First Night Alexandria

First Night Alexandria is an annual New Year’s Eve music festival and the largest family-friendly and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve party in the DC area. The fun for the family begins at 2PM.  Entertainment starts at 7PM around Old Town.  And, of course, there will be a fireworks display—the only one in the DC area—over the Potomac River at midnight.

Old Town will showcase more than 100 performers at 25 warm indoor venues.  New this year is a Kids Karnival for children 12 years old and younger at three locations from 6 to 9PM that includes face painting, games and a kids’ countdown;  a bigger-than-ever party at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial featuring Magician Mike Rose, dance parties with DJ Good Times and fireworks viewing from the lawn; and a Variety Showcase from 8 to 10 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church featuring comedians and spoken word poets.

And there is always the Fun Hunt for both kids and adults.  Teams can pick up a clue sheet at the Torpedo Factory, search for items on the list, and return the completed sheet for a chance to win money, vouchers, games and merchandise.

Tickets are $30 December 1-30, 2018 and $35 December 31, 2018. Kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult with a badge and active military get in free.

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First Night Alexandria

First Night Alexandria is a celebration to bring in the new year in style all day New Year’s Eve!  Retail stores, hotels, museums and public buildings are turned into performance venues to showcase incredible local and regional talent.  You will see clowns, face painters and magicians for children, Grammy-nominated rock and roll guitarist, jazz musicians and classical performers for adults.

For a small fee for adults (children 12 and under are free), you have access to all the entertainment more than 100 performances, all evening!  Everything is within easy walking distances.  And then celebrate the dawning of a new year at midnight with a spectacular fireworks display on the Potomac River at the foot of King Street.

The Fun Hunt begins at 2:00PM.  You can pick up clue sheets at the Torpedo Factory.  Completed clue sheets must be returned to the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street by 5:30PM to be eligible for prizes.  Winners must be present to claim their prizes.  Admission badges are needed to pick up and return a clue sheet if you want to be eligible for prizes.  This is always a popular event!

First Night Alexandria is extremely family friendly.  Everything is available to kids.  However, there are some spots that will be more fun for the little ones.

Hooray for Books! (1555 King Street) has ThinkFun games, Curious George and storytelling for children.

Downtown Baptist Church also has face painting, and entertainment for children under 12.

The George Washington Masonic Memorial, in addition to adult music will have face painting, clowns making balloon sculptures, model sailboat making and sailing and more!

For a full schedule of events click here.  And a map is available here.  Happy New Year!


First Night Alexandria’s Fun Hunt

Downtown historic Alexandria. Virginia Tourism Corporation,

Alexandria’s annual New Year’s Eve First Night takes place Thursday, December 31, 2015 with more than 175 performances at 29 indoor venues,  live music, dancing, and children’s events.  And the fireworks finale returns with an amazing display over the Potomac River at midnight.  But what we are looking forward to is the Seventh Annual Fun Hunt.

The Fun Hunt begins at 2:00PM.  Get a group together for an afternoon of fun.  Although teams can be of any size, you will probably have more fun if you keep your team to six people or less.  As long as one of your team members has purchased a First Night admission badge, your team can pick up a clue sheet and map at the Torpedo Factory (105 N. Union Street).   The Fun Hunt takes place from 2:00PM – 5:30PM.  Although it is not a timed event, it should take you approximately one hour to complete the hunt if you don’t stop for side excursions.




Bring all completed Fun Hunt forms to the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, between 5:30PM and 5:45PM, .

Starting at 6:00PM, a drawing of completed Fun Hunt forms for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place adults, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place children (12 and under) prizes will take place at the Durant Arts Center during the kickoff at 6:00PM.   Just decide whether you want to enter the adult or children competition (you can not enter both).  Winners must be present to claim their prizes.  They are handing out some serious cash to the winners!

Good luck and happy hunting!

Click here for more information on the night and how to purchase tickets.