Indigenous Peoples Day
Monday, Oct. 10, 2022 | 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
FREE | No Tickets Required for Event ($5 Discounted Gallery Admission)
This family friendly celebration of First Americans arts, music and culture features hands-on art activities, traditional sports and games and performances ranging from hip-hop to stomp dance. Thirty Nine Restaurant will serve Indigenous-inspired meals, and food trucks will be available to satisfy appetites.
Parking is available onsite, with overflow parking and shuttle available at nearby Crooked Oak Schools (all proceeds support the school).
Oklahoma City University
All Day (10 a.m.–5 p.m.) | Chalk Mural in Courtyard; Advocacy booths in Hall of The People; $5 discounted admission to exhibitions; Food trucks in Festival Plaza; FAMstore open
10 a.m. | Museum opens; Stickball games begin in Festival Plaza (Two hours)
11 a.m. | This Has Always Been Indian Country youth art contest awards presentation in Xchange Theater (30 min.); Tipi storytelling at Courtyard (15 min.)
12 p.m. | Emerging Indigenous DJ Showcase at Main Stage in Festival Plaza (45 min.)
1 p.m. | Mayoral proclamation reading and remarks at Main Stage (One hour)
2 p.m. | Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe at Main Stage (20 min.); Tipi storytelling at Courtyard (15 min.)
2:30 p.m. | Kalyn Fay (Cherokee) performs at Main Stage (45 min.); What is Sovereignty? panel discussion in Xchange Theater (One hour)
3 p.m. | Tipi storytelling at Courtyard (15 min.)
3:30 p.m. | Leah Palmer (Choctaw) poetry reading at Main Stage (20 min.)
4 p.m. | Labrys performs at Main Stage (40 min.)
Outside food or drink is not permitted. Dining options include Thirty Nine restaurant, Arbor Cafe and food trucks in Festival Plaza.
In the case of inclement weather and/or wet grounds in Festival Plaza, some activities may be canceled. FAM will endeavor to issue updates on rain plans by 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9.
Limited free parking is available onsite. Overflow parking with shuttle is available for $7 at Crooked Oak Public Public Schools at SE 15th and Eastern. All proceeds benefit the school.
Pets are not permitted inside FAM or at the event. Service animals required due to disability are permitted.
Prohibited items include firearms and weapons, drones, fireworks, coolers and ice chests. Bicycles, scooters, roller skates/blades, and hoverboards are not permitted inside the event. Powwow/camp chairs are not encouraged—FAM will provide bleacher seating at the stickball games and main stage.
Soliciting or proselytizing is not permitting on the FAM campus. Visitors exhibiting threatening or violent behavior will be asked to leave. Vending is not permitted at this event without prior written permission from FAM.
FAM is a smoke free campus, including vaping. The designated smoking area is behind the FAM Theater emergency exit facing east.
From hip-hop to dance, you are invited to enjoy the very best in First American performing arts. At 1 p.m., Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt (Osage) will provide remarks acknowledging the day.
Ready to rumble? During the morning, we invite players for a tournament-style game series. We have sticks to loan for those without. To register to play, email email@example.com. Spectators are invited to cheer on our champions!
Discover the issues impacting Indian Country today and how you can help. Visit nonprofit booths in Hall of The People throughout the day to learn more:
Don’t miss the What is Sovereignty? panel discussion at 2:30 p.m. in Xchange Theater. Panelists will address the topic of tribal sovereignty from various perspectives.
Courtyard Chalk Mural
Get your doodle on at our monumental chalk mural designed by Summer Zah (Jicarilla Apache/Choctaw/Navajo). Spanning over several hundred square feet, this interactive design invites you to get creative at Indigenous Peoples Day.
Tipi & Storytelling
Caddo Nation educator Leonard Kionute (Delaware Nation/Caddo) will raise host a tipi in the courtyard and answer you questions about this iconic structure of the plains. Drop in for storytelling sessions at 11, 2 and 3 p.m.
Visit the Exhibitions
All visitors four years old and up will enjoy discounted $5 gallery admission to our exhibitions. Friendly docents will be on hand to guide your visit, share stories and answer your questions. No food, drink or large bags are permitted in the galleries. Strollers, wheelchairs and mobility scooters are allowed.
Youth Art Contest
We invite all young Indigenous artists to enter our Indigenous Peoples Day youth art contest. All entries will be exhibited digitally during our Indigenous Peoples Day celebration on Monday, Oct. 10. Works should address the theme of This Has Always Been Indian Country, a message that greets visitors to our galleries. Prizes for winners in each age category! All entries are due Sept. 11, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
Enjoy First American film in the FAM Five Moons theater. Full schedule TBA.