Kick Off the New Year at Opening Night 2014

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Kick Off the New Year with Performers, Fireworks at Opening Night 2014

Oklahoma City’s favorite New Year’s celebration, Opening Night, yet again boasts a thrilling evening of music, comedy, dance, and fireworks to ring in the New Year. Last year, 50,000 people rang in the New Year at Opening Night 2013.

Set for 7 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 31, Opening Night features more than 25 performances at nine venues and on 16 different stages in downtown Oklahoma City.

The entire family will find something to enjoy at Opening Night. Children can create festive art projects and take part in a scavenger hunt around downtown. Music performers include some of Oklahoma’s best and brightest stars: Paperscissor, Adam & Kizzie, Gregory Jerome, the Al Good Orchestra, Susan Herndon, and more. Revelers can also catch a hypnosis show, OKC Improv group’s comedy show, and master illusionist David Thomas’ award-winning Vegas-style “World of Magic” show. All performances are family-friendly.

The countdown to midnight on the Myriad Gardens’ Great Lawn will begin with entertainment from headliner band Matt Stansberry & the Romance, an upbeat homage to 50’s/60’s pop, soul, and blues. As the midnight hour approaches, revelers will enjoy a special finale countdown complete with the traditional rising of the Opening Night ball and one of the state’s largest fireworks shows.

New this year is the Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s Opening Night Finale 5K Presented by INTEGRIS. The One Mile starts at 2:30 p.m. followed by the 5K at 3 p.m. The race starts and finishes at the 300 block of Sheridan Ave.

All registrants will receive an Opening Night wristband, valued at $10. Be sure to dress festive with neon, glitter, capes and costumes. The most festively dressed person wins a prize. Register at https://earlysignup.com/finale5k.

An Opening Night wristband is good for admission into all nine venues. Wristbands are $8 in advance or $10 at the event. Children 5 years of age or under are admitted free. Wristbands are available beginning December 2 at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, metro-area Homeland stores, MidFirst Bank locations, and the Science Museum of Oklahoma.

Wristbands can also be purchased online. Check www.artscouncilokc.com/opening-night for more information.

Opening Night is produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City.

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing the arts and the community together through free or low-cost cultural events and a variety of arts outreach activities that impact underserved populations. Each year, Arts Council events, programs and services reach nearly one million residents and visitors to the Oklahoma City community. For more information, call 405-270-4848 or visit www.ArtsCouncilOKC.com.

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