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Celebrate First Night

New Year’s Eve. 35 Indoor Stages. 50 Awesome Performers

Alexandria’s Melodious Mile from the Rail to the River

For the 24th year, Alexandria is the setting for the mid-Atlantic region’s largest family-friendly, and interactive New Year’s Eve celebration – First Night Alexandria.

This year’s festival of music, guaranteed to engage and entertain everyone from Babies to Boomers, includes a diverse collection of performances and activities starting at 2pm. Nearly 30 venues between the GW Masonic Memorial and the waterfront, along the King Street corridor, will open their doors for First Night performers, including retailers, churches, museums, libraries, private clubs, offices, city hall, theaters, and hotels.

The must-see finale at midnight features DJ Ray Casiano with dancing at the new King Street Park on the waterfront followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the Potomac River.

Live Performances

This year’s entertainment is off the charts, literally. From jazz to old school, classical to country, Irish to rock. Patrons will enjoy magicians, comedy, spoken word, a silent disco and much more. Anchor performers will be an Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band at the Masonic Temple and Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun at the Torpedo Factory.

In its 10th year, the ever-popular Fun Hunt, through Old Town, takes participants on a scavenger-styled walking exploration for a chance to win great prizes.

Alexandria’s Got Talent

Back by popular demand is the Annual Battle of the Local Stars. Vote and cheer on your favorite middle and high school performers as they compete for cash prizes because First Night’s Got Talent!! Meet us at the Durant Arts Center on New Year’s Eve at 7pm

Kid’s Karnival from West End to Del Ray

New This Year. The Kid’s Karnival for children under 12 will be hosted in 3 neighborhoods – West End (William Ramsay Rec) and Old Town North (Charles Houston Rec), and returning to Del Ray, (Mt. Vernon Rec), from 6:00 – 9:00pm. Games, food and live entertainment are planned for our youngest party goers. All for only $5 per child 2 – 12 or free with Adult with a First Night Badge. Don’t miss this!

Ticket Prices and More Information

Looking for a safe place to enjoy music and entertainment on New Year’s Eve for one affordable price? General Admission badges for 13 years and older are $25 until November 30; $30 December 1 – 30 and $35 on December 31. Children 12 and under with paying adult and active duty military personnel are free.

Volunteer opportunities are available before, during and after the event for individuals and teams. This event is made possible by the generous support of corporate sponsors and individual donations. We’d love to have you involved!

For more information: 703.963.3755 #FirstNightALX

2018 Presenting Sponsors:

City of Alexandria, Dominion Energy, MGM National Harbor, Virginia Paving

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