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First Night

What is First Night?

Ring in the New Year with thousands of your friends and neighbors at First Night Harrisonburg. Activities and performances will begin at 5:00 p.m. with children’s activities at John C Wells Planetarium and continue until Midnight in downtown Harrisonburg. To celebrate, we will highlight the arts and bring the community together by transforming retail stores, churches, and downtown businesses into performance venues that showcase local and regional talents. Past performances have included a range of live music, from bluegrass to rock n’ roll for the adults, and clowns, face painters and magicians just for the kids.

First Night buttons are available for only $8 in advance and $10 on the day of the event.  NEW this year will be the ability to purchase buttons on line.  More information will be published when buttons are available to be purchased after December 1st.  Children under the age of 5 are admitted free of charge. The button serves as your admission pass that grants you access to every performance and every venue throughout the night. That’s more than 25 performances in 14 venues!

Court Square Theater Schedule

7:00pm - 8:00pm Strong Water
8:00pm - 9:00pm Everyday People
9:00pm - 10:00pm Strong Water
10:00pm - 11:00pm Everyday People

Strong Water is an energetic, up and coming Folk/Americana/Bluegrass band.  They use acoustic & electric guitar, melodic fiddle lines, tasteful drums & percussion, and bass guitar.

Strong Water website

Everyday People is an 8 piece band playing 60's & 70's soul, funk and R&B.  So if you like to dance & enjoy music that puts a smile on your face, c'mon out and join the party! 

Everday People website

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Earlier Event: December 30
Champagne Cabaret
Later Event: January 8
Auditions for: Lend Me A Tenor