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2021 Labor Day Family Fun Guide

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Labor Day Weekend signifies a time to honor all who “labor” with a day off, but to many, it also marks the end of summer. Either way, it’s worth celebrating with a lot of family fun! Find a list below of fun activities to enjoy during Labor Day weekend and other links to MetroFamily resources that will help you plan a great time together.

In addition to the events listed below, here are some links that will help you plan a great Labor Day weekend:

Editor’s Note: Due to COVID-19 precautions, some of the events and venues featured may have adjusted their hours, programming or safety protocols. Please check with each venue directly to verify. We encourage our readers to enjoy family fun responsibly. Get vaccinated if you are a candidate and when around others, wear a mask, avoid crowded indoor spaces, remain socially distant, wash your hands often and stay home if you or a member of your household is feeling ill. Find more information about the coronavirus pandemic in Oklahoma at oklahoma.gov/covid19. To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine clinic locations, visit vaxokc.com.

This is a working list last updated Aug. 29, 2021.  Know of a great place or event that is not included here? Send us an email and we’ll include it!

Sept. 2

VIBES Artwalk in Downtown Edmond (Broadway from 2nd to Edwards St, Edmond) features a variety of creative talent hosted in participating businesses as well as live art and music performances. 5-9 p.m.

FREE Rock the Route in Downtown Yukon (Main St between 4th & 5th St, Yukon) features live music from Kevin Fowler, Cross Rags & Young, food trucks and family-friendly activities. Free to attend but some activities are pay-to-play and prices vary. 6-11 p.m.

Sept. 2 – 5 

Rooster Days Festival in Broken Arrow (1500 S Main St, Broken Arrow) features one of the oldest continually running festivals in Oklahoma. Enjoy a parade, live entertainment, festival food, cornhole tournament and more. See website for schedule of events.

Sept. 4

Kids Take Over The Cowboy at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) explores the unique items that these vaqueros wore. Make your own sombrero and spurs. Free with admission. 10 a.m. – noon, while supplies last.

FREE Back to the Arts at Firehouse Arts Center (444 S Flood, Norman) features hands-on, creative projects for all ages and conversations with faculty and students. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Midwest Jeepfest at the  John Vance Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and RAM Dealership in Guthrie (5302 S Division St, Guthrie) features an outdoor off-road event with Jeeps, children’s activities, rock climbing wall, live entertainment and more. Free to attend, benefits the Paralyzed Veterans of America Mid-America Chapter. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sept. 5

Family Skate Night at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St). Admission includes skate rental and the family package also includes pizza and drinks for up to five family members. $6; family package, $29. 6 – 8 p.m.

 Sept. 6

FREE Labor Day Celebration in Henryetta (Main Street, Henryetta) features a parade, games for all ages, concerts, a carnival, rodeo and an impressive fireworks display at dusk as well as a car, bike & tractor show. 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Doggie Paddle at the Reno Swim & Slide (101 S Douglas Blvd, Midwest City) features a canine swim time. Each canine must be accompanied by an adult. $6 per dog. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Beats & Bites Festival at Riverwind Casino (1544 W State Hwy 9, Norman) features a concert by Randy Houser with opening act Time Machine, plus food trucks and more. 6-11 p.m.


Museum Exhibits in the OKC metro:

From Athens to Atlanta: An Olympic Collection, 1896-1996 at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum

From Athens to Atlanta is a temporary exhibit that will highlight the history of the modern Olympic Games. On loan from a private Edmond couple, the exhibit will feature Olympic memorabilia and souvenirs from most of the modern Olympic Games, which began in 1896.

Patrick Nagatani: Nuclear Enchantment at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

Patrick Nagatani’s (1945-2017) themes of his work include truth in photography, the looping of time back on itself, magic realism, visual joy, apocalyptic moments, atomic bombs, photographic puns, color for healing, and Japanese internment. In Nuclear Enchantment, Nagatani continued to fabricate reality as he explored the true after-effects of uranium mining, radioactive mine tailings, missiles and nuclear waste.

Positive and Negative Space – Works of Art by Tony Tiger at Myriad Gardens

Tony A. Tiger is an artist, Indigenous art curator and educator. Tiger is a member of the Sac and Fox Tribe with Seminole and Muscogee Creek ancestry. His art has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with numerous awards to his credit. His latest curation project “Speak: Speak While You Can,” is a multi-tribal art exhibition on the revitalization of Indigenous languages in Oklahoma.

¡Viva México!  at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Mexico’s independence from Spain had continental repercussions for the Americas. Using material culture and art objects from the museum’s collection this exhibition will focus on how Mexican independence influenced the American West, especially the evolution of the American cowboy.

Tattoos: Religion, Reality and ‘Regert’  at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Tattooing is a custom dating back thousands of years in North America. Traditionally, women and men used them to visually express tribal affiliation and war honors, as well as connections to divine beings, maturity rites, and social and religious affiliation. These expressions of identity continued on with the person after death—ensuring their place in the afterlife. Explore these traditions and artistic expressions through paintings from the permanent collection and photographs from the Dickinson Research Center.

The Painters of Pompeii: Roman Frescoes from the National Archaeological Museum, Naples at Oklahoma City Museum of Art

The exhibition features over 80 artifacts and artworks that were buried and preserved during the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Fritz Scholder: Beyond Stereotypes at Oklahoma City Museum of Art

The exhibition features 10 prints and one painting from Scholder’s revolutionary “Indian” series, illustrating Scholder’s radical imagery of modern-day Indigenous life. “Through his paintings and prints, Scholder challenged the popular stereotypical depictions of Native Americans within the world of fine art,” said exhibition curator Catherine Shotick.

We Believed in the Sun at Oklahoma Contemporary

We Believed in the Sun illuminates first-person accounts of the Civil Rights Movement in Oklahoma from the 1950s and 1960s that may be overlooked aspects of the larger history of Civil Rights and that resonate with present-day African-American communities in Oklahoma. The exhibition explores both public and private perspectives on Black Oklahomans’ past and present struggle for Civil Rights and equal protection under the law.

Crystal Z Campbell: Flight at Oklahoma Contemporary

Using light, sound and digital film projection, Flight explores the physical, architectural and cultural residue of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre into the present.

Bellamy. Mercer  at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame

Jessica Bellamy creates visual journeys in encaustic and mixed media, embellished with natural elements foraged from the Oklahoma landscape. Sunni Mercer’s sculptural torsos radiate feminine elemental power and whisper forgotten mythologies.

In the Dark at Sam Noble Museum

Since prehistoric times, humans have sought to understand darkness and its mysteries, and have learned from these nocturnal creatures to create new technologies to disperse the dark and kindle light. Explore this hands-on exhibit and investigate and solve some of these mysteries using interactive stations, walk-through dioramas, models and engaging explanatory panels.

*The Game is Afoot! Sherlock Holmes – The Exhibition at Science Museum Oklahoma

The interactive experience combines science with history and culture to bring to life the historic underpinnings of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s rich and vibrant stories. Museum guests will learn how Sherlock Holmes, a scientific expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve some of his era’s most mysterious crimes. His practices and techniques, created in the mind of doctor-turned-author Conan Doyle, changed the way police work was conducted and remain in practice today.

*The Worst-Case Scenario: An Ultimate Survival Experience at Science Museum Oklahoma

The Worst-Case Scenario: An Ultimate Survival Experience is a full-body physical and minds-on exhibition providing the essential instructions for everything people need to know when encountering the unexpected. As they tackle unlikely—but POSSIBLE!—real-life scenarios, guests will find countless moments of excitement and laughter along the way. The exhibition is broken into three galleries: the Hall of Fame Lobby, the Survival Gym and the Challenges. Costumed team members, in the role of “Worst-Case Scenario Professionals,” will be there to support the guest’s experience.

*Both Sherlock Holmes – The Exhibition and The Worst-Case Scenario: An Ultimate Survival Experience are available for a single price and must be purchased in addition to general admission. Tickets are $9.95 for adults; $7.95 for children and seniors.

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