You deserve a break!
Ah, a three-day weekend celebration is upon us! It’s time for one last summer hoorah before we’re greeted with fall’s chilly weather and golden foliage. Luckily, there’s plenty of exciting activities to join this weekend for every interest. Whether you’re looking for yummy BBQ by the lake, a free baseball game or the latest museum exhibit, we’ve got you covered. Happy weekend!
Take part in fun events
See the top amateur baseball players take the field at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for the free Perfect Game All-American Classic. The series of baseball games run through September 6 with a limited supply of free tickets available at will call. They’re first come, first served, so come early!
For live performances, head to the Goddard Center for music with John Fullbright on September 5 at 8:30 p.m. Come early to enjoy the reception with artist Mike Larsen from 6-7:30 p.m.! His expressionistic paintings are on display, which you can see for free.
Cool down on the water
For many, it’s not a Labor Day weekend without some time on the lake! If you’re headed to Lake Murray, be sure to stop by Lake Murray Water Sports & Mini Golf. The wide array of watercraft, party barges, kayaks and more are great if you’re seeking thrills or just wanting to chill out.
Spending Labor Day camping in the Sulphur area? Lake of the Arbuckles is an ideal spot to set up camp. Located within the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, it provides you with plenty of lakeside fun while also being close to downtown Sulphur’s shopping, dining and gaming options.
It’s a Surfin’ September at RIVERSPORT in the Boathouse District! The all-new Surf OKC feature is open and ready for you to give it a go. It’s perfect for all skill levels! Don’t miss your chance to enjoy all that RIVERSPORT has to offer before it closes for the season.
Chow down on BBQ
We’re going to miss delicious summertime BBQ once fall hits. It’s time to indulge in one last smorgasbord; you can’t have a picnic at the lake without Oklahoma’s best BBQ, after all.
Smokin’ Joes’ Rib Ranch is the place to go when visiting Davis. Wear your eating pants because they don’t play around with portion sizes! Pauls Valley is blessed with local favorite Bob’s Pig Shop, which has been serving up sliced brisket, pork sandwiches, hamburgers and even Tex-Mex staples since 1933. Or you can venture out to Wellston to try Butcher BBQ Stand’s award-winning meats. You gotta go early to claim your spot in line, but we promise it’s worth it!
Browse the latest art exhibits
Factory Obscura’s 6,000-square-foot Mix-Tape experience has reopened with timed ticketing, air upgrades and more health and safety guidelines in place. Book your reservation online today because you definitely need to journey through this immersive installation in Automobile Alley.
In the Vernacular: Everyday Images of Oklahoma Life at the Oklahoma History Center displays fun, quirky and sometimes odd images of Oklahomans from the Historical Society’s collections. You can catch it in the Cooper and Gladys West Atrium Wing and Gallery.
For an exciting look at Permian Monsters: Life Before Dinosaurs, head to Norman’s Sam Noble Museum, located on the OU campus. You’ll get to learn about the bizarre creatures that dominated life on land and sea through vivid artwork and scientifically accurate 3-D sculptures. See it before it’s gone on November 8.
It’s last call to see Earth to Sky: The Art of Barbara S. Scott & David Holland at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. This exhibition celebrates two Oklahoma artist friends who have been creating together for over 30 years. Barbara’s sculptures are carved from organic materials and speak to the power and beauty of the human spirit. David captures the beauty of Oklahoma’s skies with his colorful paintings of vast cloudscapes. See the pieces before they’re gone on September 10.
POP Power at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art features masterworks by everyone from Warhol to Koons. It wraps up September 13 so this weekend is one of your last chances. While you’re there, check out The Art of Light, which is a celebration of Oklahoma Contemporary’s inaugural exhibition, Bright Golden Haze. This unique visual is comprised of a set of flashlights whose lenses are masked by pictures of faces to project floating, smiling faces onto darkened surfaces.
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