Event Information

opening night. december 31. 7pm-midnight. chickasaw bricktown ballpark

Opening Night takes place at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in downtown Oklahoma City and is presented by Midfirst Bank, Inasmuch Foundation, and Gardner Tanenbaum. Ring in the new year with us! 

Overview and Performers

Opening Night is OKC’s favorite family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration produced by Arts Council Oklahoma City. This year marks OKC’s 36th Opening Night. The event will take place IN PERSON at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark December 31, 2021. Performers range from Americana/roots rock to jazz, opera, rock ‘n’ roll, mural artists and more.

ACM@UCO. Through a focused curriculum and real-world experience, the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) prepares students for careers in the music industry. ACM@UCO’s performing area will feature multiple artists who are receiving their education through the academy.

Adam and Kizzie. Their music is a genuine and truthful blend of many favorite genres. Without a specific box to put their music in, they are now affectionately known as The Originators of EEDO, their own non-genre genre.

Bricktown Clowns. Get your face painted and take home some balloon art, all while having a good laugh with the Bricktown Clowns in the Triple Suite!

OKC Thunder Mural. Make your mark on the OKC Thunder Interactive Mural located on the concourse outside Section 109. Design created by OKC Thunder Tag artist Barrett Tarr.

Opera on Tap. Since 2017, OOT has introduced opera to new audiences by way of their themed shows every month, from “gender bender” to “death arias and drinking songs.” Their roster consists of all local, trained singers from college and grad school programs, professors, and professionals in the field.

Original Flow is a hip-hop artist, poet, producer and a wordsmith with a message. Following in his father’s footsteps, Original Flow continues to defy mainstream music molds through conscious lyrics of positivity and triumph.

Rod Porter thoroughly enjoys performing and can be seen doing so throughout Oklahoma City. He also is the co-lead for the renowned Shortt Dogg band and will help us ring in the new year with a little love and a lot of soul.

Carter Sampson is an Oklahoman born and raised, award winning, singer songwriter known for gorgeous vocals and quality songwriting. She tours nationally and internationally playing both solo and with her trio and band.

For the Kids

Enjoy interactive art activities all night long in the batting cages! The art projects will feature a “just for kids” interactive mural and individually packaged art projects to create on site or at home!

Fireworks & Finale presented by Jackie Cooper BMW

We’ll ring in the New Year with the Finale Count Down to Midnight show sponsored by Jackie Cooper BMW which includes live music by Adam and Kizzie, a live countdown to midnight and the ascent of the Rising Ball followed by the best fireworks show in OKC!

Food Trucks

Located just outside the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark at main entrance.

Lolli & Pop’s Funnel Cakes – More than just funnel cakes, grab a foot long corndog, fried mini tacos, and crispitos! All your fair favorites in one stop!

Yum Pig – Serving up pork dishes that will put a smile on your face and love in your tummy. From mac’n’cheese to fry bread to loaded fries, once you pig out on this pork of perfection, you too will become a major fan of YUM!

Junction Coffee– Largely locally sourced coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Housed in a 1974 double decker bus, it’s not your typical coffee shop.

Psycho Taco — They use nothing but the finest and freshest ingredients to help create premium, made from scratch tacos. All sauces are homemade, all meats are slow roasted, which means Psycho Tacos are AMAZING.

Streetcar Service

Parked far? No problem! OKC Streetcar will be free of charge on New Year’s Eve beginning at 6PM. There are two convenient stops near the main entrance of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark! 

The MAPS 3 Modern Streetcar, known as the Oklahoma City Streetcar or OKC Streetcar, links important districts in and around downtown Oklahoma City. The streetcar will stop at 112 N. Hudson Ave, right next to Festival grounds on the east side. For detailed information, visit the link below.

LifeShare WinterFest Snow Tubing included with Wristband

Get your tube on! Your Opening Night wristband means you can add free snow tubing to your New Year’s Eve fun. There are two different sized snow slides for all ages, located inside the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Opening Night Finale 5K presented by Jackie Cooper BMW

Opening Night Finale 5K is not included in the price of Opening Night wristband. Cost Our celebratory day begins at 3pm with the Finale 5K Race, which starts and finishes on Mickey Mantle Drive, near the entrance of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The course is USATF certified, and the first 200 registrants will receive a limited-edition Finale 5K shirt and finishers medal. Registration is $30 per person before Dec. 13; $35 Dec. 14-30; Race-day cost is $40. All runners will receive an Opening Night wristband.

In Case of Emergency

If you need immediate medical attention, please call 9-1-1. First responders are located on and near Opening Night at all times. If you need information or your are looking for someone, please visit the Headquarters table near the main entrance.