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December 31, 2016

Join us for the 26th Annual First Night Raleigh 2017! With nearly 100 performances in over 35 venues throughout downtown, First Night Raleigh is the way to ring in the New Year! Learn a new hobby for the New Year at our daytime DIY Festival from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the NC Museums of History and Sciences. Bounce around music, theatre, and other performances after the Early Countdown at 7:00 pm. Ride the First Night Ferris Wheel and the Fayetteville St Pirate Ship! Just make sure you’re on Fayetteville Street at midnight for the WRAL Countdown to Midnight and the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop with special guests Jack the Radio and Birds of Avalon!

Performances & Activities

Performances & Activities

See all of First Night Raleigh Evening Performances, Rides, and Interactive Activities. Nearly 100 Performances over 35 venues in Downtown Raleigh!
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DIY Festival & Daytime Activities

DIY Festival & Daytime Activities

Join us from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm on New Year’s Eve for the new DIY Festival! Learn a new hobby for the new year with our hands-on workshops or talk to the pros about how they honed their craft. There is fun for everyone at the DIY Festival!
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Volunteer

Volunteer

We need over 300 dedicated volunteers to help make First Night Raleigh possible every year! Read the volunteer job descriptions listed below. We need assistance all day and all night on New Year’s Eve to make First Night happen.
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Recent News

Now Available: First Night Raleigh 2017 Mobile App

Now Available: First Night Raleigh 2017 Mobile App

For the fifth consecutive year, Fidelity Investments is sponsoring the First Night Raleigh mobile app, free to guests with smartphones.…

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Full Lineup & DIY Festival Announced For First Night Raleigh 2017

Full Lineup & DIY Festival Announced for First Night Raleigh 2017

Artsplosure, the presenter of First Night Raleigh, today announced the festival’s lineup of visual and performing artists and special programs.…

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First Night Raleigh 2017 Spotify Playlist

Check out our First Night Raleigh 2017 Spotify playlist today to hear the diverse array of musical performers that you…

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Ring In Your New Year at First Night Raleigh 2017!

Join us for the 26th Annual First Night Raleigh 2017! With nearly 100 performances in over 35 venues throughout downtown,…

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