First Night Burlington 2015 buttons are here!

by Tom Ayres on October 29, 2014

First Night Burlington 2015 buttons have arrived and the exciting news doesn’t stop there, folks—prices have been lowered! The price of a First Night 2015 Adult button will be just $15, a full 25% off the price of the past few years. And we’re also introducing a new, lower-priced Student button for anyone over 12 years of age with a student I.D. A First Night Student button will cost just $10 – 50% off the previous cost of an Adult button. And of course, our Kids button (for children 12 and under) will remain, as always, at the low, low price of just $5.

These lower prices ensure that more of you will be able to experience over 100 performances, arts-and-crafts activities, and movie screenings in nearly 20 venues throughout downtown Burlington.

This will be First Night Burlington’s 32nd annual year and we are confident that it will be one of the best celebrations yet! 1/3 of our performances this year are new, extremely talented artists who we can’t wait to showcase. Along with the newbies, we will be featuring some returning acts that are staples in our First Night festivities. This includes fun-for-all and family friendly Circus Smirkus, the stimulating and rhythmic percussion group, Burlington Taiko, enchanting sounds from Vermont Youth Orchestra and some foot-tapping amusement evoked by The Bluegrass Gospel Project.

You don’t want to miss this year’s lineup so celebrate New Year’s Eve with us!

To purchase buttons call our office at 802-863-6005, head to Buy Buttons & Tickets Here or come pick them up personally at 230 College Street!

Stay tuned for a list of locations around Vermont where buttons will be available closer to the day of the event. For the student discount, buttons must be purchased at our office or on the day of the event and a valid student ID must be presented.

Tom, Muffie, Sarah, Pam and Anna


New Artist: Cricket Blue

by sarah on October 27, 2014

Dear Friends of First Night Burlington,

This is probably a busy week for many of you as Halloween approaches, and we’re here to help you take a break and refuel your creative juices. Take a moment to check out Cricket Blue’s new EP while you’re putting your costume together! The EP is free for download or available for purchase if you want a physical copy.

Cricket Blue is a folk duo that’s new to First Night Burlington this year. The duo features Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith, who both attended Middlebury College and hail from Georgia and Vermont, respectively. The duo’s acoustic guitar playing and vocal harmonies blend together seamlessly. Laura and Taylor like to say that their music incorporates “sounds of ice cracking, branches creaking, and toads croaking with those of cicadas, rusty car engines, and sizzling pans. Their songs are spacious, spooky, botanical, and deeply resonant. The lyrics deal with myths, love, wishes, disappointment, friendship, potential futures, and the ends of things.”

As Taylor told Vermont Public Radio’s Peter Biello during a recent interview, he and Laura “both enjoy storytelling that’s maybe simple in its execution but nuanced or challenging in the ideas that it’s about.” Be sure to download this talented duo’s new recording and catch them live. You can stay up-to-date with their activities on Facebook – and don’t miss their First Night Burlington debut on New Year’s Eve!

Happy Halloween,

Tom, Muffie, Sarah, Pam and Anna


New Artist: Francesca Blanchard

October 17, 2014

Hello, Friends of First Night Burlington – It may seem like New Year’s Eve is far away, but for First Night staff and volunteers, it’s approaching rapidly. We’re working hard to make this year’s festivities the best we’ve ever offered. In order to prepare you for “a night you’ll remember,” we’ll be featuring many of […]

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Looking Ahead to First Night 2015 -

October 2, 2014

Coming Soon: First Night 2015 Button Sales at Dramatically Lower Prices! It has been a busy summer and early fall here at the First Night Burlington office. We’ve wrapped up all of the programming for First Night 2015 and are delighted to report that New Year’s Eve festival goers will be enchanted by more than […]

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What’s New at First Night 2014

December 24, 2013

Hello, friends of First Night. As our days here in the office start to fly by and we get ever closer to New Year’s Eve,  we can’t help but be excited about the plethora of new talent at First Night Burlington 2014. We do our best to hire nearly one-third new artists each year to […]

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Volunteers Needed!

December 4, 2013

First Night runs on volunteers—this year we need about 300 people to make YOUR event a success.  Choose from a wide variety of jobs—from face painting to button selling, and a wide variety of venues—from City Hall to Champlain College’s Alumni Auditorium.  Volunteering at First Night is fun! Our volunteers come back year after year!  […]

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Africa To Vermont

November 26, 2013
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First Night Burlington is delighted to present a special selection of performances and activities this New Year’s Eve entitled Africa to Vermont. These events will celebrate emerging and established artists from New American communities in Vermont, with a particular focus on artists of the African diaspora. Performers in the Africa to Vermont program include African […]

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College Street Congregational Church Performances Move to Alumni Auditorium at Champlain College

November 5, 2013

Each day since the tragic fire at the College Street Congregational Church two weeks ago, we at First Night have been in steady contact with our good friends and neighbors at the church. Our hearts and prayers go out to the members of the church community as they work to rebuild and restore the historic […]

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Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band

October 2, 2013

Hello, First Night Burlington Friends! Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul band is one of the most exciting and anticipated bands to hit the stage at First Night Burlington 2014. The band has been together since 2010 and anyone who has been to one of their performances knows that every show is a party that […]

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Buttons and Tickets On Sale Now

October 1, 2013

You are able to order First Night buttons online starting today, Oct 1st, 2013. You also may purchase buttons and tickets at our Box Office, located at 230 College Street, Burlington. Our hours are 9:15am to 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday. They run out fast so make sure you get your buttons well in advanced! We […]

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