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

To submit your event for consideration, click here.

Oct
27
Fri
Wizard World Oklahoma City Comic Con @ Cox Convention Center
Oct 27 – Oct 29 all-day

Join thousands of fellow fans as they converge at the Cox Convention Center at Wizard World Oklahoma City Comic Con & Gaming to celebrate the best in pop culture. Wizard World Comic Con brings it all – Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Graphic Novels, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles, Anime, Manga, and more! This year’s convention will happen on October 27, 28, 29, 2017.

This year’s lineup includes Kate Beckinsale (Underworld), Val Kilmer (Batman Forever, Top Gun), Jewel Staite (Firefly), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Ray Park (Star Wars Episode I), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and many more.

Show Hours:
Friday, October 27, 2017 – 4 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 10 am to 7 pm
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 10 am to 4 pm

Use the code UNCOVERING10 to get 10% off your ticket at checkout.

Nov
3
Fri
Paseo First Friday @ Paseo Arts District
Nov 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

Nov
4
Sat
Factory Obscura’s SHIFT @ Current Studio
Nov 4 all-day

SHIFT - Conceptual Drawing 1

Factory Obscura is an Oklahoma City-based art collective working to create a fully-immersive, experiential art installation that challenges the participant to physically explore the full-sensory environment, similar to Meow Wolf in Santa Fe. Factory Obscura has announced plans for the group’s inaugural art installation in Oklahoma City this fall with SHIFT at Current Studio opening on Thursday, November 9.

“This may be the most ambitious work of art that Oklahoma City has ever seen.”“When you take into account the collaborative element of pairing more than a dozen different artists and styles together, as well as the fully-immersive nature of this experience, this may be the most ambitious work of art that Oklahoma City has ever seen,” said Laura Massenat, co-founder of Factory Obscura.

Factory Obscura formed earlier this year to produce large-scale installations that require new forms of audience engagement. SHIFT will be the group’s first installation.

Spurred by the desire to cause a shift in thinking, and inspired by like-minded collective Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, Factory Obscura plans to launch a long-term vision for growth when SHIFT opens to the public. This installation will be the first leading the collective toward a permanent location in Oklahoma City.

SHIFT - Conceptual Drawing 2

Factory Obscura leadership includes Laura Massenat, Laurent Massenat, Thomas Thompson, Tammy Greenman, Hugh Meade and Chris Kavanaugh.

Project artists include Denise Duong, Nicole Emmons-Willis, Nima Ferdosi, Klair Larason, Erin Latham, Nick Lillard, Leigh Martin, Tiffany McKnight, Mandy Messina, Joe Slack, Cassie Stover, and David Webber.

“Current Studio is an experimental art space focused on creating new art experiences for audiences and providing a venue for full artistic expression,” said Kelsey Karper, co-founder of Current Studio. “SHIFT from Factory Obscura fits perfectly within our mission, and we are proud to be incubating this exciting and ambitious project.”

On Saturday, November 4, a Midnight Dinner preview party at a top-secret location will be held, offering many surprises. To purchase tickets for the dinner, click here. Ticket sales from the dinner will allow artists to be paid fairly for their work, and keep the SHIFT exhibition free and open to the public through the duration of its run at Current Studio, located at 1218 N. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73017.

Not For Sale @ Oklahoma Contemporary
Nov 4 all-day

Not For Sale

In honor of Hip Hop Month in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Contemporary is pleased to announce Not For Sale: Graffiti Culture in Oklahoma. The exhibition, showcasing graffiti created by some of the state’s most talented artists, will run Oct. 5 to Nov. 30.

Not For Sale will feature 10 artists who have been an integral part of the Oklahoma graffiti scene. Artists will paint directly on the walls of the gallery, transforming Oklahoma Contemporary into a vivid and exciting display of styles. These artists are part of a culture that promotes creative expression to individuals who have not always had access to the art world.

“This is a chance for people who aren’t familiar with graffiti to see it in all forms. It’s a chance for people to understand that graffiti has changed and saved lives. Artists do it to connect with and improve their communities.”“Graffiti is often referred to as a form of rebellion, but I want to change that perception with this exhibition,” said Angel Little, guest curator for Not For Sale. “This is a chance for people who aren’t familiar with graffiti to see it in all forms. It’s a chance for people to understand that graffiti has changed and saved lives. Artists do it to connect with and improve their communities. The artists in this show — from Oklahoma City and Tulsa — are the driving force behind the change and it’s inspiring to see them come together in a gallery environment and with this kind of influence to create something positive.”

The artwork in Not For Sale finds its roots in the graffiti movement that emerged in the early 1970s in Philadelphia. Graffiti art is mostly based on text – in particular, the writing of an assumed name that serves to promote the artist. Graffiti has flourished worldwide in large part because it operates outside of the art world’s elite institutions — it therefore is an art form open to anyone. The exhibition title, Not For Sale, makes reference to the fact that graffiti is primarily made for fame and not for money and can be seen by everyone, not just those with access to museums and galleries.

“In recent years, graffiti has become increasingly accepted by the art world as a legitimate, innovative art form requiring great skill,” said Jennifer Scanlan, exhibitions and curatorial director at Oklahoma Contemporary. “At Oklahoma Contemporary, we celebrate creativity in all forms. Not For Sale gives us the opportunity to showcase the artistic talent of graffiti writers here in our state. By putting the works in a gallery setting, we want visitors to really consider the ways in which these are similar to a painting that might be hung on the wall — the use of color, the composition and the ideas the artists are trying to convey.”

While graffiti’s often illegal placement on subways, trains and walls has added to its appeal as a form of rebellion, the artists in Not For Sale have used their skills in many legitimate fields, from mural commissions to graphic design to fine art that sells in galleries. Guest curators Chris SKER and Little have secured the talents of skilled and experienced graffiti artists with an Oklahoma connection. All of the artists are Oklahoma-born, with the majority currently living and working in the state.

Featured artists include SKER, JASPYR, CODAK Smith, SADAT, David HEK, SEAPO, GERM, ENTAKE, MANIK and RHAK.

“This is the place where my life’s journey began,” said muralist CODAK Smith. “As someone who was born in Oklahoma and is fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout the United States and overseas to showcase my art, it is a great honor to bring my work back home and contribute to the growing mural arts scene in Oklahoma.”

Oklahoma Contemporary has planned a series of programs for youth and adults that look at graffiti’s place as one of the “four elements of hip-hop” — including emceeing, breaking (formerly known as breakdancing) and DJing. Workshops and performances will allow everyone to celebrate November as Hip Hop Month in Oklahoma City, as designated by Mayor Mick Cornett in 2016. On Oct. 19, Oklahoma Contemporary will partner with the Ralph Ellison Foundation to present Soul of an Underground, an evening of performance, combining music, spoken-word poetry and movement.

On Nov. 4, Oklahoma Contemporary will host the ONEsoul Charity Event Hip-Hop Jam. This event features dance battles and open floor dancing, live graffiti competitions, musical performances, food trucks, indoor art projects and more. From noon to 7 p.m., the focus is on families, with workshops, kid showcases and performances. After 7 p.m., visitors over 21 can enjoy adult beverages as the mood changes to a more adult environment.

For more information, visit oklahomacontemporary.org.

Nov
9
Thu
Factory Obscura’s SHIFT @ Current Studio
Nov 9 all-day

SHIFT - Conceptual Drawing 1

Factory Obscura is an Oklahoma City-based art collective working to create a fully-immersive, experiential art installation that challenges the participant to physically explore the full-sensory environment, similar to Meow Wolf in Santa Fe. Factory Obscura has announced plans for the group’s inaugural art installation in Oklahoma City this fall with SHIFT at Current Studio opening on Thursday, November 9.

“This may be the most ambitious work of art that Oklahoma City has ever seen.”“When you take into account the collaborative element of pairing more than a dozen different artists and styles together, as well as the fully-immersive nature of this experience, this may be the most ambitious work of art that Oklahoma City has ever seen,” said Laura Massenat, co-founder of Factory Obscura.

Factory Obscura formed earlier this year to produce large-scale installations that require new forms of audience engagement. SHIFT will be the group’s first installation.

Spurred by the desire to cause a shift in thinking, and inspired by like-minded collective Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, Factory Obscura plans to launch a long-term vision for growth when SHIFT opens to the public. This installation will be the first leading the collective toward a permanent location in Oklahoma City.

SHIFT - Conceptual Drawing 2

Factory Obscura leadership includes Laura Massenat, Laurent Massenat, Thomas Thompson, Tammy Greenman, Hugh Meade and Chris Kavanaugh.

Project artists include Denise Duong, Nicole Emmons-Willis, Nima Ferdosi, Klair Larason, Erin Latham, Nick Lillard, Leigh Martin, Tiffany McKnight, Mandy Messina, Joe Slack, Cassie Stover, and David Webber.

“Current Studio is an experimental art space focused on creating new art experiences for audiences and providing a venue for full artistic expression,” said Kelsey Karper, co-founder of Current Studio. “SHIFT from Factory Obscura fits perfectly within our mission, and we are proud to be incubating this exciting and ambitious project.”

On Saturday, November 4, a Midnight Dinner preview party at a top-secret location will be held, offering many surprises. To purchase tickets for the dinner, click here. Ticket sales from the dinner will allow artists to be paid fairly for their work, and keep the SHIFT exhibition free and open to the public through the duration of its run at Current Studio, located at 1218 N. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73017.

Nov
10
Fri
LIVE on the Plaza @ Plaza District
Nov 10 @ 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)

Nov
12
Sun
Wizards on Western @ Western Avenue
Nov 12 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Wanted PostersWizards on Western is a non-profit, volunteer ran community festival celebrating Harry Potter and the adventures of reading in Oklahoma City. Previously known as the Harry Potter Festival, Wizards on Western is a free, family friendly event with wizard related activities and games, along with food trucks and vendors. Come help celebrate the boy who lived on November 12, 2017, along the streets of Western Avenue from 39th Street to 44th Street. Costumes encouraged! All ages welcome.

*The event is no way endorsed or affiliated with Warner Bros. or Harry Potter.

Last year, festival organizers only planned for about 5,000 people turning up and got over 20,000. They have received feedback for improvement and are planning things differently for this year’s event. For example, to reduce lines there will be more food trucks, multiple vendors selling wands, cool November weather for costumes, shuttle vans, and multiple people selling butterscotch cream soda (which they cannot call Butterbeer). Please understand that this is an event put on by volunteers, so if you would like to volunteer to help with crowd control, please watch their Facebook page for volunteer opportunities.

Other activities planned include:

– Selfie Stations and Photo-ops
– Escape the Hogwart’s Expressed themed crate
– Help free the house elves by donating a new pair of socks benefiting The Homeless Alliance of Oklahoma
– Shop the amazing selection of handcrafted wands
– A Harry Potter themed band inside Will Rogers (admission required)
– The Tri-Wizard Harry Potter Trivia (admission required)

More details to come!

Visit the Wizards on Western Facebook page or wizardsonwestern.com for more details and how you can help this Harry Potter themed festival in Oklahoma City.

Nov
30
Thu
Not For Sale @ Oklahoma Contemporary
Nov 30 all-day

Not For Sale

In honor of Hip Hop Month in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Contemporary is pleased to announce Not For Sale: Graffiti Culture in Oklahoma. The exhibition, showcasing graffiti created by some of the state’s most talented artists, will run Oct. 5 to Nov. 30.

Not For Sale will feature 10 artists who have been an integral part of the Oklahoma graffiti scene. Artists will paint directly on the walls of the gallery, transforming Oklahoma Contemporary into a vivid and exciting display of styles. These artists are part of a culture that promotes creative expression to individuals who have not always had access to the art world.

“This is a chance for people who aren’t familiar with graffiti to see it in all forms. It’s a chance for people to understand that graffiti has changed and saved lives. Artists do it to connect with and improve their communities.”“Graffiti is often referred to as a form of rebellion, but I want to change that perception with this exhibition,” said Angel Little, guest curator for Not For Sale. “This is a chance for people who aren’t familiar with graffiti to see it in all forms. It’s a chance for people to understand that graffiti has changed and saved lives. Artists do it to connect with and improve their communities. The artists in this show — from Oklahoma City and Tulsa — are the driving force behind the change and it’s inspiring to see them come together in a gallery environment and with this kind of influence to create something positive.”

The artwork in Not For Sale finds its roots in the graffiti movement that emerged in the early 1970s in Philadelphia. Graffiti art is mostly based on text – in particular, the writing of an assumed name that serves to promote the artist. Graffiti has flourished worldwide in large part because it operates outside of the art world’s elite institutions — it therefore is an art form open to anyone. The exhibition title, Not For Sale, makes reference to the fact that graffiti is primarily made for fame and not for money and can be seen by everyone, not just those with access to museums and galleries.

“In recent years, graffiti has become increasingly accepted by the art world as a legitimate, innovative art form requiring great skill,” said Jennifer Scanlan, exhibitions and curatorial director at Oklahoma Contemporary. “At Oklahoma Contemporary, we celebrate creativity in all forms. Not For Sale gives us the opportunity to showcase the artistic talent of graffiti writers here in our state. By putting the works in a gallery setting, we want visitors to really consider the ways in which these are similar to a painting that might be hung on the wall — the use of color, the composition and the ideas the artists are trying to convey.”

While graffiti’s often illegal placement on subways, trains and walls has added to its appeal as a form of rebellion, the artists in Not For Sale have used their skills in many legitimate fields, from mural commissions to graphic design to fine art that sells in galleries. Guest curators Chris SKER and Little have secured the talents of skilled and experienced graffiti artists with an Oklahoma connection. All of the artists are Oklahoma-born, with the majority currently living and working in the state.

Featured artists include SKER, JASPYR, CODAK Smith, SADAT, David HEK, SEAPO, GERM, ENTAKE, MANIK and RHAK.

“This is the place where my life’s journey began,” said muralist CODAK Smith. “As someone who was born in Oklahoma and is fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout the United States and overseas to showcase my art, it is a great honor to bring my work back home and contribute to the growing mural arts scene in Oklahoma.”

Oklahoma Contemporary has planned a series of programs for youth and adults that look at graffiti’s place as one of the “four elements of hip-hop” — including emceeing, breaking (formerly known as breakdancing) and DJing. Workshops and performances will allow everyone to celebrate November as Hip Hop Month in Oklahoma City, as designated by Mayor Mick Cornett in 2016. On Oct. 19, Oklahoma Contemporary will partner with the Ralph Ellison Foundation to present Soul of an Underground, an evening of performance, combining music, spoken-word poetry and movement.

On Nov. 4, Oklahoma Contemporary will host the ONEsoul Charity Event Hip-Hop Jam. This event features dance battles and open floor dancing, live graffiti competitions, musical performances, food trucks, indoor art projects and more. From noon to 7 p.m., the focus is on families, with workshops, kid showcases and performances. After 7 p.m., visitors over 21 can enjoy adult beverages as the mood changes to a more adult environment.

For more information, visit oklahomacontemporary.org.

Dec
1
Fri
Paseo First Friday @ Paseo Arts District
Dec 1 @ 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

Dec
8
Fri
LIVE on the Plaza @ Plaza District
Dec 8 @ 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)