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Nearly every town, big and small, has some sort of Independence Day celebration. We set out to find some of the state’s best, and most intriguing festivities. As it turns out, Oklahoma has a lot to offer the patriotic festival goer. In fact, some events have made it in the national spotlight. Edmond’s LibertyFest has made CNN’s and USA Today’s list of the top 10 Fourth of July celebrations in the Nation.

There is something fun for everyone this week, whether single, partnered-up, teenaged, over the hill, angsty, romantic, wild, timid, rich or counting pennies— from live action films and punk rock music to painting exhibits and poetry-songs. There are Mardi Gras and Valentine’s masquerade balls and fundraising parties. Also, an imaginative theater production for youth, and a make & take art project, designed with parents’ bottom dollar in mind.

TCU School of Music

The University of Central Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra performs alongside talented guest musicians Thursday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Hall Theater.

The concert features pianist Sallie Pollack, D.M.A., performing Chopin’s “E Minor Piano Concerto” with guest conductor John Giordano, chairman of the jury for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  

Ralph Morris, conductor of the UCO Symphony Orchestra, says the concert is an excellent learning opportunity for his students.

Post-Thanksgiving Event Ideas From KGOU's Events Listings

Nov 28, 2014
Holiday River Parade

This week's OneSix8 offers some ideas on what to do in lieu of, or after the Black Friday bargain hunting.

The 10th annual Holiday River Parade starts Friday, November 28 at 6 p.m. on the Oklahoma River.


This week's OneSix8 highlights live performances from two Grammy winners, an acclaimed comedian and the talented kids of Oklahoma City.

Renowned jazz pianist Peter Nero performs his concert: “For Art’s Sake: A Salute to Art Tatum” at the Armstrong Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 6.

OKC Pride

This week’s OneSix8 acknowledges that adults can enjoy Halloween just as much, if not more than children.

OKC Pride, in conjunction with the 39th District OKC, presents the inaugural “Treats and Tricks on 39th” Halloween Block Party, Friday, Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

UCO Jazz Lab

Looking to make plans for the fourth weekend in October? KGOU’s OneSix8 guides you through three Autumnal events.      

Oklahoma Bicycle Society

Mid-October signals the arrival of fall weather in the area, and from the Red River to the Kansas border, now is the perfect time of year to spend an afternoon outside in the fresh air or an evening indoors enjoying the cultural offerings of central Oklahoma.

Evil Dead: The Musical opens October 10 at the Pollard Theater in Guthrie.

Kayakers on the Oklahoma River.

The 10th annual Oklahoma Regatta Festival continues through October 5 at the Boathouse District along the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City.

The multi-day event celebrates the rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and related activities that have helped transform the Oklahoma River into a world-class urban aquatic venue.

The NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships come to the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City March 20 – 22.

The event features quarterfinal, semifinal and championship matches for college wrestlers at ten different weight classes. Thirty-three men make up the field for each respective weight class.

Oklahoma State University brings all ten of its starting wrestlers to compete for championship bids. The University of Oklahoma brings eight men.

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The University of Oklahoma presents a “Teach-In On The Civil War” Monday, March 10. Highly reputable academics from across the country come to Norman for the all-day event that features lectures and panel discussions about the era.

OU President David Boren delivers a few words before the opening lecture from Clemson University historian Vernon Burton at 9:30 a.m. in OU’s Catlett Music Center.

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The Oklahoma Mission of Mercy, aka OkMOM, is in Enid February 7 and 8 at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center to provide Oklahomans complimentary dental care. OkMOM Enid marks the fifth-annual OkMOM event.

“We see a fair number of people down here who have abscessed teeth. All we can do is give them antibiotics,” said Enid Community Clinic Coordinator Janet Cordell according to Mission of Mercy’s website.

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A Medieval celebration, folk tradition and “legends” from the past offer some authentic “escapes” in this week's OneSix8.

A feast fit for a king is provided at the Medieval Midwinter Ball this Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The University of Oklahoma’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom in the Oklahoma Memorial Union will be decorated in the royal purple and gold of the Middle Ages, inviting people of all ages to celebrate at this bright colored ball.

Beaukiss Steve

Holiday lights illuminate the night no matter where you go and this weeks OneSix8 gives just a few of the many seasonal light displays throughout the state.

A 118 foot Christmas Tree with 9,000 lights, a huge tunnel of lights, an animated waterfall display and an animated Cady Cane Company are just a few of the features one finds along the mile long walk or drive through this Midwest City- based attraction at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park.