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Downtown Akron Partnership



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About First Night Akron

Make plans for New Year’s Eve and join the fun in Downtown Akron. Now in its 20th year, First Night Akron is a New Year’s Eve celebration unlike any other. This family-friendly celebration of the arts brings the community together to create lasting memories. Come in out of the cold and celebrate the New Year.

On Thursday, December 31, 6 p.m.-Midnight, enjoy indoor entertainment and fun for all ages throughout Downtown Akron featuring the region's best in music, dance, theater, visual and interactive arts.

First Night admission buttons help support the cost of the celebration and provide admission to all First Night venues on event night. The design for the button changes each year and is a unique work of art.

Past First Night Akron button artists include: Don Drumm, Mark Soppeland, Laura Ruth Bidwell, Miller Horns, Joan Colbert, Michael Ayers, Leandra Drumm, Dan Cuthbert, Janice Troutman, Martha Kaltenbach, Jon C. Lund, Linda Hutchinson, Liz Remmel, Julienne Hogarth, Maria Alejandra Zanetta, Donald E. Peoples, Judith Gaiser, Dave Szalay and Lawrence Walker.

First Night Akron is a program of Downtown Akron Partnership. Founding partners are the city of Akron and the Akron Beacon Journal/

Entertainment and fun will delight the whole family!