Community News

Ring In the New Year With First Night Alexandria’s Drive-In and Virtual Event

Photo: First Night Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, VA – A New Year’s Eve tradition since 1994, First Night Alexandria has a bit of a twist this year. The celebration that has drawn thousands to venues around town in previous versions will be transformed into a lively and safe drive-in and virtual concert experience.

Known as the largest family-friendly, budget-friendly and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve event in the region. First Night organizers have had to to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 program, called “A Night of Nostalgia,” will take place on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 5001 Eisenhower Avenue. Two pre-recorded shows – one at 6:30 p.m. and the other at 9:30 p.m. – will feature music and comedy. For those who prefer to stay home because of health concerns can view the festivities online at the same times.

It will be a night filled with great music, laughs, giveaways, and good food. Food trucks will be on-site to serve patrons.

In-person general admission is $60 per vehicle or $75 for VIP admission, which includes premium parking, early access and additional swag bag goodies. Each show is approximately 2 hours. Virtual concert admission is $20.

2020 First Night Alexandria logo (Image: First Night Alexandria)

Performance Lineup

Earth Wind & Fire Tribute Band – Reminiscent tunes from the iconic group and more

Rock-A-Sonics – Vintage rock and roll and rockabilly favorites

JukeBoxx – A high energy dance band covering top 40’s favorites

JWX: The Jarreau Williams experience – A breakout hometown favorite bringing the hits of rock, pop and R&B

Clean AF Comedy – A comedy troupe that is clean and funny for the entire family

The Finale

Both shows will end with an on-screen grand finale firework display set to music. And here is a bonus: they will be available on-demand from January 1-31, 2021 on

Thanks to the continued generosity of multiple community partners, including the City of Alexandria, Dominion Energy and Virginia Paving Company, a portion of the proceeds from this event support young musicians studying choral, band and orchestra in Alexandria’s middle and high schools.


To purchase tickets, visit

ICYMI: Seeking ‘Social Equity in Classical Music,’ ASO Names Artistic Advisor


Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

Related Articles

Back to top button