The Arts Council of Oklahoma City has produced the Opening Night New Year's Eve celebration in downtown OKC since 1987. With a family friendly atmosphere that includes musical acts throughout the night, street performers, children's area, food trucks and a fantastic fireworks display, Opening Night is the top way to ring in the new year for Oklahoma City residents.
The Arts Council of Oklahoma has been fostering artistic performance and presentation for years.
They produce such city events as the Festival of the Arts, the Storytelling Festival, Out of the Box and Sunday Twilight Concerts. The Arts Council is sponsored by, among others, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Devon Energy Corporation, MidFirst Bank, The Oklahoman, Ozarka and Sonic.
Date and Time:
December 31st, of course. Festivities last from 7 p.m. to midnight throughout downtown, from various venues to the city streets.
Final countdown begins at 11:30 p.m. with the fireworks scheduled for the moment the new year arrives at Bicentennial Park in front of the Civic Center Music Hall.
Wristbands for Opening Night are $8 in advance and $10 at the event, with children 5 and under admitted free. Advanced purchases can be made beginning Dec. 1 at any of the following: Metro 7-11 stores, MidFirst Bank locations and the OKC Museum of Art. Or you can purchase online.
No alcohol will be served in any of the venues, and more information can be obtained by visiting the Arts Council of Oklahoma City online or calling (405) 270-4848.
- Performances: Seven venues around downtown will feature over 40 performances throughout the evening. The schedule features David Bruster and the Walkabouts, Jabee, L.T.Z., Moetowne Alex and the Nightview Band, Orquesta d’Calle, OKC Improv, Ali Harter, Michael King, Yung Tray, Susan Herndon, Sativa Prophets, Kinsey Charles and Bricktown Clowns
- Other Entertainment: Out on the area streets, you'll find entertainment such as a scavenger hunt, marching bands, dancers, clowns, magicians and more.
- Children's Area: The Children's Area will include activities such as face painting, crafts, game area, music and more.
- Food Trucks: Several local food trucks will be on hand, offering a variety of dining options. They'll be parked in "Finale Alley" by the park.
- 5k: Just before the Opening Night Festivities, there will be a USATF certified 5k run at 4 p.m. The path, which begins and ends just south of Bicentennial Park, travels through downtown and Heritage Hills. Organizers ask runners to dress festively, and registration includes a wristband for the party later as well as a medal. Winners receive a work of art, as does the most festively dressed. Register online.
- The Finale: The final countdown to the new year begins at 11:30 p.m., and the fireworks display will adorn the sky as 2017 arrives.