In general, your grand opening entertainment should match the demographic you are trying to reach.There are many ways to get the attention of your community, but one of the simplest ways is to incorporate a local charity in the grand opening. Collect and donate money or food so your business is associated with philanthropy.
Encourage new guests to attend your grand opening by offering entertainment that appeals to the entire family. Create a carnival atmosphere by hiring face painters, a magician and people to form balloon animals. Giveaway corn dogs, cotton candy and soda or water wrapped in a flyer bearing a coupon for your business. Set up simple carnival games like ring around the bottle, toss the ball in the bucket and can knockdown. Give winners discount coupons or $5 gift cards.
Introduce your new business by inviting your community to meet the staff while playing giant sized games like Plinko, Wheel of Fortune and Tic-Tac-Toe.Hire local musicians take turns entertaining the crowd. Include high school bands, as well as professional jazz musicians and cover bands that specialize in rock, pop or oldies hits. Serve free snow cones and soda.
Introduce your business to the world by inviting the public to attend an artistic grand opening. Seek local artists willing to donate their time, display their art and create their crafts at your event. Hire artists to draw caricatures of guests. Ask local dancers to perform and pass out small bags filled with mini-flashlights that have the business's logo on them, brochures about the local artists and a discount coupon to the new business.
Ask local martial arts businesses to put on a demonstration at your grand opening or host a sporting competition. Invite high school football and baseball players to throw ball with local children or a major sports figure to sign autographs. Raffle tickets with the winner receiving a half hour to throw ball with a celebrity football or baseball player. Grand opening visitors can take photos of the celebrity while learning about your business.