1 The Downtown Block pARTy will highlight Shawnee’s historic downtown area starting at 5 p.m. tonight. Presented by the Shawnee Art Guild, a group of musicians and artists who perform in downtown venues, the event will showcase art in many different genres and there will be live music.  Many places along Main Street and Broadway Avenue will be open until either 8 or 9 p.m., depending on the venue. Plus some exciting things will be happening in and around Celebration of Life park.

2 Park After Dark/ Post Exchange Party Friday night features Graham Colton and The Tap Band from 9 to 11:45 p.m. Colton is described as a renaissance man influenced by the likes of Dylan, Lennon, Petty and Nash fused into the contemporary pop, country and soul vibe of today. This unusual music intersection alongside his personal experiences has morphed him into a modern day composer of ballads, life lessons and tales from the road. Dance under the stars, have great food by the Ice House there will also be cocktails and wine served around the plaza.
Make it a unique date night or bring the family. No reservations required. The event is free. All ages are welcome on the OKC Plaza at 125 Ron Norick Blvd. in Oklahoma City.

3 Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail, opens at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Saturday. This exhibition showcases numerous wardrobes worn by main characters on the AMC hit television series Hell on Wheels and reflects the era in which the first transcontinental railroad was built. The exhibition explores the labor force that built the railroad and delves into the diversity of the American West in the 1860s by displaying seven costumes from the popular series along with numerous artifacts from the museum’s stellar collection.
The exhibit can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and continues through Oct. 23.  Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $9.75 for seniors age 62 and overt and students with a valid ID, $5.75 for children ages 6-12. Children under 5 are free.
The museum is located at 1700 Northeast 63rd St. in Oklahoma City.

4 Free Family Movie Night at the Gene Autry Museum. Sturday see one episode of the Gene Autry Show (television) followed by one Gene Autry featured film. This week see Episode 7 Blackwater Valley Feud/Rancho Grande. Open to the public the show begins at 6 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium.

5 Competition preliminaries for the annual McSwain Theatre Grand Awards Show kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The event offers local artists a stage, audience and a full band supporting them as they compete for audience votes in a number of categories. Category winners advance to the next round. All winners will be featured in the Grand Awards Show  October 15 where they will compete for overall winner and “Entertainer of the Year.”
Jae L. Stilwell and Crossover, known for their monthly show filled with live music and entertainment, will perform alongside competitors. The historic theatre is located at 130 W. Main Street in Ada.