With this week's rain, it looks like the temperatures will be wholly tolerable over the weekend, particularly with the air conditioning of malls and clothing stores as any necessary refuge. That's right; shopping is the name of the game during the state's sales tax holiday, a chance to save some money on shoes and clothes. Many establishments will have extended hours and specials for the weekend. For example, Penn Square is open an hour later each day, and the mall will also have an "ABC’s of Style" event on the lower level with discounts and samples. Quail Springs is also staying open an hour later, and at the three year anniversary of the Outlet Shoppes of Oklahoma City, some stores are open until 10 p.m. Friday, 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Don't forget to visit your local establishments as well for tax weekend specials.
After you're shopped out, enjoy the 19th Annual Bricktown Reggae Festival, a two-day affair on Friday and Saturday with plenty of live, outdoor reggae music. In addition, the event features food, Budweiser products, soft drinks and more. Admission is absolutely free, and visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Click the link above for more event details and a full schedule of performers.
School starts on Monday for Oklahoma City Public Schools, so what else is there to do this final weekend of the break...?
- The Paseo's First Friday Gallery Walk includes art openings, demonstrations, wine tastings and live music, all continuing into Saturday.
- The RedHawks return to the Brick on Saturday to start a series with Colorado Springs.
- Michael Buble' is in concert Saturday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Get venue & ticket purchasing information.
- The OKC Zoo Amphitheatre has Down In the Dirt starring the Turnpike Troubadours on Saturday and tribute festival "BOBstock" on Sunday. Get venue & ticket purchasing information.
- This week's Sunday Twilight Concert Series on the Myriad Gardens Great Lawn features a Beatles tribute from guitarist Edgar Cruz.
- Make your way down to Riverwind Casino Saturday for Never Stop Believin - The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band.
- North Carolina songwriter/guitarist Malcolm Holcombe performs Saturday night at The Blue Door.
- Grand Casino in Shawnee presents Jeff Dunham on Saturday.
- If you're a Bank of America cardholder, you can get free admission to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the OKC Museum of Art on Saturday and Sunday.
- The Thunder Girls Dance Team is holding open auditions at the Thunder Events Center (14701 N. Lincoln Blvd.) on Saturday. Registration opens at 9 a.m., and all interested females 18 or over are invited to attend. Get audition information at thunder.nba.com.
- Finally among the highlights, the 25th Oklahoma Indian Nations Pow Wow takes place at the Concho Parade Grounds in El Reno, Friday through Sunday. The event includes 5k Buffalo Run, turtle races, volleyball tournament, food, live entertainment and more. Call (405) 476-1134 for more information.
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