First Night Evanston Returns! 12/31/13
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:00 PM - Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 12:01 AM (CST)
Join us at Evanston's grand New Year's Eve celebration!
We're back after a long break and we'd love to have you with us.
6 stages of music, magic, dancing, and fun for the whole family.
[UPDATE 12/29: First Night continues as scheduled! The recent fire in Evanston is not near the First Night location and does not affect the event. Our thoughts go out to the businesses affected by the fire, and our gratitude to the fire fighters who extinguished the fire. First Night Evanston works with the Evanston police and fire departments to ensure a safe and exciting New Year's Eve.]
Headliners include Evanston's own Howard Levy, Corky Siegel, Bobby Broom, Peter and Kathleen Van de Graaff and Chamber Opera, Folk legend Eddie Holstein, a live poetry slam with Marc Smith, genuine bluegrass with James King and Chip Covington, Dolly Varden, World Music with Magic Carpet and cool French-African Jazz with Yves Francés et Rocambu Jazz, and lots more. It's a bargain too. Check our family friendly ticket prices.
One badge admits you to more than 30 performances beginning with kid-friendly activities and performances, ending with Grammy Award winning entertainment of all kinds. Special VIP passes guarantee a seat for your favorite performers and also provide admission to all shows. All venues are centered around Raymond Park in central Evanston and just steps from each other.
Children's programming at the public library, Church and Orrington: Joel Frankel, NIli Yellin, Storybook Mom, Cowgirl College (clowns), and Professor Marvel's Amazing Flea Circus. Showtime Tony the balloon man and face painters will be in the hallway as you enter.
Early birds get juicy discounts! General admission is $15 through December 25; $18 through December 30, and $20 on the day of the event. Children under 8 are free with an accompanying paid adult. Youth 9-17 are $10. VIP passes offer guaranteed seating at select performances for an additional $15.
When & Where
First Night Evanston, Inc., 501c3, an Illinois corporation
First Night Evanston began in Evanston in 1992 producing Evanston's New Year's Eve celebration and running thru 2006. We're back after a break of a few years with topnotch talent in just 6 closely situated locations.
First Night Evanston’s mission is to foster public appreciation for the visual and performing arts through an innovative, diverse and high quality New Year’s Eve program that provides a shared cultural experience, accessible, and affordable to all. First Night Evanston, a not-for-profit charitable corporation, (501c3) is supported in part by corporate and individual contributions and the City of Evanston. We are crowd funding at Indiegogo.
Volunteers are needed to help staff the sites, manage the crowds, provide directions to other venues and bathrooms. If you'd like to volunteer, please send email to: email@example.com.