What's Up in the 405
Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20
Riversport’s second annual weekend of extreme racing and family fun opens this week as whitewater rafting and kayaking arrive in land-locked Oklahoma. Whitewater rafters will be launching off the bridge in Michelob Ultra BoaterX Extreme Racing, while a slightly calmer whitewater kayaking competition will take place on Saturday morning. Big Water Grill will fuel the action-packed day, which also includes competitions, a dog adoption event and free pop-up Mercy Fitness Classes.
Riversport Adventures, 800 Riversport, OKC, 552.4040, riversportokc.org
Thursday, May 17
Over the last two decades, this band has quietly topped the lists of elite music reviewers, and even after all these years of consistency on the indie rock greatness front, they are “still independent and still cool” according to The New York Times. The Austin quartet will be bringing sounds from their latest album Hot Thoughts to the Jones Assembly in a show of rock, pop and punk blended perfectly.
The Jones Assembly, 901 W Sheridan, OKC, 212.2378, thejonesassembly.com
Thursday, May 17
OKCMOA is starting a new program of late-night Thursdays that will run all year round. It kicks off this week on the roof terrace, with a full bar and music from Adam and Kizzie. The Museum Café will have a special menu, and animation experimentation with artist Nicole Emmons-Willis will offer some family-friendly fun. Still at a reduced rate and still offering access to all its latest exhibitions, it’s time to transform your Thursday nights.
OKC Museum of Art, 415 Couch, OKC, okcmoa.com
OK Craft Beer Festival
Friday, May 18 - Saturday, May 19
Sample 400 beers, ciders and even meads while meeting the creators when more than 80 beer producers from across the nation, including our much-loved local breweries, will gather for the 7th annual Craft Beer Festival. This year a new Friday night session has been added, and crucial carbs will be provided by Fassler Hall and Dust Bowl.
Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, OKC, 602.8500, oklahomacraftbeerfestival.com
Go Red for Women
Friday, May 18
It’s a lunch with a purpose as women unite and help in the fight against heart disease. “Write Your Own Story” is the theme for this year’s luncheon hosted by the American Heart Association. Rustic Cuff founder Jill Donovan, singer/songwriter Emily Faith and master ballet teacher Jo Rowan will all be guests at the event, which also includes a silent auction and vendor expo.
OKC Golf and Country Club, 7000 NW Grand, OKC, ahaoklahoma.ejoinme.org
deadCenter Kick-Off Party
Saturday, May 19
Channeling NYC’s former sequined, star-studded Studio 54, deadCenter will be hosting a kick-off party at the Tower Theatre for its upcoming and mighty deadCenter Film Festival. Studio 54 Dance Party will also celebrate the magic of film, so come ready to dance and mingle with OKC’s very own glitterati.
Tower Theatre, 425 NW 23rd, OKC, towertheatreokc.com