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In its 20-year history, First Night has developed a reputation as a safe, exciting, family-friendly alternative to traditional New Year's celebrations. Tacoma's was the first First Night to take place west of the Mississippi. In 2000, First Night Tacoma won the prestigious Prism Award from First Night International for the Best Programming among all of the 300-some cities in the First Night world. In a normal year between 10,000 and 20,000 will attend this celebration. This is truly a community-building celebration, utilizing many community cultural groups, allowing Tacoma-Pierce County actors and performers to "strut their stuff" for their neighbors and friends. The event draws from King and Thurston Counties as well.


Buttons act as your admission to all of our indoor venues. Thanks to our community partners, venues like the Pantages Theater, Rialto Theater, Pythian Temple, are utilized as spaces to experience different types of art throughout the evening! In total we have over 10 venues you are able to enjoy with the purchase of your button. Buttons also get you access to a number of different activities throughout town on Dec 31st. 

Children 10 & under can receive a button for free! 

There are a number of ways to get your buttons for First Night to learn more click here to be linked to our button page. 


To make this event possible and successful we need the help of volunteers. If you are interested in helping with the event, please fill out this form below. We will use your contact information to keep you in the loop of trainings and other upcoming volunteer events and opportunities. When you sign up to become a volunteer for First Night, you will be provided with free access to all events on December 31st for you and your family! 

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Many don't realize that First Night is a 501c-3 non-profit! We're able to make this event special due to the kindness of others, and we're able to extend opportunities to many different groups because of our local community's generosity!

The $10-$14 you pay for admission barely scratches the surface when it comes to bringing this production to a reality. As we grow, we'll continue to need the support of our community to help make sure we can further our mission of growing the arts and celebration of First Night. Here are ways you can help secure First Night's Future.

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First Night Tacoma-Pierce County is a not-for-profit organization formed under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Donations to First Night Tacoma-Pierce County are tax-deductible as charitable contributions for US federal income tax purposes.