First Night




2-4pm "family fun"

($5.00 person at the door)


7-12 pm Evening Event

($20/adults at the door or in advance--see below for locations)

First Night Evanston is a family-friendly community Celebration of the Arts that takes place on New Year's Eve.

This year the event is at First  United Methodist Church, 516 Church Street, across from the large City garage at Church and Chicago. The garage used to be free on holidays but the City in its infinite wisdom eliminated that 2 years ago. But at least it's nearby!!  

First Night Evanston strives to make the event accessible, welcoming, and affordable.

Tickets available at all 3 libraries and at Bookends & Beginnings 1721 Sherman alley or at

Contributions help us keep the ticket price to half--and this year $20 in honor of the coming year.


Thanks to Romano Wealth, Byline Bank, Northwestern University, HEART Certified Auto Care (formerly Duxler), Lucky Platter and Kiwanis Club of Evanston.


Corky Siegel 10-midnight

Covington Bluegrass band 8:30-10

American Standard with Charlie Madigan, Michelle Perry and Al Day 7-8:30 


Gerald McClendon and the Soul Keepers Band from 8:30-11:30 in the gym.

Petra Sings Jazz   Petra Van Nuis  


Family Fun in the afternoon 2-4 p.m. $5/person at the door

Ben's Bubbles

Jeanie B!

Nick Connell and his Giant Balloons 

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Find us on Tuesday, December 31 at

First United Methodist Church

516 Church Street across from the large City garage at Church and Chicago Avenue. (600 cars)


Evanston's community-wide new year's eve event is back and this year at just one site so that no matter the weather, you can be comfy and cozy all evening. We've ordered 35 degree weather--whether or not!

Join us at First United Methodist Church at 516 Church (corner of Hinman), located right across the street from the City garage at 525 Church, a 600 car garage.

Check the map on this website for many other nearby parking lots and restaurants for dinner before you join in.  Sparklers (in lieu of fireworks) at midnight.




516 Church Street

First United Methodist Church (sanctuary and gym)