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First Night Worcester 2013. City Hall Plaza. Our LIVE MUSIC TENT is the place to be.

Our story

First Night Worcester is part of First Night USA - a movement that began in Boston in 1976 when a small group of local artists were inspired to create a new kind of family-friendly New Year’s celebration emphasizing community spirit.

We are best known for our annual New Year's Eve arts festival, but the work of First Night Worcester actually continues all year long: 

  • We are a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization run by volunteers dedicated to celebrating diversity through the arts.  
  • We develop educational programs, outreach initiatives and strategic partnerships to support our mission of bringing the arts to the community.  
  • Each year, our workshops in art, music and drama involve hundreds of young people and teachers from the Worcester Public School System and beyond. 

As a nonprofit, the majority of First Night Worcester programs are funded through private donations.

A great way to kick off the New Year

Our New Year's Eve celebration is, by far, the largest event of our programming year.  Thousands of attendees from all over Central MA converge on downtown Worcester to share in the day of family-friendly revelry that is First Night Worcester.  This year, thanks to the generosity of our sponsor Polar Beverages, we'll cap off the night with an exciting countdown to midnight and a dazzling fireworks display to usher in the New Year in style!

We've got an exciting new venue

We're excited to announce that we've added a PREMIER venue to our First Night celebration this year.  Thanks to our friends at Creedon and Company, Inc., we will set up a huge heated tent in City Hall Plaza, complete with catered food and live entertainment.  It's sure to be a great time, but we need YOUR help to get it off the ground!  

Strike up the band(s)

We are requesting donations to help us hire a series of live bands that will perform in the City Hall Plaza tent during this year's First Night Worcester New Year's Eve celebration.  ALL donation amounts will be appreciated, and we're offering some pretty great rewards to thank you for your help. Check 'em out at RIGHT. 

We've only got 30 days to meet our Kickstarter goal so please donate today!

Thank you for your support!

Our heated Music Tent will be on the Plaza right outside City Hall.
Our heated Music Tent will be on the Plaza right outside City Hall.
Just steps from our Music Tent, the Worcester Common Oval will be open for skating.  FREE with your First Night button!
Just steps from our Music Tent, the Worcester Common Oval will be open for skating. FREE with your First Night button!

It's a New Day at First Night.  Come be a part of something GREAT!

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We've gained a lot of experience organizing entertainment venues for our First Night celebration, and we're confident we can do it again! We've got our tent and catering vendor lined up and are working with the City of Worcester and the Worcester Police and Fire Departments to obtain the appropriate permits. The biggest challenge we face is the tricky New England winter weather. But it takes A LOT of weather for us to cancel -- we've only done it once in 30 years!

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