The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, so kick that cabin fever to the curb and enjoy a visit to the Modern Frontier. We’ve found that the best cure to a case of the winter blues is a getaway to 21c Oklahoma City, so we’ve put together a list of all the great reasons to visit OKC this Spring.
Stay with the Purple Penguins
Did you hear the news? 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City topped the list of Best Hotels in Oklahoma according to U.S. News & World Report. And as if you needed another reason to book your stay with us, we’re waiving pet fees through June 2021 to make it easier for you to bring your beloved companion along on your getaway. You’ll find that here in Oklahoma City, there is plenty to do for you and your pet. See for yourself and check out the Top Dog-Friendly Spots in OKC.
Once you get settled into your room, you’ll find there’s plenty to do and see at 21c before you head out to explore. Enjoy Chef Jeff Patton’s bold and eclectic take on New American cuisine at Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge, take a stroll around our 14,000 square feet of exhibition space featuring our current exhibition, SEEING NOW, or take a seat in our Video Lounge and enjoy our featured film for the month of March, When We Gather, which celebrates the women who have played an elemental role in the progress of the United States and offers a call to create a path forward for the leaders of the future.
The Great Outdoors
This spring, make plans to get out and explore the wild with ‘Paint the Wild’ at the Oklahoma City Zoo. On the first 4 Saturdays and Sundays of April, paint some of your favorite animals in picturesque areas of the Zoo and hear from the talented staff who care for them daily.
With painting instruction led by Pinot’s Palette of Norman, guests are invited to select 1 date per weekend to come and learn how to paint like a pro! The same painting will be taught on the Saturday and Sunday, and a new animal will be featured each weekend. A VIP experience option is also available. VIP guests will get early entry to the event to experience that animal up close! This experience is limited to 20 guests per day.
Come stay and play in the heart of Oklahoma City then explore the OKC Zoo where you can enjoy the outdoors while discovering the world’s wildlife plus, unique Zoo attractions and experiences!
Scissortail Park is a 70-acre public space which features a variety of engaging experiences for visitors including ornamental gardens and woodlands, a 3.7 acre lake, children’s playground and water fountains, seasonal roller rink, dog park, picnic grove, restaurant and performance stage and great lawn. There’s always something happening for all tastes and interests in the park. Starting April 3rd, shop Oklahoma City’s largest outdoor market that features an all made and grown in Oklahoma producer-only marketplace providing access to more fresh products to serve the community
Located at the corner of Oklahoma City Boulevard and South Robinson Avenue, the Scissortail Park Farmers Market will be open, rain or shine, every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m through October. Shopping options this season include more than 50 vendors providing everything from fresh produce, meats, specialty foods, plants, honey, cut flowers, coffee and specialty beverages, beer, baked goods, pottery, soaps, pet products, and more.
Wheeler District is a 150- acre urban development situated on the south bank of the Oklahoma River. As warmer weather draws near, so does the opening of the family favorite Wheeler District Ferris Wheel on April 3rd. Food trucks will be parked at the Ferris wheel all weekend long. Guests can ride the wheel, relax in on-site hammocks, play lawn games like cornhole and continue exploring the expanding district by eating at the all-day café Terminal Commons or trying a local beer at The Big Friendly.
Single-ride tickets are $6 per person, day passes are $10 and season passes are $20. Group ticket rates are available, and kids age three and under ride free. Staff will wear masks, manage social distancing in the ticket line and increase cleaning procedures, including wiping down gondolas with disinfectant after every ride.
Factory Obscura is an Oklahoma City-based art collective creating immersive experiences that awaken wonder, build community, and make the world better. The hands that create their experiences are connected to human beings who share a love for one another, for their craft, and for those who experience their art. Mix-Tape by Factory Obscura is 6,000 square feet of hand-crafted, immersive art experience created just for you.
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center presents Ed Ruscha: OKLA
Iconic American artist Ed Ruscha has, over the past six decades, produced a diverse and highly influential body of work encompassing paintings, drawings, prints, books, photographs and films. Ed Ruscha: OKLA is the first exhibition to focus on the artist’s Oklahoma roots — his family, his upbringing and his discovery of his calling as an artist. It is also, remarkably, his first solo museum exhibition in his home state. Ruscha lived in Oklahoma City from the ages of 5 to 18: the formative years of both his life and his artistic sensibility. His Midwestern childhood had a profound impact on his art, which the exhibition explores through 74 works from all phases of his career, organized into five interrelated thematic sections.
Oklahoma Museum of Art presents Moving Vision: Op and Kinetic Art from the Sixties and Seventies
Organized by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Moving Vision: Op and Kinetic Art from the Sixties and Seventies highlights one of the great strengths of the Museum’s permanent collection–OKCMOA’s extensive, high-quality holdings in Op (optical) and Kinetic (movement) art. This groundbreaking new exhibition, which also includes many historically significant loans from private collections, features movement, both real and perceived.
Sunset Patio Bar
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Located in the Midtown District, the spirit of Sunset Patio Bar is bright, good vibes and high energy with its indoor and outdoor seating options and dog friendly temperature-controlled patio facing a clear view of downtown’s skyline.
Chicken N Pickle
A unique, indoor and outdoor entertainment complex whose mission is to provide an atmosphere that fosters fun, friendship and community for all ages. Located at The Half – halfway between Edmond and Oklahoma City – Chicken N Pickle boasts a fast casual dining restaurant, 10 pickleball courts, bocce ball and shuffleboard courts, a bar and entertainment space, an outdoor game yard, and a game room with ping pong and TV screens for you and your friends to catch your favorite game.
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Social Capital aims to increase the social interaction in our beloved city by providing a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere, an extensive list of craft beer, specialty cocktails, and wine, and two restaurants serving a wide variety of delicious fare.