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
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.

Sep
13
Thu
Oklahoma State Fair @ Oklahoma State Fair Grounds
Sep 13 – Sep 23 all-day

Oklahoma State Fair photo by Dennis Spielman

Taking place in mid-September each year, the Oklahoma State Fair is one of two state fairs in Oklahoma. During the eleven-day run, the Oklahoma State Fair attracts close to one million people with concerts, performances, Disney On Ice, Carnival rides, games, livestock shows, and of course, fair food.

Archives:
Watch The Fair Food of 2017 Video

Great Taste of a Fair 2018 Winners

On September 12, 11 concessionaires submitted their top Fair Foods to be judged in the annual Great TASTE of a Fair, a professional food vendor competition. Each food vendor contracted to participate in the 2018 Oklahoma State Fair is eligible to enter food items to be scored by a panel of judges. These judges are a variety of news anchors, radio DJs, journalists, food bloggers, a hometown hero, and a wildcard judge. The entries are separated into three categories: Sweetest of the Sweet, Slice of Savory and New to the Scene.

And the winners are…

Sweetest of the Sweet

Cutie Pies Concessions's Watermelon Pie - photo by Dennis Spielman

First Place: Cutie Pies Concessions’s Watermelon Pie

Coco Flow Chocolate Shoppe's German Chocolate Brownie - photo by Dennis Spielman

Second Place: Coco Flow Chocolate Shoppe’s German Chocolate Brownie
Third Place: The Urb Express’s S’more Eggroll

Slice of Savory

The Urb Express's Honey Pepper Bacon Dog

First Place: The Urb Express’s Honey Pepper Bacon Dog

MacTastic's BBQ Mac N Cheese - photo by Dennis Spielman

Second Place: MacTastic’s BBQ Mac N Cheese
Third Place: Rodney & Lisa Pizza’s BBQ Chicken Bacon Calzone

New to the Scene
First Place: Layne Concessions’s Mac N Cheese Burger
Second Place: Harvell’s Ragin’​ ​Cajun’s Bacon Chicken Sandwich

A Latte Love Coffee House's Pina Colada Lemonade - photo by Dennis Spielman

Third Place: A Latte Love Coffee House’s Pina Colada Lemonade

The first place winners of each item competed in the FAIRest of Them All title and an invitation to present the winning food item at the Oklahoma State Fair Chairman’s Party. This year’s Fairest of Them All judges were Darcy Schein and Leslie Coale-Mossman, owners of Pie Junkie, and Malory Craft, creator of the podcast OKC Overeasy.

The FAIRest of Them All winner is: Cutie Pies Concessions Watermelon Pie.

New Oklahoma State Fair Foods for 2018

All Fairgoers know that part of the OLD FASHIONED FUN is getting to experience all of the incredible, delicious, and often deep-fried foods vendors have to offer, and this year is no exception! Continue reading to find out what amazing concoctions await at our NEW FASHIONED FAIR this September!

Drizzled Muffins: A Latte Love Coffee House is serving up warm muffins with chocolate, caramel or white
chocolate drizzled on top.

Beef Poke Bowl: Coco Flow has created a savory bowl of marinated beef, rice, pickled cucumbers, fried onions, greens and avocado for you to enjoy in a soy vinaigrette.

Cotton Candy Pie: When you think Fair food, you probably think cotton candy. Cutie Pies Concessions is putting a twist on this timeless Fair food by transforming it to pie form!

Root Beer Float Pie: Cutie Pies is also giving us another twist on a classic dessert with a delectable Root Beer Float Pie.

Cherry Limeade Pie: Cherry Limeades are a fan favorite in Oklahoma! What better way to enjoy it than in pie form? Be sure to stop by the Cutie Pies food truck to get your hands on a piece of this pie!

Deep-Fried Hot Pepper Rings: Pickle Pete’s is offering these deep-fried hot pepper rings for Fairgoers who enjoy the spicier things in life!

Deep-Fried Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip: Diventuri knows that everything is better deep-fried! This Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip is folded into a crispy shell, deep fried and served with ranch.

Mac-N-Cheese Topped with Ground Beef and Fries: That’s right…as if their Mac-N-Cheese wasn’t great already, MacTastic is returning this year to introduce this beefy, cheesy pasta and potato combo.

Frozen Sweet Tea: MacTastic has also created the perfect drink to cool you down. This Frozen Sweet Tea is the perfect balance of cold and sweet and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Cheese Curd Taco: O’Neil is putting a twist on the taco! Enjoy melt-in-your-mouth cheese curds atop this beef taco piled high with all your favorite taco fixins’.

Cookie Fries: Enjoy dipping these delicious shortbread cookies with sugar and berry sauce, from Coco Flow.

Funnel Cake Burger: Everything you love about a half-pound burger…except the buns have been replaced by funnel cake! This unexpected combo is the perfect mixture of sweet and savory! Find it at Porky’s!

Gourmet Donut Burger: Another sweet and savory masterpiece from Porky’s is the donut burger where, you guessed it, the buns are replaced with donuts! Not only that, but each bun is topped with your choice of Oreos, Apple Jacks, Fruit Loops, or Double Bacon.

BBQ Chicken and Bacon Calzone: Calzones are an Italian favorite, but when the Rodney and Lisa Pizza Stand stuffs one full of BBQ chicken, it becomes a Southern favorite, and a perfect addition to all the Fair food available.
Fish & Chips: Who says you can’t enjoy a classic seafood dish in a landlocked state? At San Diego’s Original Fish & Chips, you can have a taste of the sea without leaving Oklahoma.

Waffle Wrapped Snow Ice: Snow S’more is taking this classic cold treat to a new level with their Waffle Wrapped Snow Ice!

Beer Cheese Bacon Fries: You won’t be able to stay away from all the amazing bacon-wrapped items at The Bacon Habit! This year, they’ve created an artisan beer cheese topped with real crumbled bacon over a tray of fresh fries.

Flaming Hot Cheetos Fish Taco: San Diego’s Original Fish & Chips has put an interesting twist on a classic fish taco by adding the crunch and heat of Flaming Hot Cheetos!

Meatball On-a-Stick: Enjoy quality food from another culture, all on the go! The Greek Garden introduces a portable meatball option, the meatball on-a-stick.

Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage: Enjoy this dish that’s bursting with flavor! This year you can find a cheesy, spicy Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage at The Roadhouse.

S’more Eggroll: The Urb Express is bringing this unique dessert to the 2018 State Fair. This treat is a traditional eggroll wrapper filled with marshmallow and chocolate, deep-fried, rolled in graham cracker bits and drizzled with more chocolate!

Breakfast Taco: The Urban Taco, a new vendor, is fashioning a classic breakfast in taco form. Enjoy piping hot eggs, meat, pico de gallo, and melty cheese enveloped in a taco shell!

Campfire Taco: Also from The Urban Taco, is the Campfire Taco! This delicious treat is a waffle cone filled with marshmallows, fresh strawberries, decadent chocolate chips and gooey caramel.

Kit-Kat Fries: Granny’s is offering deep-fried Kit-Kats to create a combination or flavors that you won’t be able to resist!

Gourmet Kool Kreemz On-a-Stick: Fairgoers can look forward to enjoying this new sweet treat from vendor Your Just Desserts.

Schedule

Gates open at 8 a.m. daily.

Buildings:
Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Outside Vendors:
Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Carnival:
Monday: Opens at noon
Tuesday – Friday: Opens at 1 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Opens at 11 a.m.

Gate Admission

Adults (ages 12+): $12
Children (ages 6-11): $6
Children (ages 5 and under): FREE!
Season Passes: $30

Special Discount Days
Thursday, September 13: Opening Day – $2

Monday, September 17: Military Monday – Military personnel and spouses (Military I.D. required) receive FREE outside gate admission; $3 JFK Exhibition Tickets; and $3 Sky Eye Wheel ride tickets.

Tuesday, September 18: Dr. Pepper $2 Tuesday – $2 outside gate admission; $2 carnival rides*; $2 JFK Exhibition tickets; and $2 Sky Eye Wheel ride tickets for everyone! No Dr. Pepper can needed.

Wednesday, September 19: Senior Day – FREE admission for Senior Citizens 55+ (I.D. required), $3 JFK Exhibition tickets; $3 Sky Eye Wheel ride tickets.

*Some exclusions may apply. Each ride is $2.

The 2018 Oklahoma State Fair starts September 13th and goes through the 23rd.

Sep
28
Fri
Oklahoma Regatta Festival @ Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District
Sep 28 – Sep 30 all-day

Meet your favorite superheroes September 28-29 at Superhero Weekend in downtown Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District.

On Friday, September 28, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., meet comic book favorites, like Batman, Wonder Woman and Black Widow joined by the real Superheroes of Oklahoma City, our firefighters, police officers and EMSA, during the Oklahoma Regatta Festival’s OGE NightSprints.

The Superhero teams return to RIVERSPORT Adventure Park on Saturday, September 29 from 11:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m. for a hands-on experience.

“Anyone who gets a $10 Youth Zone Pass on Saturday will get a face mask and cape – plus access to the Youth Zone,” explained Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation Executive Director Mike Knopp. “Kids will get to meet Captain America, Thor and Wonder Woman and check out the OKCFD and EMSA vehicles.”

Sponsor a duck for $50 in the first OKCRespond RIVERSPORT Great Duck Race to support the free programs RIVERSPORT offers to first responders, and you could win a fun prize if your duck wins the race down the rapids. Thousands of rubber duckies will race down RIVERSPORT Rapids on Saturday, September 29 at 5:00 p.m.

“OKCRespond was started by Ronnie Irani as a way to support Oklahoma City’s first responders. As part of the program, RIVERSPORT offers first responders including firefighters, police officers and EMSA a fitness and wellness program free of charge,” explained Knopp. “Right now, we have more than 500 members.”

The Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, OKCRespond and the Committee of 100 will honor all Oklahoma City first responders and their families at a free lunch cookout on Sunday, September 30. Everyone who attends will also receive a free RIVERSPORT Day Pass, good through 2019. The event is free to first responders, but pre-registration is required and can be completed at https://www.riversportokc.org/okcrespond/.

To learn more about the OKCRespond RIVERSPORT Great Duck Race, or to sponsor a duck, visit https://www.riversportokc.org/duckrace/.

Learn more about OKCRespond at https://www.riversportokc.org/okcrespond/.

Sep
29
Sat
Tinkerfest @ Science Museum Oklahoma
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

A SMO staff member assists a child with soldering during Tinkerfest 2017

Science Museum Oklahoma guests will have the chance to take apart two entire cars, launch rockets, learn about 3D printing, try their hands at carpentry and much more — all at no cost — from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 as part of the museum’s second-ever Tinkerfest.

Admission to the museum and all Tinkerfest activities are free thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR, the National Science Foundation Oklahoma Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. In addition to Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR, Tinkerfest is sponsored by Allied Arts, Boeing, and Express Employment International.

“Our inaugural Tinkerfest in 2017 set the bar high, and this year Tinkerfest is back with even more to explore. It is an experience like no other for our community,” said Science Museum Oklahoma President and CEO Sherry Marshall.

“Tinkering is at the very core of learning — it gives us the chance turn an idea into reality. When we tinker, we discover how to act on ideas, we craft thoughts into actions, we collaborate and we let our imaginations run wild.”“Tinkering is at the very core of learning — it gives us the chance turn an idea into reality. When we tinker, we discover how to act on ideas, we craft thoughts into actions, we collaborate and we let our imaginations run wild,” Marshall added.

The daylong celebration of curiosity and creativity will encompass the entire museum and grounds, stretching from the museum’s parking lot to its gardens. Tinkerfest will include more than 65 special activities presented by over 40 guest tinkerers including representatives from the Bella Foundation SPCA, City of Edmond Parks and Recreation, FIRST LEGO League, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, Okie Comics, the Oklahoma City Orchestra League and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and many more.

“Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR is proud to sponsor this important event, which opens the museum up to thousands of Oklahomans for a fun-filled day of science experiences,” said Ray Huhnke, Ph.D., Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR Project Director and Principal Investigator.

“During last year’s inaugural Tinkerfest, many families and groups were able to visit the museum for the first time due to free admission through EPSCoR’s sponsorship,” Huhnke added.

All of the museum’s permanent exhibits, as well as Science Live and the newly upgraded Kirkpatrick Planetarium, will be available during Tinkerfest.

Advance registration is not required, however, guests must check in at the museum’s box office upon arrival to receive a wristband which will grant access to the museum and all Tinkerfest activities. Tinkerfest activities will conclude at 4 p.m. and the museum will remain open until 6 p.m.

All Tinkerfest activities will take place at the museum located at 2020 Remington Place in Oklahoma City. Parking is free at the museum, and additional free parking will be available at Remington Park. Free shuttles to and from Remington Park will be available from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For more information about Science Museum Oklahoma’s Tinkerfest, visit www.sciencemuseumok.org/tinkerfest.

Oct
5
Fri
First Friday Art Crawl @ Tulsa Arts District
Oct 5 @ 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.

Oct
18
Thu
Third Thursdays @ Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Oct 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.

“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.”“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.

Oct
20
Sat
Midtown Walkabout @ Midtown Oklahoma City
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Midtown Walkabout

Returning on Saturday, October 20 is the Midtown Walkabout! From 2 pm to 6 pm, Midtown merchants will be opening their doors and providing specials, discounts, and giveaways, in addition, to live music, free face painting, and more. Get to know this cozy community the old-fashioned way – a district walkabout. RSVP to the Facebook event to receive notifications about specials from Midtown businesses!

For more information, visit MidtownOKC.com and DowntownOKC.com/midtown-walkabout/.

Nov
2
Fri
First Friday Art Crawl @ Tulsa Arts District
Nov 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.

Nov
15
Thu
Third Thursdays @ Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Nov 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.

“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.”“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.

Dec
7
Fri
First Friday Art Crawl @ Tulsa Arts District
Dec 7 @ 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.

Dec
20
Thu
Third Thursdays @ Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Dec 20 @ 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.

“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.”“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.