New Years Eve

December 28, 2018

First Night Raleigh

First Night Raleigh, a downtown Raleigh New Year’s Eve celebration for more than 25 years, is an all-day event with more than 100 performances (music, dance, theater, comedy and more) across 35 venues. There are tons of kids activities, a 90-foot-tall Ferris wheel and a countdown to midnight, where, a giant acorn drops from the sky as the clock strikes 12 and fireworks go off. Monday; Downtown Raleigh. NC

New Year’s Eve Gala at the Nature Research Center

Rocky Top Catering hosts Downtown Raleigh’s New Year’s Eve Gala. All four floors of the Nature Research Center of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences will be open and will feature passed hors d’oeuvres, gourmet food stations and dessert displays; open bars on every floor with premium liquors, wines, craft beers, custom cocktails and champagne; late night snacks; video DJ Al-Ski Love in the SECU Daily Planet Theater from 8 pm-1 am; Smile Band from 10 pm-1 am on the 4th floor; and Ambient Performers from Elevate. The all-inclusive ticket includes admission, delicious food and beverages throughout the evening as well as popular local entertainers.  Black tie preferred. Ties required for gentlemen. $125; Monday, 8 pm; NC Museum of Natural Sciences – Nature Research Center, 121 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Back to the Future New Year’s Eve Party

Hop on your hoverboard, don your favorite decades attire, and join us on NYE 2018 as we go back to the future and party with Doc and Marty! Interactive movie props, collectible goodies, and a radical recreation of the Enchantment Under the Sea dance in the lobby are all included in the price of entry! Remember: Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one. And see you at Alamo on New Year’s Eve! Monday, pre-show/ doors: 8:30 pm, screening: 9 pm, lobby party: 11:30 pm (with champagne toast at midnight); Alamo Drafthouse, 2116 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27610

New Years Eve Bash at The Bar…Durham

Join in the 8th Annual NYE bash! There will be a $500 cash giveaway, a TV giveaway, party favors, a free Champagne toast, and breakfast at midnight. Hosted by Case King & Music By DJ RNB, breakfast @ Midnight includes eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, waffles, fruit and more. $10, $15 w/ Breakfast, $250 Booths (includes bottle of choice liquor, bottle of Champagne, admission for 6, and party favors); $300 Booth (includes bottle of choice liquor, bottle of Champagne, admission for 8, and party favors); Monday, 8 pm; 711 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

Ring in the New Year at Watts and Ward with live jazz from 10pm to 1am! JazzSynergy featuring RJ Pitts, tenor sax. Monday, 10 pm; 200 South Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601; 919.834.2720

New Years Eve at Coglins

You’ve gotta be Clueless if you’re not rollin’ with your homies to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Coglin’s Raleigh! Enjoy a Champagne toast at midnight. and complimentary New Year’s Eve gift to the first 50 people through the door. No cover charge before 10 pm! Monday, 8 pm; 226 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

New Year’s Eve at Whiskey Kitchen

Ring in the New Year with dancing, bubbly and DJ Sinopsis taking the stage. $10; Monday, 9 pm – 2 am; 201 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

The Fairview Dining Room at Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Reflect on the memories of 2018 and welcome 2019 with an elegant New Year’s Eve dinner in the Fairview Dining Room. Masterfully prepared by Executive Chef Jason Cunningham, this four-course meal will be among an ambiance of celebratory balloons, top hats, tiaras, candlelight and piano tunes. With full stomachs and hearts, we invite guests to ring in the new year at the Inn through booking an overnight. A room reservation is open to all dining and non-dining guests for a special room rate of $139. $75; Monday, 5: 30 pm; 3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27705; 919.493.6699

Tiki New Years Eve Party

Say aloha to the new year – TIKI style! The Haymaker is transforming their bar into a tropical paradise, complete with grass tiki hut, music, lights, fun glassware, tiki torches and leis of course! This is the kickoff to restart their Tiki Mondays in the new year. Every Monday night they serve a special tiki menu – a mix of traditional cocktails and our own Haymaker take on tiki classics. Monday, 4 pm; 555 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Boodle Fight + Boodle Night 2.0

It’s not a feast, it’s a fine dining fight! It’s MOFU Shoppe’s Second Annual Boodle Fight/Boodle Night to ring in 2019. What’s a boodle fight? A “boodle fight” is a Filipino Military tradition where a feast is placed on a long table lined with bamboo leaves and every participant, regardless of rank or file, stand shoulder to shoulder and eat together as a symbol of camaraderie, brotherhood, and equality. Of course, the “fight” part refers to the fact that it’s traditionally eaten with your hands and it’s everyone for themselves during the feast. MOFU’s NYE Boodle Fight 2.0 will include suckling pigs, roasted duck, grilled lamb, octopus, squid, shrimp and whole fishes, cheeses, traditional Asian desserts, fruits, chocolates, and more! Boodles Gin and non-Boodles drinks will also be included! Want to wear your NYE outfit to dinner, but are worried about the fight? Don’t worry – they’ll also be providing bibs and disposable gloves. Stay after dinner for Boodle Night, with drinks featuring the exclusive and elusive Boodles Mulberry Gin and the original Boodle British London Dry Gin and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are limited for the Boodle Fight, but Boodle Night is open to all! They will be donating a portion of each ticket sold to Haven House, an organization that works with youth and young adults in our community through programs, advocacy and community mobilization. $100 (includes two drinks); Monday, 7:30 pm; 321 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Party Through the Decades at Kings Raleigh

Head to Kings Raleigh(North Hills) as they ring in the new year while partying through the decades! If you’re looking for lunch or dinner reservation, or for Dine Then Bowl Reservations (dining in our restaurant first, and then head to the lanes after dinner), book here. You can also book lane packages for your group! All packages include NYE party favors. View packages here. $255+; Monday; Kings Bowl-North Hills, 141 Park at North Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609

“Keep it Durham, Durham” New Year’s Eve Party, with Tin Cup Gin, at Fullsteam Brewery

This is a free, all-day New Year’s Eve celebration includes the Boricua Soul food truck (Puerto Rican soul food) (12 – 4 pm); Bark to the Future Dog Walk (4 – 6 pm); Prosecco and Brut IPA; Tarot Card Readings (7 – 9 pm); Live music by Tea Cup Gin (9 pm); and Tea Cup Gin playing everything from deco-era jazz standards, tin pan alley classics, ragtime, delta blues, tango and show tunes. Free; Monday, 12 pm – 2 am; 726 Rigsbee Ave, Durham NC

Raleigh’s Ultimate New Years Eve Party

Reserve a front row seat to the Giant Acorn Drop and join Raleigh’s most exclusive New Year’s Eve party at Isaac Hunter’s Tavern. At midnight ring in the New Year and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast while watching in style, and up close, the Giant Acorn Drop from Isaac Hunter’s famous Fayetteville Street patio. All night long Isaac Hunter’s Expert Mixologists will serve the best drinks in town, handcrafted just for you. It’s New Year’s Eve, come dressed to impress! $45-$80; Monday, 8 pm (guarantee admittance if you arrive by 10 pm); 414 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

The Last Blow Out Party of 2018

Make the most out of the last hours of 2018 and the first few hours of 2019 at Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Dance to great tunes with Carolina Soul and kick off the new year with midnight sparklers and a keg drop! Plus, Durham’s favorite giveaway is back! You can win a year of beer! Enter your name at the party and the winner will be announced at midnight. Must be present to win. The Year of Beer giveaway gives one lucky winner the best 2019 EVER! The winner will win a $1825 gift card to the taproom (that’s equivalent to 1 pint per day for the entire year!). Yeah – it’s pretty awesome. Free; Monday, 9 pm; 219 Hood St, Durham, NC 27701

Glow Up in 2019: New Year’s Eve at Unscripted Durham

Glam yourself up for a glitzy night filled with disco balls, dancing, photo booth fun, music by DJ Special K, and champagne toasts. Dress code: Glitz & Glam. $50- $70 (includes one cocktail, unlimited hors d’ oeuvres, champagne at midnight and access to our midnight dessert bar); Monday, 9 pm; 202 Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

Shred Into the New Year at Fullsteam Brewery

If you faced troubles in 2018, Fullsteam invites you to come shred it all away this New Year’s Day. Even if you had a great year, come hang out and watch other people’s cathartic moments. There will be plenty of beer, mimosas, and a “Lox-y Charm” Bagel special. The paper shredder warms up at noon and runs until you feel the weight of 2018 fall off your shoulders. Come with your well-thought-out musings on a sheet of paper. Want to scrawl something day-of? There will be plenty of paper from the Scrap Exchange and a bunch of pens. Write it out, shred it up, and have a beer or two. Free; Tuesday, 12 – 10 pm; 726 Rigsbee Ave, Durham NC

By Whitney

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