Parking and Logistics

PARKING: On First Night, there is free on-street parking. All of Northampton's municipal lots are free EXCEPT for the downtown parking garage. Smith College parking lots and the Smith College garage on West Street are complementary and open to the general public. There are also lots at Forbes Library, the Northampton Senior Center, and the World War II Club.

For more FREE parking, on your way into town the Northampton Community Arts Trust at 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA 01060 has lots of space.

FREE PVTA Shuttle Van for FIRST NIGHT NORTHAMPTON 2019: Give your tired toes a rest on First Night this year by catching the FREE PVTA Shuttle Van as it makes its way around Northampton! The shuttle runs on a loop between the following locations, starting at the new Northampton Community Arts Building on 33 Hawley St. at 2:00pm and running until 8:00pm Stop Locations:
Across from Northampton Community Arts Building – parking lot outside 33 Hawley Street
Northampton Courthouse Bus Stop
Masonic St Bus Stop
Salvo House Bus Stop
Thanks to PVTA for generously providing the van and driver!

Please remember that access to and from the E.J. Gare Parking Garage will be restricted from approximately 5:45pm to 6:45pm because of the fireworks display. The same is true for the adjacent municipal lots. Similarly, parking is restricted during the evening in order to empty spaces adjacent to the Hotel Northampton for the ball-raising (see graphic below). Please do NOT park at bagged meters or in areas that are clearly marked as restricted.

AT THE VENUES: In order to accommodate our audiences and to make things easier for the volunteers, please cooperate by lining up at entrances in an orderly fashion and exiting the venues after each performance. This also keeps things running on time. Note: Many shows are offered twice, so if you don't make it into the first one, you'll probably catch the second.