(OKLAHOMA CITY) – To celebrate the launch of the West Village District, the community is invited to attend the October Fourth Friday celebration on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The celebration will include a district block party featuring market vendors, live music, art exhibits, open houses, and newly released West Village District giveaways. Event attendees can explore the stylish and eclectic array of businesses, featuring some of the city's best hospitality, entertainment, services, and community. Fourth Fridays is a monthly open house in the West Village District where businesses offer specials and programming to encourage the community to discover something new in the neighborhood.
The new district encompasses the southwestern corner of downtown including John Rex Elementary, Historic Film Row, The Montgomery Apartments, Main Street Arcade building, West Village Apartments, The Jones Assembly, and 21c Museum Hotel.
The best way for attendees to explore the district is to participate in the West Village Welcome Walk by spending dollars and receiving a sticker at any three participating businesses during the October Fourth Friday to enter a drawing for prize packages. Three prize packages will be given away which include a two-night staycation at 21c Museum Hotel, gift cards to district restaurants, bars, breweries, shopping and experiences. Welcome Walk cards can be returned to the information table at Sheridan and Lee Avenue to be entered to win.
Historic Film Row remains a treasured place within the new district. During October’s Fourth Friday event, Lee Avenue will be closed for a night market, dance performances by Sweet Yield Studio and RACE Dance Collective from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and live music by The Contraband from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Starting at 5 p.m., the first 100 visitors to the event can receive a free screen-printed West Village District t-shirt from McKenzie & Co. For over 45 years, Jeff McKenzie has been screen printing on a variety of shirts and apparel. In the shop visitors can find everything from a 100-year-old grand piano to 40-year-old rolls of Jeff’s hand printed wallpaper. His son Blaze continues to carry on the family business and will be screen-printing the free West Village District shirts on-site while supplies last.
For those who are interested in haunted history, the ticketed Paramount Building Haunted Tours with author and folklorist Jeff Provine will take place at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Hear the shocking tales of fires that tore through buildings, the bloody days of skid row, and the haunted theater where a dedicated projectionist still makes appearances decades after his death. Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $10.
Attendees can continue to take a walk back in time at Stitch’s Desert Disco theme bar which will include retro inspired cocktails, a limited food menu and DJ Donna Veronica. The Desert Disco is family-friendly from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and ages 21 and up from 8 p.m. to midnight. Next door, the Plant Shoppe will offer a themed flower wraps/stem bar and DIY succulent bar with disco ball planters from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Several district businesses are releasing new menu and product items inspired by the West Village District, including a new Imperial Stout from Core4 Brewing, a macaron from Cafe Disco, a Candy Corn Cider from OK Cider Co, and a West Village candle from The Social Club.
For more information about the West Village District’s Fourth Fridays event, visit WestVillageOKC.com.