First Night Schedule


Family Festival: 2-5pm

Ongoing all afternoon

Mexic-Arte Museum – Feliz Años, Feliz Familias, Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress. Create traditional Latin American holiday crafts: maracacitos (noisemakers), papel picados (small banners), and masks. 2-4pm.

Park(ing) Lot, Frost Bank Tower, 401 Congress. Take respite in a visual installation that transforms two metered parking spaces into a tiny green oasis. 2-5pm.

Coronado Studios – Pull-a-Print, Volitant Gallery, 320 Congress. "Pull" an original silk-screen print in a hands-on workshop hosted by Coronado Studios. 2-4pm.

Exchange Club of Austin – Spirit Kite Workshop, Program Room, Austin Children's Museum, 201 Colorado. Decorate an original spirit kite to fly in First Night Austin's Grand Procession. 2-5pm.

Chinese Yo Yo Troupe, lower plaza, Wells Fargo, 111 Congress. Chinese folk sport group demonstrates the Chinese yo-yo in this hands-on workshop. 2-4pm.

VSA of Texas –; Wearable Art: Hat-Making Workshop, Boards and Commissions Room, Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Create an original, festive hat using an HEB bag and fanciful attachments. 2-5pm.

Johnny Walker – Origami Workshop, west plaza, Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Workshop teaches the art of origami, with stars created in the workshop used in the Water Works display on Auditorium Shores. 2-5pm.


2pm

Hip Hop Block Party, Bank of America, 515 Congress. Spoken word, breakdancing, DJing, and graffiti art straight from Austin with graffiti artist Nate Nordstrom, body rockers B-Boy City, and lyricists and DJs. 2-3pm.

Austin Taiko – Great Drums, lobby, 301 Congress. Synchronized traditional style and original songs on Japanese drums. 2-2:30pm.

Steve Bernal – Solo Cello, Conscious Music, lobby, Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Quiet, calm, and melodious music. 2-3pm.


2:15pm

Love of China School of Chinese Dance, Radisson Hotel, Congress at Cesar Chavez. Traditional Chinese folk dance performed by dancers ages 7-18. 2:15-3pm.


2:45pm

Austin Lyric Opera, balcony, 327 Congress. Professional singers perform memorable operatic arias. 2:45-3pm.

Austin Taiko – Great Drums, lobby, 301 Congress. Synchronized traditional style and original songs on Japanese drums. 2:45-3:15pm.

The TroublePuppetShow – Doctor Praetorius' Alchemical Carnival Featuring the Wheel of Destiny, Second & Lavaca. Dr. Praetorius presents carnival performers he created in his alchemical laboratory. 2:45-3:15pm.


3pm

Hip Hop Block Party, Bank of America, 515 Congress. Spoken word, breakdancing, DJing, and graffiti art with graffiti artist Nate Nordstrom, body rockers B-Boy City, and lyricists and DJs. "I Have a Dream" 3-3:15pm.

Clickety Cloggers, upper plaza, Wells Fargo, 111 Congress. High-energy dance rooted in traditional Appalachian-style clogging. 3-3:30pm.

Wings – Celebrating Diversity, plaza, 100 Congress. Modern dancers with disabilities create human sculpture and joyful, expressive movement. 3-3:30pm.

Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts, lobby, Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Young musicians of Austin Bella Corda perform classical guitar. 3-3:30pm.

Chandra Washington – Healing Caravan, City Council chambers, Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Spoken word and movement by Chandra Washington and jazz by baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett, bassist Michael Steven, and drummer Brannen Temple. 3-3:45pm.


3:15pm

Austin Lyric Opera, balcony, 327 Congress. Professional singers perform memorable arias. 3:15-3:45pm.

Groundwork Music Project – Family Jam, Plaza Stage, Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Local musicians perform songs that give a fresh perspective to the genre of children's music. 3:15–4pm.


3:30pm

Hip Hop Block Party, Bank of America, 515 Congress. Spoken word, breakdancing, DJing, and graffiti art with graffiti artist Nate Nordstrom, body rockers B-Boy City, and lyricists and DJs. "I Have a Dream" 3:30-4pm.

Austin Taiko – Great Drums, lobby, 301 Congress. Synchronized traditional style and original songs on Japanese drums. 3:30-4pm.

Cardboard Ice Cream Truck Puppet Theater, Second & Lavaca. Ice-cream truck puppet theatre with muppets that play music, dance, and hand out balloons and Popsicles. 3:30-4pm.


4pm

Conspirare Children's Choir – Hello and Goodbye, lobby, 301 Congress. Young singers perform songs that reflect on the past and embrace the future. 4–4:20pm.

Love of China School of Chinese Dance, Radisson Hotel, Congress at Cesar Chavez. Traditional Chinese folk dance performed by dancers ages 7-18. 4-4:45pm.

Steve Bernal – Solo Cello, Conscious Music, lobby, Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Quiet, calm, and melodious music. 4-5pm.

Chandra Washington – Healing Caravan, City Council chambers, Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Spoken word and movement by Chandra Washington and jazz by baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett, bassist Michael Steven, and drummer Brannen Temple. 4-4:45pm.


4:15pm

Clickety Cloggers, upper plaza, Wells Fargo, 111 Congress. High-energy dance rooted in traditional Appalachian-style clogging. 4:15-4:45pm.

Anthropos Music – Latin Classics, plaza stage, Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Young people perform Latin classics and improvise solos with professional Latin combo Elote, teachers, and mentors. 4:15-5:15pm.


4:30pm

Austin Lyric Opera, balcony, 327 Congress. Professional singers perform memorable arias. 4:30-4:45pm.

Conspirare Children's Choir – Hello and Goodbye, lobby, 301 Congress. Young singers perform songs that reflect on the past and embrace the future. 4:30-4:50pm.


5pm

Austin Lyric Opera, balcony, 327 Congress. Professional singers perform memorable operatic arias. 5-5:15pm.


5:20pm

Theater Action Project – Words of Renewal, plaza stage, Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Theater Action Project students perform original readings that address social issues faced by America's youth today. 5:20-5:40pm.


Grand Procession – 5:30-6:30pm

Parade down Congress to Austin City Hall, featuring kung fu-inspired action-adventure dance with pedicabs, a hamster art car with human-sized wheels powered by people in suits chasing a giant wedge of cheese, West African dancers, stilt-walkers, a one-man bicycle band, skaters, Capoeiristas, bagpipers, drummers, jugglers, unicyclists, puppeteers, and a giant grocery cart. Procession participants include: Académicos da Opera, the Austin Samba School, Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the cast of Tex-ARTS' production of Big River, Kabula: Brazilian Intercultural Exchange, Capitol City Highlanders Pipe Band, Cardboard Ice Cream Truck Puppet Theater, Chinese Yo Yo Troupe, Cubensi, Cybil Gustafson's Pedi the Fu, Cycle Circus Austin's Zodiac of Animated Bicycles, Exchange Club of Austin's Spirit Kite Brigade, Hip Hop America with B-Boy City and Austin Poetry Slam, Big Chief Kevin Goodman & the Flaming Arrows, Jaclyn Pryor's Pink Bicycle Brigade, Mary Baird's Hamster WheelMobile, Night Fairies on Parade, Rhythm/Rituals N.W.A. Performance Group, Richard "Rashah" Carson & the Cosmic Drummers, Texas Juggling Society, Austin One-Wheelers Unicycle Club, Trouble Puppet Show's Alchemical Carnival, Wings, Totally Cool/Totally Art's "Festival of Flags," Theatre Action Project, and students from Allison Elementary, Brooke Elementary, Brown Elementary, Maplewood Elementary, Pearce Middle School, and the AISD Cadets with kite puppets, balloons, birds, and dragonflies.


5:40pm

Yoga Genesis, plaza stage, Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Yoga instructor Eileen Luecke and her prenatal yoga mothers welcome the new with a moon and sun salutation. 5:40-5:45pm.

5:45pm

Austin School of Music's Blues Mafia – Tribute to Clifford Antone, plaza stage, Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Student band Blues Mafia performs blues tunes in tribute to Clifford Antone. 5:45-6:30pm.


6:30pm

Académicos da Opera, the Austin Samba School, Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Celebratory music and dance of Carnaval in Rio. 6:30–7pm.

Shining Starz & Keys of Life – Young Hearts for the Arts, Plaza Stage, Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. East Austin piano and music students perform a collage of music, song, and original artwork. 6:30-7pm.


Family Finale: 7pm, Austin City Hall

Come together after the Grand Procession for an early ringing in of the New Year.

Austin Poetry Slam – "The City Is Speaking" with Mike Henry.

! Pyrotechnics ! CSC, Rooftop Display


Evening Program

Ongoing all evening

Luke Savisky – The "I" of TX, water tower, Second Street. Interactive film/video event with individual eyes of Austin citizens projected onto the water tower and mixed with a live montage by the artist. 7pm-12mid.

Heather Gregory – Tunneling Red, CSC East Building. Fluorescent lights create a lighted tunnel. 7pm–12mid.

Oscar Riquelme – Painted Dances, Auditorium Shores. Interdisciplinary collaboration of music, dance, and film in eternal video loops of 20 minutes. 7-11pm.

Johnny Walker – Water Works, Auditorium Shores, pavilion and terraces. The pavilion pond at Auditorium Shores is transformed by water and light from 3,000 luminaries. 7pm–12mid.

Jaclyn Pryor – Pink Bicycle Carnival, Town Lake. A whimsical post-processional Bicycle Carnival created in collaboration with Bikes Across Austin. 8pm–12mid.


7:35pm

The Jones Family Singers – New Year's Hallelujah!, plaza stage, Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Rocking gospel led by Bishop Fred Jones. 7:35-8:30pm.


7:45pm

Austin Poetry Slam – First Night Slams!, upper plaza, Wells Fargo, 111 Congress. High-energy melding of poetry, theatre, stand-up, and hip-hop from Austin Poetry Slam and Southflavas. 7:45-8:15pm.

Hip Hop America, First Street Bridge. Spoken word, breakdancing, DJing, and graffiti art from Austin with graffiti artist Nate Nordstrom, body rockers B-Boy City, and lyricists and DJs. "I Have a Dream" 7:45-8pm.


8pm

The TroublePuppetShow – Doctor Praetorius' Alchemical Carnival Featuring the Wheel of Destiny, Second & Lavaca. Dr. Praetorius presents carnival performers he created in his alchemical laboratory. 8-8:30pm.

Cybil Gustafson – Pedi the Fu, First Street Bridge. Pedicab-powered, action-adventure dance work with pirouettes, pedaling, and karate kicks choreographed by Cybil Gustafson. 8-8:09pm, 8:15-8:24pm.


8:30pm

Steve Bernal – Solo Cello, Conscious Music, lobby, Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second. Quiet, calm, and melodious music. 8:30-9:15pm.

Sharir + Bustamante Danceworks – Garden of Forking Paths, lower plaza, Wells Fargo, 111 Congress. Multimedia site-specific dance work choreographed by Jose Luis Bustamante exposes the intimacy, tenderness, and sorrow of meeting and parting. 8:30-8:50pm.


8:45pm

Cardboard Ice Cream Truck Puppet Theater, Second & Lavaca. Ice-cream truck puppet theatre with muppets that play music, dance, and hand out balloons and Popsicles. 8:45-9:15pm.


9pm

Blue Lapis Dance – Angels in Our Midst, Radisson Hotel, west facade, Congress & Cesar Chavez. Site-specific aerial dance by Sally Jacques with dancers and Central Texas Mountaineers in ball gowns and tuxedos ascending and descending the building. 9-9:20pm.


9:30pm

Anuradha Naimpally – Bollywood, First Street Bridge. Costumed dancers demonstrate moves from popular Hindi films accompanied by lively Bollywood film scores and scenes. 9:30-10pm.


9:40pm

Sharir + Bustamante Danceworks – Garden of Forking Paths, lower plaza, Wells Fargo, 111 Congress. Multimedia site-specific dance work choreographed by Jose Luis Bustamante exposes the intimacy, tenderness, and sorrow of meeting and parting. 9:40-10pm.


10pm

Blue Lapis Dance – Angels in Our Midst, Radisson Hotel, west facade, Congress & Cesar Chavez. Site-specific aerial dance by Sally Jacques with dancers and Central Texas Mountaineers in ball gowns and tuxedos ascending and descending the building. 10-10:20pm.


10:15pm

Anuradha Naimpally – Bollywood, First Street Bridge. Costumed dancers demonstrate moves from popular Hindi films accompanied by lively Bollywood film scores and scenes. 10:15-10:45pm.


10:45pm

The TroublePuppetShow – Doctor Praetorius' Alchemical Carnival Featuring the Wheel of Destiny, Second & Lavaca. Dr. Praetorius presents carnival performers he created in his alchemical laboratory. 10:45-11:15pm.


11pm

Austin Poetry Slam – First Night Slams!, upper plaza, Wells Fargo, 111 Congress. High-energy melding of poetry, theatre, stand-up comedy, and hip-hop from Austin Poetry Slam and Southflavas. 11-11:30pm.


11:15pm

The Djembabes, First Street Bridge. All-female drum and vocal ensemble performs music of West African origin "Austin style" to vintage film footage provided and produced by Tim League. 11:15pm-12mid.


11:30pm

Cardboard Ice Cream Truck Puppet Theater, Second & Lavaca. Ice-cream truck puppet theatre with muppets that play music, dance, and hand out balloons and Popsicles. 11:30-12mid.

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