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Here’s your guide to First Night Alexandria

First Night in Alexandria (via Visit Alexandria)

Alexandria’s 29th annual First Night celebration is just around the corner. Here’s what you need to know before the family-friendly event.

First Night runs from 2 p.m. until the fireworks show at midnight at the waterfront on Sunday, Dec. 31.

Tickets cost $10 for daytime activities around town and scale up to $35 per ticket for adults and $50 for a “VIP Fast Pass” ticket to various venues. Kids ages two and below can attend for free.

The alcohol-free event includes performances from Grammy-nominated Culture Queen, a juggling act with local trickster Parris Dineen, and fireworks at 6 p.m. over the Potomac River if you want to take the family home early.

Ticketholders can pick up their wristbands at the venue of their preferred performance.

“At that location you can check in  up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the first performance at that venue and receive your wristband for the Pass level that you have purchased,” according to First Night Alexandria.

On parking and transportation, event organizers are encouraging ticket holders to park near the venues of their choice.

“All of the venues are within a 1 mile walking distance from the GW Masonic Temple to the Potomac River,” First Night Alexandria says on its website. “There are lots of parking garages in the area that you can consider as well as street parking, bikes, scooters and the trolley system, which is available until 11 p.m.”

The free King Street Trolley runs every 15 minutes up and down King Street from the King Street Metro station to City Hall/Market Square (301 King Street).

In the event of a washout, the rain date for the fireworks is 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1.

The First Night Alexandria schedule of events is below:

CLEAN COMEDY CONNECTION
Comedy
GW Masonic Memorial
101 Callahan Dr.

7:30, 8:30 p.m.

COMMON GROUND BAND
Smooth Jazz
The Lyceum
201 S. Washington St.

7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 p.m.

CULTURE QUEEN*
Kids
The Lyceum
201 S. Washington St.

3:00, 4:30, 5:00 p.m.

GRANDSONS JR.*
Rocking Family Dance
GW Masonic Memorial
101 Callahan Dr.

2:30, 3:15, 4:00 p.m.

GROOVY NATE*
Kids
GW Masonic Memorial
101 Callahan Dr.

2:15, 3:15, 4:15, 5:00 p.m.

INSPIRA DANCE
Country Line Dance
Durant Arts Center
1605 Cameron St.

2:00 p.m.

IRISH BREAKFAST BAND*
Irish,Ceili Dance
Durant Arts Center
1605 Cameron St.

*4:15, 7:00 p.m.

JANNIE WILSON with BILLY COULTER & SCOTT McKNIGHT
Acoustic Roots Rock,Americana,Pop
American Legion Post 2
400 Cameron St

7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 p.m.

LINE DANCING DIVAS*
Urban Line Dance
Durant Arts Center
1605 Cameron St.

3:00 p.m.

MIKE ROSE MAGIC*
Magic,Comedy
The Little Theater of Alexandria
600 Wolfe St.

*3:30, *4:15, *5:00, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15 p.m.

MUSIKANTEN
Russell Woollen’s Alexandria Suite
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
228 S. Pitt St.

*5:00, 6:30, 8:00 p.m.

PARRIS DINEEN JUGGLING*
Juggling
GW Masonic Memorial
101 Callahan Dr.

2:15, 3:45, 5:00 p.m.

SILENT DISCO*
Dance
GW Masonic Memorial
101 Callahan Dr.

*2:00-5:00; 7:00-11:00 p.m.

THE BOB BAND
Bob Dylan Tribute
Long & Foster
110 N. Royal St.

7:15, 8:15, 9:15, 10:15 p.m.

THE STAIRWELLS
A Capella
Old Presbyterian Meeting House
323 S. Lee St.

7:00, 8:00 p.m.

THE THRILLS
50s,60s,70s,R&R,R&B
Washington St. United Methodist Church
109 S. Washington St.

6:15, 7:15, 8:15 p.m.

TOBIN JAMES BAND
Funk,Alternative Rock
GW Masonic Memorial
101 Callahan Dr.

8:00, 9:00, 10:00 p.m.

VAUGHN AMBROSE TRIO
Modern Jazz
Principle Gallery
208 King St.

6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30 p.m.

PRE-FIREWORKS BLOCK PARTY
Family
Market Square
301 King St.

4:00-6:00 p.m.

TWILIGHT FIREWORKS
Family
Over the Potomac River

6:00 p.m.

FINALE COUNTDOWN TO 2024
Family
Waterfront

11:50 p.m.

Midnight Fireworks

*Matinee performance

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