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! 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 Virginia Beach Town Center’s Fountain Plaza with DJ Ty Street and novelty entertainment from 6 pm until 9 pm with live music following until midnight. Opener Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos kicks off the party at the Countdown Stage on Columbus Street. Headlining the Countdown Stage on Columbus Street will be a memorable performance by Switchfoot as the beachball drops to ring in 2019!
All activities and entertainment are free and open to the public, with food and adult beverages available for purchase. A separate, 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://lastnightonthetown.com
Town Center and Pembroke merchants, hotels and restaurants will offer New Year’s Eve rates and specials. For more information on rates and specials, visit http://lastnightonthetown.com
Free parking will be available for all attendees in the Town Center garages, with overflow parking at Pembroke Mall.
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted into the event but food, beer and wine will be available for purchase in the 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.
Check these hotels for special rates when making your reservation!
Hotels outside of Town Center will run shuttles to and from the event throughout the night.
|The Virginia Beach Westin at Town Center
|4535 Commerce St Virginia Beach, VA 23462||757.557.0550|
|Hilton Garden Inn at Town Center||252 Town Center Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23462||757.326.6200|
|Crowne Plaza Virginia Beach Town Center||4453 Bonney Rd Virginia Beach, VA 23462||757.473.1700|
|The Holiday Inn Virginia Beach Norfolk Conference Center||5655 Greenwich Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462||757.499.4400|
| Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center
|2800 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451||757.481.9000|
A number of Pembroke and Town Center restaurants will be offering New Year’s Eve specials. Contact each restaurant for more information.
Many of the Town Center and Pembroke Mall retailers are offering New Year’s Eve specials during Last Night on the Town. Stop in at the stores below for special offers.
Special parking for disabled individuals is available. These spaces are reserved for vehicles displaying state-issued (any state) disability placards or license plates. These spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Accessible restrooms will be available. Service animals trained to assist disabled persons will be allowed into the event.
Our primary goal is to create a safe and secure environment for all event attendees. To ensure this, there will be on-site security provided by local police. If you’re experiencing any problems whatsoever, locate an event staff member or police officer.
WE HAVE A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY TOWARD VIOLENCE OF ANY TYPE. ANY INCIDENTS WILL BE ADDRESSED BY THE CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT AND EVENT SECURITY. ANY PERSONS INVOLVED IN FIGHTING OR VIOLENT ACTS WILL BE REMOVED FROM SITE AND/OR ARRESTED, NO EXCEPTIONS
Stay safe! Book a room at one of the nearby hotels, or call for a ride home:
Black and White Cab – 757.855.7528
All City Cab Company – 757.428.8294
Yellow Cab of Virginia Beach – 757.460.0605
Alba Taxi – 757.425.2522
Eagle Taxi Cab – 757.705.2727
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, great food, and fun, with premier viewing of the main stage, the Virginia Beach Ball Drop celebration and laser light show! Tickets are $125 per person.
VIP guests must be 21 years or older. VIP catering provided by Catherine’s Catering. Event will be held rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable.
Formed in San Diego in 1996, SWITCHFOOT is Jon Foreman (vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Jerome Fontamillas (keyboard, guitar), Drew Shirley (guitar), and Chad Butler (drums).
After 10 albums, multiple hit singles, millions of records sold, a GRAMMY Award and 20 years of
touring, in late 2017, SWITCHFOOT put the brakes on. The successful release and tour for their most recent album, WHERE THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH had concluded, and the San Diego-based quintet decided to take a long deserved, much needed hiatus. Their goals? To think on difficult, important questions about the band and themselves personally, including: “Why are we doing this?” The answers weren’t long in coming and are musically evident in the 14 remarkable songs that make up NATIVE TONGUE, a creative juggernaut spawned by singer Jon Foreman’s realization that the answer to “why?” was to “pursue joy.”
Joy became the paramount goal in his life and music. “Joy is an incredible motivator,” says Jon: “It’s
only to be found in the moment, not in the past or future. That’s what music is to us: The ever-present joy of the ever-present now.”
During the hiatus, Jon’s positive immediacy inspired songs that he had to get out. Creative openness without a goal resulted in an electric, wide-ranging collection. “There was no ‘should’ or ‘ought.’ It was a beautiful freedom. Songs we wrote didn’t have to turn into anything, as long as we were pursuing joy. That’s where this record was born.”
NATIVE TONGUE marks the 11th record since 1997’s debut, THE LEGEND OF CHIN, which started SWITCHFOOT on a path of critical and fan acclaim for albums including 2003’s multi-platinum breakthrough THE BEAUTIFUL LETDOWN, the GRAMMY award-winning HELLO HURRICANE (2009), and FADING WEST, which was also the name of a documentary on the band.
For an album that “snuck up on” SWITCHFOOT, there’s a remarkable cohesion among the songs. Of course, 20 years together can do that to a band. A band that moves easily among the world of modern rock but mystifies those who try to pigeonhole them. “Since the beginning, SWITCHFOOT never fit into a musical genre,” notes Chad. “We all come from different musical upbringings, and we believe any good playlist has diversity.”
Approaching the music on NATIVE TONGUE with kid-like enthusiasm combined with the years spent honing their craft makes NATIVE TONGUE a rare gem. “We channeled Queen, ELO, the Kinks; our favorite albums from the past. Albums with guitar solos,” laughs Jon, who says, “I’d play solos over and over just because they were fun! But we didn’t want to make a throwback album, and Brent was great at marrying the sensibility of our roots with the present and beyond. We took fun risks.”
Those risks paid off in songs that the listener can interact with on multiple levels. If NATIVE TONGUE’s tunes are approachable and memorable, the album also has a heady goal. NATIVE TONGUE is, Jon says, ‘An attempt to be a loving embrace of all the human souls who have been weighed down by the times. It’s a chance for all of us to be reminded of what brings us together, not what tears us apart. My hope, for this record,” Jon concludes, “is that it would be a reminder that there are new streams available for us to travel down, and that hatred is not our language, love is our native tongue.”
Formed in July of 2012 Anthony and the Conqueroos have quickly made a name in the Local and National blues scene. Two time International Blues Challenge Finalists, Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos blend old school blues with a modern rock sound. Muddy Water flows into second line funk with fuzzy guitar riffs on Chicago’s south side. 2014 kicked of with VEER Magazines “Best Blues” award and continues with a full length album and festival performances booked across the country.
Featuring Guitar and Vocals by Anthony Rosano, Paul Warren on Bass,
Jack Campbell on Harp, and Scott Smith on Drums. Together they blend a unique style of Funk and Rock and Roll that is heavily steeped in the Blues tradition.
The crossover appeal of the Conqueroos has led them to share the stage with a diverse range of blues artists. From modern blues rock pioneers like Tab Benoit, Hamilton Loomis, Trampled under Foot, and Albert Castiglia, to more traditional artists like Big Joe and the Dyna Flows, Biscuit Miller and the Mix, Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, and Rick Estrin and the Nightcats.
With a band of musicians this diverse you can cover a lot of ground but they also write strong songs with instrumental hooks and lyrics that speak with emotion and depth.
Constantly evolving, The CONQUEROOS are always pushing things to new horizons. Instead of the same formula night after night, The CONQUEROOS will often try new arrangements augmented by inviting out guest musicians. Tweaking the recipe just right for a new show every time.
If your taste in blues is filled with funky rhythm and explosive guitar work anchored by old school harp and lively vocals, this is your new favorite band.
|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.|
|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||DJ Ty Street Party in the Plaza||Town Center Fountain Plaza||Party music, dancing and high energy light show.|
|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.|
|8:00PM – 12:00AM||Food & Beverage Sales||Countdown Square||Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase in Countdown Square. ID required.|
|8:00PM – 12:00AM||CBDA VIP Party – FIRE & ICE||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, the Virginia Beach Ball Drop celebration, 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://www.lastnightonthetown.com/
|9:00PM – 10:15PM||Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos||Countdown Square Stage||Live Music|
|10:30PM – 12:00AM||Switchfoot||Countdown Square Stage||Live Music|
|11:58PM – 12:00AM||Countdown and Virginia Beach Ball Drop||Countdown Square||Countdown as to New Years as Virginia Beach’s Beach Ball drops into Town Center to Ring in 2019!|
|12:00AM – 12:20AM||Switchfoot Encore||Countdown Square|