Historically, much of Oklahoma City's art identity has been located in the Paseo Arts District, a small neighborhood just north of downtown with nearly 80 working artists and 20 studios, all of which are open the first Friday of every month – even winter months. Since the redevelopment of the urban core, though, visual arts are springing up all around downtown, both in the Arts District and in surrounding districts.
Whether you want to add to your art collection or brush up on your own artistic skills, this district will act as your muse and provide all the inspiration you need.
Paseo is surrounded by neighborhoods on all sides, so it makes sense that this district offers some of Oklahoma City’s favorite local hangouts. Be sure to check out the Paseo Grill, Picasso Café, the Oso, Scratch and Sauced, just to name a few. There are also lots of new additions to the food scene in Paseo, like the dairy-free, egg-free donuts from Holey Rollers Donuts and the biscuit sliders and other delectable offerings from Buttermilk.
Want to experience the best the district has to offer all at the same time? First Friday Gallery Walk happens (you guessed it) on the first Friday (6-10 p.m.) of each month. Opening receptions for featured artists and a fun street scene await you at one of the oldest art walks in Oklahoma City.
NW 28th & Walker Ave. to NW 30th St. & Dewey Ave.
Of course, the guide above is just a sampling of what there is to taste, see and do in the district.