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The 2013 Art of BBQ

Blue Ox Dining Group will partner with The Arts and Humanities Council to host a two day festival Oct. 11-12 in Downtown Tulsa.

The Bar-B-Q themed competition and showcase, now in its 16th year, is retooling to be more guest experience oriented and to highlight the visual, performance and culinary arts. 

The event will benefit The Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa.  

The Art of BBQ festival grounds will be located between 1st and 3rd St. on Elgin Avenue and on 2nd Street from Detroit to Greenwood in Downtown Tulsa’s Blue Dome District.  

The event will kick off at 6pm on Friday night at Legends Dance Hall and will feature a local restaurant and brewery showcase, an art auction, dance performances and live music from local musicians.

The VIP after party will be located at Back Alley Blues & BBQ, which will be converted to host live music and DJs until 2am.

The OU/Texas tail-gate, Bar-B-Q cook-off, art festivaland other street events will begin on Saturday morning and continuethrough the day.

The event will feature vendor booths, local Bar-B-Q food trucks, artist booths, and live music and dance to complement the reworked Bar-B-Q cook-off.

The categories for this year’s competition will be grilled items, smoked items, wings, sauce, ribs, sides and desserts.

Voting will be people’s choice in most categories with a few categories judged by local celebrities.

The event will also feature a tailgate cookout to coincide with the OU vs. Texas football game.

The 2013 Art of BBQ is an overhauled version of the annual event, now in its 16th year.

The new format is designed to be more appealing to casual event goers and is designed to optimize fund-raising opportunities for the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa.

“We really wanted to take it up a notch this year and felt like by changing things around a bit, we could better showcase the arts and create a really fun two days for our guests.” said Blake Ewing, The Blue Ox Dining Group founder, and event organizer.

For more information, including the event schedule, or about participating in the event, either as a sponsor, artist, cook-off competitor, or to volunteer visit or

Proceeds from The Art of BBQ will benefit thousands of children in the greater Tulsa area through the arts and culture programs of Arts & Humanities Councilof Tulsa.  

Sponsors include the Blue Ox Dining Group, Fowler Toyota of Tulsa, BOK, NovSun, and Cox Media Group.

Rock 'n Rib Festival 2013

(Tulsa, Okla.) August 19, 2013 - The BOK Center and SMG Special Events brings Oklahoma’s champion barbecue celebration back to downtown Tulsa this fall. The Rock ‘n Rib Festival, presented by Rib Crib, will return September 12-15, 2013, in downtown Tulsa and will feature four days of championship barbecue, mouth-watering concessions, cooking demonstrations, a kids zone, and performances by 14 regional bands on the ONEOK Outdoor Stage. Admission to the festival is free - all day, every day. For more information click HERE.

WHERE:           Outside BOK Center, Third Street and Frisco Avenue

WHEN:            September 12-15, 2013   

 COST:              Admission is free

 “We are thrilled to bring back Rock ‘n Rib Festival this year. Despite the inclement weather last year, Rock ‘n Rib Festival still welcomed more than 39,000 people to downtown Tulsa for award-winning barbecue. This is an event people get really excited about and we are proud to celebrate five years of bringing this free event to the public,” said John Bolton, SMG General Manager.

The festival has become a Tulsa tradition and is a celebration of award-winning barbecue ribs, with six teams from across the country showcasing their championship recipes on Third Street and Frisco Avenue outside the arena. These professional “pitmasters” (who have been featured on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and Food Network) compete around the world and pride themselves on their cooking techniques, secret recipes, and unique barbecue sauces and rubs. In addition to smoking prime cuts of meat, the rib vendors pay close attention to showmanship. They decorate their expansive spaces with giant banner walls featuring their most recent accolades and tables full of trophies/memorabilia from past events. In addition to barbecue ribs, beef, chicken, a variety of delicious concessions will be available. Sno cones, grilled corn, funnel cake, popcorn, cotton candy, corn dogs, deep-fried pickles, taco salads, kettle corn, smoothies and fresh-squeezed limeade will be for sale. A selection of soft drinks will be offered, along with margaritas, mixed drinks, wine and beer for guests over 21 years of age.


Thursday, September 12, the ONEOK Outdoor Stage will present an Earl Clark Tribute featuring Starr Fisher and The Spectrum Band. On Friday, September 13, the festival will host the Inaugural Rib Run 5K and Fun Run presented by Fleet Feet Tulsa starting at 7 p.m. from the corner 3rd Street and Denver Avenue. To register, visit or Also on Friday, September 13, the festival will put on the Five-Year Anniversary Fireworks Display beginning at approximately 8:30 p.m. The Curtis Culinary Stage will make its return with live cooking demonstrations from the pitmasters, as well as local restaurant chefs. The nationally-recognized pitmasters will share trade secrets and present demonstrations on a variety of barbecue-related topics. The Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort Saloon will return for guests over 21 years of age. The expanded adult-only party zones will have liquor, mixed drinks and high-point beer. The party area will be located on the box office plaza near Frisco Avenue and offers a prime view of the outdoor stage. This area will also feature a large a GoVision Jumbotron showing the weekend’s best college and NFL football teams in action.


One of the festival’s greatest features is free live entertainment scheduled daily on the ONEOK Outdoor Stage. The stage will feature marquee performances from Cruize Control (a Jimmy Buffet cover band), Adley Stump from Season 2 of The Voice and up-and-coming country music sensation Charlie Worsham. A full list of bands and an entertainment schedule is available at The 2013 Rock ‘N Rib Festival is presented by Rib Crib with live entertainment on the outdoor stage courtesy of ONEOK, Inc. Curtis Restaurant Supply presents the culinary stage. Plaza sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Marble Slab, US Army, Lexus, Downtown Doubletree Hotel, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Ben E. Keith, Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort, and Stones Liquor. KOKI – Fox 23, Cox Radio, Inc., Urban Tulsa Weekly, La Semana del Sur, and the Tulsa Business Journal are all official media partners for the event. More information on the Rock ‘n Rib Festival and profiles of all of rib vendors are available at Questions may be directed to Jill Duvall, Special Events Manager at (918) 894-4267 or

Skiatook Pioneer Day Festival

The Skiatook Pioneer Day Festival is held on Saturday, September 21, 2013, in downtown Skiatook’s Central Park. Admission is free! Pioneer Day carnival rides open on Thursday and Friday evenings, and the festival officially kicks off on Saturday morning at 7am with a 5K/10K run, and a parade down Rogers Blvd at 9am; the festival runs all day long on Saturday. Events during the day on Saturday include a Duck Dynasty Dare Contest, Pet Contest, Little Miss/Mr Pageant, Horseshoe Tournament, Dunk Tank, Rodeo, Car Show, Live Musical Entertainment, Karaoke, and a Midway with over seventy booths loaded with arts, crafts, food, and much more! Live entertainment is performed throughout the day.

For more info click here.

Center of the Universe Festival

All are welcome with open arms to the Center of the Universe Festival in the Brady Arts District in Tulsa. This year’s bash is scheduled for July 19-20, 2013.

Named after the popular display of architectural mystery in the heart (or center?) of downtown, this non-profit music and arts festival will let you stop and stare at jaw dropping, eye opening, heart pumping, nostalgia-inducing bands that everybody talks about.

If music isn’t really your thing or you think fun is only for young people, then let the Center of the Universe prove you wrong. There’s really no excuse NOT to show up, considering festival admission is free! There are also VIP and BOK Zone ticket options for those who want to have a little more fun than everyone else. If you still need convincing (or if you’re just an artistically inclined freeloader) then continue on. The Center of the Universe Festival will be a weekend full of jammin’ bands sure to satisfy any musical craving. The 2013 festival will feature two outdoor stages; the Main Stage on Main Street in front of the Cain’s Ballroom, showcasing major national acts, and the second stage at The Guthrie Green, featuring a range of highly acclaimed emerging artists from around the country. After the outdoor stages close each night, the Brady District bars and clubs will open their doors with specially selected live music lineups featuring emerging-artist showcases. This is your chance to say you saw that one band way back before they sold out and everybody liked them. We’ll all say, “We know, you heard them first.” In addition to a VIP Preview Party on Thursday night before the festival, the Center of the Universe Festival will also feature street art, a market for local and regional artists to display and sell their work, and a water park located adjacent to Main Street, two blocks south of the main stage. The proceeds from the festival will benefit the Brady Arts District Business Association to help expand the downtown trolley that currently operates on weekend nights only. Additional funds will be used to build programs to attract and retain artists to the Brady Arts District.

For more info to get tickets or to see who will be performing click here.

Join Rock 103 for the 4th of July at Los Cabos at the Riverwalk

Join Rock 103this 4th of July for fireworks at Los Cabos on the Riverwalk in Jenks.  It's a full day of family fun on the river, beginning at 11am.  Enjoy live music and entertainment and an enormous fireworks display!

Thunder on the Mountain Country Music Festival

With little more than a month to go before the inaugural Thunder On The Mountain Country Music Festival in Ozark, Arkansas, preparations are heating up at Mulberry Mountain in anticipation of the nation’s premier Country Music and Camping Festival. Cowboy rockstars Big & Rich will be getting the party started early on Thursday night, June 6th so strap on your spurs and dig in for an action packed weekend of great music, food, and adventure. Newly crowned ACM Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan, will headline Friday night’s performances on the Main Stage and, as he puts it in his 2012 single of the year, you "won’t want this night to end". Make sure to have your Red Solo Cup at the ready for Saturday night’s knockout show by America’s favorite superstar, Toby Keith. Saddle up for some fun on the mountain! In addition to some of the top names from Nashville, fans can expect scenic camping and wide-open areas to fish, hike or take a float down the Mulberry river.

For more info including the full list of everyone playing this year's inaugural festival and to buy ticket click here.

18th Annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival

The Oklahoma Renaissance Festival returns to the Castle of Muskogee this month.  Join them every Saturday and Sunday through June 2nd for an event for the whole family. Magicians, jugglers, musicians, dancers, acrobats, and jousters will all be preforming on any of their 15 stages. The little one's are sure to have a blast in their children's realm playing games and watching hands on demostrations. Or you could always attend the queen's tea, the pirate's feaste, a masqued ball, or many other events that take place at the castle of Muskogee every weekend.

For more info click here.

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The Tulsa Holiday Parade of Lights

The Tulsa Holiday Parade of Lights will again be presented by This Land Press. 

This festive holiday parade will be held Saturday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

The impressive Tulsa Holiday Parade of Lights will be held downtown in the Blue Dome District.   

The parade will begin at 4th and Elgin, proceed past he BOK Center and Winterfest and finish at 1st and Elgin.

The Grand Marshall of the parade will be former KTUL-Channel 8 newscaster, Carol Lambert. 

The evening parade will feature fabulous lighted holiday floats, marching bands, amazing giant balloons, Miss Oklahoma, Santa and various animal and other specialty units, plus the Jumbotron.  

The night will conclude with an exciting, magical fireworks display.

The Tulsa Holiday Parade of Lights will be broadcast live on KTUL, Channel 8.

More details here

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