Opening Night 2017

Kick Off the New Year with Performers and Fireworks

7 p.m. - Midnight, December 31

Downtown Oklahoma City


OKLAHOMA CITY - Mark your calendar for one of Oklahoma City's favorite celebrations Opening Night, presented by MidFirst Bank and Devon Energy, boasts a thrilling evening of music, comedy, magic, and fireworks to ring in the New Year. In 2015, 75,000 people celebrated with some of the best talent in the state at Opening Night.


Opening Night 2017 is Saturday, Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight with exhilarating performances across 4 venues on 6 stages in downtown Oklahoma City. 


The countdown to midnight will be at Bicentennial Park and will be loaded with entertainment from headliner David Bruster and The Walkabouts, a fun pop band influenced by the sounds and spirit of New Orleans. As the midnight hour approaches, revelers will enjoy a special finale countdown complete with the traditional Opening Night ball and one of the state's largest fireworks shows.


The whole family will find something to enjoy at Opening Night. Children can create festive art projects in the Children's Area now located inside the Civic Center Hall of Mirrors. Performers include some of Oklahoma's best and brightest stars like Jabee, L.T.Z., Moetowne Alex and the Nightview Band, and Orquesta d'Calle. There's more than music, as spectators can catch the unicycling antics of Michael King and laugh at the impromptu comedy of the OKC Improv group.


Before the festivities kick-off at 7 p.m., join us for the 4th annual Finale 5K presented by INTEGRIS. This festive 5K run will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Finale Site, starting at Colcord Drive in Bicentennial Park. All runners receive an Opening Night wristband and a chance to win original works of art! The most festively dressed runner will receive a prize as well. Early registration ends December 14 and is thirty dollars.


An Opening Night wristband allows attendees into all the venues. Wristbands are $8 in advance or $10 at the event, with children five and under admitted free. Wristbands are available beginning December 1 at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, MidFirst Bank locations, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and on Art Council Oklahoma City's website.   


Opening Night is produced by Arts Council Oklahoma City. Co-chairs are Kristy Boone and Tyler Bolton.


Arts Council Oklahoma City is a non-profit 501 ©(3) organization dedicated to bringing the arts and the community together through free or low-cost cultural events and a variety of arts outreach activities that impact underserved populations. Each year, Arts Council events, programs and services reach nearly one million Oklahoma City residents and visitors. Arts Council Oklahoma City is sponsored by MidFirst Bank, Devon Energy Corporation, OGE Energy Corporation, Ozarka Water & Coffee Service, Sonic - America's Drive-in, ICG, The Oklahoman and, Toucan Production and Tyler Media. Arts Council Oklahoma City receives funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, and is an Allied Arts member agency. For more information, call 405-270-4848 or visit