WRAL First Night Raleigh

  • Dates: December 31, 2023
  • Presenting Organization: Artsplosure
  • Venue: Downtown Raleigh
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: Fayetteville St. and surrounding areas, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Times: 2pm-midnight
  • Admission: Advance tickets (ages 6+), $12; On-site (ages 6-12), $12; On-site (ages 13+), $16; Children under 5 yrs., free


Note: Details for this year's event will be released soon.

WRAL First Night Raleigh is North Carolina's largest New Year's Eve celebration. Tens of thousands of people flock to downtown Raleigh each New Year's Eve for the family-friendly community celebration of art, presented by Artsplosure.

Festivities begin with the early afternoon City Plaza outdoor musical performances and the Children’s Celebration at 2pm. Performances and activities will continue throughout the evening across multiple indoor venues throughout Downtown Raleigh. The night is capped off with music on the outdoor Main Stage, the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop, and a spectacular fireworks show.