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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Tinker 101

Tinker

You probably know that there was a huge air show on the west side of OKC a few weeks ago. You may even know that it was held at Tinker Air Force Base. But how did OKC become home to one of America’s most important Air Force installations?

As the largest single-site employer in the state, it's no secret that Tinker Air Force Base is a critical part of the Greater Oklahoma City region. Tinker Air Force Base started its history in Oklahoma City more than 80 years ago, when a group of Greater Oklahoma City Chamber members organized the Industries Foundation of Oklahoma and pooled nearly $300,000 to successfully purchase land for defense installations.

The names who contributed to this effort are probably familiar to many who know the history of Tinker or Oklahoma City – civic leaders like E.K. Gaylord, Wilbur E. Hightower, Tom Braniff, Frank Buttram and Stanley Draper – but they certainly aren’t the only individuals who sacrificed their time, money and political will to see Tinker succeed. Throughout Tinker’s history, both military members and civilians have contributed to the continuing growth of our community. Read on for a small sample of the individuals whose leadership and sacrifice have shaped our community.

Read all about it on VeloCityOKC!

aviation, employment, Oklahoma City history, Tinker
Posted by: David McCollum
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2019 Fourth of July parades

Parade

There’s nothing that says “Americana” quite like a parade, and we have several really good ones that celebrate America’s birthday in the heart of the four-oh-five. Check out these great Oklahoma (and American) traditions;

This year marks the 61st anniversary of Bethany's Freedom Festival. The event includes a parade, carnival rides, and fireworks. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on July 4. It features one of the state's largest fireworks displays, which begins at approximately 9:55 p.m. The Bethany Freedom Festival takes place at Eldon Lyon Park in Bethany. The park is located just south of NW 39th Expressway between Council and Rockwell. Parking is available on the south end of the park off NW 36th. Admission is free, but there's a charge for ride tickets and games. Wristbands are available for multiple carnival rides. There's also a parade, pony rides, classic car show, inflatables, and live music.

Previously selected by CNN and USA TODAY as one of the top 10 places to be in America on July Fourth, Edmond's LibertyFest is a weeklong celebration of the nation's birth. With the state's largest hometown parade, one of the largest fireworks displays in the area, and more than 125,000 visitors, it's an event not to be missed.

The LibertyFest Parade is a “Moving Show” dedicated to the celebration of the Birthday of this great country and the Heritage of this fine state. Parade entries are fun, entertaining, patriotic, family oriented and crowd pleasing.

The parade is scheduled for July 4th at 9am. Every year on the day of the parade there is no parking on Broadway from 2nd street to Ayers.

https://www.libertyfest.org/parade/

When it’s July 4th, there’s no better place to be than Yukon! The city’s fantastic Freedom Fest celebration draws thousands of people each year to a festival of fun and food, topped off with two spectacular fireworks shows that rival any in the state. Admission is FREE!

Freedom Fest actually starts the evening of Tuesday, July 3, with a tribute to veterans and continues all day on Wednesday, July 4. The annual celebration is held at Yukon City Park, 2200 S. Holly, and Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W. Vandament. Both parks interconnect, creating a 100-acre fun zone. Giant fireworks shows start at 10 p.m. on July 3 and 4, so bring your family, lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy!

It’s easy to find Freedom Fest! Simply take I-40 West exit 137, turn left on NW 10th Street, and right onto Holly.

Four FREE live outdoor concerts are on the Freedom Fest agenda, including the outstanding Oklahoma City Philharmonic at 8:30 p.m. on July 4. A children’s parade and other fun activities for kids, a car show, a hot dog eating contest, along with free watermelon and ice cream are just some of the fun planned!

http://www.yukonok.gov/freedom-fest/

Kingfisher Independence Celebration

An all-day Independence celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a parade; activities continue at the Kingfisher Park; free concert with hometown girl, Emily Faith, at 7:30; fireworks display at dark!

http://www.kingfisher.org/events/

family-friendly, festivals, holiday, parade
Posted by: David McCollum
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The Bricktown Canal and its 20th year: a symbol of OKCís renaissance

OKC Bricktown Canal Grand Opening

This story original ran on VeloCityOKC.com.

The Bricktown canal is having a birthday party, and you’re invited! In fact, the entirety of OKC is invited! After all, what would Bricktown be like without its iconic canal? Difficult as that may be to imagine, that was the far-less-scenic reality up until only 20 years ago.

So how did we get the canal in the first place? In 1993, the first MAPS passed, and with it, the means to create the now iconic waterway that opened in 1999. Today, it’s an integral part of downtown OKC both for locals and visitors—which is why OKC is celebrating its 20th anniversary Saturday, June 29. But before you party like it’s 1999, let’s first paint a picture of 1999:

The products of the first MAPS campaign are finally starting to take shape—in fact, the Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark (the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in 2019) just opened up not that long ago. But the canal, at this point, is definitely the most highly anticipated project. Only days before its opening, “thousands of people [were] breaking down fences to get an early glimpse of the Bricktown canal, it’s obvious the city is ready for the waterway’s opening,” reports The Oklahoman.

Read the rest of the story on VeloCityOKC.com.

Bricktown, MAPS, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Kennedy Parker
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Things to Do & See: June 25 - July 1, 2019

Shakespeare in the Park

Tuesday, June 25
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Twenty One Pilots; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Wheeler Crit; 5 p.m.; Wheeler Ferris Wheel; This event is free.
Yoga Tuesdays in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Singin’ in the Rain; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 26
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Singin’ in the Rain; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.
Nelly; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
SONIC Summer Movies: A League of Their Own; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 27
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Date Nights at OKC Zoo; 6 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens; Starting at $20.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Singin’ in the Rain; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory - Water Stage; Adults: $20, Seniors: $18, Students: $15, Children 12 and under: $10
Saints Sessions featuring Brian Dailey; 8 p.m.; Saint’s Pub; $10.

Friday, June 28
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Jack Ingram; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory - Water Stage; Adults: $20, Seniors: $18, Students: $15, Children 12 and under: $10.
Singin’ in the Rain; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 29
Bricktown Canal 20th Anniversary Celebration; All day; Bricktown Canal; This event is free.
Stars & Stripes River Festival; All day; RIVERSPORT Adventures; This event is free.
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Singin’ in the Rain; 2 & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory - Water Stage; Adults: $20, Seniors: $18, Students: $15, Children 12 and under: $10.
Theo Von; 9:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, June 30
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Singin’ in the Rain; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.
Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Monday, July 1
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
X; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Up, up and away!

WRWA terminal expansion

It’s no secret that Oklahoma City’s central location is one of the many advantages of living here, especially during vacation season. Being equidistant from both costs makes traveling easy, and a key connector between OKC and the rest of the world is Will Rogers World Airport (WRWA).

WRWA accommodates four million travelers each year and serves 28 nonstop airports with an average of 74 daily departures. Most recently, American Airlines announced that it will begin new nonstop service to Miami beginning December 2019. Recently, the airport broke ground on an $89 million renovation project, meaning that WRWA will only improve in the coming years. The renovation will add four new airline gates, a consolidated security checkpoint and a greeting lounge space. The airport expansion project will also include a massive art project by local artist Matt Goad. Learn more about updates at the airport at VeloCityOKC.com.

aviation, Visit OKC
Posted by: Kaylee Terracina
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The aerospace industry is soaring in OKC

B-52 Tinker

As one of the state’s biggest employment generators, Oklahoma City and the aviation and aerospace defense industry go hand in hand. The biggest names in aerospace have operations in Oklahoma City including Boeing Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed Martin Aircraft, Northrop Grumman, General Electric Aviation and AAR Aircraft Services. Much of their work is anchored by Tinker Air Force Base, the largest single-site employer in the state contributing more than $3 billion to the local economy annually.

Tinker’s more than 26,000 military and civilian employees are a key part of the U.S. military’s depot maintenance, supply chain management and installation support. Tinker has provided depot-level maintenance on the KC-135 tanker for more than 60 years and will add the maintenance of the KC-46A Pegasus and the B-21 Raider to its workload as the Air Force transitions to its next generation of aircraft.

Oklahoma City also added aircraft production to its aerospace industry portfolio with the presence of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a company that produces high-performance, low-cost jet drones that support the U.S. military and foreign ally military customers/users. The first MQM-178 Firejet target drone aircraft rolled off the production line in OKC a few months ago, and the company also announced that the production facility will be the future home of the XQ-58A Valkyrie.

All of these factors combine to create a massive impact on Oklahoma City’s economy: More than 230 aerospace firms now located in our region, the industry workforce has grown to more than 36,600 in Greater Oklahoma City, and aerospace firms now produce $4.9 billion in goods and services locally.

aerospace, aviation, employment, jobs, Tinker
Posted by: Kaylee Terracina
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Oklahoma Cityís impact on aviation

Jerrie Cobb NASA Testing 1960

Oklahoma City’s impact on aviation is nothing new – in fact, the industry is embedded in our DNA. Less than 20 years after Oklahoma City was settled during the Land Run of 1889, pioneering individuals were pushing the boundaries of aviation and bringing what was then a new form of transportation to the Sooner State. This includes Wiley Post, Oklahoma’s most famous aviator, who was the first pilot to fly solo around the world.

In 1913, the Post family visited a county fair in Lawton, Okla., where Post saw his first aircraft in flight. This inspiration caused Wiley to immediately enroll in the Sweeney Automobile and Aviation School in Kansas City and upon graduating he returned to Oklahoma to work. His aviation career began in 1924, when he worked as a parachutist for a flying circus at the age of 26. After working as a private pilot for wealthy Oklahoma oilmen for a few years, Post bought a high-wing, single-engine Lockheed Vega nicknamed “Winnie Mae” in 1930. Post was at the controls of this aircraft when he won the National Air Race Derby from Los Angeles to Chicago on Aug. 27, 1930. This garnered him national attention and Post completed his first solo flight around the world in 1931.

During his career, Post also helped develop the first practical pressurized suit, which he used in an unpressurized cabin at heights reaching 50,000 feet. Because of the heights he reached, literally, Post is often credited with discovering the existence of jet streams.

While Wiley Post may be our most famous aviator, he’s certainly not the only Oklahoman to make their mark on aviation. Read on for a few of our favorites:

  • Charles F. Willard, the nation’s first barnstorming pilot and the fourth American to pilot an airplane, is credited with Oklahoma’s first airplane flight in Oklahoma City in 1910.
  • Enid native Clyde Cessna left his automobile dealership behind to pursue flying in 1911. He later opened an aircraft factory in Kansas, which produces planes to this day.
  • Paul Braniff and his brother, Tom, founded Braniff Airlines in 1928, where their initial route flew passengers back and forth from Oklahoma City to Tulsa. The company was headquartered in downtown Oklahoma City until 1945.
  • Eula “Pearl” Carter Scott of Marlow became the youngest pilot in the United States in September 1929 when she took her first solo flight at the age of 13.
  • Oklahoma City native Thomas Cox Allen and J. Herman Banning from El Reno made history by becoming the first AfricanAmerican pilots to fly coast-tocoast in 1932.
  • Jerrie Cobb from Ponca City became the nation’s first female astronaut in 1959, when she was accepted into the Mercury astronaut program. Although she passed all the tests to participate in the mission, NASA decided against sending a woman to space. Instead, Cobb used her aviation skills to provide humanitarian aid in the Amazonian rain forest, for which she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Astronaut Shannon Lucid, a graduate of Bethany High School, is the only American woman to have served aboard the Mir space station. At the time, her prolonged mission aboard the Mir in 1996 earned her the record for the longest duration stay in space by an American.
aerospace, aviation, history
Posted by: Kaylee Terracina
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See aviation history for yourself

Ninety-Nines Museum of Women Pilots logo

You know now how important aviation is in Oklahoma City in both the past and present, so why not experience more for yourself? There’s no better place to do that than the 99s Museum of Women Pilots. Named for the international organization of women pilots founded in 1929, the museum has more than 5,000 square feet of artifacts that preserve the history of women in aviation.

The museum houses a large collection of artifacts that belonged to the one of the most recognizable female pilots: Amelia Earhart. Earhart was the first elected president of the organization, and the museum houses her original pilot’s license alongside other personal effects. Other exhibits include a feature on female military pilots from WWII to today and items belonging to Oklahoma astronaut Jerrie Cobb.

aviation, museums
Posted by: Kaylee Terracina
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Things to Do & See: June 18 - June 24, 2019

OKC Dodgers

Tuesday, June 18
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5 p.m.; Wheeler Ferris Wheel; This event is free.
Yoga Tuesdays in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers
Son Volt; 6:30 p.m.; Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 19
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
SONIC Summer Movies: Trolls; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 20
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Date Nights at OKC Zoo; 6 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens; Starting at $20.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory - Water Stage; Adults: $20, Seniors: $18, Students: $15, Children 12 and under: $10
Dio Returns; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Saints Sessions featuring Brian Dailey; 8 p.m.; Saint’s Pub; $10

Friday, June 21
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Summer Music Series; 7 p.m.; Wheeler Ferris Wheel; This event is free.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory - Water Stage; Adults: $20, Seniors: $18, Students: $15, Children 12 and under: $10.
Weird Al Yankovic; 8 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 22
2019 OKC Pride Parade; All day; 30th Street District; This event is free.
Americana Fest Music Festival; All Day; American Banjo Museum; $10 for adults and kids under 15 are free.
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cody Johnson & Friends; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Phoenix Rising FC vs. Energy FC; 8 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory - Water Stage; Adults: $20, Seniors: $18, Students: $15, Children 12 and under: $10.

Sunday, June 23
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
NXT Live; 5 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Monday, June 24
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Home, sweet home in OKC

Keys to house

Did you know that OKC is considered one of the best cities for first-time homebuyers? We could go on and on about the myriad of reasons why we think you should buy a house in OKC, but that’s not what this blog post is about. This post is about those of you that have already decided that you want to be here, and now you’re not so concerned about why you should get a house in OKC, but rather where you should get a house in OKC. Luckily, we have plenty of resources for you. So where’s the best place to start? Take a look at our Find a Home Builder and Moving Resources pages!

cost of living, housing
Posted by: Kennedy Parker
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Living history

Historic neighborhood

We talk a lot about Oklahoma City’s history here at Better Life HQ, so it should come as no surprise that Oklahoma City’s housing has plenty of historic charm. Tree-lined streets, peaceful front-porches and beautiful architecture all abound within close proximity to downtown and to several of Oklahoma City’s most popular districts. No matter your price point, Oklahoma City has a historic district for you. Read on for a small sample of neighborhoods where you can live in the past:

Crown Heights
Crown Heights is an attractive Historic Preservation District consisting of homes dating from the ‘30s. Today, the mix of Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, Mission-Spanish, Monterey, French Eclectic, Minimal Traditional and Art Deco styles combine with characteristic landscaping and a trendy location (bordering Western Avenue shopping and dining, near Asian District, midtown, downtown) to create one of Oklahoma City's premier historic neighborhoods.

Edgemere Park
One of the first “planned unit developments” west of the Mississippi, Edgemere Park was developed starting in 1926 and consists of Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival and Spanish Eclectic-style homes surrounding a park and creek bed.

Mesta Park/Heritage Hills
With development starting just after the turn of the century, these neighborhoods feature a wealth of local history and intrigue, with the Overholser Mansion (Heritage Hills), one of the finest house museums in the world, and home of the legendary Perle Mesta (Mesta Park) joining the former Georgian "Oil Mansions," Prairie School / Foursquare, and Craftsman-style homes typical of the area.

Jefferson Park
The bungalow neighborhood of Jefferson Park is located two miles north of downtown and a mile west of the State Capitol. Neighbored by some of Oklahoma City’s other historic neighborhoods, Jefferson Park is filled with smaller bungalows that are big on historic charm.

Historic Capitol Hill
Historic Capitol Hill is located just south of downtown Oklahoma City and was once slated to be the location of the capitol of Oklahoma – thus giving it the source of its name. Years ago, the district was a thriving commercial area and since the creation of Capitol Hill Main Street in 1997, it has experienced a rebirth.

Read more about OKC’s historic neighborhoods.

historic neighborhoods, housing
Posted by: Kaylee Terracina
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In the heart of OKC

Downtown Housing

Downtown is where it’s at! Entertainment, arts, fashionable hangouts and happenin’ hipness are at your fingertips - along with OKC’s trademark ease of living. We’re always talking about how fast OKC is growing, and that’s especially true for its bustling downtown area. Plus, the newly installed street cars have made navigating this area even more of a breeze.

Downtown / Bricktown / Deep Deuce
A true renaissance in motion, downtown Oklahoma City is indeed a living symbol of the “new urbanism.” Attractive to the young, the old and families in between, downtown offers plenty of choices and value for those looking for a true urban experience without much of the traditional hassle. New condos and apartments abound, as do newly-renovated rental units and fresh loft spaces. Whether you're looking to rent or to buy, downtown offers something for everyone in a hip, sophisticated upscale urban setting.

Midtown
One of the newest areas on the scene, Midtown is truly making a splash as a revitalization effort has taken hold and created multiple success stories. Full of fantastic housing options – from revitalized historic buildings to new developments – plus local restaurants and bars, Midtown is a great place to discover what’s new and hip on the OKC scene.

You can learn more about OKC’s downtown neighborhoods here.

downtown, housing
Posted by: Kennedy Parker
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Superb living in the suburbs

suburban home

One of the great things about living in Oklahoma City is the fact that living in the “suburbs” doesn’t necessarily mean living out of the city. The city’s large land area lends itself to all the best aspects of suburbia, while our low commute times and excellent traffic grid management make getting where you need to go easy. OKC makes it possible to get that suburban feel without being far from the action. You can learn more about OKC’s suburban neighborhoods here.

Nichols Hills / Village / Lakeshore
Situated in the northwest quadrant of Oklahoma City near scenic Lake Hefner, the enduring popularity of these neighborhoods surprises no one. A variety of residences can be found, ranging from 30s-platted mansions to 50s-built ranch-style to 70s-developed subdivisions with larger footage. Close to shopping and recreation and sporting easy interstate access, this area is an enclave for those desiring suburban living without the commute.

NW OKC / Edmond
Recent construction and an upscale feel abound in this area, with typically larger square footage and well-manicured landscaping the norm. Some communities are gated and all offer outstanding neighborhood / community involvement. Good highway / turnpike access comes standard, as does excellent public schools!

South Metro / Moore / Norman
South Oklahoma City boasts more room, more new subdivisions, more new retail, more diversity, more value, and more excitement than ever before. Similar to its counterparts in the northwest, newer construction and larger floorplans come standard, as do excellent public schools and interstate access.

Warr Acres/Bethany
Situated west of Oklahoma City, these two suburbs saw growth after World War II as they developed into bedroom communities for Oklahoma City. Near Lake Overholser to the south and west and Lake Hefner to the north and east means that these two suburbs have quick access to the great outdoors.

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Plenty of room to roam

Pastoral Housing

Living on the outskirts of Oklahoma City has never been more attractive. You’ll have all the peace that pastoral living provides, with much shorter commute times than you expect and still the same access to amenities. If you want a change of pace but at lower commute times than you might expect, then check out one of these areas with wide open spaces.

Surrey Hills/Piedmont/Deer Creek
These communities located in far northwest Oklahoma City offer bigger lots and a definite change of pace. Subdivisions include Surrey Hills, Antler Ridge, Anderson Acres and more.

West Bethany/Mustang/Yukon
Large, unplatted residences on lots of land near traditional subdivisions offer all the traditional amenities alongside sought-after public schools. Easy highway access gives you a great way to live the lifestyle you want in the west Oklahoma City metro area. Subdivisions include Brownsville, Westport, Kingsridge, Magnolia Trace, Savannah Lakes, Walnut Manor, Hunters Glen, Canyon Lakes and more.

Midwest City/ Choctaw/ Jones/Nicoma Park/ Lake Aluma 
The combination of small-town goodness and the close comforts of a metropolitan area can’t be beat! Near Tinker AFB and great outdoors activities, eastern Oklahoma county has lots with lots of room, and lots to offer. Subdivisions include Asheville, Frolich Meadows, Riverwind Estates, Burtondale, Hickory Forest, The Timbers, Mill Creek Pond, Edgewater, and more.

You can learn more about OKC’s pastoral neighborhoods here.

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Things to Do & See: June 11 - June 17, 2019

Prix de West

Tuesday, June 11
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5 p.m.; Wheeler Ferris Wheel; This event is free.
Yoga Tuesdays in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers
Chisholm Creek Rooftop Hop; 6 p.m.; Chisholm Creek; This event is free.
A Day to Remember; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 12
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Thursday, June 13
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Date Nights at OKC Zoo; 6 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens; Starting at $20.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory - Water Stage; Adults: $20, Seniors: $18, Students: $15, Children 12 and under: $10
Thundercat; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Saints Sessions featuring Brian Dailey; 8 p.m.; Saint’s Pub; $10

Friday, June 14
2019 Bricktown Blues Festival; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory - Water Stage; Adults: $20, Seniors: $18, Students: $15, Children 12 and under: $10.
My So Called Band; 10 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 15
2019 Bricktown Blues Festival; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Asian District Night Market Festival; 6 p.m.; Military Park; This event is free.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory - Water Stage; Adults: $20, Seniors: $18, Students: $15, Children 12 and under: $10.
San Antonio FC vs. Energy FC; 8 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Gary Gulman; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, June 16
2019 Bricktown Blues Festival; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
Eddie Izzard; 8 p.m.; Hudiburg Chevrolet Center; Ticket prices vary.
Josh Ritter; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, June 17
2019 Bricktown Blues Festival; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
47th Annual Prix de West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; Free.
Apollo 11: For All Mankind; All day; Science Museum Oklahoma; Free with regular museum admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

deadCenter Film Festival starts this week

deadCenter Film Festival

Nothing symbolizes the arrival of summer in OKC quite like the opening of the deadCenter film festival. The festival, named one of the 20 coolest film festivals in the world according to MovieMaker Magazine, is Oklahoma’s largest and hosted 33,000 attendees last year, making an economic impact of $5.3 million on OKC. The schedule starts June 6 and you can get more info on the films, parties and other cool stuff associated with what’s going on with the festival here. Now that you know about the festival and want to attend, find out about pass options and some of the special screenings that have been announced over on deadcenterfilm.org.

One cool thing TBL staff like to do is attend the free outdoor screenings at the Myriad Gardens Great Lawn. This year, the festival will be screening Growing Up George, an animated short about OKC Thunder All-Star Paul George on Saturday, June 8 at 9 p.m.

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Posted by: Nate Fisher
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Itís an adventure in June in OKC

Adventure District

The OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau’s monthly video this month is all about the goings-on at the Adventure District, which is apropos due the fact that so much action is occurring there in June. If you’re new to OKC, you may not be aware of all the cool ways there are to experience unique-to-OKC offerings and more in the Adventure District. Check out the video below for more!

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Mark your calendars now for Asian District Night Market Festival

Asian District Festival

OKC’s Asian District, roughly centered around NW 23rd Street and Classen Blvd., is known as a great place to find Vietnamese food of all kinds, but you can also find Tokyo-style sushi, Taiwanese bubble tea, Hong-Kong style dim sum and more there. Last year, the first Asian District Night Market busted all attendance expectations and, as TBL staff can attest, had lots to offer from food to merchandise to community camaraderie and more. This year, the festival is set for June 15 at 6 p.m. until midnight at Military Park, 2520 N. Classen. In addition to food, there will be inflatables, live entertainment, Lion Dancing and more. Get more info here. We will see you there!

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Posted by: Nate Fisher
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Get caught up on Red Earth Festival history before attending

Red Earth Festival

Where did the Red Earth Festival, OKC’s unique celebration of all things Native American, originate? There’s a great article over on VeloCityOKC on the beginnings of the festival, which today includes a parade, art market, pow wow and more. The fun starts June 7 and runs through the June 9 in downtown OKC– check out redearth.org for more information!

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Things to Do & See: June 4 - June 10, 2019

Shakespeare in the Park

Tuesday, June 4
2019 NCAA Women’s College World Series; Schedule TBD; National Softball hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
“Seeing Now”; All day; 21c Museum Hotel; This event is free.
Wheeler Crit; 5 p.m.; Wheeler Ferris Wheel; This event is free.
Yoga Tuesdays in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers
Chisholm Creek Rooftop Hop; 6 p.m.; Chisholm Creek; This event is free.
Luis Miguel – Tour 2019; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 5
2019 NCAA Women’s College World Series; Schedule TBD; National Softball hall of Fame and Museum; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
“Seeing Now”; All day; 21c Museum Hotel; This event is free.
OKC Dodgers vs. Sacramento River Cats; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 6
2019 deadCenter Film Festival; All day; Locations throughout downtown OKC; $12
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
“Seeing Now”; All day; 21c Museum Hotel; This event is free.
Date Nights at OKC Zoo; 6 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens; Starting at $20.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory - Water Stage; Adults: $20, Seniors: $18, Students: $15, Children 12 and under: $10
Saints Sessions featuring Brian Dailey; 8 p.m.; Saint’s Pub; $10.

Friday, June 7
2019 deadCenter Film Festival; All day; Locations throughout downtown OKC; $12
2019 Red Earth Festival; All day; Cox Convention Center; $15
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition Opening Weekend; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with museum admission.
“Seeing Now”; All day; 21c Museum Hotel; This event is free.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; This event is free.
OKC Dodgers vs. Fresno Grizzlies; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Tickets starting at $10.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory - Water Stage; Adults: $20, Seniors: $18, Students: $15, Children 12 and under: $10.

Saturday, June 8
2019 deadCenter Film Festival; All day; Locations throughout downtown OKC; $12
2019 Red Earth Festival; all day; Cox Convention Center; $15
2019 USA Softball All-American Games; All day; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition Opening Weekend; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with museum admission.
“Seeing Now”; All day; 21c Museum Hotel; This event is free.
Wines of the West 2019; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Stockyards City; Starting at $20.
OKC Dodgers vs. Fresno Grizzlies; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Tickets starting at $10.

Sunday, June 9
2019 deadCenter Film Festival; All day; Locations throughout downtown OKC; $12
2019 Red Earth Festival; all day; Cox Convention Center; $15
2019 USA Softball All-American Games; All day; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
“Seeing Now”; All day; 21c Museum Hotel; This event is free.
Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Monday, June 10
2019 USA Softball All-American Games; All day; USA Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; Prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
“Seeing Now”; All day; 21c Museum Hotel; This event is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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