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.
Paseo is Oklahoma City's official arts district and the host of First Friday, a monthly "open house" on the first Friday for the galleries in the district. The Paseo is home to more than 20 galleries, and more than 80 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.
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.
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.
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.
Rounding out the monthly festival calendar is Sunday Funday, which runs from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and features live music, fun brunch options and discounts at participating businesses. The event is a great example of Uptown 23rd's recent revitalization and is the perfect opportunity to check out all this district has to offer.