First Night Alexandria

First Night Alexandria

The Largest Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Party in the D.C. Region
December 31, 2019
Old Town Alexandria

Ring in the New Year with family and friends in Old Town Alexandria at the 25th Annual 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. Cozy up and experience outstanding performing artists in a range of venues, from independent boutiques to art galleries to historic sites from the rail to the river.

Age-appropriate activities await the youngest party animals at First Night’s 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. Purchase tickets and learn more.

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Where to Stay Take your pick from boutique hotels to brands you love steps from the First Night Alexandria fun while enjoying some of the lowest rates of the year. Browse Hotels ›
Old Town Itinerary Named a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2019 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, follow this itinerary for a perfect getaway. Learn More ›
Alexandria Restaurants Restaurants in Old Town Alexandria offer unforgettable meals in a beautifully historic and walkable setting. Bon Appétit ›
Bars & Pubs Toast the New Year before or after First Night Alexandria in Alexandria’s vibrant bar and pub scene. Cheers! ›
Boutique Shopping While you’re here, snag deals on gifts for family and friends in the Shop Small headquarters of the D.C. region Learn More ›
Getting Here From Metrorail to water taxi, there are plenty of ways to get to First Night Alexandria. Learn More ›
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Parking in Alexandria With street parking, lots and garages in Old Town, parking in Alexandria is easy. Plus, many garages are just $5 evenings and weekends. Learn More ›


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