Have an adventure in a weekend at your favorite near-metro community. Concerts, shopping, restaurants, family events and romantic date nights at world class facilities. 
On I-40 East just 30 minutes from Tinker AFB; about 45 minutes from downtown Oklahoma City or the OU Campus; 1.5 hours from Tulsa.

Shawnee, Oklahoma USA is OPEN!
July 29, 2020
From July 27 - September 30, the City of Shawnee has implemented a mask ordinance. Masks are required when one is indoors in a public location. This would include concerts and stores. Masks are not required while you are eating - they are required while you wait. Masks are not required for outdoor activities like the Splash Park. Spectators at an indoor sporting event would require a mask, participants are not required to mask. The outdoor flea markets would be exempt from masks, unless required by the organizers. Masks are not required for people that are medically unable to wear masks or children under age 11. Many properties, such as tribal casinos or those outside of the City limits, previously implemented mask requirements. Click HERE for full text.

  • Pack your mask. Keep a mask handy in your purse or back-pocket.
  • When in doubt, wear your mask.
  • Keep an eye out for signage with further instructions.
  • You may experience modified hours of operation or reservations required.
  • If you have specific questions or concerns, contact the entity you are visiting directly by clicking the link to their website and contact information.
Be who you want to be, in Shawnee!
Van's Pig Stand in 1939 - still at this location at 717 E Highland, near downtown Shawnee, OK, USA. - photo Oklahoman archives.

Guests come from near and far to visit the Highland location, saying there is just something special about it...of course for true BBQ aficionados, you simply must try them all to compare to know for sure.
SHAWNEE, OK, USA - Did you know?

Van's Pig Stand -
Oklahoma's oldest bar-b-que restaurant continuously owned and operated by the same family for 90 years.

Restaurants come and go. Many close up before six months. Successful ones often get bought out by new people as owners look towards retirement.

Van's Pig Stand celebrates 90 years in Shawnee. Nearly a century of some of the best BBQ and sides you can imagine.

Leroy "Van" Vandegrift began cooking for his fellow roughnecks in the newly drilled oilfields of central Oklahoma in the 1920's.

By 1928, he opened his first stand in Wewoka and a second in Seminole. His third stand was opened in Shawnee in 1930 (the same year he married his bride, Thelma.)

Van and Thelma proved a good team, and the restaurant moved across the street to its current location in 1935. As the Great Depression caused much economic ruin, Van's lowered its prices from 30 cents back to 10 cents; or a malt and sandwich for 20 cents. Van's delighted kids and adults by bringing the first ice cream machine to the area.

Thelma is credited with the creation of the "Vanized Potato" an ingenious blend of potato, bacon, onion and garlic butter still a favorite in 2020.

Van's son Jerry began in the Pig Stand business in 1959 and became the owner in 1974. Now the third generation, Jerry's son, Jev and his daughter and son in law, Mark and Nina Shuman are at the grills, making high quality food at affordable prices for the 21st century.

There are currently four Pig Stands. The original still at 717 E Highland. A second Shawnee location at 3815 N Harrison and locations in Moore, Norman and Purcell.