First Night Raleigh
Wed., Dec. 31, 2 p.m. to midnight
Ring in 2015 at the 23rd annual New Year's Eve arts festival. Much more than a countdown to midnight, First Night Raleigh features live music, comedy, dance, spoken word and interactive art - 100 performances in three dozen locations.
The party gets started with the children's celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. The people's procession begins at 6 p.m. Evening performances run from 7 to 10:45 p.m. The grand finale features fireworks and the Acorn Drop (after all, Raleigh is the City of Oaks) at midnight.