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Frequently Asked Questions

Where Can I Buy A Pass?

In-Store: All Day Passes are available in advance for $10.00** from Harris Teeter Stores, and CVS Pharmacies.

Online: Passes available on through December 30th. Purchase your First Night admission vouchers from the comfort of home! Print the Etix voucher, and exchange the voucher for an All Day Pass admission wristband at one of the Information and Merchandise Sales Tents on site at First Night Raleigh on December 31!

You can also buy at the following locations beginning December 12, 2017:

Why Do I Need A Pass?

Your “All Day Pass” grants you access to every performance venue and interactive activity throughout the day. That’s nearly 100 performances in over three dozen locations across downtown Raleigh. What a bargain for just $10!*

With your All Day Pass, earn discounts at area arts presenters on December 31 and well into the New Year! Visit the New Year Bonuses section below to learn more.

What Comes With A VIP Pass?

Want the VIP experience at First Night Raleigh this year? VIP Pass includes an invitation to our VIP Sponsor & Patron Reception on City Plaza in the heart of the action! In addition, a VIP pass grants you access to all First Night Raleigh 2016 venues (first come, first serve), rides, and activities.

How Much Are Passes on December 31st?

Adults: $14**
Children (ages 6-12): $11**

Children 5 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a button or wristband-wearing adult.

Where Can I Get First Night Raleigh 2017 Official Merchandise?

All Day Pass admission wristbands and First Night Souvenir T-Shirts will be available on site at several Information and Merchandise Sales Tents located throughout the festival – On Bicentennial Plaza, near the giant Ferris wheel, in several locations along Fayetteville Street, and at City Plaza near the Main Stage.

*Plus local and state sales tax.
**Including state and local sales tax.

Pass Bonuses

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Carolina Hurricanes

Receive a FREE First Night Raleigh 2017 All Day Pass wristband when you purchase tickets to the Carolina Hurricanes vs. Chicago Blackhawks match on Decemeber, 30, 2016!

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North Carolina Museum of History

10%* off in The Museum Shop with First Night Button through December!
*some exclusions may apply

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Raleigh Little Theatre

Buy One Get One on tickets to Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of The Whipping Man.
About The Whipping Man: A Historical drama. The Civil War is over. Throughout the South, slaves are being freed and soldiers are returning home. In one home, the annual celebration of Passover is celebrated by a young Confederate officer, who has been severely wounded, and two former slaves. However, the pain of enslavement will not be soothed by this tradition. Deeply buried secrets from the past refuse to be hidden forever, as the play comes to its thrilling conclusion.

Director: Patrick Torres

Adults: $24
Seniors/Students: $20
First Sunday: $15 for all
Seniors are age 62 and up. Students are through college.
January 13–29, 2017

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Theatre Raleigh

With the purchase of a First Night button, you’ll receive a special BOGO offer for our upcoming Family Series shows! Purchase an adult ticket and get a child’s ticket free!

It’s time to teach the Big Bad Wolf a lesson in The Wolf. Come dance, play, and have a blast! We’re premiering a new, shortened, family-friendly version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that puts a contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s whimsical tale of fairies, lovers, and woodland mischief.

Use the code FIRSTNIGHT at checkout or when calling the box office.

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Ice Skating Raleigh

Ice Raleigh, the area’s only natural ice outdoor skating rink, will stay open throughout the month of January! Receive $2 off the price of admission to this winter tradition by showing your First Night wristband. Check the Ice Raleigh website at for hours, programming, and weather-related updates.

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