The business of barbecue

6 Tulsans turned their zeal for cooking into smoking successes.



Welcome to the golden age of barbecue.

Sauce might cover a multitude of sins, but in a time when everyone’s a food critic, barbecue cooks must prove themselves through the bark on their ribs and the tenderness of their brisket.

The allure of the mom-and-pop barbecue stand remains, but the past decade brought new blood and a renaissance of cooks who consider ‘cue as much a calling as a business.

In Tulsa there’s still a beautiful mix of old-fashioned barbecue joints and guys new to the scene.

There’s also a combination of styles, which has always been the case in Oklahoma.

It’s not easy to pinpoint Oklahoma-style barbecue. Its influences come from all around. Celebrity chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless was right when he said Oklahoma barbecue is defined by what it isn’t more than what it is.

Oklahoma barbecue is not held to the exacting standards of Texas or to the tradition of Kansas City. Rather, we’re an amalgamation of smoke and sauce, of heat and sweet, of pork ribs and sliced brisket.

Tulsans don’t use a checklist to decide what makes the barbecue great.

We appreciate meat good enough to skip the sauce, but we’re just as likely to squeeze some on a rib. We’re discerning but not hard to please, and a friendly staff (or a great cobbler) will go a long way in making us repeat customers.

 

RibCrib

Bret Chandler started RibCrib out of a retrofitted old house turned barbecue shack in 1992.

He had little more than the shack, a smoker and his recipes. The original menu of five meats with two side options has grown exponentially. And in place of that old shack, Chandler has 60 RibCrib locations across eight states, including 32 in Oklahoma.

Chandler and his team have recrafted those original recipes over the years, entering many barbecue competitions and devouring the knowledge of pitmasters along the way. RibCrib’s signature dry-rubbed spare ribs have won many of those competitions and remain one of the most popular menu items in the restaurants. But, how do they ensure consistency across 60 locations? “RibCrib strives for consistency of product through ongoing intensive training programs and reviews as well as a culture of people who truly love the art of barbecue,” Chandler says.

RibCrib

Within five years of operation, Chandler had opened six other locations and had a vision of taking quality barbecue mainstream.

Those St. Louis-style spare ribs and baby back ribs are still on the menu and are smoked onsite at the individual restaurants each day. But the menu has gone way beyond ribs. Now you’ll find a smoked chicken salad, burgers, chicken tenders and catfish, among many other things.

“Twenty-five years is a proud milestone for our team,” Chandler says. “This would not have been possible without our shared vision for serving customers mouthwatering barbecue without having to pull over on the side of the road or go off the beaten path. Our food has been more art than science, and we are always chasing barbecue perfection.”

RibCrib’s corporate headquarters remain in Tulsa.

RibCrib has 11 locations in the Tulsa area. Visit ribcrib.com to learn more.

 

Smokies

For five years, Mark Latsos planned and dreamed about opening a barbecue restaurant. As a truck driver, he had plenty of time to think. So he considered his smoker, what sauce he would use, even how he would decorate the walls.

In 2012, he opened Smokies and, to his surprise, quickly had a following. That following has grown far outside the parameters of Broken Arrow, in part because of national accolades, including from Garden and Gun magazine. The Southern lifestyle magazine placed Smokies on its barbecue bucket list. Other fans have found their way to Smokies after a national barbecue writer called it the “holy grail” of barbecued bologna.

Smokies

Latsos says his bologna is unique because it’s sliced a half-inch thick and then placed in the smoker. Many barbecue cooks, he said, place the entire roll of bologna in the smoker, and then slice it to order. His bologna has a smokier and more aromatic flavor because the smoke permeates both sides of each slice, he says.

Smokies’ owner Mark Latsos and his son, Aaron. Mark was a trucker before opening his east Broken Arrow barbecue restaurant.

The smoker itself is unique at Smokies. Latsos and his family made it themselves out of a piece of hydro conduit, or concrete water pipe. The cylindrical smoke chamber is constantly puffing while the fire box is filled with plenty of hickory wood. “Barbecue is the most difficult product to be consistent in cooking,” Latsos says. “There are so many factors: temperature, humidity, wood.”

Bologna at Smokies is sliced a half-inch thick and placed in the smoker, giving the meat a smokier and more aromatic flavor because the smoke permeates both sides of the meat.

 

Latsos says his smoked meats are so good they don’t need sauce. But for customers who prefer it, each table has four offerings, all made in Oklahoma: Head Country mild and hot, Ranger Creek and Sa-Mokin.

Customers love Smokies’ coleslaw, a family recipe. Latsos also created a popular atomic coleslaw, an adaptation of the original, with red and green cabbage, red bell peppers, jalapeños and a habanero-based coleslaw roux.

Smokies smokes its meat with hickory wood in a smoker the Latsoses made themselves from a piece of hydro conduit, or concrete water pipe.

5251 E. Kenosha St., Broken Arrow | 918-357-1113

11 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday

 

Hot Mess BBQ

At least twice a week, someone asks Jen Scavo if her husband or dad smokes the meat for her barbecue food truck.

She’s used to the question and doesn’t take offense, but she does set them straight. “I do all the cooking. All the smoking. Everything,” Scavo says. “It’s an art once you get it going.”

Jen Scavo runs Hot Mess BBQ, a food truck specializing in smoked meats and interesting takes on barbecue. Customer favorites include barbecue tacos, nachos and sandwiches.

 

Scavo settled on her food truck before she settled on barbecue. The truck, which is actually more of a trolley, had just the look she wanted. When she discovered it was already equipped for smoking, she decided to delve into the barbecue world.

Scavo uses her own rub and sauce to make brisket, pulled pork and sausage, with the brisket being her top seller. She occasionally puts chicken and turkey legs on the menu, but says most people prefer something slightly heavier to eat.

Hot Mess BBQ’s bacon coleslaw has a sour cream base and is loaded with bits of bacon and cheddar cheese. It comes as a side, but also on the Frankenhog, a hot dog topped with pulled pork.

 

Her barbecue tacos are always a hit. And after a trip to Hawaii, where she discovered the Hawaiians’ love for pulled pork on hot dogs, she decided to give it a try in Oklahoma. She calls it the Frankenhog, and customers love it.

The Frankenhog is a hot dog topped with smoked pulled pork and a bacon slaw. The slaw, which has a sour cream rather than mayonnaise base, is loaded with bits of smoked bacon and cheddar cheese.

Scavo’s two boys, ages 9 and 11, often help in the truck on busy days.

For a schedule, visit facebook.com/scavohotmessbbq. | 918-809-2252

 

 

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Elmer’s

Before Keith Jimerson became the owner of Elmer’s BBQ, he was an industrial engineer. And 14 years since he bought the restaurant, he continues to see the restaurant as much from an engineer’s perspective as a barbecue cook’s.

“Before I came, the kitchen worked by eye, by hand, taste and feel,” Jimerson says. “Now we have a more consistent way of doing things.” That methodology and consistency paid off, and Elmer’s has long been considered one of Tulsa’s best places for barbecue.

After 35 years in Tulsa, Elmer’s has a loyal customer base, with generations of customers coming in for their tried and true favorites. To keep up with changing tastes, Jimerson has added smoked salmon and a boneless, skinless chicken breast, which he says customers love. But it’s the traditional barbecue — the ribs, sausages, bologna, brisket and pork — that has kept people coming back. “In this part of the country, your brisket has to be extremely good,” Jimerson says.

Keith Jimerson was an industrial engineer before he bought Elmer’s 14 years ago.

Some say Elmer’s homemade sauce — available in mild, sweet and spicy, and hot — is the best in Oklahoma. “It complements our smoked meat so well,” Jimerson says. “It doesn’t overpower it, but enhances it.”

Elmer’s potato salad is creamy and smoother than most potato salads. It’s made the old-fashioned way, with Idaho potatoes cut and boiled down each day.

Jimerson is astute about the role of social media in the restaurant business today. And though he has always made it a priority to take care of each guest and to be friendly, he knows how important it can be when everyone’s a critic. “A lot of customers are taking pictures of their food,” Jimerson says, “and they’re reviewing you as soon as they sit down.”

Elmer’s signature sandwich is the Badwich, which includes ribs, chopped beef, smoked bologna, hot links and smoked sausage, all served on a bun or Texas toast with two sides.

On a visit to Elmer’s, you can’t go wrong with the Badwich, which has samples of rib, chopped beef, smoked bologna, hot links and smoked sausage. It’s served on a bun or Texas toast with two sides. Plan to share or ask for a to-go box.

4130 S. Peoria Ave. | 918-742-6702

11 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (or until they run out), Friday-Saturday

 

Burn Co.

No restaurant in town has had more sustained buzz than Burn Co.

From the time Adam Myers opened it in a small location on East 11th Street across from the University of Tulsa, a line of people stretched out the doorway. There was no slow burn to this news. Food lovers told their friends about this crazy, wonderful place where everything was cooked on Hasty-Bakes, where the bark on the ribs was insanely good and where those in the know could order a “happy plate”: a glorious mess of whatever the cooks decided to give you.

When they opened their current location at 1738 S. Boston Ave. in 2014, the intensity seemed only to amplify. Most days, you’ll see a line curling out the door toward the parking lot. Open the doors, and you’ll hear music thumping from the kitchen and, if you’re early (and lucky) enough, you’ll be offered a free rib while standing in line.

That reward for waiting might be the only rib you taste. Ribs are the first to sell out at Burn Co., but no worries, there are plenty of other foods not to be missed. Diners start lining up as early as 8:30 a.m. on weekdays and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday for the best chance for ribs.

Burn Co.’s South Boston Avenue location sees diners line up as early at 8:30 a.m. on weekdays. Ribs are a hot commodity and are one of the first menu items to sell out.

Along with the legendary ribs, Burn Co. is known for the Fatty, a sandwich of bacon-wrapped chopped sausage, ground sausage and minced hot links. Some come only for it. Some call it a work of art.

Hasty-Bake grills take up much of the kitchen space, with a giant vent hood in the middle. Everything, even the grilled potato salad, is made on a Hasty-Bake. You won’t find a microwave, or even an oven, in sight.

Burn Co.’s cult following has grown to include day trippers and barbecue connoisseurs who put Burn Co. on their pilgrimage. Food celebrities, including Alton Brown, have stood in line and declared its greatness. A new Southern Living cookbook, “The South’s Best Butts,” includes a section on Burn Co. with recipes for its grilled potato salad, the Fatty and candied bacon.

It’s a great start, but we know others are holding out for the recipe for Burn Co.’s much-talked about mac and cheese, thick and smoky with bits of bacon.

In early July, Burn Co. will open a second location on the Jenks Riverwalk. This location will be open for dinner as well as lunch. Myers plans to expand Burn Co.’s grilled menu at the new location and make its in-house rub and steak and chicken seasoning available for purchase.

1738 S. Boston Ave. | 918-574-2777

10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday

The Jenks location will open this summer at Riverwalk Crossing.

 

Oklahoma Style Bar-B-Que

Mattie Bledsoe-Hayes has a firm barbecue foundation. The owner of Oklahoma Style Bar-B-Que has been in the barbecue business since she was a teenager, learning everything from how to smoke meat and make beans to how to run a restaurant from her aunt, Lizzie Peters.

Peters and her husband, Oscar, owned Pete’s Barbecue, a Tulsa favorite since it opened on North Peoria Avenue in 1968. When it closed in 2001, most of Pete’s fans found their way to Oklahoma Style.

Mattie Bledsoe-Hayes has been in the barbecue business since she was a teenager. She opened Oklahoma Style Bar-B-Que in 1993.

 

Oklahoma Style, which opened in 1993, is still very much a family business, with nieces and nephews, cousins and family friends working everywhere from the kitchen to the cash register.

You’ll find classic Oklahoma barbecue here, including sliced and chopped beef, ribs, bologna and hot links. And though chicken is becoming easier to find on barbecue menus, at Oklahoma Style, it’s not an afterthought. Chicken here has a smoky and sweet flavor that’s good enough on its own but even better with Oklahoma Style’s homemade mild or hot sauce. The chicken is sliced and cut into chunks, so customers can have it as part of a two- or three-meat special or sandwich it between slices of soft white bread.

Many people order racks of ribs or meat by the pound to take home for dinner or parties. Along with the meat are solid sides, including baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, macaroni salad, broccoli salad and green beans.

No matter how full you are, don’t pass on the sweet potato pie. Served warm in individually sized pie tins, the sweet potato filling is creamy, full of cinnamon and held together with a tender crust. Other desserts include peach cobbler, lemon cake, chocolate cake, carrot cake, coconut cake and cheesecake.

2225 N. Harvard Ave. | 918-835-7077

11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday

 



Noteworthy sides

Baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw: the trinity of barbecue sides. These side dishes, and others, like corn on the cob, fried okra and mac and cheese, round out a great barbecue meal. Here are some of our favorites.

 

Tabouli at Albert G’s is a welcome side to a barbecue meal. Tabouli here is made from scratch each day, bright and fresh,
with a nice hand of lemon and parsley. Pair it with smoked turkey breast for a lighter lunch.

2748 S. Harvard Ave.; 421 E. First St.


Joe Davidson takes his sides seriously. In creating his menu, Davidson, owner of Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que, made sure the sides had as much love as the meat. The barbecued beans are great; better than typical baked beans, with a complex flavor of smoke and sweet. Also try Oklahoma Joe’s spicy slaw.

6175 E. 61st St.; 333 W. Albany St., Broken Arrow; 423 N. Main St. in Cain’s Ballroom


So it’s not exactly a side, but the buttermilk pie at Stutts House of Barbeque is not to be missed. Anyone who’s a repeat customer knows to order pie with lunch. If you wait, it might be gone.

2021 E. Apache St.


Here’s a side you won’t find at any other barbecue restaurant in town: bacon cabbage. Big Anthony’s BBQ’s bacon cabbage combines crisp bacon and onions with red and green cabbage and a balsamic vinegar glaze. Also great are Big Anthony’s brown sugar baked beans.

8151 E. 21st St.


If you want a good variety of sides, try Route 66 BBQ. Corn nuggets, fried mac and cheese, potato salad, green beans and fresh-cut fries are all solid choices.

2604 E. 11th St.


Barbecued baked beans at Leon’s Smoke Shack are simply called, “Them Beans.” There’s something different, and addicting, about “Them Beans.” See for yourself when you order them along with their great hot links and pulled pork.

601 S. Sheridan Road


Billy Sims Barbecue has a diverse menu with tasty Polish sausage, jalapeño and cheddar hot links, smoked turkey, chopped brisket and more. But no matter what you order, include Billy Sims’ potato salad as a side. This creamy, flavor-packed potato side is a fan favorite for a reason.

Locations across the Tulsa area

 



Good ‘cue

Here are some other good spots for barbecue in and around Tulsa:

 

Knotty Pig BBQ, Burger and Chili House

6835 E. 15th St., 918-258-0005

 

Wranglers B-B-Q

7915 E. 71st St., 918-252-4499

 

Billy Ray’s

3524 Southwest Blvd. 918-445-0972
1904 S. Elm Place, Broken Arrow, 918-286-8585

 

Trails End BBQ

8888 N. Garnett Road, Owasso, 918-272-7427

 

 



Fill ‘er up

Oklahomans will drive incredible numbers of miles for good food. Mention good barbecue, and that number doubles. So, plan to jump in your car for a Sunday road trip or Friday lunch at one of these restaurants that is worth the drive.

 

The Butcher BBQ Stand, Wellston

Levi Bouska serves barbecue out of a converted train car on Route 66. It has the undiscovered dive feel that some people go crazy for, yet it’s anything but hidden since he sells out nearly every weekend.

Bouska grew up helping his grandparents at their barbecue restaurants, then took his dad’s championship-winning barbecue recipes to make buzzworthy food, like the Butcher’s Burnt Ends and Apple Pie BBQ Beans.

3402 W. Highway 66 in Wellston

About an hour drive, west and south from downtown Tulsa

Open three days a week. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (or until sold out), Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (or until sold out), Sunday.

butcherbbqstand.com | 405-240-3437

 

Mac’s Barbeque, Skiatook

Mac’s has all your smoked-meat favorites, like ribs, ham, bologna and brisket. Sides, including campfire potatoes and pinto beans, also are excellent.

If you’re in the mood to try something different, give the Okie a try. The Okie is a Philly-style sandwich of chopped beef with simmered bell peppers and onions and melted cheese. Or try the Messy Pig, a sandwich of pulled pork and barbecue sauce piled high with coleslaw.

1030 W. Rogers Blvd. in Skiatook

About 30 minutes north of downtown Tulsa

Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday.

macsbbqok.com | 918-396-4165

 

Wild Horse Mountain BBQ, Sallisaw

A true destination restaurant, Wild Horse Mountain has long been a favorite place for a meal after a long motorcycle ride or food road trip. Don’t miss the sliced beef or the peppery beans made with bits of onion and meat.

111001 A. 4612 Road, Sallisaw

About 1 ½ hours southeast of downtown Tulsa

Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday; closed Monday.

wildhorsemountainbbqco.com | 918-775-9960

 

Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch, Davis

Many barbecue fans drive hours to Davis, just to see if Smokin’ Joe’s is as good as people claim. Once the Travel Channel show “Food Paradise” aired a segment on Smokin’ Joe’s, even more barbecue aficionados made the trek.

Some say the brisket is the best in the state. And if you’re there on a Friday or Saturday, check out the smoked prime rib. Tasty pinto beans are dotted with bits of brisket.

Over the summer, Smokin’ Joe’s plans to add an airstrip, which means you can fly in for some barbecue.

3165 Jollyville Road in Davis

Two hours and 40 minutes southwest of downtown Tulsa

Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday; closed Wednesday and Sunday.

facebook.com/davisbbqmafia | 580-369-2818

 

 

 

 

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Telephone: 918-682-6294
Contact Name: Brent Trout
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The work of renowned artist Christopher Curtis will be featured at Tulsa Botanic Garden’s first sculpture exhibit March 17 through August 26. Curtis works primarily in stone and he often...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 ages 13+, $4 ages 3-12. Kids 2 and under free

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson
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 ORU offers a wide variety of summer camps from basketball camp to swimming camp for all ages. For a schedule and list of options visit ORUCES.com/camps.

Cost: Prices Vary

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Telephone: 918-495-6000
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This annual FREE new home showcase is presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa and sponsored by Samsung Electronics.  This year’s event will feature more than 150...

Cost: FREE

Where:
, OK


Sponsor: Samsung
Contact Name: Nathan Carter

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Crossing borders are central Consuelo J. Underwood’s artistic practice. In this exhibition inspired by land, politics, and spirit, Underwood speaks to her individual understanding of borders...

Cost: Free

Where:
108 Contemporary
108 E Mathew B. Brady St, Tulsa, OK 74103
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 191-889-56302

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Break the rules of conventional museums at the third annual Please Touch the Art exhibit. Mark your calendars for the opening reception Friday, June 1 from 5 - 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Tulsa...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Sponsor: McKeon Center for Creativity
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Barton

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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa is hosting seven candidate forums ahead of the June 26 election. These forums include candidates in the Tulsa County District Attorney race, Tulsa...

Cost: Free

Where:
TWU Union Hall
11945 E. Pine St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: League of Women Voters Metropolitan Tulsa
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Children's songwriter and teaching artist Will Parker makes music for "kids ages 1-100."   During Will's whimsical, interactive show, he plays guitar and harmonica, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
41st and Riverside
400 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa Riverparks Authority
Telephone: 918-596-2008
Contact Name: Ryan Howell
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Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper features the life-size, trompe l’œil paper costumes of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave (born 1946). Following a...

Cost: $12

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405-236-3100
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Join the Imagination Station for stories and songs in the park. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Afterward, cool off in the splash pad. Sponsored by River Parks Authority and Friends of the...

Cost: free

Where:
41st and Riverside Plaza
4100 S. Riverside Dr.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Friends of the Helmerich Library
Telephone: 918-596-2001
Contact Name: Ryan Howell
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Remembering Our Fallen is a photographic war memorial that honors our country’s military Fallen from The War on Terror. Because 9/11 was such a defining moment, this memorial includes our...

Cost: Free

Where:
Muskogee War Memorial Park
3500 Batfish Rd
Muskogee, OK  74403
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Sponsor: Muskogee War Memorial Park
Telephone: 918-682-6294
Contact Name: Brent Trout
Website »

More information

Opening to the public on Thursday, Nov. 16, the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Website »

More information

The work of renowned artist Christopher Curtis will be featured at Tulsa Botanic Garden’s first sculpture exhibit March 17 through August 26. Curtis works primarily in stone and he often...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 ages 13+, $4 ages 3-12. Kids 2 and under free

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson
Website »

More information

 ORU offers a wide variety of summer camps from basketball camp to swimming camp for all ages. For a schedule and list of options visit ORUCES.com/camps.

Cost: Prices Vary

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
View map »


Telephone: 918-495-6000
Website »

More information

This annual FREE new home showcase is presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa and sponsored by Samsung Electronics.  This year’s event will feature more than 150...

Cost: FREE

Where:
, OK


Sponsor: Samsung
Contact Name: Nathan Carter

More information

Crossing borders are central Consuelo J. Underwood’s artistic practice. In this exhibition inspired by land, politics, and spirit, Underwood speaks to her individual understanding of borders...

Cost: Free

Where:
108 Contemporary
108 E Mathew B. Brady St, Tulsa, OK 74103
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Telephone: 191-889-56302

More information

Break the rules of conventional museums at the third annual Please Touch the Art exhibit. Mark your calendars for the opening reception Friday, June 1 from 5 - 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Tulsa...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Sponsor: McKeon Center for Creativity
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Barton

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Fast-paced, inspiring and social, Ignite Tulsa is all of these and more. Join some of Tulsa’s most imaginative people as they talk about their passions and the creative spark that drives...

Cost: Free

Where:
Central Library
400 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa City-County Library
Contact Name: Rebecca Harrison
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Join us for a relaxing free yoga class, taught by certified, experienced instructors from Be Love Yoga studio. All experience levels are welcome. A limited number of yoga mats will be available,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Central Library - Tandy Garden
400 civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa City-County Library
Contact Name: Rebecca Harrison
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Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper features the life-size, trompe l’œil paper costumes of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave (born 1946). Following a...

Cost: $12

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405-236-3100
Website »

More information

The work of renowned artist Christopher Curtis will be featured at Tulsa Botanic Garden’s first sculpture exhibit March 17 through August 26. Curtis works primarily in stone and he often...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 ages 13+, $4 ages 3-12. Kids 2 and under free

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson
Website »

More information

Remembering Our Fallen is a photographic war memorial that honors our country’s military Fallen from The War on Terror. Because 9/11 was such a defining moment, this memorial includes our...

Cost: Free

Where:
Muskogee War Memorial Park
3500 Batfish Rd
Muskogee, OK  74403
View map »


Sponsor: Muskogee War Memorial Park
Telephone: 918-682-6294
Contact Name: Brent Trout
Website »

More information

Opening to the public on Thursday, Nov. 16, the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

 ORU offers a wide variety of summer camps from basketball camp to swimming camp for all ages. For a schedule and list of options visit ORUCES.com/camps.

Cost: Prices Vary

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Telephone: 918-495-6000
Website »

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On Friday, June 22,  ahha Tulsa will honor individuals and organizations that have been exemplary advocates of the arts and humanities in the Tulsa community. The Harwelden Awards...

Cost: $40

Where:
ahha Tulsa
101 E. Archer St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: ahha Tulsa
Telephone: 918-584-3333
Website »

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This annual FREE new home showcase is presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa and sponsored by Samsung Electronics.  This year’s event will feature more than 150...

Cost: FREE

Where:
, OK


Sponsor: Samsung
Contact Name: Nathan Carter

More information

Crossing borders are central Consuelo J. Underwood’s artistic practice. In this exhibition inspired by land, politics, and spirit, Underwood speaks to her individual understanding of borders...

Cost: Free

Where:
108 Contemporary
108 E Mathew B. Brady St, Tulsa, OK 74103
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Telephone: 191-889-56302

More information

Break the rules of conventional museums at the third annual Please Touch the Art exhibit. Mark your calendars for the opening reception Friday, June 1 from 5 - 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Tulsa...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
View map »


Sponsor: McKeon Center for Creativity
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Barton

More information

Opera in the Ozarks, the nationally acclaimed summer music festival and training program for top emerging opera professionals, celebrates its 2018 Season from June 22 to July 20 with nearly...

Cost: $25

Where:
Inspiration Point
16311 Hwy. 62 West
Eureka Springs, AR  72632
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Shades of White is a play written by Ilan Kozlowski and directed by Rebecca Ungerman. For mature audiences only.

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa PAC
110 E. Second St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
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The second annual Cheer and Gears Auto Show will be Saturday, June 23 at the Charles Page High School parking lot, 500 N. Adams Road in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. All makes, models and years...

Cost: Free

Where:
Charles Page High School
500 N. Adams Road
Sand Springs, OK
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Sponsor: Charles Page High School Cheer Teams

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The fourth annual No Hills for Hilary Memorial Ride will take place this year on June 23. This is a social ride benefiting Rescued 'n Ready Animal Foundation (RnRAF), a nonprofit organization...

Cost: 25

Where:
Washington Irving Memorial Park and Arboretum
13700 S Memorial Drive
Bixby, OK  74008
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Sponsor: Rescued 'n Ready Animal Foundation
Telephone: 918-260-6717
Contact Name: Sandra Sorber
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Wagoner Main Street Presents... Switching Gears-Saturday June 23, 2018 9am-10pm in Downtown Wagoner Oklahoma! An entire day of family fun, food, music, and more. Events start at 9am with the Car...

Cost: FREE -$20.00

Where:
Main St
130 S Main St
Wagoner, OK  74467
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Sponsor: Wagoner Main Street
Telephone: 918-869-7318
Contact Name: Jay Stephens
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The Pathways Summer Carnival is free to the public. Enjoy a dunk tank, balloon animals, games, a pet fashion show, food, and so much more. Bring the whole family for a day of fun in the sun on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kirk of the Hills
4102 E 61st St
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Pathways Adult Learning Center
Telephone: 918-859-0060
Contact Name: Katie Groke
Website »

More information

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper features the life-size, trompe l’œil paper costumes of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave (born 1946). Following a...

Cost: $12

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405-236-3100
Website »

More information

Opening to the public on Thursday, Nov. 16, the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

The work of renowned artist Christopher Curtis will be featured at Tulsa Botanic Garden’s first sculpture exhibit March 17 through August 26. Curtis works primarily in stone and he often...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 ages 13+, $4 ages 3-12. Kids 2 and under free

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson
Website »

More information

Remembering Our Fallen is a photographic war memorial that honors our country’s military Fallen from The War on Terror. Because 9/11 was such a defining moment, this memorial includes our...

Cost: Free

Where:
Muskogee War Memorial Park
3500 Batfish Rd
Muskogee, OK  74403
View map »


Sponsor: Muskogee War Memorial Park
Telephone: 918-682-6294
Contact Name: Brent Trout
Website »

More information

 ORU offers a wide variety of summer camps from basketball camp to swimming camp for all ages. For a schedule and list of options visit ORUCES.com/camps.

Cost: Prices Vary

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
View map »


Telephone: 918-495-6000
Website »

More information

Legion LIVE! 2018 is a day-long event filled with live music on two stages, broadcast live to troops around the world! FREE and open to the public, the event raises much-needed funds for the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
American Legion Post 1
1120 E 8th Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: American Legion Post 1
Telephone: 918-809-3745
Contact Name: Kasey Rideout

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This annual FREE new home showcase is presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa and sponsored by Samsung Electronics.  This year’s event will feature more than 150...

Cost: FREE

Where:
, OK


Sponsor: Samsung
Contact Name: Nathan Carter

More information

Crossing borders are central Consuelo J. Underwood’s artistic practice. In this exhibition inspired by land, politics, and spirit, Underwood speaks to her individual understanding of borders...

Cost: Free

Where:
108 Contemporary
108 E Mathew B. Brady St, Tulsa, OK 74103
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Telephone: 191-889-56302

More information

Break the rules of conventional museums at the third annual Please Touch the Art exhibit. Mark your calendars for the opening reception Friday, June 1 from 5 - 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Tulsa...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
View map »


Sponsor: McKeon Center for Creativity
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Barton

More information

The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
Website »

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Opera in the Ozarks, the nationally acclaimed summer music festival and training program for top emerging opera professionals, celebrates its 2018 Season from June 22 to July 20 with nearly...

Cost: $25

Where:
Inspiration Point
16311 Hwy. 62 West
Eureka Springs, AR  72632
View map »

More information

Still I Rise is a dramatic dance-theatre presentation incorporating all elements of Bharatanatyam, some elements of yoga, theatre, spoken word and music. The performance exemplifies the example of...

Cost: $15

Where:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: South Asian Performing Arts Foundation
Telephone: (918) 625 6037
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
Website »

More information

Shades of White is a play written by Ilan Kozlowski and directed by Rebecca Ungerman.  For mature audiences.

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa PAC
110 E. Second St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Website »

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“Sovereignty” comes to Tulsa for a reading

Monday, June 18, see a staged reading of the buzzed-about new play by Oklahoma native Mary Kathryn Nagle.

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QUIZ: Which Tulsa Mural Fits Your Personality?

Tulsa has a plethora of colorful, vibrant murals! But which one should be the backdrop for your next selfie?

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Video: BA Ninja Warrior

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The Fabulous Mid-Life Crisis

The popular cover band is scheduled to bring the good times (and huge crowds) to Summer's Fifth Night in Utica Square on June 7.

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When you’re 4, everything is super

From the editor: Here's to a super-duper June, Tulsa!

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