Final Details Announced for First Night Raleigh 2017

In preparation of New Year’s Eve, Artsplosure announces final preparations for First Night Raleigh 2017, including park-and-ride system and mobile app to help festivalgoers plan

RALEIGH, N.C. – Artsplosure, the presenter of First Night Raleigh, today released final details to help festivalgoers plan their evening with ease. With a park-and-ride system supported by the GoRaleigh buses, as well as the return of the First Night Raleigh mobile app, festivalgoers can truly create their own adventure to celebrate the New Year.

Admission for First Night Raleigh 2017 is now on sale at:
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·         Area Harris Teeter & Rite Aid Stores
·         Local store outlets which can be found here

Returning for a third year are the GoRaleigh buses, which will operate two park-and-ride services from locations at NCSU campus and Triangle Town Center Mall. The NCSU Raleigh location is at the NCSU Park and Ride Lot at Oval Drive and Initiative Way (off of Centennial Pkwy) and the Southeastern location, at Triangle Town Center Mall, 5959 Triangle Town Boulevard. Service will begin at 5 p.m. and will make frequent the stops every 30 minutes, or less, carrying festivalgoers into the heart of First Night Raleigh at Morgan Street and Fayetteville Street. Regular GoRaleigh fares will apply at $1.25 per one-way trip, or full-day pass for $2.50 round-trip. This service will end at 1 a.m.

In addition to making the trip easier with the park-and-ride service, the First Night Raleigh mobile app is now available thanks to Fidelity Investments. With the ability to customize itineraries, rate performances and connect on social media, the First Night 2017 mobile app can be downloaded for free in the Apple App store here and in the Google Play Store here. The mobile app enables users to truly create their own adventure as they explore the offerings of First Night Raleigh 2017.

This year’s festivities kick off at 2 p.m. with the new DIY Festival at NC Museum of History, NC Museum of Natural Sciences and outdoors on the Bicentennial Plaza. Adults and children alike can ring in the New Year with the Early Countdown celebration from 5 pm to 7 p.m.  Performances at the main stage begin at 5 p.m. Later into the night, the streets of Raleigh come alive with performances covering over 20 blocks of downtown Raleigh after First Night Raleigh’s tradition, the People’s Procession at 6 p.m.

Local and national favorites, Birds of Avalon, will headline this year’s main stage leading up to the countdown to 2017, with another local act, Jack the Radio, opening with a set at 9:30 p.m. Ira David Wood III returns alongside his son as the countdown masters of ceremonies, with the famous acorn dropping at midnight while fireworks soar into the night sky.

Patrons will be thrilled as the Fantastical First Night Ferris Wheel returns to Fayetteville Street. First Night Raleigh will also host the Sea Ray Pirate Ship ride so that attendees can sail the seas of Fayetteville Street. In addition, other artists scheduled to appear include: Raleigh’s own Skylar Gudasz, Compton & Newberry, African American Dance Ensemble, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, North Carolina Opera singers, Ron Gallo, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Josh Dumbleton, Comedy Worx, Transactors Improv Company, ShadowGrass and many more!

A complete list of the full lineup can be found at, with admission on sale now 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 2017!

Use hashtag #FirstNightRaleigh

Twitter: @FNRaleigh
Instagram: @FirstNightRaleigh

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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