Don’t Miss A Moment Of Fun!

Keep checking back to see who our list of awesome entertainers will be for this year.  To see what our schedule was like last New Year’s Eve, see the schedule of events and map of destinations.  Details for this year will be posted as soon as they are available.  You will not want to miss a single moment of First Night Harrisonburg Fun.

For more information:

Entertainers We Are Glad Are Coming This Year

1  Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Band  is known for their smooth vocal blends, stirring performances, and irrepressible humor. Location: First Presbyterian Church Showker Hall, 8:00 & 10:00.

1  No Strings Attached is a Harrisonburg-based improv comedy troupe. They act, sing, and make you laugh. Location, First Presbyterian Church Showker Hall, 7:00, 9:00 & 11:00.

2  The Walking Roots Band is an Acoustic-Americana, folk, bluegrass-y, roots music group. Mixing a variety of musical tastes and influences, they employ guitars, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, violin, acoustic and rich vocal harmonies in their original songs and arrangements. Location: First Presbyterian Sanctuary, 7:00 & 9:00.

2  Brian Buchanan is a Country/Americana singer/songwriter who performs a mix of traditional country and original music and has won international acclaim for traditional country sound and songwriting. Location: First Presbyterian Sanctuary, 8:00 & 10:00.

3  The Magic of Brian Bence: Brian includes music, comedy, and magic to provide a fun-filled interactive show that is sure to be memorable. Location: Court Square Theater, 6:00 & 8:00. (Weather permitting, Brian will perform on the street around Court Square.)

3  ‘Stone Rollin’ is a rhythm, blues, and soul party guaranteed to keep your feet moving and your face smiling! We are proudly fronted by vocal powerhouse Becca Gogue Porter! Location: Court Square Theater, 7:00, 9:00 & 10:00.

8  ACME Swing Mfg. Co.  You do want to dance, don’t you? You move, we groove, it’s what you call symbiotic. Ballads, blues, love songs, we’re all about close listening. Location, Muhlenberg Activity Center, 8:00 till 11:30.

9  Rainbow Designs Face Painting   By Sarah Zaidman. Each child gets a unique design complete with glitter and gems! Location: Harrisonburg Homes Team @ Kline May Realty, 83 South Main St, 6:00 till 8:45.

10  Dwight Martin singer-songwriter-performing artist from Harrisonburg, playing “Hits from Past to Present” classic rock, country songs, and top 40 (Beatles, Eric Clapton, U2). at OASIS, Location: 103 S. Main St. 6:30 till 9:30.at Location: 103 S. Main St. 6:30 till 9:30

12  Explore More Discovery Museum an interactive children’s museum, provides activities from 6:00 until 9:30 pm. The bubble wrap dance party takes place at 9:00. Parents need FNH19 buttons to enter unless they have a family membership to the Museum. Location address; 150 South Main St., 6:00 till 9:30.

13  The Barefoot Puppets has been building and performing original and award-winning works since 1997. They tour nationally creating new works for young audiences and their families. Location: Massanutten Library, 6:00 & 8:00.

13  Mike Deaton’s Rhythm Playground. Mike will showcase a few drums and percussion instruments from different parts of the world. Join in for some community music making with simple hand-held instruments! Location: Massanutten Library, 7:00 & 9:00.

14  The Sachs Piano Duo delights audiences of all ages with a variety of music written for piano and piano duo which is as fun to watch as it is to play, with interesting arm crossings and close hand proximity. Location: Asbury Sanctuary, 7:00 & 9:00.

14  Clymer Kurtz Band: The Clymer Kurtz’s songwriting “has a high level of originality: lyrically, melodically and emotionally,” writes former music radio host Mel Lee. Location: Asbury, 8:00 & 10:00.

15  The Hatcher Boys is a family bluegrass band. Location: Asbury Slaven Hall, Handicap accessible on the south side, 7:00, 8:30 & 10:00.

16  Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers & The Shenandoah Valley Minstrels Band welcome you to the pleasure of dancing in the style your ancestors once enjoyed; popular dances of the 1700’s and 1800’s. No dance experience necessary. Join in for good family fun. Location: St Stephen’s basement, 7:00 till 9:30.

17  Hotel Madison plays a variety of jazz, blues, and Brazilian music.  Trio Jazz features Bishop Dansby on trumpet, Bob Bersson on guitar and vocals, and Jack Greer on percussion.  The trio plays a variety of jazz, blues, and Brazilian music.  They will perform three sets of 45 minutes each 6:00, 7:00 & 8:00. Join them in the lobby of the newly build Hotel Madison, 710 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.  Park free in the JMU parking garage off S. Mason Street.

18  John C. Wells Planetarium Want to inspire and excite your budding scientist or engineer?  Don’t miss this opportunity to visit JMU’s state-of-the-art John C. Wells Planetarium.  Park free in the JMU parking garage off S. Mason Street.  Shows at 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 PM are geared for families with young children. Shows are 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 are perfect for families with middle school-aged children.

  • 5:00 One World One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
  • 5:30 This is Our Sky
  • 6:00 Earth, Moon and Sun
  • 6:30 Magic Tree House: Space Mission
  • 7:00 Polaris: The Space Submarine & The Mystery of Polar Night
  • 7:30 Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?  

BALL DROP ON COURT SQUARE: New this year, there will be two ball drops:

  • First at 9:30 for families with young children.
  • Second, at 11:58 PM will begin the count down to ringing in the New Year, 2019.  Around 11:30, DJ Chuck will lead the unique Dance Party from Main Stage.  Can we try the impossible again this year?  Let’s set a record of holding the largest ever dance party on Court square!  Over 2,500 may break the record.  Can we do it?

Also consider attending either or both of the following.

7  Dancing with Karen  Social dance includes standard ballroom dances like Waltz, Fox Trot and Cha-Cha; dances that have endured because they are fun for everyone! Come and enjoy a great variety of social dances! Location: 77 E. Market St.  FNH19 Buttons required for admittance.

11  Dance & Company  Resident performing company. The Shenandoah Contemporary Dance Theater will perform two dance repertoires: at 5:30 and 7:00. Location: 115 S. Main St. FNH19 Buttons required for admittance.

See the schedule of events and map of destinations below.

2019 Master Map

Don’t Miss A Moment Of Fun!

Check out the schedule of events and map of destinations below and plan out your evening in advance so you don’t miss a single moment of First Night Fun.