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Tulsa’s Great Raft Race – Sept. 2 – River West Festival Park
From tulsaraftrace.com: Get ready for the 5th year of the Great Raft Race’s revival on the Arkansas River. Watch to see who sinks or swims and get first peeks into the majestic homemade rafts at the Race Launch Party from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Case Community Park in Sand Springs. Then mosey down to River West Festival Park for live entertainment, regattas, food trucks and more.
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Celebrity Attractions presents: Hamilton – Through Sept. 8 – Tulsa PAC
From celebrityattractions.com: Hamilton is the story of America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography. Performances run daily (except Sept. 2) through Sept. 8.
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Blue Whale Comedy Festival – Through Aug. 31 – Downtown
From travelok.com: Blue Whale Comedy Festival takes over the Tulsa Arts District. Held at several venues, this district-wide festival brings together some of the sharpest minds from all spectrums of underground comedy, including stand-up, improv, film, podcasting and music. This year’s festival features headliners including Michelle Wolf, Nicole Byer, DJ Pryor, Jackie Tohn, Rae Sanni, Late Late Breakfast and Matteo Lane. In addition to all the headlining acts, enjoy the work of over thirty regional comedians. While the festival will be headquartered at Cain’s Ballroom, Blue Whale shows and events will also be held at several other Brady District venues including the Vanguard, Yeti, Flyloft, Club Majestic, The Vanguard and Comedy Parlor. Visit bluewhalecomedyfestival.com for a full schedule.
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Theatre Tulsa presents: Mamma Mia! – Through Sept. 1 – Tulsa PAC
From theatretulsa.org: Theatre Tulsa opens its 97th season with the sunny, funny and heartwarming musical based on the Swedish pop band ABBA’s famous ’70s songs, such as “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “SOS.” On the eve of her wedding, a young woman searches for her birth father on a Greek island paradise in this show enjoyed by more than 60 million worldwide. Shows run Aug. 30-31 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. Visit theatretulsa.org for tickets.
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Labor Day Weekend Fun – Through Sept. 2 – Riversport Adventures
From riversportokc.org: Celebrate the end of summer at Riversport Rapids during Labor Day weekend. All weekend long, we’ll have fun activities, plus whitewater rafting, yard games and delicious food from the Big Water Grill. We’ll also have a $25 gift certificate to Big Water Grill for the cowboys and cowgirls who can ride Big Water Bull past the finish line in the lower pond (pictured above).
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University of Oklahoma vs. University of Houston – Sept. 1 – Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman
Enjoy classic Sunday night college football and root for the Sooners as they take on the Houston Cougars. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. If you can’t be there, tune in to ABC to watch live. Visit soonersports.com for more information.
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OKC Dodgers vs. New Orleans – Through Sept. 2 – Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
See OKC’s baseball team take on New Orleans in a 4-game match-up. Games begin at 7:05 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31; 2:05 p.m. Sept. 1; and 11:05 a.m. Sept. 2. Visit milb.com/oklahoma-city for more.
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Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival and Powwow – Through Sept. 2 – Tvshka Homma Tribal Grounds, Tuskahoma
From travelok.com: The Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival invites all visitors to enjoy tribal heritage activities, an intertribal powwow, Choctaw cultural exhibitions, stickball games, arts and crafts, free concerts and carnival rides. This annual Tuskahoma event offers activities for all ages that include sports tournaments, quilting demonstrations, live performances, buffalo tours and more. The festivities run through Sept. 2. For a full schedule, visit choctawnation.com/2019-choctaw-nation-labor-day-festival.
Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo – Through Aug. 31 – American Legion Rodeo Grounds, Vinita
From willrogersmemorialrodeo.com: This is one of the premier rodeo events held in the Southwest. This is a week-long event that is kicked off by the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo Parade held every year in downtown Vinita. Every evening is filled with action packed events such as girl’s barrel racing, bare back bronc riding, steer roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, bull riding and team roping.
Dusk ‘til Dawn Blues Festival – Through Sept. 1 – OK Blues Hall of Fame, Rentiesville
From travelok.com: Come and enjoy regional and national blues acts at the Dusk ’til Dawn Blues Festival in Rentiesville. This event will feature 35 bands on three stages, indoors and outdoors. Workshops, a kid’s village with arts and music activities will all be available. Head to this event to experience the birthplace of Oklahoma blues legend DC Minner and celebrate Oklahoma’s unique blues heritage. For a full schedule, visit dcminnerblues.com.
Labor Day Celebration – Sept. 2 – Downtown Main Street, Henryetta
From travelok.com: The Henryetta Labor Day Celebration is one of the largest Labor Day events in Oklahoma. Make your way to the town of Henryetta for a parade, games for all ages, concerts, a carnival, rodeo and an impressive fireworks display at dusk. Visitors to this Labor Day Celebration will also enjoy a car, bike and tractor show. The highlight of this festival is the parade, featuring a wide variety of floats, marching bands, horses, Shriners and more. Festivities and an assortment of family-friendly activities will take place throughout the city, so head to the Labor Day Celebration this holiday and celebrate alongside the residents of Henryetta.