With forecast for rainy end to 2018, First Night plans ways to celebrate indoors

December 29, 2018
Despite frigid temperatures, First Night Raleigh attracted locals to bid farewell to 2017 and welcome 2018. (Photo by Chris Baird / WRAL.com Contributor)

With 2018 now the wettest year on record at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, it’s no surprise the year will end with the chance for rain, but WRAL First Night in in downtown Raleigh is planning to ring in the New Year with fun, regardless of the forecast.

First Night in Raleigh has become a tradition and a time for people to reset and start fresh.

Historically, Fayetteville Street has been the place to be for the celebration, and it will remain that way even if rain puts a damper on New Year’s Eve.

Organizers said they have been thinking ahead about potential rain and how the event can still be fun.

“Half of First Night is indoor activities and performances throughout downtown in over two dozen venues,” marketing director Cameron Laws said.. “So, if you’re coming out for the first time, you’ll find that there’s a real plethora of things you can see and do at First Night.”

Organizers said the venues will feature performances from comedians and musical groups ranging from electronic music to bluegrass.

“There’s really something for everybody and you can stay nice and dry indoors, but we’ll still be on Fayetteville Street rain or shine. There’s plenty to do there as well,” Laws said.

The fireworks that will ring in 2019 are expected to go on rain or shine.

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