First Night Comes to Bethlehem

Of course, the annual First Night Saratoga celebration returns to Saratoga Springs on Saturday for New Year’s Eve festivities with the Figgs, Wild Adriatic, Sirsy, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Darling Valley, the Living Roots Trio and lots more entertainment.

But this year, for the first time, Bethlehem is getting in on the First Night action, as well.

The fun, family-friendly First Night Bethlehem event kicks off at 6:30pm on Saturday with a fireworks display at the Four Corners, followed by entertainment and activities around town from 7-10pm, including ice sculpture, face painting, crafts for the kids and, of course, a wide array of live music by Raisinhead, Andy the Music Man, Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band, Playin’ with Fire, the Mendelssohn Club and the Ol’Time Dance Band, as well as a battle of the high school bands.

First Night Bethlehem admission buttons are $10 in advance; $15 on the day of the event; $5 students ages 12–18; free children under age 12. Proceeds from the event will benefit several Bethlehem charities.

FIRST NIGHT SARATOGA @ various locations, Saratoga Springs, December 31
FIRST NIGHT BETHLEHEM @ various locations, Bethlehem, December 31
THE BRIDGE JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy & the Massry Center for the Arts, Albany, February 24 & 25
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 9-11
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 16-18
CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL @ Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, June 17 & 18
SOLID SOUND @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, June 23-25

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