Calendar of Events / Things To Do In Oklahoma

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!

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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

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Jul
18
Thu
Third Thursdays @ Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Jul 18 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.”

Exhibit at the OKC MOA - photo by Dennis Spielman

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.

Saloon Series @ National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and Boardwalk Distribution on Thursday, July 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for a night of games, music, food and tequila tasting from expert Adam Rott from Boardwalk Distribution. Tickets are $25 online or $30 at the door and include a drink flight, tasting class, “A Cowboy Morning” featured cocktail, Mexican food, games including large Jenga and Cornhole, and live music from Rodeo Opry. Patrons must be 21 years or older to attend.

“We’re excited to be offering a summer fun version of our quarterly Saloon Series this July,” said Natalie Shirley, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum president. “With outdoor games like cornhole and large Jenga, a special tequila tasting, great Mexican food and live music, we know it’s going to be a great time.”

$25 online or $30 at the door, must be 21 or older to attend

Jul
19
Fri
Summer Music Series @ Wheeler Ferris Wheel
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join the Wheeler District for a night of music under the Ferris Wheel lights! You can cap off the evening by strolling through the night market of pop-up shops on the lawn. This is a free event!

May 17th, 2019 7:00pm-11:00pm
Enjoy live music from K.C. Clifford, Cavern Company, and Thembi. Come hungry, Taco Nation, Wicked Hangry, Cook’n It Up, and Hawaiian Snow food trucks will be serving up some delicious eats! We’ll also be joined by The Big Friendly beer bus.

June 21st, 2019 7:00pm-11:00pm
Enjoy live music from Samantha Crain, Mola Mola, and Chelsey Cope. Come hungry, Taco Nation, Wicked Hangry, Cook’n It Up, and Hawaiian Snow food trucks will be serving up some delicious eats! We’ll also be joined by The Big Friendly beer bus.

July 19th, 2019 7:00pm-11:00pm
Enjoy a live music preview of Wiggle Out Loud with Academia OK Mariachi Students, MicroGiants, and Race Dance Company featuring “Men of Race”. Come hungry, Taco Nation, Wicked Hangry, Cook’n It Up, and Hawaiian Snow food trucks will be serving up some delicious eats! We’ll also be joined by The Big Friendly beer bus.

August 16th, 2019 7:00pm-11:00pm
Enjoy live music from Lincka, WoRm, and Changing Frequencies. Come hungry, Taco Nation, Wicked Hangry, Cook’n It Up, and Hawaiian Snow food trucks will be serving up some delicious eats! We’ll also be joined by The Big Friendly beer bus.

September 20th, 2019 7:00pm-11:00pm
Enjoy live music from Saint Loretto, Flock of Pigs, and Sophia Massad. Come hungry, Taco Nation, Wicked Hangry, Cook’n It Up, and Hawaiian Snow food trucks will be serving up some delicious eats! We’ll also be joined by The Big Friendly beer bus.


Event sponsors and partners Tinker Federal Credit Union, Wiggle Out Loud, CNS Audio Video, The Curbside Chronicle, and Wheeler District!

Jul
25
Thu
exhibITion at amshot @ amshot
Jul 25 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

exhibITion: Far Away Lands, a collection of contemporary works by Oklahoma artist Jessica Legako, will be showcased on July 25 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the art show, sale, and reception. Her works will remain in amshot’s office throughout the summer.

Benefiting Oklahoma Women in Tech (OKWIT), the event is co-sponsored by COOP Ale Works. It will take place at 428 Dean A McGee Avenue.

It might seem unusual for an IT company to be promoting local art and culture, but Michael C. Thomas, CEO of amshot says, “our organization is committed to combining art, fun and community service as a core part of our business.”The proceeds of each exhibITion art show benefit a local charity, giving art-lovers more reason to attend. Each show has attracted upward of 150 persons — some are there for the artist, some are there for the art, some for the community, “and some for the beer,” jokes Thomas, as a local brewery provides beer to attendees 21+ for a $5 donation to the selected charity.

“I’ve been a longtime fan of Jessica’s work, and I’ve commissioned pieces from her over the years,” said Rick Alliss, COO of amshot. “I’m really excited to feature one of my favorite local artists right in our office.”

Legako’s works portray texture, movement, distance, and depth, primarily using intricately layered oil paint on wood or canvas surfaces. She draws inspiration from her childhood, dreams, aspirations, and nostalgic memories, playing off the relationship between the image she creates and the wood grain it is created on.

In addition to selling the art on display at the July 25th event, Legako will also be debuting a collaborative line of canvas bags, pouches, and totes with local upholstery studio Thready or Knot.

“exhibITion is amshot’s way of providing another outlet for promoting local artists in downtown Oklahoma City,” said Thomas. “It’s all about combining art, fun, and community service.”

Admission to the exhibITion art gallery and sale is free, and a $5 gift to OKWIT and includes access to locally crafted beer and wine. For more information about the event and Legako’s work, visit amshot.com/exhibITion

Aug
2
Fri
First Friday Art Crawl @ Tulsa Arts District
Aug 2 @ 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
Aug 2 @ 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

Aug
3
Sat
Yes! Science! @ Myriad Botanical Gardens
Aug 3 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Showing that science is for everyone, “Yes! Science!” is an energetic talk show hosted by Pallas the Librarian that profiles women and minority individuals in various STEM fields. Audiences will also watch fun experiments, hear panel discussions and receive book recommendations.

Attend this Oklahoma City event to hear guest speaker Lily Peppers, who is the Youth and School Program’s Coordinator at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Lily Christman Peppers was born and raised in Cambridge, MA. She obtained her B.A. in Physics and Geology from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH. After graduation in 2013, Lily began working as a geophysics researcher for the U.S. Geological Survey and Stanford University, studying electromagnetic data and its potential relation to earthquakes. She then came to work at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City to pursue her love of nature and science education. She teaches a variety of botany, biology, and environmental education classes to kids of all ages. Lily loves reading with her cat, Ivan, on her lap, cooking with her husband, Matt, and exploring the outdoors solo or with friends.

This free show at the Myriad Botanical Gardens lasts approximately 45-minutes, and includes an opportunity to meet the featured guest after the talk. The show starts at 2 pm with the doors opening at 1:30 pm. Due to its talk show style, this event is not recommended for those under 12 years old.

We’ll be at the Terrace Room in the McGee Education Center. Arrive at the Myriad Botanical Gardens Visitor Center. Proceed to the indoor elevator (or stairs) and press LL for ‘lower lobby.’ Exit elevator to the left and proceed through double doors and turn right. There will be directional signs.

Seating is limited so register to save your spot!

Yes! Science! is seeking sponsorships for this episode and future events. Details here.

About Yes! Science!
Showing that science is for everyone, “Yes! Science!” is an energetic talk show that profiles women and minority individuals in various STEM fields while also having fun experiments, panel discussions, and book recommendations. Hosted by Pallas the Librarian, she has a passion for sharing knowledge and fun with the world. Pallas is a full-time Librarian with the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma City and the Education Director of OKC Improv.

Visit YesScienceShow.com for more information.

Aug
9
Fri
FireLake Fireflight Balloon Festival @ Citizen Potawatomi Nation Pow Wow Grounds
Aug 9 – Aug 10 all-day

Watch the Shawnee skyline transform into a mix of bright, brilliant colors as hot air balloons launch from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Powwow Grounds. This two-day festival also features picturesque balloon glows. Kids can also challenge their friends to a round of mini putt, while adults can scope out their food trucks to refuel. Between the live entertainment, vibrant balloons and great food options, guests are sure to have a blast at this community hot air balloon event. The Outdoor Nation Expo will take place during the festival inside FireLake Arena. Admission and parking are free.

Aug
10
Sat
Beats and Bites @ Riverwind Casino
Aug 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Beats and Bites @ Riverwind Casino | Norman | Oklahoma | United States

The Riverwind Casino presents the monthly music and food truck festival series, Beats and Bites. The free, family-friendly event features a variety of food trucks, vendors, children’s games, beer garden, and live entertainment.

Held on once a month on Saturdays throughout the summer, Beats and Bites Festival Dates for 2019 are June 8, July 6, and August 10.

Beats and Bites is held on the west end parking lot of Riverwind Casino.

The festival is free, open to the public and will be held in the casino’s west parking lot from 6 pm to 10 pm. There will be more than a dozen local food truck options and vendors. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and can bring umbrellas. Pets and outside food and beverages are prohibited. The event will be held rain or shine.

Learn more about Beats and Bites in this episode of Uncovering Oklahoma.

Aug
15
Thu
Third Thursdays @ Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Aug 15 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.”

Exhibit at the OKC MOA - photo by Dennis Spielman

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.