Art by Felicia Olin ; Design by Karen Nickerson
2021 First Night® Springfield
Springfield Area Arts Council’s signature event is First Night® Springfield, a family-friendly, handicapped-accessible, and affordable event.
First Night® originated in Boston in 1976 as a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. Springfield’s First Night® was the first in Illinois and remains the longest running.
This year’s First Night® Springfield was the city’s 34th annual New Year’s Eve Celebration of the arts, and it was a unique one.
The year’s event was the first virtual First Night® Springfield and featured performances from Springfield, Illinois, and Monterey, California, and Saint Petersburg, Florida.
Yes, it was First Night® coast to coast!