No matter what time of year it is, there is always something happening in Oklahoma City. From one of the "Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" to cultural celebrations that are uniquely Oklahoman.
deadCENTER Film Festival is Oklahoma's largest film festival and one of the "Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" and "Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" according to MovieMaker Magazine. In its 14th year in 2014, deadCenter Film Festival featured 115 different films over 4 days, and had over 25,000 attendees.
And what's up with the name you ask? "deadCENTER" refers to the geographic location of the festival - in OKC - the "dead center" of the United States.
Why should you attend? It's a great chance to see exciting new short films, insightful documentaries, hilarious comedies, scary monster movies, and the best independent films from around the world and all over Oklahoma. Plus, you might just see a movie star or two.
Its mission is to promote, encourage and celebrate the independent film arts. deadCENTER accomplishes this mission with a renowned festival each June, a year round education program and screenings throughout the year in partnerships with museums and various arts organizations.
And, because the festival is run by working filmmakers, deadCENTER is designed to cater to the needs and wants of all types of filmmakers, from first time student short directors to established veterans like Spike Jonze, who opened our festival in 2010, or Nick Cassavetes, who served as judge for our 2011 festival.
Voted one of the 12 ‘must-run’ marathons in the world by Runner’s World magazine, the 26.2 miles is loaded with bands, cheering supporters, banners, and the most scenic neighborhoods in Oklahoma City.
April 24, 2016 Oklahoma City IS a Marathon City. The marathon is a wonderful analogy of the character of our people, the history of our trials and difficulties, and the way in which we have overcome and persevered. The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is not about running, it is about life, honoring the memory of life lost through tragedy, celebrating the gift of life given equally to each person, and reaching forward into the future to life yet to be lived. This is the spirit in which the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was conceptualized by two Oklahoma businessmen who, while on a morning run, created the outline for this inspiring event. A group of volunteer chairmen lead a volunteer corps to carry out the full weekend of events. From its inaugural race in 2001 with just shy of 5,000 participants, the event now hosts over 23,000 runners and walkers from every state and several foreign countries.
The mission of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is to celebrate life, reach for the future, honor the memories of those who were killed and unite the world in hope. This is not just another marathon. It is a Run to Remember…and a race to show that we can each make a difference and change the world.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is the sole beneficiary of Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon event proceeds.
Oklahoma City’s premier fall event, the 2016 Oklahoma Regatta Festival will take place Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in the Boathouse District. The four-day celebration of rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and family fun includes the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma racing, OGE NightSprints…and a family festival featuring a children’s area, fireworks, food trucks, a beer garden and a front row seat for all the racing!
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts its prestigious invitational art exhibit of over 300 Western paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation with art seminars, receptions and awards banquet. The exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this prestigious art exhibition. Works range from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionist works of art. Landscapes, wildlife and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition.
Reservations are required for opening activities. This annual exhibition kicks off with two days of seminars on art-related topics and art demonstrations. The weekend culminates with a fixed-price sale of all the exhibition pieces.
The exhibition is just one of the many signature events the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts each year. For information about Prix de West opening weekend, to make reservations, order a catalog of art or make arrangements for proxy bidding call (405) 478- 2250 or visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org/.
The 40th Annual Paseo Arts Festival will take place once again on Memorial Day weekend. More than 80 visual artists will fill the Historic Paseo Arts District, located between NW 30th and Dewey and NW 28th and Walker, selling original artwork in a wide variety of media, from painting and photography to wood and jewelry. The Festival also hosts dozens of musicians and other live performers on three stages. The North Stage features acoustic acts and singer-songwriters, from folk and country to bluegrass and much more, while the South Stage spotlights dancers, acts that get a little louder, and some of the Festival's most popular returning acts. The food court at Paseo Drive and 29th will feature different food vendors, bringing traditional and not-so-traditional festival treats, both savory and sweet. A children's area, offered at no cost, allows future artists to explore the arts and have fun while creating clay sculptures, spin art, and more.
Also for youth, Paper Play Theatre is a hands-on multi arts experience for children of all ages, taking place inside Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan. The studio is open each day of the festival, inviting children to construct puppets from paper, glitz, light and shadows. See StarDanceSwan’s performers dance and sing each child’s puppet story.
Each year, this event draws more than 60,000 people, who come to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of this event. As the Paseo Arts Association's largest annual fundraiser, the Festival helps to support arts events in the Paseo year-round.
In addition to the visiting food vendors and artists, the district's three restaurants and seventeen working galleries will also be open during festival hours. Many galleries will host special exhibits and new artists during the Festival. There is so much to see and do at the Paseo Arts Festival: you won't want to miss it! Not sure where to park? The Paseo Arts Festival has a shuttle service! Parking will be available to festival visitors at First Christian Church at 36th and Walker. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes each day of the festival.
What started as a celebration of the comeback of the revitalized Plaza District, the Plaza District Festival now draws a crowd from around the Oklahoma City area as well as visitors looking for that taste of local. Located on Northwest 16th Street in OKC's Plaza District, the festival highlights a wide array of Oklahoma's own performing artists, visual artists and musicians while patrons enjoy local food, kid's activities and the chance to purchase items they like at artist booths.
During the daylong festival, you can catch a performance at any of the four stages set up in the district. One located on each end of the street, east and west, and the other two located in Bad Granny's Backroom and the Everything Goes Dance Stage. And, there's always a dance performance at the top of every hour at the Everything Goes Dance Stage. So whether it's music or dance that strikes your fancy, you'll have plenty to choose from at this festival!
Check out www.plazadistrictfestival.com for more details on the festival!
The 30th Annual Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival is scheduled June 10-12, 2016 at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City The award winning festival features American Indian artists and dancers from through North America who celebrate the richness and diversity of their heritage with the world. During the Red Earth Festival Oklahoma City is the center of Native American art and culture in America.
Through the years, Red Earth has matured into one of the most respected visual and performing arts event of its type – setting the standard for many of today’s Indian art shows held throughout the nation. At Red Earth, guests can sample the work of some of the nation’s most celebrated artists, with opportunities to purchase contemporary and traditional examples of beadwork, basketry, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, paintings, graphics and cultural attire during the juried art show and market.
The Red Earth Fancy Dance Competition will feature the elite of Native American dance in Men's Fancy War Dance and Ladies Fancy Shawl. The masters, each exhibit their originality and skills in one of the most prestigious of all native dance competitions.
A grand parade, unlike any other parade in the world, opens the Red Earth Festival in downtown Oklahoma City. The streets of downtown Oklahoma City will vibrate in Native American tribal spirit as tribal representatives, in full regalia, make the Red Earth Parade one of America’s most unique.
For additional information contact Red Earth, Inc at (405) 427-5228 or become a friend of Red Earth on Facebook. Red Earth is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
Each February and October, patrons make their way to the annual An Affair of the Heart show at State Fair Park where they are treated to one of the largest craft shows in the Southwest featuring more than 800 exhibitors from over 30 states displaying antiques, collectibles and handmade items. The show features items including quilts, antique furniture, baskets, dried flower arrangements, stenciling, wooden and painted folk art, Belgian lace pictures, antique jewelry, toys, dolls, stoneware, clothing, patio and garden items, watercolor paintings and much more.