11th Street is back on the map in a big way

Developers are revitalizing a historic thoroughfare. Meet the folks putting 11th Street back in business.



For years, 11th Street, east of downtown, was synonymous with urban blight. The once venerable artery became a shadow of its colorful Route 66 glory days. A smattering of businesses — mostly appliance repair shops, garages and small auto dealerships — punctuated empty storefronts, degraded buildings and boarded-up windows along the street. Prostitution and drugs were commonplace.

What a difference the past few years have made.

As Tulsa’s push to reinvigorate downtown gathered steam and boosted property values and rental rates over the past 15 years, a handful of intrepid developers, entrepreneurs and Route 66 enthusiasts saw a golden opportunity just beneath the tarnished reputation of 11th Street.

Today, a resurgence led by the private sector is well underway on 11th Street, primarily between South Peoria and Yale avenues. New businesses are popping up in renovated old buildings as organic growth, fueled by convenient location, affordability and Route 66 nostalgia, takes hold.

It appears 11th Street is back in business.

 

Evolutionary revival

Business was always the business of 11th Street, especially during its Route 66 golden era.

Home goods retailer Jenkins and Co. is one of several businesses along East 11th Street.

“The whole purpose of Route 66 was economic development,” says Ken Busby, former chairman of the Route 66 Commission and executive director of the Route 66 Alliance, which was established in 2010 to build awareness of the road in Tulsa and beyond. “It was about moving people, goods and services and generating wealth, and that was true of Route 66 here in Tulsa. It’s still about commerce and growth.”

Back in the late 1920s, Tulsan Cyrus Avery, the father of the Mother Road, made sure 24 miles of the famous Chicago-to-Los Angeles blacktop passed through his hometown. Eleventh Street and Route 66 were one and the same for a magical era stretching from 1932 until Route 66 was decommissioned in 1985.

Today, 11th Street remains part of Historic Route 66 and, as such, has become a small part of a 2,400-mile-long tourist destination for bucket-listers from around the world.

For decades, up and down 11th Street, travelers and locals alike had many retail options. “In the early days, you had service stations, mom-and-pop stores and, not surprisingly, motels and diners,” Busby explains. “Cars would break down, and you had garages to fix them.”

Gradually, Route 66 lost its luster, a consequence of the more direct Interstate system and more reliable vehicles, which allowed people to get to their destinations both faster and with fewer stops. This is when 11th Street really took it on the chops, economically speaking.

“With less traffic going through here, a lot of businesses shut down and the street went into decline,” Busby says. “The stretch between 11th and Peoria and Lewis became a sort of Red Light District for Tulsa.”

Those less-than-desirable conditions prevailed on 11st Street and in nearby neighborhoods. Tulsa Police Officer Gerard Stege has patrolled 11th Street for nearly 20 years and recalls the area when it was deeply troubled. “Basically, what you had was drive-up drugs and prostitution on 11th Street and surrounding areas,” he says. “There were lots of streetwalkers on the corners and other disturbances.”

Slowly, clean-up efforts in the nearby Kendall Whittier neighborhood by the City of Tulsa, law enforcement crackdowns and the expansion of the University of Tulsa forced many of the bad elements back into the shadows.

“It’s been an evolution,” Stege says. “I’ve seen it gradually change. They took out a lot of the crappy hotels and apartment complexes. When you get more legitimate businesses in there, it makes the illegitimate ones nervous.” He says the area today is much safer than it was just a decade ago.

Busby is excited about the direction 11th Street is heading. “The best thing that’s happened is the repurposing of old buildings,” he says. “Developers are taking buildings that are historically interesting and bringing new life to them. They’re doing what the road was originally intended to do, which is generate commerce.”

Timber and Beam’s LeAnn Conley, Propeller’s Jesse Boudiette and Jenkins and Co.’s Lisa Wakefield are just some in the private sector who have taken a chance on 11th Street

Risk paying off for developers

One of the busiest 11th Street developers is Aaron Meek. In a meeting at the Campbell Hotel at 11th and Columbia Avenue (a property he has redeveloped), he is joined by two other 11th Street area developers/landlords, Leanne Benton and Kimberly Norman.

Combined, they own more than $15 million in commercial and residential properties along and adjacent to 11th Street. Meek also owns Meek’s Electrical Service, the trendy 11th Street Lofts and the new Pearl Shops.

Meek, Benton and Norman all began buying property along 11th Street long before it was fashionable to do so. Benton, of Good Day Properties, and her husband began buying in the area 20 years ago, while Norman (owner of O’Fallon Properties) jumped in 13 years ago. Meek got in on the action in the late ’90s.

“Back then, everyone thought we were crazy,” Benton says with a laugh. “Now they think we’re brilliant.”

She and the others say they noticed, or at least hoped for, a trend that would lead to an 11th Street resurrection. “Our philosophy was to surround downtown,” Benton says. “We felt like people were going to come back to the urban areas, and we’d seen that trend on the coasts, though it hadn’t hit Tulsa yet. We felt this area was primed for that.”

Gradually, they bought, held and remodeled.

“It has been an evolution,” Norman says. “We continued to buy because we recognized what was here and because of Route 66 nostalgia.”

Meek also says the steady revival is due to the affordability of 11th Street, at least for now. As downtown exploded and became pricier for developers, merchants and tenants, they began to look elsewhere. Eleventh Street fit the bill.

Kimberly Norman, Aaron Meek and Leanne Benton inside the Campbell Hotel, a 1927 National Register of Historic Places property owned by Meek. Originally the Casa Loma Hotel was part of the Spanish-Colonial designed Max Campbell building, one of Tulsa’s early urban shopping areas. Norman, Meek and Benton all own property along 11th Street and the surrounding area. They bought into the area in hopes for a renaissance, which is now underway along the historic thoroughfare.

 

“You look at some of the other places, 15th Street, Brookside, downtown — they priced themselves so high that the average small business can’t afford to be there anymore,” Meek says. “They needed a place to go that has energy and the desire to bring them in, and this is it. We need another retail shopping district, and I believe Tulsa can support it.”

Developer Marvin Shirley and business partner David Sharp took an interest in 11th Street about six years ago. The two have been involved in downtown development, including the Tulsa Arts District, but the lure of economic opportunity along 11th could not be ignored. “We saw a lot of buildings on 11th that had potential,” Shirley says. “What 11th Street had was availability of old brick buildings that you could restore. My partner and I love doing that.”

The pair have invested an estimated $3 million to $4 million into multiple 11th Street properties, including the building at 11th Street and Yale Avenue that houses Tally’s Restaurant, as well as the building at 11th and Quincy Avenue that contains Timber and Beam, SoBo Co., JLA Art and Design, and Joseph Gierek Fine Art.

By and large, developers are keen to see 11th Street continue its current trajectory toward becoming an important homegrown retail strip for Tulsans and Route 66 travelers. “That’s really our whole aim and emphasis, to make it more retail versus an entertainment area,” Shirley says.

As development gathers pace, another thing is changing, too. “The (property) prices have gone up dramatically in the last five years and they continue to climb,” Shirley adds.

 

Businesses and retailers find affordable homes

Business operators also are finding 11th Street to be an ideal spot to set up shop.

Jesse Boudiette, president and founder of marketing and public relations firm Propeller, moved the business from its downtown location to 11th Street about two years ago.

Propeller now occupies about 1,500 square feet in a renovated, former warehouse with 20-foot ceilings. “We kind of got in at the beginning, and the price was right,” Boudiette says with a smile. “It was a cool space on 11th in an area that has a funky feel to it. Plus, we love the Route 66 history. It’s only five minutes from downtown, and we don’t have to pay for parking, either.”

Lisa Wakefield is a partner with her family that owns the 10,000-square-foot building at 1335 E. 11th St., where Propeller is one of several tenants. Lisa owns and operates Jenkins and Co.

“We bought it in 2015,” she recalls of Propeller’s building. “It was boarded up, subdivided inside and full of auto parts. But we saw so much potential because of its location so close to downtown, Cherry Street and TU. And, it’s easy to get to.”

The building now has five of its six spaces leased out. “Being on Route 66 is huge,” pointing out the high density of storefronts along the street that were ripe for development.

Such is the allure of 11th, that Tulsa’s iconic Ike’s Chili, now over a century old, moved onto the strip in 2014 after being located on East Admiral Boulevard for 52 years.

“We could see that 11th Street was rebounding big time and for us, moving was a matter of survival,” says part-owner Len Wade, pointing to a decline along Admiral. He purchased the red brick building at 1503 E. 11th St. that has housed various businesses over the years, including a flea market and hair salon.

Timber and Beam’s showroom features design ideas starring reclaimed wood.

Constructed in the late 1920s, the building needed extensive remodeling, but today there is plenty of room for diners to get a classic bowl of Ike’s three-way chili at a barstool or table. Wade says his clientele includes locals and Route 66 enthusiasts from afar.

“We had these German bikers show up on their Harleys on the way through,” he says. “Being close to downtown on historic Route 66 and with all the development, this street is becoming a bigger draw.”

Across the street from Ike’s is Timber and Beam, an outfit founded in 2007 that sells reclaimed wood from old structures. The 11th Street retail revival coincided perfectly with the company’s need for a showroom and retail front.

“We fell in love with this area,” says LeAnn Conley, Timber and Beam’s general manager. “It has the history, and what’s happening here on 11th is totally in line with what we do, which is to revitalize materials.”

They moved into the 2,000-square-foot space, remodeled and opened up the transom windows, letting in more light from the street front.

Business on 11th Street has been good since the shop opened its doors this past August. “A ton of people drive by and turn around and come in to check us out,” Conley says. “This area is really on the upswing, and we feel really good about where it’s headed.”

All of these buildings are a stone’s throw from the historic Meadow Gold sign, which sits on the corner of 11th and Quaker and is a landmark for Route 66 travelers. Developers are encouraging the establishment of a Meadow Gold District that would allow joint promotion of the area between Peoria and Utica avenues.

Josey Records opened in 2017.

Early last year, the Pearl Shops, owned by Meek, opened at 11th and Rockford Avenue, offering several retail options, among them, Josey Records, a throwback vinyl record store.

“For our clientele, this is what a real record store is,” says co-manager Josh Norrid.

The airy, 2,500-square-foot space with high ceilings features long bins filled with classic vinyl LPs. “Eleventh is a good spot for us,” Norrid says. “It’s Route 66, we’ve got parking and people coming literally from around the world who stop in.”

 

Living on 11th is pretty cool

The 11th Street Lofts are a housing option along historic Route 66. •

As business development erupts up and down 11th Street, so do the housing options. Bordering neighborhoods such as Renaissance and Forest Orchard are seeing an influx of renovations and residents.

Additionally, new living choices have popped up. Among them is the 11th Street Lofts at 11th and Xanthus Avenue.

These upscale lofts owned by Aaron Meek are attracting young professionals and students who want to stay close to the urban core where they live and work. One of them is 11th Street Loft resident Josh Langston. He is working full time and studying part time at Tulsa Community College downtown with plans to attend the University of Tulsa Law School.

“I love this area and what it’s becoming,” says the 28-year-old. “It’s so convenient to downtown, Cherry Street and Utica. New stuff is happening all the time.”

A Tulsa native who previously lived in southeast Tulsa, Langston remembers a not-so-nice 11th Street just 15 years ago but is impressed with the increasing retail and restaurant options nearby.

“One of the things I really like is the small businesses rather than the big corporations down here,” he says. “I see a reflection of where Tulsa is going and it’s something I’m proud of.”

Old housing in the area is finding new life thanks to local landlords. In January, Kaleb Hinkel, 25, and Kiley Keel, 23, rented a 1,000-square-foot, renovated 1920s home near 11th and Peoria. The pair moved from Norman and were thrilled to find an affordable dwelling near downtown.

“We did notice all the new shops along 11th and that it’s an up-and-coming area,” says Hinkel, who is an auditor for a company in downtown Tulsa. His fiancée Keel attends TCC’s Metro campus. “One of the key things we were looking for was the downtown lifestyle and being near 11th Street, it was affordable.”

Ike’s Chili has been in Tulsa more than 100 years.

 

Investors frustrated by slow city pace

The massive Meadow Gold sign towers over East 11th Street just east of South Peoria Avenue. The 1930s era sign was rescued from destruction in 2009 and now stands as a testament to a public and private partnership that foreshadowed the renewal of 11th Street.

Fifteen years ago, voters approved Vision 2025, which included millions of dollars dedicated to highlighting Route 66/11th Street. This included the sign, planters, some streetscaping and other visual elements. As welcome as these improvements were, local developers and business owners want further public investment.

As the pace of private investment along 11th Street increases, developers and business owners are hoping the City of Tulsa jumps in with both feet to support it through infrastructure improvements.

Timber and Beam’s showroom features design ideas starring reclaimed wood.

Several developers and business owners have expressed frustration that City Hall is dragging its feet when it comes to supporting the good things happening along 11th.

“We’ve got to get the City more involved,” says Aaron Meek of Group M Investments, which owns millions of dollars in property along 11th. “Investors and developers have been way ahead of the City on this, and I think we’ve done our part in bringing back these old buildings. Now we need the City to step up and do its part.”

Meek and others say the City has so far failed to fulfill its promises to make improvements such as adding a turn lane, bike lane, utilities and parking along 11th that would attract even more people. The money for such infrastructure (appropriated through the Vision 2025 package passed 15 years ago) has been ready, but little has happened.

“We’ve seen plans and we’ve waited for years and we’re still waiting,” says developer Leanne Benton.

City Councilor Blake Ewing, who represents the area, agrees the City’s slow pace has been frustrating, and he believes 11th Street could likely be the “next cool spot” emerging in Tulsa.

He cautions that the City is sometimes hamstrung when it comes to coordinating complex urban redevelopment projects with private interests, as well as juggling the many interdepartmental challenges.

“Tulsa has a competency at repaving streets, but not really a competency at designing great public places,” he says. “City Hall is not equipped to do comprehensive urban development like we want on 11th Street.”

That, he says, had led to a slowdown and caution.

“One thing, I think, is that they don’t want to mess it up,” Ewing says. “If you look at other areas, like Cherry Street, and the problems it has encountered, they want to avoid those. They don’t want to mess it up. They want to do it right.” He points to a lack of parking and a history of tension between the commercial businesses and the historic neighborhood.

Ewing says there is $500,000 in Improve Our Tulsa funding for revamping Tracy Park and its playground at 11th and Peoria and progress is being made to introduce a proposal to apply an overlay to Route 66 to allow for attention-grabbing signs.

“This will allow for bigger signs, and that could really create an attraction and make 11th Street even more of a destination,” he says.

For the time being, eager developers and businesses may have to cool their heels. “Unfortunately, sometimes the wheels of government turn very slowly,” Ewing says.

 

 
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
n/a
, OK


Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoman
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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Every Wednesday Live Event Trivia is at The Willows Family Ales - Show starts at 7 and is free to play! Movie scenes, Finish the Lyric, Classic Trivia, and more! The crew from T-Town Tacos will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Willows Family Ales
418 south peoria ave
tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: The Willows Family Ales
Telephone: (918) 895-6798
Contact Name: Julian Morgan
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Where:
The Coffee House on Cherry Street
1502 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
5 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Mother Road Market
1124 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Juicemaker Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10-$40

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $2-$14

Where:
The Loony Bin
6808 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $9.75-$12

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Duet
108 N Detroit Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Dining Out for Life began in 1991 and has grown into an international fundraiser that is held in over 60 cities across the United States and Canada. Over 25 restaurants in the Tulsa area have...

Cost: Determined by Dining Preference

Where:
25 Restaurants
Tulsa, OK  74120


Sponsor: Health Outreach Prevention Education, Inc.
Telephone: 918-688-5022
Contact Name: Kathy L Williams
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Dozens of Tulsa Restaurants Participate in the 13th Anniversary of Dining Out For Life! Health Outreach Prevention Education (H.O.P.E.) encourages Green Country residents to Dine Out For...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Tulsa Restaurants
, OK


Sponsor: Health Outreach Prevention Educaiton
Telephone: 918-749-8378
Contact Name: Kathy Williams
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park,...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The official kickoff party of the 46th annual Tulsa Designer Showcase benefiting the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. This year the Designer Showcase transforms the historic Harwelden Mansion and will...

Cost: $250 for two patron tickets

Where:
Harwelden Mansion
2210 S. Main Street
Tulsa , OK  74114
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Sponsor: Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold
Telephone: 918-746-6600
Contact Name: Brian Paschal
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The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
n/a
, OK


Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoman
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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Where:
Renaissance Hotel
6808 S 107th E Ave
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Sponsor: The Salvation Army
Contact Name: Dj Morrow Ingram
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Batter Up!  Forks Up!  It's a savory salute to Lou Gehrig and to America's favorite pastime, only kicked up a notch or two at the ballpark!  Join us for ballpark food like you've never seen...

Cost: sponsorships available

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Muscular Dystrophy Association
Telephone: 918-749-7997
Contact Name: Becky Prine
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Join Camp Fire Green Country for our 4th annual fundraiser, Spark 2019: Trivia Night. The money raised allows Camp Fire to help young people gain the critical skills they need to thrive...

Cost: $100, individual tickets; $10,000; $5,000; $2,500; $1,500, sponsorships.

Where:
Mike Fretz Event Center
11541 East 43rd Street
Tulsa, OK  74146
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Sponsor: Camp Fire Green Country
Telephone: 918-592-2267
Contact Name: Colleen Mansur
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The Peggy V. Helmerich Women's Health Center presents the eighth annual Tatas & Tinis on behalf of Oklahoma Project Woman. OPW provides no cost mammography, diagnostic procedures and...

Cost: $75

Where:
Agora Event Center
1402 S. Peoria Ave.
Suite 200
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Project Woman
Telephone: 405-255-5579
Contact Name: Sammi Payne
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: $39.50-$59.50

Where:
Hard Rock Casino - The Joint
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Four Aces Tavern
11035 E 41st St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $47-$197.50

Where:
Brady Theater
105 W Reconciliation Way
Tulsa, OK
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Juicemaker Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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The Pulitzer-winning author will discuss her new book on being a grandmother, Nanaville.

Cost: $30 for two tickets + 1 hardcover book

Where:
Congregation B'Nai Emunah
1719 S Owasso Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Crow Creek Tavern
3534 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Paintings by Tulsa Artist Fellow Yatika Fields.

Where:
Joseph Gierek Fine Art
1342 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Join us as we bring together our community to celebrate the profound leadership of educators working to expand educational opportunity for all children in Tulsa. The Rise & Shine Education...

Cost: 25

Where:
Helmerich Center
1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd
TULSA, OK  74127
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The official kickoff party of the 46th annual Tulsa Designer Showcase benefiting the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. This year the Designer Showcase transforms the historic Harwelden Mansion and will...

Cost: $250 for two patron tickets

Where:
Harwelden Mansion
2210 S. Main Street
Tulsa , OK  74114
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Sponsor: Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold
Telephone: 918-746-6600
Contact Name: Brian Paschal
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park,...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
n/a
, OK


Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoman
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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The MOW Mixer 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 26 Hyatt Regency Downtown The MOW Mixer is a festive evening of dining, dancing, and celebration. After dinner, wander over to the room that fits your mood....

Cost: $175

Where:
Hyatt Regency Downtown
100 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa
Telephone: 918-627-4105
Contact Name: Terrie Winship
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A one-of-a-kind fundraiser for Tulsa Botanic Garden, Botanical - ‘A Weekend of Culinary Wonder’ is a 3-day exploration of the way food, drink, and the land intersect. Each year is based on a...

Cost: $1500 per person

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr.
Tulsa , OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Jane Dunbar
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Will Rogers Movie Night, Will Rogers Memorial, Claremore, doors open 6:30 p.m., movie begins 7 p.m. Admission free, free popcorn and drink, show of Will Rogers in “Conneticut Yankee.” Visit...

Cost: Free

Where:
Will Rogers Memorial Museum
1720 W. Will Rogers
Claremore, OK
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Get ready for Havana Nights, the 7th annual Operation ART gala event at the Mayo Hotel.   Guests will enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and live Latin style entertainment and have the opportunity to...

Cost: 125

Where:
The Mayo Hotel
115 WEST 5TH STREET
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Operation Aware
Telephone: 918-582-7884
Contact Name: Jennifer Barnett
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Celebrating craft cocktails, craft beer, and craft-making.

Where:
Gilcrease Museum
1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd
Tulsa, OK
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The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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Cost: $30-$45

Where:
Osage Casino Tulsa - Skyline Event Center
951 W 36th St N
Tulsa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
41 Brookside
4131 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Bull and Bear Tavern
5800 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Cabin Boys Brewery
1717 E 7th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Collins Family Softball Complex
680 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Retro Grill & Bar
800 N Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Duet
108 N Detroit Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Starlite
1902 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
The Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8-$10

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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Browse dozens of exhibits and attractions including a Tiny Home Town and market.

Where:
Expo Square - RiverSpirit Expo
4145 E 21st St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

Where:
Rabbit Hole Improv
1526 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Priscilla Shirer Simulcast We invite you to join Bible teacher, Priscilla Shirer for a Bible teaching event!  Women will gather from all around the Tulsa area for this one-day teaching and...

Cost: $35.00 until April 19th

Where:
St. James Church
5050 E. 111th Street
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Sponsor: St. James Church
Telephone: 918-299-1133
Contact Name: Robyn
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Challenge Air provides 30 minute flights for special needs children (ages 7-21) for FREE. The families attend a short ground school before going up on their flight and when they return, the pilot...

Cost: Free to those signed up.

Where:
R.L. Jones Airport, hosted by Riverside Tulsa Tech
801 E. 91st St.
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74132
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Sponsor: Challenge Air
Telephone: 918-408-6379
Contact Name: Tricia Horn
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Please join us on April 27, 2019, for our annual Family History Conference. This is a great opportunity for hobbyists and experts alike to improve research skills and to get to know fellow...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
12110 E 7th St
Tulsa, OK  74128
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Sponsor: Tulsa Family History Center
Telephone: 918-938-5901
Contact Name: Cathy Hall
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Come join us at Mohawk Park on April 27th as Parkside Psychiatric Hospital & Clinic hosts the By Your Side 5K. Parkside’s By Your Side Run promotes physical fitness, and all proceeds will...

Cost: varies by event

Where:
Mohawk Park
near shelter #3
5701 E 36th St N
Tulsa, OK  74115
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Sponsor: Parkside Psychiatric Hospital
Telephone: 918-588-8826
Contact Name: Eric Sachau
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The Orbit Initiative, produced by The Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust, resumes its FREE community satellite adventures at seven local community centers this Saturday, January 12th, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various
Various
Tulsa, OK  Various
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Sponsor: The Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust
Telephone: 918-596-7119
Contact Name: Jeremy Stevens
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April 27, 2019 March for Babies at the University of Tulsa 9:00am-1:00 March with us to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Because when a society supports every family, we...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
Univeristy of Tulsa
2933 E 6th St,
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: March of Dimes
Telephone: 918-407-2332
Contact Name: Jenny Thai
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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »

More information

Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park,...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »

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The official kickoff party of the 46th annual Tulsa Designer Showcase benefiting the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. This year the Designer Showcase transforms the historic Harwelden Mansion and will...

Cost: $250 for two patron tickets

Where:
Harwelden Mansion
2210 S. Main Street
Tulsa , OK  74114
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Sponsor: Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold
Telephone: 918-746-6600
Contact Name: Brian Paschal
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »

More information

The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
n/a
, OK


Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoman
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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Take Advantage of BBB's "Secure Your ID" Day! Did you know that protecting your identity is largely in your own hands? The number of identity fraud victims increased by eight percent in 2017....

Cost: Free

Where:
Shredder's Inc.
635 W 41st St.
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Better Business Bureau
Telephone: 918-492-1266
Contact Name: Shannon Spainhour
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Building Stronger Communities Presents Across the Lifespan: Alzheimer’s – A community health crisis Tulsa, OK – Building Stronger Communities will present Across the lifespan:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tulsa Central Library - Pocahontas Room
400 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Building Stronger Communities
Telephone: 918-200-2635
Contact Name: Liz Wright

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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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We are a chapter of an organization that began with the grassroots efforts of Marjorie Guthrie, wife of Woody Guthrie. Woody passed away from complications of Huntington’s disease (HD) and an...

Cost: $25.00 per ticket

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Join us we celebrate the release of Quraysh Ali Lansana's first new and collected poems, the skin of dreams. Readings from the book, DJ, and book signing. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Archer Studios
109 N MLK, Jr Blvd
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: The Calliope Group/Tulsa Artist Fellowsip/Tri-City Collective
Telephone: 785.826.7681
Contact Name: Shawn Crawford
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A dance performance that epitomizes the subliminal relationship between a man trapped in trying circumstances with nature as his only companion. “The yearning of the human mind to find true...

Cost: $25-$35

Where:
John Williams Theater, Tulsa Performing Arts Cente
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: South Asian Performing Arts Foundation
Telephone: 918-665-6419
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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A one-of-a-kind fundraiser for Tulsa Botanic Garden, Botanical - ‘A Weekend of Culinary Wonder’ is a 3-day exploration of the way food, drink, and the land intersect. Each year is based on a...

Cost: $250 per person

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Jane Dunbar
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Don't miss our Equinox Extravaganza Retro Rockets show as they bring the house down with some of your favorite 50's-60's and a little bit of 70's oldies! We have been selling out so be sure to get...

Cost: $15.00

Where:
Studio 308
308 S Lansing Ave
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Studio 308
Telephone: 918-638-8464
Contact Name: Paddy Harwell
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Where:
Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Where:
Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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Where:
Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Where:
Lefty's On Greenwood
10 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Juicemaker Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $15-$20

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IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: $5

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Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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41 Brookside
4131 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $25-$50

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Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

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Centennial Lounge at VFW Post 577
1109 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Dusty Dog Pub
5107 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cimarron Bar
2619 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa, OK
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The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10-415

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The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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Tour the studios of 8 local artists and enjoy live painting, live music, installations, and more.

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Charles Page Studios
1229 Charles Page Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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River West Festival Park
2100 S Jackson Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10-$40

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ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Mohawk Park
5701 E 36th St N
Tulsa, OK
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Shop at over 100 booths.

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Main Street Jenks
Main Street
Jenks, OK
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Featuring more than 20,000 eggs!

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Safari Joe's H2O
4707 E 21st St
Tulsa, OK
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Shop local produce and art every Saturday.

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Langston University
914 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $20-$50

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Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

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Rabbit Hole Improv
1526 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The truTV magician brings his act to Paradise Cove

Cost: $25-$115

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River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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This musical and comedy review throws things back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

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Studio 308
308 S Lansing Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

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Collins Family Softball Complex
680 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $23

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BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Based on the epic work by the Sanskrit poet Kalidasa, this play tells the story of an exiled man who pines for his wife and convinces a passing cloud to take a message to her.

Cost: $25-$35

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Tulsa PAC - John H. Williams Theatre
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
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Moonlight Minx Parade celebrates cannabis through dance.

Cost: $10-$20

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The ReVue
822 S Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK
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