Calendar of Events August 2023

Categories: In Our Communities
National Night Out Back to School Bash
August 1

The Claremore Police Department, Volunteers for Youth and the Healthy Community Partnership are hosting the “Back to School Bash at National Night Out” on Tuesday, August 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Claremore Lake Park. Local organizations listed below will give away free school supplies and family resource information. There will be several family-friendly activities including live music, fun, and play features for the children. Free pizza, drinks, and sno-cones will be available. Claremore Police Officers will be on-hand to answer any questions and to interact with anyone interested in promoting safety and security within our community. During the daytime hours (8 am to noon & 1 – 6 pm) on the same day free school immunizations will be provided at the Rogers County Health Department. Attendees will park at the rodeo grounds and the parking lot adjacent to the splash pad will be reserved for handicap parking. Live music will be provided by The Roy Weathers Band with the ROSCO Fun Center band playing prior to the main performance. Sponsors for the event include the City of Claremore, the CPD Chaplains, the Citizens Police Academy, Healthy Community Partnership, Volunteers for Youth’s PAL+ Program, and the TSET Healthy Living Program of Rogers County.

Claremore Lake, East Blue Starr Drive, Claremore

Greenwood Film Festival
August 2 - August 6

Join the Tulsa film community for five days of inspirational stories, panels and events during the Greenwood Film Festival. Greenwood Film Festival will showcase the pioneers of today by unearthing lessons from the past. The festival will not only commemorate the tragic events of 1921, but continue to build a strong and vibrant arts, culture and film community in the Greenwood District. Connect with local filmmakers and the community with screenings, panels, workshops and other events throughout this culturally rich festival.

OSU-Tulsa, 700 N Greenwood Ave, Tulsa, 323-736-2470,

Sizzlin’ Summer Series
August 4, 7:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets to Unity Square in Bartlesville for the Sizzlin’ Summer Series. This free concert series in Bartlesville’s urban green space features live music, children’s activities, local food and all-ages fun outdoors. Be sure to check out the food trucks and vendors around the square before claiming your space on the lawn.

300 SE Adams Blvd, Bartlesville, 918-337-2787,

ZZZs in the Seas Public Sleepover
August 4, 6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m.

Ever dreamed of sleeping with sharks? ZZZs in the Seas is a dream-come-true opportunity where guests can sleep surrounded by sharks, stingrays, seahorses, and all the other creatures snoozing in our oceans. The fun-filled night begins with check-in at 6:30 p.m. and includes a light snack, drinks, a self-guided scavenger hunt, a flashlight tour, a movie, and sweet, sea-themed dreams! If sharks aren’t your idea of relaxing sleep, then feel free to book a space next to any of our other exhibits. Then, wake up and join us for breakfast before the adventure ends at 8 a.m., followed by guest pickup.

Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks, OK 74037 918-296-3474,

First Friday Art Crawl
August 4, 6:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.

Since 2007, the Tulsa Arts District has presented the community with rotating art displays as part of the monthly First Friday Art Crawl events. Every first Friday of the month, visitors can explore artwork inside galleries, studios and museums and catch a few live music performances or even an exciting fireworks display. As an added bonus, art crawlers can take advantage of free museum and gallery admission while shopping later than normal business hours would allow. Hit the district early for dinner, or stay a little later for a craft cocktail best enjoyed on an outdoor patio.

Various locations in Tulsa Arts District, 918-527-8170, 918-492-7477,

Claremore Friday Night Ride
August 4, 7:00p.m.

Ne-Mar Center in Claremore on Friday night is the place to be. This is a weekly cruise that starts @ 7 pm. Promote Claremore and the Car Hobby.

Ne-Mar Shopping Center 1000 W Will Rogers Blvd, Claremore

Flower Arranging Workshop
August 5, 9:00am. - 10:30a.m.

In this hands-on workshop led by Philbrook Horticulturists, harvest flowers from the Philbrook Gardens and make an arrangement to take home. $45 for members and member youth (17 and under), $55 for adults and youth (17 and under).

Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road, Tulsa, 918-748-5300,

Meditation at the Museum with AT EASE Meditation
August 5, 10:00a.m.

Head into the weekend restored with a sonic sound meditation led by AT EASE Meditation. Accompanied by the soothing harmonies of crystal singing bowls, Koshi chimes, and a symphonic gong, this guided meditation welcomes participants of all experience levels. Blankets will be provided, however feel free to bring your own mat or meditation cushion.

Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road, Tulsa, 918-748-5300,

2 Hip Chicks Roadshow
August 5, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The 2 Hip Chicks Roadshow is coming to Claremore and bringing dozens of vendors and one-of-a-kind items with them. This traveling vendor show will feature vintage and shabby chic items for your home and yourself. Shop row after row of clothing, home decor, party items, vintage treasures, antiques and gifts during this shopping event at Claremore Expo Center. You can also sip on samples of wine as you browse all the repurposed furniture, handmade crafts, upcycled junk and more.

Claremore Expo Center, 400 Veterans Pkwy, Claremore,

Taste of Summer Ice Cream Festival
August 5, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Taste of Summer event in Central Park is considered a summer staple in Broken Arrow. This ice cream festival invites guests to enjoy a family fun zone with inflatables and face painting, a car show, art vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, a steak cook-off and all-you-can-eat Blue Bell ice cream. Broken Arrow is home to legendary Blue Bell Creamery, and this event packs a lot of fun into one day. Enjoy a festival atmosphere surrounded by scoops of your favorite Blue Bell flavors. This hometown event boasts big fun for the whole family.

Central Park, 1500 S Main Street, Broken Arrow, OK 74012, 918-251-1518, Office Fax: 918-251-7417,

Water Lantern Festival
August 5, 5:30p.m. - 9:30p.m.

The Water Lantern Festival has been voted one of the best cultural festivals in the county by USA Today! You are invited to enjoy the beauty of thousands of lanterns reflecting off the beautiful waterways. A ticket to the event also includes a floating lantern kit, an LED candle, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, playing cards and games. Many games, food choices, music makes this an event not to be missed!

21101 E. 101st Street, Broken Arrow,

Historical Society Potluck
August 8, 6:00p.m.

Come join us for a potluck dinner and membership meeting. The main dish will be provided. Please bring a side or dessert. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

The Museum Broken Arrow, 400 S. Main Street, Broken Arrow, 918-258-2616,

National Snaffle Bit Association World Show
August 10-20; Daily start 8:00a.m.

The National Snaffle Bit Association brings together horses and riders from all over the country for its annual World Show at Tulsa Expo Square. This competition of pleasure horse events includes horsemanship, equitation over fences, western pleasure, hunter under saddle, hunter hack and more. Riders and horses from all different classes compete at this nearly week-long event. The NSBA will offer all-breed classes and payout in excess of $1,000,000 in cash and prizes. A trade show composed of commercial exhibitors and pleasure horse professionals will be available to assist spectators during the week.

Tulsa Expo Square, 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, 847-623-6722,

Light the Way Music Festival
August 11-12

This two-day music festival is full of music, music and more music! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, pillows and sunscreen and settle in to enjoy. For more information and event schedule, visit the website.

Events Park, 21101 E. 101st Street, Broken Arrow, 417-319-1338,

Art Crawl on 66
August 11, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Experience art up close during the Art Crawl on 66 in Tulsa as artists bring imagination to life at local businesses. On the second Friday of the month from April to December, musicians, performers and visual artists will inspire patrons as they browse businesses and vendor booths. Kick the weekend off with a tour of historic places along The Mother Road, enjoying local restaurants and taking in the sights and sounds of Tulsa’s art scene.

Various Locations, Tulsa, 918-445-4457,

Woodcarving & Folk Arts Festival
August 11-12, 9:00.m. - 5:00p.m.

Witness seasoned craftsmen transform wood, ceramics and other materials into works of art at the annual Woodcarving & Folk Arts Festival in Broken Arrow. For over 30 years, this event has celebrated the art of folk crafts and traditional carving practices, featuring woodcarvers, woodturners, woodworkers, wood burners, scroll sawyers and more from across multiple states. Other art forms represented include stained glass, mosaics, letterpress printing and much more. Artists of all levels can partake in seminars for beginners ages 13 and over each afternoon, or attend demonstrations and displays of various wood art forms. Judging for numerous categories begins Friday, and wood and tool vendors will also be present throughout the event. Explore the possibilities of wood and other folk arts with acclaimed exhibitors at this two-day event.

Broken Arrow Community Center, 1500 S Main Street, Broken Arrow, 918-743-0403, 918-626-9886

Meditation at the Museum with AT EASE Meditation
August 12

Head into the weekend restored with a sonic sound meditation led by AT EASE Meditation. Accompanied by the soothing harmonies of crystal singing bowls, Koshi chimes, and a symphonic gong, this guided meditation welcomes participants of all experience levels. Blankets will be provided, however feel free to bring your own mat or meditation cushion.

Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Avenue, Tulsa, 918-748-5300,

Illuminate Arts Festival: Tracing Our Roots
August 12, 5:00p.m.

Arthouse Tulsa and Tulsa Global District’s second art festival! Featuring live murals, vendors, activities, performances and more.

1801 S. Garnett Road, Tulsa,

Gaither Homecoming
August 18-19, Friday: 6:30p.m.; Saturday: 2pm

A decade after gospel music legend Bill Gaither assembled Homecoming artists in front of a live audience, the artists will be reunited again at the Gaither Homecoming at the Mabee Center in Tulsa. This two-day, two-concert event will bring Mark Lowry, Jason Crabb, The Nelons and more to the stage. Get your tickets to see this incredible performance by Grammy and Dove award-winning gospel music talents. 

Mabee Center, 7777 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, 918-495-6000,

Pryor Patchers Quilt Guild’s Comforts of Home Quilt Show
August 18-19, 8:00a.m - 4:00p.m.

Head to the Pryor Patchers Quilt Show this August for all your quilting needs. Whether you’d like to enter into one of the show’s competitions, get ideas for your next project or shop around, the quilt show will have everything you need. More than 150 handcrafted quilts will be on display and vendors will be on site with a wide variety of fabrics, patterns, notions and other quilting items. The store will sell quilts and other handmade goods. A queen-size quilt will be raffled off, and homemade food will be available at the concessions area.

Mayes County Event Center, Pryor, 918-864-0247,

The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
August 18-27

The Broken Arrow Community Playhouse is excited to present The Matchmaker for two weekends in August! Performances are August 18, 19, 25 & 26 at 7:30 PM and Sunday matinees on August 20 & 25 at 2:00 PM at the Playhouse located at 1800 S. Main Street in Broken Arrow. This production is fun for all ages. The Matchmaker is Wilder’s uproarious farce about love and money. It stars the irrepressible busybody, Dolly Gallagher Levi, who inspired the Broadway musical, Hello, Dolly! Horace Vandergelder, a wealthy, irascible, penny-pinching merchant in nineteenth-century Yonkers, NY, has a plan. He has been a widower for long enough. Now he wants to find a wife. He recruits the help of local matchmaker, Mrs. Dolly Levi, but she has plans of her own. Meanwhile, Vandergelder’s niece Ermengarde desperately wants to marry her artist lover, but Vandergelder refuses to allow it. Furthermore, his clerks have run off to New York City on a mission ‘to kiss a girl’! There they find Irene Molloy and Minnie Fay, who are looking for excitement of their own. Hilarity ensues as everyone tries to secure their love lives and marry as they choose. Call our box office to purchase tickets or buy online! Adults $22, Child/Student/Senior/Military $20. Groups of 10+ Save$2 per ticket!

Broken Arrow Community Playhouse 1800 S. Main St. Broken Arrow, OK 74012, 918-258-0077,

Wings, Wheels & Wishes
August 19, Car Show Registration: 7:30a.m.-9:30a.m .or first 200 entrants.

Come watch small planes fly-in as you check out the vintage airplanes, beautiful cars, trucks and motorcycles on display at Wings, Wheels and Wishes at the Airman Acres Airport in Collinsville. This family-friendly event lets you get up close and personal with planes, vehicles and many of their owners. Grab a bite to eat from the on-site food vendors and cool off with slushies or a sweet treat from the ice cream trucks. Other activities throughout the day include a silent auction, raffles and a live DJ playing popular hits. You won’t want to miss this exciting day of plane and car demonstrations, activities, and family fun in honor of Collinville’s wish kid, Bill Campbell.

Airman Acres Airport, 7300 E 126th St North, Collinsville, 918-510-3423

The Head and the Heart & Father John Misty in Concert
August 19, Doors open: 6:00p.m., showtime 7:00p.m.

American folk indie band The Head and the Heart are teaming up with rock artist Father John Misty for an unforgettable show at the Tulsa Theater. With five studio albums released since their formation in 2009, The Head and the Heart are known for their harmony-driven, woodsy melodies. Father John Misty joins the group with his unique brand of socially-minded folk rock for an incredible night of indie pop and folk music. 

Tulsa Theater, 105 W Reconciliation Way, Tulsa, 918-582-7239,

Northeast Oklahoma Autocross
August 19-20

See sports cars compete in challenging Northeast Oklahoma Autocross events this year. Cars will take to Davis Field in Muskogee, swiftly maneuvering around orange cones as they race against the clock. Cheer drivers on as they navigate past difficult obstacles before time runs out.

Muskogee-Davis Field Airport, Muskogee, 720-937-0731

Tulsa Flea Market
August 19, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Explore 50,000 square feet filled with antiques and collectibles at the Tulsa Flea Market. A favorite event for antique and vintage collectors since 1972, this massive flea market is sure to hold something that catches your eye. Head to Tulsa Expo Square and browse the diverse range of memorabilia, vintage goods and crafts for sale from indoor vendors. Whether looking for rare records, handmade jewelry, special books or primitive furniture, be sure to peruse the offerings at the Tulsa Flea Market and see what discoveries await.

Tulsa Expo Square, 4145 E 21st Street, Tulsa, 918-744-1386,

Jazz on the Green
August 19, 5:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.

Save the date! Jazz on the Green will be back with the fourth annual show! Artist lineup is Fred Smith, Grady Nichols, Michael Fields Jr., and Kim Scott & Funk Factory.

Guthrie Green, 111 Reconciliation Way, Tulsa,

Lake Life Festival
August 19, 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

We will have a kid’s fishing derby to kid’s games and activities. Canoe races. We have lots of family fun for the day and a variety of entertainment including music and a fishing tournament.

1955 Basin Road, Mannford,

Pyra Mini Bull and Bronc Riding
August 20, 1:00p.m.

Come to the Pyra Mini Bull and Bronc riding show and witness bareback bronc riding, mini bull riding and more at this all ages event. You will see fearless kids as young as 6 on up to adults display their talents! $10 admission; concessions on-site. Helb by the Collinsville Round-Up Club Professional Youth Roughstock Association

Collinsville Round-Up Club , 15851 N. 137th E. Avenue, Collinsville, Brandon Warren 918-519-5729, Tabitha 918-519-5169

2023 Tulsa Summer Reptile Show
August 20, 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

The Tulsa Summer Reptile Show will feature a wide range of reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, invertebrates, cages, bedding, feeders, cage supplies and feeders; exotic animals, tanks, decorative items, toys, and much more. In addition, there will be kids’ activities, an educational area and much more.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Warren Place, 5110 S. Yale Avenue, Tulsa

Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo
August 23-26

The Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo, a PRCA-sanctioned rodeo hosted each year in Vinita, will feature all of the exciting rodeo events fans have come to expect. Grab a seat at this year’s rodeo and enjoy the eight main events – barrel racing, bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, steer roping, calf roping, bull riding and team roping. Created in 1935 in honor of the memory of Will Rogers, the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo has become one of the biggest and best rodeos in the region, attracting top cowboy champions from across the nation and offering thousands of dollars in prize money.

Tickets to the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo are available in advance or at the gate. Don’t miss the parade, hosted downtown on Wednesday, or the street dance, hosted every night of the event. Other festivities will include a calf scramble, the Old Settlers reunion, a stunning grand entry, hilarious performances by rodeo clowns and more. Make your way to Vinita for one of the most outstanding rodeos in the southwest United States and watch as world-champion cowboys compete for cash and prizes.

American Legion Rodeo Grounds, 26585 S 4410 Road, Vinita, 918-256-7133,

Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo Parade
August 23, 11:00a.m.- 12:30p.m.

Kick off the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo alongside Vinita residents during the annual rodeo parade. During this must-see event, hundreds of spectators line the streets as over 100 parade entries march down Route 66. Bring the family to enjoy the festivities surrounding the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo.

North Park, Vinita, 918-256-7133

August 2023 Drive Around
August 23, 10:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.

Have you enjoyed our “What’s That”? features on Bixby Development Foundation’s social media? Would you like the opportunity to drive around with CEO Krystal Crockett and learn about developments before they break ground or put a sign up? Then join us for the Bixby Drive Around! This event on August 23rd will feature a tour of Bixby and lunch. Only five seats are available and the cost is $50 per person. $50/person, 5 person maximum. Meet at Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce office at 12 West Dawes Ave in downtown Bixby.


Food Truck Thursday
August 24, 6:00 - 9:00p.m.

Once a month, downtown Claremore transforms into a community hub teeming with people. During Join in on all the fun on Food Truck Thursdays, featuring local musicians, late night shopping, book signings and free children’s activities. While exploring all Claremore has to offer, be sure to munch on delicious food truck fare from a large array of local vendors.

Downtown Claremore, 918-341-5881,

Tulsa County Fair Junior Livestock Show
August 24-25

Support the kids as they show off their livestock skills during the Tulsa County Fair Junior Livestock Show. Youth will display the livestock animals they’ve bred, from swine and heifers to steer and dairy cattle. Come see the junior livestock competitors as they demonstrate their animal care and training prowess. Family-friendly activities will also be available, such as a bouncy house, games and ice cream.

Collinsville Tri-County Fairgrounds, 902 W Center Street, Collinsville, 918-746-3722,

Oklahoma Festival of Ballooning
August 25-27

The Oklahoma Festival of Ballooning 3 day event will feature tethered balloon rides, food trucks, helicopter rides, children’s activities, live music, a 5-k run, parachute jumpers and much more. Highlights of the event include nightly balloon glows, morning flights and a fireworks finale on Sunday night. Daily admission is $10 per car, and all ages are welcome!

640 S. 40th Street, Muskogee, 918-684-6302,

Tulsa Reining Classic
August 25 - September 3

The Tulsa Reining Classic is an action-packed display of equestrian skills at Tulsa Expo Square. Watch cowboys and cowgirls of all ages and abilities compete in various challenging events that will keep you on the edge of your seat. See riders guide horses through precise patterns of circles, spins and stops at speeds alternating between a slow lope and a fast gallop. Cheer for your favorites as some of the most successful open riders to the tiniest young cowboys and cowgirls execute a variety of cantering and galloping feats in this thrilling show. Don’t forget to check the on-site Western trade show for some great deals when you need a break from all the thrilling competition.

Tulsa Expo Square, 4145 E 21st Street, Tulsa, 949-939-0407,

Maker Faire Tulsa
August 26, 10:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Experience a day of creativity during the award-winning, family-friendly Maker Faire Tulsa hosted at Tulsa Expo Square. In celebration of technology, education, science, arts, crafts, engineering, food, sustainability and making of all kinds, over 150 “makers” and inventors will fill the Exchange Center with amazing projects and ideas. Makers include artists, engineers, scientists and anyone else who has something they’ve made or a concept they have come up with and want to display. Many projects combine creativity and resourcefulness to create products that are useful and appealing. The day includes demonstrations from makers and fun, interactive shows that put their passions to the test. Come see what people are creating to make the world a better place, and arrive early to have enough time to see all of the exhibits and shows.

Tulsa Expo Square, 4145 E 21st Street, Tulsa, 918-779-6025,

Salsa Festival
August 26

Prepare your tastebuds and join the Oklahoma Aquarium for its hottest event of the summer – Salsa Festival. Sample a variety of fresh salsas, from spicy to sweet, and enjoy activities for the entire family. After checking out the diverse marine life at the aquarium and sampling salsas, vote on your favorite salsa in three categories: Mild, Hot and Anything Goes. Salsa Festival will also feature a jalapeño-eating contest, a salsa and queso tasting and more. Salsa contest winners will receive awards, behind-the-scenes tours of the aquarium, and of course, bragging rights.

300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks, 918-296-3474,

Wild Brew
August 26, 5:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.; VIP Access: 4:00p.m.

Wild Brew brings together some of Tulsa’s most delicious restaurants and first-rate beers from around the US and the world at the Cox Business Center. Enjoy some food and drinks as well as live entertainment from local musicians. Place your silent auction bids, meet falcons and a bald eagle and more at the Wild Brew in Tulsa.

Restaurants that have contributed in the past include Andolini’s Pizza, Brady Tavern, Brother’s Pizza, Caz’s Chowhouse Restaurant, Kilkenny’s Irish Pub, McNellie’s Pub, Dilly Deli, El Guapo’s Cantina and more for a mixture of American, Mexican and deli-style cuisine.

Past presenting breweries have included Ace, Angry Orchard, Boulevard, Big Sky, New Planet, Mustang, Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy, Sam Adams, Twisted Tea, Tall Grass, Shiner and many more. Don’t miss out on sampling beers you’ve had your eye on during this fun event. Guests must be ages 21 and over.

Cox Business Center, 100 Civic Center, Tulsa, 918-336-7778,


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