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See all of WRAL First Night Raleigh 2019 Evening Performances, Rides, and Interactive Activities.

Over 20 blocks of art, music, comedy, theatre, and more in venues across Downtown Raleigh! All venues are first come, first serve.

2019 Schedule

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African American Dance Ensemble

You are invited to join the African American Dance Ensemble for a First Night Raleigh favorite! Celebrate community spirit to the beat of ancient rhythms. The choreographic works of the…

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BeBop Blues and Jazz and Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble

Join some legends of jazz in the Raleigh area including Gregg Gelb, Philip Norris, Ray Codrington, Steve Anderson, Gregg Gelb and Kobie Watkins and others along with the The Triangle…

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Jamil Rashad of the Boulevards


Jamil Rashad, a/k/a Boulevards, is the embodiment of funk. Taking queues from pioneers such as Prince, Rick James, and Earth Wind & Fire, Boulevards seamlessly delivers cheeky, party-themed jams that…

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Bradley Burgess Organ, and classical vocalists Susan Comer Fisher and Erica Jackson

Praised for his “virtuoso piano playing” and his ability to leave audiences “spellbound” (ClassicSA), Bradley Burgess is one of today’s few concert artists who can move seamlessly between the piano…

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Comedy Worx

Comedy Worx

Guaranteed to entertain fans from the ages of 2 to 102, the ComedyWorx Show is a family friendly fast-paced competitive improv performance where 2 teams square off against one another…

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Dave Gunning

“Truly, what makes Gunning so remarkable as an entertainer is his rare gift to be able to befriend the audience as a whole from the stage throughout the course of…

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Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba ecstatically explore the spiritual songs, stories, and rhythms of Senegal’s millenia-old Mandé culture. Indeed, Cissokho comes from a long line of prominent griots, or storytellers,…

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Dynamo Dogs

Through performances with her canine team, Gail Mirabella not only entertains but also shows audiences how a happy and healthy relationship with a dog starts from within, beginning with a…

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Early Countdown to Midnight

Early Countdown

What a perfect way to end our Children’s Celebration! Don’t worry about keeping the kids out too late to ring in the new year – they can enjoy all of…

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Electronic Experimental Music Featuring Senator Jaiz and 80 lb Test

Senator Jaiz Senator Jaiz is an electronic composer who composes music best described as Experimental Ambient Synth Space Music. His influences are Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Massive Attack, among others.…

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Moonlight Stage Company’s The Estesstentials is a high energy teen improv group. Their performances throughout the area, such as at Comedy Worx, and with The Transactors, have quickly made them…

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First Night Ferris Wheel

Fantastical First Night Ferris Wheel

Back by popular demand! Don’t miss the visual center of First Night Raleigh with our Fantastical First Night Ferris Wheel! Take a spin 90 feet in the air atop the…

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First Night Raleigh Time Capsule and Music of the 70’s and 80″s

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Gold Leaf Sleigh Rides

First Night Sleigh Rides

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Future Stars Rising

It's time for these young stars to shine. Featuring the brightest young dancers, singers, and musicians in the area performing examples of their award winning extraordinary talent. From the 6…

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High School Improv and Friends

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Moonlight Stage Company's Group of Up and Coming Stars of Improvization!

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Jolly Raleigh Singing Trolley

Sometimes you just have to sing on the Trolley! Join the Jolly First Night Raleigh SINGING Trolley crowd and get ready to SING! First Night attendees will have two opportunities…

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Life is Magic with Joshua Lozoff

Joshua Lozoff has been studying and sharing magic around the world for twenty years. He regularly performs in theaters and at corporate & private functions throughout the United States and…

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Neon Roller Skating Pop Up Rink

Roll into the night with Neon Entertainment’s Glow Roller Skating Rink listening to Classic Disco Music.

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New Reveille and Friends

We all need a new call to action. A new jolt of optimism. If you will, a New Reveille. Especially those of us who know the power of music as…

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Next Year I Will Wall

Write your new year's resolutions on the “Next Year I Will” chalkboard.

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Pop Up Wedding Chapel

A pop up wedding chapel right in the heart of First Night Raleigh - just for fun! Renew your vows, or just pretend to get hitched! Don’t worry, you’re not…

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Rachel Clearman

This 14 year old multi instrumentalist is already showing sparks of stardom. Performing mostly live with her ukulele strapped on, each song is infectious! Her first studio project is set…

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Randomax is East Chapel Hill High School's premier improv comedy troupe.

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Resolution Oak

Tie your resolution for the New Year onto this fun sculpture tree created by artists Jennifer Van Orden.

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Rod Abernethy

Rod Abernethy’s new double album “The Man I’m Supposed To Be” has currently reached #9 on Folk Alliance International’s Folk DJ chart. He is an authentic southern folk troubadour, master…

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Stacy Clearman’s Little Land Band

LittleLand is a kids music project, created & performed by Stacy Clearman. The lyrics are kid themed, and the music includes styles that parents love. This high energy show also…

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The Collection

It didn't take long for David Wimbish's solo project to become a full band. The community that had inspired his music quickly began to embody the songs, wielding instruments last…

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The Councilmen

Moonlight Stage Company's Group of Up and Coming Stars of Improvization!

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The Glorifying Vines Sisters

The Glorifying Vines Sisters are a thriving musical institution. Based in Eastern North Carolina, they’ve been tearing up the road for decades and tearing up every church they visit. But…

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The Happy Accidents

Enloe High School's very own Happy Little Accidents. It's an Improv troupe, but now with less calories! The Enloe High School Theatre Department offers students the opportunity to explore and…

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The Harris Brothers

Reggie and Ryan Harris are a real brother duo born and raised in Western North Carolina where they were exposed to a wide variety of music from an early age.…

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Peoples Procession

The People’s Procession

Join thousands of your friends and neighbors in the annual People's Procession. Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Helping Hand Mission Band, and NCSU Pipe & Drum team lead the way! The procession…

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Tyler Butler Figueroa playing live at a festival

Tyler Butler Figueroa

Tyler is an 11 year old violinist that has been playing the violin for 3 1/2 years. Tyler is a Leukemia Survivor, he was diagnosed when he was 4 1/2…

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Ballroom Dancing

USA Ballroom Dancers

Join USA Ballroom dancers as they provide instruction for those who want to dance. There are chairs too, if you just want to watch! Step inside the beautiful Sir Walter…

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WRAL Countdown to Midnight - Acorn drop at midnight

WRAL Countdown to Midnight

Jam with some local media celebs and other stars with the best party music as we get ready to usher in the new year! Join Raleigh's own Boulevards as we…

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WRAL First Night Globe

The First Night Raleigh Globe was created by Keith Satow with neon by Nate Sheaffer

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