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Courtesy of the Oklahoma Eagle 

TULSA, Oklahoma – Gathering Place announced its calendar of Signature Events coming to the Park in 2019. From cultural celebrations to food festivals and sports tournaments to seasonal events, Gathering Place signature events will provide dynamic programming for the entire community. 

“The one-of-a-kind signature events are designed to be world class by distinction and diverse in content to appeal to all demographics and provide unique engagements for guests,” said Tony Moore, Executive Director. “We are proud to share this calendar of events and we look forward to welcoming Tulsans and visitors into the Park for experiences like none other.”

The 2019 Signature Event Calendar includes eleven, free, world-class events from June to December, 2019. 

August 17, Riverside Ribfest
Gathering Place is grilling-up a new barbeque tradition in Tulsa! Riverside Ribfest is a day of grilling, chilling and challenging some of the top BBQ masters in the region! Think your secret rib recipe can outdo the rest? Bring the heat and compete for the title of Best Tasting Ribs in Tulsa! With live music, local brew and unlimited barbeque, there’s something for everyone at Riverside Ribfest!

September 6-8, Tulsa 3 on 3
Calling all All-Stars! It’s time to lace your sneakers, grab your jerseys and bring your A-game to Gathering Place. The first annual Tulsa 3 on 3 basketball tournament is making a swish this September at our state-of-the-art, multi-use
Sport Courts. It’s a winner-takes-all tournament with enough bragging rights to last the entire year. If you love basketball, or know anyone who does, this is a-not-to be missed event. Be on the lookout for celebrity sightings with current and former NBA players joining in the mix at Gathering Place!

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September 21, Tulsa Beer & Wine Festival
Get wined and dined at the first annual Tulsa Beer & Wine Festival at Gathering Place. Stroll through landscape gardens and treat your taste buds to exquisite food pairings with local and national craft beers and exotic wines. Glean useful culinary tips from Master Chefs and expert Wine Vintners. Enjoy food sampling from favorite local restaurants and serenades of string musicians and nonstop live entertainment. Tulsa Beer & Wine Festival will be top of the list of not to be missed annual events! Tickets for tasting will be available for purchase.

October 5, Celebration Asia
Explore the many cultures of Asia without leaving Tulsa at Gathering Place! Celebration Asia is an immersive festival celebrating the rich diversity and heritage of Asia that will take guests around the world to learn first-hand about the various Asian cultures through music, dance, art, film
and food!

October 12, Trucktober: Ultimate Food Truck Experience
Calling all food truck fanatics: Gathering Place is hosting the top food trucks in the region for a one-day festival feast! Trucktober is a culinary explosion of any and every type of food prepared on wheels. Venture from truck to truck and taste unique cuisines locally prepared with
international flare. Bring an appetite to try some of the most popular and unique food trucks of all time, all in one location. Roll in to Gathering Place for one of the largest food truck events in the country – Trucktober!

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October 19, Tulsa In Harmony
Tulsa in Harmony is a congregation of community choirs, lending their voices in one accord. They sing of their hopes and their faith and aspirations of a more unified community and a more unified Tulsa. This is an inspirational night of music and dance where local and nationally acclaimed Gospel singers gather together in one place to share their love of music and gift of harmony at Gathering Place.

October 25– 31, Sweets & Treats on Spooky Street
tricks, just treats! Gathering Place is casting a spell for all not-so-scary ghosts and ghouls to make their way to the park for sweets and treats. Meet us on Spooky Street for a kid-friendly, family event where free candy stations will be a real scream. With fun games, costume contests, live entertainment and so much more, this all hallows celebration will be a monster mash of memories!

November 9, Indigenous Celebration
Oklahoma is home to 39 Native American Tribes. To honor and celebrate the Native American culture, Gathering Place is hosting a Native Food and Art Market Festival. From art, music, food
and fashion, this soon to be regionally renowned festival will provide a rare opportunity to meet Native artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and heritage. 

December 13 – January 1, Winter Wonderland presented by American Airlines
Gathering Place will once again transform into a Winter Wonderland, spreading holiday cheer with special performances and carolers, a holiday market, festive food, holiday drinks, a train for kids and of course thousands of twinkling lights turning the five-acre Adventure Playground into a festive holiday village! Don’t forget to capture a holiday family photo with Santa Claus by the fireplace! Create holiday traditions and memories for the whole family at Winter Wonderland at Gathering Place.

About Gathering Place
A project of George Kaiser Family Foundation, Gathering Place, with a first phase of 66.5 acres, will ultimately transform nearly 100 acres of Tulsa’s waterfront along the Arkansas River into a dynamic and active space when the project is completed. A public-private partnership, GKFF and numerous corporate and community philanthropists gave ownership of the $465 million park to River Parks Authority who in turn signed a long-term operational and management lease back to an entity of the foundation to ensure the highest quality operation, maintenance and programming for the life of the park.

Gathering Place is doing business as Tulsa’s Gathering Place, LLC. To learn more about the project, visit

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