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
– 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.
In honor of Hip Hop Month in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Contemporary is pleased to announce Not For Sale: Graffiti Culture in Oklahoma. The exhibition, showcasing graffiti created by some of the state’s most talented artists, will run Oct. 5 to Nov. 30.
Not For Sale will feature 10 artists who have been an integral part of the Oklahoma graffiti scene. Artists will paint directly on the walls of the gallery, transforming Oklahoma Contemporary into a vivid and exciting display of styles. These artists are part of a culture that promotes creative expression to individuals who have not always had access to the art world.
“This is a chance for people who aren’t familiar with graffiti to see it in all forms. It’s a chance for people to understand that graffiti has changed and saved lives. Artists do it to connect with and improve their communities.”“Graffiti is often referred to as a form of rebellion, but I want to change that perception with this exhibition,” said Angel Little, guest curator for Not For Sale. “This is a chance for people who aren’t familiar with graffiti to see it in all forms. It’s a chance for people to understand that graffiti has changed and saved lives. Artists do it to connect with and improve their communities. The artists in this show — from Oklahoma City and Tulsa — are the driving force behind the change and it’s inspiring to see them come together in a gallery environment and with this kind of influence to create something positive.”
The artwork in Not For Sale finds its roots in the graffiti movement that emerged in the early 1970s in Philadelphia. Graffiti art is mostly based on text – in particular, the writing of an assumed name that serves to promote the artist. Graffiti has flourished worldwide in large part because it operates outside of the art world’s elite institutions — it therefore is an art form open to anyone. The exhibition title, Not For Sale, makes reference to the fact that graffiti is primarily made for fame and not for money and can be seen by everyone, not just those with access to museums and galleries.
“In recent years, graffiti has become increasingly accepted by the art world as a legitimate, innovative art form requiring great skill,” said Jennifer Scanlan, exhibitions and curatorial director at Oklahoma Contemporary. “At Oklahoma Contemporary, we celebrate creativity in all forms. Not For Sale gives us the opportunity to showcase the artistic talent of graffiti writers here in our state. By putting the works in a gallery setting, we want visitors to really consider the ways in which these are similar to a painting that might be hung on the wall — the use of color, the composition and the ideas the artists are trying to convey.”
While graffiti’s often illegal placement on subways, trains and walls has added to its appeal as a form of rebellion, the artists in Not For Sale have used their skills in many legitimate fields, from mural commissions to graphic design to fine art that sells in galleries. Guest curators Chris SKER and Little have secured the talents of skilled and experienced graffiti artists with an Oklahoma connection. All of the artists are Oklahoma-born, with the majority currently living and working in the state.
Featured artists include SKER, JASPYR, CODAK Smith, SADAT, David HEK, SEAPO, GERM, ENTAKE, MANIK and RHAK.
“This is the place where my life’s journey began,” said muralist CODAK Smith. “As someone who was born in Oklahoma and is fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout the United States and overseas to showcase my art, it is a great honor to bring my work back home and contribute to the growing mural arts scene in Oklahoma.”
Oklahoma Contemporary has planned a series of programs for youth and adults that look at graffiti’s place as one of the “four elements of hip-hop” — including emceeing, breaking (formerly known as breakdancing) and DJing. Workshops and performances will allow everyone to celebrate November as Hip Hop Month in Oklahoma City, as designated by Mayor Mick Cornett in 2016. On Oct. 19, Oklahoma Contemporary will partner with the Ralph Ellison Foundation to present Soul of an Underground, an evening of performance, combining music, spoken-word poetry and movement.
On Nov. 4, Oklahoma Contemporary will host the ONEsoul Charity Event Hip-Hop Jam. This event features dance battles and open floor dancing, live graffiti competitions, musical performances, food trucks, indoor art projects and more. From noon to 7 p.m., the focus is on families, with workshops, kid showcases and performances. After 7 p.m., visitors over 21 can enjoy adult beverages as the mood changes to a more adult environment.
For more information, visit oklahomacontemporary.org.
The time has come to eat, sip and shimmy all in the name of beautification for Western Avenue.
October 19th, The Will Rogers Theatre will host Taste of Western from 6 – 9 pm. Twenty seventeen marks the 15th year of this Oklahoma City tradition of culinary exploration. As the Crystal Anniversary of this unique experience is upon us, we invite you to join some of OKC’s most beloved restaurants as they serve up delicious cuisine for your palate all night long, alongside the most popular beer & wine vendors our city has to offer.
With live jazz and raffle prizes from our amazing sponsors, Taste of Western’s 15th Anniversary will be a swanky soiree you won’t want to miss.
Tickets are $50 per person and will be available at tasteofwestern.com.
Enjoy wine, jazz, and delicious fare with the beautiful people of Oklahoma City!
The third annual Mix On Main event will be held on Friday, October 20th, 2017 on Main Street in Norman from 6pm-9pm with free admission hosted by The Main District. Mix On Main will be located on Main Street between 24th Avenue NW and Mercedes. This event features local businesses promoting the continued renaissance of one of Norman’s premiere corridors.
Mix On Main has great live music, food trucks, beer/wine gardens and outdoor family fun. There will be three areas of live music set up: The Terri Nevin Band, Truth Uncommon, Chris Tubbs, Abbigail Dawn, Mike Rae, and The Rewind Band. There will be temptations for your taste buds and plenty to see and do including Big Truck Tacos, The Saucee Sicilian, The Loaded Bowl, Midway Deli, Katiebugs, Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs, That Pie Truck, The Meating Place, Selfie Stars photo booth, interactive glow golf, henna tattoos, Inspyral Entertainment, Pioneer Library Mobile Maker and guests are invited inside a variety of boutiques and businesses for shopping.
Community is at the heart of this event, bringing people together and raising the profile of Norman. This event enables local businesses to begin conversations and partner with each other, it encourages individuals to step outside and meet their neighbors. Business owners, city leaders, residents, visitors, and families are all invited to gather. It’s the perfect time to mix and mingle with other Main District friends and fans.
In an effort to raise funds and build awareness of the Oklahoma City Girls Art School, and in memory of what was once described as the “Party of the Century,” Lonnie Green, Anita Crites-Milam, and Paula Love will host Oklahoma City’s first Black & White Party in Truman Capote fashion at 7:30 pm on October 20th at DC on Film Row in downtown Oklahoma City. The party will include live music by OKC’s favorite band The Wise Guys, a live auction, raffle and Capote’s signature midnight buffet with dishes of spaghetti, chicken hash, and signature drinks.
Ticket price includes wine and beer, wine pull, raffle, live auction, hors-d’oeuvres, and a midnight buffet in true Capote style.
The Oklahoma City Girls Art School is an after-school visual arts program for at-risk elementary and middle school girls attending school in the Oklahoma City school district. The mission of the Oklahoma City Girls Art School is to empower underserved girls to become successful in life through learning about the arts, artists and the arts community. The ultimate goal of the Oklahoma City Girls Art School is to inspire a love of the arts, an appreciation of creative discipline and process, enabling the girls to be confident, imaginative, tolerant, generous and cooperative, as well as becoming contributing participants in the global art community. Students are encouraged to continue with the program until they graduate from high school.
WANDERLUST Pop Up Shops is an outdoor market that includes exhibitors that are artists, hand-crafted artisans, boutiques, repurposed, vintage and unique local businesses. There will be no direct sales or multi-level marketing vendors at this event.
Best of all, admission is free.
To be a vendor, email tobi AT revolve-productions DOT com
Returning on Saturday, October 21 is the fourth Midtown Walkabout! From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Midtown merchants will be opening their doors and providing specials, discounts, and giveaways, in addition to live music, free face painting, and a free photobooth. Get to know this cozy community the old-fashioned way – a district walkabout. RSVP to the Facebook event to receive notifications about specials from Midtown businesses!
For more information, visit midtownokc.com.
Presented by Citizens Bank of Edmond, Heard on Hurd is a monthly, family-friendly street festival occurring every third Saturday from March through October. The event is from 6 pm to 10 pm at the corner of Broadway and Hurd in Downtown Edmond. They average about 30 food trucks and 30 pop-up shops every month, making it one of the biggest monthly food truck events in the area.
Freshman Programs Instructor Jeff Provine escorts curious guests to selected points of unexplained OU lore and legend, presenting his ongoing research into the mysterious side of the University of Oklahoma campus. This nighttime walking tour will add intrigue to existing knowledge of Oklahoma’s iconic institution of higher learning.
Optional donations go to scholarships.
This isn’t a “jump-and-scare” tour like a haunted house nor an investigation. All stories have been researched from interviews and public archives.
To go, sign up here and check out the complete schedule details.
Learn more about Jeff, his books, and the tours in this Tuesday Treat interview.
Tulsa-based artist Robert Taylor combines significant symbolism with traditional and contemporary Native American themes in his evocative paintings. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma opens a new exhibition of works by the artist spanning three decades with a public lecture and reception from 7 to 9 pm Thursday, October 5. The exhibition officially opens to museum visitors the following day at 10 am.
The opening events, as well as valet parking, are complimentary.
In addition to works on display inside the museum, multiple works are on display inside the OU Health Sciences Center’s Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library and several locations on the OU Norman campus.
Distinguished Visiting Artist: Robert Taylor is on display through December 30 in the museum’s Nancy Johnston Records Gallery. A hands-on space included in the exhibition allows children and families to further explore Taylor’s artwork through an art activity and gallery guide with prompts about symbolism in his works. A gallery talk presented by the artist is scheduled for 1 pm Friday, October 6. A Family Day event with an art activity for all ages is scheduled from 1 to 4 pm Sunday, October 22, and a community event celebrating Native American Heritage Month with food, dance and a collaborative art activity is scheduled from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, November 2.
Opening on the same evening in the adjacent Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Gallery is a small exhibition of works by contemporary videographer/photographer Janne Höltermann. Three series of works examine the human perspective and conception of space through architecture and airplane flight trajectories. The exhibition also is on display through December 30.
For an evening of glamour and excitement, the OKC Fashion Week 2017 will benefit the St Jude’s Research Hosptial on October 28th, 2017. The fashion preview will be held at the new urban style Main Street Arcade, located in Downtown OKC. Come and experience fashion at its best.