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.
[pullquote-right]”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.”[/pullquote-right]”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.
Join the Sam Noble Museum for a night of trivia, games and hands-on natural history! Explore their exhibits after hours, win prizes and experience the Sam Noble Museum like never before. Enjoy complimentary hors-d’oeuvres and a cash bar all night long. This event is for adults ages 21+
The cost is $25 for museum members and $35 for non-members. Register by phone at 405-325-1008 or online here.
The deadline to register is February 12.
Through its newest exhibition “Life Imagined – The Art and Science of Automata,” Science Museum Oklahoma takes visitors on a whimsical tour of mechanical creations from 1850 to modern day. From the Greek word automatos, meaning “moves on its own,” automata are the first complex machines produced by man. Long before robots were the reality they are today, automata were created as an attempt to simulate nature and domesticate natural forces. These attempts to imitate life by mechanical means and the use of these principles have in turn resulted in the evolution of technology over centuries. From objects of entertainment and awe, automata became the foundation for advancements in industrial robotics.
“Translational motion has always been a fascination, and automata are pinnacle examples of the physics of this movement coming to life. The beauty and intricacy of gears, levers, and springs seamlessly working together provide an artistic reveal of very complex motions. ‘Life Imagined’ allows us to get a close up glimpse of these fantastic machines inspiring the imaginations of us all,” said Sherry Marshall, president, Science Museum Oklahoma.
For this exhibition, smART Space features 41 works by 15 artists from around the world. Contemporary artists featured in the show include Cecilia Schiller, Bradley N. Litwin, Laura Zelaya, Wanda Sowry, Randall Cleaver, Jim Casey, and Chris Fitch. The show also features two digital installations by Elizabeth King and Server Demirtas. The various automata on exhibit are as eclectic as their artists and include subject matter ranging from a towering birdhouse occupied by a Cowbird chick to a man rowing a boat while a fish leaps out of “water” and a tribute to the “Day of the Dead.” In the contemporary pieces the mechanics take center stage and are as fascinating as the actions they create.
The exhibition also explores the history of automata throughout time and showcases automata from the early 19th century on loan from the Guinness Collection of Automata courtesy of the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey. While the contemporary pieces allow the mechanics to take center stage, earlier pieces tended to conceal an automata’s mechanic preferring to instill a sense of mystery and wonder in the audience.
Alyson Atchison, associate curator, smART Space, hopes her enthusiasm for automata is contagious, “It is truly fascinating to see life-like movement mimicked in these works of art. These artists have not just created something that reflects life and nature, but they have captured the spirit and cadence of natural movement. The articulation of a fish as it jumps for a fly, or a bird as it sings, these sculptures come to life and reflect the world around us.
“It’s exciting to bring artwork of this genre to Oklahoma City for an up-close and personal chance to explore it. My hope is that avid fans of automata will come to appreciate the artwork included in this exhibit, while other people will be introduced to the genre for the first time and become appreciators.”
The public is invited to attend a free opening reception for “Life Imagined – The Art and Science of Automata” from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, February 23. The gallery opening includes appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets are free but required to attend and may be obtained from the museum’s website, www.sciencemuseumok.org/smart-space
“Life Imagined – The Art and Science of Automata” will be open through September 29, 2019, and is included with general admission.
Join SixTwelve for all of the fun on February 23rd, at the historic Tower Theatre for their Fifth Annual Mardi Gras Ball! Dance the night away to the zydeco music of Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band from Louisiana! Food by Picasso Cafe, Flowers by A Date with Iris, and a magical art auction featuring local artists. Event for 21+ only.
All proceeds go to supporting SixTwelve, their programming and scholarships for the children and adults that they serve.
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.
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.
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
ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival celebrates women in music with two days of empowering music and performances, March 2-3 at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) and its ACM Performance Lab in downtown Oklahoma City.
Festival admission is free and open to the public, except for Sunday’s festival-headlining show by acclaimed Chicago hip-hop and spoken-word rapper Noname, who performs 8 p.m. March 3 at ACM Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Avenue.
Popular Americana sweetheart The Annie Oakley headlines the March 2 roster, performing a at 8 p.m. inside the Songwriting Room on the first floor of ACM@UCO’s main campus at 25 S. Oklahoma Avenue in downtown Oklahoma City’s Bricktown entertainment district.
The .WAV Festival features three indoor stages at two venues, with most performances being free, 4-9 p.m. March 2 and 2-8 p.m. March 3 inside ACM@UCO. The lineup features Miillie Mesh, Ciara Brooke, Lauryn Hardiman, Creeping Toms, Ramona & The Phantoms, Me Oh My, Rozlyn Zora, Jade Castle, Michéla Creel and more.
Organized and run by members of ACM’s Women Audio Vision (.WAV) student organization, .WAV Festival showcases multiple genres and more than a dozen music acts performing grunge pop, Americana, blues, folk, singer-songwriter, rap and hip-hop and more.
“.WAV Fest was created to empower women in the music industry,” said Katie Carmichael, student president of ACM@UCO Women Audio Vision (.WAV). “The event features bands with women and women solo artists, as well as dancers, artists and photographers.
“The two-day event is also a food drive for Sisu Youth in OKC that helps homeless youth in the area,” Carmichael added.
All .WAV Festival visitors are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items to benefit Sisu Youth Services, an Oklahoma City nonprofit organization that helps shelter and care for homeless youth living in our community. The mission of Sisu Youth, Inc. is to ensure that young people experiencing adversity have a safe place to sleep, the security to dream and the support to make a positive impact on the world.
The GreenGrow EXPO is a large-scale trade show geared towards the emerging cannabis industry and providing exposure of both the medical aspects as well as the burgeoning business opportunities, will take place on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, at the Oklahoma EXPO Hall, located at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
This transformative and “plant-eccentric” expo uniquely invites both industry stakeholders and the 18+ public to convene and celebrate together the de-stigmatization and sense of empowerment resulting from a monumental legislative victory for patients and cannabis advocates less than one year ago.
Since the passage of SQ 788 in June, a new industry has emerged in Oklahoma, serving OMMA cardholders, or medical marijuana patients, many who were in desperate need of alternative medicines to aid in their daily lives. 57% of Oklahomans voted to approve the measure, and in doing so, have also supported a wave of entrepreneurial endeavors across multiple aspects of this industry. Organizers, Jay “GreenGrow” Wright and Ric Reece Higbie are producing the GreenGrow EXPO to uplift and serve both the patients and the entrepreneurs.
“The GreenGrow EXPO is designed for the curious individual wondering how this affects life in Oklahoma, as well as the new cannabis business owners, and of course, the many new patients with OMMA cards,” Wright said. “Education is first and foremost at the EXPO. It’s all about the patients and the plant, and our EXPO gives the public the opportunity to meet the faces and brands that are truly patient-centered.”
Currently over 90 vendors and brands will be represented, spanning industry specialties such as accounting, law, security, supplies and banking, and including a range of local growers and dispensaries. Over the weekend, expert-led classes will be available to both business owners and patients. New virtual reality simulation technology will be utilized to provide the experience of viewing a commercial cultivation and operational set-up. The Expo will also feature live art, networking and media space, and concessions and a bar.
“The GGX will have a ton of texture,” said Reece. “Meaning that people can attend educational classes about being a cannabis business owner as well as expert classes covering how to talk to a doctor about getting your medical recommendation. Patients, and the public, can truly dive deep into the cannabis industry and get a glimpse into the creative side, as well as a general idea on how a grow or processing operation works, what role testing laboratories play, the body’s endocannabinoid system and how to start and operate a business and stay in compliance within this newly regulated and taxed market.”
Lastly, the GreenGrow EXPO and the nonprofit Oklahomans for Health have launched a “patient success” initiative called #Okla57. The significance being that 57% of Oklahomans voted to approve medical marijuana and now the 57th Oklahoma State Legislature began on February 4. This proactive campaign compiles human interest stories and testimonials from medical card holders who can attest to the bottom line benefit of safe, legal access to medical cannabis being a realized effect from legislation that will continue to be molded and refined during this current legislative session.
The GreenGrow EXPO is open to the public, those aged 18 and older, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available on the web site: $21 for one full day, or $42 for a two-day/VIP pass.
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.
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)