Welcome to
First Night Northampton 2018

The Northampton Arts Council is delighted to present Northampton's 33rd annual New Year's Eve festival of the performing arts on December 31, 2017. First Night continues to be a special opportunity to celebrate the cultural vibrancy of our community while sharing time with friends, neighbors and visitors. Because the event falls on a Sunday this year, we expect it to be the centerpiece of a long holiday weekend and look forward to welcoming enthusiastic crowds at the venues and on the streets of downtown. 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. We look forward to posting our preliminary performance schedule in October when we'll also be offering online button sales. In the meantime, please click on the links above for information about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. "Like" our Facebook page to keep up with all of the excitement.