Opening Night 2018
Kick Off the New Year with Performers and Fireworks
7 p.m. - Midnight, December 31
Oklahoma City, OK -Mark your calendar for one of Oklahoma City's favorite celebrations: Opening Night, presented by MidFirst Bank, Devon Energy, and Inasmuch Foundation. Join us on Sunday, Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight for a thrilling evening of music, comedy, magic, and fireworks to ring in the New Year.
Before the festivities kick-off at 7 p.m., join us for the 5th annual Finale 5K. This festive 5K run will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Finale Site, starting at Colcord Drive in Bicentennial Park. All runners receive an Opening Night wristband and a medal. The most festively dressed runner will receive an original Dean Imel Windscape Sculpture! Early registration ends December 13 and is $30 dollars. Late registration runs through December 30 and is $35. Race day registration is $40.
The whole family will find something to enjoy at Opening Night. Festive art projects, face painting, clowns and more are sure to delight children of all ages in the Hall of Mirrors. Performances across 8 stages will include some of Oklahoma's best and brightest stars like Adam and Kizzie, the genre defying duo sure to get you moving. Edgar Cruz will be showing off his virtuosic guitar skills, and Steelwind Duo will bring their fresh and modern take on bluegrass. Also, make sure to catch The House Session and their rowdy set of lively Celtic tunes. There's more than music, as spectators can catch the unicycling antics of Michael King, clown around with The Bricktown Clowns, and laugh at the impromptu comedy of the OKC Improv group.
The countdown to midnight will be at Bicentennial Park with entertainment from headliner The Wise Guys who take the Finale Stage at 9:00. Playing covers from vintage rock 'n' roll to contemporary pop, The Wise Guys will delight audience members of all ages. 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.
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 now at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, MidFirst Bank locations, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Plenty Mercantile, and on Art Council Oklahoma City's website. On the night of the event, you may purchase wristbands at sales locations in the Civic Center Music Hall and the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library. Wristbands are non-refundable.
Opening Night is produced by Arts Council Oklahoma City. Co-chairs are Carissa Stevens and Justin Newton.
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 Devon Energy Corporation, MidFirst Bank, Inasmuch Foundation, The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com, Ozarka Water & Coffee Service, Sonic - America's Drive-in, ICG, OGE Energy Corporation, 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 www.ArtsCouncilOKC.com.