An old-time oil town, Tulsa lies about 110 miles northeast of Oklahoma City and contains one of the most significant concentrations of commercial art deco architecture in the world - dozens of well-preserved buildings tower over Tulsa’s attractive downtown. This is a prosperous city whose residential architecture also makes for worthwhile scenic driving. All that old oil money also supports a lively ballet, opera, philharmonic, and Broadway-style theater series, most of it hosted at the impressive Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
The city's gay and lesbian community has grown considerably in visibility over the years, and hundreds of GLBT folks convene annually for the Tulsa Pride & Diversity parade and festival in early June. This year, the celebration will take place June 4 through June 5, 2016.
Several events take place during the days preceding Pride Weekend - here's a full calendar of Tulsa Gay Pride events. Tulsa Gay Pride's Street Festival takes place on Saturday, June 4, from noon until 9 pm in front of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, at 621 East 4th Street. There's also a Tulsa Pride Parade, which takes place late Saturday afternoon at 6 pm, running through the Brady Arts District, Blue Dome District, and East Village, before ending at the Street Festival grounds.
On the following day, Sunday, the city typically holds a Pride at the Park Picnic celebration, held at Centennial Park (6th and Peoria) and running from noon until 5.
These family-friendly events include bounce houses, sports, and games.
Tulsa Gay Resources
Additionally, local gay bars, as well as gay-friendly restaurants, hotels, and shops, will be packed with revelers during Pride weekend. Take a look at the visitor site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Tulsa CVB, for general travel advice.