Fifteen Things to Do Before School Starts!

Hoping to squeeze in some last-minute summer fun before school begins? Here are 15 family friendly events happening before August 21! Find even more at our list of back-to-school events.

Four Weekly Events in the Tulsa Area

Storytime at Linnaeus Teaching Garden

  • When: Weekly on Thursdays (through September), 10 a.m.
  • Where: Linnaeus Teaching Gardens, 2435 S. Peoria Ave.

Story Time will be held for children 10:00 AM every Thursday in June, July, August and September. Older children who enjoy listening to stories read aloud are welcome to attend as well.  Adults, we will have several quilts for families to sit on, but you are encouraged to bring a blanket and personal snacks and drinks for your own children.

After the reading, both groups will move into the garden for a follow-up activity, feeding the fish, and fun in the barn.

Family Craft Night at Tulsa Botanic Garden

  • When: Weekly on Thursdays (through August 29), 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: Tulsa Botanic Garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr.

Families can make a different nature-themed craft each week from August 8 to 29. Drop in anytime between 6 and 8 p.m. for craft and then enjoy some time exploring the Garden. Bring a picnic dinner if you like.  The Garden is open on Thursdays in August from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Crafts are free with Garden admission.

August 8: Seed Mosaics
August 15: Petal Mandalas
August 22: Drawing Flowers
August 29: Nature Collages

Summer’s Fifth Night at Utica Square

  • When: Weekly on Thursdays (through August 29), 7-9 p.m.
  • Where: Utica Square, 21st and Utica Ave.

Live music, Thursday nights, all summer long. Utica Square’s summer concert series serves up everything from jazz to rock to country. There’s something different every Thursday and best of all, it’s free!

August 8 – Doctors of RePlay
August 15 – Grady Nichols
August 22 – Hydramatics
August 29 – Stars

Coca-Cola Family Movie Night

  • When: Weekly on Mondays (through August 26), 6-10 p.m.
  • Where: Jenks Riverwalk, 300 Riverwalk Terrace, Jenks

Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages and Riverwalk-Jenks invite you to join us every Monday night starting June 3rd, until August 28th starting at 6PM. We will have free inflatables for your kiddos to play in and Tulsa Fun Express train rides for $5 per person before showing the feature movie at 8:45PM on the amphitheater stage.

Feel free to bring a blanket or chair as seating at the amphitheater can fill up quickly!

August 12 – Early Man
August 19 – The Incredibles
August 26 – Wonder

Five Free Events in the Tulsa Area

Will Rogers/Wiley Post Fly-In

  • When: August 10, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 E. 380 Rd., Oologah

You will not want to miss this year’s Will Rogers/Wiley Post Fly-In.   This event is one of the largest Fly-Ins in Oklahoma and the whole family will enjoy. Admission is FREE.  Donations accepted.

Free Admission: Second Saturday

  • When: August 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Where: Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Rd.

Free. Family. Fun. Visit Philbrook on the second Saturday of each month for free family-friendly art-making, tours, and activities for kids of all ages in the museum and in the gardens.

This month’s event will be a kick-off for Family & Children’s Services 2019 Youth Art Contest. Learn more here.

Tulsa Ballet Open House

  • When: August 10, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Where: Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K, 1212 E. 45th Pl.

Stop by the Tulsa Ballet studios for a family-friendly event! There will be free activities, performances and observation opportunities, drawings, and a chance to meet the Tulsa Ballet dancers. Drop in throughout the day and stay as little or as long as you like.

RSVP by calling (918) 392-5905 or register online at While an RSVP is not required to attend, you will be entered to win a special Tulsa Ballet prize package, including 4 tickets to The Nutcracker and Tulsa Ballet swag!

Summer Kids Concert at Gathering Place

  • When: August 11, 5-7 p.m.
  • Where: Gathering Place, 2650 S. John Williams Way

The start of the school year is just around the corner, but there is still lots of fun to be had at Gathering Place’s next Summer Kids Concert! Don’t miss a free concert from nationally touring kids’ musical group, Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats and Grammy award winner Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats.

Funday Sunday at Gilcrease

  • When: August 18, 12-4 p.m.
  • Where: Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd.

The third Sunday of the month is Funday Sunday. It’s a free admission day loaded with fun for the whole family. Visitors can enjoy art projects for all ages, gallery tours, activities and special guest performances. Free program, no reservations required.

On August 18: Who was Alexander Hamilton? Learn about the namesake behind the hit musical and the Founding Fathers of the United States through fun, family-friendly activities and performances.

Three Special Events in the Tulsa Area

Wondrous Worlds Festival

  • When: August 16, 6-9 p.m.
  • Where: Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Rd.

Experience Islamic arts, culture, and food at Philbrook, in conjunction with WONDROUS WORLDS: ART & ISLAM THROUGH TIME & PLACE.
Enjoy demonstrations from artists and musicians, including Houston artist Shaheen Rahman, a Pakistani-born American who practices Ebru, the ancient Turkish art of paper-marbling. Shaheen is a member of the Islamic Art Society and uses her art as a way of promoting Islamic art and culture while building bridges and bringing people together.
Shaheen will be joined by artists and musicians from the region, including calligrapher Tehmina Cheema and musician Josh Massad.
Activities for children will be available throughout the evening.

Salsa Festival

  • When: August 17, 4-8 p.m.
  • Where: Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Dr., Jenks

Join the Oklahoma Aquarium for its first annual Salsa Tasting Festival on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 4-8 p.m.! With thousands of families visiting the aquarium, this is a great way to celebrate the diversity of flavors! Activities include a jalapeño eating contest and more fun throughout the day. Attendees will vote on their favorite salsa made by vendors and amateurs in three categories: Mild, Hot, and Anything Goes. Price: General admission, $2 for chips

National Aviation Day at Tulsa Air & Space Museum and Planetarium

  • When: August 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Where: Tulsa Air & Space Museum, 3624 N. 74th E. Ave.

This year TASM is celebration National Aviation day with $5 for all persons all day long! This includes museum admission and a planetarium show. Ages 4 and under are still FREE.

Three Road-Trip Worthy Events

Green Country Roots Festival

  • When: August 9-11
  • Where: Tahlequah, OK

Celebrate the arts during the Green Country Roots Festival in Tahlequah. This family-friendly festival brings together an amazing array of regional bands, artisans, comedians, dancers, poets and filmmakers to spotlight the area’s distinct artistic voice.

Live performances occur Friday and Saturday, then stay for Sunday’s Native American PowWow.  Presented by the CBIHP Foundation and held at Norris Park (400N Muskogee Ave.) in downtown Tahlequah, OK, this festival also features a variety of art, food and drink vendors. Learn more here.

Chalk Festival at Crystal Bridges

  • When: Saturday, August 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, August 11, 12-5 p.m.
  • Where: Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville

This will be the chalk of the town! Watch professional chalk artists turn concrete into masterpieces plus show off your own skills. Chalk it up to a good time, enjoy music, outdoor games, experiment with chalk, and create messy art projects! Free, no registration required.

Family Day at Sam Noble Museum: Under the Arctic

  • When: August 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Where: Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman

Join Sam Noble Museum for the ‘coolest’ event in town! You and your family can enjoy FREE snowcones, balloon animals, crafts and more! Be one of the first 60 guests and you will receive a FREE mini cell-phone fan. It doesn’t get any cooler this!

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