First Ever Oklahoma City Convention
Cocktails and Creativity:
Get the creative juices flowing with a fun paint class all while sipping on your favorite drinks. This is the first convention in Oklahoma City, and this is the first event of it's kind at a convention. We hope to see this new trend of creative events continue for years to come.
Belly Dancing & Cooking Lessons:
All are welcome to join in the fun to celebrate in our heritage. The Sryian & Lebanese culture are known for our amazing food preparations and lovely dancing abilities. Bring the whole family to keep the traditions alive.
Two Young Professionals Events: Bricktown Canal Bar Crawl & Bowling/Bier Garden
The first major reurbanization project in the aftermath of the bombing was the renovation of numerous dilapidated warehouses and abandoned streets in the district just east of downtown known as “Bricktown.” This included construction of a canal waterway which allows visitors to learn of the storied history of Oklahoma City as they ride on watertaxis surrounded by the renovated warehouses and waterside bars, restaurants and cafés. Bricktown boasts a vibrant nightlife, numerous eateries, shops, a state-of-the-art movie theatre and many other attractions for all ages.
Oklahoma City National Bombing Memorial Tour:
At 9:02 A.M. on April 19, 1995, the worst home-grown terrorist attack in American history was launched against the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in sleepy downtown Oklahoma City.
The explosion claimed the lives of 168 Americans, including 19 children, and wounded more than 650 others. In the aftermath of the attack, the State of Oklahoma and the United States National Park Service constructed the Oklahoma City National Bombing Memorial on the same site where the Federal Building once stood. An inscription above the Memorial reads: “We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity.” The bombing and subsequent construction of the Memorial served as the catalyst for a rapid renaissance and transformation of Oklahoma City into the modern urban center it is today. A tour of the Memorial and adjacent Bombing Museum is an unbelievably moving experience and one that visitors to Oklahoma City will never forget.
Two Dinners, Two Sahrias, and All You Can Eat...Pizza?!
On Friday night, enjoy delicious authentic Oklahoma cuisine, along with some live American Entertainment. Directly following that is the Sahria featuring Bernard Richa and the Phoenicia Band. Usually the Friday night dance goes until about 1:00 am. At that point people are left with tired feet, sweaty backs, and hungry stomachs. To cater to the late night dabke participants, the OKC crew has lined up an all you can eat pizza bar at the hotel. Saturday night features a classic cocktail reception, grand banquet, and Sahria featuring Bernard Richa and the Phoenicia Band. Also as a bonus, the OKC convention crew is bringing in local DJ Saad.
Skirvin Hilton: Originally constructed in 1911 as the crown jewel of the burgeoning oil and gas boom-town of Oklahoma City, the Skirvin Hilton Hotel has stood on its current location in downtown Oklahoma City for more than 100 years. It has hosted such dignitaries as Presidents Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower and social icons Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Restored to its original condition in 2007, the Skirvin Hilton combines the vintage charm of early 1900s elegance with the modern amenities of a five-star hotel. Guests are immediately welcomed by the gorgeous crimson curtains and vaulted ceilings in the hotel’s striking entryway and lobby. Once in their rooms, guests are invited to enjoy all of the modern luxuries in a distinctively boutique setting. This elegant, one-of-a-kind hotel is the perfect environment for a weekend of heritage, family and fun in the city affectionately referred to as the “Pride of the Southern Plains.
Discounted Room Rates: Call 1-800-HILTONS & mention the group discount code, "SFSL" to book the discounted rate. You can also book online here: SFSL Skirvin Rate
Hotel Address: 1 Park Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405-702-8514
Register Today for Early Bird Rates!