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 parades and celebrations hosted in his honor. 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 Jr. 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 performances, crafts, live art demonstrations and more. DWe Williams and the Ebony Voices will perform in Park House Event Center from 10-11:30 a.m. and then enjoy food, live art demonstrations by local artists, Oklahoma artisan vendors and crafts in the Visitor Center from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration with Music of Rosephanye Dunn Powell 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 the Richard Zielinski Singers, OU combined choirs and Norman Philharmonic. $9 in advance, $10 at the door; students, $5. 3 p.m.
Outside the metro:
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. 20
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. – 9 p.m. $13, 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 Stargazing in the Park at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features free public viewings of astronomical objects via club member telescopes, as well as brief tutorials on astronomy as a hobby. The program will begin at sundown and continue until 10 p.m., weather permitting. All ages welcome. 6:30 p.m. 445-6277
Jan. 17 – 19
International Finals Rodeo at Lazy E Arena (9600 Lazy E Dr, Guthrie) features professional rodeo action as cowboys and cowgirls compete for the title of World Champion in eight different events. $20 & up. Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma Winter Bead & Jewelry Show at State Fair Park Expo Hall (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.
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. $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Friday, noon – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Norman Chocolate Festival at Norman North High School Commons (1809 Stubbeman Ave, Norman) features samples of delectable treats by partnering restaurants and businesses. The festival will also feature free projects, games, and entertainment. No tickets are necessary to take part in these activities. Benefits Norman Public Schools through grants for school PTA projects. $25-$50. Noon – 4 p.m.
Drop-In Art at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features an art-making project inspired by the Museum’s collection, exhibitions and special occasions. All ages welcome, no registration required. Free with admission. 11am-4pm. Also held: Feb. 1.
PJ Masks Live! Save the Day at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features a live show with Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko as they go into the night to save the day from villains, along with PJ Robot. $29 & up. 2 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.