The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

First Night Northampton 2021

Design by James K Hindle

First Night Northampton 2021 

Live-streaming on Thursday December 31, 2020 from NOON to MIDNIGHT on

First Night Northampton has filled our Paradise City with a 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts since 1985. This signature New Year’s Eve event features memorable performances of your favorite artists. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit local arts enrichment.  

In light of Covid-19 there will be many necessary changes to the celebration, most importantly there is no in-person entertainment this year. Watch all of the performances from the comfort of your own space and the screen of your choice. All of the exciting shows, the fireworks, and the ball raising will be broadcast online and on television for FREE! Tune in at or on Northampton Comcast Cable channels 12, 15, and 23.

Catch your favorite acts without having to wait in line! The Fawns, Kimaya Diggs, Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry as well as First Night newbies Mister G, Zoe Lemos, Priya Darshini + Max ZT. Don’t forget the entertainment for KIDS, ShowCircus Studio, Henry the Juggler, and The Yo-Yo Guy.

The lack of button sales this year will hamper our fundraising efforts to benefit local arts enrichment activities. Please consider donating to First Night Northampton. To show our gratitude for your donation, we will send you exclusive gifts to say thank you! Please visit to check out all the great items you can choose from.

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2021 First Night Northampton Sponsors 

The Northampton Arts Council is fortunate to work with a loyal group of sponsors who generously underwrite First Night each year. We are especially pleased to be joined by our partners at PeoplesBank and are grateful to those businesses and organizations that are supporting us for the first time. Special shout out to the City of Northampton for continuing the tradition of fabulous fireworks! We thank you all for your commitment to the arts and to the community. 

Platinum Co-Sponsors 


City of Northampton

Gold Venue Sponsors 

Daily Hampshire Gazette

Health New England

Massachusetts Cultural Council

New England Public Media

Northampton Open Media

The Republican

WHMP. 93.9 The River, Hits 94.3, Pure Oldies 96.9

Silver Venue Sponsors

Applied Mortgage Services Corp.

Coca-Cola Refreshments

D.A. Sullivan & Sons

Easthampton Savings Bank

Dorothy Nemetz and John Todd 

Freedom Credit Union

Greenfield Savings Bank

Royal Talens North America

Shop Therapy

Smith College

Turley Publications


Whalen Insurance

Valley Home Improvement

Bronze Venue Sponsors

Construct Associates

Finck & Perras Insurance Agency

Florence Bank

Goggins Real Estate

Greenfield Northampton Cooperative Bank

Hotel Northampton

People’s United Bank

River Valley Co-op

UMassFive College Credit Union

First Night Supporters

A.L. Griggs

A2Z Science & Learning Store

Bluebonnet Diner

C&S Wholesale Grocers

Law Offices of Colleen C. Currie

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

Corliss Law

Cotton Tree Services

Delap Real Estate

Downtown Sounds

Dust Dancer

Etheredge & Steuer, P.C.

Fierst Bloomberg OHM LLP


Florence Hearing Health Care

Icarus, Wheaten & Finch

James K. Hindle

Marisa Labozzetta and Martin Wohl


Lathrop Communities

National Grid

Ostberg & Associates

Paradise Copies

USA Waste and Recycling


Wohl Family Dentistry

Workroom /Theater at 33 Hawley

Wright Builders

First Night Friends

Broadside Bookshop

David Narkewicz Campaign Committee

Northampton Area Pediatrics, LLP

Pengyew Catering

Roberto's Restaurant

State Senator Jo Comerford, Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester District

Sylvester's Restaurant

Sasson, Turnbull, Ryan & Hoose

Sunraise Printing

Thai Garden

Thomas Douglas Architects

Visage Salon

First Night Donors


Lisa van Gordon d'Errico

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