Activities in Tulsa

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.

Outdoor Activities

  • 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.