View of large illuminated color-changing sculptures

Astro Botanicals Garden of Light at Moore Square

Moore Square lights up for the New Year! 

As part of the 2020 First Night Raleigh event, Moore Square will host the outdoor art exhibit, the Astro Botanicals Garden of Light by artist Stan Clark. Astro Botanicals are inflatable space plants shaped like classical ornamental flowers. These extra-large, color-changing sculptures are visible day or night.

Join us on one of our two nights to see the exhibit:

- Tuesday, December 31 from 4 to 10 p.m. during the First Night Raleigh celebration

- Saturday, December 28 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

The First Night Raleigh pass is required for entry to the exhibit. Purchase an $11 All-Day pass onsite, online at, or at local Harris Teeter stores.


Moore Square is committed to providing innovative, creative, and exciting programs that enhance and exemplify the mission, vision, and values for the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department. Moore Square offers a variety of programs ranging from small programs, medium and large special events. 

About Artsplosure: 
Artsplosure’s mission is to produce quality events that make the works of the most imaginative and celebrated artists accessible to the public – all in an effort to enrich our community and inspire greater love for the visual and performing arts.

About First Night: 
In the summer of 1990, Artsplosure’s Board of Directors committed to creating a special community New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown. First Night Raleigh was born, under the direction of Ann Smith, joining other cities worldwide in a joyful, family-oriented, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts. Admission buttons, worn proudly by participants, make First Night Raleigh the most accessible, inexpensive and safest way to celebrate the New Year. Attendance was estimated for First Night Raleigh ’92 at 15,000-20,000 on December 31, 1991.

This amazing public response paved the way for plans to produce a bigger, more spectacular First Night Raleigh in years to come. The event has grown to be the largest New Year’s Eve event held in eastern North Carolina. Recent First Night celebrations have exceeded all expectations with attendance regularly over 40,000 people. The city’s Millennium Celebration (R2K) culminated with First Night Raleigh 2000 and attracted 75,000 people from all over the state.