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December 31, 2022 - January 1, 2023
12:00 PM - 12:30 AM

The Northampton Arts Council is thrilled to present our city’s 38th annual New Year's Eve celebration and festival of the performing arts, which takes place on December 31, 2022. The event falls on a Saturday this year, and we look forward to welcoming enthusiastic crowds at the venues and on the streets downtown. First Night continues to be a unique opportunity to celebrate the cultural vibrancy of our community while sharing time with friends, neighbors, and visitors. We'll witness a fireworks display at 6:15 pm. We’ll gather outside the Hotel Northampton for a “ball-raising.” A bargain-priced pin is still the ticket to over 50 arts and entertainment performances.

150 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
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First Night Northampton

Saturday, December 31, 2022

PARKING: On First Night, there is free on-street parking. All of Northampton's municipal lots are free EXCEPT for the downtown parking garage. Smith College parking lots and the Smith College garage on West Street are complimentary and open to the general public. There are also lots at Forbes Library, the Northampton Senior Center, and the Northampton Community Arts Trust at 33 Hawley Street. Please remember that the fireworks display will restrict access to and from the E.J. Gare Parking Garage from approximately 4:30 PM to 6:45 PM. The same is true for the adjacent municipal lots. Similarly, parking is restricted at 8:00 PM to empty spaces adjacent to the Hotel Northampton for the ball-raising (see graphic). Please do NOT park at bagged meters or in areas that are clearly marked as restricted.


First Night Northampton no longer requires proof of vaccination. 

Masks are strongly encouraged but not required.


First Night Northampton strongly recommends that patrons wear an N95 mask or equivalent while in all of the venues.

Plan to arrive 10 minutes early to ensure a smooth and orderly flow through into the venues.

We encourage anyone who has yet to be vaccinated to get their shots as soon as possible. More information on COVID-19 and vaccinations can be found at


In the two weeks before December 31, if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, or come into contact with anyone known to be COVID-19 positive, or have been asked to quarantine by the state, your employer, or your school, you are instructed not to attend. If any of these apply to you and you have already purchased a pin, please email


All pin holders will be notified in the case First Night Northampton is canceled due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 refunds by request only, email

If you are unvaccinated, feeling unwell, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not attend. Contact

These measures aim to ensure the safety of everyone – our patrons, artists, staff, and community. This policy will remain in effect until further notice. For information on the current requirements by the city of Northampton, please visit

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