The Crowd at the Center of the Universe Festival Photo Credit: Jeremy Charles
Center of the Universe FestivalThe Center of the Universe Festival is a two-day, non-profit music and arts experience held in Tulsa’s booming Brady Arts District. This year the event is scheduled for July 24 and 25. It’s named after the popular downtown Tulsa landmark, the Center of the Universe, located on the Boston Avenue pedestrian bridge between Archer and First Street. To help you be centered at the festival, Chris Lieberman, one co-founders and Executive Director, shares his insight on the area.

What are suggestions to grab a bite to eat in the area?

There are several great restaurants in the Brady Arts District to choose from. You can find anything you might be craving from pizza and Italian food to Mexican cuisine to all-american pub and tavern food. There will also be 25 food trucks at this year’s Center of the Universe Festival. Check out our website and our social media channels to stay updated on all the food options. Don’t forget to look into the VIP experience as well, which will feature amazing free food from quality chefs all over Tulsa. It’s well worth it!

What are some good places to get just a drink?

The options are endless in the Brady Arts District! You can get a drink and hear live music all night at any of the 10 official Club Venues listed below.

  • Soundpony
  • The Yeti
  • Caz’s Restaurant
  • The Hunt Club
  • Vanguard
  • Club Majestic
  • Mason’s
  • Inner Circle Vodka Bar
  • Saturn Room
  • Bar 46

    What’s a good place to visit to see art, think, and have deep thoughts?

    “With 75 tents with artists and vendors, there will be no shortage of places to see art.”With 75 tents with artists and vendors, there will be no shortage of places to see art. We will also have some large scale art installations at the festival. You never know what you will see when you turn the corner at the Center of the Universe Festival. Prepare to be music and art-inspired all weekend long.

    The BEST reason to get VIP tickets.

    We have added several new perks to the VIP offering this year, so it’s hard to pick just one reason, but I can assure you that fans will not want to miss out on this experience. VIP ticket holders won’t want to miss the free beer, wine and food from several of Tulsa’s finest restaurants available from 5 pm to 8 pm in the VIP lounge at the Cain’s Ballroom. We currently have more than a dozen local chefs and restaurants confirmed to serve our VIP guests including Smoke on Cherry Street, Whole Foods Market, The Vault and many more.

    Woody Guthrie Center - Provided Photo

    Where would you recommend bands go to relax before/after a show?

    We recommend the bands visit the Woody Guthrie Center before the show to be inspired by the true music talent that is Woody Guthrie and calm any nerves by checking out the interactive features throughout the museum. Also, the bands should definitely spend time hanging out in the official club venues after their set.

    Listen to the Official Spotify Playlist

    Do your homework ahead of time because with over 100 bands bands playing in so many places, you will want a game plan to soak in all the tunes you want to hear. The above is the official Spotify playlist to help get a feel for the music.

    Not counting the Center of the Universe circle, what oddity do you think people should see in Tulsa?

    Definitely the Cave House at 1623 Charles Page Boulevard, just west of downtown Tulsa. An oddity is the best way to describe this place. If you are curious enough to see what it looks like on the inside, tours are available by appointment for $10. Talk about a unique sight and experience!

    In the event of an alien wormhole opening above the Center of the Universe, what’s the best hiding place?

    Why would you want to hide? Being the Center of the Universe Festival, maybe we should just go with the aliens, am I right? If you MUST hide, we would recommend making a beeline to the downtown tunnel system. It’s a surefire way to stay protected in the downtown Tulsa area. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, you should look it up. It’s real!

    The 2015 festival will feature more than 100 bands on multiple outdoor stages and numerous club venues. For more information, visit and browse the Center of the Universe Festival tag.

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