Your most trusted-trusted source for all-things Oklahoma City is back with its weekly feature, TLO Weekend Radar, highlighting a few of the most promising happenings in the metro.
Of course, the Norman Music Festival is already in full swing today. It will continue through tomorrow, with some fantastic bands. Don’t know where to start with a line-up that big? We’ve got you covered. Check out our list of must-see bands.
This weekend, we are off to the races and celebrating art in all its beautiful (mostly edible, if we’re being honest) forms.
OKC Festival of the Arts
Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Whether you go for the food or the art, The Festival of the Arts, brought to you by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, returns this year to Bicentennial Park. Although it’s been going on since Tuesday, this weekend will be prime arting time. While the nostalgic might miss the days when it blocked off an entire city street, it is still a wonderful way to peruse stall after stall of art you’d love to be able to afford. Wander through the sculptures and paintings while enjoying tasty treats from culinary artists, including our friends at Fassler Hall. They’ll be serving up their delicious brats on International Food Row this year. Bonusland: This year, all our newly obtained medical marijuana licenses are going to explain a lot of weird behavior.
Sunday | Start times vary
The annual reason we all typically avoid going downtown on a beautiful Sunday morning returns. But this year will be the exception. Since you are going downtown to gorge on Strawberries Newport anyway, might as well make this the year you cheer on the participants of the OKC Memorial Marathon. Runners from across the nation will be running, trotting, wheeling and stumbling through 23.2 miles of OKC in remembrance of the Oklahoma City bombing. If you aren’t running, you can still support the cause by offering moral support and encouragement for the runners at various points along the course. Make signs, pump The Rocky Theme from your Bluetooth speaker, or dress up like a clown to seriously motivate runners with clown phobias.
Sunday | 1:30 p.m.
The old adage to explain Ockham’s Razor goes, “If you hear hoof beats, don’t assume it’s zebras.” Except this weekend. This weekend, it’s probably zebras. Remington Park welcomes the return of their Extreme Racing. Jockeys will mount up on ostriches, zebras and camels to race around the track — albeit awkwardly. This family-friendly event is the perfect way to introduce your tiny spawn to track betting and day-drinking. The Express Ranch Clydesdales will be taking the track at 1 p.m., and the Extreme Races will be spaced out between the regular racing season runs. Monies raised during the event benefit Remington Park’s various charitable partners.