Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is "First Night"?
Answer: According to Wikipedia: "First Night is a North American artistic and cultural celebration on New Years Eve, taking place from afternoon until midnight.(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Night)
Question: Why are you bringing it to Baraboo?
Answer: It's almost as if this event was custom-made for Baraboo. The "Gem City" is known for its arts and culture. With its rich Circus history nearly everybody in Baraboo has some sort of unique talent. We are hoping to bring the community together to display that talent under one roof on one very special night with this event.
Question: Who is hosting "First Night"?
Answer: A brand new 501C-3 had to be created to make "First Night" a reality. So, "First Night" is now it's own non-profit entity. Although it has a close relationship with other organizations in Baraboo - (such as Circus World and Downtown Baraboo Inc.) it operates independently from all other organizations.
Question: Where is "First Night"?
Answer: The Baraboo Arts & Banquet Center will host this year's event. However, "First Night" is looking to expand into a community-wide event for next year's celebration!
Question: When is "First Night"?
Answer: It is always on New Year's Eve. In some places the event is called "First Night/First Day" as it really takes place the last night of the old year and the early morning of the new one.
Question: How can I get tickets to "First Night"?
Answer: Through this link: https://www.eventbee.com/v/53913/event?eid=192973013&fbclid=IwAR2v28WlwxE_OKd-UUXUIl32YnWTZRhqK9JRiNn5D1VDLnDqNPtr9l5L4Jk#/tickets
Or you can purchase them through any of the "First Night" committee members - just send us a message (see the "Contact Us" page) and we'll be sure to get you set up! (You can also buy tickets at the door, but the price will be more on the "day of")
Question: How much are tickets?
Answer: Our goal is to keep this event extremely affordable for everybody. Tickets are only $5.00 at the Green Vine & Con Amici in downtown Baraboo! $10 online. Tickets will be $15 at the door.
Question: How do I get to "First Night"?
Answer: It is located inside the Baraboo Arts & Banquet Center on Water Street. The exact address is: 202 East St # 200, Baraboo, WI 53913
Question: Are you still looking for performers/artists/children's activities?
Answer: We would be interested in hearing about what you could offer! However, we do have a pretty solid line-up prepared for this years event, so we can't be sure we'll have a time slot available (but you are welcome to try)!
Question: Can I volunteer for "First Night"?
Answer: YES! This will be an important role during the event AND it allows you to get in for FREE! If you'd like to volunteer - please visit the "Volunteers" page.
Question: How do I donate to "First Night"?
Answer: The easiest way is to BUY A TICKET! Otherwise, you can be a sponsor! Check out our sponsorship levels on the "Donors" page and then contact us to let us know at which level you'd like to be involved with "First Night"!!
Question: Will there be food at "First Night"?
Answer: People Helping People will be providing a lunch from noon - 3pm. The Green Vine will provide from 3pm - 10pm. We also encourage you to dine at the Driftless Glen Distillery across the street from "First Night".
Question: Will there be alcohol at "First Night"?
Answer: Yes, but alcohol will be limited to the performance (music) space only during the day (Until 10pm). After 10pm - attendees will be able to take their drinks anywhere in the arts & banquet center. (*Parents please note that if you don't want your little ones around alcohol - you may want to leave at 10pm.) Although alcohol will be on the premises from 6pm-1am - this is a FAMILY-FRIENDLY event and we encourage all attendees to keep that in mind.
Question: Is there anything else I need to know?
Answer: We recommend keeping an eye on this website, our facebook page: www.facebook.com/firstnightbaraboo and texting the word "Baraboo" to the number 31996 for text updates.
Question: Where do I submit more questions?
Answer: Visit the "Contact Us" page! Please feel free to submit all of your questions there!