First Night in Alexandria still set to bring in the new year

If the end of any year seemed like a cause for celebration – 2020 might be it.

The coronavirus pandemic is looming over New Year’s festivities – but First Night in Alexandria is still happening.

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Organizers say they planned the event with safety in mind, so that people could celebrate the end of a difficult year.

"We had to stop and use that word that has come about all over the place. Pivot. Figure out how we could create an event as best as possible be cancel proof given all of the unknowns 2020 brought to us," said First Night organizer Marilyn Patterson.

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This year, the event will take place in a parking lot on Eisenhower Avenue.

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There will be a drive-in and virtual option for attendees to enjoy from the comfort of their car or home.

This year features a mix of comedy and concerts. Here’s who will be performing:

- Earth, Wind, & Fire Tribute Band – Covering the hits of this iconic group and more

- Rock-A-Sonics – Vintage Rock & Roll and Rockabilly favorites

- JukeBoxx – High energy dance band covering top 40s favorites

- JWX – The Jarreau Williams experience – A breakout hometown favorite brings the hits of rock, pop, and R&B

- Clean AF Comedy – Comedy troupe that is clean and funny for the entire family to relate to

The show times are 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 

The event is taking place before midnight because Virginia is currently under curfew due to the pandemic.


For the drive-in option – Tickets are $60 for General Admission and $75 for VIP. There are about 100 tickets left.

For the virtual option – Tickets are $20. There are an unlimited amount available.

A portion of the proceeds supports young musicians studying choral, band, and orchestra in Alexandria City middle and high schools.

To purchase tickets or to learn more about First Night, click here.