AKRON -- The 18th annual 'First Night Akron' brought approximately 14,000 people to downtown Akron to enjoy New Year's Eve in a safe, clean and family-friendly environment.
Initial attendance figures are estimated based on the clicker totals of the venues. Complete attendance figures will be available Jan. 3.
Ten downtown sites were filled with more than 80 artists and groups showcasing music, dance, theater, and interactive and visual arts.
Several new and engaging artists and activities made their debut, such as Shivering Timbers, Smokin' Fez Monkeys and Ohio Mobile Gaming video game trailer.
Annual favorites like Hard Days Night and O'Hare School of Irish Dance returned to entertain revelers of all ages.