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UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 4:46 p.m.

Spokane’s New Year’s fireworks display moving to 9 p.m.; First Night hopes to make comeback

Celebrate New Year’s at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 at Riverfront Park. The earlier time is meant to coincide with park activities, not necessarily New Year’s in New York.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

First Night will no longer host a downtown Spokane New Year’s Eve party

First Night Spokane will no longer host a New Year’s Eve party downtown amidst waning attendance and rising costs.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 31, 2017, 9:12 p.m.

With swords and stagecraft, a Renaissance ‘Kids Night’ launches 2018 with flair

Knights and swords and New Year’s, oh my.


First Night planners crossing fingers for large turnout to keep Spokane event going

If the event doesn’t attract close to 10,000 people, Miller said this year’s First Night could be its last night.


Families celebrate New Year’s Eve at Kids Night

Kids like to celebrate New Year’s Eve, too, but not all can manage to stay up until midnight to ring in the new year. Those who wanted to party early …


There’s something for everyone at Spokane’s annual First Night celebration

Since 2001, Spokane hosted family friendly fun in downtown on New Year’s Eve. This year is no different.


Spokane rings in the New Year in First Night fashion

The weather outside was a little frightful Thursday night, but that didn’t stop people from putting on their party hats and ringing in the new year. “Weather is a consideration …


First Night street closures start early Thursday

Spokane’s First Night celebration will bring a series of street closures to downtown starting at 7 a.m. on Thursday.


Families ring in new year at Kids Night Out

When the doors of the Spokane Convention Center opened for Kids Night Out early Wednesday afternoon, the volunteers outnumbered the children. But it didn’t take long for a steady stream …


Families celebrate 2015 at First Night Spokane

When the doors of the Spokane Convention Center opened for Kids Night Out early Wednesday afternoon, the volunteers outnumbered the children. But it didn’t take long for a steady stream …


Plenty on the calendar for First Night Spokane

Tonight’s First Night celebration ringing in the new year in downtown Spokane will feature fire and ice. “We have approximately 150 different performers and different types of activities,” said Lona …


First part of First Night belongs to the kids

New Year’s Eve festivities kick off early for the 10 and younger crowd with Kids Night Out, part of the annual First Night celebration. From 3 to 6 p.m., the …


New year, new festivities

New Year’s Eve is as much about honoring tradition as it is embracing change, and First Night Spokane follows that framework. Now in its 14th year, First Night is an …


A family ring to it

The littlest revelers kicked off the New Year’s celebration Monday for Spokane’s First Night, themed “Across the Universe: Year of the UFO.” Eric Paine looked on as his daughter, Millie, …


Out of this world

By now, after more than a decade, Spokane has First Night down pat. Fans of the annual downtown New Year’s Eve bash know what to expect: dozens of fun things …


Children’s hospital celebrates New Year’s Eve with patients

Madeline Cumbie and her family have a special reason to celebrate the New Year. In June 2012, Madeline, 4, will finish cancer treatment. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia …


Don’t be afraid to ring in 2012 with 30,000 close friends

First Night, a party in downtown Spokane on New Year’s Eve, can be intimidating for a first-timer. How do you choose among 150 performances in more than 40 venues? How …


Spotlight: Civic offers few teases to 2012-13 season

Here’s a sneak peek at the Spokane Civic Theatre’s 2012-’13 season. The 2011-’12 season is only halfway finished, yet executive artistic director Yvonne A.K. Johnson has already set the schedule …


Spotlight: Crowd braves First Night

First Night Spokane experienced a bit of a chill on New Year’s Eve. A chill?


Cold doesn’t stop First Night revelers

Hundreds of children and their parents packed into the Spokane Convention Center to launch First Night with face painting, hat making and the writing of New Year’s resolutions on a …


Thousands will jam downtown for family-friendly First Night

On Dec. 31, 2001, Spokane grappled for the first time with a concept called First Night. It proved an instant hit. About 14,000 revelers jammed downtown streets.


Ring in 2011 with symphony, ballet

First Night isn’t the only way to celebrate the arts in Spokane on New Year’s Eve: • For a second year, the Spokane Symphony will follow German tradition by performing …


Spokane’s First Night packed with entertainment

With 200 performances taking place in 40 venues downtown, First Night Spokane is, essentially, one giant variety show. Yet one of those 200 events is, in fact, a true “Variety …


First Night holds much fun for kids

It’s a New Year’s Eve bash designed for the whole family. There’s something for everyone at First Night Spokane, downtown Spokane’s annual community celebration.


First Night director can’t imagine Spokane without annual bash

Spokane’s First Night celebration marks its ninth year on New Year’s Eve, with its now well-known range of events for adults and kids around downtown Spokane. But Chris Martin, the …


Streets closed for First Night

Several streets are shut down in Spokane’s downtown core for the First Night celebration. Main Street east from Monroe and Lincoln; Post Street north from Riverside Avenue and Wall Street …


A night for kids

New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be an adults-only affair. At First Night, downtown Spokane’s annual community celebration, children are very much a part of the festivities.


First Night revelry spreads eastward

Bubbles are a fitting New Year’s Eve symbol – champagne and all of that – but they’ll play a particularly key role in this year’s First Night Spokane celebration. Among …


Visual arts warm things up for First Night

There’s magic and promise in the air in the days between Christmas and New Year’s. From Friday through New Year’s Day, Art Fusion – a sparkling new addition to the …


Dance the night away at First Night

First Night Spokane, Spokane’s big downtown New Year’s Eve celebration, is all teed up – all you have to do is buy a $12 button and take a big swing. …