What is Hanson Day?
In 1997 May 6th was declared Hanson Day by then Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating. Since then, fans continued to celebrate the date. In 2012, Hanson announced they’d be doing yearly “Hanson Day” celebrations which now are done several days over a weekend in May in Tulsa, OK. Hanson Day is free to attend for those who are Hanson.net Members. When we say activities are “free” they are free to those with valid Hanson.net membership who have RSVPed for the event. All events and activities are 13+. The weekend typically consists of a free Members Only concert, a second ticketed concert as well as many other ticketed and free events. See below for more information on Hanson Day (HDAY).
Hanson Day 2024 will be May 16-28, 2024. More details can be found at Hanson.net
Dates and RSVP for 2024 were announced and opened on August 18, 2023. Tickets will go on sale in early 2024. On August 25th accommodations opened at The Fairfield Inn in Downtown Tulsa through Hanson.net. This hotel is the closest within walking distance to most of the activities however you are free to stay wherever you’d like if you are attending the event and can probably find something cheaper if you don’t mine being a bit further out in the downtown area. [Full 2024 event details to come out early 2024.]
In order to attend you must be a paid Hanson.net member through the entire event. (ie your membership should expire after May 18, 2024) Typically the Hanson.net EP is released around Hanson Day and some of the tracks are performed during the Members Only concert. While memberships are now digital only – it remains to be seen if a physical CD copy of the EP will be available for purchase this weekend or not. [The 2022 EP, White Rabbit, was not released until later in the year and we do not know if the 2023 EP, Ambient, or future releases will be on physical media.]
Tickets will go on sale in early 2024. Please keep in mind you can only purchase ONE ticket per event per account. That means if you’re going with friends or significant others you all must log in under your hanson.net account to purchase your own tickets.
Where to Stay
Most of the events happen in the Tulsa Arts District in Downtown Tulsa [formerly known as the Brady Arts District]. Concerts have been held at Cain’s Ballroom and the Brady Theater. The closest hotel is the Fairfield Inn. This hotel is pretty small so it books up fast and is available as a “group rate” through a link on Hanson.net. There is also the Hyatt about a half a mile to a mile walk away which is much bigger (and sometimes has cheaper rates available on Priceline). Other local hotels include: Holiday Inn Express, Aloft, Double Tree and Best Western. Some hotels provide airport shuttles. Those that do not will run you about $20-$30 on a cab from the airport or a bit cheaper if you use uber/lyft. There are also Airbnbs available in the area.
Do I Need a Car?
This depends on what you want to do. If you are coming in early or staying later and want to explore more of Tulsa, I’d say yes. If you are only coming for Thurs/Fri-Sat, you will probably kept busy with so many Hanson activities that you won’t really need one if you are staying within walking distance. (Note: the location for the painting sessions and skatercise is not close to downtown.) Ubers & Lyfts do seem to be readily available even at odd hours, so that is always an option if you’re just doing a trip or two outside of the downtown area.
When Should I Come?
For the past few years activities have started with Karaoke on Thursday evening. Typically Thursday morning/afternoon they begin the check in process and open the Hanson store. In the past, items have sold out after Thursday and were not restocked. Some years they do end up restocking and putting most items up on the Hanson.net store. If you want to see more of Tulsa you should probably come early or stay later as they to tend to keep the weekend jam-packed with activities. You may want to wait for the full events schedule to be released before deciding for sure when you want to arrive.
What activities are free?
All activities require a Hanson.net Membership ($40). Free with your RSVP is access to the Hanson Store, Hanson Gallery, State of the Band/Members Only Concert. .
[Movie in the Park has not happened since 2018, 2022/2023 did not include photos with the band.]
The Hop Jam concert was free, but it is not expected to return in 2024.
What are the add on activities and how much are they?
2023 Events & Pricing:
Additional Concert (Underneath Acoustic Revisited) – $40 ($45 at registration)
NEW Grace Unknown Lecture $30
NEW Scavenger Hunt $20
HTP Live $15
NEW Skatercise $17
Dance Party $22
ST Leaders Dinner $5
Historical events & pricing:
Additional concert – $30
Movie Night – $12
Fan Club Dinner – $22 (Friday night and Saturday night, fixed menu, usually at Caz’s or Mexicali’s)
Street Team Leaders Dinner – $14 (for Street Team Leaders only)
Dance party – $15 / $20 at door
Karaoke – $15 / $20 at door
Lectures – $25 / $30 at door (replaced by 2nd concert)
Bowling – $50 (includes a t-shirt)
Listening Party – $15 (included a CD)
Game Night – $50 (includes a game)
Painting Class – $35-37 (you can take home your painting)
There is a cut off on when you can buy tickets until online. If any tickets are left, they will be available first come, first serve at the check in table (usually CASH ONLY). Tickets DO sell out in advance and check-in quantities are often quite limited.
What does the schedule typically look like?
For 2023, in person is as follows:
Thursday: Registration, Store, HTP Live, Karaoke (+scavenger hunt)
Friday: Registration, Store, Gallery, Painting, Skatercise, Concert, ST Dinner (+scavenger hunt)
Saturday: Registration, Store, Painting, Gallery, Bowling, Lecture, Concert, Dance Party (+scavenger hunt)
Where Should I Fly To?
Tulsa has an International Airport (TUL) that is serviced by many airlines. Oklahoma City is a couple of hours away and also has an airport.
How is the Weather?
Unpredictable. Pack for all seasons. Some years have been rainy, windy and cold, others have been so hot that you wish you packed a pair of shorts (or are happy that you did) and some have been all of the above all wrapped into one – and maybe a tornado warning or two for good measure.
Where can I eat?
There are a lot of restaurants in the downtown area, some of them include:
Dilly Diner (402 E 2nd Street)
The Chowhouse [formerly Caz’s Chowhouse] (18 Mathew Brady Street)
Mexicali Border Cafe (14 W Reconciliation Way)
Sisserou Carribean (107 N Boulder Ave C)
Coney Island Hot Dogs (107 N Boulder Ave D)
The Tavern (201 N Main St)
PRYHME Steakhouse (111 N Main St)
McNellie’s (409 E 1st St)
Chimera Cafe (212 N Main St)
Empire Pizza (417 N Main St)
Hurts Donut (111 S Detroit Ave) – Open 24/7
Fassler Hall (204 S Elgin Ave)
STG Pizzeria (114 S Detroit Ave)
(Hanson will put out a Tulsa Guide closer to May 2024, often times this includes discounts to local businesses if you show your event wristband)
RSVP is now open – Just go to the calendar page once you are logged in and click the button to RSVP! You will be sent an email confirmation there will be no confirmation list posted on the site like there has been in years past. If you later realize you can no longer attend, just go to the calendar page and unclick the button to un-RSVP. Note: RSVP is for attending in-person only. If you intend to only watch the events online, there is no need to RSVP 🙂