First Night Raleigh 2016



Are you ready to ring in the New Year with your family?  Artsplosure has got you covered!  Artsplosure’s annual First Night Raleigh 2016 is a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration that has something for all ages.

First Night Raleigh 2016

For years Artsplosure’s First Night Raleigh event has been helping our community celebrate our area while bringing in the New Year with entertainment and activities for the young and old.  First Night Raleigh 2016‘s theme this year will be “Celebrating North Carolina Firsts”.  Throughout the day & night activities will be highlighting North Carolina’s #1s.  For example, did you know that North Carolina is the home of the first putt-putt course? An interactive exhibit called, Art Putt, has been designed by local artists to celebrate North Carolina.  Art Putt is a 9-hole indoor miniature golf course where families can golf throughout the celebration taking in the specially designed course with salamanders, pirates and krispy kreme challenges. Art Putt will be held at Market Hall in City Market.


Children’s Celebration….kickin’ off 2016!

First Night Raleigh 2016First Night Raleigh 2016  is the perfect New Year’s Eve event for children big and small.  The Children’s Celebration is held on the Bicentennial Plaza located between the N.C. Museum of History and the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences from 2:00-6:00pm.  Crafts, activities and performances will be held on the plaza and within each museum showcasing the theme of “Celebrating North Carolina Firsts”.  From your toddlers to your tweens the Children’s Celebration has something for all ages.   Featuring storytelling by Raleigh Little Theatre, stilt walking puppet performers from Paperhand Puppet Intervention, to a Twisted Acorn Game, to Animals of the Hour, Dance Parties and an Andy Griffith movie marathon there is so much to enjoy during the Children’s Celebration.   Check out all of the featured children’s events along with the Early Countdown for the kids. First Night Raleigh 2016‘s  Early Countdown is a perfect way  to celebrate the countdown to the New Year without having to worry about keeping the kids out late.  A 7:00pm acorn drop, fireworks and performances from Scythian and Chuck Davis of the African-American Dance Ensemble will kick off the countdown excitement for your families!

Are you ready to get your tickets, grab your kiddos and jump into this New Year’s Eve fun? First Night Raleigh 2016 has given families an easy way to buy passes either online, on site or at local retailers around Raleigh.  A perk to buying your tickets early along with purchasing a button/wristband is that some Raleigh arts organizations will be offering discounts throughout January if you have a First Night Raleigh 2016 button.  Great incentives to keep the celebration and support of the community going throughout the New Year!

Come on out and enjoy this Raleigh New Year’s Eve tradition with your families.  Artsplosure’s annual First Night Raleigh 2016 is a perfect way for our community to celebrate the tradition and future happenings in our area along with the excitement of kicking off another New Year!