Northampton First Night, New Year’s Eve
December 31 @ 12:00 pm - 11:59 pm
The Northampton Arts Council is delighted to present Northampton’s 34th annual New Year’s Eve festival of the performing arts on December 31, 2018. First Night continues to be a special opportunity to celebrate the cultural vibrancy of our community while sharing time with friends, neighbors and visitors. As always, there will be a magical display of fireworks early in the evening and a traditional midnight “ball-raising” at the Hotel Northampton. Please plan to join our city’s signature, family-friendly New Year’s Eve festival of the arts where a single bargain-priced button buys admission to every show.
First Night Buttons
A single bargain-priced button opens the doors to every event at every venue. First Night buttons go on sale at many locations (see below) throughout Western Massachusetts in early December. Those who prefer to purchase buttons online may collect them downtown on the day of the event.
FIRST NIGHT LOGISTICS
Parking: On First Night, there is free parking in all of Northampton’s municipal lots EXCEPT the downtown parking garage. Smith College parking lots and the Smith College garage on West Street are free and open to the general public all day. There are also lots at Forbes Library, the Northampton Senior Center, and the World War II Club.
Please remember that access to and from the E.J. Gare Parking Garage will be restricted from approximately 5:45pm to 6:45pm because of the fireworks display. The same is true for the adjacent municipal lots.
At the venues: In order to accommodate our audiences and to make things easier for the volunteers, please cooperate by lining up at entrances in an orderly fashion and exiting the venues after each performance. This also keeps things running on time. Note: Many shows are offered twice, so if you don’t make it into the first one, you’ll probably catch the second.