One of my favorite venues that has boosted Tulsa’s downtown scene over the last couple years is Guthrie Green. I have already made so many fabulous memories at Guthrie Green. Guthrie Green, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!
5. Free outdoor movies
During the warmer months, Guthrie Green shows free movies on the lawn. Who doesn’t love a warm summer evening, a cooler full of your favorite libations, a cozy blanket, and snuggling up with your honey to a movie under the stars? Last summer, my company was a bunch of gal pals (no, there was no cuddling), and the movie was perhaps the strangest of the summer films (“The Swimmer,” 1968). No matter the strangeness of the movie, we had a great time offering colorful commentary throughout the flick and people watching. Plus, it was free, so who’s complaining?
4. Sunday afternoon markets.
Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Guthrie Green comes alive with vendors selling everything from vegetables to jewelry to vintage clothing. While you’re shopping, you can enjoy live tunes performed on the outdoor amphitheater. And it never fails that there are several food trucks parked around the Green, so be sure to gobble down some eats while you’re shopping.
3. Free exercise classes.
This day in age, the words “free exercise classes” are hard to come by. That’s why I think it’s absolutely stupendous that Guthrie Green has FREE classes, including:
Zumba in the Park — Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Tai Chi — Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
Boot Camp — Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
Partner Power — Wednesdays at 6:00 a.m.
Lulelemon Community Yoga — Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
Family Fitness — Saturdays at 8:00 a.m.
Keep up with all the fitness classes at Guthrie Green at their Events Calendar.
2. Special Theatrical Events
Last summer, my husband and I had the pleasure of seeing a free live performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Guthrie Green. Folks brought lawn chairs and blankets, picnic baskets and coolers, and gathered around the outdoor amphitheater for a truly unique theatrical experience. I’m sure many local theater and dance companies will be hitting the Guthrie Green stage this summer, so keep your eye on their calendar!
Hump Day has become Guthrie Green’s shining moment each week, in my opinion. During the warmer months, each Wednesday during lunch time means that about a dozen food trucks (and growing) surround the Green with their tasty offerings. Food Truck Wednesdays are truly remarkable. People from all walks of life — business people, moms with a van full of kids, random people who apparently don’t have day jobs — come out to the Green to enjoy a chill mid-day break, and some delicious eats. Oh, and there is usually some a musical artist or two playing, setting a nice ambiance to your chomping.
On my most recent Food Truck Wednesday visit, I visited Mr. Nice Guys’ food truck and tried the Jerk Chicken Mac and Cheese. Whoever thought to combine mac and cheese with meat and a bunch of other delicious things was a real Einstein. This amazing dish was packed full of cilantro, roasted corn, black bean pico de gallo, sweet chipotle mayo, and of course, chicken and mac and cheese. For only $8, it was an extremely filling and tasty lunch.
Those are just a few of the many reasons I love Guthrie Green. How about you — why do you love the Green?