Ring in 2016 at Harrisonburg’s First Night Celebration

First Night Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg’s best downtown celebration is just a week away! On New Year’s Eve, Court Square will be busting at the seams with live music, dancing, art exhibits, food and drinks, children’s activities, and more. This is one party you don’t want to miss out on!

Get Your First Night Button

Remember to grab your First Night button at any of these retailers before the event to save a couple bucks (they are $6 pre-sale, and $8 the night of the event):

  • Daily News-Record
  • Massanutten Resort General Store
  • Rocktown Gift Shoppe in the Hardesty-Higgins House
  • Massanutten Regional Library
  • Downtown Books
  • Friendly City Food Co-op
  • Glenn’s Fair Price Store
  • Red Front Supermarket
  • Oasis
  • Mr. J’s (All three locations)

Schedule of Events

Check out this 6-hour schedule of events beforehand so you can scope out which events you want to attend. Special note: our office (aka Wilson Downtown Gallery) will be offering face painting from 7:00 – 9:00!


Interested in learning more about the performers and exhibits offered throughout the evening? Read all about the entertainment here. Some of them include Randy Black & Soul Dressing, Nothin’ Fancy, The Walking Roots Band, The Magic of Brian Bence, and The Shenandoah Valley Minstrels, to name just a few.


Of course, you’ll definitely want to stay for the fireworks at the strike of midnight, to officially ring in 2016. Court Square will be lit up by the booming, colorful explosions in the night sky — rain or shine!

For more information, such as parking and maps, visit firstnightharrisonburg.com.

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2 thoughts on “Ring in 2016 at Harrisonburg’s First Night Celebration

  1. Mel Lee

    I’m Mel Lee and I’m interested in performing for First Night 2016. I hope this is proper channel for contacting First Night organizers. I’ve performed in the past with the bands Frosty Morning and Nonesuch, but I would like to go solo this year. I’m a singer, instrumentalist, and storyteller. and for many years was producer and host of “Mel Lee’s Songbag” on public radio WEMC. I am compiling a program of ballads and stories about the world of Faery. This is not a program of children’s”fairy tales” but songs and tales relating to the Faery of Irish and Scottish folklore. If there is an official application I would appreciate being directed to it.
    Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you ,

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