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Festival of the Arts
in Downtown
Charlottesville VA
New Year's Eve

First Night Virginia is an annual “community celebration of the arts” that began in Charlottesville in 1982 and is the second oldest First Night in the country. 2015 will be the 33nd annual festival of the arts with many family-friendly activities on and around the historic Downtown Mall.

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3:00 - 4:15 and 6:15 pm Commonwealth Reserve /
Crooning with the Critters

Join the Goodlife Puppet Theater as they take an imaginary journey from the farm to the coast of Greenland to the desserts of Africa and back. Our vehicle will be the songs we sing about the animals we meet along the way. Puppets and lots of audience participation. Family fun.
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6:15 and 7:30 pm at The Haven Sanctuary /
Gorilla Theater

Just like it sounds. This is an opportunity for young thespians to dive in to the theater experience as well as share what they know. Shows in this category are 100% safe for all ages with a kid-friendly focus, and are generally adaptations of classic literature. See More

7:30 and 8:45 pm at Omni Ballroom

The “Kokomotions” Band consists of four original members! Founding member Billy Brockman, guitar and vocals, Skip Haga, Keyboards and vocals, Steve Riggs Bass and Eddie Hall Drums and vocals!! We are a New Orleans style rock and funk dance band with some original music mixed in! We were together Back in the mid 80s’. See More

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