First Night Akron is a family-friendly celebration of the arts with more than 40 music, dance, theater, art and interactive experiences geared for all ages.
Participating venues include Akron Civic Theatre, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Akron Art Museum, John S. Knight Center, Mill Street Main Stage, Greystone Hall and Zion Lutheran Church
Family Friendly Fun at Akron's 21 annual New Years Eve Celebration
Enjoy all the fun happening at First Night, including:
- Huntington Bank Fireworks Shows – Two fireworks shows on Main Street. One held at 9pm and another held at midnight. Right before the fireworks, Matrix Performing Arts will lead a drumline procession from the Mill Street Main Stage to Main Street.
- New Mill Street Mainstage – The heart of First Night Akron will be this new space between the John S. Knight Center and Greystone Hall. The Main Stage features high energy Americana sounds of the Gage Brothers, reggae from Umojah Nation and pop-rock-hip-hop tunes from Jul Big Green.
- Wintertime Fun – Visit the snow queen and ice princess, watch ice carving demonstrations, wander though the Ice Sculpture Gardens filled with abstract ice carvings and an ice throne.
- Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides – Enjoy a horse drawn sleigh rides on Main Street
- New Food Truck Area – Enjoy a meal on the High Street parking lot of the John S. Knight Center. A heated tent with seating is available and games like over-size checkers, chess and Connect Four will be set.
- and much more!
Admission – Get Your Buttons Now!
Admission buttons are on sale now. The cost is $10 each (Children under 10 admitted free with a button-wearing adult).
Buttons are sold at Acme Fresh Markets locations, participating FirstMerit Bank branches, Akron Art Museum, Akron Civic Theatre box office, Angel Falls Coffee in Highland Square and The Library Shop at Main. Buttons are also available at www.firstnightakron.org and the DAP office in Greystone Hall.
On the evening of Dec. 31, admission buttons will be available at Acme Fresh Market until 8 p.m. and at the Akron Civic Theatre, Akron Art Museum and The Library Shop at Main.