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 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
-July 4th
Halloween and Haunted Houses
New Year’s Eve Celebration Guide

To submit your event for consideration, click here.

Apr
25
Tue
Festival of the Arts @ Bicentennial Park
Apr 25 – Apr 30 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 2017 Festival of the Arts will take place April 25-30 in Downtown Oklahoma City at Bicentennial Park. The festival runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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 will 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 25-30, giving you plenty of chances to go.

Apr
27
Thu
Twister Alley Film Festival @ Woodward Arts Theater
Apr 27 – Apr 29 all-day

The Twister Alley Film Festival is a premiere indie film festival hosted by filmmakers for filmmakers in Woodward on April 27 – April 29 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.

I’ve gathered all of the Made in Oklahoma movies that have trailers below.



Tickets for the festival are $10-$15.

Be sure to save the date for their Twisted Horror Picture Show. Filmmakers, submit your horror movies now.

Apr
29
Sat
SUPER! BitCon @ Oklahoma State Fair Park
Apr 29 – Apr 30 all-day

SUPER! BitCon is not just a gaming convention or expo, it is a celebration. Oklahoma’s largest gaming event has arcade games, modern gaming, tabletop games, vendors, exhibitors, artists, special guests and more. It is a grassroots movement that has culminated in the region’s premier gaming-centric bash.

Tickets:
Tickets will be available for sale at the event. Cost is:

• $10 teens and adults
• $5 kids 5-12
• Kids under 5, senior citizens over 60, and military/vets with ID are free!

Hours of Operation:
Saturday, April 29, 10am-6pm
Sunday, April 30, 11am-5pm

Want to know even more about SUPER! BitCon? Listen to this podcast from my friends at the WAFTI Show.

Apr
30
Sun
Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science @ Civic Center Music Hall
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Television personality, author and Food Network star Alton Brown has announced “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” will visit an additional 40 cities in 2017 including Oklahoma City’s Civic Center Music Hall on April 30, 2017 at 7PM. Later this year during Thanksgiving week, Brown will make his Broadway debut for eight performances at the Barrymore Theatre. Brown created a new form of entertainment – the live culinary variety show – with his “Edible Inevitable Tour”, which played in over 100 cities with more than 150,000 fans in attendance. The first leg of Eat Your Science sold 100,000 tickets in the 40 cities Brown visited.

Tickets are available at www.OkcBroadway.com or (877) 737-BWAY (2929) beginning at 10AM on August 11. Group discounts for 10 or more are available now by calling (405) 297-1575.

Brown says fans can expect “all-new everything including songs, new comedy, new puppets, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations.” Critics and fans have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He promises “plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but this time we’re going to play a little game.”

Brown has a knack for mixing together science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. “Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.”

Brown, author of the James Beard award winning “I’m Just Here for the Food” and New York Times bestselling sequence “Good Eats,” is releasing his new cookbook through Ballantine Books (an imprint of Random House) on September 27 and it is available for preorder now. “Alton Brown: EveryDayCook”, or EDC as Brown calls it, is a collection of more than 100 personal recipes as well as a pinch of science and history. He has hosted numerous series including “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Camp Cutthroat” and “Iron Chef America” and created, produced and hosted the Peabody award winning series “Good Eats” for 13 years on Food Network; Good Eats can still be seen on the Cooking Channel and Netflix.

May
4
Thu
On The Lawn @ Western Avenue
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On the Lawn logo
On The Lawn is a family-friendly event series taking place every first Thursday throughout the summer, hosted by Western Avenue Association! The association invite you and your young ones out to their amazing lawn space just north of Wholefoods for an evening of food trucks, music to wiggle to, yard games, beer for the adults, and more!

On The Lawn - photo by Dennis Spielman

Sugar Free Allstars performing at On The Lawn

On The Lawn - photo by Dennis Spielman

There’s lots of shade On The Lawn

On The Lawn - photo by Dennis Spielman

Lawn Slides at On The Lawn

On The Lawn will have yard games, cardboard sliding, and lots of grassy spots to sit and relax and enjoy the weather. Please bring blankets and camp chairs for your family!

Learn more about On The Lawn and Wheeler Criterium in the above video.

May
5
Fri
Steamroller Festival @ [Artspace] at UNTITLED
May 5 – May 6 all-day

[Artspace] at UNTITLED in Oklahoma City will be hosting its 2nd Steamroller Festival that features the printing of
large-scale relief blocks, which are carved from wood or linoleum in the months leading up to the festival, and printed on Tyvek and or Arnheim Paper by a 5 ton steamroller on the day of the event!

The blocks will be carved by students in [Artspace]’s mentorship program, local artists, and also regional and national artists involved with the BIG INK organization. Along with participating in the festival, there will past works from the BIG INK collection, and the opening reception will be held the night before the festival.

Friday Night – May 5th
Private Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Tickets: $30.00 each or $50.00 a pair
5pm – 9pm
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– Carving demonstrations by local artists on the lawn
– Live music & dancing on the patio
– Latin buffet and mixology drinks in the gallery
– BIG INK Exhibition with artist meet & greet

Saturday – May 6th
FREE to the Public
All day event

– Live music & food trucks
– Carving demonstrations by local artists
– Children’s Tent
– Live Screen Printing
– Original T-Shirts, Posters and Prints for sale
– BIG INK Exhibition
– Steamroller printing from 10am-6pm
– Print viewing and live music ending at 9pm


For more information, including artist application, visit www.1ne3.org/2017-steam-roller-festival

First Friday Art Crawl @ Brady Arts District
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Center of the Universe - photo by Dennis Spielman

Center of the Universe looking at the Brady 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 6–9 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 mini-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 Brady Arts District.

First Friday is a perfect date night starting 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 5 @ 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
6
Sat
INDIGO FEST @ Blue Doors at Tenkiller
May 6 – May 7 all-day

INDIGO FEST is a conscious-driven gathering of artists who aim to create a space of freedom, openness, love, and deep seeded self-expression. Happening Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7 2017, INDIGO FEST is a festival that includes music, art, local makers, and more in Oklahoma.

Music line-up includes Ali Harter, The So Help Me’s, Lincka, Chelsey Cope, Wildings, Limber Limbs, Masterhand, Josh Sallee, High Waisted, Dj Tom Hudson, and more.

INDIGO FEST

This fest will consist of 3 stage areas with up to 50 bands. The stages at INDIGO FEST are:

INTERSTELLAR: Main Stage (all genres)
SUPERNOVA: Hip-Hop Stage (rap)
EARTHBOUND: Acoustic Stage (folk, indie,singer/song writer)

INDIGO FEST was created by You.Are.Venus to inspire consciousness through the vibration of sound, rhymes, words, and art of every genre with the simple concepts of oneness and co-creation.

INDIGO FEST is an alcohol-free fest for adults 18+ only.

For more information, visit youarevenus.com/indigo/ for tickets and to submit your band or organization.

V-Dubs on Automobile Alley @ Automobile Alley
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

V-Dubs on Automobile Alley
Oklahoma City’s Historic Automobile Alley District will be a hub of Volkswagen love with a show-and-shine car show and free, open air concert from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at N.W. 8th Street between Broadway and Robinson Avenues.

V-Dubs on Automobile Alley is a free, family-friendly block party hosted by the VW Club of Oklahoma City featuring more than 80 new and classic Volkswagens, live music and a pop-up park.

Live music on an outdoor stage by Brewer Entertainment will include Annie Oakley at 10 a.m. and Kyle Reid & the Low Swingin’ Chariots at noon. Steelwind will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. inside Hideaway Pizza at 901 N. Broadway Ave.

There will be snow cones by Kona Ice, a pop-up park by Fowler Volkswagen of Norman where families can play games and build, decorate and fly their own Hideaway “Dermer Sled” kites, a Volkswagen photo booth, and the Junction Coffee bus.

Hideaway Pizza will host a Pente tournament from 10 a.m. to noon. The all-ages competition will be capped at 16 contestants, and the winner will receive a $600 “Year of Hideaway Pizza” gift card. Register prior to the event here.

Launched as part of Hideaway Pizza’s 60th Anniversary celebration, event organizers hope to continue as an annual event for the district.

Event sponsors include: Brewer Entertainment, Fowler Volkswagen of Norman, Hideaway Pizza, Oklahoma Gazette, and The Spy FM.