The 17th annual Mesta Festa is set for this weekend, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Perle Mesta Park, to be exact. The event this year will feature beer and wine tastings, including beer from Belle Isle Brewery, Huebert Brewing, Anthem Brewing, COOP Ale Works, Choc Beer and Bricktown Brewery. You can get all the details and specifics by reading the press release below:
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City’s historic party in the park celebrates one of the most unique neighborhoods in the state. Featuring local micro-breweries, a winery and food vendors, live music, children’s activities, local celebrities, and a chili cook-off, the 17th annual Mesta Festa takes place at Perle Mesta Park on Saturday, Sept. 29 from noon to 6 p.m.
Cathi Jo Reznecheck, Mesta Festa chairwoman, said the event is one of two public events held annually to raise funds for the Mesta Park Neighborhood Association. Funds raised through event sponsorships and donations are used to enhance the neighborhood’s parks, street lights and sidewalks, preserving the beauty and tradition of one of the city’s first neighborhoods, she said.
“We challenge ourselves each year to build upon the success of previous years,” said Reznecheck. We’ve learned families really enjoy spending an afternoon at the park. Mesta Festa includes something for everyone in the family, so it’s a natural choice for a family looking for something to do on a Saturday afternoon.”
Founded in 1902, Mesta Park is named after Perle Mesta. Heralded as “the hostess with the mostest,” Perle is the daughter of Bill Skirvin and played an integral role as a socialite in Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C., said neighborhood resident and committee member Harry Meister.
“I like to think of Mesta Festa as the largest and most fun block party in Oklahoma,” said Meister. “The main difference between a typical block party and ours is anyone can attend Mesta Festa. We have folks across the state and region join us each year to enjoy live music and a cold beer in the park.”
Reznecheck said nearly 1,000 people attend the event each year. She credits the event’s success to the many neighborhood citizens who volunteer their time to organize the event and to the community organizations who donate their time and services as well.
Mesta Festa takes places Saturday, Sept. 29, from noon to 6 p.m. at Perle Mesta Park, located near the intersection of NW 18th Street and Shartel Avenue. For a $12 donation, individuals at least 21 years of age may participate in special beer-tasting of select local micro-breweries. The day’s live music performances and children’s activities are open to the public. Local food vendors will have specialty food available for purchase, and a certain portion of their proceeds also are donated to Mesta Festa Neighborhood Association.
Description of activities:
Beer- and Wine-Tastings – For a $12 donation, individuals at least 21 years old may sample the special brews. Local micro-breweries participating in the day include: Belle Isle Brewery, Huebert Brewing, Anthem Brewing, COOP Ale Works, Choc Beer, Bricktown Brewery. Local pubs providing beer are Blue Note Lounge, Grandad’s Bar, The Winking Lizard and others. The Plaza District’s Urban Wineworks also joins the party adding a wine-tasting component to festivities.
Live Music – Five bands from ACM@UCO will keep the party in the park going all day. Local band Temporary Saints will close-out the music for the day.
Food Vendors – Several local food vendors will have specialty dishes available for purchase, including the soon-to-open restaurant Pizza 23 located on NW 23rd Street between Dewey and Lee. Uptown23 plans to serve free snow cones for attendees, while supplies last.
Michael Persons Memorial Chili Cook-off – Chili connoisseurs can enter their creations in three categories: Most Unusual, Hottest and Best in Show. Registration for the event is $5 per entry and takes place at noon on event day. Winners are selected through crowd voting.
Children’s Activities – Organized by Wilson Elementary PTA, the children’s activities area includes hands-on experiments presented by Science Museum Oklahoma as well as appearances by the Thunder Girls and OKC Barons Ice Girls. Pick-up street hockey games will be presented by representatives from the OKC Barons.
Mesta Festa activities:
Noon – Registration for Michael Persons Memorial Chili Cook-off
1 to 1:30 p.m. – Oklahoma City Thunder Girls available for photos and autographs
2 to 4 p.m. – Oklahoma City Barons street hockey and Barons Ice Girls
3:30 p.m. – Chili Cook-off winners announced (tentative time)
All-day activities – Beer- and wine-tastings, local food vendors, hands-on science experiments with Science Museum Oklahoma.
About Mesta Park
Mesta Park is a thriving historic community in the heart of Oklahoma City. Founded in 1902, the neighborhood’s homes present many examples of classic architecture from the early 20th century. Bordered by Western Avenue on the west and Walker Avenue on the east, Mesta Park spans from 16th Street north to 22nd then includes a small peninsula stretching east of 22nd to Robinson Street. Mesta Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a Historic Preservation District by the City of Oklahoma City. The Mesta Park Neighborhood Association hosts two public events annually – Mesta Festa and the Mesta Park Home Tour. For more information, visit www.MestaPark.org.