Supporting the Arts on First Night

Button Free Events

Preliminary Schedule subject to change

Bubble Wrap Stomp
Photo: John Markus
 
Bubble Wrap Stomp
A favorite activity of many parents, too! Watch the kids show joy as they break the bubbles and make lots of noise!
A favorite activity of many parents, too! Watch the kids show joy as they break the bubbles and make lots of noise!
Community Center Aerobics Room at  1:00 to 3:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Carnival Caper
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Carnival Caper
A costumed road race, sponsored by the Chatham Squire. Register, show off your costume, and race for fun!
A costumed road race, from the Chatham Squire to the Lighthouse and back, sponsored by the Chatham Squire. Register outside the Squire starting at 2 pm ($10); Costume judging at 2:30 pm; the race starts at 3 pm (a bit under 2 miles round-trip). Tee shirts and beef stew served at the Squire after the race! Spectators line Main Street to cheer on the runners, walkers, and anyone else parading down the road in costume.
Outside the Squire at  2:00 to 3:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Chatham Poets Read
 
Chatham Poets Read
For a respite from the noise of the night, join some of our local poets of all ages reading their own poetry.
First Night Chatham is a celebration of the arts. Join some of our local poets of all ages for a lively and entertaining reading their own poetry. A First Night tradition that provides a respite from the noise of the night.
St. Christopher's Chapel at  7:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Community Handbell Ringers
Photo: John Markus
 
Community Handbell Ringers
Handbell ringers are the perfect group to ring in the New Year!
A group of handbell ringers from the Chatham and Harwich Congregational Churches will ring in the New Year, playing patriotic, folk and classic songs.
St. Martin's Lodge at  3:00 PM  (Button-free)
St. Martin's Lodge at  4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Early Fireworks at Veterans Field
Photo: Stanlee Wetzel
 
Early Fireworks at Veterans Field
Spectacular fireworks at Veterans Field after the Noise Parade, as a special treat for the young First Nighters.
Spectacular fireworks after the Noise Parade will be presented as a special treat for the young First Nighters. The show is at Veterans Field and viewing is from the parking lot and fields behind the Chatham Community Center.
Veterans Field at  6:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Midnight Fireworks at Oyster Pond
Photo: Jane Murray
 
Midnight Fireworks at Oyster Pond
Join the fun in counting down to the exact moment when 2019 begins with a burst of spectacular fireworks.
First Night Chatham counts down to the exact moment 2019 starts with a wonderful display of midnight fireworks! There are no bad seats for viewing the spectacular display over Oyster Pond – in fact, there are no seats at all, unless you watch from your car, or from your front porch. Join the crowd for a rousing finale to First Night that's way more fun than being in Times Square!
Oyster Pond at  Midnight  (Button-free)
 
Improvisational Live Storytelling
 
Improvisational Live Storytelling
Storyteller Darby Hobbs will entertain young and old with her improvisational stories.
Join storyteller Miss Darby for her improvisational, live storytelling experiences that entertain both young and old. Come see her tell each unique story. She will be dressed to celebrate First Night's theme “Oh Those 60s!”. Darby Hobbs has also created two children's books, "Max and Pirate No Teeth" and "Grand Mere and the Empress of the Cove". Illustrator Meadow Hilley is the editor of The International Educator newspaper.
Community Center Aerobics Room at  4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Greg Johnson and the James Taylor Tribute Band
 
Greg Johnson and the James Taylor Tribute Band
This First Night Chatham favorite will be performing a voice and guitar tribute to James Taylor.
Greg Johnson has been a central part of the Cape's local color as a Nauset Beach lifeguard legend, professional artist and musician. He is returning to First Night Chatham and will be performing a voice and guitar tribute to James Taylor with a little help from his friends.
Town Hall (downstairs) at  7:00 PM  (Button-free)
Town Hall (downstairs) at  8:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Just For High School Teens: Canon Hill Band
 
Just For High School Teens: Canon Hill Band
The Canon Hill Band will perform this year at the Teen Center. Drop in to warm up, see friends, and enjoy free pizza and drinks.
The Canon Hill Band will perform this year at the Teen Center. Drop in to warm up, see friends, and enjoy free pizza and drinks, and listen to recent local high school graduates Ben Hayden on drums, guitarist/vocalists Logan Tichnor, and Noah Pelty with Gabe Duff on bass. They can frequently be seen busking on Main Streets of Chatham and Harwich in the summer, and they are the youngest band ever to be selected to play the Harwichport 'Music Stroll'. As an added attraction, the group “Lefty Grove” will perform as an introductory band.
Community Center Lower Level at  7:00 to 11:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Just For Middle School Teens: Laser Tag
 
Just For Middle School Teens: Laser Tag
Play laser tag, chill with friends, plus free pizza and drinks.
Hang out with friends from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Community Center. Returning this year: Laser Tag. Plus games, and free pizza and drinks.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  7:00 to 10:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Chip Koser
 
Chip Koser
Watch Chip and his team carve a beautiful sculpture from large blocks of ice.
Ice sculptor Chip Koser carves a beautiful sculpture from large blocks of ice. In 2011, Chip and his team took home a bronze medal at the World Ice Art Championship held in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Cape Cod 5: Front Lawn at  12:00 to 4:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Monomoy Seven
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Monomoy Seven
Dixieland jazz - swinging improvisations on familiar and not so familiar tunes, and requests from the audience.
Dixieland Jazz – a perennial favorite! With Jeff Hughes on cornet leading the band, you'll hear lots of swinging improvisations on familiar and maybe not so familiar tunes, with each musician featured on specialty numbers, and on requested tunes from the audience. This is always a fun and exciting performance, so come and sit awhile, and prepare to enjoy some hot jazz to warm the chilly night!
St. Christopher's Parish Hall at  8:00 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Noise Parade
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Noise Parade
Make noise any way you want, wear silly hats, flash some lights. Walk to see the early fireworks!
Join the raucous fray! Make noise any way you want.

A police escort leads the parade and no one will be cited for too much noise. Great fun for kids and adults, who often wear silly hats. Start at the corner of Cross and Main at 6 pm, walk to rotary, then continue on to the Chatham Community Center to see the early fireworks!
Town Hall Corner (Main & Cross Streets) at  6:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
SeaFire Kids
 
SeaFire Kids
Four Chatham musicians comprise a A Fisherfolk Rock Band , on guitar, accordian and wooden percussion
A Fisherfolk Rock Band. Four talented Chatham musicians blend acoustic guitar and accordian with washboards and wooden percussion in support of seaside storytelling, social justice, community, and love. SeaFire Kids debut album was “Part of this Town”, pulling at the heart strings of humanity and stoking the fire of a RevolOcean that's in full swing. They are fishermen, social justice advocates, and part of a close-knit fishing community.
Town Hall (downstairs) at  9:00 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Town Photo
Photo: Spencer Kennard
 
Town Photo
Come with family & friends. Buy the photo or see it online. A whole-town event!
Important! Please use front gate only !
Show up with your family and friends and pets to pose for the Town Photo. Start First Night with a wave at the camera and a smile on your face. The photo will be available at the Chatham CVS store for purchase. A panorama deep-zoom photo will also be posted on the First Night Chatham website. Have fun zooming in to see if you blinked, check out who was there, and just enjoy actually seeing your lovely smile up close.
Chatham Lighthouse Grounds at  Noon  (Button-free)