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Celebrate “Last Night on the Town,” the City of Virginia Beach’s premier New Year’s Eve event!
The FREE festivities kick off mid-afternoon at Pembroke Mall with family entertainment throughout the mall including magicians, jugglers, a children’s countdown and balloon drop at 5 pm. Beginning at 2 pm, join the fun inside the Mall with magicians, jugglers, arts and crafts and a Mad Science workshop station. Free for all and family friendly! Outside the Mall enjoy performances by the Mosaic Steel Orchestra and sample delicious treats from food trucks (purchase required)! It all leads to the countdown and balloon drop to Ring in the New Year inside the Mall at 5 pm!
The fun continues at Town Center of Virginia Beach with roaming entertainment and street performers until 9 pm and live music until midnight. Opening acts include J & the Band at the Fountain Plaza Stage, with WOAH! and MOER kicking off the party at the Countdown Stage on Columbus Street. Headlining the Countdown Stage on Columbus Street will be a memorable performance by the legendary 10,000 Maniacs and a spectacular laser light show and New Year’s Celebration as the beachball drops to ring in 2018!
10,000 Maniacs is one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades. They defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio. In 2013 10,000 Maniacs released their first full-length album in 13 years. Music From The Motion Picture was hailed as a beautiful affirmation of the band’s classic poetic lyrics and dreamy Americana blend. In 2015 the band released, Twice Told Tales, a collection of traditional folk songs from the British Isles. The band released Playing Favorites on Omnivore Records in 2016. PF is a collection of some of your favorites, recorded LIVE in Jamestown, NY at the band’s 33 1/3 anniversary celebration. Cryptic Rock’s Meghan Ritter says “The band’s live sound can best be described as clean. The instrumentation is flawless, the group’s thirty-five years of experience in the business is evident in their expertise.”
All activities and entertainment are free and open to the public, with food and adult beverages available for purchase. A ticketed VIP Party hosted by the Central Business District Association will be held stage side in a heated tent, providing VIP guests with the best views of the festivities! For more VIP Party ticket info, visit http://bit.ly/2z2oCRk
Town Center and Pembroke merchants, hotels and restaurants are offering New Year’s Eve rates and specials. For more info on rates and specials, please visit http://www.lastnightonthetown.com/
Free parking will be available for all attendees in the Town Center garages, with overflow parking at Pembroke Mall. For more info on traffic pattern, parking and the event site, please visit http://bit.ly/2AxhizB
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted into the event but food, beer and wine will be available for purchase in Countdown Square. Guests must be at least 21 years of age with a valid photo ID to purchase and/or consume alcoholic beverages. For the safety of all, Event Security may screen persons and search bags of guests that are entering the event. Beverage proceeds benefit Virginia Legends Walk.
Last Night on the Town is presented by the Central Business District Association in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach. 13News Now WVEC- TV will broadcast live from the event!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
2:00PM – 4:45PM, Family Entertainment - Pembroke Mall
Magical Solutions will delight New Year’s revelers of ALL ages with roving entertainment and performances on several stages throughout the mall followed by a kids’ countdown and balloon drop at 5:00 PM. Kids can make their own New Year’s Eve party hats and favors. Mosaic Steel Orchestra will perform outside of the mall. 4:45PM – 5:00PM, Kids’ Countdown to 2018 and Balloon Drop Pembroke Mall 5…4…3…2…1… Happy New Year! Ring in the New Year at 5:00 PM with the kids’ countdown and balloon drop in Pembroke Mall. This is the largest event of its kind on the east coast!
5:00PM – 9:00 PM, Roaming Entertainment and Street Performers - Town Center
Fire throwers, stilt walkers, jugglers, a dance troupe and more will delight the crowds in the Fountain Plaza and throughout Town Center as they await the countdown to midnight.
5:00PM – 12:00AM, Town Center Merchant & Restaurant Specials - Town Center
Shop and dine at Town Center while enjoying New Year’s Eve discounts and specials.
5:30PM – 8:30PM, J & the Band - Fountain Plaza Stage
7:30PM – 12:00AM, Food & Beverage Sales - Countdown Square (Columbus Street)
Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase in Countdown Square. ID required.
8:00PM – 12:00AM, CBDA VIP Party - Stage Side Tent
The Central Business District Association is hosting a stage-side, tented and heated VIP Party from 8:00 PM until Midnight. Admission includes 2 drink tickets, cash bar, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, access to VIP restrooms, food, fun, and premier viewing of the main stage, ball drop and laser light show. Tickets will be available for purchase in December. VIP guests must be 21 years or older. VIP catering provided by Catherine’s Catering. Tickets are non-refundable. For more VIP Party ticket info, visit http://bit.ly/2z2oCRk
8:00 – 9:00PM, MOER - Countdown Stage on Columbus Street
9:15PM – 10:15PM, WOAH! - Countdown Stage on Columbus Street
10:30PM – 12:00AM, 10,000 Maniacs - Countdown Stage on Columbus Street
11:58PM – 12:00AM, Countdown and Beachball Drop - Countdown Square (Columbus Street)
Count down to New Years as Virginia Beach’s Beachball drops into Town Center to Ring in 2018
12:00AM – 12:20AM, 10,000 Maniacs Encore and Laser Light Show
Proceeds support the Virginia Legends Walk.
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