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.

Apr
23
Tue
Festival of the Arts @ Bicentennial Park
Apr 23 – Apr 28 all-day

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.

Festival of the Arts 2016 - photo by Dennis Spielman

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 may 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 answer 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 2019 Festival of the Arts will take place on April 23-28, giving you plenty of chances to go.

Apr
25
Thu
Norman Music Festival @ Downtown Norman
Apr 25 – Apr 27 all-day

The Norman Music Festival is free, three-day music festival in Downtown Norman. The festival highlights both local musicians and internationally acclaimed artists and features many forms and styles of music.

Apr
27
Sat
The Dude Abides OKC @ Fassler Hall OKC
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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

May
3
Fri
First Friday Art Crawl @ Tulsa Arts District
May 3 @ 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
May 3 @ 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
5
Sun
Wanderlust Pop Up Shops @ Wheeler Ferris Wheel
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

WANDERLUST Pop Up Shops

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.

Wanderlust - photo by Dennis Spielman

This event is owned and produced by Revolve Productions.

May
10
Fri
2nd Friday Norman Art Walk @ Downtown Norman
May 10 @ 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.

  • May
    18
    Sat
    OKIE MADE Market @ OKC Farmers Market District
    May 18 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

    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.

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

    Paseo First Friday @ Paseo Arts District
    Jun 7 @ 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