20th Annual First NIght

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is an arts-focused and family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.  It is the largest single-day celebration in the region offering around 150 events at nearly 50 indoor and outdoor locations within the 14-block Cultural District.

The celebration offers something for everyone. 

  • The Future of Pittsburgh Grand Finale (just before midnight)
    • Countdown to Midnight
    • Raising of The Future of Pittsburgh Ball
    • Spectacular Zambelli Fireworks Display
  • Kick-Off Celebration (6pm)
    • Dollar Bank Children’s Fireworks
    • Performance on the Dollar Bank Stage
  • Highmark First Night Pittsburgh Parade (8pm)
    • Featuring giant puppets, art cars, and more
    • Marches through the Cultural District
  • Live Music (ongoing)
    • Headline concert event on the Highmark Stage
    • Local and regional musicians in theaters and on outdoor stages
  • Theater & Dance (ongoing)
    • Indoor theater attractions
    • Celebrated local and national performers
  • Comedy (ongoing)
    • Indoor comedy club
    • Family-friendly
  • Visual Art (ongoing)
    • Annual New Year’s Resolution Sculpture
    • Gallery exhibitions and window displays throughout Cultural District
  • Variety Acts (ongoing)
    • Fire and Ice Plaza
    • Magic – in theaters and on the street
  • Children’s Activities (ongoing)
    • Family Tent outdoors
    • Decoration Stations indoors