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 firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
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.
Strap on your skates and get ready to disco into the New Year at this midnight roller rink party!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don your best athleisure and recover from your night of revelry with some casual music and hearty brunch food at Irregardless Cafe.
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!