Details on Oklahoma City’s Opening Night Celebration along with parking tips

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OKLAHOMA CITY-Looking for an amazing way to ring in 2016 while enjoying live music, wonderful food and a place for kids? Look no further than Opening Night put on by the Oklahoma City Arts Council.

Opening Night is Thursday, Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight with exhilarating performances across 4 venues on 7 stages in downtown Oklahoma City.

Thousands enjoy this event, in 2013, 75,000 people celebrated by enjoying the music and fun.

Scheduled performances


Wristbands available at 7-Eleven stores, metro Homeland Stores, MidFirst Bank locations, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. 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.


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


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!


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!

Here is an events map 

The City of Oklahoma City wants to remind you to plan ahead to find parking and remind you about the EMBARK transit service.

Plan Ahead and Arrive Early – While the fireworks don’t start until midnight, many of the nights events start by 7 p.m. and some streets will close even earlier. On-street parking (metered spaces) will be very limited due to street closures associated with night’s events. Planning where you’ll park ahead time will save you time, frustration, and money. Here are some suggestions for parking Thursday evening.

Facility Customer Entrance Ideal Parking For:
Arts District Garage Main Opening Night
Century Center Sheridan Opening Night & Thunder Games
Cox Convention Center Robinson & E. K. Gaylord Thunder Games
Santa Fe E.K. Gaylord Thunder Games and Bricktown
Sheridan/Walker Walker & Sheridan Opening Night


All garages are open to the public year-round. Event parking is $8 and is collected as you enter the parking facility. All EMBARK garages accept cash and most major credit cards. The garages are open all night but will fill up quickly. For more information about downtown parking options and a complete list of downtown street closures, Click here.

Use Transit To Get Around – Once you’ve parked for the evening, the free Downtown Discovery can get you where you need to go. Also known as Route 050, the Discovery bus stops include destinations in the central business district, Bricktown, the Arts District, downtown transit center, Chesapeake Arena, Myriad Gardens and the Boathouse District. The Downtown Discovery runs every 15 minutes until 8 p.m. and then every 30 minutes until 11 p.m. For a route map and trip planning visit

Dress Warmly and Comfortably – Not to state the obvious, but it’s easy to underestimate how cold you’ll be after standing outside for hours. Falling temperatures and exposed skin and feet will leave you freezing and miserable. Choose comfortable shoes and dress in layers for the best experience – don’t forget your hat and gloves.

Play It Safe – When you park, take note of where you are. All floors of EMBARK Garages are labeled by a number. Be sure to roll up your windows, and lock your doors. Leave your valuables at home. If you’re unable to locate your car, don’t be afraid to ask a parking attendant or security guard for help. As always, if you see something, say something – report any suspicious activity, package or unsafe act to the police or security immediately.


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