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Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

123 Park Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
P: +1 405-297-8945

Overview

Oklahoma City offers all of the culture, cuisine, attractions and amenities you’d expect in a modern metropolis. And with its rugged Western past, working stockyards and title as “Horse Show Capital of the World,” it’s rich in cowboy culture as well. From family fun to romantic retreats to outdoor adventures you won’t find anywhere else, Oklahoma City has plenty of hustle without all the hassle.
 
Kayak in the Riversport Rapids

Theater

Lyric Theatre 16:5 Lyric Theatre 
Lyric Theatre has performances in its home theater in the Plaza District, as well as a full season of bigger shows at Civic Center Music Hall. Lyric has established itself as a staging ground for shows that are being groomed for Broadway, and so its seasons often feature regional or national premieres.

Dance

Ballet 16:5 Oklahoma City Ballet 
Oklahoma City Ballet’s season runs from October through April. The company boasts an international group of dancers, many trained in some of the best schools in the world. Artistic Director Robert Mills has a repertory that includes classical works like Giselle, Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet, as well as more contemporary masters like George Ballanchine and Twyla Tharp. For visitors from larger cities, the ticket prices will be a very pleasant surprise.

Music

Oklahoma City is home to some iconic music venues, and while the music route has been through Tulsa in recent years, that is changing with the addition of outstanding new venues like The Criterion in east Bricktown. The 4,000-seat Criterion has adaptable seating to allow for smaller, more intimate shows, a state of the art sound system, and a full bar for concert-goers. A partnership with Live Nation means The Criterion draws the best local and regional acts, especially singer-songwriters, alternative rockers, bluegrass, and country artists. Live Music 16:5 The Criterion is owned by the same group that made the Wormy Dog Saloon a household name around the state. Originally a Stillwater club, the Wormy Dog in Bricktown hosts top regional talent just about every weekend. Oklahoma City is only a few hours north of Austin, so the roots, Americana, bluegrass and Red Dirt artists who make Austin such a musical mecca, make the trip up Interstate 35 regularly to play the Wormy Dog. One of the side benefits of the venue is that it’s a dance club as well, so feel free to two-step your way through the shows. Live Music 16:5 (2) The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma is actually a degree program through the university, but it is also an event center that features a wide range of artists. ACM@UCO, as it’s known, is actually in Bricktown, unlike the university, and it focuses on several different genres. The venue regularly hosts performers—including comedians—with regional and national profiles. As it is contemporary in focus, the artists tend to be across genres, so it’s possible to see jazz, rock, country, swing or just about any other style you can imagine. Live Music 16:5 (3) Finally, for the serious music fan, the Blue Door is Oklahoma City’s best venue for listeners—no crowd noise, cigarette smoke or nonsense allowed at Blue Door. There are shows nearly every week, and the list of bands and musicians features some of the best local, regional and national acts, especially in the genres of Americana, folk, roots and new grass. Since it doesn’t sell alcohol or food on the premises, you are free to bring your favorite bottle of wine or an ice chest full of beer to enjoy during the show.

Museums

Any stay in Oklahoma City can be enriched with a visit to one of its history museums. The offerings are quality and diverse, and each presents some aspect of the region, people and achievements. OKC History Center 16:5 A wonderful place to start exploring the state’s history is the Oklahoma History Center, celebrating 10 years in its architecturally-dynamic building near the state Capitol. A new major exhibition, the “Crossroads of Commerce,” touts the state’s business history from the late 1600s up to current times. This colorful, immersive exhibit features an array of artifacts, including several original signs from commercial enterprises. Explore the permanent collection showcasing the state’s history and be sure to view the exhibit highlighting the 38 federally recognized American Indian tribes currently associated with Oklahoma. Native American history is one of the most requested subjects. Oklahoma Hall of Fame 16:5 The Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum tells the story of the state’s people. Learn how the heritage of Oklahoma sons and daughters like pilot Wiley Post, singer Reba McEntire and astronaut Shannon Lucid contributed to their accomplishments. Induction into the Hall of Fame is regarded as the state’s highest honor. Here Oklahomans past and present, famous and not-so-famous, paint a picture of the state’s history in their portrayal of the five characteristics of Oklahomans — perseverance, pioneer spirit, optimism, generosity and individualism. In this restored, stately 1920s building with a rich history of its own, find inspiration and pride in the nation’s 46th state. In addition to its annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, the museum hosts an annual Statehood Day Festival each November with family-friendly activities and free admission. 45th Infantry Division Museum 16:5 The 45th Infantry Division Museum features wide-ranging collections covering from the Revolutionary War era to today’s Oklahomans and their current involvement in the War on Terror. Highlights include one of the finest collections of American military weapons and original drawings by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin whose characters, Willie and Joe, chronicled the lives of infantrymen in World War II. The 45th Division Museum’s 15-acre park features tanks, artillery, personnel carriers, aircraft and the Thunderbird Monument. This tribute is to soldiers who served in World War II and Korea, as well as those who continue to serve in Oklahoma’s National Guard. Nearing a century in existence, the 45th Infantry has strong ties to Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Buffalo Bill 16:5 The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum preserves and embodies the histories and cultures of the American West, part of the nation’s identity and heritage. Explore the vast, diverse history and artistry of the American West through fine art and artifacts, educational classes and demonstrations. The museum is large, making it possible to spend several hours or return for additional visits. Permanent and temporary exhibitions are boosted by a variety of events, including the annual Western Family Weekend and National Day of the American Cowboy. Each summer, visitors delight in a prestigious contemporary art exhibition and sale known as Prix de West. Harn Homestead 16:5 In the shadow of the state Capitol, you will find a chance to step back in time at the Historic Harn Homestead Museum. With a stop at this scenic outdoor complex, learn about territorial life in Oklahoma on property claimed during one of the famed land runs that led to settlement. You are welcome anytime during public hours, which vary by season. Check out the schedule for guided tours of the Queen-Anne style, Victorian home, which take 30 to 60 minutes. For true old-fashioned fun, pack a picnic for the beautiful outdoor setting. Red Earth Museum 16:5 A departure from a traditional museum, the Red Earth Art Center in downtown Oklahoma City represents the state’s Native American heritage, primarily through contemporary art. The center is located next to Oklahoma City’s historic Skirvin Hilton Hotel and within walking distance of the Cox Convention Center where the nonprofit presents the annual Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival each June. The center offers original Native American artwork for purchase, including paintings, jewelry, pottery, beadwork and other items. Also on exhibit are some items from a permanent collection of fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles and beadwork. Red Earth Art Center enhances the cultural climate for residents and visitors alike. Oklahoma City’s history museums are scattered in different locations, adding to their ease-of-access and appeal. Sampled in combination with the art, science, children’s and zoological offerings, they constitute well-rounded entertainment and educational attractions that make the city a wonderful destination for weekend getaways and extended stays.

Galleries

MOA Wall 16:5 Oklahoma City Museum of Art 
Also in the downtown area is the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Visitors are greeted by a massive Dale Chihuly glass sculpture as they walk into the foyer, a not-so-subtle promise of what the third floor holds. The first floor is always occupied by a traveling, rotating exhibit that features classic and contemporary artists in a wide range of media. The second floor holds several rooms where selections from the OKCMOA’s permanent collection are displayed—everything from mixed media, to painting, to sculpture. The third floor of the museum is home to a collection of Dale Chihuly glass exhibits. Ranging from the whimsical to the serious, Chihuly’s work is always remarkable, and the OKCMOA has done a wonderful job of staging the separate assemblages as a voyage of discovery. Line 16:5 Individual Artists of Oklahoma 16:5 Individual Artists of Oklahoma Less than a mile from the OKCMOA is the official gallery of the Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO), an organization that supports and features local artists from all over the state. The gallery is located in the Film Row district, close to plenty of food and entertainment. Exhibits rotate regularly, and the work on display comes from every conceivable genre, including film. A venue in the rear of the building regularly features poetry and music as well. Line 16:5 OK Contemporary Arts Center 16:5 Oklahoma Contemporary 
At the corner of NW 11th Street and Broadway Avenue, Oklahoma Contemporary will soon have its permanent home, a $26 million arts campus. For now, the Showroom at Oklahoma Contemporary houses exhibitions, serves as an arts venue and curates the art library. Oklahoma Contemporary partners with Marfa Contemporary in Marfa, Texas, and the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, to feature some of the best regional and national artists. Line 16:5 Exhibit C 16:5Exhibit C is one of downtown’s newest art galleries featuring handcrafted artwork by Chickasaw artists. Located in Bricktown, the gallery is a perfect combination of arts, Native American culture and hospitality, showcasing a new artist every few months. You can also buy authentic artisan works such as jewelry, pottery, paintings and clothing in its bright retail space. Line 16:5 Paseo Arts District 16:5 The Paseo Arts District 
Anyone serious about the visual arts has to head over to The Paseo, Oklahoma City’s historic arts district. The area is home to more than 22 galleries that feature the work of approximately 80 artists. The first Friday of every month, all the galleries are open from 6 to 10 p.m. for the monthly Art Walk. The district has grown rapidly over the past several years, and that trend seems to be continuing. New restaurants are going in, and more shopping options are popping up, making The Paseo a destination in its own right.

Programs for Children & Family

If you're looking for adventures for you and your little ones, Oklahoma City has plenty of options. Here are just a few, broken down by ages from toddlers to pre-teens and beyond. Visit the link for more

Events and Festivals

Monthly Festivals Oklahoma City's amazing growth over the past several years has led to a renaissance in older neighborhoods and business districts throughout the city's core. The renewal of these neighborhoods has led to a happy byproduct: monthly festivals that highlight the flavors and features of these historic areas. On almost every Friday throughout the year, and occasionally on Thursdays, art, entertainment, food and local music are featured, and the events vary based on the neighborhoods. Line 16:5 Paseo Arts District Music 16:5 Paseo's First Friday Gallery Walk
First Friday of Every Month Paseo is Oklahoma City's official arts district and the host of First Friday, a monthly "open house" on the first Friday (and Saturday) for the galleries in the district. The Paseo is home to more than 17 galleries, and more than 70 artists display their work, much of it for sale, for the First Friday gallery walk. The Paseo District is located about two miles north of downtown, and all the galleries are within a short walking distance of each other. In addition to the artists, some of the district's best restaurants, including Paseo Grill and Picasso's Café, offer live music and special menu items. Picasso's Cafe is open for lunch Saturday as well. Guests can view artists at work in their galleries, art openings and new featured artists. A wide variety of media art is available, including painting, sculpture and mixed media. Line 16:5 Plaza District 16:5 Plaza's Live on the Plaza
Located just a mile northwest of downtown is the fun and funky Plaza District. This historic area at NW 16th Street and Blackwelder Avenue hosts live on the Plaza the second Friday of every month. The event is an art walk, and local businesses, including restaurants and retail stores, stay open late. Vendors set up tables and booths along the district selling handmade items, vintage clothing, art and many other products. Street entertainers, live music and some of the metro's best people watching make this an energetic event suitable for all ages. Line 16:5 Automobile Alley 16:5 Automobile Alley's Shop Hop
Automobile Alley is the historic car district between NW 4th Street and NW 10th Street on Broadway Avenue in downtown Oklahoma City. Some of the metro's first and most famous car dealerships started on Automobile Alley, and the historic buildings have been restored and re-purposed. Shop Hop is a family-friendly event on the third Thursday of every month featuring live music, street artists, extended shopping hours and special offers from area restaurants and businesses. Line 16:5 Premiere on Film Row 16:5 Premiere on Film Row
Premiere on Film Row follows Shop Hop on the third Friday of every month. The area is one of Oklahoma City's newest restoration projects, and is located just west of downtown on Sheridan Ave. The event runs from 6 to 10:00 p.m. and features food trucks, classic movies at The Paramount, music, art courtesy of IAO Gallery and activities for all ages. Line 16:5

Data Name Value
Accredited Museums 7
Name
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City, OK)
Oklahoma City Museum of Art (Oklahoma City, OK)
Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum (Oklahoma City, OK)
Oklahoma City Zoological Park and Botanical Garden (Oklahoma City, OK)
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
Science Museum Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, OK)
Arts Institutions 51
Dance Companies 2
Name Count
Canadian County, OK 0
Cleveland County, OK 0
Grady County, OK 0
Kingfisher County, OK 0
Lincoln County, OK 0
Logan County, OK 0
McClain County, OK 0
Oklahoma County, OK 2
Payne County, OK 0
Pottawatomie County, OK 0
Historical Sites 1
Name Count
Canadian County, OK 0
Cleveland County, OK 0
Grady County, OK 0
Kingfisher County, OK 0
Lincoln County, OK 0
Logan County, OK 0
McClain County, OK 0
Oklahoma County, OK 1
Payne County, OK 0
Pottawatomie County, OK 0
Museums 25
Name Count
Canadian County, OK 1
Cleveland County, OK 2
Grady County, OK 0
Kingfisher County, OK 0
Lincoln County, OK 1
Logan County, OK 3
McClain County, OK 0
Oklahoma County, OK 13
Payne County, OK 3
Pottawatomie County, OK 2
Musical Groups and Artists 13
Name Count
Canadian County, OK 1
Cleveland County, OK 2
Grady County, OK 0
Kingfisher County, OK 0
Lincoln County, OK 0
Logan County, OK 0
McClain County, OK 1
Oklahoma County, OK 9
Payne County, OK 0
Pottawatomie County, OK 0
Other Performing Arts Companies 1
Name Count
Canadian County, OK 0
Cleveland County, OK 1
Grady County, OK 0
Kingfisher County, OK 0
Lincoln County, OK 0
Logan County, OK 0
McClain County, OK 0
Oklahoma County, OK 0
Payne County, OK 0
Pottawatomie County, OK 0
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 9
Name Count
Canadian County, OK 0
Cleveland County, OK 2
Grady County, OK 0
Kingfisher County, OK 0
Lincoln County, OK 0
Logan County, OK 0
McClain County, OK 0
Oklahoma County, OK 6
Payne County, OK 1
Pottawatomie County, OK 0