First Night Raleigh 2016 Mobile App Now Available


The anticipation of ringing in 2016 is now at the fingertips of guests attending First Night Raleigh 2016, in thanks to an innovative mobile app created exclusively for the Triangle’s favorite New Year’s Eve tradition. For the fourth consecutive year, Fidelity has sponsored the First Night Raleigh mobile app, created by Blue Pane Studio. It can be downloaded for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

The First Night Raleigh mobile app is designed to enhance the planning of the festivalgoer, as well as seeing what is “on tap” as the night progresses. The First Night Raleigh 2016 mobile app can be downloaded at:


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The mobile app will provide a complete list of all performances and activities happening during First Night Raleigh 2016. With an interactive map that will show where events are and easiest routes for access, festivalgoers can plan their own New Year adventure. Other features include:
• Event Planning tool to pre-plan your activities and customize an itinerary, which can be shared with friends and family.
• Rating scale of individual performances
• Social media connections to First Night Raleigh’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope
• Career resolutions and links to learn more about job opportunities at Fidelity

“Fidelity is pleased to extend our partnership with First Night Raleigh 2016 in helping thousands of people navigate the events downtown on December 31,” said Tara Amaral, Senior Vice President of Fidelity Talent Acquisition. “This year we’ve added functionality to the app that will assist folks in planning and capturing their First Night Raleigh experience.”

“Fidelity Investments’ support and expertise have been instrumental in our efforts to integrate technology into every aspect of our programming,” said Michael Lowder, Artsplosure Executive Director. “This year’s edition of the mobile app adds lots of new, innovative tools, which will truly enhance festival goers’ experience.”

The app is now available for free download on iPhones, iPads, iPods and the most popular models of Android phones. The inaugural First Night Raleigh app ranked among the top 200 downloads from the Apple Store.

Be A Star at First Night Raleigh 2016 “Sing Into 2016” Competition!

First Night Raleigh 2016 is looking for bright singers to lead the crowd into the year 2016. Keeping with the theme of “Celebrating North Carolina Firsts,” First Night Raleigh is searching for the top singers in the Triangle area who will earn first place in the audience’s hearts. If you like to sing, you won’t want to miss the chance to audition for a spot on the Main Stage as part of the Early Countdown at First Night Raleigh on Dec. 31, at 5 p.m.

Auditions to perform on the main stage are open to solo singers of all ages. A total of eight singers will be selected to perform at First Night Raleigh. At least one winner will be selected from each of the below four categories:

• Child – Elementary Age
• Middle School
• High School
• College/Adult

To audition, contestants must submit a video recording singing the song he or she wishes to perform on New Year’s Eve to by Dec. 23. Songs may be any genre of music the singer chooses. Video submissions must begin with the contestant’s name, contact information, the category for which he or she is applying, and where he or she is from. Additionally, submissions must not exceed three minutes.

Once chosen, performers are required to sing with a pre-recorded accompaniment that they provide. By submitting a tape, the contestant agrees that their video may be posted online or used in other ways to promote First Night Raleigh. The judges will watch the submissions and select a group of semi-finalists who will compete the afternoon of Dec. 30.

Any inquiries on the contest or video submissions can be emailed to

Other artists scheduled to appear include: Scythian, African American Dance Ensemble, Comedy Worx, The Snyder Family Band, NC Opera, See Gulls, T0W3RS, Hobey Ford, and more.


Want the VIP Experience at First Night Raleigh? Donate for VIP Passes!



Donate $100 to Artsplosure and receive 2 VIP Passes to First Night Raleigh 2016! Celebrate the New Year as a VIP!

VIP Pass Includes:

– Access to First Night Raleigh 2016’s indoor VIP Only Venue, featuring refreshments, amenities, and lounge area.

– An Invitation to our VIP Sponsor & Patron Reception from 6-8 PM. Join us and the rest of the friends of First Night for a delicious banquet of hor d’oeuvres, refreshments, and live music by the talented pianist Tim Wood!

 – Access to everything First Night Raleigh 2016 has to offer! Your VIP Pass is your ticket to all of our venues, performances, rides, and activities!

Full Schedule of Performances & Activities

VIP Passes can be picked up at our First Night Raleigh Volunteer Headquarters located in the lobby of the North Carolina Museum of History between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. 


First Night Raleigh 2016 to Have Park-and-Ride with GoRaleigh Transit


Getting to downtown for First Night Raleigh 2016 just got easier! Thanks to the City of Raleigh’s Public Works Department, GoRaleigh Transit buses will operate two park-and-ride services from central locations in Raleigh. Services will start at 6 p.m. from these locations with a final departure of 1 a.m. from downtown Raleigh. Full information on the special service can be found here.

GoRaleigh will operate from both the NCSU Park-and-Ride lot at Oval Drive & Initiative Way and from Southeastern Raleigh at 4011 Carya Drive (Wake County Government Office Park), offering service frequencies of 30 minutes or less. The downtown pick-up and drop-off locations will be at Morgan Street and Wilmington Street, in the heart of First Night Raleigh festivities. Security will be provided at both park-and-ride locations with off-duty Raleigh police officers for the duration of the event.

Regular GoRaleigh fares will apply to the service at $1.25 per one-way trip, or full-day passes can be purchased for $2.50 round-trip. Discounted fares for seniors and persons with accessibility needs will be honored, as well as honoring existing pass holders (i.e. if a person has a 30 day pass, it will be accepted). Fare will be free for children under 12 years old, as well as to seniors 65 years and older. More information on the fare structure can be found here.


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Full Lineup Announced for the First Night Raleigh 2016 Celebration!

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: |
• Area Harris Teeter & Rite Aid Stores
• Local store outlets which can be found here

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).

Connect with First Night Raleigh 2016!

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