Kick off New Year’s 2016 Right at First Night Alexandria

December 23, 2015 / editor

Don’t just stay on the couch this New Year’s—get out and enjoy life in Alexandria to the fullest!

First Night Alexandria events will keep you wide awake until midnight, with special performances, local restaurant and gym deals, and plenty more.

First things first: if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, do it now. Now, check out the events calendar and see what we’ve highlighted below to take full advantage of the best of First Night Alexandria in Old Town!

Get a Discounted Workout at Sand & Steel

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The trainers at Sand & Steel Fitness (109 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA) get rave reviews on Yelp for their “innovative” and “effective” fitness classes. Start off New Year’s in Alexandria with a $10 Intro Level TRX or CrossFit class. While you’re there, you’ll be able to get a free fitness and nutrition evaluation, too! It’s all happening from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Eat Up Specials at Local Restaurants

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Feeling hungry? Several Alexandria restaurants are having special deals all day. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Bittersweet (823 King Street, Alexandria, VA)
  • Il Porto Ristorante (corner of King and Lee Streets, Alexandria, VA)
  • King Street Blues (112. N. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA)
  • Rocklands food truck (100 block of N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA)
  • Waterfront Market (0 block of King Street, East of Union Street, Alexandria, VA)

Stop by to Hear Award-Winning Band Ruthie and the Wranglers

7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ruthie and the Wranglers have won 30 WAMMIES in 25 years of performances for a reason! Ease into the evening with an Americana Country band that knows how to get a crowd to dance. Head to the Pompanoosuc Mills Alexandria Showroom (277 S. Washington St. Suite 100, Alexandria, VA), and stay for an hour or longer. They’re playing until 11:00 p.m.!

Listen to Musicians Duke it Out at Battle of the Local Stars

8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

If you’re ready to bid farewell to Ruthie and the Wranglers, head over to the Durant Arts Center (1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA) and watch as local musicians sing the night away in a battle of the bands. This event’s guaranteed to be a good time, and it’s also a great time to discover new favorite bands while mingling with Alexandria locals!

Note: if you’d like to see the whole thing from start to finish, the show goes from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Dance the Night Away to a Live DJ Set

10:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Now that you’re all warmed up, it’s time to head to a live DJ Set at the Alexandria Waterfront (0 King Street, Alexandria, VA) for the countdown to the fireworks! The DJ, Ray Casiano, is a local favorite who’s been the DJ for this event five years running. There’s no chance you’ll get sleepy while you’re dancing from 10:30 p.m. until midnight!

Marvel at the Fireworks Over the Potomac

11:59 p.m. to NEW YEAR’S DAY 2016!

No matter how old we get, fireworks just never get old. Alexandria Mayor, Bill Euille, and friends will count us down to New Year’s Day 2016. Enjoy the dazzling fireworks show sparkling with reflections on the Potomac, and celebrate with friends and family!


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