PRICE: Tickets for adults and children may be purchased at the Hoogland Center box office.
This 31st annual family-friendly and alcohol-free event takes place in Springfield and offers a celebration of the arts on the eve of the New Year. The event begins in the afternoon with free, hands-on art activities and performances for children and their families. Ticketed shows fill the evening and include bands, dance, and performances at multiple venues and on multiple stages all within walking distance downtown within a two-block radius. First Night Springfield is the oldest such event in the U. S. in continuous operation. A complete schedule is available by visiting the web site of the Springfield Area Arts Council.
The Springfield Area Arts Council celebrates the 31st First Night Springfield - its annual New Year's Eve celebration of performing and visual arts in downtown Springfield. This year's event will be held across 12 performance spaces in 5 different venues. A press conference to announce details of this year's event will be held in the main lobby at The Hoogland Center for the Arts (420 S. 6th St.) on Tuesday, November 28th at 10:00am.
Springfield High School will be the site for free children's events and activities from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, and Mark Gifford performs on the Barton Organ at Springfield High School from 4:15pm to 5:45pm. Admission to the organ concert is included in the price of a First Night Springfield wristband, or $5 separately.
The rest of the family-friendly performances take place from 5:00pm to 11:15pm at The Hoogland Center for the Arts, The Lincoln Home Visitors Center, Kari Bedford Photography Studio, and Lincoln Library (Springfield's Public Library). All types of music, dance, improv comedy, princesses, storytelling, dueling pianos, and visual art are planned to entertain audiences of all ages.
New this year is the Hope Learning Academy-sponsored "All Inclusive Performance Space," highlighting children from The Autism Clinic, Hope School, and other local K-12 students. It's in the basement of the Hoogland Center for the Arts along with the All-Inclusive Art Gallery, a sampling of visual art created by students in the community.
The popular teen hang-out, Black Sheep Café, also has a stage featuring four different bands at Kari Bedford Photography Studio, 314 East Monroe Street.
Board President, Courtney Wick comments, "We are thrilled to be featuring so many local kids this year. With our All-Inclusive space and Black Sheep stage, we get to broaden access to the arts by encouraging participation and expression for everyone we serve. We want First Night Springfield to incorporate a variety of artistic perspectives and to celebrate all artists, including those from under-represented communities."
The traditional New Year's Eve fireworks show, sponsored by Horace Mann Insurance Company, begins at 8:00pm. The prime viewing area is the intersection of Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue.
Wristbands are available for purchase at Bank of Springfield locations, the Hoogland Center for the Arts box office, and online at HCFTA.org.
Adults are $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Youths ages 5-18 are $5