The region's largest New Year's Eve celebration, First Night Pittsburgh is a community and family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration of the New Year through the arts. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 31, 2011 and ending with the Grand Finale and Zambelli Fireworks at midnight, New Year's Eve in downtown Pittsburgh is filled with dance, music, song, mime, magic, story telling, theater and fun - more than 150 events in all! Held in the majestic theaters of the Pittsburgh Cultural District, historic churches, indoor food courts, outdoor plazas, building lobbies, and everywhere in between, First Night Pittsburgh is a great way to join over 100,000 fellow Pittsburghers and safely ring in the New Year with the entire family!
Now in its seventeenth year, First Night Pittsburgh is one of many such First Night events around the country sanctioned by First Night International. Founded in Boston in 1976 by civic-minded artists as a meaningful alternative to traditional New Year's revelry, First Night is now celebrated in more than 200 cities in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
First Night Pittsburgh Highlights
Enjoy outdoor and indoor performances, be amazed at magic tricks, laugh to comedians, or dance the night away to music by local blues and jazz bands. There's also swing dancing, juggling, arts and crafts, ice carving, a magic show, the First Night parade and musical performances by a number of local bands, including Rusted Root. The Pittsburgh Pirates Parrot, Pittsburgh Steelers mascot Steely McBeam and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Fiddlesticks will also be on hand.
First Night Pittsburgh Highlights & Featured Attractions
Schedule at a Glance Map
Get Your First Night Pittsburgh Button
"First Night Pittsburgh" is a free event, but buttons are needed to enjoy all indoor venues. They are $8.00
in advance or $10.00
at the door ($1.00 discount at Giant Eagle stores only, with Giant Eagle Advantage Card), and children 5 and under are admitted free. First Night Pittsburgh buttons can be obtained at the Theater Square Box Office (655 Penn Avenue) and participating Giant Eagle stores beginning in December. Kids 5 and under are admitted free.
What to Expect
A First Night button admits you to all official events on a first-come, first-served basis. You are encouraged to arrive early. First Night volunteers will be on hand to let you know when a particular performance has reached its full capacity, and to point you to other nearby alternatives. A limited number of pre-admission vouchers that reserve seats in advance can be obtained by calling the Box Office at Theater Square at 412-456-6666.
Getting Downtown on New Year's Eve
Limited parking will be available at the Theater Square Garage, as well as several Pittsburgh Parking Authority lots. Alternatively, you can take the bus.