Technically speaking, each day is an endless source of potential opportunities for growth and change – but there’s something special about the end of a year and the promise of a pristine new calendar spreading out expectantly into the future that adds an extra dose of enjoyment and anticipation.
Essentially, ’17 is on the horizon, so it’s a prime time for a party. And they don’t come bigger or better than Opening Night, from 7 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 31.
“We are thrilled to co-chair Opening Night 2017,” says Kristy Boone, who is co-chairing the event with Tyler Bolton. A longtime volunteer for Arts Council OKC who has performed with OKC Improv at the past few iterations of this event, Boone continues, “It is an honor to have the opportunity to shape Downtown OKC’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration, [and] I am elated to help drive this wildly entertaining evening!”
She’s not kidding about either of those descriptions: fully 75,000 people thronged the streets of downtown OKC last year to join in the revelry, and the slate to welcome 2017 includes comedy, magic and music from talents like Jabee, Moetowne Alex, Orquesta d’Calle and David Bruster and The Walkabouts spread across four venues on six stages, plus kids’ art activities, the Finale 5k race and street entertainment, all capped off by the raising of the lighted ball and a massive fireworks display. It’s all yours with a wristband – come count down to what’s next.
► Party Time
Wristbands are $8 in advance or $10 at the event, with children 5 and younger admitted free. Visit artscouncilokc.com for details.