What’s New at First Night 2014

by sarah on 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 keep things fresh and to keep friends like you coming back.

New acts this year include jazz superstars The Ray Vega Band, Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band (soul), A2VT (African hip-hop), The DuPont Brothers Band (folk), Hillary Capps (jazz/pop), Michael Chorney and Hollar General (Americana/Alternative), Walinja (a Somali Bantu wedding band), The Bohemian Blues Quartet (gypsy jazz), Jane and Charlie Kittredge (classical/folk), The Leatherbound Books (indie/pop), The Burundian Women’s Dance Company (traditional African dance), and many more.

So dust off your own dancing shoes and start making your First Night Burlington schedule.  In fact, try out our new mobile website on your smart phone or tablet and you can build a personalized schedule that will fit in the palm of your hand.

First Night 2014 promises a full day of great music, dance, theater, and comedy. We can’t wait to see you there.


Volunteers Needed!

by sarah on 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!  Give us three hours of your time and we’ll give you a button that allows you to attend most First Night performances, a voucher good for a burrito at Boloco and a buy one get one certificate for Lake Champlain Chocolate hot chocolate.  Take a minute and look under the volunteer tab for some brief job descriptions and join in the festivities.  We promise you a celebration to remember!


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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Summer Greetings

June 14, 2013

Dear Friends of First Night Burlington – As many of you may have heard, I recently joined First Night Burlington as the new executive director. Jennifer Crowell left First Night at the end of April to relocate to western Massachusetts and be nearer family. We salute Jen for her five years of dedicated service – […]

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The local artists in your community

April 3, 2013

I think that it’s far too often that we forget what a rich, artistic community we live in. Burlington and it’s surrounding towns are over-flowing with artists of all kinds and we’re lucky enough to have them as our neighbors, co-workers and friends. It’s this wealth of creative people that First Night is also lucky […]

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What are you doing in there?

March 7, 2013

One might wonder what goes on at the First Night Burlington office in March. The event has come to it’s close, we’ve heard back from our attendees about the wonderful time they had, we’ve sent out our Volunteer Raffle prizes, thanked our Sponsors and Artists…so what then? The truth is, there is so much that’s […]

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Phoenix Books hosts the Burlington Coffeehouse!

December 17, 2012

Hi there, First Night friends! Even as the weather is getting colder and snow finally seems to be sticking to the ground, it’s hard for us to believe that First Night Burlington is only two weeks away. We’re so excited to celebrate our 30th anniversary with you, and we have an incredible artist line-up we […]

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