The Bricktown Canal opened 14 years ago, but the upcoming inaugural Rock the Boat festival will mark the first time the waterway has hosted live music, food vendors, pop-up retailers and free entertainment.
The Rock the Boat festival, from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 8, is being organized by Downtown Oklahoma City Inc., which is assuming some of the entertainment district's operations previously overseen by the Bricktown Association. Other organizers include Bricktown Water Taxi and retail consultant Allison Bailey.
Students from ACM@UCO will provide live music aboard the canal's water taxis, while face painting, table tennis, a photo booth, caricatures, balloon animals and magic shows will be among the entertainment mix offered along the canal just west of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
“For quite some time we've been hoping to see more events that tie the canal more closely into the unique entertainment options in Bricktown,” said Chad Huntington, manager of Water Taxi. “The canal is such a great venue by itself, and it's exciting to see an event that focuses on it directly.”
Huntington credits Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. with exploring a “new direction” for promotion of the Bricktown Canal.