Published on December 30th, 2015 | by Katy Evans


How to First Night

In Tacoma, all parties fade in the gleaming light of our annual downtown revelry known as First Night.

This family friendly New Years celebration does everything right: it activates, it welcomes, it shows off how cool Tacoma can be, and it’s well, always a good fall back plan when you can’t seem to make the sparkling, wild, NYE party of your dreams come to life. As inevitably seems to happen, at least to me, every year.

Fire dancers at the 2015 First Night. Photo by Scott Haydon

Fire dancers at the 2015 First Night. Photo by Scott Haydon

So get out there this New Years Eve and enjoy – here’s how!

1. Buy a button

Without a button, you can’t actually GET into all the cute venues which means you can’t see any of the excellent musicians and performers. Like Vicci Martinez, Caspar Babypants, Nyoka, Baby Gramps, Mirrorgloss, The Rusty Cleavers, Seattle Rock Orchestra, The Cloves, and MORE. Buy online on irl at these locations.

2. Find a buddy/date/squad

No, you don’t HAVE to have someone to spend NYE with but it is definitely a little more fun to people watch with someone else.

3. Do a little planning

First Night is becoming a bonafide festival and even has a beautiful schedule page so you can plan your night.

It tends to be helpful to know when, for example, Muh Grog Zoo is performing so you don’t miss out on their incredible, home grown, improv comedy gold. And you’ll want to make sure to also see Pig Snout. And Kye Alfred Hillig. And B-A The Scribe.

4. Layers

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, but here in Tacoma, NYE can be a little chilly. This year, it’s looking cold and clear so bundle up!

5. Snacks! Drinks!

Because First Night is for everyone, including those who are underage, there is no readily available, flowing boozes.

Lucky for us adults, downtown Tacoma gets a little more bustly every day and we have some excellent spots where one can revive and refresh. And intoxicate. Like: The Zodiac Supper Club, Odd Otter Brewing Company, Club Silverstone, Pacific Brewing and Malting Company, Puget Sound Pizza, Dunagan Brewing Company and many others.

House of St Helens6. Post Func

Didn’t get quite enough fun at First Night? No need to quit the New Year just yet – $5 gets you access to hit the two dance floors at Club Silverstone with House of Saint Helens’ Black and Gold party featuring DJ Bret Law and guests.

So there it is – an easy solution to your tortured NYE party-seeking nestled in our own downtown. Happy New Years!

First Night
$10, all ages
6 pm December 31, 2015 – 12 am January 1, 2016
In and surrounding Tacoma’s downtown Theater District; Broadway Center for the Arts serves as the information center.
901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402

House of Saint Helens Black and Gold with DJ Bret Law
$5, 21+
8 pm December 31, 2015 – 2 am January 1, 2016
Club Silverstone
739 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

Families dance at the 2015 First Night. Photo by Scott Haydon

Families dance at the 2015 First Night. Photo by Scott Haydon

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Founder and Co-Managing Editor at Post Defiance, Katy writes and fundraises for Tacoma. Follow her @katynicoud.

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