Ring in the New Year at First Night Buffalo Tickets on sale for 28th annual drug- and alcohol-free event downtown Join the Independent Health Foundation as they present First Night Buffalo®, the ultimate drug- and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration. The event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The annual holiday family tradition, now in its 28th year in downtown Buffalo, offers safe, family-friendly activities for all ages to ring in the New Year with rides and amusements. New attractions this year include Dueling Pianos, FlippenOut’s Extreme Trampoline Show, drum line DownBeat Percussion (you may also recognize them as the Buffalo Bills Stampede) and Reza Illusionist, the nation’s top touring illusionist. Popular returning attractions include Hybrid Fitness Buffalo – American Ninja Warrior Training, Jeff Musial – The Animal Guy, the Bubble Black Light Dance Party, family fitness challenge, the Toddler Zone, health screenings, Storybook Characters and the Midway Caravan: The Backyard Circus & Family Puppet Parade. To cap off the event, at 9:45 p.m. there will be a special performance by Reza Illusionist, followed by a countdown, with a balloon drop. Tickets are now on sale at all area Wegmans locations for $10, which include all rides, attractions and activities. Children ages 2-years-old and under are free. Tickets are $12 at the door. “Independent Health is dedicated to engaging individuals and families in a healthy lifestyle, and First Night Buffalo is the perfect place to kick off the New Year in a positive way,” said Michael W. Cropp, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Independent Health. “As one of our region’s mainstay events, First Night Buffalo provides a fun and healthy way for families to come together and create lasting memories.” “The First Night Buffalo New Year’s Eve Celebration is a wonderful tradition and an opportunity for families to continue to build special memories of happy times together,” said Mayor Byron Brown. “I thank the Independent Health Foundation for its continued commitment to the health and wellness of Buffalo residents and visitors by putting together an evening of safe and wholesome entertainment for all ages. Let’s ring in the New Year together and celebrate our wonderful Buffalo community.” “First Night is an annual tradition for many families and we enjoy seeing them come back year after year,” said Carrie Meyer, executive director, Independent Health Foundation. “We are pleased to continue presenting this fun, affordable, healthy and safe event. Thank you to all of the sponsors and volunteers who make this outstanding event possible.” Free parking is available for attendees at the Fernbach and Main Place Mall parking ramps, thanks to the Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps, Buffalo Board of Parking and Mayor Brown.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit the First Night Buffalo website at www.firstnightbuffalo.org, or call (716) 635-4959. Visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/IndependentHealthFoundation to see frequent updates on this year’s lineup.