Calendar of Events / Things To Do In Oklahoma

Food Trucks on Film Row. Photo by Dennis Spielman

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

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Apr
24
Tue
Festival of the Arts @ Bicentennial Park
Apr 24 – Apr 29 all-day

Festival of the Arts 2016 - photo by Dennis Spielman
Oklahoma City’s rite of spring, The Festival of the Arts, is a community celebration of the visual arts, performing arts, and culinary arts. The 2018 Festival of the Arts will take place April 24-29 in Downtown Oklahoma City at the Bicentennial Park. The festival runs 11 am to 9 pm Tuesday through Saturday and 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday.

Not sure why you should go? Here are five reasons why.

1. It’s Free

Admission to the Festival of the Arts is free and always has been free. However, being located in Downtown Oklahoma City, you may have to pay for parking. Also, pets are not allowed.

Festival of the Arts 2016 - photo by Dennis Spielman

2. Over 100 Artists

Festival of the Arts is home to 144 artists to be precise and this was dwindled down from over 500 artists nation wide that had applied. Media includes oils, water, drawing and printmaking, photography, clay, glass, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, wood, leather, and two and three-dimensional works. Throughout the festival, the artists will be there personally to answers your questions and discuss their work.

3. Add Art for Home

All artwork is original and is for sale. Be sure to visit the Artist Market for reproductions, posters, and note cards of original works by Festival artists.

Arts for children and families include hands-on activities in the Children’s Art Field for just $2. The Young-at-Art Mart is the children-only shopping venue with all artwork affordably priced for $5 or less. Families can also visit Face Painting, Pottery Place, and Creation Station for more fun!

Festival of the Arts - Photo by Dennis Spielman

4. Eat for a Cause

From appetizers to desserts, the Festival is a celebration of the culinary arts! Various vendors bring their specialties to the International Food Row and throughout the grounds. Each food vendor is partnered with a local arts organization, so each bite you take supports the arts in central Oklahoma!

5. Entertaining Performing Arts

Nearly 300 entertainers of all ages donate their performances on various stages at the Festival.


Those are some of the many reasons to visit the Festival of the Arts. For more information, including food vendors, schedules, and maps, visit the Festival of the Arts site at the Arts Council of OKC site.

The 2017 Festival of the Arts will take place April 24-29, giving you plenty of chances to go.

Apr
26
Thu
Norman Music Festival @ Downtown Norman
Apr 26 – Apr 28 all-day

The Norman Music Festival is free, three-day music festival in Downtown Norman. The festival highlights both local musicians and internationally acclaimed artists and features many forms and styles of music.

Apr
28
Sat
Steamroller Festival @ [Artspace] at UNTITLED
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Steamroller Print Fest

All are welcome to join [Artspace] at Untitled on Saturday, April 28th from 10 am to 6 pm for a free printmaking festival in the Deep Deuce district of Oklahoma City! The festival activities, which include artist demonstrations, live printing, food trucks, live music, kids and family activities, pop up shops, and more, will be held indoors and outdoors at Artspace and will be followed by April’s Deep Deuce Sessions live music event at 7 pm, which is also free and open to the public.

Local and regional artists are invited to participate in the main attraction of the festival and print their woodblocks with a steamroller festival on the day of the event! In addition, artists are encouraged to submit their work for this year’s woodblock exhibition in our gallery space which will open with a reception on Thursday, April 26th from 5-8pm. Proceeds from the print sales will go towards Press programming.


For more information, including artist application, visit 1ne3.org/steamroller/

Deep Deuce Sessions @ Deep Deuce
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Deep Deuce Sessions

Deep Deuce Sessions is a new 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.

May
3
Thu
Twister Alley Film Festival @ Woodward Arts Theater
May 3 – May 5 all-day

The Twister Alley Film Festival is a premiere indie film festival hosted by filmmakers for filmmakers in Woodward on May 3 – May 5, 2018, at the Woodward Arts Theater (818 Main St, Woodward, OK 73801). After screening at hundreds of film festivals, Twister Alley Festival Directors Josh Hope and TJ Treece bring their favorite indie films from around the world back home to Northwest Oklahoma by designing a film festival that provides a setting for both filmmakers and movie fans alike.

May
4
Fri
First Friday Art Crawl @ Tulsa Arts District
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Center of the Universe - photo by Dennis Spielman

Center of the Universe looking at the Tulsa Arts District


The First Friday Art Crawl was established in 2007. This year-round monthly event features all of the galleries, studios and museums as well as the part-time galleries in various shops opening their doors to show art. The Art Crawl is held on the first Friday of the month and open from 6 pm to 9 pm.

In line with its original purpose, local artists are given an opportunity to display and sell their work. This event has grown from 50–100 people visiting 4–6 venues to an event that has drawn over 3,000 people and continues to attract new people to Downtown Tulsa. Besides the art galleries being open, the established museums and galleries offer free admission and many shops stay open late. During any given Art Crawl, visitors can expect visual art, performances and maybe a few fireworks! Each venue offers something different and creative, a true hallmark of the Tulsa Arts District.

The First Friday Art Crawl can be the perfect date night when you start with a cocktail, coffee or early dinner on one of the many patios. It can also be a leisurely browse of the art and a great late dinner or nightcap at the District’s unique restaurants or clubs. Families can find many options from kid-friendly gallery shows to live music in the park. For those who like to linger even later, stay for one of the clubs, bars or coffee shops – many of which offer live entertainment.

Paseo First Friday @ Paseo Arts District
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Paseo Arts District’s First Friday Gallery Walk features more than 80 artists in more than 25 galleries participating, all within walking distance. Paseo galleries offer special themed exhibits, refreshments, guest artists and a variety of entertainment opportunities. The night typically features four to six Art Opening Receptions to showcase the new work of the gallery/studio owners or the work of guest artists.

Come visit Oklahoma City’s historic arts district to experience dozens of galleries, three restaurants, and a handful of shops stand in distinctive Spanish Mission Revival style buildings, all within a two block distance.

First Friday Gallery Walk at the Paseo - photo by Dennis Spielman

First Friday Gallery Walk at the Paseo - photo by Dennis Spielman

First Friday Gallery Walk at the Paseo - photo by Dennis Spielman

The First Friday Gallery Walk starts on the First Friday of every month at 6 pm and lasts until 10 pm.

For more information on the Paseo Arts District, visit thepaseo.com

May
11
Fri
2nd Friday Norman Art Walk @ Downtown Norman
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk is a monthly, citywide celebration of art in Norman. It’s a collaboration between artists, art organizations, and businesses, brought to you by the Norman Arts Council. All events are free and open to the public from 6pm to 9pm.

The main action happens in Downtown Norman where many of the businesses are having art shows, live music, giveaways, and other fun activities.

Photo Gallery
Art Walk Tips

  • Pay attention to doors! There are hidden treasures, like Gallery123. On 123 E. Main St. in downtown is a doorway leading upstairs to several small art studios.
  • Come early because it will take time to walk all of Downtown Norman.

  • LIVE on the Plaza @ Plaza District
    May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    LIVE on the Plaza @ Plaza District | Oklahoma City | Oklahoma | United States

    Live! on the plaza is the plaza district’s second friday art walk. Each second Friday, Plaza District businesses stay open late with featured artists, live music, special events, local shopping and much more!

    LIVE on the Plaza is presented by Fowler Volkswagen of Norman and Oklahoma Employees Credit Union. Located on the 1700 block of NW 16th, visit the Plaza District during LIVE on the Plaza. Parking in available on street, in Lyric Theatre’s lots in the center of the district and just west of 16th & Indiana. Additional parking can be made in the surrounding neighborhoods.

    LIVE! ON THE PLAZA WILL HAPPEN EVERY 2ND FRIDAY, RAIN OR SHINE. 7PM – 11PM(ISH)

    May
    19
    Sat
    Midtown Walkabout @ Midtown Oklahoma City
    May 19 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Midtown Walkabout

    Returning on Saturday, April 21 is the Midtown Walkabout! From 2 pm to 6 pm, 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 and DowntownOKC.com/midtown-walkabout/.