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Tulsa area offers free events this summer

June 10, 2013

YellowBrix

By NOUR HABIB

CUTLINES -This summer, there are plenty of opportunities for free family entertainment in Tulsa and the surrounding areas. Here are a few of them.

Concerts

Several free weekly concert series are sprinkled throughout the week and throughout town. So grab lawn chairs or a blanket, pack some snacks, and take your pick.

On Tuesday nights, head over to the River Parks Amphitheater to enjoy music by the Starlight Band. All concerts start at 8 p.m. Up this week is the Jazz Orchestra, which will play some of the greatest hits of the big-band era.

And Tuesdays in the Park will be held through June at Broken Arrow's Central Park, 1500 S. Main. This week enjoy the Jambalaya Jass Band. Concerts start at 7 p.m.

On Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m., head to Utica Square for Summer's Fifth Night. This week Mary Cogan will perform country/rock music.

And on Saturdays, the RiverWalk Crossing shopping center in Jenks hosts its concert series starting at 8 p.m. This week's performer is Taylor Atkinson.

Guthrie Green

The Brady District's Guthrie Green Park is buzzing with free activities every week.

New this week is Shakespeare in the Park. From 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, enjoy Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," but set in post-World War II Tulsa. Bring a blanket.

Also coming up at the park is Juneteenth Tulsa, a weekend full of musical entertainment in celebration of diversity. The music will start at 6 p.m. June 21-22.

Thursday Night Theater

Broken Arrow's Central Park is also hosting Thursday Night Theater this summer. Through June, catch a family movie at the park starting at 9 p.m.

Bring your own popcorn and soft drinks. This week's movie is "Nanny McPhee."

Festivals

Free festivals are also scheduled this summer.

Glenpool's Black Gold Days Festival takes place June 20-23. The 35th annual event will feature a 5k run, a variety of food and craft vendors, live entertainment, frog and turtle races, helicopter rides, carnival rides, a parade and more. The event takes place at Black Gold Park, near 141st Street along Highway 75.

Later this summer, the Center of the Universe Festival will take place in the Brady Arts District. The festival, which will feature about 70 bands, is set for July 19-20.

Brady Ford Fest

Hundreds of Mustangs will be cruising Tulsa streets Thursday evening during the Brady Ford Fest. The event is part of the Mid America Ford and Shelby Nationals that will be in town Wednesday through Sunday. Thursday's event, which will start around 6 p.m., will include a kids zone and live entertainment.

Library events

The library always ups its offerings in the summer. In addition to countless storytimes, the library is also hosting musical performances, dances, jugglers, Lego competitions and more. Visit tulsaworld.com/tulsalibrary

Nour Habib 918-581-8369

nour.habib@tulsaworld.com

Originally published by NOUR HABIB World Scene Writer.

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