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:
MLK/FBI at OKCMOA Noble Theatre (415 Couch Dr) features screenings of the documentary directed by Sam Pollard about Martin Luther King Jr. and US government surveillance, based on newly declassified files. Adults, $10; kids (13-18) & college students, $8; kids (12 & under), $6. See website for showtimes.
FREE Martin Luther King Jr. Day Virtual Celebration (online) features an online celebration with a silent march, bell ringing, holiday program, virtual parade and job fair on Zoom. Tune in for a silent march at 9 a.m., bell ringing at 11 a.m., holiday program at 12:15 p.m. and parade at 2 p.m. Preregister to get viewing details.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Gardens. Activities will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Free to attend. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
MLK Day of Service Community Clean Up at Norman Parks (various locations). Help clean neighborhood and community parks across Norman. Preregister. 2 p.m.
FREE Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Celebration with the Norman Philharmonic (Facebook) features a special performance to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with the Richard Zielinski Singers, a community chorus and the music of composer Libby Larsen, the composer of the Norman Anthem. This event will also feature guest speakers and an audience sing-along of civil rights songs, hymns and popular music reminding viewers of the mission and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 7 p.m.
Museum exhibits that explore race conversations:
Jan. 13 – March 2, 2021
FREE Still Here: The Cosmology of Black Resilience An Interdisciplinary Art Exhibition at Myriad Gardens Visitors Center (301 W Reno Ave) features Black visual and performing artists as they acknowledge their place and what it means to be resilient. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Opening in Spring 2021
FREE Crystal Z Campbell: Flight at Oklahoma Contemporary (11 NW 11th St) features explores the physical, architectural and cultural residue of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre into the present. Crystal Z Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist of African-American, Filipino and Chinese descent who uses film, live performance, sound, painting, installation and writing to amplify underacknowledged histories and public secrets.
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. – 3 p.m.
Day Camps and Activities on Jan. 18
School’s Out Break Camps at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Kids ages 4 – 11 can explore all things turtle and tortoise. Preregister. Members, $45; nonmembers, $50. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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:
Jan. 15 – 17
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.