett- June 7 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena: Break out your favorite 80s attire as Styx and Joan Jett bring rock and roll to OKC.
  • Yellow House Revisited- June 22 at the Tower Theatre: Jason Boland, Cody Canada and Mike McClure are legends of the local red dirt scene and their first performance at the Tower shouldn’t be missed.
  • Ginuwine- June 22 at the Tower Theatre: One of the biggest R&B singers of the 90s rolls into town in late June.
concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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June in OKC


June is one of the busiest months of the year in OKC. Annual events like the deadCenter Film Festival, NCAA Softball Championships, Red Earth and Prix de West draw some of the biggest crowds of the year. Luckily our friends over at the Convention and Visitors Bureau have all the action covered in their monthly events video.

arts and culture, festivals, live sporting events, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 29 - June 4, 2018

OKC Pro Am

Tuesday, May 29
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
2018 NCAA DIII Softball Championship; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Full Moon Bike Ride; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell; $ 5 per person.

Wednesday, May 30
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10.

Thursday, May 31
2018 NCAA Women’s College World Series; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
2018 NCAA DIII Softball Championship; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Friday, June 1
2018 NCAA Women’s College World Series; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Pro Am Classic 2018; Midtown; This event is free.
H&8th Night Market; Midtown; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Turnpike Troubadours; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 2
2018 NCAA Women’s College World Series; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Pro Am Classic 2018; Midtown; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Reno 1868 FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Horse Thief and John Calvin Abney; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Floating Films at RIVERSPORT Rapids; 9:15 p.m.; RIVERSPORT Rapids; The event is free but raft rental is $10.

Sunday, June 3
2018 NCAA Women’s College World Series; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Pro Am Classic 2018; Midtown; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Big Head Todd and the Monsters; 6:30 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
Blue October; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, June 4
2018 NCAA Women’s College World Series; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Justin Townes Earle; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

An introduction to OKCís artsy side†

Paseo Arts Festival

The Paseo Arts Festival is the perfect time to celebrate one of Oklahoma City’s most unique artistic communities: The Paseo Arts District. For more than 40 years, the Paseo Arts Festival has brought food, fun, music (and, ya know, art) to the picturesque district’s streets.

This year the festival will take place May 26-28. Attend this event to see the work of more than 90 visual artists whose work spans a wide variety of media including painting, photography, woodworking and jewelry. With live performers and dozens of food vendors, this event is one that the entire family can enjoy.

arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, food, free, live music, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Big 12 baseball is back

Bricktown Ballpark

The most American pastime just got a little more collegiate with the return to Oklahoma City of the 2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, May 23-27 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. This marks the 16th time Oklahoma City has hosted the tournament in the past 19 years, and the event will continue here through 2020.

Eight teams will compete in a double-elimination tournament for the right to be crowned Big 12 Champion, including No. 4-ranked University of Oklahoma at 9 a.m. and No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State University at 4 p.m. on May 23. The winner will be crowned after the final game on Sunday, May 27, at 1 p.m. Tickets for the entire tournament start at $69 per person. Learn more about how you can cheer on your favorite team (or find a new school to support).

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Circle the wagons

Chuck Wagon Festival

Oklahoma’s connection to the days of wagon trains and cattle drives is undeniable and there’s no better place to relive that part of Oklahoma’s past than the annual Chuck Wagon Festival at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. From May 26-27, you can experience a fun-filled weekend of chuck wagon food samples, a petting zoo, artisan demonstrations, live music, Western Reenactors, square dancing and more.

Each day of the festival, you can also enter your child for a chance to become the Sheriff for the Day. One lucky winner will patrol the event as sheriff with their own cowboy hat, badge and stick horse. So giddy up, partner. This event is not to be missed!

family-friendly, festivals, museums, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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It pays to job hunt in OKC

Woman Business Professional

If you are new to Oklahoma City and trying to find a job, you have come to the right place. With Oklahoma City’s low unemployment rates and growing companies, you may find that finding a job here is relatively easy compared to other cities.

A good place to start is OKJobMatch, a free service that allows you to post a resume, search for job training, research the labor market and much more. View more resources for employment seekers.  

business, jobs
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 22 - May 28, 2018

Bricktown Beach [photo credit: Downtown OKC]

Tuesday, May 22
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.

Wednesday, May 23
2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10.

Thursday, May 24
2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
2018 NCAA DIII Softball Championship; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Friday, May 25
2018 Paseo Arts Festival; All day; Paseao Arts District; This event is free.
2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
2018 NCAA DIII Softball Championship; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
James Taylor; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
American Aquarium; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Saturday, May 26
2018 Paseo Arts Festival; All day; Paseao Arts District; This event is free.
2018 Annual Chuck Wagon Festival; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Price is $15.
2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
2018 NCAA DIII Softball Championship; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 27
2018 Paseo Arts Festival; All day; Paseao Arts District; This event is free.
2018 Annual Chuck Wagon Festival; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Price is $15.
2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball; All day; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
2018 NCAA DIII Softball Championship; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Monday, May 28
2018 NCAA DIII Softball Championship; All day; National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Recruiting retail

ICSC Trade Show

In OKC, we mean business – literally. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the city of Oklahoma City and a number of the other community partners are always looking for new ways to attract new businesses to our community. Attracting destination retail to our city is a big part of that effort.

Enter the International Council of Shopping Centers RECon conference. An annual retail and real estate convention in Las Vegas that attracts just under 40,000 attendees each year, including the biggest retailers in the world.

Why are we talking about a conference in Las Vegas? Because RECon is a vital tool in getting the next big thing to OKC. That national retailer you really, really want to open a location here … there is a great chance a team from Oklahoma City has met with them in Vegas. When a big retailer announces they are coming to OKC, well the odds are good that it all started with a little meeting in the very large Las Vegas Convention Center, except in this case what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKCRetail.com

Shopping  for produce

Thinking about opening your own shop or restaurant in Oklahoma City? We don’t blame you—for the second year in a row, Oklahoma City was named the No. 1 large city to start a business in by WalletHub. To give your new store the best chance for success you need information. Luckily, OKC Retail is here to help with everything from vacant property listings, demographic information and more. It is also a great place to keep up with the latest retail news in our city. You should also follow OKC retail on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates and news stories regarding retail in Oklahoma City.

business, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Retail is important, very important

Shopping in OKC

We’ve spent this week talking a lot about retail. You might be wondering why it matters? I mean it is just shopping and eating right? In reality, retail is one of the key drivers of our city.

In short, retail is what makes our city go. Sales taxes in Oklahoma City fund the city’s core services and day-to-day operations. That’s important stuff like police, fire, street maintenance, the Zoo, parks, etc. While property taxes can be used to fund voter-approved bond issues for specific capital projects, Oklahoma law actually prohibits cities from levying property taxes for services. The more you shop in OKC, the more you help your community! So put down the mouse, get out of the house, and get to shopping for a new blouse, pet grouse, Westinghouse, a choice porterhouse, downspouts, bean sprouts or a new spouse (just kidding on that last one, obvi). But seriously, shopping in your community is not only fun and easy but important to maintaining a healthy city.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 15 - May 21, 2018

Friends enjoying beer

Tuesday, May 15
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Beatles vs. Stones; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 16
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Akira; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10

Thursday, May 17
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
WWE NXT; 6 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Spoon; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Apocalyptica Plays Metallica; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 18
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary
Coop Showcase; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $8. 

Saturday, May 19
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
2018 OKC Whitewater Festival; All day; RIVERSPORTS Adventures; 552-4040; This event is free.
Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival; 1 & 6 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Midtown Walkabout; 2 p.m.; Midtown; 235-3500; This event is free.
Traditional Music of the Open Prairie; 3 p.m.; American Banjo Museum; 604-2793; Ticket prices vary.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Toadies; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (800) 514-3849; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary
2018 Big 12 Conference Softball Championship; All day; National Cowboy Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Okie Made Market; All day; Film Row; 810-6977; This event is free.
Vdubs on Auto Alley Street Festival; All day; Automobile Alley; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Stonesour; 6:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Urban Camping at RIVERSPORT Rapids; 7 p.m.; 552-4040; $10 per tent.
Insamuch Foundation Classics Series-Joel Levine; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 20
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
2018 OKC Whitewater Festival; All day; RIVERSPORTS Adventures; 552-4040; This event is free.
Wild Kratts Live!; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary

Monday, May 21
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Resources for visitors

OKC Skyline

So you just moved to Oklahoma City and now friends and family want to come visit you in your new hometown, what next? Well, if you want to show your guests the best of OKC, get to know www.visitokc.com. Run by our friends at the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, the site is a spectacular resource for all things Oklahoma City: It has everything you would want to know about upcoming events, attractions, restaurants, trip ideas and more. For visitors and residents alike, this is an extremely useful website you shouldn’t ignore!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Must-visit destinations

Pops on Route 66

“I had no idea!” If we had a nickel for every time we heard that phrase from a first-time visitor to the 4-0-5, we would be able to pay Russ’ contract. Visitors are always surprised about the metro’s combination of art, history, entertainment, food and nightlife and more. Here are some must-visit places in America’s best-kept secret in tourism (in our biased opinions):

Route 66
Oklahoma contains more of the historic Route 66 than any other state. While you journey across this iconic route, you’re welcome to make a quick stop for the Route 66 Museum, Totem Pole Park, the Blue Whale of Catoosa, and no trek through Route 66 is complete without a stop (and a soda) at POPS!

The Oklahoma City National Memorial
April 19, 1995 changed our city and country forever. Today, a one-of-a-kind memorial and  museum about that tragic morning stand atop the bombing site. The reflecting pond and empty chairs that represent the lives lost on that fateful morning are deeply ingrained into the hearts and minds of all who see it.

The OKCMOA
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the largest art museum in Oklahoma. It features a wide array of art, including (but not limited to) sizable galleries full of European art, American art, contemporary art, and an iconic collection of Dale Chihuly’s glasswork. There’s also an exhibition gallery space that features new and wildly popular exhibitions every few months. The Museum also has its own movie theater, where it hosts special screenings and events almost every day.

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
The Oklahoma City Zoo is considered a staple for both locals’ “let’s make a regular visit” lists and Oklahoma City’s visitor economy. With nearly 2,000 animals, aquatic life, reptiles, insects and plants the public can admire, it’s a very popular attraction for all ages.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
There is perhaps nothing more inherently Oklahoman than images of the Wild West. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of American Indians and cowboys that lived in Oklahoma throughout history with art, firearms, outfits and more.

Oklahoma History Center
Oklahoma’s rich history is preserved for all generations to see at the Oklahoma History Center. Featuring a vast collection of items tied to Oklahoma’s early history, the Oklahoma History Center isn’t a stop you want to overlook.

Stockyards City
For the quintessential Oklahoma cowboy experience, Stockyards City is a must see. Stockyards City is the largest feeder and cattle market in the world, which features architecture and shops designed to give you an authentic ranch experience. It’s also home of Oklahoma’s most famous restaurant, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, which has been featured on Food Network’s Man vs Food and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Science Museum Oklahoma
With more than 350,000 square feet chock-full of hands-on science and experimentation, the Science Museum of Oklahoma is another one of the most popular and beloved tourist attractions Oklahoma City has to offer.

zoo, Adventure District, arts and culture, day-trip, family-friendly, history, museums, OKC National Memorial, Route 66, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Make the move easier

Moving Resources

While we could not be more excited to have you relocate to our great city, we get it - moving is tough. If you are coming from further away and/or don’t know anyone in your new city, it is even tougher. It is hard to even know where to start! Where do I get cable? When does my trash get picked up? When does the newest edition of The Better Life hit my inbox? Okay, so maybe that last one is not the most important thing you are worried about, but we can dream. To make your move easier visit the moving resources section of our webpage.

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Things to Do & See: May 8 - May 14, 2018

Big 12 Softball Championships

Tuesday, May 8
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Celtic Woman: Homecoming Tour; 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Primus/Mastodon; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 9
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Phoenix Rising FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
A Scanner Darkly; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10.

Thursday, May 10
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 11
2018 Big 12 Conference Softball Championship; All day; National Cowboy Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
Urban Camping at RIVERSPORT Rapids; 7 p.m.; 552-4040; $10 per tent.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 12
2018 Big 12 Conference Softball Championship; All day; National Cowboy Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Okie Made Market; All day; Film Row; 810-6977; This event is free.
Vdubs on Auto Alley Street Festival; All day; Automobile Alley; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Stonesour; 6:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Urban Camping at RIVERSPORT Rapids; 7 p.m.; 552-4040; $10 per tent.
Insamuch Foundation Classics Series-Joel Levine; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 13
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Monday, May 14
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Choose your own adventure at the Boathouse District

Flat water kayaking

The Oklahoma River has the ultimate comeback story—all you need to do is look at the Boathouse District for tangible proof. What is now the glittering jewel of Oklahoma City’s outdoor recreation offering used to be a dry riverbed that required periodic mowing. Today, the Boathouse District is home to an Olympic training venue for rowing and canoe/kayak and the only permanently lit paddle sport racing course in the world, but even beginners and casual athletes can enjoy the facility through corporate rowing leagues and rowing classes.

If you want to get on the water, the Boathouse District offers flatwater kayaking and stand up paddle board rentals and a Learn to Row program that will teach you how to scull and sweep in only one month. But if you prefer to climb to new heights instead, the Boathouse District can also oblige with the Rumble Drop or SandRidge Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world! Both the 700-foot zip line across the Oklahoma River and the 72-foot sky slide from atop the sky trail will make you feel like a kid again. There is even a youth zone for the kiddos. And certainly anyone who appreciates the great outdoors will love the 13 miles of scenic trails that meander along the Oklahoma River.

The easiest way to take in everything the district has to offer is through the RIVERSPORT Pass, which includes RIVERSPORT Rapids, Love’s tubing and river boarding, plus all land and flatwater adventures in the Boathouse District, at Lake Overholser and at Lake Hefner. No matter your activity level, the Oklahoma River and the Boathouse District are sure to have something for you to enjoy.

family-friendly, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, water sports
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The Rise of the Oklahoma River

Riversport Rapids Ribbon Cutting

Long before Olympic athletes were training along its banks, the Oklahoma River had many ups and downs before the MAPS program sparked the river’s renaissance. If you are dying to know more (and we can’t blame you), you can walk through the history of the Oklahoma River with a featured story on GreaterOklahomaCity.com.

“A River’s Rise” walks the reader through the history of the Oklahoma River from the Land Run of 1889 to today. Each of the six chapters cover an important aspect of the river’s renovation, from its roots as an important water source for early settlers and a venue for entertainment offerings like Delmar Gardens at the turn of the 20th Century, to the more recent addition of the RIVERSPORT Rapids Whitewater Center and hosting the 2016 Olympic trials for whitewater kayaking.

Each chapter of the story offers the chance to engage with more contextual content, with links to news archives about Oklahoma City’s hosting of the Olympic Festival of 1989 and videos capturing the original vision for the boathouses that now dot the banks of the Oklahoma River, all to tell Oklahoma City’s story more fully.

Check out “A River’s Rise” and be sure to share the story of the Oklahoma River with your friends and family.

Oklahoma City history, Oklahoma River
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Class V fun at RIVERSPORT Rapids

whitewater rafting

As only one of six manmade whitewater courses in the country, RIVERSPORT Rapids distinguishes Oklahoma City as the premiere location for whitewater sports, not just in the United States but around the globe. The whitewater center, which was funded debt-free by the MAPS 3 program, offers recreational rafting, kayaking and tubing experiences. And it’s not just for novices—people will also see elite athletes from around-the-world training and competing on the slalom channel.  

RIVERSPORT Rapids also offers a few more relaxing options if “rapid” is not really your speed. On Thursday evenings this summer, participants have the option of tubing with the rapids slowed down followed by a “floating film” after the sun sets.

In addition to adding fun and excitement to our community, RIVERSPORT Rapids also helps increase community safety. The center is available for swift water rescue training, offering a controlled setting where rescuers can learn the most advanced techniques for rescuing people from fast-running water.

If you want to sample all that you can experience at RIVERSPORT Rapids, attend the Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival, May 19-20. The celebration will feature the BoaterX extreme downriver kayaking competition and free whitewater kayaking clinics. Spectators can enjoy music, food and beer specials at the on-site Big Water Grill while experiencing all the action.

family-friendly, Oklahoma River, water sports
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Things to Do & See: May 1 - May 7, 2018

OKC Energy FC

Tuesday, May 1
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
OKC Phil Presents Ben Folds; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 2
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Thursday, May 3
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Western Ave. on the Lawn; 6 to 9 p.m.; Western Ave.; This event is free.

Friday, May 4
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Cleverlys; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
The Music of Abba; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 5
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
COCO; 1 & 4 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10
Swope Park Rangers vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Music of Abba; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 6
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
The Incredibles; 1 & 4 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 7
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Smokepurpp Monster Energy Outbreak Tour; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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