Performances & Activities

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Evening Rides & Interactive Activities (Alphabetical)
Andy Griffith Movie Marathon

Come join us in celebrating this North Carolina native’s most famous movies! Read more →

Animal of the Hour

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

Art Putt (Miniature Golf Course)

Enjoy the game of miniature golf and the nine holes created by local artists at the same time! Read more →

Breakfast Club

Featuring some of the most talented High School performers and artists in the area, come and enjoy a venue especially for high school students. The giant First Night “Twisted Acorn” game will be featured here as well, our own take on Twister! Cereal and Interactive Fun! Read more →

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 gondola-style Ferris wheel. Read more →

First Night Light Bright

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. Read more →

First Night “North Carolina Firsts” Photo Opportunity

Get your cell phone ready as you pose with some North Carolina Firsts and create your very own New Year’s Eve greeting to post for all of your friends to see. Read more →

Global Resolutions

You are invited to share an idea for what you can do to make the world a better place in the coming year. Sculpture created by artist Heath Satow. Read more →

Gold Leaf Sleigh Rides

Catch a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh as it makes a loop around the historic North Carolina State Capitol. Read more → 

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, and although she has her Ph.D. in genetics, her passion is henna painting. Read more →

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 to evening… from old year to New Year… in the People’s Procession! Read more →

Pop Up Wedding Chapel

A just for fun wedding chapel right in the heart of First Night Raleigh; renew your vows or just pretend to get hitched! Read more →

Recharging Station and Raleigh Ukulele Ensemble

Start the New Year right by getting on camera and sharing your thoughts about the arts in Raleigh with folks from the City of Raleigh Arts Commission.  Plus, hear music by the Raleigh Ukulele Ensemble, The Raleigh Street Piano, all while charging up your smartphones! Read more →

Resolution Oak Tree

Got a resolution for 2016? Write it on a “leaf” and addit to the First Night Raleigh Resolution Oak Tree, created by local sculptor Jennifer Van Orden. Read more →

The Sizzler

An update of the classical Scrambler ride—this is one of the first rides at the NC State Fair! Read more → 

Ur Mom

Ur Mom is a Wake Forest, NC rock band, comprised of 4 teenage girls who play a blend of face melting Rock covers and originals in and around the Triangle area. Read more → 


Performances (Alphabetical)
A Night With the Neugents

PG rated (suggested audience ages 14 and up). Original Stories based on the extraordinary photography of David Spear featuring the original writing by Eric Slater, Jeni Smith, Erin Lennox and Mary Guiteras featuring the music of Big Fat Gap. Read more →

African American Dance Ensemble

A First Night Raleigh tradition – join Chuck Davis and celebrate community spirit to the beat of ancient rhythms depicting custom, traditions and occasions of African life. Read more →

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! Read more →

Bebop, Blues, & All That Jazz

Peter Ingram, Elmer Gibson, and Ray Codrington—make up some Jazz FIRSTS for First Night—come and listen and bring your instruments to jam along! Read more →

Comedy Worx

Making the Triangle laugh since 1989 with improv with two teams performing different scenes and playing out audience suggestions with a North Carolina “Firsts” twist! Read more →

Durham Street Piano Player

This Durham street piano player takes the piano out of the parlor and onto Bicentennial plaza just for First Night Raleigh! Read more →

Feet on Fire Cloggers

The number one dance in NC is Clogging!  Enjoy these amazing dancers from Christy’s Dance Explosion! Read more →

Flor y Canto

Flor y Canto is a newly created artistic ensemble born from the desire to spread the beautiful sounds of Mexican folk music and the joyful colors of their traditions. You?re invited on a journey through the folkloric richness of Latin America with a focus on traditional Guerrero music. Bursting with song and dance, Flor y Canto is poetry in movement. Read more →

First Night Star Search

Help celebrate the winners of the First Night Star Search winners!  These guys are truly #1 in our community!  Come cheer them on! Read more →

Happy Accidents

Family-friendly scenes performed by Happy Accidents from Enloe High School! Read more →

Hobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets “Animalia”

Asheville’s favorite puppeteer Hobey Ford’s puppets delight audiences with the magical natural world of animals and insects, large and small. Read more → 

John Dee Holeman

Winner of the North Carolina Heritage Award. “He’s such a genuine bluesman that I want to touch him and hope it rubs off on me.” – Harvey Arnold, Music Maker guitarist. Read more →

Johnny Folsom 4

This Raleigh based fine tribute to the late Johnny Cash, from A Boy Named Sue to Ring of Fire. Four of Raleigh’s favorite musicians will delight! Read more →

Jonathan Byrd

Jonathan Byrd is a North Carolina flatpicker, a Gulf War veteran and an award winning songwriter whose songs you have probably heard even if you have not heard him sing. Byrd won a 2011 SESAC Americana Music award. The Chicago Tribune calls him “One of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years.”  Read more →

Josh Dumbleton

Celebrating all things that North Carolina succeeds in, Josh Dumbleton will present a program of organ music that features two of North Carolina’s finest organ composers, Dan Locklair and Margaret Sandresky. Read more →

N. C. Opera 

Formed in 2010 in Raleigh, it is dedicated to presenting operatic performances at the highest level throughout the Triangle. Read more →

Paperhand Puppets

Since 1998, Paperhand Puppet Intervention has been using cardboard, corn starch, bamboo, your old house paints, and other assorted junk to create giant puppets, masks, shadow plays, and performances for all ages. They tell stories, beat drums, paint cardboard, sew cloth, get sweaty, push. Read more →

Raleigh Little Theatre Storytellers

Based on North Carolina native Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories, enjoy these amazing young performers performing the original play for youth, American Fairy Tale. Read more →


For the FIRST time this headlining band will have a special set JUST for the early countdown!!  Bluegrass meets Punk meets Early Countdown to 2016!!!

*Scythian will also play a 90 minute set beginning at 10:30 here on the main stage! Read more →

See Gulls

Energetic whip-smart pop-punk debut record You Can’t see Cheap England football shirts Me earned them an immediate reputation as an act on the rise. Read more →

The Snyder Family Band

Experience these Teen virtuosos mixing elements of jazz and rock and Americana to bluegrass. Talent that can only be described as “jaw dropping” this Lexington, NC band will amaze! Read more →


Featuring Derek Torres. Experience dance inducing beats and effervescent synth tracks from one of Raleigh top bands! Read more →

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. Read more →

Uplifting Music

Join us at First Baptist Church on Cheap Real Madrid football shirts Wilmington Street as we once again bring gospel music to fill the rafters! Two separate performances! Read more →

“Who’s @First?” by Seed Art Share

What do Twitter, air-conditioning, and Babe Ruth cheap football shirts have in common? Find out at “Who’s @First?”, a new First Night Raleigh moving-play by local playwright, Ian Finley. Follow Sir Walter Raleigh, the Wright Brothers Cheap AC Milan football shirts and their Carolina-connected cohorts through this zany, interactive theater experience. The fun begins at the City of Raleigh Museum and ends on at the State Capitol.

Please note that Seed Art Share moves throughout different venues in First Night Raleigh. Read more →

WRAL Countdown to Midnight

Jam with some local Media Celebs and Other cheap football kits Stars with the best party music as we get ready to usher in 2016! Read more →

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