One of the largest food trucks events in the U.S. coming to Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY – One of the largest food truck events in the United States is rolling out to the metro.

The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma will debut a 5-part outdoor art series with an exhibition by Oklahoma City-based artist Paul Snyder at H&8th Night Market, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 30 along Hudson Avenue between N.W. 6th Street and N.W. 9th Street in Midtown.

H&8th Night Market is a monthly, family- and pet-friendly street festival built around a lineup of the city’s top gourmet food trucks and live music on the last Friday of each month.  There is no cost to attend.  The name H&8th refers to the event’s epicenter and place of origin: at the corner of Hudson Avenue and N.W. 8th Street.

Approximately 20,000 people attended H&8th Night Market in March and April, making it among the largest food truck events in the U.S.

The “Nature in Art” series will feature five nature-inspired exhibits by local artists ranging from photography to painting and hand-crafted pieces.  Each exhibit will take place on N.W. 7th Street in front of the Nature Conservancy headquarters (408 NW 7th St.) during H&8th Night Market each month through September.  The art will be available for auction, and 30 percent of proceeds will support the Nature Conservancy’s mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Food trucks confirmed: 2 Brothers Bistro, Adolini’s Pizzeria, Big O’s Spuds, Big Truck Tacos, Cafe Bella on Wheels, Chick N Wangs, Crepe Brewers, El Reno Original Fried Onion Burgers, Epic Pops, Frank’s Wurst, Green & Grilled, The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen, Huey’s Shave Ice, Jerky.com, Kaiteki Ramen, Kosmos BBQ, La Gumbo Ya Ya, Lalo’s I Love My Taco Chop & Grill, The Loaded Bowl, Mexiasian Fusion, Moto Chef, Off The Hook Seafood & More, Pagoda Pizza, Pie on the Fly, Purdy Q Mobile Smoke Pit, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social, The Saucee Sicilian, Smokin’ Okies, Tacos El Patron, Taste of Soul Chicken and Waffle, and Taste of Soul Eggroll.  Follow @h_n_8th on Twitter for updates.

Neighborhood restaurant Ludivine will host its final demo of potential menu items for the new restaurant concept planned to open later this year at 320 N.W. 10th St.  Open seating, $40 per person, call 405-778-6800 for reservations.

Elemental Coffee will serve coffee and tea, and COOP Ale Works will offer craft beer.

Live music on the main stage will feature rapper Jabee at 7 p.m., singer-songwriter Chase Kerby at 8 p.m., indie rock band Helen Kelter Skelter at 9 p.m. and electronic pop band Team Nightstand at 10 p.m.  There will also be live performances at four busking zones across the event and live poetry by Short Order Poems.

This month’s 7th Street retail shopping village, curated by Ashley Terry, will include: The Plant Shoppe, Born and Raised OK Sweet Treats, The Clad Stache, Group Fly, A Date With Iris, The Little Bubble, Plenty Mercantile, Shanna Banana, JL Woodworx, Trade Men’s Wares, The Okay See and Shop Good.

The 2014 Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic bicycle race, hosted by DNA Racing, will be visible to H&8th Night Market attendees from 6:15 p.m. to 9:35 p.m. on the south and west sides of the event space as the peloton speeds through Midtown.

OKC Energy FC will energize the green space at the southwest corner of N.W. 9th Street and Hudson Avenue from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Fans can meet some of the players, get autographs, take their best shot at the inflatable goal. Official team gear will also be available for purchase.