Last Night on the Town Virginia Beach 2017
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Ring In 2018 during Virginia Beach’s “Last Night on the Town”

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Pembroke Mall and The Town Center of Virginia Beach

Celebrate the “Last Night on the Town,” the City of Virginia Beach’s premier New Year’s Eve event!

The festivities kick off mid-afternoon at Pembroke Mall with family entertainment throughout the mall by Magical Solutions, Inc., including a children’s countdown and balloon drop at 5:00 PM.  Enjoy musical entertainment by Mosaic Steel Orchestra outside of the mall.

The fun continues until midnight at Town Center of Virginia Beach with live music on multiple stages. Opening acts include J & the Band in the Fountain Plaza, with WOAH! and MOER kicking off the party on the main stage. This year’s headline band is national recording artist 10,000 Maniacs! A midnight countdown with a spectacular laser light show and a Virginia Beach Ball Drop celebration will ring in 2018!

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!

Town Center and Pembroke merchants, hotels and restaurants will offer New Year’s Eve rates and specials. WVEC-TV will broadcast live from the event. Free parking will be available for all attendees in the Town Center garages, with overflow parking at Pembroke Mall.

Last Night on the Town is presented by the Central Business District Association in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach.

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.


Pembroke Mall Retail and Restaurant Directory

Town Center Retail, Restaurant and Hotel Directory

Is this an all ages event?
Yes, bring the entire family!
Event time?
Last Night on the Town begins at 2pm and ends at 1am.
Are there free places to park?
Yes! Free parking in all town center parking garages and at Pembroke mall.  Check parking locations here
Are there accommodations?
Yes! Our Hotel Partners are ready to check you in!
What if it rains?
This is a rain-or-shine event. Make plans to have a terrific evening, no matter what the weather!
Will businesses in the area be open?
Mall businesses will close at 6pm. Most Town restaurants will remain open all night. Most shops will remain open until 10pm. Many retailers will stay open during the event. However, final determination on store hours the night of the event will be decided by each individual business owner.
Can I bring my pet?
Sorry, but for safety reasons no pets will be allowed inside the event area. Service animals trained to assist disabled persons will be allowed into the event.
Are cameras allowed at the event?
Yes! Take lots of pictures, and share your favorites. Tag us on Facebook (Last Night on the Town), follow us on Twitter  (@lastnightonthetown) and flickr (vbcityphotographs) “Last Night set” , and hashtag us with images on Instagram (#lastnightonthetown)
What items can I NOT bring into the event area?
The following items CANNOT be brought into the event area:

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Illegal substances
  • Backpacks of any kind
  • Food or beverage of any kind
  • Alcohol (beer, wine, and champagne will be sold at the event)
  • Containers or coolers of any kind
  • Skateboards, scooters, or personal motorized vehicles (exceptions for people with mobility limitations)
  • Bicycles
  • Fireworks and explosives
  • Instruments and laser pointers
  • Picnic baskets
  • Lawn furniture
  • Pets (except service dogs)
  • No illegal vending is permitted—no unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed

Additional General Information

Access Options

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.


Taxi/Car Services

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



VIP Party

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.

Purchase Tickets (on sale December 1)

Musical Performers

(L-R) John Lombardo, Jeff Erickson, Mary Ramsey, Steve Gustafson, Jerry Augustyniak, and Dennis Drew, of the 10,000 Maniacs pose for a portrait at the Sheraton Tribeca Hotel in Manhattan, New York on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (Thomas Levinson/New York Daily News)

10,000 Maniacs – Headline Act

One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades, 10,000 Maniacs were founded by Robert Buck, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo and Natalie Merchant in the fall of 1981. Jerry Augustyniak joined in 1983. Together with artists like R.E.M. they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became know as the alternative rock format on FM radio.Writing and performing powerful, danceable and socially conscious original material in and around their hometown of Jamestown, New York the group toured extensively and produced two independently released records, Human Conflict Number Five (’82) and Secrets of the I Ching (’83) on their own Christian Burial Music label.

By producing, manufacturing and marketing their own recordings 10,000 Maniacs were one of the original “indie” bands before signing with Elektra Records and making The Wishing Chair in 1985 with producer Joe Boyd (Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, REM). After touring extensively with REM and though out Europe John Lombardo left the band in July of 1986 and the band continued as a 5 piece.

In 1987 the Maniacs recorded and released In My Tribe. Produced by Peter Asher (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt) this album broke into the charts, where it stayed 77 weeks, peaking at #37 and selling over two million copies. In My Tribe featured the hit singles “Don’t Talk,” “Hey Jack Kerouac,” “Like The Weather” and “What’s The Matter Here?” It was voted one of the 100 most important releases of the decade by Rolling Stone Magazine.

1988 saw the band debut on national television with appearances on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live.

Blind Man’s Zoo, the 1989 follow-up, hit #13 on the Billboard charts and went platinum. It featured the hit singles, “Trouble Me and “Eat For Two.” The following world tour featured several European festivals, a string of US amphitheaters and the renowned Fourth of July concert with the Grateful Dead in front of 80,000 in Buffalo NY.

In 1990 the band released a compilation of their first two independent recordings called Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings along with a companion video entitled Time Capsule.

Our Time in Eden was released in 1992, and featured the hit singles, “Candy Everybody Wants” and “These Are Days” selling more than three million copies. Rolling Stone’s four-star review called it a “…gripping new album …with a provocative, unnerving power.”

A second Saturday Night Live appearance on Halloween ‘92, preceded the Maniacs memorable performance at Bill Clinton’s MTV Inaugural Ball where host Dennis Miller famously referred to them as “Chelsea Clinton’s favorite band”.


WHOAH photo


WOAH!’s mission is to provide you and your guests, with an immersive, live music experience! Comprised of some of the most talented and capable musicians from Hampton Roads and beyond, you can be sure you’ll be more than pleased with WOAH!’s rendition of your favorite radio hits! WOAH! also offers multiple male and female vocalists, with vastly different range and style. That alone, affords the band the ability to pull-off fantastic versions of songs, by virtually any and all artists, with 3 and 4-part harmonies that will leave your ears begging for more! With state-of-the-art, stage and production equipment, and a well-rehearsed show, WOAH!’s performances are nothing short of spectacular!

MOER photo


MŒR is a hot new band from Hampton Roads Virginia. This elite group was founded and  established by Damian Bell (Drums), Tyrone Jordan (bass), and Mikhail White (Keyboard) on Feb 5th, 2016. After playing together for many years, the founders made a decision to change their destiny and form a band that would maximize their talents and expand their horizons. The vision of MŒR Entertainment is to bring a more versatile prospective to music while offering more to music lovers. Along side the founders are Alex Salinas on guitar/vocals, and Chelsea Elliot on lead vocals. MŒR is more than just a band but an experience that brings music lovers to the dance floor. Collectively, MŒR has toured the world playing in various places in the U.S and overseas. MŒR has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many stars including having the opportunity to play the main stage at the 2015 Shagfest. MŒR believes that music comes from the soul and wants to share that with music lovers around the world.Borderline crazy is a fun, top 40, pop/rock cover band based out of Virginia Beach! They perform favorites ranging from the 50’s to today!

Schedule of Events

Time Event Location
2:00PM – 4:45PM Family Entertainment Pembroke Mall
4:45PM – 5:00PM Kids’ Countdown to 2018 and Balloon Drop Pembroke Mall
5:00PM – 9:00 PM Roving Entertainment and Street Performers Town Center
5:00PM – 12:00AM Town Center Merchant & Restaurant Specials Town Center
5:30PM – 8:30PM J & the Band Fountain Plaza Stage
7:30PM – 12:00AM Food & Beverage Sales Countdown Square
8:00PM – 12:00AM CBDA VIP Party Stage Side Tent
8:00 – 9:00PM MOER Countdown Square Stage
9:15PM – 10:15PM WOAH! Countdown Square Stage
10:30PM – 12:00AM 10,000 Maniacs Countdown Square Stage
11:58PM – 12:00AM Countdown and Virginia Beach Ball Drop Countdown Square
12:00AM – 12:20AM 10,000 Maniacs Encore and Laser Light Show Countdown Square
2017 Event Map

         Event Map

2017 Event Schedule

      Event Schedule