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First Night Facts 

Three ways to purchase First Night Buttons:

Option One: Purchase buttons online now until December 26th (discounted rate)

Pre-purchase your buttons through our website, here. 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
  • Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE – 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
  • Deja Vu Cafe 401 1st Ave N.- St. Petersburg
  • Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave. – St. Petersburg

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.
Admissions & Pricing:

When you purchase a First Night button you are supporting over 30 performers and artists. All of our artists are paid and First Night is brought to you by a committed Board of Directors, small staff and dedicated volunteers. First Night is almost entirely supported by private funds. Button sales are important to make sure that the tradition of First Night is available for years to come. It is important to know that almost all of the venues are only accessible with a button, so join us in the fun with the purchase of a limited edition and custom designed button.  This year’s limited edition collectors item button design is brought to us by the talented Jennifer Kosharek.

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.


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 us 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. We will have a First Trolley running along 2nd Ave N for First Night Button holders. You must have a button to ride.

First Trolley:

First Night button holders will be able to ride the First Trolley to the venues along 2nd Ave. N between the Spa Beach parking lot and the Sunshine Center Auditorium ( see the route on the map) The First Trolley will run from 4:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Look for the trolley stop signs. Be sure to buy your button before you get on the Trolley!


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)