First Night Akron - Saturday, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m.-midnight

First Night Akron is Akron's New Year's Eve community celebration and features the region’s best in music, dance, theater, interactive and visual arts. Many exciting changes and new features are in store for the 21st annual event.

Enjoy more than 40 experiences - many new to First Night - plus plenty of returning crowd favorites.

Please take a few minutes and complete our online survey here. We value all feedback and will review comments and suggestions as we begin planning for future events.

First Night Akron couldn't happen without the generous support of our event sponsors. Thanks to many community foundations and businesses for helping make this event happen.

Click here for artist descriptions, times and venues
Click here for a PDF of the event map
Click here for a performance schedule grid
Click here for the First Night Food Guide

Button sales have ended. Thank you to our button sales locations, Acme Fresh Market stores (click here for store locations), FirstMerit Bank (click here for participating branches), the Akron Art Museum, the Akron Civic Theatre Box Office, the Library Shop at Main at the Akron-Summit County Main Library, Lock 3, Angel Falls Coffee Shop in Highland Square, Seiberling Nature Realm (1828 Smith Rd).

Downtown Akron Passports are now sale priced at $10 and includes 13 additional Downtown Akron events in 2017.

Click here for the First Night Akron 2017 event guide

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