What's Up This Weekend in the 405
Through Sunday, September 10
The latest exhibition to open at OKC Museum of Art is one which examines the identity of young African men and the exploration of the male figure. Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic charts the artist’s career from his residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2001, where he produced a number of canvases of African-American men inspired by his observation of street life in Harlem, to his placing of these portraits against a backdrop of specific paintings by renowned masters such as Titian and Manet.
The exhibition also includes a selection from his ongoing World Stage project, offering an insight into different cultural influences through a global survey of people, as well as female portraits from his latest exhibition. Organized by Brooklyn Museum, Oklahoma City is the last stop on the exhibition’s nationwide tour.
OKC Museum of Art, 415 Couch, OKC, 236.3100, okcmoa.com
Flight for Futures
Friday, June 23
Attendees to this casual affair at Wiley Post Airport can enjoy live music and fabulous food from local restaurant favorites – with one lucky supporter of the event winning a getaway to Cancun, Mexico. The evening will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma, which has been helping to empower youngsters in after-school programs since 1995.
Valair Hangar 9, Wiley Post Airport, 7200 NW 63rd, OKC, bgcokc.org
Stars & Stripes River Fest
Saturday, June 24
Fourth of July celebrations are coming to the Boathouse District when Riversport Adventures hosts this all-day wet and wild event on the Oklahoma River. Watch professionals and amateurs compete on the water in kayaking and dragon boat races, accompanied by good food and fireworks. As the day becomes night, the river will be lit up with giant stadium lights for the Dragon Boat League Championships and a rowing race courtesy of the OGE NightSprints event.
Riversport Adventures, 800 Riversport, OKC, 552.4040, riversportokc.org
Saturday, June 24 - Tuesday, July 4
Marking the Fourth of July with a week-long celebration, this titanic event has previously attracted crowds of more than 125,000. The Edmond-centered fiesta is Oklahoma’s largest hometown Fourth of July parade with over 100 entries, plus the biggest fireworks display in the OKC metro for its grand finale. Organizers, which include 500 volunteers, have ensured there is something for everyone with a car show and road rally, local food favorites, a Kitefest, live music in the park and a rodeo.
Various locations across Edmond, more information can be found here: libertyfest.org
Soundbites in the Park
Tuesday, June 27
The lunchtime concert series is back, and on Tuesday, visitors to Kerr Park can enjoy the subtle sounds of an acoustic set, courtesy of ACM@UCO student Connor Hicks, complete with delicious Greek food offerings; or you can take your own lunch. As well as the event being free, organizers say you can also enjoy free use of a Spokies bike during the event.
Kerr Park, 102 Robert S. Kerr, OKC, downtownokc.com
Million Dollar Quartet
Tuesday, June 27 - Saturday, July 1
Taking us back to 1956 in Memphis, when music legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis came together for one of history’s most famous jam sessions, this Broadway hit musical should delight all fans of old-time rock and roll.
OKC Civic Center, 201 N Walker, OKC, 524.9312, lyrictheatreokc.com