First Night Charlotte 2014
WBTV First Night Charlotte will be the center of activity this New Year’s Eve in Uptown Charlotte. The family-friendly cultural event of the year will be held in Romare Bearden Park, which will come alive with artists, dancers, singers, circus performers, comedians and more on New Year’s Eve! McDonald’s® First Night Kids kicks off the New Year’s Eve celebrations and runs from 1-6pm. Evening activities last from 7-9:30pm, followed by a fantastic midnight finale featuring headline band, Sol Fusion, performing from 10pm-12:30am at the main stage.
WBTV First Night Charlotte is a high-quality, alcohol-free celebration of the New Year. We engage our community and advance the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts through accessible shared cultural experiences, free of charge. Attendees are encouraged to enjoy local dining before the Queen Charlotte crown is raised to ring in 2014.
1-6pm: McDonald’s® First Night Kids
Activities will take place on the Church Street side of Romare Bearden Park. Everyone is invited to come by, enjoy some entertainment, decorate your own crown at Crown Town, and take advantage of the TapSnap photobooth (free photos!).The Kids’ countdown will begin at 5:50pm.
McDonald’s® First Night Kids entertainment includes:
- The Magic of Glen Yost – one of our area’s finest magicians
- Cara Zara Hoops Entertainer – hula hoop performer, teacher and entertainer
- Caroline Calouche Aerial Artists – contemporary aerial dancers
- Spin Cycle Jugglers
- Steve Langley, The Great Fettucini – professional juggler and entertainer
- Chris Thompson Cultural Ensemble – African dance and drumming
- Ronald McDonald Magic Show
McDonalds® will have samples for all to enjoy, and Cloud 9 Bakery will have sweets for sale!
7-9:30pm: WBTV First Night Charlotte evening activities
Activities will be held in and around Romare Bearden Park. Attendees are encouraged to enjoy dinner Uptown and then head to the Park for entertainment and activities throughout the evening. Food trucks will be on-hand, including:
The Plated Palette
Auto Burger and Fry Guys
Comfort Food on Wheels
Chef Street Bistro
Smokey Brat Dogs
WBTV First Night Charlotte entertainment highlights includes:
- The Kenny Curry Band – singer/songwriter
- Charlotte Comedy Theater – improve and comedy performance
- Charlotte’s own Quentin “Q” Talley – performing selections from “Miles & Coltrane: Blue (.) by: Concrete Generation”
10pm – 12:30am: Countdown to Midnight, featuring headliner Sol Fusion
Taking place at the main stage, Sol Fusion performs until 12:30am as we celebrate the New Year together and countdown to midnight!
Sponsors include WBTV, McDonald’s®, Mecklenburg County Parks & Rec., Arts & Science Council, Bank of America, Moore & Van Allen, YMCA of Greater Charlotte, UTC Aerospace Systems, My School Rocks, Findyourcenter.com and Charlotte Center City Partners.
Don’t take our words for it, SEE for yourself! We have prepared a brief video of last year’s event. If you have not attended the event in the past, this is what you have missed. (And count the number of smiles!!)
To make this year’s First Night Charlotte bigger and better than last year, we continue to need your support. A number of our key sponsors have signed on for another year, and we have a number of great sponsor opportunities remaining.
If you would like to participate or have a more active role in this year’s event, let’s talk further. You’re in good company!