Event Info

First Night Facts

Admissions & Pricing:

Each and every button purchase goes towards supporting First Night’s endeavors to continue to bring the City of St Pete Art in Unexpected places! Button sales are an important part of our event so that we can pay our artists and performers as well as make sure that the tradition of First Night is available for years to come. This year’s custom designed button was created and designed by one of St Pete’s favorite artists, Carlos Culbertson, a.k.a. ZuluPainter.

REMEMBER: Our custom designed buttons are limited editions so get them while they last! In the event that we sell out of buttons, hand stamps will be used in their place.


Advance Sales:
$12 for Adults; $5 for children 6-12; 5 and under free.

Button prices after December 30th:
$15 for Adults; $10 for children 6-12; 5 and under free.

How to purchase First Night Buttons:

Option One: Purchase buttons online November 1st until December 26th (discounted rate)

Pre-purchase your buttons through our website. Orders are shipped on Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning November 1st.

Option Two: Buy Buttons Locally November 15th-December 30th while supplies last (discounted rate)

Acceptable forms of payment: Cash or checks
Note: Checks must include a phone number and be made payable to: First Night St. Petersburg

Gas Convenience Stores

  • Old Northeast Rally 2131 4th St. N – St. Petersburg
  • Rally 10801 Gulf Blvd.  – Treasure Island and Seminole
  • Citgo, 5401 Seminole Blvd. – Seminole

Kahwa Coffee Shops

  • Kahwa Expresso Bar NE 475 2nd Street North – St. Petersburg
  • Kahwa Cafe 204 2nd Avenue South – St. Petersburg
  • Kahwa Henderson 3928 Henderson Blvd – Tampa

Other retailers

  • Annex 400 Beach, 400 Beach Drive – St. Petersburg
  • Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Downtown 300 4th St. N – St. Petersburg
  • St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce 100 2nd Ave N #150 – St. Petersburg
  • The Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave. – St. Petersburg
  • Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave. – St. Petersburg
  • ARTicles Gallery- 1431 & 1445 Central Ave 33705
  • Imagine Museum- 1901 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
  • Local Shops 1- 2908 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport, FL 33707
  • Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center, 100 Second Ave. N – St. Petersburg 12/26th to 12/30th only

Option Three: Day of Event on December 31st (Regular price)

  • Main Tent sales begin at noon and go until 11:00 p.m. Throughout the evening, tickets can also be purchased at the First Night venues, check out our Events Map for more information for the specific ticket sales and start times at each venue.

This event was designed to provide equal opportunity for enjoyment to all participants. If you would like to request any particular aids or services pursuant to disability laws, please contact Allen Loyd at (727) 823-8906 or the City of St. Petersburg Community Affairs Department at (727) 893-7345 or (727) 892-5259 TDD/ TYY.

Handicap accessibility ramps can also be found on the google map.


To Downtown St. Petersburg

  • From Tampa (North) Take I-275 South to I-375 exit (left lane). Follow signs to Sundial and The Pier. Exit at 9th St. or 4th St. See our map for the available parking areas.
  • From Bradenton (South) Take I-275 North to I-375 exit (right lanes). Follow signs to Sundial and The Pier. Exit at 9th St. or 4th St See our map for the available parking areas.
Getting Around:

Park in one of the Parking garages and wear your walking shoes. Venues are within walking distance, approximately a 1.5 mile walk to visit all of the venues. You can also hitch a ride on the St Pete Trolley which also stops along the First Night route until 10:00 p.m. Please refer to the looper schedule for more information.

First Trolley:

Hitch a ride on the St Pete Looper Trolley– it’s FREE this year and has an expanded route! A First Night button is not required to ride the Trolley from 4:00-10:00 p.m.


First Night will take place rain or shine as most performances are indoors. First Night will not be cancelled due to weather.


Some venues have restrooms and temporary facilities are available in North and South Straub Parks.


Downtown parking garages are open and metered street parking is available for the whole evening. (See map)

Where to Stay:

Our sponsors have some pretty amazing accommodations that are all within walking distance and in the heart of the First Night St Petersburg Celebrations!