Where the very first First Night was born in Boston on December 31, 1975 as an alternative way of celebrating New Year's Eve, Pittsburgh has been celebrating First Night since December 31, 1994. Former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy was instrumental in bringing this celebration of art, music and varied performance to Pittsburgh. Since 2003, First Night has been managed by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
With Admission Button prices remaining among the most-affordable in the nation (just $8 in advance, $10 at the door with kids 5 and under attending for FREE) this six-hour celebration fills Pittsburgh's Cultural District with happy revelers. The party continues inside theaters, galleries, and interesting spaces and along the city's streets as well as on outdoor performance stages. The evening is filled with live music, dance, theater, visual arts, comedy, magic, kids' activities and a signature parade along with two Zambelli Fireworks displays at 6 pm and midnight. All of the reverie culminates with the Pittsburgh's countdown to midnight and the raising of the "Future of Pittsburgh Ball" 150 feet into the air above the former Horns department store building at the corner of Penn avenue and Stanwix street.
Around the World - Around the ‘Burgh
The Wailers are the headlining music act for Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2016. Their positive reggae vibe epitomizes this year's First Night theme, Around the World-Around the ‘Burgh, by bringing to Pittsburgh (the site of Bob Marley's final performance 35 years ago) a legacy and sound celebrated internationally for more than fifty years.
Around the World-Around the ‘Burgh will shape the complete line-up of attractions this New Year's Eve as visitors discover international arts and cultural influences alongside the diverse work of Pittsburgh's own regional artists.