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Welcome to the City of Tulsa — with a population of 987,201, Tulsa is an important center of commerce and industry with a thriving arts community. Tulsa’s entertainment options include pro sports, fine and performing arts, festivals, zoos, a water park, bike and hiking trails, rivers and lakes.

Districts.

Tulsa boasts one of the nation’s most extensive collections of Art Deco architecture. Beyond our Deco District, downtown offers several other micro-districts — each with its own sense of place and things to do.

Deco District

Blue Dome

Greenwood

The Pearl

Tulsa Arts District

Concerts.

Tulsa has a rich local music history, literally pioneering genres from western swing in the 1930s to the “Tulsa Sound” in the 1970s to pop and alternative music today. Tulsa has outstanding venues to hear live music and everyone plays Tulsa.

Cain's Ballroom

BOK Center

Brady Theater

Jazz Hall of Fame

The Joint: Tulsa

Festivals.

We have a lot to celebrate, and we do it in grand style with many community-building festivals — from Tulsa Oktoberfest with authentic German musicians, beer and wursts to Tulsa International Mayfest, a four-day arts festival with great food and local and regional musical acts.

Mayfest

Oktoberfest

Greek Festival

HopJam

Winterfest

Restaurants.

From homegrown barbecue and Tex-Mex to fine French and Italian cuisine, Tulsa has restaurants to fit every taste and budget. Fresh sushi, independent coffee shops and vegan delicacies line Brookside while food trucks are a staple around Guthrie Green.

Restaurant Guide

Visit Tulsa

Tulsa Voice Food & Drink

TulsaFood.com

Food trucks

Nature.

The Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum features more than 1,500 animals representing 436 species. Animal exhibits include the Giraffe Experience, the Chimpanzee Connection, the Penguin Exhibit and the Helmerich Sea Lion Cove. Across town at the Oklahoma Aquarium, you can get up close to thousands of saltwater and freshwater fish and animals.

Turkey Mountain

Tulsa Zoo

Oklahoma Aquarium

Oxley Nature Center

Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

Theater.

Whether it’s classic, contemporary, locally produced or touring Broadway shows, you’ll find a variety of performing arts in Tulsa. For decades, Tulsa Ballet and Tulsa Opera have been regarded as among the best in the nation.

Tulsa PAC

Tulsa Ballet

Tulsa Opera

Theater Tulsa

Tulsa Little Theatre

Museums.

The world’s largest collection of art and artifacts of the American West are found at Gilcrease Museum, which also features an outstanding Native American collection. The legacy of Thomas Gilcrease is owned by the City of Tulsa and managed by TU.

Gilcrease Museum

Philbrook Museum

Air and Space Museum

Greenwood Cultural Center

Woody Guthrie Center

Sports.

The Tulsa Drillers baseball team draws legions of fans to our sleek new downtown stadium: ONEOK Field. A few blocks away is the BOK Center, which is home to the Tulsa Oilers and our Central Hockey League team.

Tulsa Drillers

Tulsa Oilers

Tulsa Roughnecks

Oklahoma City Thunder

Tulsa Athletic

Movies.

Foreign films and documentaries are always on tap at the independent Circle Cinema just a few blocks from the TU campus. Tulsa is filled with movie houses that offer IMAX experiences, heated recliners or the latest in picture and sound technology.

Circle Cinema

AMC Theaters

Warren Theatres

Admiral Twin Drive-In

Cinemark Tulsa and IMAX

Shopping.

From fashionable to funky, Tulsa offers a multitude of shopping experiences. Explore eclectic boutiques and pop-up shops near campus and downtown. Woodland Hills Mall is more than 1 million square feet of retail heaven with 165-plus stores.

Utica Square

Brookside

Promenade Mall

Woodland Hills Mall

Boxyard

Fitness.

A Gathering Place

River Parks

Climb Tulsa

YWCA

Guthrie Green