Ring in the New Year at the 25th Annual First Night Alexandria November 14, 2019


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Claire Mouledoux: CMouledoux@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-652-5367
Leah Spellman, APR: LSpellman@VisitAlexVA.com or 703-652-5363
Marilyn Patterson: Marilyn@FirstNightAlexandria.org or 703-963-3755

First Night Alexandria

Ring in the New Year at the 25th Annual First Night Alexandria

New Year’s Eve Live Music and Performing Arts Festival Features Family-Friendly Fun and the Only Fireworks Display in the D.C. Area

Alexandria, VA—Celebrating 25 years, First Night Alexandria, an annual New Year’s Eve live music and performing arts festival and the largest New Year’s Eve party in the D.C. region that is safe and fun for the entire family, returns to Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, December 31, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Take your pick from country to Caribbean, rock to reggae, jazz to swing, folk to acapella, or comedy to magic as you enjoy a concert or dance the night away. Then, gather with family and friends as you enjoy a fantastic fireworks finale over the Potomac River at midnight.

Stroll under a canopy of twinkling lights on historic brick-lined streets as you pick from 25 warm indoor venues, from cozy boutiques to art galleries to historic sites, lining the King Street Mile from the rail to the river. Age-appropriate activities await the youngest party animals at four Kids Karnivals happening from 6 to 9 p.m., complete with their own creative countdown. In Old Town, kids can head to the Charles Houston Recreation Center or Washington Street United Methodist Church. The Kids Karnival also takes place in Del Ray at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center and in Alexandria’s West End at the William Ramsay Recreation Center.

Starting at 10 p.m., head to Alexandria’s waterfront with your All Access Badge for the “Rockin’ on the River” dance party in Waterfront Park, featuring DJ Ray Casiano, food trucks, prizes and a fireworks finale at midnight sponsored by MGM National Harbor.

All Access Badge

Tickets are required to attend live performances and the “Rockin’ on the River” dance party. All Access Badges are $25 through November 30, 2019, $30 from December 1 to December 30, 2019 and $35 on December 31, 2019. Kids Karnival tickets are $5 for children ages 2-12 and free for parents and infants. First Night Alexandria is free for active duty military. For tickets, visit FirstNightAlexandria.org/Buy-Tickets.

Enjoy an Old Town Getaway

First Night Alexandria is the perfect reason to enjoy one last winter getaway in 2019. Unwind after the holidays by staying in Old Town Alexandria, recognized by Oprah Magazine as one of the Most Charming Christmas Towns Across the World in 2019 and by Southern Living as the Perfect Southern Town for a Hallmark Christmas Movie. Choose from boutique hotels and brands you love and stay steps from the First Night fun. Old Town’s many independent restaurants and bars and pubs welcome First Night fans, from those celebrating with the whole family to couples or friends looking to toast the New Year.

To learn more, call 703-963-3755 or visit VisitAlexandriaVA.com/FirstNight. See this year’s lineup of artists and plan what performances you want to catch at FirstNightAlexandria.org.

Calendar Listing

25th Anniversary First Night Alexandria
December 31, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Kids Karnivals: 6 to 9 p.m. at four warm indoor venues in Old Town, Del Ray and the West End
Live Entertainment: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at warm indoor venues throughout Old Town Alexandria
Rockin’ on the River: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Waterfront Park, 1 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Midnight fireworks: Potomac River at the foot of King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
All Access Admission: $25 through November 30, 2019; $30 December 1-30, 2019; $35 December 31, 2019; Kids Karnival is $5 for children ages 2-12 and free for parents and infants
703-963-3755
firstnightalexandria.org 

Grab your “besties and the rest” and plan to meet up in Old Town Alexandria for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of First Night Alexandria. This annual live music and performing arts festival is the largest New Year’s Eve party in the D.C. region that is safe and fun for the entire family and culminates with a fantastic fireworks finale over the Potomac River at midnight. Take your pick from country to Caribbean, rock to reggae, jazz to swing, folk to acapella, or comedy to magic as you enjoy a concert or dance the night away. Thanks to our community partners, you can experience outstanding performing artists in cozy boutiques, art galleries, offices, ballrooms and historic sites from the rail to the river. Age-appropriate activities await our youngest party animals at the four Kids Karnivals happening from 6 to 9 p.m., complete with their own creative countdown. Starting at 10 p.m., head to the waterfront with your All Access Badge for the “Rockin’ on the River” dance party in the park, featuring DJ Ray Casiano and fireworks at midnight sponsored by MGM National Harbor, along with food trucks and prizes.

About First Night Alexandria
First Night Alexandria (FNA) is the largest family-friendly, budget-friendly and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve event in the region. FNA began in 1994 as a celebration of the New Year through the performing arts. Coffee shops, retail stores, hotels, museums and public buildings are turned into performance venues to showcase a variety of talent. First Night celebrations take place around the world, having been founded in 1976 by a group of civic-minded artists in Boston as a meaningful alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve revelry. To learn more, visit FirstNightAlexandria.org

About Alexandria, VA
Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine, a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2019 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is home to more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. New restaurants tucked in to 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown ignite historic and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods as the waterfront district evolves with new energy. Learn more at www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com

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