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See all of First Night Raleigh 2018 Evening Performances, Rides, and Interactive Activities.

Over 20 blocks of art, music, comedy, theatre, and more! over 35 venues in Downtown Raleigh! All venues are first come, first serve.

2018 Schedule


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Acapella Venue with The High Seas (UNC-W) and The Happy Accidents

Acapella Venue with The High Seas (UNC-W) and The Happy Accidents

The High Seas: As UNCW's first a cappella club and only all-male ensemble, the High Seas are a completely student led, non-profit organization, established in 2008. They perform a wide…

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African American Dance Ensemble

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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Amythyst Kiah

Amythyst Kiah

A professed Southern Gothic songster based in Johnson City, TN, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs…

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Brien Engel – Glass Harp

Brien Engel – Glass Harp

Brien Engel is part of an exciting new community helping to revive and promote the enchanting art of glass music. His glass harp is comprised of goblets and snifters of…

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Cane Mill Road

Cane Mill Road

Cane Mill Road: Billboard-charting band Cane Mill Road rocks the bluegrass they grew up on, yet boldly tackles the Beatles, Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, and more. Growing up just down the…

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Comedy Worx

Comedy Worx

Since 1989, Comedy Worx has been entertaining the Triangle area with big laughs! Each weekend, this improv group presents a show of two comedic teams that compete and try to…

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Dr. William Weisser and NC Opera

Dr. William Weisser and NC Opera

Dr. William Weisser: Dr. William J. Weisser retired in 2011 as Minister of Music at Edenton St. United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC where he had been responsible for seven…

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Early Countdown

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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Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Holy Ghost Tent Revival

9 years, 3 genres, and 4 records into it, Holy Ghost Tent Revival’s sound has emerged as something different than anyone might have expected. The music, now filled with 3…

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IMURJ Raleigh’s Finest Showcase

IMURJ Raleigh’s Finest Showcase

Showcasing some of Raleigh's finest emerging artists, join Open Mic Night Brian Jones at the brand new Imurj creative space and show these local artists some audience appreciation. Artists have…

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Jolly Raleigh Singing Trolley, Lead By Mark Sikora

Jolly Raleigh Singing Trolley, Lead By Mark Sikora

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

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Kate Rhudy

Kate Rhudy

Raleigh-based singer-songwriter Kate Rhudy picked up a violin when she was just a kid. She spent her childhood at fiddler’s conventions and regularly played folk music at home with her…

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Lumens

Lumens

Lumens, the second original creation of the group, explores the link between virtual and reality by creating a 3D multi-screen environment projected in front of and around the audience. The…

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Maurice Lauchner Praise Band

Maurice Lauchner Praise Band

Maurice “Man” Lauchner is one of the most soulful and distinctive voices in inspirational music today, and offers a refreshing interpretation of God’s love through song. Born in New York…

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Paul Miller’s Flow Circus

Paul Miller’s Flow Circus

No elephants or trapeze acts in our circus. Instead we harness the power of creative, playful flow to energize, excite, and enliven groups. We shake up the day to day…

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Peter Ingram, Bee Bop Blues, Gregg Gelb, and The Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra

Peter Ingram, Bee Bop Blues, Gregg Gelb, and The Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra

Peter Ingram, Elmer Gibson, Leighton Harrell, Ray Codrington, Gregg and Kathy Gelb repeat some Jazz FIRSTS for First Night—as well as the incredible Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble. In 2016 and…

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Rozalind MacPhail “From the River to the Ocean”

Rozalind MacPhail “From the River to the Ocean”

“It‘s easy to fall for the eclectic sounds of this creative mastermind, and you will probably get lost in your imagination while falling.“ (Rock Eden Magazine) Innovative St. John's multi-instrumentalist,…

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Seed Art Share

Seed Art Share

Seed Art Share celebrates shared arts experiences for Triangle performers, patrons, and the people they love! Our goal is to explore theatre while sharing stories, resources, environments, families, challenges, and…

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Shana Tucker’s ChamberSoul, Featuring Beverly Botsford

Shana Tucker’s ChamberSoul, Featuring Beverly Botsford

SHANA TUCKER delivers a unique voice to her self-described genre of ChamberSoul™. With a deep respect for the art of storytelling, Shana's lyrical melodies evoke strong hints of jazz, soulful…

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Steady Rollin Bob Margolin

Steady Rollin Bob Margolin

Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin is a Blues guitar player and singer, carrying on the deep Chicago Blues style and creating his original music today. His shows are known for deep…

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Transactors Improv Company

Transactors Improv Company

Transactors Improv is the longest-running improvisational theater in the south. Our work focuses on emotion, physicality, character, commitment, teamwork, and fun. The company formed in 1983 at The ArtsSchool in…

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Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble

Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble

The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble is based in Raleigh under the direction of Dr. Gregg Gelb, and it is one of many ensembles under the umbrella of the Philharmonic Association.…

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WRAL Countdown to 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 your hosts, Ira David Wood…

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Animal of the Hour

Animal of the Hour

Get up close and personal with some of North Carolina’s resident creatures.

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Art Piano

Art Piano

Play a song on one of our beautiful art pianos painted by local artists. On Bicentennial Plaza, inside the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of…

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Art Putt (Miniature Golf-Course)

Art Putt (Miniature Golf-Course)

Enjoy the game of miniature golf and the nine holes created by local artists at the same time! We’ve partnered with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance for this interactive art installation…

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Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom Dancing

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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Black Light Message Room

Black Light Message Room

Go Glow Crazy and leave secret First Night messages in our Black Light Room!

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Cartoon Island

Cartoon Island

Take a break and relax with animated features on Cartoon Island!

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Cartooning

Cartooning

Illustrator Gabriel Dunston will teach you how to create unique cartoon illustrations.

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Chalk Art Pins

Chalk Art Pins

Wear your unique New Year's message on a chalkboard pin!

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Christy’s Dance Explosion

Christy’s Dance Explosion

This Garner based Dance Studio will perform for our audiences as well as teach you how to dance into the New Year. christysdancexplosion.com

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Duke Energy People’s Procession

Duke Energy People’s Procession

Line up beginning at 5:30pm along Edenton Street, north of the State Capitol. As the Children’s Celebration ends and the evening entertainment begins, mark the passage of time… from afternoon…

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F5 Amusement Ride

F5 Amusement Ride

Thrill Ride from Powers Amusements that will make you feel the GLOW!

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Fantastical 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 Crowns

First Night Crowns

Pop into First Night Raleigh’s DIY hot spot and use an array of crafting and art supplies to make your own a party crown to wear during the Countdown to…

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First Night Lite Brite

First Night Lite Brite

Modeled after the pop-culture LITE BRITE toy first introduced in the late 1960′s, First Night Raleigh presents its own, larger-than-life version of this interactive, illuminating toy. Fayetteville 200 Block. Capacity:…

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Gold Leaf Sleigh Rides

Gold Leaf Sleigh Rides

Catch a ride on John Wesley Smith’s horse-drawn sleigh as it makes a loop around the historic North Carolina State Capitol. Don’t miss this annual First Night Raleigh favorite! A…

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Handlettering Demo

Handlettering Demo

Hand lettering artist Olivia Gainey will turn your name into a work of art and will provide tips, tricks, and practice for beautiful lettering.

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Henna Tattoos

Henna Tattoos

Henna artist Deepika Bhatt has been drawing in henna since she was seven years old. Born and raised in India, Deepika eventually went on to apprentice with three henna artists,…

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Jerome Fredericks School Yard Harmonics

Jerome Fredericks School Yard Harmonics

Jerome Frederick is the owner of Workforce Harmonics – a people development company. He has a reservoir of diverse experiences that, on a whim, allows him to become a very…

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Lantern Making

Lantern Making

Light up the night by creating a lantern to carry in the People's Procession!

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Peck’s Taekwondo

Peck’s Taekwondo

With Peck's Taekwondo in Raleigh, you will experience a unique approach to self-defense and exercise that benefits the body, satisfies the mind and empowers you to reach and conquer your…

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Neon Glow Tape Collages

Neon Glow Tape Collages

Create glow-in-the-dark art with local mixed media artist Jane Cheek.

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Next Year I Will Chalkboard

Next Year I Will Chalkboard

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

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Note-to-Self Mural Installation

Note-to-Self Mural Installation

Write a 'note to self' for 2018 and add it to our mural of notes from some of the North Carolina Arts Council's 50 for 50 Artists!

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On Demand Poetry

On Demand Poetry

Poems written just for you! Professional poets collaborate with guests to take your idea and turn it into a one-of-a-kind work of art.

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Paperhand Puppets Roaming

Paperhand Puppets Roaming

A First Night Favorite, the Paperhand Puppet Intervention is a puppet theater company based out of Saxapahaw, NC. For over fifteen years they have been creating original large-scale puppet extravaganzas…

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Pop Up Wedding Chapel

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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Professor Wizardo: the Great, the Wonderful, the Magnificent

Professor Wizardo: the Great, the Wonderful, the Magnificent

Magic and mystics will be attending First Night Raleigh! Get your fortune told and see how your new year plans to shape up.

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Raleigh Rocks Rock Painting

Raleigh Rocks Rock Painting

Raleigh Rocks First Night! Join in the fun of painting and hiding rocks with a special session of Neon painting.

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Rhythm Instruments

Rhythm Instruments

Enrich your love of music by stopping by our Rhythm Instruments space to jam out!

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Robodogs

Robodogs

FIRST Robotics Competition Team 435 hosted by Longleaf School of the Arts. The Robodogs, FIRST Robotics Team 435, are participants in the international FIRST Robotics Competition. They are a student…

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Scrap Exchange

Scrap Exchange

Create a cape or hat to wear in the Children’s Celebration using recycled objects from the Scrap Exchange. The Scrap Exchange is a nonprofit, creative, reuse center whose mission is…

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Stroller Decorating

Stroller Decorating

Decorate your baby's stroller in celebration of First Night Raleigh!

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First Night Raleigh Photo Booth

First Night Raleigh Photo Booth

Capture a snap of the good time that you're having at our photo booth, created by Dare Coulter!

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Time Capsule Making

Time Capsule Making

Put together a Time Capsule chronicling this past year, and include wishes for 2018 for your family to open next New Year's Eve!

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Toddler Play Area and Story Time

Toddler Play Area and Story Time

This special room is designed for our youngest attendees to get out of the strollers and into the fun too!

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The Wish Tree

The Wish Tree

Tie a wish for 2018 onto our Wish Tree sculpture!

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