Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is an arts-focused, alcohol-free, and family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. It’s the largest single-day celebration in the region offering 150 events at nearly 50 indoor and outdoor locations within the 14-block Cultural District, attracting nearly 50,000 visitors each year.
The celebration offers something for everyone, showcasing hundreds of local, regional, and national artists, with live music, dance, comedy, magic, theater, hands-on activities, visual arts, a parade with its signature giant puppets, fire & ice plaza, and fireworks (twice!). The evening culminates on the Highmark Stage with a national headlining act, the Countdown to Midnight, and the raising of the Future of Pittsburgh Ball set against the backdrop of a beautiful Zambelli fireworks display. Admission button prices remain among the lowest in the country: advanced buttons are $8, $10 at the door, and children under 5 are admitted free.
This year’s celebration is the 21st annual and the 12th year as a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.