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. Many exciting changes and new features are in store for the 22nd annual event.

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

Buttons are $10 with children 9 and under admitted free with a button wearing adult. Buttons go on sale Friday, Nov. 24 at Acme Fresh Market (locations), Huntington Bank (locations), Akron Art Museum, Akron Civic Theatre, Angel Falls Coffee Company (Highland Square) and The Library Shop on Main. 

Tell us your thoughts about First Night Akron 2018 through our online survey (click here). For every 300 respondents who complete the survey, we will randomly choose one winner of a $100 gift certificate to a downtown business of his/her choice.

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

Click here for the First Night Akron 2018 event guide

First Night Akron can't happen without our fabulous volunteers - join our team!

Volunteer as a family, with a group of friends or by yourself. Each volunteer will receive FREE admission to First Night with special volunteer credentials, so you can enjoy the evening while you’re not volunteering.

Click here for PDF of the volunteer application.
Click here for the online volunteer application.

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