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First Night Spokane

Since 2001, more than 100,000 people have attended First Night Spokane, making it the biggest and best New Year's Celebration in the Inland Northwest. First Night features a combination of visual and performing arts and takes over downtown businesses, event centers and streets.
There's a party going on and the whole family is invited. So bundle up and join the fun.
If you've never been before, here's what to expect at the biggest New Year's Party ever:

*One of the best fireworks shows of the year in Riverfront Park.
*You can see chainsaw ice carving and then Irish dancing. You can listen to African drumming, rock and roll, the Spokane Symphony, and Big Band Swing all in one night.
*Take in the Children's parade, watch street performers and the popular snowboard rail jam in Riverfront Park. And there is much more!

Each adult will need a First Night button, which runs $12 when purchased in advance. There are a number of locations where you can get buttons in advance or they will have them for sale downtown New Year's Eve. Go to http://www.firstnightspokane.org/ for locations to purchase buttons and a detailed schedule to plan your night. Kids 10 and under accompanied by a button wearing adult are free.

On New Year's Eve, just dress warm, pin on your button, and come join the party. Several downtown hotels have First Night packages available, which includes passes and in some cases party hats.

Happy New Year!
(This article was published in the December 2008 issue of Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine, Buzz Section)
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