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Scythian Performing In A Tent

Artsplosure, the presenter of First Night Raleigh, today announced the festival’s line-up of visual and performing artists and special programs. Taking place in downtown Raleigh on Dec. 31, patrons will experience “Celebrating North Carolina Firsts” with music, children’s activities and other festivities.

Admission for First Night Raleigh 2016 is now on sale at:

This year’s festivities kick off at 2 p.m. with the Children’s Celebration at the N.C. Museum of History, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and outdoors on the Bicentennial Plaza. Parents can have their children ring in the New Year with the Early Countdown at 7 p.m. Performances at the Main Stage begin at 5 p.m. Later into the night, the streets of Raleigh will come alive with performances in over 20 blocks of downtown and a First Night tradition, the People’s Procession at 6 p.m.

Also beginning at 2 p.m. is First Night Raleigh’s newest interactive art exhibit, a miniature golf course called “Art Putt.” The course will feature nine “North Carolina Firsts” themed holes designed by local artists, highlighting everything from our world renowned salamander diversity to the state’s first gold rush!

Scythian will headline this year’s main stage leading up to the countdown to 2016. They will also host a special performance at the Early Countdown following the People’s Procession. Ira David Wood III returns as the countdown master of ceremonies, with the famous acorn dropping at midnight while fireworks are shot off into the night sky.

Patrons will be thrilled as the Fantastical First Night Ferris Wheel returns to Fayetteville Street. And in keeping with our “Celebrating North Carolina Firsts” theme, First Night Raleigh 2016 will debut “The Sizzler”, a new ride for festivalgoers to enjoy. Both amusements will open to the public at 2 p.m. on the afternoon of Dec. 31.

In addition, other artists scheduled to appear include: Carolina Harmony Chorus, Jonathan Byrd, Josh Dumbleton, Raleigh’s own See Gulls, T0W3RS, African American Dance Ensemble, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, North Carolina Opera singers, John Dee Holeman, Comedy Worx, Transactors Improv Company, Flor y Canto and many more!

A complete list of the full lineup can be found by downloading the First Night App on your iPhone or Android!. Tickets are now on sale for $10** when purchased in advance (**plus local and state sales tax). On December 31, on-site sales will be $14* for adults and $11* for children (*including local and state sales tax).

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