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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Dec
16
Sat
A Touch of Rust Market @ Grady County Fairgrounds
Dec 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

A Touch Of Rust

A Touch of Rust Market is a one day only shopping event held in small towns in Texas and Oklahoma. It’s chock full of handcrafted, vintage and vintage-inspired goodies including home decor, furniture, jewelry, clothing, and everything in between. It’s a casual, fun, and family-oriented event that also includes food, music, and some truly awesome vendors! The Markets provide both customers and vendors a unique and fun show delivered with Southern flair and friendliness.

Dec
30
Sat
Distinguished Visiting Artist: Robert Taylor @ Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
Dec 30 all-day

ArtTulsa-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.

Jan
5
Fri
First Friday Art Crawl @ Brady Arts District
Jan 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
Jan 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

Jan
12
Fri
2nd Friday Norman Art Walk @ Downtown Norman
Jan 12 @ 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
    Jan 12 @ 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)

    Jan
    26
    Fri
    Glitter Ball @ Dunlap Codding
    Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

    Glitter Ball - photo by Dennis Spielman

    Glitter Ball, the winter dance party and art extravaganza presented by Dunlap Codding and benefiting deadCenter Film, returns to historic Film Row on Friday, January 26. This year’s party features a Glam Rock theme with more music, dancing, and visual spectacle than ever before.

    “Glitter Ball is the party of the season for downtown Oklahoma City. And, it is particularly rewarding to support deadCenter, an arts organization that does awesome work throughout the state from their home base across the street on Film Row.”“Dunlap Codding is thrilled to serve as presenting sponsor and host of this fabulous event for the fourth year in a row,” said Douglas Sorocco of Dunlap Codding. “Glitter Ball is the party of the season for downtown Oklahoma City. And, it is particularly rewarding to support deadCenter, an arts organization that does awesome work throughout the state from their home base across the street on Film Row.”

    This year at Glitter Ball, deadCenter Film will honor both Cacky Poarch and Melissa Scaramucci with its prestigious Festival ICON Award. Poarch and Scaramucci were at the helm of deadCenter Film Festival from 2003 -2010 and continue to play a substantial role in the success of the organization.

    “No two people are more deserving of an award from deadCenter than Cacky Poarch and Melissa Scaramucci,” according to Executive Director Lance McDaniel. “These two women took over a small local festival in its third year and turned it into one of the most respected regional film festivals in the world.”

    Glitter Ball 2017 photo by Dennis Spielman

    As with previous incarnations of the event, now in year four, producer Kindt Steven Myers will erect a massive tented structure at the Dunlap Codding property along Film Row to create the winter wonderland. The event will feature a variety of live performances, a massive dance floor, heavy hors-d’oeuvres, and premium bar, along with several signature surprises.

    “We’re creating a magic wintry spectacle,” said event producer Kindt Steven Myers. “We have suspended aerialists 22-feet high from igloos, brought real snowfall, and seen stage performances our city is still raving about. With this year’s Glam Rock theme, absolutely nothing is beyond imagination.”

    Tickets are $100 for general admission and VIP seated tables are available starting at $1,000. Tickets may be purchased online. Glitter Ball attendees are eligible for a discounted stay at 21c Museum Hotel the night of the event. Proceeds will benefit deadCenter Film. For information on tables and available sponsorships, email Kindt Steven Myers at ksm@kindtevents.com.

    Feb
    2
    Fri
    First Friday Art Crawl @ Brady Arts District
    Feb 2 @ 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
    Feb 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

    Feb
    9
    Fri
    2nd Friday Norman Art Walk @ Downtown Norman
    Feb 9 @ 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.