15+ of Best New Year's Eve Events in the Triangle

By Erin Greenawald
Monday, Dec 10 2018

Ah, the new year. The chance to reflect on all you've done, to dream big for the year ahead and—let's be honest—to seriously party to start another journey around the sun with a bang. 

While pretty much all your favorite bars, restaurants and clubs have something going on—a special menu, live music, a Champagne toast—some venues are getting a little extra with their planning and we're here for it. Read on for some of the most unique celebrations going on in the Triangle in 2018, from panoramic rooftop fireworks parties to eat-with-your-hands feasts and so much more, you're sure to find something that gets you excited to cheers to the New Year!

We'll be sure to add to this list as we find more unique happenings for the new year! Think we missed something awesome? Email editor@offlinemedia.net and let us know!

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A NYE Affair at Transfer Co. Food Hall at Transfer Co. Food Hall
Photo by @transfercofoodhall

A NYE Affair at Transfer Co. Food Hall

Dance your way into the New Year at Raleigh's newest food hall. There will be music all night, food to purchase from some of the vendors you've been dying to try and so much more community fun.

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A NYE Affair at Transfer Co. Food Hall
$25   .  Transfer Co. Food Hall   .  Raleigh
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New Year's Eve at The Dillon at The Dillon
Photo by @thedillonraleigh

New Year's Eve at The Dillon

We've partnered with The Dillon to throw a New Year's Eve bash to remember, including an all-night open bar, plenty of entertainment and the best panoramic views of the midnight fireworks. 

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New Year's Eve at The Dillon
SOLD OUT   .  The Dillon   .  Raleigh
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Murder at the Masquerade 6: A New Year's Eve Murder Mystery Party at Aloft Raleigh
Photo by @Triangle Game Night

Murder at the Masquerade 6: A New Year's Eve Murder Mystery Party

A masquerade and a murder mystery all in one—could this NYE party get any better? Everyone will have a role to play in this real-life game of Clue, and the dessert bar will fuel you all night. 

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Murder at the Masquerade 6: A New Year's Eve Murder Mystery Party
$75+   .  Aloft Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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New Year's Eve Boodle Fight at MOFU at MOFU Shoppe
Photo by @nograinrunner

New Year's Eve Boodle Fight at MOFU

Delicious food fight? Yes please. Enjoy this Filipino Military tradition where food is placed on a long table and it's everyone for themselves to devour what they can—with their hands! 

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New Year's Eve Boodle Fight at MOFU
$100   .  MOFU Shoppe   .  Raleigh
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Burlesque and Dinner at Mother & Sons at Mothers & Sons
Photo by @Boom or Bust Burlesque

Burlesque and Dinner at Mother & Sons

Dinner and a show for the most lavish NYE yet! Start your night with the best Italian food around, then step into the secret speakeasy at Criterion for a burlesque show for a sparkly new year. 

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Burlesque and Dinner at Mother & Sons
SOLD OUT   .  Mothers & Sons   .  Durham
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Tiki New Years Eve Party at The Haymaker

Tiki New Years Eve Party

Say aloha to the new year with this massive tiki party! Dance your winter blues away and enjoy fun glassware filled with the best tropical drinks around. 

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Tiki New Years Eve Party
Cost of drinks   .  The Haymaker   .  Raleigh
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New Year's Eve Gala at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Photo by @jbouton24

New Year's Eve Gala at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Galavant through all four floors of the nature research center at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences wile enjoying global food (including a sushi display), a CANDY BAR, an open bar and more. 

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New Year's Eve Gala
$180   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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The Clockwork Ball: A Steampunk Masquerade at Haw River Ballroom
Photo by @gab7027

The Clockwork Ball: A Steampunk Masquerade

Make New Year's Eve a weekend trip by heading out to Saxapahaw for the steampunk masquerade at Haw River Ballroom. Grab your favorite scallywags and dance to music from times gone by.

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The Clockwork Ball: A Steampunk Masquerade
$20   .  Haw River Ballroom   .  Saxapahaw
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NYE Pre-Game With Your Pups (and Karaoke!) at Barley Labs
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NYE Pre-Game With Your Pups (and Karaoke!)

Don't want to ring in the new year without your furry friend? Head to Barley labs for a pre-game, with decades karaoke and an early champagne toast (so you can be home to snuggle until the new year)!

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NYE Pre-Game With Your Pups (and Karaoke!)
Free   .  Barley Labs   .  Durham
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New Years Eve Bash Hosted By HQ Raleigh at The Cannon Room
Photo by @cannonroomraleigh

New Years Eve Bash Hosted By HQ Raleigh

Catch panoramic views of the fireworks from this sky-high ballroom in downtown Raleigh while dancing the night away and imbibing at the open bar. 

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New Years Eve Bash Hosted By HQ Raleigh
$100   .  The Cannon Room   .  Raleigh
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Disco Sweat XL: New Year's Eve at Nightlight Bar & Club
Photo by @discosweat

Disco Sweat XL: New Year's Eve

Strap on your skates and get ready to disco into the New Year at this midnight roller rink party!

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Disco Sweat XL: New Year's Eve
$7   .  Nightlight Bar & Club   .  Chapel Hill
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Cleansing Ceremony at Alywillow
Photo by @alywilloworganics

Cleansing Ceremony

Looking for a quieter way to wrap up the year? Participate in this traditional Native American smudging ceremony to clear out the ole and make way for a fresh start. 

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Cleansing Ceremony
$3   .  Alywillow   .  Raleigh
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Back to the Future New Year's Eve Party at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Raleigh
Photo by @Alamo Drafthouse

Back to the Future New Year's Eve Party

It's almost time for the most boadcious New Year's Eve party this side of 1985! Join Doc, Marty and Alamo Drafthouse for a screening and party to celebrate making your future what you want.

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Back to the Future New Year's Eve Party
$20   .  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Final Night Festival 2018 at West End Wine Bar of Durham
Photo by @Ally J's Music

Final Night Festival 2018

Join the the bawdiest of balls, the shiniest of shindigs for a NYE bash with funky music from Ally J, a best toast competition and giant champagne that will be sabred for a midnight toast. 

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Final Night Festival 2018
$35   .  West End Wine Bar of Durham   .  Durham
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Night Lights: A Family New Year's Eve at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Photo by @moreheadplanetarium

Night Lights: A Family New Year's Eve

This is the perfect family-friendly way to ring in the new year with the cosmos (and still be home in time for bed). Enjoy free entertainment and science activities, or a planetarium ticket. 

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Night Lights: A Family New Year's Eve
Free / $5   .  Morehead Planetarium and Science Center   .  Chapel Hill
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First Night Raleigh 2019 at First Night Raleigh
Photo by @vij_sa

First Night Raleigh 2019

Join this classic all-day Raleigh tradition, with a giant street party, festivities filling all your favorite places downtown and the classic acorn drop at midnight. 

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First Night Raleigh 2019
$11+   .  First Night Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Deep South Final Night featuring Undercover at Deep South the Bar
Photo by @deepsouthbar

Deep South Final Night featuring Undercover

Ring in the new year while ringing out Deep South Bar's 11-year era. They'll be closing with a bang, featuring several rockin' local bands, a free champagne toast at midnight and plenty of revelry. 

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Deep South Final Night featuring Undercover
Free   .  Deep South the Bar   .  Raleigh
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Pajama Brunch at the Cafe at Irregardless Cafe & Catering
Photo by @irregardlessnc

Pajama Brunch at the Cafe

Don your best athleisure and recover from your night of revelry with some casual music and hearty brunch food at Irregardless Cafe. 

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Pajama Brunch at the Cafe
Cost of food   .  Irregardless Cafe & Catering   .  Raleigh
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Good Luck Fried Chicken & Bubbles for New Year's Day at Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter
Photo by @jacktar_durham

Good Luck Fried Chicken & Bubbles for New Year's Day

Recover from your New Year's Eve revelry with some comfort food and a little hair of the dog thanks to Jack Tar's newest brunch offering—fried chicken and bubbles!

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Good Luck Fried Chicken & Bubbles for New Year's Day
$24+   .  Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter   .  Durham
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Erin is the Editor-in-Chief at Offline Media, a constant tea drinker, a lover of street art, and a creative (always) in training.
15+ of Best New Year's Eve Events in the Triangle
15+ of Best New Year's Eve Events in the Triangle