An established sense of community is something I’m always looking for. I had it once but the feeling is now a distant memory. The memories are still vibrant in my mind—the smell of old hymnals, the smiles of church elders and the spirit of family. We were one, all united in a beloved neighborhood called the Eastside. Time grew us apart and before I knew it, my Eastside became a memory. Those memories are now live and vibrant thanks to oNE OKC.
If you visit the official website, you’ll see oNE OKC described as an annual street festival. An event meant to revitalize a once flourishing community and connect it with other OKC metro resources. oNE OKC is that and so much more—it’s a complete cultural resurgence. From the sweet melodies of Shortt Dogg to young entrepreneurs, inspiring and engaging attendees at vendor booths, oNE OKC is what I remember and love most about my community. It’s simply us—united and full of joy.
There are a multitude of reasons why attendees should come to this year’s event—live performances, kids’ activities, food trucks and much more! But there is one thing that will keep you walking and talking for hours—the culture.
This is a chance to experience a community resurgence like no other in Oklahoma City. Celebrate our history and experience the resilience of Oklahoma City’s Eastside at oNE OKC, this year themed Reviving the Culture.
A Saturday at oNE OKC provides a fun excursion for the entire family. You’ll be able to pull yourself from your smartphone screen and fully enjoy an outing with the kids. This event was designed with the entire family in mind.
I can vividly remember my daughter’s excitement as we prepared to visit the 2019 oNE OKC. The marketing lived up to all the hype. My 4-year-old danced and bounced until we all melted under Oklahoma’s May sun with a cool snow cone. It was the perfect Saturday afternoon. Your family will enjoy:
- An ample amount of kids’ activities, including art projects
- Delectable treats from a host of food vendors including
- Live music
Parents can take part in the fun by visiting:
- Multiple vendors offering sweet deals on Oklahoma-made items
- Nonprofit organizations supporting worthwhile causes in Oklahoma City
- Informational booths educating community members on the revitalization efforts taking place in OKC
- The Oklahoma City-County Health Department will also be on-site at the event to administer FREE COVID vaccines.
Make sure to plan your visit! This event is FREE for the entire family! Skip lunch and plan on eating at oNE OKC. Multiple food options provide short wait times. oNE OKC has moved to a new location at Booker T. Washington Park with ample parking options are available. Bring a bag as many of the vendors will offer free goodies for you to take home!
Lance Evans is a full-time father with a full-time job as director of communications for Variety Care. Much like our readers, any extra time in his schedule is spent laughing with friends and family. He found five minutes to write this bio before heading back to his Beyonce playlist, something he always makes time for.