First Night Tacoma-Pierce County is a family-friendly, arts-centered, alcohol free celebration of New Year's Eve that takes place throughout the downtown Tacoma theater district. A First Night button costing approximately $10 ($14 Day of Event) is all it takes to gain admission to a number of different activities during the daylight hours. Children under the age of 10 are admitted free of charge. The main event kicks off at 6pm by a participatory parade that includes marching bands, costumes, masks and giant puppets. As the parade ends music, dance, laughter fire and magic light up 20 different stages and spaces until midnight. The outdoor events are free to all festival goers.
The theme for this coming year is built around the Year of the Ram. We'll feature activities that will play with various aspects of the theme, utilizing artists from the community. And of course, everyone gathers at the outdoor main stage at midnight to join in music, dance, fire and wonder as we wish well the New Year.