Family Friendly New Years Eve in Akron, OH

Still not sure what to do for New Years Eve in Akron, Ohio? If you are looking for a family fun event that is safe and fun for the entire family, look no further than Downtown Akron. First Night Akron is THE family-friendly event for New Years Eve. My family and I have gone for the past couple years and love it. There is so much to see and do that there is no way you can see everything! You’ll find families at First Night Akron as well as adults of all ages because there really is something for every age and interest. It would be very hard to attend and see the more than 90 performances available!

The events all take place Downtown Akron. Don’t worry, even with the cold weather, you can enjoy New Years Eve in Akron because all of the events are INSIDE where it is warm! 🙂 If you love music then you will enjoy bands and music from rock to jazz to folk.

List of locations participating in First Night Akron: Akron Art Museum, Akron Civic Theatre, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Greystone Hall, John S. Knight Center, Lock 3, METRO Transit Center, National Inventors Hall of Fame® School … Center for STEM Learning, The Shoppes at Akron Centre, Summit Artspace and the UA Polsky Building.

The shuttle runs all night from venue to venue so you can stay warm. We were able to hop on the shuttle whenever we needed one as they are always traveling back and forth.

If you are looking for a New Years Eve event for Kids in Akron, First Night Akron is perfect. Of course there is plenty for them to see and do with the best performances around but there is also a fireworks countdown at 9pm.  For those that can handle staying up until midnight, there is a big fireworks display and countdown at midnight as well.

picture of First Night Akron for kids
First Night Akron for kids
picture of First Night Akron
First Night Akron

How much does First Night Akron Cost?

Buttons are just $10 for ages 10 – adults and Kids under 10 are FREE! This makes First Night Akron a very family-friendly event! Parking is free too!

When is First Night Akron?

New Year’s Eve – Friday, December 31, 2010 from 5 p.m.-midnight.

irst Night Akron takes places at a variety of INDOOR venues in Downtown Akron. The First Night Akron 2011 venues include the  There are a few activities that take place outdoors, like the fireworks displays and other visual displays, but the majority of the entertainment takes place indoors. The fireworks displays take place on S. Main St. in front of Lock 3 at 9 p.m. and midnight.

Where do I buy First Night Akron Buttons?

There is still time to buy your First Night Akron Buttons at the below locations.

Acme Fresh Markets

Akron Art Museum
One South High
Akron, OH 44308

Akron Glass Works
106 N. Main St.
Akron, OH 44308

Akron Zoo
500 Edgewood Ave.
Akron, OH 44307

Borders Books & Music (Chapel Hill)
335 Howe Avenue
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Carolyn’s Cupboard
138 Main Street
Wadsworth, OH 44281

Don Drumm: Starting the week of September 20
437 Crouse Street
Akron, OH 44311

Everything Akron Store at the John S. Knight Center: During public events
77 E. Mill St.
Akron, OH 44308

Library Shop on Main at the Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 S. High St.
Akron, OH 44308

Stage Left Boutique at the Akron Civic Theatre
182 S. Main St.
Akron, OH 44308

Need more info? Check out First Night Akron’s website:

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