The Top 5 Free Activities and Events in Oklahoma City

Jean Jones
May 12, 2015


Every now and then it's fun to go out for a night of dinner and dancing or take the kids to an amusement park. But you may be surprised to learn that much of the best arts, entertainment and nature Oklahoma City has to offer is free. Here's a list of our five favorite activities and events to get you started.

1. Make + Take @ Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Boulevard
Oklahoma City 73107

The center has a mission to encourage artistic expression in all forms and help the public to develop an appreciation of the arts. On the second Saturday of each month between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Make + Take provides an open workshop for guests of all ages to work on themed projects inspired by works of art on view at the center. Admission and supplies are free, with no RSVP required.

2. Arts Festival Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Community College
Oklahoma City 73159

More than 25,000 visitors head to the OCCC campus every Labor Day weekend to attend this lively event full of art, music and food. Purchase one-of-a-kind pieces from artists representing all media including jewelry, ceramics and painting. Volunteer performing arts groups provide a full schedule of entertainment each day, highlighted by a Sunday evening fireworks show. This year's festival takes place September 5-7.

3. Earlywine
Park 3033 SW 119th Street
Oklahoma City 73170

Whether you're a serious athlete or a weekend warrior, you can stay active at this park with its 12 lighted tennis courts, volleyball court and 1-1/2 mile walking trail. A picnic area is available if you want to pack a lunch and make a day of it. For a nominal fee you can enjoy the onsite Family Aquatic Center, which features a beach-like pool complete with geysers, tube slides and water toys.

4. LIVE! on the Plaza
Historic Plaza District
Oklahoma City 73107

Attend a mini-arts festival each month at this popular event that combines music, food, artists and power shopping. LIVE! is held on the second Friday of each month between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.. Area shops stay up late to provide you with live entertainment and specials. Local food trucks are on hand with the finest in street eats.

5. Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 W. Reno
Oklahoma City 73102

Want to get away from it all? You're just minutes away from this lush natural refuge in the middle of downtown OKC. The walking and jogging paths take you past stunning floral gardens, gentle waterfalls and soothing greenery. There is an off-leash dog park, so four-legged family members can come along.

Have you been to any of these places or know of others to add to the list? Please share with us in the comments!

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