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.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

First Night Northampton 2022

Northampton Arts Council Welcomes Back The Artistic Heartbeat of Live Performance To Downtown for 37th First Night Northampton 

On December 31st, the Northampton Arts Council joins corporate partners, area businesses, performing artists, and downtown venues to celebrate New Year’s Eve. On First Night, thousands of people enjoy family-friendly entertainment from noon until midnight in what has become our city’s longest-running signature event.

First Night’s 37th year marks the return of large audiences gathering for vibrant community tradition. Like previous years, First Night offers afternoon and evening programming that includes family entertainment and the best of local music and arts. Spectacular fireworks displays from the roof of the city’s parking garage return at 6:15pm. At 30 minutes before midnight, the event culminates with a gathering at the Hotel Northampton to greet the official arrival of a new year with a unique countdown and “ball-raising” accompanied by DJ Bongohead and the Peace & Rhythm Crew.

This year, NRBQ headlines First Night Northampton at the Academy of Music Theatre. You can look forward to family-friendly acts like Yo-Yo Guy, Tom Knight Puppets, Henry the Juggler, Ed Popielarczyk Comedy Magic, Mad Science of Western New England, The Nields, and Funktionlust throughout the day. First Night’s list of confirmed musicians includes Katherine First & Kitchen Party, Myles Jeh, Lisa Bastoni, Soul Magnets, Mark Nomad, Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry, Fancy Trash, and the Fawns. The full line up is coming soon.

A First Night pin is a ticket that opens the doors to all the performances at the many venues and local businesses taking part in our festivities. First Night is embedded in our community as a way to come together with friends, neighbors, and visitors at this substance-free celebration!

The Northampton Arts Council produces First Night 2022. The event is a vital source of revenue that will enable the council to offer more innovative arts programming, larger artist grants, and educational outreach initiatives. The funds raised have special significance as we continue to face the challenges of transitioning into a new phase of arts and community in downtown Northampton.

First Night would not be possible without its most important partner—the city of Northampton. The offices of the Mayor, Central Services, police, fire, public works, and licensing departments are instrumental to its success. The Northampton Arts Council also depends upon the generosity of performance venues throughout the town and pin vendor locations throughout the Valley. Most importantly, the council relies on an incredible number of volunteers who make complex logistical operations run smoothly.

This year, The Northampton Arts Council has thoughtfully considered the safety and care of all in attendance. Read about First Night 2022’s Health and Safety Guidelines here:

For more information about First Night Northampton including how to purchase pins, how to sponsor First Night, and health and safety guidelines please visit

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First Night Northampton 2022 Sponsors 

We are 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

Massachusetts Cultural Council

New England Public Media

Northampton Open Media

The Republican

WHMP. 93.9 The River, Pure Oldies 96.9

Silver+ Venue Sponsors

Northampton Brewery

Silver Venue Sponsors

Health New England

D.A. Sullivan & Sons Inc.


Smith College 

C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. 

Freedom Credit Union

Thornes Marketplace

Bueno Y Sano

Hotel Northampton

Bronze Venue Sponsors

Eastside Grill

The Coca-Cola Company

Valley Home Improvement/Valley Solar

Whalen Insurance

Dorothy Nemetz and John Todd

River Valley Co-op

First Night Supporters

Easthampton Savings Bank Foundation

Commonwealth Registry of Nurses, Inc.

Construct Associates, Inc.

Cooley Dickinson Health Care

Cornucopia Natural Wellness Market

Cotton Tree Services

Delap Real Estate

Finck & Perras Insurance Agency, Inc.

Florence Bank

Greenfield Northampton Cooperative Bank

Greenfield Savings Bank

Jones Group Realtors

Maple and Main Realty

Paul & Elizabeth's

People’s United Bank

Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin

UMassFive College Credit Union

Nu-Way Homes Inc.

Paradise Copies

First Night Friends

Bluebonnet Diner

Broadside Bookshop

Icarus, Wheaten & Finch

Marisa Labozzetta and Martin Wohl


Smith College Museum of Art

Theory Skate & Snow

Turley Publications

West Branch Capital LLC

Wohl Family Dentistry

Woodstar Café

National Grid

USA Waste and Recycling

Ostberg & Associates

First Night Donors

Downtown Sounds Workers Co-op

Law Offices of Colleen C. Currie

Pengyew Catering

Lisa van Gordon d'Errico Attorney at Law


State Senator Jo Comerford, Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester District

Linda Manor Extended Care

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