Admission buttons are now on sale for First Night Missoula 2016, the 22nd annual New Year’s Eve community-wide, alcohol-free celebration of the arts. First Night 2016 will showcase 80 performances and activities in more than 25 venues throughout downtown Missoula, the University of Montana campus and Southgate Mall from 12:00 noon until midnight on December 31, 2015.   Music, theatre, dance, children’s programs, visual arts, workshops and “hands-on” activities highlight this magical day-long event.  There is also free shuttle bus service for all participants provided by Beach Transportation.  Admission buttons are $15 in advance ($18 on December 31), with children ages 7 and under free, and are available at 20 locations throughout Missoula and in the Bitterroot Valley, as well as on line at  Visit the website for all First Night information.  Volunteer and get a free button by calling 541-0860.

Special events include the Children’s Parade of Hats at Southgate Mall at noon (hats and decorations provided by the Mall); Ice Carvings on the Courthouse Lawn; “hands on art” activities such as 6 Degrees of Missoula, Art on Tap, Kendal Jan Jubb’s Watercolor Workshop, and numerous cultural dance classes; performances by Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre, The Celtic Dragon Pipe Band, Mudslide Charlie, the Big Sky Mud Flaps, Salsa Loca, the John Floridis Trio, Captain Wilson Conspiracy, the First Night Spotlight High School talent competition, and the Grand Finale at the University Center with a choice the Ed Norton Big Band and the Drum Brothers.

First Night Missoula is a production of the Missoula Cultural Council, connecting Art, Culture and Community through Education, Advocacy and Celebration, serves as a resource for the coordination, development and support of art and culture for the benefit of the Missoula community.


  • First Night Spotlight 2015

    See Maris Perform!