Opening Night 2018

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, fireworks, and an unforgettable children’s craft and performance area. The day begins with the festive Finale 5k and all the excitement concludes with a fireworks extravaganza at midnight.

Things to know


Wristbands are available for purchase on December 1.  Find at  MidFirst Bank locations, 7-Eleven stores, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and Plenty Mercantile. 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 Hall of Mirrors in Civic Center Music Hall means family-friendly fun! Enjoy face painting, an interactive art project, and lively musical 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. Find hot drinks, snacks, and other delicious options in Finale Alley any time before midnight!

Bacon N Cakin: Pancake sandwiches and bacon infused angus beef sliders made fresh to order
Eddie’s Wings on Wheels: Crispy, juicy and oh-so wonderful wings
Hijo’s Taqueria: Authentic street tacos, quesadillas, and other tasty Mexican fare
Junction Coffee: Fresh coffee, espresso drinks, and other hot beverages
Let’s Do Greek: Greek and Mediterranean food including gyros, rice bowls, and more
MacTastic: Creamy mac & cheese bowls with delicious add-ins
Pitchfork: Homemade farmhouse favorites including sandwiches, baked goods and coffee
Sizzle N Spice: Tandoori style, Pakistani and Indian food
Snow S’more: Hand crafted s’mores and coffee beverages
Tasty Beats: Delightful selection of concession favorites.
Wicked Hangry: Gourmet burgers, sliders and grown-up grilled cheese

2018 Performers

The Wise Guys , OKC Improv, Adam and Kizzie, Edgar Cruz, Steelwind Duo, Brisa Sur, The House Session, Bricktown Clowns, and Michael King’s One Man Circus.

Fireworks Finale!

The Wise Guys take the Opening Night Finale Stage in Bicentennial Park at 9:00 and play until midnight. Playing coverts from vintage rock n’roll to contemporary pop, The Wise Guys will delight audience members of all ages.  Dance in the New Year to everything from The Beach Boys to The Cars to Maroon 5, and more.  The Wise Guys count us down to midnight, when a fireworks extravaganza rings in 2018!

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