When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to celebrate the occasion of their nation’s independence, you can count on the OKC Philharmonic to make it an evening to remember. Bring the family and lawn chairs for an evening of crowd-pleasing musical mastery topped off with a sensational fireworks display – all free – at Red, White and Boom! July 3, State Fairgrounds
This Jam Was Made for You and Me
A bit more than a century ago, on July 14, Woody Guthrie joined the world. To celebrate, dozens of top-tier folk artists gather each year in his birthplace of Okemah and share a tribute to his ongoing legacy. Carter Sampson, Ellis Paul, John Fullbright, Cassie Latshaw, the Red Dirt Rangers and many, many more – including Arlo Guthrie – are ready and raring to fire up Woodyfest, the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, and raise a musical ruckus. July 10-14, Okemah
Hero, scholar, ten-dollar founding father … you knew about Alex H. before Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical became a worldwide smash, but there’s a reason audiences went bonkers for seats and it won a whopping 11 Tonys: “Hamilton” is an utter bop. OKC Broadway is all set to dazzle with a lavish traveling production; rise up and get tickets before the opportunity is history. July 30-Aug 9, OKC Civic Center
Piece by Piece
A brick-brick here and a brick-brick there – given enough imagination and tens of thousands of options for building, pretty soon they add up to a genuinely enthralling experience. Lego’s BrickUniverse returns to OKC, showcasing the incredible potential for versatile creations in the medium of plastic bricks, and including plenty of workspaces for visitors to try out their own flights of creative fancy. July 20-21, Cox Center
Lyric Theatre’s summer season is in full swing – so much so that fans are in for two sets of opportunities to take in a performance filled with musical magic at the OKC Civic Center. A ragtag bunch of young orphans and castoffs band together to create a better future in “Newsies” July 9-14, then the maiden voyage of the world’s greatest luxury liner hits a bit of a snag in “Titanic” July 23-28.