Martin Luther King, Jr. gave us many reasons to celebrate. Oklahoma City boasts several special events to honor the incredible historical figure. Below, find a list of special parades and celebration hosted in his honor on MLK Day. Then, find a list of other special activities for families to do on the school holiday.
Another great way to spend time before, after or on MLK Day is volunteering. We have outlined several incredible volunteer opportunities for families here.
If you're interested in spending the three-day weekend away from home, be sure to check out these 3 Adventures for Your 3-Day Weekend or our list of 10 kid-friendly day trips. Every destination listed is within 100 miles of the Oklahoma City metro! For even more family fun away from home, see these exciting family travel destinations throughout the state.
In the metro:
Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the Nick Harroz Community Center (200 N Midwest Blvd, Midwest City) features a prayer time, presentation of colors, live entertainment, appearances by local religious and political leaders and a keynote speaker, Senator-elect Dr. George E. Young, Sr. $20. 7 – 8 a.m.
FREE Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration in Downtown Oklahoma City (various locations) features a parade, silent march, bell ringing, job fair and more. The Celebration's signature event, the parade begins at 2 p.m. and proceeds down on Walker Ave.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a morning of music, crafts, readings and a soul food tastings. Take a peace walk through the gardens with a walk highlighting quotes and important events in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. At 11:30 a.m., at the Water Stage weather permitting or inside the Park House Event Center, enjoy a reading of Dr. King’s famous I Have a Dream Speech, followed by a performance from a gospel choir. Free to attend, some activities have a participation cost. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration with Music of James Oliverio at Sharp Hall at the Catlett Music Center (500 W Boyd St, Norman) features a special performance to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with guest speakers, including George Henderson, a prominent local advocate for ethnic diversity and interracial understanding. $9 in advance, $10 at the door. 3 p.m.
Outside the metro:
Jan. 20 & 21
FREE Martin Luther King Jr. Day March & Celebration in Stillwater (various locations, Stillwater) features a viewing of Black Panther, a commemorative unity march at the Stillwater Public Library and a community commemoration with an educational festival, community choir performance, refreshments and more. See website for schedule and locations.
FREE Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in Tulsa (Detroit & John Hope Franklin Blvd, Tulsa) features a parade organized by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Society of Tulsa. Themed floats, music and marchers will honor a legend and celebrate freedom with the community. 11 a.m.
Day Camps and Activities on Jan. 21
School's Out Break Camps at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Kids ages 4 – 11 can monkey around and learn about primates. Snacks provided, campers must bring their lunch. Preregister. Members, $40; nonmembers, $45. Half day, 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
$1 Admission to Oklahoma WONDERtorium (308 W Franklin, Stillwater) with a donation of a snack to the Stillwater Weekend Sacks for Children Project. Click here for a list of suggested snack items. $1, plus snack. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) is open from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. $12, with skate rental; $8, without; $7 for members.
Hot Dog Skate at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) includes basic skate rental, hotdog & drink. $6. 1 – 4 p.m.
Local events happening over the weekend:
FREE OU Children’s Physicians Children's Health Expo and Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline Birthday Party at the Children’s Atrium (1200 Children’s Ave) features a one-day event for parents and children to learn about specialized programs at OU Children’s Physicians, community events and opportunities for physical activity and recreation. There will also be a celebration with food, games, and fun. 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Golden Dragon Acrobats at the OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) features acrobatics, traditional dance paired with costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques. $15 & up. 8 p.m.
Jan 18 – 20
Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features more than 450 exhibitors and experts offering new products, design inspiration and remodeling ideas. $12 at the door, $10 in adance; kids (under 12), free. Friday, noon – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
International Finals Rodeo at State Fair Arena (333 Gordon Cooper St) features three days of professional rodeo action as cowboys and cowgirls compete for the title of World Champion in eight different events. $10-$30; All session, $120. Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma Winter Bead & Jewelry Show at State Fair Park (3213 Wichita Walk) features fine jewelry, fashion jewelry, beads, beading supplies, findings, pearls, silver, designer cabochons, minerals, and tools. $5. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
FREE Ultimate Eagle Watch at Kaw Lake (701 Morgan Sq, Kaw City) features guided eagle-viewing tours to see eagles in nature. Learn about the history of the eagle and its habitat, as well as the significance of the eagle to American Indian culture and customs. A variety of food trucks will be available during this event. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Learn to Curl at Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn the basic rules and etiquette of curling from The Oklahoma Curling Club. Equipment will be provided by the club. Open to ages 10 & up. Preregister. Members, $20; nonmembers, $25. 9 – 10:30 a.m.
FREE Bald Eagle Watch at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area (901 W 1st St, Sulphur) features a brief presentation followed by a park ranger-led trip to observe wintering bald eagles on the Lake of the Arbuckles. 9 a.m. – noon. Also held Jan. 26.
FREE Eagle Tour & Loon Watch at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge & Tenkiller State Park (various location, Vian) features a tour of two state parks to see eagles and loons in nature. Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Also held: Jan. 26 & Feb. 2.
FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May Ave) features a Live the Dream Dreamer craft. For ages 3 & up. No reservations necessary. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features a tour to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter home. Preregister. 1 – 4 p.m. Also held Feb. 2.
FREE Ruff Ruffman's Sensational Science Camp at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St, Warr Acres) features fun, hands-on activities with Ruff Ruffman and his friends to engage kids in the science inquiry and engineering design processes. 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
OU Men's Gymnastics vs Air Force, Arizona State at McCasland Fieldhouse (151 E Brooks St, Norman) features a meet against the Falcons and Sun Devils. $8-$10. 7 p.m.
Family Skate Night at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) includes skate rental, pizza and drinks for up to 5 family members. $29. 6 – 8 p.m.
Monday Night RAW at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features WWE Superstars like Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Braun Strowman and Baron Corbin as well as Ronda Rousey, Bobby Lashley and more. $20 & up. 6:30 p.m.