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
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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 2019 Festival of the Arts will take place April 23-28 in Downtown Oklahoma City at the Bicentennial Park. The festival runs from 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.
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 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 answer your questions and discuss their work.
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!
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!
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 2019 Festival of the Arts will take place on April 23-28, giving you plenty of chances to go.
Join the 2nd Annual gathering of The Big Lebowksi Fans at The Dude Abides OKC! ALL Oklahoma City Urban Acheivers, Abiders and Coen Brothers fans are invited to join us Fassler Hall OKC and Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge OKC! FREE ADMISSION!
The night will kick off at 8:00 PM with a Trivia Contest (first 50 to register get in), followed by a group wedding/renewal of vows by an ordained Dudeist Priest (first 10 couples to register), then a costume contest (first 50 to register will get in). Finally, the official after party moves downstairs to the Dust Bowl, with bowling specials to be announced soon.
THIS EVENT IS FREE ADMISSION. TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE WEDDING, TRIVIA and COSTUMES CONTESTS ONLY.
All $ from entries in the trivia and costume contests will be used for prizes – $100 FOR FIRST PLACE!
EVENT IS 21 & UP
The Okay See Clothing and Community are the creators of the official The Dude Abides OKC t-shirts will be there printing our shirts on site!
SPONSORED BY Revolve Productions, Fassler Hall OKC and Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge OKC
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
WANDERLUST Pop Up Shops is an outdoor market at the Wheeler Ferris Wheel that includes exhibitors that are artists, hand-crafted artisans, food trucks, boutiques, repurposed, vintage, and unique local businesses. There will be no direct sales or multi-level marketing vendors at this event.
Best of all, admission is free.
This event is owned and produced by Revolve Productions.
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)
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.
Okie Made Market is an outdoor market in the OKC Farmers Market District featuring vendors that carry products strictly made in Oklahoma including handmade decor, handmade furniture, handmade clothing, crafts, canned goods/packaged foods, fresh vegetables, wine, art and many other items made by Okies. Booths are $100 for each 10×10.
This event is owned and produced by Revolve Productions.