The New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts
The Missoula Cultural Council presents First Night Missoula, the nineteenth annual New Year’s Eve community-wide, alcohol-free celebration of the arts. First Night 2013 will showcase over 90 performances and activities in 25 venues throughout downtown Missoula, the University of Montana campus, and Southgate Mall from noon until midnight on Monday, December 31, 2012. Music, theatre, dance, children’s programs, visual arts, and more highlight this magical day-long event. The festival promises something for everyone, and includes free shuttle service for all participants provided by Beach Transportation. Admission buttons are $12 in advance ($15 on December 31), with children ages 7 and under free, and starting in December, will be available online at www.missoulacultural.org/firstnight, and at over 20 locations throughout Missoula and in the Bitterroot Valley. Volunteer and get a free button by calling 541-0860.
Special events include the Children’s Parade of Hats at Southgate Mall at 1:00 p.m. (come any time after 12:00 noon, and the Mall will provide masks and decorations); Ice Carvings on the Courthouse Lawn; Featured Artist Yemanja’s Kitchen, The Celtic Dragon Pipe Band, the Big Sky Mud Flaps, Salsa Loca, John Floridis, Kira Means, the First Night Star High School talent competition, and the Grand Finale at the University Center with a choice the Ed Norton Big Band and the Drum Brothers!
For the full schedule of events visit www.missoulacultural.org