If you still don't have set plans for New Year's Eve, consider the 17th annual First Night Akron offering more than 80 family friendly activities throughout the city from 6 p.m. - midnight on Monday, December 31.
First Night Akron For only a $10 admission button, you can choose from over 80 music, dance, theatre and interactive and visual arts activities at various Akron venues that all ages will enjoy. Among the venues participating are the Akron Art Museum, Akron Civic Center, Greystone Hall, the John S. Knight Center, Lock 3 (ice skating), the Akron-Summit County Public Library, the Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center, Summit Artspace and Zion Lutheran Church.
Among some of the entertainment at First Night Akron are Jersey (a Bruce Springsteen tribute band), the UA Steel Drum Band, the Howard Street Blues Band, Fergie & the Bog Dogs, the Akron Derbytown Barbershop Chorus and Mame Daiko (a Taiko Drumming Ensemble).
Other First Night Akron activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, an ice carving demonstration, mask making, fortune telling, dancing, performances by a juggler and a hypnotist, ice skating, numerous theatre productions and a Trivia Game Show.
There will be a kids' fireworks show at 9 p.m. and the FirstMerit Fireworks show at midnight at Lock 3.
Several of the venues will also be offering food and beverages for purchase with menu items like Philly cheese steak sandwiches, barbeque wings, beer battered onion rings, cupcakes (Greystone Hall), slider burgers, Italian sausage sandwiches, pizza, kosher hot dogs (John S. Knight Center), hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, quesadillas (METRO Transit Center) and chili, Hungarian sausage, sauerkraut, sloppy joes and nachos (Zion Lutheran Church). Several local restaurants will also be open.
First Night Akron is a family-friendly and alcohol-free event. Free parking is available in downtown Akron all evening long. Metro buses are available to take you to the First Night venues.
Admission buttons are $10 for ages 10 and up. Children under the age of 10 are free. Activities begin at 6 p.m. and go until midnight and the ringing in of 2013, ending with the fireworks spectacular.
First Night tickets can be purchased on December 31 at Acme Fresh Markets until 8 p.m., and in downtown Akron at the Library Shop on Main and Stage Left Boutique at the Akron Civic Center. Visitors can also purchase a Discover Downtown Akron Passport for $15 that will given them admission to 16 different events including First Night through December, 2013.
For more information on Akron First Night get online at www.firstnightakron.org.
Akron is approximately a 45 minute drive from Cleveland.