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First Night Alexandria

Where and when: Old Town, 5 p.m. to midnight Tuesday

Admission: $10 for adults ($15 day of event); children younger than 12 are admitted free. Buttons are available at various Old Town stores, including Hilton Hotel Old Town, Torpedo Factory, Virginia Commerce Bank and Burke & Herbert Bank. On Tuesday, buttons will be available at First Night Headquarters at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1900 Diagonal Road.

Parking: Various lots around Old Town

Highlights: Children's storytelling, a cappella groups, clowns, puppet shows, classical music, Celtic music.

More information: 703/838-4222 or www.firstnightalexandria.org.

First Night Annapolis

Where and when: Annapolis Historic District. First Act events for children begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday; other events run from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Admission: $15 for adults ($20 day of event), $10 for children ages 6 to 12; children younger than 6 are admitted free. Advance admission buttons are available at Giant Foods in Anne Arundel County, Bowie and Columbia; Borders Books in Towson, Waldorf, Columbia, Bowie and Annapolis; the Historic Annapolis Museum Store at 77 Main St.; Annapolis Ticketmaster, 410/481-SEAT; and the First Night Box Office at 100 Cathedral St. On the day of the event, buttons will be available at the Naval Academy Stadium Box Office, Church Circle Post Office and the Visitors Center kiosk at City Dock.

Parking: Naval Academy Memorial Stadium. Parking is $6, but free shuttles will run continually.

Highlights: Expanded First Act for children, fortunetellers, open-mike performances, zydeco performances.

More information: 410/268-8553 or www.firstnightannapolis.org.

First Night Leesburg

Where and when: Downtown Leesburg, from 6 p.m. to midnight Tuesday

Admission: $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to12; children younger than 3 are admitted free. Advance admission buttons are available at Loudoun Visitors Center, Leesburg Pharmacy, Melodee Music, Bluemont Concert Series office and Loudoun Museum. Day-of-show admission will be available at booths on King and Market streets.

Parking: Free parking is available on side streets and in county and town lots. Shuttle service is available.

Highlights: 100 performers, including jazz, classical and bluegrass music; puppet shows; and storytelling.

More information: 703/777-6306

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