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Final Details Announced For First Night Raleigh 2018

In preparation of New Year’s Eve, Artsplosure announces final preparations for First Night Raleigh 2018, including park-and-ride system and mobile app to help festivalgoers plan their New Year’s Eve.

Artsplosure, the presenter of First Night Raleigh, today released final details to help festivalgoers plan their evening with ease. With a park-and-ride system supported by the GoRaleigh buses, as well as the return of the First Night Raleigh mobile app, festivalgoers can truly create their own adventure to celebrate the New Year.

Admission for First Night Raleigh 2018 is now on sale at:

Returning for a fourth year are the GoRaleigh buses, which will operate two park-and-ride services from locations at NCSU campus and Triangle Town Center Mall. The NCSU Raleigh location is at the NCSU Park and Ride Lot at Oval Drive and Initiative Way (off of Centennial Pkwy) and the Southeastern location, at Triangle Town Center Mall, 5959 Triangle Town Boulevard. Service will begin at 5:00 pm and will make frequent the stops every 30 minutes, or less, carrying festivalgoers into the heart of First Night Raleigh at Morgan Street and Fayetteville Street. Regular GoRaleigh fares will apply at $1.25 per one-way trip, or full-day pass for $2.50 round-trip. This service will end at 1:00 am.

In addition to making the trip easier with the park-and-ride service, the First Night Raleigh mobile app is now available thanks to Fidelity Investments. With the ability to customize itineraries, rate performances and connect on social media, the First Night 2018 mobile app can be downloaded for free in the Apple App store and in the Google Play Store. The mobile app enables users to truly create their own adventure as they explore the offerings of First Night Raleigh 2018.

This year’s festivities kick off at 2:00 pm with the return of the DIY Festival at NC Museum of History, NC Museum of Natural Sciences and outdoors on the Bicentennial Plaza until 6:00 pm Adults and children alike can ring in the New Year with the Early Countdown celebration from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Performances at the main stage begin at 5:30 pm. Later into the night, the streets of Raleigh come alive with performances covering over 20 blocks of downtown Raleigh after First Night Raleigh’s tradition, the People’s Procession at 6:00 pm.

North Carolina favorites, Holy Ghost Tent Revival will headline this year’s main stage leading up to the midnight WRAL Countdown to 2018, with another local act, Cane Mill Road, hosting the early countdown at 7:00 pm. Ira David Wood III returns alongside his son as the countdown masters of ceremonies, with the famous acorn dropping at midnight while fireworks soar into the night sky.

Patrons will be thrilled as the Fantastical First Night Ferris Wheel returns to Fayetteville Street. First Night Raleigh will also host an additional Powers Amusement ride that will light up Fayetteville Street. Also returning is Art Putt, the nine-hole miniature golf course, which will be open starting at 2:00 pm. This year, the entire course will be illuminated with original artwork by Nate Shaeffer. In addition, other artists scheduled to appear include: Raleigh’s own Kate Rhudy, Amythyst Kiah, African American Dance Ensemble, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, North Carolina Opera singers, LUMENS virtual reality experience, Peter Ingram, Bob Margolin, William Weisser, Comedy Worx, Transactors Improv Company, The High Seas and many more!

A complete list of the full lineup can be found at, with admission on sale now. All Day Passes can be purchased for $11** when purchased in advance (**plus local and state sales tax) and VIP Passes, which grant attendees priority access to indoor venues, can be purchased for $50 exclusively in advance. On December 31, on-site All Day Pass sales will be $15* for adults and $12* for children (*including local and state sales tax).

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