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Head to the capital for some summer fun.
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The school year is starting again, but it’s not too late for some summer fun. Check out these events happening only an hour and a half from Tulsa.
Through Aug. 31
Hosted by Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. and the Bricktown Association, the second annual Bricktown Beach is the perfect way to enjoy sand and surf in the comfort of your own state. The attraction includes a large sand-filled outdoor park area with umbrellas, lounge chairs, sand volleyball equipment, outdoor games and a small boardwalk. It’s free and open to the public 24/7.
2 S. Mickey Mantle Blvd. | downtownokc.com/bricktown-beach
Oklahoma Choctaw Tribal Alliance Taco Sale and Indie Market
Love frybread and native culture? The OCTA offers traditional tacos made with a secret Choctaw frybread recipe as well as tanchi labona (a Choctaw recipe made with hominy and pork) and grape dumplings. Excellent food, returning native vendors and interesting handmade items will make this a great afternoon. Recurring monthly on the second Saturday, the market is open from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Admission is free.
5320 S. Youngs Blvd.
Shakespeare in the Park: Private Lives
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents “Private Lives.” This 1930 comedy is about a divorced couple who honeymoons with new spouses in the same hotel in the south of France. When by chance they meet after five years, their romantic feelings are immediately rekindled. Without a care for scandal, their new partners or memories of what drove them apart, they dive headlong into love. Tickets are $15-$20, and the show begins at 8 p.m.
Aug. 19-Oct. 22
We the People: A portrait of early Oklahoma
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum presents settler Henry M. Wantland’s photography from 1891. During the 1890s and 1900s, Wantland recorded the activities of Stillwater citizens: the streets they walked, the stores they frequented and the churches they attended.
Admission is $12.50 for adults and $5.75 for children ages 6-12. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday.
1700 N.E. 63rd St. | nationalcowboymuseum.org
Oklahoma Balloon Festival
The Oklahoma Balloon Festival is back with over 30 hot air balloons, retail vendors, food and drinks, night glows each night and a 5K run. This is one family-friendly event you won’t want to miss. Balloons inflate in the morning and evening, but there are plenty of activities to fill the day. Gates at Chisholm Creek open at 5 p.m., Aug. 24, and the day’s festivities conclude with 9:30 p.m. fireworks. On Aug. 25-27, gates are open at 6 a.m., with 9:30 p.m. fireworks each night. The festival is free, but bring money for parking.
13230 Pawnee Drive | facebook.com/okcbf
Through Sept. 10
Kehinde Wiley: A new republic
Oklahoma City Museum of Art presents Kehinde Wiley’s portraitures of contemporary African-American men and women in front of ornate, European backgrounds. As an overview of Wiley’s career, several works will be featured from his 2001 residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, his 2006 satellite studio in Beijing, China, and from his current collection in the Brooklyn Museum. A public exhibition tour is available Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for non-members, free for members and pre-registration is recommended.
415 Couch Drive | okcmoa.com/visit/events/kehinde-wiley-new-republic