The 7 Things to Do at September 2014’s H&8th Night Market

People at June 2014 Market Night. Photo by Dennis Spielman
Presented by Fowler Toyota of Norman, H&8th Night Market is a monthly, family- and pet-friendly street festival built around a lineup of Oklahoma’s top gourmet food trucks and live music from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the last Friday of each month along Hudson Avenue between N.W. 6th and N.W. 10th streets in Oklahoma City’s Midtown district. There is no cost to attend.

1. Eat!

[pullquote-right]Coinciding with with this event is the opening of The R&J Lounge and Supper Club[/pullquote-right]Approximately 50 of the state’s top mobile eateries will be at this month’s event offering a vast array of gourmet foods, including vegetarian and dessert options. Participating trucks are listed on the H&8th Night Market website as they are confirmed. View the most updated list of confirmed trucks here.

The grand opening of The R&J Lounge and Supper Club is scheduled to coincide with this month’s H&8th Night Market. The R&J Lounge and Supper Club is a neighborhood bar and restaurant located in the alley at 320 N.W. 10th St., inspired by vintage menus from the 1950s and 1960s and featuring a soundscape curated by Ferris O’Brien from The Spy FM. The R&J will open to the public at 6 p.m. and remain open through 2 a.m. More information at www.rjsupperclub.com

Neighborhood farm-to-fork restaurant Ludivine will be open and accepting reservations. Elemental Coffee Roasters will serve coffee, tea, “epic” pastries and desserts, and specialty cold drinks. COOP Ale Works will offer craft beer.

2. Listen to Music

Live music on the main stage will feature Oklahoma City-based rapper Ronnie Harris at 7 p.m., Ford Chastain, a solo project by the Stardeath and White Dwarfs guitarist, at 8 p.m., Tyson Meade, widely regarded as the godfather of alternative rock, at 9 p.m., and punk rock duo Skating Polly takes the stage at 10 p.m. Uncovering Oklahoma has featured Skating Polly in the past with their music video, Kick, in this Creator Conversation interview.

There will also be live performances at four busking zones across the event and live poetry by Short Order Poems.

3. Shop

This month’s 7th Street retail shopping village, curated by Ashley Terry, will include: The Plant Shoppe, The Clad Stache, Group Fly, The Little Bubble, Shanna Banana, Plenty Mercantile, The Okay See and Shop Good. Shop Good will be screen printing T-shirts live during the event.

The Nature Conservancy, located at 408 NW 7th St., will host the final installment of its ‘Nature in Art’ series, featuring earthy abstract art by local artist John Gron. John’s art will be available for purchase and 30 percent of proceeds will be donated to support the Conservancy’s work in Oklahoma: to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.

4. Voter Registration

The voter registration zone will continue at 723 N. Hudson Ave. (SW corner of 7th and Hudson). State arts advocacy groups will be on hand to answer questions about art related issues at the legislative level, and the Oklahoma State Election Board will provide information about its newly launched “Skip the Line Vote by Mail” campaign.

“The main points we are trying to get across on the vote by mail campaign is that anyone can do it, you don’t need an excuse to vote absentee in Oklahoma, it’s convenient because you don’t have to wait in lines at the polls, and you get your ballot a month in advance,” said Bryan Dean, public information officer for the Oklahoma State Election Board.

5. Watch deadCENTER Shorts

The deadCENTER Film Festival outdoor theater at N.W. 9th Street lights up when the sun goes down. This month’s screening will be a “Best Of” shorts program.

The intersection also features the 21-to-enter H&8th Night Lounge, the Ozarka Water Park and activities with the OKC Energy FC professional soccer team. Download event map here.

6. Pre-and-After-Party

This month’s Midtown/H&8th Happy Hour pre-party will start at 6 p.m. at Revel Eight Salon & Spa, 201 N.W. 10th St., featuring music by DJ Kid Foster, a photo booth by Oh My Dear Photography and a pop-up shop with items by Wolfsteak Clothing Company, Nouveau Jewelry Company, Novel and Proper, and art by Sam Douglas and Parker Cunningham-Jones.

The after-party, featuring a signature H&8th cocktail and beer and drink specials, will be held on the rooftop at Packard’s New American Kitchen, also located at 201 N.W. 10th St. in Midtown.

7. Bike to H&8th

Event organizers would like to encourage attendees to ride their bike to the event and take advantage of the free bicycle valet service hosted by DNA Racing. Check-in is located behind Elemental Coffee.

Bonus #1. Play Chess

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Bonus #2. Bleu Garten opens on Thursday and will be open for H&8th


Sponsors for H&8th Night Market include: Fowler Toyota of Norman, Prodigal, Midtown Association, Citizen’s Bank of Edmond, Ozarka Water Company, Ludivine, Elemental Coffee, COOP Ale Works, The Nature Conservancy and Bin There Dump That.

H&8th Night Market is a volunteer-driven not-for-profit event that relies on the generosity of its sponsors, and private donations, to stay alive and free to the public. For more information about H&8th Night Market visit h8thokc.com. Updates will be posted on Facebook and Twitter (#OKCNightMarket).

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Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at DennisSpielman.com

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