Ring in the New Year with your entire family at First Night Akron 2015.
This family-friendly event offers indoor and outdoor entertainment for the entire family featuring music, dance, theater, visual arts, and plenty of interactive, hands-on fun!
My family has gone many time to First Night Akron and have never been disappointed. There is so much to see and do, you couldn’t possibly do it all in one night – but it allows everyone the chance to see and do what interests them. There is really something for everyone! Every year, they offer new entertainment and activities for the entire family. It is fresh and exciting every year!
First Night Akron is a safe and very family-friendly option for New Year’s Eve. It is a non-alcohol, family-fun option for New Year’s Eve with events indoors and outdoors. The majority of the entertainment is indoors, so don’t let the cold deter you!
I received admission to facilitate this post.
First Night Akron Schedule
First Night Akron starts at 6pm and runs through midnight on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Check out the First Night Akron flip book for details on all the entertainment or download the app for your Android, iPhone/iPad and Kindle devices. My advice is to make a plan based on few things that are musts for your family and then go with the flow once you are there. Don’t try to schedule or plan to see and do too much because you can’t possibly do it all! Here is a little preview of all the venues and entertainment – this is less than 1/2 of the schedule!
There is a new production called Sleeping Beauty this year by The Illusion Factory that looks really good for families. All of your favorite characters from Sleeping Beauty come to life before your eyes in a hilarious adventure to save the princess. You can even take pictures with the characters after the show. It is at the Summit Artspace: 2nd Floor 6-6:45 p.m. AND 7-7:45 p.m.
At MUST for my family is Jason Alan Magic at the Akron Civic Theatre from 6-7 p.m. He is AMAZING. We had him perform for my son’s birthday party a few years ago and saw him last year at Akron First Night – he leaves us mesmerized every single time! Adults and kids alike will be astonished by his performance!
You won’t want to miss the First Merit Fireworks – they are unbelievable every year! For the younger families, take advantage of the early countdown and fireworks at 9pm. The countdown starts with the Akron Children’s Hospital Kids Countdown Show with Popfusion at 8pm at the Main Street Mainstage.
For those that can make it until midnight, head down to Main Street at 11:15pm for the lighting of the Fire & Ice Tower and performances by stilt walker, Pik Up Stix.
Then ring in the New Year with the University of Akron’s UA Nuance and vocialists in song at 11:45 before the countdown. The evening concludes with fireworks at midnight.
How much does First Night Akron Cost?
Buttons are just $10 for ages 10 – adults and Kids under 10 are FREE! Parking is also free!
Where do I buy First Night Akron Buttons?
You can purchase First Night Akron 2015 admission buttons at the First Night Akron office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and at the following locations:
Angel Falls Coffee (Highland Square)
FirstMerit Bank (39 branches in Summit, Stark, Medina & Cuyahoga Counties)
The Library Shop on Main
Akron Civic Theatre Box Office (across the street from the theater at 175 S. Main St., Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Akron Civic Theatre gift shop (open during shows at the Civic)
Have fun with your family as you ring in the New Year at Akron First Night! Happy New Year!
This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Downtown Akron Partnership who provided the tickets for review.