What is First Night Buffalo?

Western New York's largest drug- and alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration provides a fun and safe way for families to ring in the New Year. This annual tradition offers family-friendly activities for all ages, including rides and amusements, costumed characters, music, and more.

How can I make the most of my First Night?

Plan in advance! Allow ample time to get from one location to the next, and arrive at performance venues early. Admission to performances sites is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and programs start at the scheduled times. Programs often draw full houses. Plan backup choices in case a show is filled.

Where can I get tickets?

All tickets are being sold exclusively online Buy tickets for First Night Buffalo. Tickets at the door will be available at a higher price. Children age 2 and under are free!

What is included in my ticket?

First Night Buffalo tickets include admission to all rides, performances and rooms! Food and beverages will be for sale inside the Buffalo Convention Center. No outside food or drink please.

Is there a schedule of events?

A full schedule of events is available by clicking on the "Event Schedule" tab. You may also pick up an event guide at any area Wegmans location.

When and where are the performances being held?

You can see where and when performances are being held in your First Night event guide. You can also see a layout map of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center here.

Is this an accessible event?

First Night Buffalo seeks to provide equal opportunity for enjoyment to all audience members. Most performance sites are accessible to people with mobility impairments and strollers. If you have specific accessibility questions or concerns, please contact the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center's administrative office at (716) 855-5555.

What time should I arrive?

Doors open at 4:30 and the event runs from 5-10 pm.

Is there public transportation available and where should I park?

Metro Bus and Rail has extended Metro Rail service past midnight on New Year's Eve. The last outbound train will leave downtown Buffalo at 2 a.m. As always, First Nighters using Metro Rail can park free at either the Metro's South Campus Station or LaSalle Station.

If you are looking for bus or train times, Metro schedules are online at metro.nfta.com, along with an easy-to-use Trip Planner. You can also purchase your fare ahead of time with the Token Transit app.

Free parking is also available at the Fernbach Parking Ramp - courtesy of Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps, the Buffalo Board of Parking and Mayor Byron Brown.

What is the age range of the event?

First Night Buffalo is geared toward families with young children with a toddler zone, carnival rides, black light bubble dance party, costumed characters, and much more!

Can I drop off my child?

No- all children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Can I bring in bags and strollers?

All bags and strollers will be checked by security upon entry. Elevators are available at the back of the Convention Center for stroller and wheelchair access to the Exhibit Level.

What can I do with my coat?

There will be a monitored coat check available for $1 per coat with all funds donated to Oishei Children's Hospital. Complimentary coat racks are also available on the Upper Level. These coat racks are not monitored. Independent Health Foundation is not responsible for any lost/stolen items.

Where is first aid?

EMT's will be onsite at the Convention Center on the upper level by the information tent and on the lower level by the exit.

What if I lose something?

Lost and Found is located at the information booth on the Exhibit Level (near the North escalator) from 5:00 - 10:00 pm. If you lose an item at First Night, please check Lost and Found to see if it's been turned in, or contact us at (716) 635-4959 after the event.

Where are the restrooms?

Restrooms are available on both levels of the Convention Center. On the first floor, they are located in the back hallway, just past the elevators behind room 106. A family restroom is located next to the Center Banquet room 101 side on the first floor. On the exhibit level, they are along the back wall near the concession stands. Changing stations are located in all restrooms and the family restroom. There is a mother's room next to the elevator on the first floor behind room 101.

Is there security?

U.S. Security and City of Buffalo Police will be on site throughout the evening to ensure your safety.

Who is taking my picture?

We hire a photographer to come to the event and take photos for us so we can show everyone how much fun First Night Buffalo is. Visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/IndependentHealthFoundation after the event to see if your picture is online!

Can I re-enter the event after I leave?

Yes, upon exiting, your hand will be stamped for re-entry.

Is there an ATM available?

Yes, there is an ATM available in the lobby of the Convention Center.

What time do the rides close?

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and all rides will close at 9:30 p.m. Volunteers wearing "last rider" signs will be stationed in each ride line to ensure rides close on time.

What time is the ball drop?

The ball drop is a separate event from First Night Buffalo and happens at the Electric Tower in Downtown Buffalo at midnight.

What time are the fireworks?

First Night Buffalo doesn't have fireworks, but our Grand Finale on the Upper Level stage includes a 9:45 p.m. countdown with a balloon drop and confetti!