Labor Day began as a way to celebrate the American labor movement and the economic success of workers in the United States. So go ahead and celebrate your hard work this year with these Oklahoma City events full of food, fun and entertainment.
The national touring company of “The Phantom of the Opera” is partnering with Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre to put on a cabaret show to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and CityRep. The show will feature the Broadway performers in non-“Phantom” songs, dances and other entertainment. There will also be a live auction of opportunities for backstage looks inside “The Phantom of the Opera.”
When: 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Where: Freede Little Theatre at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave.
Information: 848-3761 or www.cityrep.com.
Tickets: $35 to $70.
Arts Festival Oklahoma
Peruse paintings, photography, pottery and other works of original art by artists from all across the country. Performing artists will provide entertainment, and there will be concessions at this 36-year-old festival. This year, the state’s history will be celebrated with the premiere of the remastered version of “Oklahoma!,” which will be shown at 1 p.m. each day of the festival in OCCC’s new Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater, next to the festival grounds.
When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.
Where: Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S May Ave.
Information: 682-7576 or occc.edu/afo.
Cost: Parking is $5, admission is free.
Kones for the Korral
Enjoy all-you-can-eat ice cream and a subsequent sugar high to support the OK Kids Korral. Braum’s, Blue Bell Creameries, A&W and Freddy’s Frozen Custard will provide almost a dozen flavors of ice cream. There also will be water slides, bounce houses and pony rides for the kids to get their energy out, as well as a stage with free entertainment and face painting.
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.
Where: Chatenay Square, SW 104 and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Information: 271-6552, www.tobykeithfoundation.org
Cost: Adults $8, children $3.
If a trip outside Oklahoma City seems a more appropriate way to celebrate the three-day weekend, check out one of these festivities:
Choctaw Oktoberfest in Choctaw
Never mind the fact that it’s a month early — enjoy the fact that this authentic German celebration is happening over the long weekend. There will be plenty of German food, beer and music to satisfy all festival-goers.
When: 5 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday through Monday.
Where: 1900 Harper St., Choctaw.
Information: 390-8647 or www.oldgermany.com.
Cost: Adults $5, kids under 12 free.
Labor Day Festival
Listen to live music and entertainment, enjoy arts and crafts and carnival rides, and watch sports tournaments over the course of the remaining four days of this festival. Notable acts include Merle Haggard (9 p.m. Friday), Jeff Foxworthy (7 p.m. Saturday) and Matthew West (9:30 p.m. Sunday). The entire festival is in honor of Choctaw women, who are the heart of the Choctaw culture.
When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday; and 9 a.m. to noon Monday.
Where: Council House Road, Tuskahoma.
Information: (800) 522-6170 or www.choctawnation.com.
PRCA Rodeo of Champions in Elk City
Elk City has hosted one of the most renowned rodeos in the state for 75 years. Partake in the tradition and watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in barrel races, horseback and bull riding, calf roping and more. A parade will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Seventh Street and Main Street.
When: Rodeo begins at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday; parade is at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: 2251 W A Ave., Elk City.
Information: (580) 225-1008 or www.elkcityrodeoandpbr.com.
Cost: Adults $9, children $7, age 5 and younger free.