Opening Night

Ring in the new year in style! Since 1987, Opening Night has been the place for families and friends to enjoy the performing arts and “open” the New Year in the spirit of community. Downtown Oklahoma City is the setting for a variety bands, street performers, and an unforgettable children’s craft and performance area. The day begins with a festive 5k and all the excitement concludes with a fireworks extravaganza at midnight.

Things to know


Wristbands available at 7-Eleven stores, metro Homeland Stores, MidFirst Bank locations, and Science Museum Oklahoma. Available for purchase December 1. On the night of the event, you may purchase wristbands at sales locations across the event. Wristbands are $8 in advance, $10 the night of the event.

Children’s Area

The Children’s Area in the Civic Center Hall of Mirrors means family-friendly fun! Enjoy face painting, an interactive art project, giant game area, and lively music performances – perfect to ring in the New Year!

Food Trucks in Finale Alley

We’ve rounded up some of the city’s best food trucks to bring you a variety of warm, comforting, exciting food. Get your dinner on Finale Alley anytime before midnight!

Fireworks Finale!

Shortt Dogg takes the Opening Night Finale Stage at Bicentennial Park at 9pm and will play until midnight. A group of eight dynamic musicians who reach for the sky every time they hit the stage, Shortt Dogg is non-stop excitement! Enthusiasm and energy best describe this funky, upbeat dance band. They’ll count us down to midnight and then a fireworks extravaganza will ring in 2016!


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