Tulsa, Okla. – It’s not yet Spring, but new life is budding at Cox Business Center with two new national conventions in Tulsa and galas securing a bright year ahead for beloved local non-profit organizations. The March schedule is packed with galas, conventions, and athletic events, but still manages to squeeze in some laughs with Tulsa Gridiron roasting public figures two nights in a row and a “sad clown” performance at the end of the month with “Puddles Pity Party.”

“Memory Gala 2019” / Tulsa Ballroom / March 1 – The Alzheimer’s Association “Memory Gala” is an annual gala celebrating the accomplishments and victories of those who support, volunteer, and make strides against Alzheimer’s in Tulsa. For more information, visit MemoryGala.org.  

Tulsa Gridiron / Assembly Hall / March 1-2 – The Tulsa Gridiron returns for its 85th year with two nights of performances. Directed by Rebecca Ungerman, the 2019 show “Stittin On Top of the World (or Being Bester Than Best)” has fun with the new Oklahoma governor and U.S. President, along with the roasting of other public figures. For more information, visit CoxCenterTulsa.com.

Primetime Dance / Exhibit Hall A / March 1-3 – Primetime Dance offers competition excitement and the fun of a nationals final. The team will bring the competition to Tulsa offering various solo age divisions with doors opening at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and the competition continuing into Sunday with live finals at 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit PrimetimeDance.net.  

Tulsa CARES “Red Ribbon” Gala / Tulsa Ballroom / March 2 – The “Red Ribbon” gala serves as the largest annual fundraiser for Tulsa CARES. The 2019 “red tie” event is titled “turn it up” and offers complimentary valet parking, dinner and dancing, and a cocktail hour beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Tulsa Ballroom. For more information, visit RedRibbonGala.org.

COA “Heart of America Nationals” / Exhibit Hall BC / March 2-3 – Varsity Spirit presents “Heart of America Nationals” at Cox Business Center with All Star Cheer and Dance competitions, along with prep, school, and recreational dance divisions in this weekend cheer and dance competition. For more information, visit COAcheeranddance.com.

American Farrier’s Association 2019 Annual Convention / Venue-Wide / March 4-8 – The 48th annual American Farrier’s Association will feature farrier-focused educational lectures, demonstrations, hands-on opportunities, forging and shoeing competitions, and more. The event begins on Monday at 8:00 a.m. and continues until Friday afternoon. For more information, visit AmericanFarriers.org.

LIFE Senior Services presents “Celebrate LIFE 2019” / Tulsa Ballroom / March 7 – “Celebrate LIFE 2019” is the new title for LIFE Senior Services’ annual gala fundraising event (previously “Puttin’ On The Dog”). The 2019 event will include new activities, décor, entertainment, and more. The co-chairs are Kevin and Melanie Burdick and Scott and Laura Shepherd. For more information, visit LifeSeniorServices.org.

“Brainiac Ball” / Tulsa Ballroom / March 9 – Family & Children’s Services invite Tulsans to “step through the looking glass and into Wonderland at ‘Brainiac Ball 2019’.” The annual fundraising gala will feature cocktails, dinner, live auction, team trivia, and dancing in the Tulsa Ballroom. For more information, visit BrainiacBall.com.  

World of Wrestling “2019 Youth Duals” / Exhibit Hall ABC / March 9–10 – World of Wrestling presents “2019 Youth Duals” at Cox Business Center in the Exhibit Halls during the second weekend of March. The event is open to the public and concessions will be open on both event days. For more information, visit TulsaSports.org.

North America Deer Farmers Association Annual Meeting / Venue-Wide / March 13-16 – The North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA) will host its annual conference and fundraiser at Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa. The event offers seminars, auctions, fun competitions, networking opportunities, and vendors. For more information, (and the full conference schedule), visit NADeFA.org.

Starpower National Talent Competition / Exhibit Hall C / march 15-16 – Kicking off on Friday night, Starpower will offer competitors in Tulsa the stage to showcase their talent with performers of all ages and levels. For more information, visit StarPowerTalent.com.

“Puddles Pity Party” / Assembly Hall / March 24 –  Puddles is the “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice” and he’s bringing his Pity Party to Tulsa on March 24 with a one-night performance at Cox Business Center. This “Pity Party” is not all sadness and longing though; the show is peppered with a sense of the absurd and mixes humor with the awkward and tender moments. Tickets are still available for this all-ages show. For more information, visit CoxCenterTulsa.com.

“American Girl Live” / Assembly Hall / March 28 –  Experience American Girl in an all-new musical with a premiere stage production featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Tickets are still available for this all-ages show. For more information, visit CoxCenterTulsa.com.

Stage One Tulsa Regional / Exhibit Hall C / March 29-31 –  Stage One brings over 30 years of national dance competition experience, and is including Tulsa in the 2019 Regionals and Nationals schedule. The Tulsa event is sold out and will take place over the last weekend of the month in the venue’s street-level exhibit hall. For more information, visit StageOneDance.com.

“Carnivale Rio 2019” / Tulsa Ballroom / March 30 –  Benefitting Mental Health Association Oklahoma, “Carnivale” is known as “the best party in town” and the 2019 event with “Rio” as its theme is sure to please. The event offers various ticket and sponsorship levels, and provides complimentary valet. The event is black tie and cocktails and entertainment begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit BestPartyInTown.org.