A small desert town where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful and mysterious lights pass over the town while all citizens pretend to sleep. Located somewhere in the American southwest, near Desert Bluffs.
- According to History Week:
- 4,000BC: Earliest human settlement. Some cave paintings remain of settlements and "inhuman, shimmering shapes that never came closer or went farther away." (according to Cecil)
- 1745: Night Vale is not yet more than a large, featureless desert. Four groups of settlers come to Night Vale, then leave. The fifth group "looked at each other, shrugged, and plopped down their stuff." Founded by peace-loving imperialist conquerors. Early settlers also included religious leaders who wore "soft meats crowns" made of inverted organs strung around the head.
- 1824: First meeting of Town Elder Council. All records of this meeting destroyed.
- 1943: For the war effort, Night Vale citizens chant around bloodstones for the victory of the United States in World War II. Federal lawsuit later requires Night Vale to take down its 7-story monument to Night Vale's contributions to the War Effort.
- 1983: The 1983 Earthquake Dust Fire
- 2052: Various future events include:
- The "Scion of the Dark Order" will descend, realize he mistimed the prophecy, and re-ascend.
- The Seventh Siege of the Great Night Vale Temple will rage on.
- The "Plague of Buzzing Boils" will kill thousands and annoy thousands more with its buzzing.
- The City Council will reveal its true form and eat half of the population.
- Approval ratings for the Mayor will be around 40%, despite there having been no mayor for over thirty years.
The citizens of Night Vale, the majority of which are human, are very tolerant of all sorts of death, disaster, supernatural creatures and occurrences and government intrusion. With the exception of Steve Carlsberg, who gets very concerned about government conspiracies and often attempts to call out the logical absurdities taking places in the town. If Cecil is to be believed, though, it's perfectly normal for the government to produce everything up to and including sandstorms that produce doppelgangers. They have a seemingly one-sided rivalry with the nearby town of Desert Bluffs.
- Biweekly Fireperson Appreciation Parade
- Bluegrass Festival
- Citywide Fitness Fair
- Fried Chicken and Cigarette Fair
- Thanksgiving Day Dead Citizens Impersonation Contest
- Parade of the Mysterious Hooded Figures
- Poetry Week
- Street Cleaning Day
- Sorrow Songs Singalong
- Valentine's Day
- Animal Control
- Boy Scouts of America
- City Council
- The Freemasons
- Greater Night Vale Medical Community
- Greater Night Vale Realtor Association
- Highway Department
- The Illuminati
- Intelligence Group International
- Night Vale Community Theater
- Night Vale Council for Commerce
- Night Vale Department of Transportation
- Night Vale Fire Department (FDNV)
- Night Vale Medical Board
- Night Vale Parks and Recreation Department
- Night Vale Press Corps
- Night Vale Public Library Board of Directors
- Night Vale Psychological Association (NVPA)
- Night Vale PTA
- Night Vale SPCA
- Night Vale Spiderwolves
- Night Vale Transit Authority
- Night Vale Tourism Board
- Sheriff's Secret Police
- Soundproof Old Town
- A Vague, Yet Menacing, Government Agency
- The Brown Stone Spire
- The bucolic meadow in the lot where the Apache Tracker's house once stood
- Coyote Corner
- Cactus Bloom
- Cecil's apartment building
- Children's Science Museum
- Carlos' labratory/apartment building
- The (invisible, teleporting) Clock Tower
- The Desert Creek housing developement.
- Drawbridge Construction Site
- Golden Dunes
- Hiram McDaniels's Earl Road apartment
- The Hole in the Vacant Lot Out Back of the Ralph's
- Night Vale Harbor and Waterfront Recreation Area
- Randy Newman Memorial Night Vale Airport
- The Local National Guard Station and KFC Combo Store
- Marshall's Gorge
- Mission Grove Park
- The Eternal Animal Pyre in Mission Grove Park
- The monitoring station near route 800.
- Museum of Forbidden Technologies
- Old Town
- Old Woman Josie's place
- Radon Canyon
- Red Mesa
- The Sand Wastes
- The squatter shacks out by the edge of the sand wastes.
- The Scrublands
- The Old Oak Door out in the Scrublands
- Skeleton Gorge
- The Whispering Forest
- The sky of Night Vale
- Abandoned Mine Shaft
- Abandoned Missile Silo
- Beatrix Lowman Memorial Meditation Zone
- The second, much tinier pyramid where the original pyramid once stood.
- City Hall
- The Dark Box
- The Sheriff's hover-office in the clouds.
- Night Vale Community College
- The Dog Park
- The Downtown Convention Center
- Night Vale DMV
- Night Vale Elementary School
- Night Vale General Hospital
- Night Vale High School
- Night Vale Museum of Forbidden Technologies
- Night Vale Petting Zoo and Makeshift Carnival
- Night Vale Post Office
- Night Vale Private Library
- Night Vale Public Library
- Night Vale Recreation Center
- Night Vale Senior's Center
- Night Vale Stadium
- Night Vale Subway System
- Night Vale Zoo
- Pulsar Development Facility
Most often mentioned are:
- Night Vale Community Radio
- Big Rico's Pizza
- Desert Flower Bowling Alley and Arcade Fun Complex
- Gino's Italian Dining Experience and Grill and Bar
- Moonlite All-Nite Diner
- Night Vale Daily Journal
Additional local businesses include:
- Dark Owl Records
- Jerry's Tacos
- Telly's barber shop
- Used and Discount Sporting Goods Store
- WZZZ, a local numbers station.
The City Council tightly controls commerce in Night Vale.
- 5th street
- Earl Road
- Eastern Expressway
- Flint Drive
- Oak Trail
- The old dirt road to the small wooden shack
- Old Musk Road
- Ouroboros Road
- Route 800
Parallel universe Night ValeEdit
- The Empty Desert.
- The Old House / The Empty House.
- A single, distant mountain with a tiny, intermittently blinking light atop it.
- Main article: List of Night Vale residents