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  • Cathy O’Connor

June brings outdoor events, cultural celebrations

The month of June usually presents some of our most predictably perfect weather, so it’s an ideal time to pack your calendar full of outdoor events and festivals. This June has many events to choose from that celebrate the people of Oklahoma City, their talents, history and passion. Pick several to experience some of Oklahoma City’s culture and community.

June 16 is Walk Over Wednesday, a lunchtime event created to encourage connections among people who live and work in or near the Innovation District. You’ll find food trucks and this month’s community partner, Restore OKC, at Stiles Park between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Alliance is proud to sponsor the Juneteenth Music and Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 19 at Washington Park. This celebration includes live music, a barbecue competition, contests and local vendors. And don’t miss the street festival, Juneteenth on the East, produced by With Love, taking place along 23rd Street between N. Kelham Avenue and N. Hood Street. This event will include live music, interactive murals, dance performances, spoken word, food trucks, vendors, and local small businesses. Both events celebrate freedom and place-making while highlighting the history of emancipation in the United States.

DeadCenter Film Festival kicks off June 10 and runs through June 20. It’s a great chance to see exciting new short films, insightful documentaries, hilarious comedies, scary movies and the best independent films from around the world right here in Oklahoma. This year, the event is virtual, so you can enjoy all features, shorts, panels, special events and discussions from the comfort of home. The event is an important way to engage with, encourage and celebrate the independent film arts.

Finally, we welcome the return of the Festival of the Arts June 22-27. Postponed from its traditional spring dates, this festival offers our city’s broadest collection of visual and performing arts in one location, not to mention the variety of food trucks. This year includes a youth art sale on June 26 where artists 8-18 will sell their work. It’s a great chance to see and support new, local talent.

These events entertain, create community, support and preserve our culture and give back in ways that benefit our entire community. Pick several and go enjoy some of what makes Oklahoma City unique.


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