City of Oil

First Night Oil City




Butler Clowns

Craft Making

Carol Weakland - Storyteller

Cliff Hopkins- Illusionist

Geoff Bach - Juggler

Max Schang - Blues Guitar

The Bird Man - Photos with Exotic Birds

Drum Circle


Caribbean Extravaganza - Steel Drum

Jay Vonada's Organ Trio East

Matt Gavula - keyboard/vocals

Mitch Littler - Blues

Talking Across the Lines - Appalachian Folk

Kaleb Lewis - Special Effects Artist, of SyFy Face Off

This year’s always popular First Night® Oil City will once again offer attendees a wide variety of outstanding entertainment complemented by two fireworks displays: a “Gusher Fireworks” display at 7:00 p.m. and a “Midnight Burst” will occur at midnight. The action packed family-oriented non-alcoholic celebration also will include outdoor bonfires at Justus Park and Central Avenue Plaza that are built by the City’s Public Works Department, with the Boy Scouts providing the wood and tending the fires. Early evening activities will include hat making; craft making; and, a kickoff Cool Night Light People Procession that will begin at the Transit Building Gate. As always, there will be great food available about town and a shuttle bus to transport people from venue to venue. Over the past 19 years, those who attend First Night have often commented, “There’s so much to do - - you won’t be able to do it all!

First Night banners mark the location of each performance site.

A shuttle bus will be running from 5:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. North Side stops will be near PNC Bank, the National Transit Building and the Visitor’s Center. South Side stops will be near the Grace United Methodist Church, Masonic Hall and the St. Stephen Church.

Admission to First Night Oil City events requires the purchase of a button at a cost of $10. Children 5 years of age and younger are admitted FREE. With a button, attendees may choose to attend any of the 15 indoor events by purchasing and wearing their First Night Button. Blinky buttons are worn by First Night Volunteers. They donate their time to help make the events possible.

A very comprehensive event schedule accompanies each button sold. It contains all of the information you need regarding the events taking place on First Night. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook to get even more details about the event.

Button sale sites: Karma Cafe, Venango Chamber, Days Inn on NS Giant Eagle (OC & Franklin), OC Library, Spilling the Beans on SS Night of event: Karma Cafe, Spilling the Beans after 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve will include The National Transit Building and The Days Inn on the North Side and at Spilling the Beans on the South Side. Color changing “First Lights” are for sale on New Year’s Eve at these locations.

The members of this year’s First Night Committee included George Cooley, Jeff Corbett, Dan Feroz, Lynn Pacior-Malys, Bill and Robin Moon, Libby Williams and Susan Williams.

In order to continue the event from year-to-year, the Committee is always in need of additional members and community volunteers. If you are interested in joining the committee, serving as a volunteer, or need additional information, please contact Susan Williams at the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce at (814)676-8521 or at:

First Night®, Oil City, an alcohol-free, family-oriented celebration of the arts, has been held annually on New Year's Eve since 1997. The event is funded by grants from local charitable organizations, contributions from local businesses, corporations and individuals, and by sales of admittance buttons to those who attend. The low button cost makes the event more affordable than taking the family to see a movie.

Since its debut in 1997, First Night® has received high praise for the quality and variety of entertainment and experiences it offers. While attendance at the 2000 Millennium celebration topped the charts with crowds of nearly 6,000, First Night® has welcomed a steady stream of between 3,000 to 5,000 people who have come despite frigid weather. Shuttle buses transport people throughout the town to indoor sites where performances are scheduled. Revelers wishing to brave the cold are warmed at the bonfires throughout the city. People wear crazy, decorative hats, walk through rooms filled with balloons, parade down the street making noise, view two fireworks displays, visit their choices of entertainment options, sample great food and go home saying they couldn’t do everything that First Night® had to offer.

A great non-alcoholic community event!

Venue Admission – Purchase of a Button

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