First Night Alexandria
Old Town's New Year's Eve Party
Fireworks and 100 Live Performances at 22 Venues
A spectacular fireworks display over the Potomac River will ring in the New Year as part of First Night Alexandria, the largest family-friendly and alcohol-free New Year's Eve party in the Washington, DC region. An Alexandria tradition, all of Old Town will be buzzing with activity from 1 p.m. to midnight. Afternoon activities and the Fifth Annual Fun Hunt will be followed at 7 p.m. by more than 100 live performances at 22 indoor venues.
Each year, revelers stroll Old Town Alexandria's historic streets among art galleries, historic sites, churches and even retail shops that have been transformed into cozy performance venues. Old Town's many restaurants and pubs welcome First Night fans, with a choice of eateries catering to families with children or folks looking for an upscale date night.
Schedule of Events
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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1-5 p.m. including Fifth Annual Fun Hunt
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7 p.m.-midnight at venues throughout Old Town Alexandria
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Midnight along the Potomac River at the foot of King Street
Full Schedule of Events
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Itineraries for Families, Couples, and Young Professionals
With more than 100 live performances happening around the city, navigating First Night Alexandria can be a little overwhelming. We've created special itineraries for you and your entourage, including dining and hotel options, to make sure you don't miss a beat.
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Families with Young Kids
2 p.m. - Start the day at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and pick up a First Night Alexandria Fun Hunt clue sheet before setting off on a scavenger hunt adventure around Old Town. Not into scavenger hunts? Partake in interactive art activities in the Torpedo Factory's great hall and The Art League Gallery or explore Alexandria's past in the Alexandria Archaeology Museum.
4 p.m. - Stop by the Sugar Cube for holiday cookie decorating on your way to the Durant Arts Center, where you can drop off your clue sheet and enter to win prizes during the kickoff at 6 p.m.
6 p.m. - Beside the Durant Arts Center is the Jefferson Houston School, where families are invited to delight in festivities like model sailboat making, carnival games and a moon bounce from 2-10 p.m.
8 p.m. - Return to the Durant Arts Center for a free shuttle to the George Washington Masonic Memorial, where you'll find activities like face painting, nail art, balloon sculptures by friendly clowns, music and dancing
Midnight - Head outside along the memorial steps and view the fireworks bursting over the Potomac River!
Families with Tweens/Teens
7 p.m. - Find entertainment for the whole family at Downtown Baptist Church, with the Virginia Bronze Handbell Ringers and Karen Ashbrook in the sanctuary plus karaoke, ping pong and a big screen television in the lower level.
7:45 p.m. - Across the street at the Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum, hear the soothing sounds of the Not So Modern Jazz Quartet. At 8 p.m., Geoff Gallante, 13-year old nationally recognized trumpet soloist, takes the stage.
9 p.m. - Catch the finals of First Night's first-ever Battle of the Bands teen competition at the Durant Arts Center, where amateur groups will compete for a paid contract to perform at First Night Alexandria in 2014. While the judges deliberate, hear tunes from Keira Mora, young Northern Virginia singing sensation.
10 p.m. - Top off the evening with the grand finale at the foot of King Street, packed with dancing and music.
Midnight - Gather along the Potomac waterfront for a brilliant display of fireworks glittering over the river.
Romantic Evening for Two
7 p.m. - Get in the First Night mood and catch the first performance of the Vaughn Ambrose Jazz Trio at Principle Gallery
8 p.m. - Head over to the nearby Old Presbyterian Meeting House for Al Petteway and Amy White, whose music was featured on the Ken Burns documentaries, The National Parks.
9:15 p.m. - Pause in St. Paul's Episcopal Church for classic piano and saxophone melodies from Anders Lundegard. At 10 p.m., hear the haunting a cappella chamber music of Musikanten.
10:45 p.m. - Catch Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun's final set at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and dance to upbeat roots rock numbers.
Midnight - Step outside along the Potomac waterfront and ring in the New Year with a dazzling display of fireworks over the river.
7 p.m. - Start the evening at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, where you'll find a selection of four bands, perfect for dancing. Tunes range in everything from traditional Irish, to country and swing, featuring a tour of music written or performed by DC region-artists.
8:30 p.m. - Just across the street at Alexandria's Amtrak Station, find Robin Bullock, hailed as a Celtic guitar god.
9:30 p.m. - Head down toward the water to Pompanoosuc Mills for WAMMIE award-winning Ruthie & the Wranglers, whose twangy roots rock tunes have returned to First Night after a multi-year hiatus.
10:30 p.m. - Crank up the volume at the foot of King Street with First Night's favorite DJ, Ray Casiano, who will help count the crowd down to the New Year.
Midnight - Look to the Potomac waterfront as fireworks burst over the river!