Memorial Day festivities planned across Oklahoma

Communities around the state are honoring the troops, showcasing live music and spotlighting the arts over the three-day holiday weekend, widely considered the unofficial start of summer.
BY BRANDY McDONNELL Entertainment Writer Published: May 25, 2012



Memorial Day festivities planned across Oklahoma

The unofficial start of summer has arrived, and venues across Oklahoma are offering events that will honor the troops, showcase live music, spotlight the arts or generally make the three-day Memorial Day weekend a festive affair.

•  Rascal Flatts' Folds of Honor benefit show: 8:30 p.m. Monday at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, Interstate 44 and Exit 240. The superstar country band, which includes Picher-bred guitarist Joe Don Rooney, is playing a benefit show for the Owasso-based Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our country. The show will cap the foundation's Patriot Cup invitational golf tournament. Doors for the concert open at 7:30 p.m. Information: or

•  45th Infantry Division Museum's Memorial Day Ceremony: 10 a.m. Monday at the museum, 2145 NE 36. The ceremony honoring U.S. service members will include a military flyover, massing of the colors and a distinguished guest speaker. Admission is free. Information:

•  Celebration of Freedom: Activities begin at 9 a.m. Friday, 8 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday and noon Monday in Hobart. The event will include a fly-in, parade, concert by Neal McCoy and Gen. Tommy Franks book signing. It will coincide with the annual Arts on the Square arts and crafts show and Kiowa County Quilt Show. Information:

•  Sixth annual Music & Mayhem: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Eufaula Cove Amphitheatre, 399 Lakeshore Drive, Eufaula. Hear Dierks Bentley, Eli Young Band, The Great Divide and The Cadillac Black. Doors open at 5 p.m. Information:

•  Rocklahoma: Music continues through Sunday at the three-day camping and rock music event at Catch the Fever Festival Grounds in Pryor. This year's festival will feature more than 70 acts including Rob Zombie, Chickenfoot, Creed, Megadeth, Slash, Queensryche, Chevelle, Jackyl, Theory of a Deadman, Hellyeah and Puddle of Mudd. Information:

•  36th Annual Paseo Arts Festival: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with music until 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with music until 7 p.m. Monday in the Paseo Arts District. The festival will feature more than 80 artists, live music, festival foods, children's activities and more. Admission is free. Information:

•  Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children's Cowboy Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63. The 22nd annual event includes outdoor cooking, children's activities, live Western music and more. Information:

•  Edmond Jazz and Blues Festival: 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Stephenson Park, Boulevard and Fifth. The event includes live jazz and blues by Equilibrium, Kelley Hunt, Chris Hicks and more. Admission is free. Information:

•  Rhythm Q's & Blues: 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday at Hafer Park, 1034 S Bryant in Edmond. The event will feature a barbecue cook-off officially sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. The people's choice competition and public tasting is set for 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, or until the food runs out. Festivities on Saturday also include a car show, children's art activities and live music from Edgar Cruz, Kyle Dillingham and more. Information:

•  Schwarzstock 2012: 5 p.m. Saturday at the Schwarzstock Festival Grounds, 3604 N Cimarron Road. The third annual Oklahoma indie music festival features Crystal Vision, The Gentle Art of Floating, Horse Thief and seven other local bands. Doors open at 4 p.m. Information:

•  101st annual Boley Rodeo and BBQ Festival: Activities begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Boley's Main Street and rodeo grounds. The event features rodeo action, barbecue and a parade at 1 p.m. Saturday. Information:

•  17th annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday at the Castle of Muskogee. The final weekend of the annual family-friendly festival includes magicians, musicians, jugglers, jesters and other medieval-style performers, festive food and shopping for handcrafted items. Information:

•  66th annual Will Rogers Stampede Rodeo: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday at Will Rogers Roundup Arena, E Blue Starr Drive, Claremore. The event will feature steer wrestling, team roping, bull and bronc riding, barrel racing and mutton busting just for the youngsters. Information:

•  Bethany 66 Festival: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Bethany. Festivities include downtown sidewalk sales, children's activities, classic car show and live entertainment, including a performance by local favorite Edgar Cruz. Information:

•  Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship: Games start at 3:15 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, with the championship game at 1 p.m. Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive. Information:


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BRANDY McDONNELL, Entertainment Writer

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