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Ring in the New Year at Missoula’s 25th annual “First Night”

Posted at 6:10 PM, Dec 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-28 20:10:45-05

Looking forward to 2019, KPAX is sponsoring Missoula’s 25th New Year’s Eve “First Night.”

More than 60 local comedians, artists and musicians will pack 20 locations with entertainment and family-friendly fun during the holiday.

Buttons for entry into the events are available for purchase at numerous locations in Missoula and the Bitterroot. Circus aerial performances, an iron pour demonstration and a hat parade are just some of the things you can see across town. Mimes, jazz, ballet, a-capella performances and taekwondo demonstrations are all on the agenda.

Arts Missoula has been putting on First Night since 1994, and about 80 volunteers spend the year working to prepare for the special night of events.

Program Director Matt Anglen said it’s been a fun activity since the start.

“It’s been a really great way of bringing the whole community together, and really showcasing all the great talent that’s here in Missoula, and it’s been a tradition ever since,” Anglen said.

First Night started in 1976 in Boston, and Missoula is one of the few towns still involved.

You can click here for a full list of First Night programs and locations. 

 — Story by Katie Miller – MTN News