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New year, new you, right? Find your 2019 Oklahoma groove with these awesome upcoming events.
Published January 16, 2019
Tower of Power
Two of the most delightful things about life in Oklahoma in 2019 are COOP Ale Works beer and Oklahoma City’s growing live music scene. Experience both this Thursday, January 17, at the Tower Theatre on Northwest Twenty-third Street with the Tower’s January COOP Showcase lineup with performances by Samantha Crain, Kierston White, and John Calvin Abney.
When: Thursday, January 17
Where: 425 Northwest Twenty-third Street in Oklahoma City
How Much: $10
Learn More: (405) 708-6937 or towertheatreokc.com
The Fast and the Miniscule
We all love a good monster truck show, but the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals at Tulsa’s Expo Square offer a different kind of dirt-track excitement—Midget Sprint Car racing. These tiny racers speed, slide, and slip around the quarter-mile clay oval track, narrowing the initial field of three hundred racers down to just a few in time for Saturday’s championship races.
When: Through Saturday, January 19
Where: Expo Square, 4145 East Twenty-first Street in Tulsa
How Much: Admission, free
Learn More: (918) 744-1113 or exposquare.com
Don’t Be Blue
She emerged in the 1990s as the teenage country superstar with a voice to rival Patsy Cline’s. Now, she's all grown up and headed to Shawnee. See LeAnn Rimes bring her greatest hits—from “Blue” and “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” to “Nothin’ Better to Do” and more—to the Grand Casino this Friday night.
When: Friday, January 18
Where: Grand Casino, 777 Grand Casino Boulevard in Shawnee
How Much: Tickets, $55-$80
Contact: (405) 964-7263 or grandboxoffice.com.
Sparkle and Shine
Though it’s nearly half a year until the annual deadCENTER Film Festival bows in downtown Oklahoma City, lovers of the festival—or just a good winter dance party—won’t want to miss the annual Glitter Ball fundraiser at Oklahoma City’s Tower Theatre this Saturday night. With a Moulin Rouge theme and Oklahoma Film Festival ICON awards for Brian Hearn and Joe Ely, this one promises to be a night to remember.
When: Saturday, January 19
Where: Tower Theatre, 425 Northwest Twenty-third Street in Oklahoma City
How Much: Tickets, $100
Learn More: (405) 708-6937 or ticketfly.com
Let There Be a Little Less Light
There’s nothing so humbling and awe-inspiring as watching the cosmic dance in action. This Sunday, January 20, Oklahoma’s little corner of the world will get a chance to watch this in real time as a lunar eclipse graces the state’s big sky. One of the best ways to experience this astronomical event will be at Roman Nose State Park’s Night Hike with Eclipse. So bundle up against the cold, bring flashlights and head lamps, and head to one of the state’s most beautiful natural areas to see the shaded moon in all its glory.
When: Sunday, January 20
Where: Roman Nose State Park, 3236 South State Highway 8A in Watonga
How Much: Free
Learn More: (580) 623-7281 or TravelOK.com
Have a Dream
This Monday, America pauses to reflect on the legacy of one of its greatest champions for peace and equality: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For one of the state’s best celebrations, head to Muskogee, where the day begins with a 7 a.m. pancake breakfast followed by a worship service, parade, and after party complete with food trucks, live music, indoor kids’ zone, and lots of fun.
When: Monday, January 21
Where: 300 West MLK Street in Muskogee
How Much: Free
Learn More: (918) 684-6314 or visitmuskogee.com