December 2014

First Night Raleigh 2015 Mobile App Now Available

The anticipation of ringing in 2015 is now at the fingertips of guests attending First Night Raleigh 2015, in thanks to an innovative mobile app created exclusively for the Triangle’s favorite New Year’s Eve tradition. For the third consecutive year, Fidelity has sponsored the First Night Raleigh mobile app, created by Blue Pane Studio. It can be downloaded for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
The First Night Raleigh mobile app is designed to enhance the planning of the festivalgoer, as well as seeing what is “on tap” as the night progresses. The First Night Raleigh 2015 mobile app can be downloaded at:

Apple App Store here

Google Play Store here

The mobile app will provide a complete list of all performances and activities happening during First Night Raleigh 2015. With an interactive map that will show where events are and easiest routes for access, festivalgoers can plan their own New Year adventure. Other features include:

      • Bookmarking for activities to customize an itinerary, which can be shared with friends and family.
      • Rating scale of individual performances.
      • Social media connections to First Night Raleigh’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
      • Tips on financial New Year’s resolutions and links to learn more about career opportunities at Fidelity.

“Fidelity is pleased to extend our partnership with First Night Raleigh 2015 in helping thousands of people navigate the events downtown on December 31,” said Gene Delsener, Senior Vice President and Regional Co-Site Leader of Fidelity N.C. “This year we’ve added information to the app that will assist folks in working towards their financial resolutions and proactively plan for 2015 and beyond.”

“We continue to be incredibly grateful for Fidelity’s support, which is not only making possible our First Night Raleigh mobile app but is also bolstering our efforts to integrate the latest technology into our interactive arts programming, like this year’s Moving Pieces Theatre’s Displaced presentation,” said Michael Lowder, Artsplosure Executive Director. “We’re pleased that festivalgoers will be able to create their own adventure and take advantage of all of the ‘out of this world’ programming that we have for this New Year’s Eve.”

First Night Raleigh 2015 to Have Park-and-Ride with CAT Buses

For the first year ever, CAT buses will provide park-and-ride service into downtown Raleigh for New Year’s Eve festivities.

Getting to downtown for First Night Raleigh 2015 just got easier! Thanks to the City of Raleigh’s Public Works Department, CAT buses will operate two park-and-ride services from central locations in North and Southeastern Raleigh. Services will start at 6 p.m. from these locations with a final departure of 1 a.m. from downtown Raleigh. Full information on the special service can be found here.

CAT will operate from North Raleigh at 2728 Capital Boulevard (Old Westinghouse building) and from Southeastern Raleigh at 4011 Carya Drive (Wake County Government Office Park), offering service frequencies of 30 minutes or less. The downtown pick-up and drop-off locations will be at Morgan Street and Fayetteville Street, in the heart of First Night Raleigh festivities. Security will be provided at both park-and-ride locations with off-duty Raleigh police officers for the duration of the event.

Regular CAT fares will apply to the service at $1.25 per one-way trip, or full-day passes can be purchased for $2.50 round-trip. Discounted fares for seniors and persons with accessibility needs will be honored, as well as honoring existing pass holders (i.e. if a person has a 30 day pass, it will be accepted). Fare will be free for children under 12 years old, as well as to seniors 65 years and older. More information on the fare structure can be found here.

Admission for First Night Raleigh 2015 is now on sale at:

Calling for Friends of First Night Raleigh 2015

We couldn’t be more proud that this year’s honorary chairs for First Night Raleigh are Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, along with husband Ron. In that, the McFarlanes have enlisted locals and made a call for “Friends of First Night.”

Along with our sister festival Artsplosure, First Night Raleigh has blazed a trail that many other festivals have successfully followed, making downtown Raleigh a cultural and entertainment mecca. And on December 31, downtown will come alive as over 50,000 people celebrate the New Year with an amazing lineup of entertainment and art.

The Friends of First Night fundraising effort aims to ensure that everyone, regardless of life circumstances, has an opportunity to participate in this Triangle tradition. Our goal is to distribute 1,500 First Night admission tickets to Triangle area families who might night otherwise be able to attend. Those making this tax-deductible donations help underwrite the distribution of this program.

Every $25 raised makes three admission buttons available to youth and family service agencies. In fact, those donating can designate an agency or let us fulfill requests from the agencies who are signing up for the program.

Donors of $100 or more will receive two VIP sponsor buttons to First Night Raleigh 2015, allowing them to attend all First Night programs and join other supporters at a patrons’ reception. We will publicly recognize all $100+ Friends of First Night at the reception, as well as listing them in the program guide for next year.

Those who wish to make a donation can visit the donation portion of the Artsplosure web site. We’d love to hear from those donating by December 15. We can’t thank you enough for taking the time to learn more about Friends of First Night, and for considering a donation.

Thank you again,

The Artsplosure Staff

Full Line-up Announced for First Night Raleigh 2015

Artsplosure proudly announces AUGUSTINES as the headliner of the annual New Year’s Eve celebration, along with other “Out of This World” entertainment.

RALEIGH, NC – Artsplosure, the presenter of First Night Raleigh, today announced the festival’s line-up of visual and performing artists and special programs. Taking place in downtown Raleigh on Dec. 31, patrons will experience an “Out of This World” celebration with music, children’s activities and other festivities.

Admission for First Night Raleigh 2015 is now on sale at:
Area Harris Teeter & Rite Aid Pharmacy Stores
Additional Local store outlets which can be found here

This year’s festivities kick of at 2 p.m. with the Children’s Celebration at NC Museum of History, NC 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.

Hailed by iTunes as “Best Alternative Album” with their recent release Rise Ye Sunken Ships, AUGUSTINES will headline this year’s main stage leading up to the countdown to 2015. Ira David Wood III returns as the countdown master of ceremonies, with the famous acorn dropping at midnight while fireworks are shot off into the night sky.

Patrons will be thrilled as the Fantastical First Night Ferris Wheel returns to Fayetteville Street. And in keeping with the “Out of This World” theme, First Night Raleigh 2015 will also host an “Alien Abduction” ride for festivalgoers to enjoy. Both amusements will open to the public at 2 p.m. on the afternoon of Dec. 31.

In addition, other artists scheduled to appear include: The Barefoot Movement, Raleigh’s own The Love Language, African American Dance Ensemble, Amelia Curran, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, North Carolina Opera singers, PopUp Chorus, Amelia Curran, Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra, Old Man Luedecke, Sonic Escape, Moving Pieces interactive theater, “Out of This World” installation by Greg Carter, Comedy Worx, Transactors Improv Company, El Gleno Grande 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 2015!

Use hashtag #FNRaleigh

Twitter: @FNRaleigh
Instagram: @FirstNightRaleigh