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Tulsa, Okla.—September 7, 2022, marks the 10th anniversary of Guthrie Green. To celebrate the milestone, Tulsans can look forward to several free events to commemorate the park’s history, including Art Market After Dark, Guthrie Green Birthday Bash on Food Truck Wednesday, concerts, a movie night, and more.
“Guthrie Green has brought so much excitement, growth, and opportunity to the city, especially in the Tulsa Arts District, over the last ten years,” said Julio Badin, Executive Director of Guthrie Green. “We look forward to partnering with the community even more in our future.”
In September of 2012, an old freight yard was transformed into an urban green space built with sustainability at the forefront. Located in the heart of downtown Tulsa, this industrial square block required the removal of an old gas station where 12 rusted fuel tanks and their contents were removed. The surrounding soil was reclaimed and the space became Guthrie Green. Since then, the park has been putting extra “green” into the Tulsa Arts District, including a geothermal well field, solar panels, and LED lighting.
In addition to leading a cutting-edge sustainability effort, Guthrie Green helped evolve the Tulsa Arts District and Greenwood District by providing a collaborative and inclusive space that celebrates the performing arts. Through a variety of free programs and events, Guthrie Green continues to be a source of culture, health and wellness, and ecological awareness.
Guthrie Green Day, Press Conference—Thursday, September 1
In 2017, Mayor G.T. Bynum declared September 1 Guthrie Green Day in Tulsa. To kick off the 10-year celebration, Guthrie Green will host a press conference to share details about upcoming events, highlight important milestones from the past 10 years, and reveal exciting news about the future of the park. Media and partners will also hear from special guest speakers.
Art Market After Dark—Friday, September 2
The Green will transform into a nighttime art market with tents decorated in string lights and light projections from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event showcases dozens of local artists and handmade work for sale. Plus, artists will perform on stage, and musicians will perform in different areas around the park.
Food Truck Wednesday Birthday Bash—Wednesday, September 7
Guthrie Green is celebrating big at the first Food Truck Wednesday of fall, which is on Guthrie Green’s 10th anniversary! In addition to a wide variety of local food and dessert trucks, guests can enjoy live music, lawn games, birthday giveaways, and free birthday cake baked by Antoinette Baking Co. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.!
Movie on the Green: Reservation Dogs and The Outsiders––Thursday, September 8
Head to the Green for a special presentation by OKPOP with Danny Boy O’Connor, owner of The Outsiders House Museum, and Dylan Brodie, a producer for Reservation Dogs, starting at 7 p.m. Guests can snack on free popcorn and watch a free screening of the newest episode of Reservation Dogs followed by Tulsa’s classic film, The Outsiders.
10-Year Celebration Concert—Friday, September 9
Guthrie Green was made for music! Don’t miss a special concert night on the Green featuring live performances by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Parker Millsap, and Samantha Crain from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Be sure to bring your appetite to sample food trucks and local snack vendors.
Saturday Morning Cartoons—Saturday, September 10
Embrace nostalgia with a special Saturday morning at Guthrie Green! Wear your pajamas, lounge on the lawn with over-sized bean bags and blankets, and watch a mix of classic and current Saturday morning cartoons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can also enjoy free pancakes from a famous pancake artist, lawn games, and coloring activities for kids.
Hip-Hop 918—Sunday, September 18
Guthrie Green is also bringing back a Tulsa favorite, “Hip-Hop 918: Kickin’ It Old School,” featuring national and local musical acts and dance performances reminiscent of the golden age of hip-hop. The concert will take the Green back to the late ‘80s and early ‘90s from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. This year’s performers include The Sugarhill Gang with special guests Melle Mel & Scorpio; British rapper, actress, and radio personality Monie Love; Tulsa’s own Steph Simon, and more local rappers.
Guthrie Green will also host a variety of community events throughout the fall and continue free weekly fitness classes and Food Truck Wednesdays through October. Visit www.guthriegreen.com for more information about upcoming events in the park.