Well, hello September. There's a lot going on this month, from the State Fair to the annual Septemberfest event, but it all gets started with Labor Day weekend. Football fans already know the college season begins, so take a break and enjoy our three major state teams in action. First, the weekend kicks off early with a Thursday night game in Stillwater between the 10th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Boone Pickens Stadium, and the game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1.
On Saturday, it all gets started for the 7th ranked Oklahoma Sooners, taking on UTEP in Norman. Returning Heisman finalist Baker Mayfield leads the squad for a 2:30 p.m. game televised on Fox.
Elsewhere this Labor Day weekend...
- Choctaw is the place to be for an annual favorite spotlighting German cuisine and beer. Oktoberfest in the Park at the Choctaw Creek Park begins Friday and stretches into additional days next weekend. Admission is just $5 per person, with kids under 12 admitted for free. Here are more details.
- In Arcadia, there's the 34th annual Western Heritage Festival Friday through Sunday, an event that includes music, parade, rodeo and more. Get more festival information.
- Enjoy the First Friday Gallery Walk at the Paseo. With gallery showcases, entertainment and more, the monthly event runs 6-10 p.m. Friday evening.
- Up in Edmond, there's a "Slide Outta Summer" event Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mitch Park. For just $5, kids can enjoy nine inflatable slides, and there will be food tucks and music from DJ Shorty B.
- Riverwind Casino in Norman features Jamey Johnson on the Showplace Theatre stage Friday night. Get venue and ticket purchasing information.
- Unfortunately, the Oklahoma City Dodgers close out the season on the road this Labor Day weekend, so don't miss the opportunity Thursday night to see the team at the Brick against the Baby Cakes.
- Stop by the Myriad Botanical Gardens this weekend, and throughout the month of September, to enjoy the Oklahoma City Zoo's annual Art Gone Wild show. Featuring original paintings created by zoo animals, it's an intriguing event, and proceeds from artworks sales benefit the zoo’s conservation initiatives.
- Speaking of the Myriad Botanical Gardens, there's a fun disco dancing event Friday night from 7-10 p.m. The Seasonal Plaza area is transformed into a dance floor and the DJs will spin the 70's tunes. Admission is free.
- Don't forget that live racing has returned to Remington Park in the form of the 2017 Thoroughbred Season. Racing takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays through mid-December.
- On Labor Day, take the kids to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman. Admission is free every first Monday of the month for those 17 and under.
- And finally among the highlights, remember that time is running out to enjoy city aquatic centers and spraygrounds. They close after Labor Day.
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