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Raleigh Mayor and Husband Announced as Honorary Chairs of First Night Raleigh 2015

photo courtesy B Taylor

photo courtesy B Taylor

Nancy and Ron McFarlane have been announced as this year’s honorary chairs for the annual New Year’s Eve “Out of This World” celebration.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Lori Vitale, President of the Artsplosure Board of Directors, today announced that Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and her husband Ron McFarlane are the honorary chairs for Artsplosure’s 24th presentation of First Night Raleigh in downtown Raleigh.

“Ron and I are delighted to serve as honorary chairs of First Night Raleigh 2015,” said Mayor Nancy McFarlane. “This event is a wonderful opportunity to gather with family and friends and enjoy arts, music, laughter and more of what downtown Raleigh has to offer.  We invite you to join us in one of the state’s largest New Year’s Eve events as we celebrate the Four Pillars of First Night – Celebration, Community, The New Year, and The Arts – with revelers from across the state.”

This year’s festivities kick of at 2 p.m. with the Children’s Celebration at 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 earlier than past years, starting at 4 p.m. Later into the night, the streets of Raleigh come alive with performances in over 20 blocks of downtown Raleigh and a First Night tradition, the People’s Procession at 6 p.m.  And at midnight, it’s the moment everyone has been waiting for as the famous Raleigh acorn drops while fireworks are shot off into the night sky.

A complete list of the full lineup can be found at, with admission going on sale December 1 for $10* when purchased in advance (*plus local and state sales tax).


About Artsplosure

Artsplosure is an independent nonprofit organization that presents arts festivals in Raleigh, including its namesake spring festival since 1980 and First Night Raleigh since 1991.  Its mission is to produce quality events that make the works of the most imaginative and celebrated artists accessible to the public, all in an effort to enrich our community and inspire greater love for the visual and performing arts.

Artsplosure is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on the recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission and is also supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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