Countdown to the First Day of School




Here are the best events happening every day to help you make the most of the last few days of summer break.

(This is a working list last updated July 27, 2017. Please check back often for updates.)

Aug. 1

Mario the Maker Magician at OCCC’s Bruce Owen Theater (7777 S May Ave) features an old-school slapstick performance that incorporates STEM initiatives and clever DIY electronics and robotics with a mad inventor twist. Adults, $20; kids (under 12), $10. 7 p.m.

FREE City of Moore National Night Out in the Target Parking Lot (720 SW 19th St, Moore) features a variety of community representatives and family fun activities. 7 – 9 p.m.

Aug. 2

FREE Wide-Open Wednesdays at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features complimentary admission courtesy of Oklahoma Ford Dealers. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

FREE Back-to-School Block Party at Passion Church (3301 N Council Rd, Bethany) features food, games, fun and more. 6 – 8 p.m.

Aug. 3

FREE Concerts in the Park in Yukon at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features live music and a movie night in the park. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions are available for purchase. 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Aug. 4

FREE Midwest Truck Showdown at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features a family and pet friendly semi-truck show with live music, vendors and food trucks.  Enjoy a bounce house and face painting while checking out the decked out big rigs. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

FREE FireLake Fireflight Balloon Fest at Citizen Potawatomi Nation Powwow Grounds  (Heritage Pkwy, Shawnee) features balloon glows, balloon rides and balloon competitions as well as fishing, a kids’ zone, mini putt, art show, concerts, BMX shows and more. See website for a complete schedule of events

Aug. 5

FREE Saturday for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Staff from the Cherokee Cultural Center will facilitate stickball games. Participation in the games is encouraged. For ages 4 – 12. Preregister; free for children and accompanying adults. 10 a.m. – noon.

FREE Floating Films at RIVERSPORT Adventures (725 S Lincoln Blvd) features a waterside screening of Field of Dreams. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and watch the water-themed film from the banks of the lower pond or rent a tube to watch from the water. Tube rental, $10. 8:30 p.m.

Aug. 6

Oklahoma City Pet Expo at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features  pet-friendly exhibitors and rescue groups, live demonstrations in Obedience Training, pet care,  giveaways and prizes, free nail trims, discounted vaccinations, talent and costume contests and more. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Aug. 7

FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble (2400 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features complementary admission for kids 17 years old and under on the first Monday of each month. General admission applies to guests 18 and older. Adults (18-64), $8; seniors (65+), $6; Kids (17 & under), FREE. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Aug. 8

 Weekly Walk-Ups at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features fun activities that explore the plant world. Tuesdays let kids  combine different shapes of veggies, fruits and herbs to create edible animals like cucumber bumble bees and cauliflower sheep.

Aug. 9

Wild Wednesdays at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features half price admission on Wednesdays in August. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Aug. 10

FREE Art in the Park at Stephenson Park (S. Litter & E 4th St, Edmond), Enjoy art in the park and use nature and natural items as inspiration. Preregister. For ages 2 -12. 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Aug. 11

FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 Block of NW 16th) features family friendly games and entertainment, featured artists, live music, local shopping, food trucks and more. 7 - 11 p.m.

FREE Movie Night @ the Park in Edmond at the MAC Amphitheater (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features an outdoor screening of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. Concesssion available for purchase. 8 p.m.

Aug. 12

FREE Cat Video Festival at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a collection of the Internet's finest cat videos as well as food trucks, live music and more. Pre-show fun begins at 6 p.m. and Movie screens at 9 p.m.

Aug. 13

Chaparral Family Sundays at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features mascot meet & greets, player autograph sessions, inflatables, face painting, craft stations, train rides and photo stations. Kids also get to run the bases following the game. $8 & up. 5:30 p.m.

FREE Wild World Back-to-School Carnival at People’s Church (various locations) features inflatables, pony rides, extreme animals, snow cones and food trucks. See website for times and locations.

Aug. 14

FREE Eclipse Party with Science Museum Oklahoma at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Find out what causes an eclipse and learn the best way to observe one without burning out your eyeballs. Preregister. Best suited for ages 5 & up. 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Aug. 15

FREE Wheeler Criterium in the Wheeler District (1701 S Western Ave) features bike racing, live music and food trucks. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  

Aug. 16

FREE Reading Wednesdays Story Time at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a nature-themed story and craft time. Best suited for ages 2 – 5. Walkups welcome. 10 – 11 a.m.

Aug. 17

FREE Summer Thursdays at Gaylord-Pickens Museum (1400 Classen Blvd) features a story and craft time as well as other fun activities provided by Calvert's Plant Interiors and OSU-OKC Farmers Market. 10:30 a.m.

Surf Zone Thursday at RIVERSPORT Adventures (725 S Lincoln Blvd) features discounted admission to RIVERSPORT activities as well as food trucks, beer specials and a live DJ. 4 – 9 p.m.

Aug. 18

Buddy and Me Breakfast at Full Circle Bookstore (1900 NW Expressway) features breakfast and a variety of reading activities including a caricature cartoonist. Prices vary. 9 – 10 a.m.

Aug. 19

FREE WestFest in the Historic Western Avenue District (NW 41st – NW 43rd St) features live music, food trucks, shopping, kids’ area and more. Family festival, noon-4 p.m. Concerts will continue until 10 p.m.

Aug. 20

FREE Summer Breeze Concert Series at Lions Park (400 S Flood Ave, Norman) features a musical performance by John Fillbright. Bring seating, refreshments and enjoy the live music. 7:30 p.m.

For even more family fun ideas, check out our 100 Days of Summer Fun!

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