Friday Night in the Big Town – Beaches, Quilts, Garth and More

Thanks to a goof on my part, this week’s Friday Night in the Big Town is a collaboration between our two new Friday Night in the Big Town Contributors – Kim and Shana.

They’ve scoured through the Gazette, Look at OKC and maybe even SO6IX to find all the fun events for you to do this weekend.


Bricktown Beach

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
2 S. Mickey Mantle Blvd.

If you ever wanted to get to third base, here’s your chance! Head to the ballpark and hang out in the sand at the third base plaza (you thought I was talking about something else didn’t you). There’s sand, umbrellas, beach volleyball, a boardwalk; the only thing missing is the ocean. Am I the only one still seeing Chris Christie in my head when thinking of the sand and sea? The Bricktown beach, it is now being referred to solely as “the beach”, is open 24 hours a day. Does that seem odd to anyone else? Maybe they should have live-feeds from “the beach” so we can see the goings on without having to get sand in our shoes. – Kim

Garth Brooks World Tour
Chesapeake Energy Arena
100 W Reno Ave.

Shine up the belt buckles and bust out the pearl button-up shirts y’all, Garth Brooks returns to Oklahoma City for the first time in 20 years for the Oklahoma stop of his World Tour. Yee, Haw.

What an exciting time to be alive in Oklahoma! Just think about it, right now we could all be breathing the same air as Garth Brooks. And later tonight, when we look to the skies, we will be looking at the same stars as Garth Brooks is looking at. I wonder if he still remembers it’s half-price shakes and slushes at Sonic after 8 p.m.?

I’m sure right this very minute someone is slipping into their Rockies jeans and Roper boots. Garthiacs all over the state are getting their mullets shined up and in tip-top Garth condition. To put the final touches on what’s expected to be a perfect evening, they are doing one last check on directions to Cattlemen’s restaurant for a pre-concert cowboy-sized steak and baked potato. Go Garth or go home, I always say.

I hope the Chesapeake has stocked up on Budweiser and Coors. With four Garth shows this weekend it would be a shame if they ran out midway through one of Garth’s famous power ballads about horses. Talk about when the Thunder Rolls. – Shana

Disney’s When You Wish
Civic Center Music Hall
201 N. Walker

This is the fourth production in Lyric’s New Works Initiative and highlights music from Snow White, The Jungle Book, Pocahontas, The little Mermaid, Mulan, Hercules and more. This is a great way to get out of the heat and enjoy some music with the family. Think “Disney on Ice” at the fair without all of the ridiculously priced souvenirs and sticky cotton candy fingers. – Kim

A Celebration of Quilts
July 14 to July 15
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
State Fair Park
3001 General Pershing Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK
Price: Daily: $10; 2-Day Pass: $15

Ain’t no party like a quilt party because a quilt party stops at 5 p.m.

My only dream for the Celebration of Quilts would be that someone has a celebrity run in with Garth’s wife, the always fabulous and beautiful Tricia Yearwood. I’m sure a southern gal like herself would love to celebrate quilts before 5 p.m.

I actually think that Tricia and I would be besties, and I think the best place for that bestie relationship to blossom would be at a quilt show.

We could sip on two pina coladas and she could tell me all about how her husband doesn’t put the toilet seat down and I’d be like, I know right? Men. And then she would remind me that her husband is a Grammy award-winning multi-million dollar recording artist and she’d go Oprah on the crowd and buy everyone a quilt. You get a quilt, you get a quilt, and you get a quilt. You all get quilts!!! And then she’d make us a pecan pie. – Shana

Dancing in the Gardens – Featuring Hip-hop

Myriad Gardens
301 W. Reno & Robinson
Cash Bar

Get to the gardens at 7 and you can get free dance lessons, or, better yet, get there at 7 and start drinking so that you are raring to hit the dance floor by 8. It is 90s night, so, break out your Air Jordans, Tommy Hilfiger and some oversized overalls and get ready to do the Humpty Dance and sip on some Gin and Juice. At some point, Jump Around will be played and those dance moves will all go out the window as everyone jumps in unison. – Kim