Oklahoma is becoming a place where people are no longer asking, “What is there to do?” and are now asking, “What shall we do?” To help decide what to do, Uncovering Oklahoma’s curated calendar of events features the best of the best unique events happening throughout Oklahoma. Whenever you’re looking for something interesting to do on the weekend or your day off, come here and find out what’s happening. Be sure to follow on Facebook or Twitter as events will often be shared there too!
Special Event Guides:
– Valentine’s Day
– Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday Events
– St. Patrick’s Day
– Earth Day
– Cinco de Mayo
– Mother’s Day
– Father’s Day
– July 4th
– Oklahoma Oktoberfests
– Halloween and Haunted Houses
– Christmas Lights, Holiday Plays, and Winter Festivities Guide
– New Year’s Eve Celebration Guide
To submit your event for consideration, click here.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Third Thursdays program features live music, a special menu at the Museum Cafe, full bar on the Roof Terrace, and access to the Museum’s galleries. Admission is just $5; food and libations are available at an additional cost. This year, the Museum’s Roof Terrace will be open to the public only during Third Thursday events.
“Throughout the year, Third Thursday will be a fantastic way to visit the Museum and channel your ‘inner Michelangelo’ while enjoying great food and drinks in a unique atmosphere.”“The Museum has always been busy on Thursday evenings,” said E. Michael Whittington, President and CEO. “We are thrilled to offer even more reasons to visit with our new Third Thursday series presented by Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores. Throughout the year, Third Thursday will be a fantastic way to visit the Museum and channel your ‘inner Michelangelo’ while enjoying great food and drinks in a unique atmosphere. We are grateful to Love’s for their partnership in this innovative new Museum program.”
“We are excited to support a full year of Third Thursdays,” added Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications at Love’s. “The recent growth and development of our downtown area has been significant and Third Thursdays will continue to build on this momentum. We believe the arts are a vital part of a vibrant downtown and are committed to increasing access for everyone in our community.”
The Museum will continue extended hours and $5 admission every Thursday, but special programming and the opening of the Roof Terrace will occur only on the third Thursday of the month.
Admission to the Museum on Thursday evenings is $5, and no other discounts apply. Admission for Museum members is always free. More information about Third Thursdays, including how to purchase tickets, can be found on the Museum’s website, okcmoa.com.
Brewing beer, the fun of fungi, and the surprising importance of decomposition are taking over SMO 21 on Friday, August 17, 2018!
– Sample and learn about the science behind fermented beverages and foods from COOP Ale Works, Big Oak Kombucha and Scissortail Provisions.
– Get a hands-on look at different mushrooms with Earthwise Mycology.
– Taste and learn about cheeses with Oklahoma’s only American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professionals, Heather McDown and Kehau Monteiro of Whole Foods Market.
– Try some take-home science – from swabbing your cell phone to see what’s growing on the gadget to soil collection kits from the University of Oklahoma’s Natural Products Discovery Group Citizen Science Soil Collection Program (while supplies last!)
– See the process of brewing beer up close with long-time homebrewers and demystify the beer- and spirit-making process with hands-on experiences from The Brew Shop.
– Play a larger-than-life video game featuring some familiar mushrooms.
– Learn how goat waste can be used as fuel thanks to decomposition.
– Experience “Decomposition: Discovering the Beauty and Magnificence of Fungi” in SMO’s smART Space galleries.
– Plus, explore the full museum — all with no kids allowed!
At 8:30 p.m., sit down for a panel discussion about fungi and decomposition in modern and pop culture with Blake Jarolim, head brewer for COOP Ale Works; Ryan Baker, features programmer for deadCenter Film Festival; OU Regents’ Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Robert Cichewicz, Ph.D., principal investigator for OU’s Natural Products Discovery Group; and Timothy Dwyer, medicolegal death investigator for the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
All guests must be age 21 or older — a valid ID is required to enter.
Tickets for SMO 21 are $21 in advance, $25 on the day of the event and are available online, over the phone and in person during regular museum hours. Tickets include all activities and access to the entire museum. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as admission is limited.
Those purchasing tickets at the door should check SMO’s website for updates regarding ticket availability and arrive no later than 7:30 p.m. There will be no ticket sales after 7:30 p.m.
For more information about SMO 21 or to purchase tickets, visit www.sciencemuseumok.org/smo21 or call 405-602-3760.
Individual Artists of Oklahoma eases into their steamy Biting the Apple weekend Friday night with the art opening and erotic poetry readings. On Saturday, come dressed in your best beachwear! There will be a costume contest with CASH PRIZES, performances from Teaze Dance and Fitness and Oklahoma Showgirls, music from DJ Ostara, plus drink specials and more!
An important part of IAO’s mission, the Biting the Apple fundraiser supports IAO’s programming and supports individual artists of all disciplines through a provocative event and entertaining party. The event will be held over two nights, at IAO Gallery, 706 West Sheridan on Film Row in downtown Oklahoma City.
Ticket sales launch on Monday, July 23. $25 in advance, $30 at the door – this covers both nights.
The annual Cat Video Festival, sponsored by Midtown Vets, is back at the Meowyriad Gardens by popular request. This will be the 5th year the Gardens has presented this event, which tours nationally to several US venues. The raucous, 75-minute romp festival is taken from the best cat videos of the year along with some classics and unique submissions. It will take place on Caturday, August 18 on the Devon Lawn and Band Shell, starting at 7 p.m. with pre-event activities, film at 9 p.m.
Put on your whiskers and cat ears and enjoy pre-screening festivities complete with food trucks, drinks and more.
Activities include cat ear headband craft for a $2 suggested donation; Pop-in Painting in the Gardens from Wine and Palette ranging for $5 and $10; and face painting. Enjoy food vendors Yum Yum Bites, Cookin It Up, Kona Ice, dOugh MG, Double Shot Bar Services and Pitchfork in the Park. Visit booths by Central Humane Society, Earthwise Pets, A-1 Pet Emporium, Yarn and Whiskers and more to be announced.
The third annual AMP Festival returns to a new location in Film Row on Saturday, August 25, 2018. AMP (Art, Music, Power) Festival is an outdoor festival celebrating Art & Music created by women and girls. The all-day event will host all-female bands, female-fronted bands and solo performers, movie screenings, as well as a variety of artists/artisans.
The AMP Festival is an all ages event and is free to the public. Sponsorships will help produce the festival and a portion of the proceeds will go to OKC Rock N Roll Camp For Girls and Oklahoma City Girls Art School.
The concept behind the Annual Norman PorchFest is a neighborhood music festival where musicians perform on people’s porches. The festival is an entirely free community event hosted and performed by volunteers. They encourage guests to tip the musicians that are sharing their talents. Also, please be good citizens by picking up your trash and respecting your neighbors.
This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, August 25th, 2018, from 6 pm to 9 pm.
PorchFest is an entirely free community event hosted and performed by volunteers. It’s encouraged that you to tip the musicians that are sharing their talents. Also, please be good citizens by picking up your trash and respecting your neighbors. They also encourage anyone who is able to walk or bike to the event. If you must drive, please drive extra slow and cautiously as there will be children playing here.
Deep Deuce Sessions is a music-art walk highlighting some of Oklahoma City’s best music artists on stages across the neighborhood the final Saturday of each month.
Walk, dine, drink, and listen your way across venues along 2nd and 3rd streets in the Deep Deuce District to experience hip-hop, singer-songwriter, and pop artists showcased throughout the evening. All doors are open for free to the listening public.
For more information, visit DeepDeuceSessions.com.
The Summer Breeze Concert Series is a free concert series hosted by The Depot and held in Lions Park at Flood and Symmes. These family-friendly concerts, all beginning at 7:30 pm, have long been a favorite summer music feature in Norman. Bring seating, your favorite refreshments, and enjoy an easy, breezy evening in the park with friends and family, listening to a wonderful variety of wonderful musical groups from across Oklahoma, the US and Canada!
Tulsa Symphony unveils its 2018-19 season, continuing its mission of providing diverse, entertaining, and inspiring programming to the Tulsa community and beyond. The season includes classical concerts, chamber music concerts, and more movie-music concerts. Finally, the season ends with Hanson String Theory, in which the home-grown pop rock band Hanson will perform its hit music in an entirely new way — accompanied by a full orchestra!
The season begins on Friday, September 7, 2018, with a Tulsa tradition that’s fun for the whole family: Symphony in the Park at Guthrie Green. This free concert, now in its sixth year, features a mix of pops and light classics conducted by Ron Spigelman. The evening ends with a fireworks finale in downtown Tulsa!
Tulsa Symphony’s Classics Series includes five dynamic concerts showcasing several prominent conductors on the Tulsa Symphony podium. It includes music by ten different composers: Bernstein, Dvorak, Britten, Mozart, Gandolfi, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Strauss, Piazzolla, and Rachmaninoff. The series opens with the annual Opening Night Gala Concert on Saturday, October 6, 2018, featuring world-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell. Heralded as “the dean of American cellists” by the Washington Post, Harrell will perform the cello concerto by Antonin Dvorak.
Other highlights of the 2018-2019 Classics Series include Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, conducted by James Bagwell and performed with Tulsa Oratorio Chorus; Principal Guest Conductor Daniel Hege leading the orchestra in a concert featuring Mozart’s The Magic Flute and selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet; and guest conductor Gerhardt Zimmerman will join Tulsa Symphony to present Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, a musical testament to Soviet citizens who died in World War II.
Tulsa Symphony continues its popular Chamber Music Series, Fridays in the Loft, with four warm and welcoming evenings in the Fly Loft building, housed in heart of the Tulsa Arts District. Audiences can enjoy question-and-answer sessions with musicians, wine and hors-d’oeuvres, and innovative chamber music programming in an intimate setting.
Movie music lovers, rejoice! The wonderful world of Hogwarts returns to the big screen with Tulsa Symphony musicians onstage. Experience the magic of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ with a live orchestra for two shows in mid-November. Then, get into the holiday season with family favorite Home Alone, featuring music by renowned composer John Williams. Hilarious and heartwarming, Home Alone is sure to please everyone in the family!
Capping the Tulsa Symphony 2018-2019 season are brothers Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson of the pop rock band Hanson, who will perform onstage in their hometown with Tulsa Symphony in mid-May 2019. Music fans of all ages will love Hanson String Theory, a fun, high-energy special performance featuring their catchy hit music.
Those interested in renewing their Tulsa Symphony season subscriptions can do so beginning April 2 by visiting tulsasymphony.org or calling (918) 584-3645. New subscribers can purchase their tickets for the season starting April 30. Subscribers may choose a full package to attend every Tulsa Symphony concert, or may decide to mix-and-match to create their own season using the FLEX package. Tickets for single concerts will be available for purchase in July.
Tulsa Symphony 2018-19 Season:
Symphony in the Park
Friday, September 7, 2018 | Guthrie Green
Fridays in the Loft Chamber Music I
Friday, September 21, 2018 | Fly Loft
Classics I: Opening Night Gala Concert
with cellist Lynn Harrell
Saturday, October 6, 2018 | Tulsa PAC
Classics II: Britten’s War Requiem
Sunday, November 11, 2018 | Tulsa PAC
Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsTM
Saturday, November 17, 2018 & Sunday, November 18, 2018 | Tulsa PAC
Saturday, December 1, 2018 | Tulsa PAC
Classics III: Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet
Saturday, January 5, 2019 | Tulsa PAC
Fridays in the Loft Chamber Music II
Friday, January 18, 2019 | Fly Loft
Classics IV: Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony
Saturday, February 2, 2019 | Tulsa PAC
Fridays in the Loft Chamber Music III
Friday, March 15, 2019 | Fly Loft
Classics V: Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances
Saturday, April 13, 2019 | Tulsa PAC
Fridays in the Loft Chamber Music IV
Friday, April 26, 2019 | Fly Loft
Hanson String Theory
Friday, May 17, 2019 | Tulsa PAC
Artists at Work celebrates working artists and the spaces they’ve created for themselves to produce art, through interviews and images capturing their creative process. Articles about each artist will be released in an e-issue, launched by an exhibition September 7, 2018, at Little D Gallery in Paseo.
Our selected artists are:
Bryon Perdue Jr Art Page
Marissa Boz Raglin
Our photographer Alyssa Roper will be documenting the artists’ process and progress.
Follow @artistsatworkokc for updates and follow the journey as we visit artists in their studio!
Special thanks to sponsors Anthem Brewing Company, LLC, brought to you by Max Naifeh, and chef Henry Boudreaux
Artists at Work is organized by Liz Boudreaux and Mattie Barlow.