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Two Big Events the Weekend of August 10th: Fireflight & O.N.E.

07/31/2018
Two Big Events the Weekend of August 10th: Fireflight & O.N.E.
Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to celebrate the end of summer? Two fantastic events have partnered up to take Shawnee by storm, starting August 10th. These events are the Fireflight Balloon Festival and the Outdoor Nation Expo (O.N.E.); between their family-oriented activities and free admission, you’ll have no excuse to be a couch potato during this exciting weekend!Read MorePost a Comment

So: What's the International Finals Youth Rodeo?

07/06/2018
So: What's the International Finals Youth Rodeo?
Visitors to the Shawnee area during early July might be mystified to see signs for businesses everywhere proudly displaying the message “Welcome IFYR” on their signs and marquees. What’s the IFYR, you might ask? Why, it’s only the biggest annual event that our city has the pleasure of hosting! Read MorePost a Comment

The Aldridge: Jewel of Historic Downtown Shawnee

06/05/2018
The Aldridge: Jewel of Historic Downtown Shawnee
Its place in Shawnee's skyline is absolute; if you're anywhere near Shawnee’s downtown district, you'll be able to easily pick out the Aldridge Building, a structure that carries a significant amount of history. Known as Shawnee's first "skyscraper," the building is ten stories tall, and is currently used as housing for seniors in Shawnee's community.Read MorePost a Comment

Quick Tip: Memorial Day Services

05/24/2018
Quick Tip: Memorial Day Services
Find out where Memorial Day services are being held in ShawneeRead MorePost a Comment

Tips for Travel During Tornado Season

05/08/2018
Tips for Travel During Tornado Season
Don't let the threat of severe weather keep you from visiting Oklahoma! Let us help you know what to do in the case that you get caught in a storm.Read MorePost a Comment

Staff Picks - Top 3 Quick Lunches

04/24/2018
Staff Picks - Top 3 Quick Lunches
Visit Shawnee staff shares their favorite places to grab a quick lunch around town.Read MorePost a Comment

Everything You Need to Know about the Redbud Festival

04/16/2018
Everything You Need to Know about the Redbud Festival
The Redbud Festival, which is a free dinner and extended block party featuring vendors and live entertainment, will take place the evening of April 20th from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on April 21st from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open to visitors and Shawnee citizens alike, the community dinner will take place on Main street, and vendors and attractions will be at Celebration of Life Park on the corner of Main and Philadelphia.Read MorePost a Comment

5 Things to do in Shawnee for Spring Break

5 Things to do in Shawnee for Spring Break
If you’re thinking about spending your Spring Break here in Shawnee, Oklahoma, then we’ve got some ideas for you! To help you get started, we’ve compiled five options for you to do around town, maybe including some things you haven’t considered! Read MorePost a Comment

Gnomish Invaders from Afar Spread Joy to Shawnee

03/12/2018
Gnomish Invaders from Afar Spread Joy to Shawnee
Shawnee, Oklahoma is a town with a long and storied history, but some of its most interesting little details are only a few years in the making! Take, for instance, the curious case of the gnomes that quietly appeared on utility poles and other fixtures in downtown Shawnee at some point after 2015.Read MorePost a Comment

C-SPAN Comes to Shawnee

C-SPAN Comes to Shawnee
Shawnee, Oklahoma to be in National Spotlight - C-SPAN reveals Shawnee history and highlights authors during week-long visit. C-SPAN’s 2018 Cities Tour takes Book TV and American History TV on the road. BookTV (on C-SPAN2) and American History TV (on C-SPAN3) are featuring the literary life and history of each of these selected cities during special weekends on the public affairs network.Read MorePost a Comment

Locally Made Gifts

11/20/2017
Locally Made Gifts
The holiday season is approaching which means shopping for friends and family. Shopping for that perfect gift can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Forget about Internet shopping or fighting the holiday crowds in chain stores. Instead of purchasing this year’s hot item that will be forgotten a few weeks after Christmas, consider searching for a memorable gift from local small businesses or consider gifts made here in Shawnee.Read MorePost a Comment

Haunted Shawnee

10/17/2017
Haunted Shawnee
Halloween is upon us so it is the season for spooky adventures! Check out some of the haunted sites in Shawnee and the surrounding areas. Read MorePost a Comment

Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art Hosts Exhibit of Art by Saudi Arabian Women

Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art Hosts Exhibit of Art by Saudi Arabian Women
Women’s Point of View focuses on the female perspective in a Muslim and male-dominated society through photographs and other projects of 38 female students from Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Read MorePost a Comment

Tips For Staying Healthy While Visiting Shawnee

08/25/2017
Tips For Staying Healthy While Visiting Shawnee
Vacation is often a time to splurge but who says you can't treat yourself while remaining healthy? Read MorePost a Comment

Pet Friendly Shawnee

07/21/2017
Rather than leaving their pets with a sitter, more and more pet owners are taking their furry friends along with them on vacation. As more Americans travel with their pets, the demand for pet friendly hotels, restaurants, and attractions increases. Here are some of the pet friendly businesses in Shawnee. Read MorePost a Comment

The A-Z for IFYR 2017

07/10/2017
The A-Z for IFYR 2017
The International Finals Youth Rodeo (IFYR) rides into town this week and this year marks the 25th anniversary. Whether you are a participant or a spectator, we have you covered on everything you need to know to make your IFYR experience great.Read MorePost a Comment

Incredible Stories from the Eagle Aviary

06/28/2017
Incredible Stories from the Eagle Aviary
“The eagle aviary is truly a hidden gem of Shawnee. The beauty of the birds is incredible, and it's all the sweeter to see the relationship between them and their caretakers.”Read MorePost a Comment

Five Things To Do This Summer In Shawnee

06/22/2017
Five Things To Do This Summer In Shawnee
Yesterday was the official first day of summer. If you are looking for some fun activities, Shawnee has a lot to offer. Read MorePost a Comment

Interview with a Mummy

Interview with a Mummy
Recently, staff at Visit Shawnee interviewed Oklahoma's oldest lady - a mummy from ancient Egypt! Her name is Tutu, and she can be found at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art on the campus of St. Gregory’s University. Here's what she had to say about ancient Egyptian life, the mummification process, and scaring college students:Read MorePost a Comment

Shawnee, Water Garden Capital of Oklahoma

04/26/2017
Shawnee, Water Garden Capital of Oklahoma
Video Blog - Pond Pro Shop, a locally owned Shawnee store, offers everything you might need to build your own pond. A tour of the outdoor exhibits offers inspiration for water garden enthusiasts. It's the reason Shawnee was named the Water Garden Capital of Oklahoma!Read MorePost a Comment