Bubble Magic & Christmas in July-June 29-30, Kaw City
Giant bubbles that surround people, hula-bubbles, trampoline bubbles, star-shaped bubbles, and an entire solar system created from one bubble. . . All of these are creations of the fantastic, magical Bubbleman who will perform in the Kaw City Grade School gym from 1-2 p.m. June 30 during Kaw City's Christmas in July celebration. The humorous presentation is designed to interest both children and adults in learning science, math, engineering and creativity. Most of his bubblemakers are made from common household items so audience members can duplicate them. Other events will include a tractor pull, fishing contests, a traditional lighted boat flotilla, fireworks, a barbecue dinner, a street dance, a craft show and kids activities. For more information, call 580-269-2276, 580-762-9494 or 888-291-4995, ext. 2920.
50 Years of Photo Journalism at the Daily Oklahoman-July 1-31, Oklahoma City
This special exhibit at the State Museum of History Wiley Post Historical Building features images of the last five decades captured by Oklahoman photographers, along with artifacts and equipment used in their work. For more information, call 405-522-5244.
145th Army Band of the Oklahoma National Guard Summer Tour-July 1, 4, 5, multiple locations
This outstanding military band saw duty in World War II and Korea, served as ceremonial band for Operation Desert Storm deployments and performed during the dedication of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Center. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds of jazz and patriotic music at these Oklahoma State Parks and Resorts: Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton, July 1; Texoma Resort Park, Kingston, July 4; Lake Thunderbird State Park, Norman, July 5. For more information, call 800-654-8240 or visit www.oklahomaparks.com
Higher Education Special Exhibits-July 1-September 30, Stillwater
The Oklahoma Museum of Higher Education in Stillwater will host quarterly exhibits on colleges and universities of Oklahoma July 1-September 30. For more information, call 405-744-2828.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Theatre Under the Stars-July 1-31, Edmond
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to the O'Meara Amphitheater in Edmond's Hafer Park to see these performances at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Henry V will be performed July 1-8, and Pericles, Prince of Tyre will be July 12-31. For more information, call 405-340-1222.
Sunday Twilight Concerts-July 1-29, Oklahoma City
From country to mambo, these free Sunday Twilight Concerts will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage: July 1, Sisters of Swing, jazz; July 8, Pearl, pop; July 15, Borderline, country; July 22, Conjuncto Clave, mambo; July 29, British Invasion, Beatles tribute.
Concert in the Park Series-July 3 & 28, Lawton
The Cameron/Lawton Community Band and Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. July 3 in the Percussive Arts Society Museum's east courtyard. Performers range from local junior high students to Texas band directors. The free performance will include Sousa marches, original compositions and an audience participation composition. Swing down memory lane with saxophonist Logan Walker and the Hi-Tones at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 28, also in the east courtyard. For more information, call 580-353-1455.
Roman Nose Resort Independence Day Celebration-July 3, Watonga
Roman Nose State Park and Resort will host red, white and blue crafts, fireworks and fun July 3. For more information call 580-623-7281.
Boomer Blast-July 4, Stillwater
Stillwater's Independence Day celebration will include a family fishing tournament, the Asphalt Bike Tour, kids games, an obstacle course, a golf shoot, music by "Retrospect", a community band concert, and a fireworks display at Boomer Lake. For more information, call Jim Scott or Linda Hardin, 405-372-1551 or Stillwater Parks, Events and Recreation at 405-747-8070.
Cherokee, Oklahoma Fourth of July Celebration-July 4, Cherokee
Cherokee will host games, free swimming and a hamburger feed during the day of July 4 at the Cherokee City Park. That evening, turtle races, homemade ice cream, prize drawing and fireworks will be found at the local football field. For more information, call 580-596-3053.
Donna Tsatoke Dolls Special Exhibit-July 4-September, Anadarko
Donna Tsatoke Dolls will be on exhibit at the Southern Plains Indian Museum through September, and the artist will discuss her work at a July 4 reception. The exhibit features 36 cloth dolls dressed in the traditional attire of four Southern Plains Indian tribes including the Caddo, Fort Sill Apache, Kiowa and Wichita. All of the dolls in the display are for sale. Tsatoke is a member of the Kiowa tribe. For more information, call 405-247-6221.
Fourth of July Parade & ParkFest-July 4, Edmond
Over 50,000 spectators line the mile-and-a-half parade route in downtown Edmond to watch the Fourth of July Parade. Following the parade, the festivities continue in Hafer Park with games, entertainment, a talent show, a petting zoo, food, drink and free watermelon. The Grand Finale is a free show of entertainment and fireworks at the University of Central Oklahoma Wantland Stadium. For more information, call 405-341-4344.
Western Hills Guest Ranch Independence Day Celebration-July 4, Wagoner
Live music, dancing and Rusty the Rodeo Clown bring a western flair to the Fourth of July celebration at Western Hills Guest Ranch. Spectacular fireworks will be launched over beautiful Ft. Gibson Lake, with games, contests, and much more family fun. For more information, call 918-772-2545, ext. 7169.
The Trail of Tears Drama-July 7-Labor Day weekend, Tahlequah
This timeless drama has been re-scripted by Joe Sears, the playwright famous for the Greater Tuna series, with increased emphasis on sharing of Cherokee beliefs in a balance of history and entertainment. The drama tells the story of the removal of the Cherokees from the aboriginal homeland in the southeast and the emotional period of adjustment in the new territory. It will be performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday of each week at the Cherokee Heritage Center's outdoor Tsa La Gi Amphitheater, nestled in a beautiful wooded area south of Tahlequah. For more information, visit www.cherokeeheritage.org
or call 918-456-6007 or toll-free 888-999-6007.
International Finals Youth Rodeo-July 9-14, Shawnee
Shawnee welcomes more than 1,000 of America's best high school rodeo athletes to compete for over $200,000 in cold hard cash. Regarded as the world's richest high school rodeo, it features 11 morning and evening performances at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center throughout the week. For more information, call 405-275-7020 or 800-762-7695 or visit www.shawneeexpo.org
Annual Woody Guthrie Festival-July 11-15, Okemah
Woody Guthrie's hometown will celebrate his life and legacy with music lovers from across the country. Some of the world's best singer-songwriters will perform-past performers have included Jackson Browne, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, the Kingston Trio and Jimmy LaFave. Arlo Guthrie and his son, Abe, will perform with their band Xavier. The event will include children's activities, a singer songwriting competition and after hour all-star jams. For more information, call 918-623-2440 or visit www.woodyguthrie.com
Okie Dust Devil Aerobatics Contest-July 13-14, Weatherford
Watch pilots compete in aerobatics contests presented much like a figure skating competition, with three flights per contestant: known, free and unknown. Printed programs introduce the format, and an announcer explains the events throughout the competition. The Stafford Museum will be open with regular displays of General Stafford's astronaut memorabilia, as well as rocket engines that actually went to the moon, and six airplanes. For more information, call 580-774-0029.
Route 66 75th Anniversary Cruise and Car Show-July 13-15, multiple locations
To celebrate the Mother Road's diamond anniversary, the Oklahoma Route 66 Association is holding a 75th Anniversary Cruise and Car Show July 13-15. "Cruisers" can include classic cars, motorcycles and even everyday, family-type vehicles. Participants will get "passports" stamped at designated locations along the route, and those who collect all the stamps will become eligible for a $250 cash prize drawing. A drawing will be held for a classic 1966 Mustang GT coupe for those who present completed "passports." The car show, a '50s sock hop and a costume contest will be held July 15 at the Route 66 Traders Flea Market west of Yukon, along with music provided by KOMA Radio. For more information, visit www.oklahomaroute66.com
or call 405-258-0008, 918-712-7229 or 918-492-2822.