Featuring a first look at the Bar K dog park, restaurant and bar concept
If autumn leaves and crisp fall air are calling your name, mark your calendar for Outdoor October, RIVERSPORT’s four-week series of Saturday events that begins October 3.
“While we can’t have the annual Oklahoma Regatta Festival this year, we want to offer families a new way to experience RIVERSPORT this fall,” said Mike Knopp, executive director.
RIVERSPORT will have pop-up shops, food trucks, authentic German food and family-oriented experiences on four Saturdays in October, each with a different focus.
Featured events include a special “pop-up” dog park presented by Bar K, the dog park, restaurant and bar coming to the Boathouse District in 2021; Oktoberfest food and beer; a screening of BMX cult favorite movie “Rad” including an appearance by Olympic Gold Medal gymnast and “Rad” actor Bart Conner; and a Thrive Outside weekend offer ‘how to’ mini seminars for those interested in learning about camping, hiking and cooking outdoors.
The Bike Park will be open each weekend with scooters and bikes available to rent. RIVERSPORT’s Basecamp Nature Center allows families to see 30 different native Oklahoma species of frogs, turtles, spiders, snakes and lizards. A new urban nature trail offers a great walking experience and food trucks and pop-up vendors will be on hand to round out the activities. German food and Oktoberfest beers will be featured all month, and leashed dogs are always welcome.
“OUTDOOR OCTOBER” FEATURED EVENTS
Saturdays, Oct 3 – 24 • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3: “Dogtober” will feature a full day of dog-friendly activities. Bar K, the new dog park and bar slated to open in the Boathouse District in 2021, is coming from Kansas City to create a popup version of their concept which will include a dog yoga class, an adoption event, SUP with your PUP, an off-leash dog park area and beer tasting provided by Coop Ale plus live music.
Saturday, Oct 10: Break out the lederhosen for a celebration of Oktoberfest’s famous German beers, German brats, pork chops, potato salad and sauerkraut, plus live oompah music.
Saturday, Oct 17: Begin the day with a 15-mile guided Group Bike Ride, then stay for a free Bike Maintenance Clinic. Olympic Gold Medalist Bart Conner will be on hand for the showing of “Rad,” the 1986 BMX movie that has recently enjoyed an uptick in popularity.
Saturday, Oct 24: Thrive Outside with a day of geocached treasure hunts and free outdoor clinics for those interested in learning about camping, hiking and cooking outdoors. Learn to make a campfire, pitch a tent or cook in cast iron over an open fire.
Outdoor October will be held in the Boathouse District, 800 RIVERSPORT Drive in downtown Oklahoma City. Admission is free with some activities requiring a fee; parking is $5. For more information visit riversportokc.org/outdooroctober or follow RIVERSPORT on social media @riversportokc.