First Night Akron 2018 | Sun, Dec. 31

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 from 6 p.m.-midnight. Stay tuned for announcements and details for our 22nd annual event.

Now accepting applications for performers. Musicians, dancers, performance artists, interactive activities, theatre groups and more are encouraged to apply by August 4 on Submittable (opens in new website) or via paper application (opens PDF)

For the second year, we invite local artists to submit design ideas for the First Night Akron 2018 admission button and event poster. The artwork submitted should be visually active and represent the spirit of First Night Akron. Click here for the online application on Submittable and click here for full details and design requirements.

Deadline for questions: August 9, 2017
Responses to questions posted: August 11, 2017 (click here for questions and responses)
Proposal submittal deadline: September 1, 2017


Did you miss the celebration last New Year's Eve? Check out the links below to see performers, schedules and the event guide.

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

Click here for the First Night Akron 2017 event guide

Download Akron Life's FREE app and view the event guide on Android, iPhone/iPad and Kindle.