Friday, September 4, 2009

What to Do in Tulsa This Weekend

The weekend weather forecast might not be the best we've ever had, but that doesn't change that what lies before us, friends, is a three-day weekend, thanks to Labor Day on Monday.

If you're looking for ways to live it up this holiday weekend T-Town style, you've come to the right place. As heard (and seen!) Friday morning on the KRMG Morning News with Joe Kelley, here's what to do in Tulsa this weekend.

Tasha's Picks for Labor Day Weekend 2009


57th Annual Cherokee National Holiday
When: Friday-Sunday
Where: Tahlequah, Capital of Cherokee Nation
The Cherokees and their culture represent a huge part of who and what Tulsa is. Learn about it inside and out, particularly the history behind the signing of the Cherokee Constitution in 1839, this weekend in the capital of the Cherokee Nation, just up the road from T-Town a piece in Tahlequah. Be sure to check out the plethora of arts and crafts, family activities (including a kids' fishing derby Saturday starting at 7:30am), a golf tournament, a variety of music, and dancing. Don't forget your walking shoes for a cultural tourism walking tour. Wi tse do lv I (that's Cherokee for “y'all come,” in case you didn't know).

South Tulsa Music Festival
When: Saturday, 2pm
Where: Riverwalk Crossing Amphitheatre
See, Southies? You don't have to traverse the highways and negotiate the invalid IDL to catch some quality, local music after all. This weekend is the South Tulsa Music Festival, featuring arts and crafts vendors and a killer lineup of Okie-grown bands. It all gets kicked off at Dirty's Sports Bar before the main act ascends the stage at 4pm. And guess what? It's fuh-ree, baby. For the running order of acts, check out Hizer's story in this week's Urban Tulsa Weekly, and get a hardy preview of what's to hear at the festival at the STMF Myspace page.

South Tulsa Music Festival

Family Fun Weekend at Bass Pro Shop
When: Saturday-Monday, Noon-6pm each day
Hold on to your hats, folks, because there's more than enough family fun at Bass Pro this weekend to knock your socks off: Paintball target practice, radio-controlled car races, bean bag toss, a chance to win Tony Stewart's $20,000 “Smoke” Nitro boat and a slew of other prizes. You'll need to sneak inside to grab a Starbuck's to keep up with it all.

Monday (Labor Day! Woo-hoo!)

Driller's Farewell Game
When: Monday, 6:05pm
Where: Driller's Stadium (version one), 15th and Yale
The time has come. As the Driller's pack their bags to ready for their move to their new stadium in downtown Tulsa, fans can watch The Team take on the NW Arkansas Naturals in not just the last game of the 2009 season, but the last game of an era. Tickets start at $6, but bring a few extra bills in case you “just get something in your eye” and forgot the Kleenex.


North Indian Classical Music and Dance
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center, John H. Williams Theatre
The South Asian Performing Arts Foundation brings an evening of music and dance from the orient to the rolling hills and overalls-wearing folks of Green Country, Oklahoma. Check out two-time Grammy Award winner Zahir Hussain on the tabla (an Indian drum) and Antonia Minnecola busting the moves – I hear their performances are more than worth the $45 ticket price.

Wine & Jazz at Riverwalk
When: Sunday, 6-8pm
Where: Riverwalk Crossing in Jenks
Since a case of the Mondays won't be breathing down your neck this week this week, a Sunday night of good wine and good food at one of the Tulsa area's hottest spots for just chillin' sounds just like what the doctor ordered. Bring $20 and be ready to kick back, relax and maybe even make a few friends who understand your taste for the finer things in life.


Lola's at the Bowery

First Friday Art Crawl
When: Friday, 6-9pm
Where: Brady District
If you haven't been on one of these art crawls in Tulsa's Brady District, you're missing out, plain and simple. Start the night at The Gypsy Coffeehouse and wrap things up at Club 209, and make sure to stop at the brand-spanking-new Living Arts Center in the old Bed Check building at Brady and Detroit, Tulsa Glassblowing Studio, CFC Chocolatier, Tulsa Artists' Coalition and Lola's at the Bowery.


Tulsa Hurricane Football
When: Friday, 7pm
Where: Superdome in New Orleans, LA
Hurricane Football kicks off the weekend and the 2009 season from New Orleans Friday night as the boys take on the Green Wave. Catch it at the watch party at Fair Meadows Sports Grill, as hosted by the TU Alumni Association and the Golden Hurricane Club.

Oklahoma State Football
When: Saturday, 2:30pm
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium at Lewis Field in Stillwater, OK
The game ain't in Tulsa, of course, but lots of folks here will be rooting on the Cowboys Saturday evening as they take on the Georgia Bulldogs. Hit your favorite pub to catch the game with some buds, some brew and a widescreen.

Oklahoma Football
When: Saturday, 7pm
Where: Dallas Cowboys New Stadium in Arlington, TX
Did your first words sounds something like “Boomer Sooner?” Then I'm about to tell everyone what you'll be up to Saturday night: Watching the OU game with your favorite boys and girls as the Sooners take on the BYU Cougars.

2009 Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic
When: Now-Sunday
Where: Expo Square in the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex
Is it Reining in here? The forecast is calling for the thunder of stamping hooves at Expo Square this weekend where a world-class collection of Reining horses will be on parade. The first 100 kids through the door for the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic Slide Zone (doors open at 1:30pm, show starts at 2) get a free Breyer portrait model of Big Chex to Cash and a chance to see the breathtaking palomino paint stallion in real life, ridden by NRHA Million Dollar Professional Andrea Fappani. That's one autograph you won't want to miss. Price of entry is $5 for kids, $10 for adults.

Oklahoma Palomino Show
When: Friday-Sunday
Where: Expo Square in the Pavillion
The beloved steed of Greek mythology – who could resist carving out a bit of his weekend to get a load of that? Bask in the presence of the pride of Queen Isabella's Spanish court until the cows come home to 21st and Yale Sunday evening.

Other Stuff

Opening Day 2009 at Cherry Street Farmers Market

Aberson's & Friends Warehouse Sale
When: Now-Saturday. Friday hours, 9am-3pm; Saturday hours, 9am-12pm
Where: Family & Children's Services, 605 S. Peoria Ave.
Huge discounts – 85 percent, from what I hear – on clothing and home d├ęcor from Aberson's and 30 other local stores that represent the finest in what Tulsa offers the First-Class Shopoholic? Count me in. All proceeds benefit Family & Children's Services. Get a complete list of participating vendors here.

Cherry Street Farmers' Market
When: Saturday, 7am-11am
Where: On historic Cherry Street just east of Peoria
Load up on grillables for this weekend's cookout at the only place in Tulsa where a grocery getter can score the best range of anything from heirloom squash to artisan sausage, all straight from the farmer or rancher, all at once. Before you go off spouting about how expensive the food is at the farmers' market, read this article. See? It's okay - you were wrong, but I forgive you. I'll even save you a spot in line at the Three Springs Farm booth.

More Free Stuff


Tasha Does Tulsa | Run Training: Take One
When: Saturday, 10am
Where: RiverParks, starting at the Pedestrian Bridge; meet at the Riverside Drive overpass
Come one, come all, even if you haven't yet signed up for the “official” Tasha Does Tulsa | Run team. We'll be doing beginners' run/walk circuits around the Pedestrian Bridge/21st Street loop, rain or shine. Feel free to bring dogs, strollers and a top to pop at the finish line.


In the Loop @ Circle Cinema

All About Steve
When: Opens Friday
A crossword puzzle constructor played by Sandra Bullock falls in love with a cameraman on the first date and consequently follows him all over the country to woo him. Nag much? No. Because this is Sandra Bullock we're talking about here.

When: Opens Friday
Jason Bateman is an extract man. He's not exactly what you'd call a lucky extract man. Plus, his wife is having an affair with a gigolo. I know what you're thinking, and it's something along the lines of, “I'm sorry, what?!” There's hope, people. If you're like me and miss Beavis and Butthead every day of your life, go to for B&B's genius synopsis of this bizarre-sounding movie.

When: Opens Friday
Like Second Life come to life, Gamer stars the pretty people Gerard Butler and Amber Valletta. If you've ever fantasized about acting out your innermost desires and fantasies in front of a global audience (Lord knows I'd attempt to eat 60-oz. steak in one sitting if it weren't for that whole“in front of a global audience” part), then this is the movie for your Labor Day weekend viewing pleasure.

In the Loop
When: Opens Friday at 5:30pm; Second showing at 7:45pm
Where: Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis
Like parodies? How about American politics? Get a dose of each with this spoof of the inner workings of U.S. and British government agencies and their international relations.

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