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.
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.
– Watch The Fair Food of 2017 Video
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
First Place: Cutie Pies Concessions’s Watermelon Pie
Second Place: Coco Flow Chocolate Shoppe’s German Chocolate Brownie
Third Place: The Urb Express’s S’more Eggroll
Slice of Savory
First Place: The Urb Express’s Honey Pepper Bacon Dog
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
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.
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.
Gates open at 8 a.m. daily.
Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Monday: Opens at noon
Tuesday – Friday: Opens at 1 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Opens at 11 a.m.
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.
The ultimate weekend of radical empowerment for ALL women, Confidence Con is dedicated to creating more sisterhood, more self-love, more compassion, and more community. From the moment guests enter Confidence Con, their Dream Team and volunteers will be dedicated to providing a magical and transformational experience. In 2014, Creative Powerhouse, Hannah Royce, founded Confidence Con in to bring women in her community together in a way none of them had ever experienced. Her goal was to evoke change in the way women and girls view themselves.
At this empowered gathering, you will learn:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21:
6:00 pm: Registration + No-Name Happy Hour
7:00 – 7:30 pm: Kick-Off Entertainment
7:30 – 7:45 pm: Break
7:45 – 9:00 pm: Mentor Match-Up Breakout Sessions
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22:
8:30 – 9:15 am: Registration + Coffee Bar
9:30 am: Mindfulness + Gratitude With Sun Roller
9:45 – 10:45 am: Panel 1 // Inward Facing Love
10:45 am – 11:00 am: Quick Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Panel 2 // Outward Facing Confidence
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch Break In Downtown Okc
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm: Self-Service Keynote
3:00 pm: Conference Events End
7:00 pm: Secret Location French Cowgirl Neon Disco Dance Party
For tickets and more details visit confidencecon.com
IAO takes a new, eclectic turn as group art exhibition Chrome Chocolate opens on Friday, September 21 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Individual Artists of Oklahoma gallery, 706 W. Sheridan, in Oklahoma City. The free event is open to the public and includes original artwork and merchandise for sale, and will feature DJ sets by Damn Haze.
Composed of a revolving roster of contemporary artists with ties to Oklahoma, Chrome Chocolate began in 2006 and has continued to feature a wide range of artists. The 2018 Chrome Chocolate exhibition is the fourth collaboration, made up of artists working with mixed media, painting, digital art and video. Artists featured in the 2018 Chrome Chocolate show include Vivian Beethe, Aaron Cahill / NGHBRS, Skip Hill, Keegan O’Keefe, Sara Scribner, Shane Scribner, Jansen Sterba, Adam Stewart and thedirtyfabulous.
Chrome Chocolate will remain on display at IAO through October 14, 2018. Gallery Hours are Mon-Fri, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm; Sat-Sun, by appointment.
The time has come to eat, sip and shimmy all in the name of beautification for Western Avenue. September 27th, Will Rogers Theatre will host Taste of Western from 6-9 pm, presented by Midfirst Bank. This marks the 16th year of this Oklahoma City tradition of culinary exploration. This event features local businesses promoting the continued renaissance of one of Oklahoma City’s premiere corridors.
Taste of Western is partnering with Horace Mann Elementary School OKCPS to help with teacher needs. Just bring an item from the list to the event and you will receive a raffle ticket towards our big giveaway during the Taste of Western event. List of items requested: Clorox wipes, colored cardstock, dry erase markers, erasers, file and pocket folders, glue sticks, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, pencils, plain and colored copy paper.
Join some of OKC’s most beloved restaurants as they serve up delicious cuisine for your palate all night long, alongside the most popular beer & wine vendors our city has to offer.
Participating Restaurants: Big Sky Bread Company, Bin 73, En Croute, Flip’s Wine Bar, Hideaway Pizza, Iron Star Urban BBQ, Musashi’s Japanese Steakhouse, Sara Sara Cupcakes, St. Mark’s Chop Room, Sushi Neko, The Hutch On Avondale, The Oil Tree, The Wedge Pizzeria, Whole Foods Market and VZD’s Restaurant & Bar.
With live music sponsored by the jazz group, Amante and silent auction from our amazing sponsors, Taste of Western will be a swanky soiree not to be missed.
Tickets are $55 per person and will be available at tasteofwestern2018.eventbrite.com.
Community is at the heart of this event, bringing people together and raising the profile of the Western Avenue area. Everyone is invited to gather and mix and mingle with Western Avenue friends and fans.
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/.
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) is hosting its 12×12 Art Fundraiser on September 28, 2018 at 50 Penn Place. Sponsor Preview Hour will begin at 6:00 pm, the event opens to the public at 7:00 pm and bids close at 9:30 pm. The fundraiser fuses 175 of Oklahoma’s finest artists with local restaurants and live music to create a memorable one-night-only event.
For 12×12, each artist must create a work that conforms to the dimensions of twelve-by-twelve inches. Artists are selected by a volunteer. As it is OVAC’s only annual fundraiser, the selection process is highly competitive. The 12×12 committee strives to represent a wide variety of artists statewide in this exhibition, keeping in tune with OVAC’s mission. The artwork is sold in a surprising silent and blind auction, meaning bidders will not know what others have bid. Bids for each piece begin at $175. Collectors who fear to lose a piece of art in the auction may “Buy It Now” to trump the auction. Attendees may also purchase $5 chances to win prize packages!
Featuring 175 artists in painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, and more.
Live, low-key music throughout the night from local acts.
A taste of the town with hors-d’oeuvres from various Oklahoma City restaurants. Cash bar.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.12x12OKC.org or call (405) 879-2400.
Grab your crew and drink some brew at the Oklahoma Zoological Society’s 10th annual ZOObrew! Join the Oklahoma City Zoo on Friday, September 28, 2018, from 7 pm to 10 pm for great brews, food, games, music and more as they celebrate a decade of ZOObrew at the Oklahoma City Zoo! Located at the newly renovated Devon Picnic Grounds, the event offers fun for those 21 and over. Guests will have the opportunity to sample over 200 beers from favorite local brewers, home brewers, and distributors.
“This year we have 37 brewers and distributors participating in ZOObrew,” said Matt Burkholder, Coordinator of Special Events and Sponsorships. “This is our largest ZOObrew to date and we’re expecting a crowd of 1,800.”
New this year, ZOObrew goers will have the opportunity to purchase delicious food from some of OKC’s favorite food trucks including Phill Me Up Cheesesteaks, Let’s Do Greek, The Mighty Corn Dog, Humble Donuts and City Flavors. The Zoo’s catering company, Salt & Surrey, will also have a number of options available for purchase. Guests can also challenge each other to a friendly game of Giant Jenga, Giant Beer Pong, or Ladder Golf. Music will be provided by Mike Hosty and Sam Mayes from The Franchise 107.7 who will be live from ZOObrew from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now and are $50 for non-members and $40 for ZOOfriends members. A designated driver ticket is also available for $20. Purchase tickets at zoofriends.org, by phone at 405-425-0618 or in the ZOOfriends membership office open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ZOObrew is the premier beer tasting event in the city you won’t want to miss! Drink beer and help raise funds in support of the Oklahoma City Zoo’s animal enrichment programs.
Participating brewers and distributors include Beer is Good Brewing Company, Claire Beer Company, MadHopper Brewing, Elk Valley Brewing Co., Expedinture Brewery, Crossed Cannons Brewery, Lazy Circles Brewing, Skydance Brewing Co., COOP Ale Works, Anthem Brewery, Angry Scotsman Brewing, Iron Monk Brewing Company, Vortex Alley Brewing, Nothing’s Left Brewing Co., Boardwalk Distribution, Karbach Brewing Co., Anheuser-Busch Sales of OK, Capital Distributing, Founders, OK Cider, Frenzy Brewing, Bitter Sisters, Prairie Artisan Ales, Vanessa House Beer Company, Stonecloud Brewing Co., The Big Friendly, Republic National Distributing, Red Earth Brewers, Cross Timbers Brewing Co., Quality Beverage Company, Bricktown Brewery, Mountain Fork Brewery, Twisted Spike, TUBBS Brewery, Lazy Magnolia, and Rahr & Sons Brewing Company.
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.
Deep Deuce Sessions is a music-art walk highlighting some of Oklahoma City’s best music artists on stages across the neighborhood the final Saturday of each month.
Walk, dine, drink, and listen your way across venues along 2nd and 3rd streets in the Deep Deuce District to experience hip-hop, singer-songwriter, and pop artists showcased throughout the evening. All doors are open for free to the listening public.
For more information, visit DeepDeuceSessions.com.
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