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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is First Night a rain or shine event?

Yes, we are on regardless of Mother Nature’s plans! So make sure to dress appropriately so that you can comfortably explore all that WRAL First Night Raleigh has to offer.

Q: Will there be food or drinks for sale at First Night?

Yes! There will be 10+ food/beverage vendors ranging from gyros and hot dogs to hot cocoa and beer/prosecco. Food vendors have separate costs, and food/drinks are not included in the ticket price. See below for a full list of food and beverage vendors that will be available:

Q: What activities are included with the purchase of a ticket?

  • Outdoor rides and activities including:
    • Ferris Wheel
    • Main stage live music at City Plaza
    • Fireworks and Acorn Drop at Midnight
    • Access to large scale outdoor art installations
  • Indoor live music at any of our indoor venues
  • Children’s Celebration (including early Countdown at 7:00pm)

Q: What are some hotel recommendations near the event in Downtown Raleigh?

The Sheraton Raleigh: 421 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 834-9900
Origin Hotel: 603 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27603 (984) 275-2220
Heights House Hotel: 308 S Boylan Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603 (919) 594-1881
Longleaf Hotel: 300 N Dawson St, Raleigh, NC 27603 (919) 867-5770
Marriott: 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 833-1120

Q: How much are tickets?

Tickets will be sold for children ages 6-12 at $12 and adults at $16. Admission is free for children under the age of 5.

Q: How can I purchase tickets?

You can purchase tickets online at You will also be able to purchase tickets at your local Harris Teeter.

Q: Do I have to have a ticket to FNR to walk around Fayetteville Street?

A: No! You can still walk around downtown as it is still public property. You will need a ticket though if you want to participate in any of the activities or attend any of the indoor performances throughout the festival footprint.

Q: Do I have to have a ticket to enjoy food/drinks?

A: No you do not! You can come to Fayetteville Street and purchase food and beverages as you wish.

Q: Where should I park?

A: From parking decks to parking lots, there are over 70 places to park in Downtown Raleigh. Learn more

Q: What food trucks will be there?


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