The biggest, most happening New Year’s Eve party around starts at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Spokane with an opening ceremony at the Riverfront Park Fountain. For one low admission price, you can attend all the arts events you can handle, including tango lessons, great local music, comedy, a masquerade disco ball, Rail Jammers performing skiing and snowboarding stunts in Riverfront Park, live visual arts demonstrations by local artists, and a lot more! This family-friendly Spokane event is great for revelers of all ages and tastes. If you would like to make a complete night of it, book a room now in a Spokane hotel. Stratford Suites is one of the best hotels in the Spokane, WA area, offering one- and two-bedroom suites, and you can take advantage of their Lincoln Towncar shuttle service to avoid the hassle of driving.
First Night Spokane is 100% fun and also 100% non-alcohol. Kids will never be bored with the many activities just for them, like Avista Kid’s Night Out “Land of Make Believe,” where kids can make crowns and hats for the masquerade parade, or Adventure Dynamics, with fun, challenging courses and fast-paced group games for the whole family. Oh, and your First Night admission button also gets you free ice skating and carousel rides in Riverfront Park all night long. Don’t miss the incredible fireworks show at midnight! There are just too many events to list, so check out the full schedule at www.firstnightspokane.org. You can buy your admission buttons at Spokane area Zip Trip locations as well as many local businesses for $12 in advance, $15 on New Year’s Eve; check the website for a full list. Kids under ten are free with a button-wearing adult.
Don’t forget your camera, because First Night USA, which builds support for First Night festivals all over the country, wants your photos. Send three to five of your favorite First Night Spokane images to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos will be featured on the First Night USA homepage and in the First Night USA gallery. Images must be in JPG format.
The concept of First Night started in Boston in 1976 when a group of artists decided to create an arts festival as an alternative to the usual New Year’s Eve parties. Now there are about seventy-five First Night celebrations in communities across the U.S. 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. First Night, Inc. empowers these organizers to plan and produce festivals that reflect their particular constituents and celebrate their unique communities.
Spokane’s own First Night was launched in 2001 by the Arts Committee of the Spokane Chamber of Commerce. The first year was a huge success, with over 15,000 attendees and 200 volunteers. The festival has since grown and expanded, with more and larger venues and an ever greater variety of activities for all ages. Last year, there were over 30,000 attendees and 900 volunteers. The overwhelming public support of this winter arts festival has catapulted First Night Spokane into the mix of major regional events. Most recent achievements include “Arts Organization of the Year” by the City of Spokane Arts Commission, and “Event of the Year” at the Inland Northwest Tourism Awards. First Night Spokane 2009 is sure to draw more people than ever, so if you would like to stay at the luxurious Stratford Suites Extended Stay Hotel or another Spokane area hotel/motel, you should book your room as soon as possible.