About First Night Pittsburgh


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.

This year’s celebration marks the 20th anniversary of Highmark First Night Pittsburgh and the 11th year as a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  The celebration offers something for everyone.

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2014 promo video, produced by KDKA-TV, from The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust on Vimeo.

  • 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
    • Headline concert event on the Highmark Stage
    • Local and regional musicians in theaters and on outdoor stages
  • Theater & Dance
    • Indoor theater attractions
    • Celebrated local and national performers
  • Comedy
    • Indoor comedy club
    • Family-friendly
  • Visual Art
    • Annual New Year’s Resolution Sculpture
    • Gallery exhibitions and window displays throughout Cultural District
  • Variety Acts
    • Fire and Ice Plaza
    • Magic – in theaters and on the street
  • Children’s Activities
    • Family Tent outdoors
    • Decoration Stations indoors

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh is a licensee of First Night® USA, the national association of community-based new year’s eve arts festivals.  First Night® promotes, licenses, and supports the development of First Night® festivals in communities across the United States through First Night® USA. There are currently about 75 First Night® festivals presented by a broad range of nonprofit organizations and municipal agencies in cities and towns across the United States.  First Night® organizers share a commitment to promoting the performing and visual arts as catalysts for unifying their citizens on New Year’s Eve (and beyond) through creativity, imagination, and participation. 

The National Association of Community-Based New Year’s Arts Festivals