Opening Night 2011, Oklahoma City’s local New Year’s Eve event , takes place in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City on December 31, 2010. The festivities, produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, begin at 7:00 pm and run through midnight. Revelers will find music, dancing, theatre and fireworks, all in a family-friendly environment.
Performances: The highlight of Opening Night is the variety of performances from music to magic, from hypnotists to the OKC Roller Derby. Performers include Oklahoma’s own guitarist extraordinaire Edgar Cruz, Stephanie Jackson, Jamie Bramble, Harrison Academy Group, Brother Summit Band, Mariachi de Orgullo and the Edmond Jazz Orchestra, among others. In total, there are 24 performers to keep partygoers entertained. And don’t let cold weather keep you away from Oklahoma City’s biggest New Year’s event – most acts are indoors, spread among 10 separate venues. There are also strolling performers, including Grayson Trice and Ross Plunkett, to keep you entertained while you’re outside.
Family Fun: For those attending with children, there is no shortage of family-friendly activities, including face painting, an inflatable obstacle course and art projects at the Cox Convention Center. Don’t miss the Opening Night Scavenger Hunt; u se the clues to find the other venues as you make your way to the finish line. Prizes will be awarded at 10:30 p.m. in Kerr Park.
Many of the Downtown in December events will also be open during Opening Night, including Chesapeake Snow Tubing at the Brick. Your wristband will save you $3 on admission to the Devon Ice Rink, at 201 N Walker. New to Opening Night 2011, OK CityScape recreates downtown OKC with more than 2 million LEGO bricks and elements, complete with lights, sound effects, robotics and animatronics. Regularly $5 for adults and $3 for children, admission to OK CityScape is only $1 with your Opening Night Wristband. OK CityScape is on the east of the event at 1100 N Broadway.
The countdown to midnight begins at 11:30 p.m. in Kerr Park with an elaborate sound and light show capped of by a spectacular fireworks display at midnight.
COST: Admission wristbands can be purchased in advance for $8 or at the event for $10 with children under 5 admitted free. Wristbands can be purchased starting November 19th at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, metro Homeland stores, Science Museum Oklahoma and MidFirst Bank locations. Event parking is available in lots and garages throughout downtown and within walking distance of the performance sites.
“Opening Night,” Arts Council of Oklahoma City.