Friday night in the big town: Trivia, Mesta Festa, and Remington Park

Well, here we are readers, at the end of September. Fall is in full swing, and my seasonal affective disorder is about to start acting up again. And I can’t go to Target or the mall for the rest of the year out of fear of Christmas displays, which will undoubtedly be popping up at any minute. The one saving grace in all of this is that it’s almost basketball season, which is good because OU football just doesn’t do it for me like it used to. Not to be one of “those fans”, but I am totally gonna be one of “those fans.”

Anyway, here’s your Friday Night in the Big Town.

September 28: Free Team Trivia presented by The Lost Ogle

Do you know the capital of New Hampshire? Can you put a list of Bill Murray movies in order by release date? Do you know anything about hockey? Are you like a Jeopardy contestant, only cooler? Do you like delightful beers and wings and a general party sort of atmosphere? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then good. I have a new Friday night ritual for you.

Tonight begins the first weekly edition of Free Team Trivia presented by The Lost Ogle at Buffalo Wild Wings on Northwest Expressway. Come grab a table big enough for all your friends and order a few rounds. Patrick will ask you questions, and if your team is better than our Norman team, chances are you won’t embarrass yourself like our team does. I wish you the best of luck, and remember, you get smarter with every beer you drink.

September 29: 17th Annual Mesta Festa

My boyfriend and I have often discussed moving northward, and the only place we can agree upon is the Mesta Park area. Though our friends are certain that we’d enjoy living in southwest Oklahoma City, and my parents can’t wait for us to move to northwest Edmond, the fact is that we just aren’t boring enough to live in either location, no offense to those of you who dwell in those places. I need an interesting neighborhood with epic block parties!

And the Mesta Festa is the most epic of block parties. There will a beer tasting, local music, a chili cook-off, and activities for the kids. You can meet some Thunder girls, as well as a few of the Barons and the Barons Ice Girls. And unlike most block parties, anyone can attend this one. All the proceeds will go to enhance the parks, streets, and sidewalks of the neighborhood.

September 30: 24th Oklahoma Derby

I don’t know much about horses, but I know someone who got kicked in the mouth by one when she was a kid. However, from what I understand, this isn’t an event in the Oklahoma Derby. The $400,000 Oklahoma Derby is the state’s richest thoroughbred race and will feature some of the nation’s top horses. There are other races throughout the day for you to watch and wager on too. So if you want a seat at one of the restaurants at Remington Park, get your reservation in now!

Now, I know that most people bet on horse races, but you guys, what about the hat contest? The Hat Contest and Tea takes place from 2-4, and y’all can bet that those ladies are gonna throw down for that $500 first prize. Judges for this hat contest include Jamie Cerreta, Danielle Dozier, La’Tasha Givens, Helen Ford Wallace of the Oklahoman, and Christina Nihira of the Gazette. And if betting on a hat contest isn’t your thing, there are plenty of activities for the kids, like a magician, a moon bounce, face painter, and a petting zoo. Basically, there is something for everyone.

That’s all for this weekend, readers. Enjoy this cooler weather while it lasts, because before you know it, winter will be here and we will be doing our snow death live blog.

Friday Night in the Big Town” is presented by Lucky Star Casino.  Visit to check out a full calendar of their events and concerts.