Here are some activities in the Tulsa area to consider if you have time before or after the workshop.
Immediately preceding WEIS is the Juneteenth holiday. Tulsa hosts a large Juneteenth celebration June 16-18th, 2022 featuring music, food and cultural activities.
- Greenwood Rising: tells the history of Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.
- Woodie Guthrie Center: houses the Oklahoma native songwriter’s archives.
- Bob Dylan Center: the University of Tulsa hosts Bob Dylan’s archives and the new museum displays a portion.
- Philbrook Museum: art museum with extensive collection housed in Italian-style villa with beautiful grounds.
- Gathering Place: Riverfront park with spectacular children’s area and amenities appealing to all ages, representing the largest private gift to a community park in U.S. history.
- Riverparks Trail System: Excellent walking, jogging and cycling trails along the Arkansas River (particularly along the east side).
- Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area: hilly area with extensive trail system for walking and mountain biking.
- Tallgrass Prairie Preserve: Largest protected tallgrass prairie on earth, approximately an hour’s drive northwest of Tulsa. Bison herds can usually be seen.
- Council Oak Tree: Sacred site where the Creek Nation founded Tulsa in 1836 after forced removal from the Southeastern US in the Trail of Tears.
- Art Deco architecture: Downtown Tulsa has some of the best-remaining examples of Art Deco architecture in the US, due to its oil-fueled boom in the 1920s.
- Route 66: The Mother Road ran through Tulsa, and some sights in the Americana style remain.
- Golden Driller: 75-foot tall statue of a roughneck oil worker.
For more ideas, check out the Visit Tulsa guide.