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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

2018 Oklahoma Regatta Festival

Oklahoma Regatta Festival

The 2018 Oklahoma Regatta Festival will take place Sept. 28 - 30 in the Boathouse District. This amazing three-day competition includes rowing, dragon boating, kayaking, white water rafting and family fun.

The weekend will also feature the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma race, OGE NightSprints, and food trucks and beer gardens. The races features teams from all over the nation competing on all levels of competition--collegiate, masters and junior rowing.

During the festival the 500-meter NightSprints are held when the sun sets. This creates a unique and intense atmosphere for everyone involved from spectators to competitors. Everyone is invited to bring something to sit on or someone to sit with, or both of course, and cheer the athletes on.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, free, live sporting events, Oklahoma River, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A river’s rise

Riversport Rapids whitewater rafting

In many ways, the story of the Oklahoma River and the modern-day renaissance of Oklahoma City go hand-in-hand. The river and Oklahoma City had many ups and downs during their first century before the original MAPS program jumpstarted an unprecedented rebirth for both.

To help tell that story, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber launched a storytelling feature on www.greateroklahomacity.com/river depicting the rise of Oklahoma City’s river.

“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.

So check out “A River’s Rise” and be sure to share it with you friends and family.

Boathouse District, MAPS, Oklahoma River, publication, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Plaza District Festival turns 20

Plaza District Festival

The Plaza District Festival turns 20 this weekend and the celebration is September 29th from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be live music, art, good drink and great food.

Outside the usual art, music and food, there will be Zumba classes, Home Depot will have areas for building birdhouses and even soccer activities. Heck, the Plaza has thought of everything as they will even have childcare available.  

If you really want to get involved check out volunteer opportunities here. You can find a map of the festival here.

family-friendly, festivals, free, Plaza District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Live Music in October

concert goers

We love to talk about live music in Oklahoma City. You could say it is a bit of an obsession. But don’t let our bias fool you when we say this is one of the best months for live music in the 4-0-5 we can remember, especially if you are a rock fan. Below is just a small sample of what there is to look forward. What concerts are you looking forward to? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook!

  • Artic Monkeys- October 10 at the Criterion. The Grammy-nominated rock band makes their first-ever stop in Oklahoma City
  • Father John Misty- October 11 at The Jones Assembly. This singer/songwriter released one of the most acclaimed albums of the year. Special bonus: local rockers Broncho are the opening act.
  • Thomas Rhett- October 12 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. One of the biggest stars in country music swings through OKC.
  • Rod Stewart- October 18 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. This international superstar is one of the best-selling artists of all time.
  • The Nixons- October 25 at the Tower Theatre. The Oklahoma legends have reunited for the first time since 2000.
  • The Struts- October 30 at the Diamond Ballroom. These English rockers are helping keep glam rock alive.
concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: September 25 - October 1, 2018

OKC Zoo Tiger

Tuesday, September 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.
Spyair; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Get the Led Out- American Led Zeppelin; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, September 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.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.
Coop Showcase; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, September 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.
Lake Street Dive; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, September 28
2018 Oklahoma Regatta Festival; All day; Boathouse District; 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.
Zoo Brew; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.
My So Called Band; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, September 29
2018 Oklahoma Regatta Festival; All day; Boathouse District; 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.
2018 Plaza District Festival; All day; Plaza District; This event is free.
20th Annual Vietnamese Lunar Moon Festival; 4 p.m.; Military Park; This event is free.
Myriad Gardens Signature Concert featuring Parker Millsap; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
Ryan Davis; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, September 30
2018 Oklahoma Regatta Festival; All day; Boathouse District; 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.

Monday, October 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.

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

Art galore

When you have as many gorgeous murals as OKC, it’s not totally untrue to say that the entire city is like an art gallery. But for the visitor or resident who prefers a more indoor art experience, or wants a more curated art experience, OKC has plenty of galleries and museums to quench your thirst. As always, this isn’t an exhaustive list, so let us know if you don’t see your favorite(s) on here!

21c Hotel
[Artspace] at Untitled
OKCMOA
The Womb
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
JRB Art at the Elms
Exhibit C
Red Earth Art Center
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
Oklahoma Contemporary

arts and culture, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Hands on history

Overholser Mansion

There is perhaps no experience quite as fulfilling as holding a 400-year-old object in your hand, or being in a place where a landmark event once happened. Such are the joys of history, many of which can be found right here in OKC.

For the aspiring historians out there we’ve compiled a list of some of the more historic spots across Oklahoma City that you might be especially interested in visiting. As always, this isn’t a comprehensive list, so if you think we missed a really good location, please let us know!

Centennial Land Run Monument
Henry Overholser Mansion
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma State Capitol Building
Oklahoma History Center
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
Red Earth Art Center
Science Museum Oklahoma
American Banjo Museum  
International Gymnastics Hall of Fame
Harn Homestead
Museum of Osteology
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
Oklahoma Railway Museum
Oklahoma Hall of Fame

family-friendly, history, museums, Oklahoma City history, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Comic book shopping

Bookstore

The comic novice looking to read all the classics, the hardcore fan looking for their favorite niche series, the collector with rare comics they’re looking to buy or sell, will all find good things at OKC’s comic book stores. Whereas many book stores also have a comic book section, there’s something special about the dedicated comic book store: The fan interactions, the better variety, the merchandise, etc. So here’s a list of some of OKC’s favorite local comic book stores! As always, this isn’t an exhaustive list, so let us know if you don’t see your favorite(s) on here!

Okie Comics (publishes local comics)
All Star Comics
Atomik Pop!
DZ Comics
New World Comics & Games

local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Retro fun

video games

Anyone who tells you toys and video games are just for kids has clearly never gone hunting for retro toys and video games. There’s a lot of fun to be had looking around, reliving your childhood, sharing major parts of your childhood with your kids, or maybe even getting the toys/games you couldn’t get then, well, now. And in the interest of helping you experience that joy, we’ve assembled a list of some of the best vintage game/toy stores in and around OKC.

Amazing Action
Got Games
Plastic Galaxy
Toy Base 10
Vintage Stock

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

OKC Civic Center show

Tuesday, September 18
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 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.
Les Miserables; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
JJ Grey & MOFRO; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, September 19
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 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.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.
Les Miserables; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, September 20
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 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.
Bullet for my Valentine; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Les Miserables; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, September 21
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 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.
Les Miserables; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.
Stone Temple Pilots; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, September 22
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 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.
Les Miserables; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Fall Out Boy; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.
Alejandro Escovdeo; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, September 23
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 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.
Mesta Festa; Noon; Mesta Park; This event is free.
Les Miserables; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Sacramento Republic FC vs. OKC Energy FC; 6 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, September 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.
Full Moon Bike Ride and Run; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens.
Frankie Cosmos; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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

Great State Fair of Oklahoma

Midway at the Oklahoma State Fair

Football, cooler weather and the State Fair of Oklahoma means it is fall. If you are new to Oklahoma City then you might be surprised to find out that for many the kickoff of the State Fair of Oklahoma is our official signal that autumn has arrived!  

From Sept. 13-23, State Fair Park in Oklahoma City will be bustling with the Oklahoma State Fair and all that it entails. An annual extravaganza stretching back more than 100 years, the Oklahoma State Fair offers a little something for everyone, from deep-fried culinary delights (sign us up!) to ice-dancing Disney princesses. Read on for our can’t-miss fair favorites.

  • Disney on Ice- A State Fair mainstay, Disney on Ice is back with Dare to Dream!, a fun adventure with all your Disney favorites.
  • Xtreme Bulls- What do you get when you mix action-packed bull riding and high-energy country music concerts? You get Xtreme Bulls.
  • Chickasaw Country Entertainment Stage- Nothing can beat free live music. This year’s lineup includes Neal McCoy, Beatlemania, Dylan Scott, Dru Hill, Foghat and more.
family-friendly, live music, live sporting events, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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110 years and counting…

Ever wonder how the great State Fair of Oklahoma came to be so great? Jump in our DeLorean and do a little time traveling with us.

When a young Oklahoma City had the opportunity to host the Farmers National Congress in 1907, city leaders were determined to do everything they could to make the convention a success. There was only one stipulation from the convention organizers: They wanted a fall fair so their delegates could see the achievements of agriculture in the new state.

Oklahoma citizens pushed for an annual fair as early as 1892, recognizing the impact that the fair could have on the new territory. Convinced of the potential, a coalition of business leaders gathered in the offices of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on Jan. 18, 1907, to organize a state fair association. After months of planning, the first State Fair of Oklahoma celebrated its opening day on Oct. 5, 1907.

Here are a few more facts you may not know about the Oklahoma State Fair:

  • The first State Fair of Oklahoma opened on Oct. 5, 1907, a few weeks before Oklahoma was officially granted statehood.
  • The first fair attracted a crowd of more than 10,000 people.
  • The State Fair Park moved to its current location in 1954.
  • The park expanded its facilities in 1961 to included horse barns, a move that allowed Oklahoma City to earn its place as the “Horse Show Capital of the World”—a title that the city still holds today!
  • The current park is 435 acres and hosts more than 180 events each year. The total attendance of these events is more than 2.28 million people annually.
  • Oklahoma State Fair Park is located at the junction of two major highways, providing easy access from anywhere in the state (and nation!).
  • The people of Oklahoma City support the fair in a big way. Citizens have approved major improvements to State Fair Park in both the MAPS and MAPS 3 initiatives.
history, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Fry it and put it on a stick please

OK State Fair Food

The State Fair of Oklahoma is a wonderful way to celebrate this time of the year. The rides are fun, the exhibits are cool and it’s an even better treat to close out the summer, but can we be honest? We all know it’s about the food. The state fair has become more and more consumed with food and just how crazy and fried can it be. Well, if that makes you salivate then you are in for another treat this year.

While fried foods are usually what get headlines, there are some foods that are making headlines without taking a dip into the fryer:

  • Cotton Candy Pie
  • Beef Poke Bowl
  • Drizzled Muffins
  • Cherry Limeade Pie
  • Mac-N-Cheese Topped with Ground Beef and Fries
  • Cheese Curd Taco
  • Gourmet Donut Burger (maybe the most famous)
  • Waffle Wrapped Snow Ice
  • Flaming Hot Cheetos Fish Taco

It wouldn’t be a state fair without new and crazy fried food. Here are the new platters for this year:

  • Deep-Fried Hot Pepper Rings
  • Deep-Fried Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip
  • Cookie Fries
  • Funnel Cake Burger
  • BBQ Chicken and Bacon Calzone
  • Fish & Chips
  • Beer Cheese Bacon Fries

My mouth is watering right now. Here at BetterLife HQ we’re a big fan of spicy food, and that Deep-Fried Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip and those Flaming Hot Cheetos Fish Tacos are right up our alley.

food, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: September 11 - September 17, 2018

Shakespeare in the Park

Tuesday, September 11
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, September 12
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.
Neck Deep; 7 p.m. Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Hannibal Buress; 10 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, September 13
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.
John Mark McMillan; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, September 14
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Latin Food, Dance and Mariachi Fest; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
Rigoletto; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, September 15
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; Ticket prices vary.
Punch Brothers; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, September 16
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 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.
Wiggle Out Loud 2018; 10:30 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
Rigoletto; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, September 17
2018 Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 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.
WWE Live; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

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

Farmers Market District

Historic Farmers Market

Historic yet cutting edge, classic yet fresh, the Farmers Market District in OKC dates back as far as the 1920s. In the 90 years it’s been operational, the Farmers Market District has been a pillar in the Oklahoma City community acting as an economic, culinary, development, cultural and performance hub. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a farmers market, a yoga class, new breweries, bowling or even a concert—the Farmers Market District probably has what you’re looking for and even some stuff you didn’t know you needed.

farmers market, Farmers Market District, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Horse Show Capital

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

On that note, you may be surprised to learn that we are considered the “Horse Show Capital of the World,” hosting more national and international equine championships than any place on the globe. Horse shows are a great way to see lots of action at an affordable price (many don’t charge admission).

In a single year, OKC hosts more than a dozen horse shows with an economic impact of $126.5 million. For horse riders and admirers alike, there’s no better place for the equestrian aficionado than OKC.

equine, horse show, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get up to speed with VeloCity

VeloCity website

A couple months back we introduced you to our newest pride and joy, VeloCityOKC. We are sure you have bookmarked the site, subscribed to the weekly e-mail and told all your friends and family about it. But just in case you haven’t checked out the site, here is a quick refresher: simply put, VeloCity is here to help keep the citizens of Oklahoma City better informed. Nothing can help you get to know your new hometown more than being in the loop. Here are some stories you might have missed in August:  

  • Q&A with the executive director of CJAC: Criminal justice reform has been a big topic in not just in OKC, but nationally. Let Timothy Tardibono, executive director of the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council, fill you in on why this is an issue we should all care about.
  • Chisholm Creek: Get an update on one of the quickest growing retail developments in the state.
  • Construction update: Construction is the name of the game in downtown OKC right now. Get an update on what is going on and how it will impact our metro’s visitors economy (spoiler: it will be a positive).  
  • Congrats to Nonesuch: Did you know Nonesuch was named the best new restaurant in America? You do now.
business, velocity
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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September in OKC

Be sure to get your rest because September is a busy month in Oklahoma City (if you like to have fun). The State Fair of Oklahoma, Plaza District Festival, Oklahoma River Regatta Festival and Banjo Fest all take place this month. If that is not enough there is more live music than we can list and an exciting new exhibit is opening up at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Be sure to check out this month’s video from our friends at the CVB to stay on top of the action.

Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: September 4 - September 10, 2018

OKC Banjo Museum

Tuesday, September 4
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, September 5
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.

Thursday, September 6
Banjo Fest 2018; All day; American Banjo Museum.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Johnny Mathis; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, September 7
Banjo Fest 2018; All day; American Banjo Museum.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; This event is free.
William Clark Green; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
OKC 48 Hour Film Project Awards; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Tickets are $5.

Saturday, September 8
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
VegFest OKC; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
Eighth Grade; 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
BanjoFest; 7 p.m.; Hudiberg Chevrolet Center; Ticket prices vary.
Testify/Green Dazed; 9 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticker prices vary.

Sunday, September 9
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; 10 a.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Eighth Grade; 2 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, September 10
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; 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.
Gary Numan; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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