OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma City’s Opening brought in 20201 with a bang!

The 36th annual Opening Night took place in person at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark with more than 5,000 revealers.

“Last year’s virtual event at the ballpark went extremely well and we are excited that this year we can fill the stands with people once again to enjoy the festivities in person,” says Peter Dolese, ACOKC Executive Director.

“We had a great time, despite a little rain,” said Arts Council OKC Executive Director Peter Dolese. “Snow tubing, courtesy of the Bricktown Association and VisitOKC, was terrific fun for everyone and all of the performers were exceptional. It felt really meaningful to gather in person and celebrate.”

“We work hard to make sure there is something for everyone,” said Opening Night Director Alyssa Flesher. “From the art activities in the batting cages and Bricktown Clowns for the children to Opera on TAP in the Legends Lounge, a multitude of unexpected spaces were filled with performers.” No

Performers ranged from Americana/roots rock to jazz, opera, rock ‘n’ roll, and more.

Food trucks were on hand outside the gates along Mickey Mantle Drive. Also, four artists premiered their murals as part of FRESH PAINT, a project to promote aspiring young artists in the black, indigenous, and people of color community.

The night ended with a fantastic fireworks extravaganza and the traditional Rising Ball at midnight.