First Night Pittsburgh 2015

New Year’s Eve is a magical night no matter how you spend it. The night is known to usher out the old and welcome the new and give a sense of connection. 


And “Connection” is the Theme of First Night Pittsburgh 2015. The night will fill downtown Pittsburgh with family friendly activities. The idea was to connect Pittsburgh with the rest of the world.

The highlights of the evening are a performance from The Wailers and the annual raising of the New Year’s Eve ball, which here in Pittsburgh, goes up instead of down.


This year’s theme is “Around the World…Around the ‘Burgh” and each show and exhibit will have a Caribbean feel including the music and art.

Some of this year’s highlights:

  • Children’s fireworks at 6:00 p.m. on the Dollar Bank Stage. 
  • The Wailers on the Highmark Stage and Fireworks to follow-Up to Midnight
  • Billy Price Band
  • Drew the Dramatic Fool
  • The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
  • Improv Arcade
  • Williams SING-OFF Competition Winner, Gabby Barrett
  • Giant puppets from Studio Capezzuti

ART Galleries include:

  • Hetain Patel – At Home, and Nandini Valli Muthiah
  • Sean Beauford – Poison
  • Fran Flaherty – Post Erotica: The Anthropology of Motherhood
  • Chris McGinnis – The Mountain and the Bumblebee
  • Associated Artists of Pittsburgh
  • Baron Batch
  • Shaw Galleries – Pirates! Buccaneers, Privateers and Swashbucklers Revealed

Just for Kids:

  •     Tetris, Superheroes, and Storybooks
  •     The Children’s Museum’s “First Night Resolution Tree”
  •     Room on the Broom
  •     Junie B. Jones pictures
  •     Wildlife animal specimens
    •     Pirate Parrot, IceBurgh, Social Butterfly and Steely McBeam—Pittsburgh’s favorite                mascots!

Other Fun:

  • Gemstone Readings by Professor Styles of the Miracle Elixir Sideshow
  • First Night Face Painting
  • Giggles the Clown and local Caricaturist
  • Shawnelle Dodds and Clarence Butler
  • Light Bright Beautiful Puppets

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh buttons (worn by attendees) are available beginning the first week in December at Giant Eagle locations; online at; by phone at 412-456-6666; or at The Box Office at Theater Square, located at 655 Penn Avenue.  Buttons cost $8 in advance or $10 night-of-event. Children age 5 and under are admitted FREE.

Some indoor performances also require seating vouchers, which are free tickets.  Events requiring vouchers are listed at  Want your vouchers sooner? The VIP package permits special “First Night Friends,” to enjoy priority seating, access, parking, and more! For more information on becoming a part of this special sponsorship opportunity, please call 412-471-3518.