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 links that will help you plan a great Labor Day weekend:
- Plan a fun weekend trip. Oklahoma lakes and their beaches will keep you cool while you make memories together.
- Find something totally free on our list of the top free events happening in OKC.
- See our searchable calendar of events
- Visit an area splash pad or pool. Many in the area will close after the holiday weekend.
- See our 100 Days of Summer Fun guide
Sept. 4 – 6
Sky Rink at Scissortail Park (801 S Robinson Ave) features an outdoor skating surface for both traditional quad skates as well as inline skates. Skates are available to rent, but personal skates are always welcome. $8. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 1-7 p.m.; Monday, noon-10 p.m.
FREE Perfect Game All-American Classic at the Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features a series of baseball games highlight amateur talent. Admission is free but tickets are limited. See website for game times.
Sept. 4 – 7
FREE Aqueous at Oklahoma Contemporary’s Campbell Art Park (11 NW 11th St) features an interactive light installation by NYC artist Jen Lewis. During the day, the pathway reflects the sky and the surrounding environment. At night, the surface lights up and responds as visitors move along the pathway.
Labor Day Weekend Fun at RIVERSPORT Adventures (800 Riversport Dr) features surfing, whitewater rafting, RIVERSPORT Adventures, yard games and more. Prices vary. 11 a.m – 6 p.m.
The Great Pelican Race at Pelican Bay Aquatic Center (1034 S Bryant Ave, Edmond) features a fun pelican race benefiting the Edmond Kiwanis’ educational and youth community projects. Racers have the opporunity to win $500. $5. 9 a.m. – noon.
Kids Take Over The Cowboy at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St). Fashion your own Cowboy gear by making a tie-dye banana. Free with admission. 10 a.m. – noon, while supplies last.
FREE Labor Day Celebration at Reaves Park (S. Jenkins Ave, Norman) features a fireworks show. Social distancing and masks are required. 8 p.m.
Sept. 5 & 6
Red Earth Festival at Grand Event Center at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort (777 Grand Casino Blvd, Shawnee) features Native artisans and dancers from throughout North America. Adults, $15-$25; kids (5 & under), free with paid adult. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Draper Run or Ride at Lake Stanley Draper (8301 SE 104th St) features an inaugural 10K, half marathon and bicycle ride. Lake Stanley Draper’s newly paved trails will take you through scenic Oklahoma landscape nestled next to the beautiful lake. There will be prizes awarded to the top finishers for both males and females. Preregister. $40-$65. 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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.
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. – 10 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 – 10 p.m.
Museum Exhibits in the OKC metro:
Darci Lynne’s Got Talent at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum
Darci Lynne was just twelve when she won the NBC’s America’s Got Talent championship for her singing ventriloquist act. The Deer Creek student had gotten her start in 2014 by winning first place at the Edmond’s Got Talent competition. Now’s she’s a performing sensation, appearing on television shows and traveling around the county to sell-out crowds after having her own show in Las Vegas. Edmond Historical Society & Museum is proud to present America’s first-ever museum exhibit dedicated to Darci Lynne, a hometown hero. Artifacts featured include clothing from her television performances, her first practice puppets, tour posters, and scripts.
Fireflies by Nathan Pratt at Myriad Gardens
Softly blinking fireflies grace the grounds of Myriad Botanical Gardens as part of a metro-wide public art experience celebrating the grand opening of Oklahoma Contemporary. Taking inspiration from the golden flashing light of fireflies on a warm summer night, Oklahoma artist Nathan Pratt has created more than two dozen mixed media fireflies that will be installed in the Meinders Garden. The installation taps into the innocence of childhood where the golden haze of a setting sun plays with the enchanting glow of fireflies.
Girls of the Golden West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
This exhibition takes its name from “The Girl of the Golden West,” written, produced, and directed for the theater by David Belasco and draws on the Museum’s vast photographic and art collection to describe life for women in the American West.
Storytellers and Seller: Artist Illustrators at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Before pixels, programs, and software transformed graphic design, illustrators gave form to thought and generated the majority of public imagery. Using their creativity and talents to promote specific ideas, they helped tell stories and sell products through books, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, logos, labels, calendars, billboards, and even coloring books. These commercial storytellers influenced public opinion and consumerism, and included many western artists.
POP Power from Warhol to Koons at Oklahoma City Museum of Art
This exhibition features more than 100 works on paper and sculptures by the biggest names in Pop Art. From innovators such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg to popular and provocative artists like James Rosenquist, Robert Indiana, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Julian Opie, and Jeff Koons, the exhibition details the incredible transformation of the visual arts in the last half century.
Earth to Sky: The Art of Barbara S. Scott and David Holland at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame
This exhibition celebrates two Oklahoma artist friends, Barbara S. Scott and David Holland, who have developed an artistic bond, supporting each other over 30 years of creating art. Barbara’s sculptures, created and carved of tangible organic materials, mainly wood, and speak to the power and beauty of human spirit. David’s colorful and majestic paintings of vast cloudscapes speak to the power and beauty of Oklahoma’s skies.
In the Vernacular: Everyday Images of Oklahoma Life at the Oklahoma History Center
In the Vernacular: Everyday Images of Oklahoma Life is a celebration of everyday image-making featuring thirty-two photographs from the Oklahoma Historical Society’s collections. Visitors will see fun, quirky, and sometimes odd images of Oklahomans. The photographs on display were captured for a variety of reasons, including souvenir postcards, government archives, magazines, newspapers, and family albums.
Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs at Sam Noble Museum
Step back 290 million years to a time when bizarre creatures dominated life on land and sea. Learn about these extraordinary creatures and how 90% of all life vanished in the largest extinction event of all time. The Permian Period ended millions of years before dinosaurs evolved. This unique traveling exhibition brings the past back to life with vivid artwork and scientifically accurate 3-D sculptures that augment an amazing collection of fossils on view.