Memphis New Year’s Eve Events 2017-2018
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It’s time to leave 2017 behind. If you had a good year, come party! If you had a bad year, come party harder! Here’s a list of Memphis New Year’s Eve 2018 parties, shows, and food to get you started. Click on each event for more details and how to attend, and if you have any additions, submit them here.
– New Year’s at Noon, Children’s Museum of Memphis, Dec. 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., free for members / $15 non-members, all ages
CMOM is holding their annual New Year’s at Noon party a couple days early this year. Your kids can enjoy an afternoon of fun activities, including arts and crafts and a dance party. There’s no explicitly listed theme, except they did call the dance party “despicable,” so maybe it’s a safe assumption to come dressed as a Minion? There’s a ball drop at noon, and the event is included with the regular $15 ticket price.
– NYE at Celtic Crossing, Dec. 31, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., $15+, 21+
Celtic Crossing in Cooper-Young will be open for brunch, and feature a special prix fixe menu for dinner, which includes four courses, a glass of champagne for the midnight toast, and live music. Dinners are $50 in advance and $60 the night of. If you don’t come hungry, there’s a $15 cover charge starting at 7 p.m. for the live music and festivities.
– 2nd Annual NYE Homeless Day Party and Assistance Drive, Brinson’s Downtown, Dec. 31, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., free event
Brinson’s Downtown Chicken Lounge is holding an event that functions as both a party and opportunity to help homeless Memphians. Artists and cooks will volunteer their time to entertain and feed homeless attendees, and Brinson’s will be accepting donations of canned food, winter clothing, and personal hygiene products.
– AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Dec. 30, 11:30 a.m. (CST), various prices, all ages
The University of Memphis takes on Iowa State for the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Get hype the day before at the free Bash on Beale Pep Rally at 4:30 p.m.
– Ghost River’s 10 Year Party, Ghost River Brewing Taproom, Dec. 31, noon – 8 p.m., free to attend, all ages/21+ to drink
It ain’t exactly a New Year’s celebration, but it’s definitely a Ghost River one. They’ll be serving South Main Pale Ale, the first beer Ghost River brewed ten years ago on December 31st. This could be a good pregame spot, as they’re closing at 8 p.m. Flying Sobie’s Hen House food truck will be in attendance, because you should never drink on an empty stomach. Also, they’ll be doing a ball drop at 6 p.m. so you can celebrate the new year with Londonites, just in case you need a quirky conversation starter later on in the evening.
– Peter Pan NYE Matinee, Playhouse on the Square, Dec. 31, 2 p.m., prices vary, all ages
New Year’s Eve is the last day to catch Playhouse on the Square’s Peter Pan. The New Year’s Eve performance will have some special fun, including an early ball drop and a meet and greet with cast members. If you’re the kind of person who always ignored the special features on DVDs, the pay-what-you-can shows are on Thu. Dec 29 and Fri. Dec 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. exactly one week before the show.
– New Year’s Eve Package at B.B. King’s, B.B. King’s Blues Club, Dec. 31, all night, $20 – $80++, 21 +
Join everyone down at B.B. King’s Blues Club again for the NYE Dinner Package. It includes an $80 three-course dinner, party favors, champagne toast, and live music. If you just want to dance and drink, buy $20 advance tickets or pay $25 at the door.
– Paulette’s Restaurant NYE 17, Paulette’s Restaurant, Dec. 31, 5 p.m. – midnight, $70 – $90
Enjoy a four course meal at Paulette’s while you ring in the new year. Seats could go quickly, so you’d best make a reservation.
– 10th Annual Hard Rock Guitar Drop, Dec. 31, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m., $35 general admission, $150 VIP per person/$250 per couple, 21+
You know how this works — post up on Beale Street, buy some drinks, hear some live music, and mingle. The VIP tickets net you prime seating in the Hard Rock Cafe VIP floor and Guitar Drop balcony, along with hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight.
– NYE at Blind Bear Speakeasy, Dec. 31, 5 p.m. – 3 a.m., $18+, 21+
The Blind Bear will be open for dinner. $35 gets you a three course meal and live entertainment from blues rock bands The Rusty Pieces and Blackwater Trio. There’s an $18 cover starting at 7 p.m., so don’t forget to factor that into your alcohol budget.
– NYE 2018 at Lafayette’s Music Room, Dec. 31, 6 p.m., $25 – $150, 21+
Lafayette’s will be busy on New Year’s, with two party bands Pearl and Almost Famous, plus a midnight champagne toast and party favors. VIP tickets get you limited butler passed hors d’oeuvres and “Vegas-style” reserved seating, which I just had to Google.
– NYE Party at, Bleu Restaurant (inside the Westin Hotel), Dec. 31,6 p.m. – midnight, $35, 21+ to drink
Bleu is New American cuisine, and it’s quite good. $35 gets you in their New Year’s Eve party, which includes a midnight champagne toast, party favors, and free valet. There will also be a $55-per-person surf & turf dinner special.
– Sensory Friendly NYE Party, Hope Church, Dec. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., free event
Autism Resources of the Mid-South will be holding a special Disney-themed sensory-friendly event for children who require visual, auditory, and olfactory stimulation to be at a minimum. Dress as your favorite Disney character and enjoy food, games, and a quiet ball drop at 8:30 p.m. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Toasty New Year, Loflin Yard, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. – 1 a.m., no cover, 21+
If you’re looking for something lowkey, try Loflin Yard. The only entertainment will be you and your friends. Loflin Yard will be providing a free champagne toast at midnight, plus a s’mores bar! Gather ‘round a fire and talk about how much you hate partying!
– NYE With Southern Avenue, Railgarten, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. – 2 a.m., no cover, 21+
Southern Avenue, a blues rock band that we featured on I Love Memphis earlier this year, will be playing for free at Railgarten, for which you can thank the new Old Dominick Distillery. Joining them will be the Stax Music Academy Alumni Band, Memphis stalwarts Star & Micey, and a bevy of other entertainment. If you like live music and live liquor, this is the most bang for your last buck of 2017.
– 2018 New Year’s Celebration with Mr. William Davenport Live, Memphis Sounds Lounge, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. – 2 a.m., $20/$35 for couples
Soul and R&B artist William Davenport will be performing at the Memphis Sounds Lounge downtown while you enjoy free food, party favors, and toast to the new year. Did I mention free food?
– The Second Line NYE Bash, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m., $65, 21+
The Second Line in Overton Square will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party with an interesting gimmick — bring your 2017 calendar to trade to the Speedo-wearing bartender for a shot of whiskey! 65 bucks gets you access to the Second Line buffet, two drink tickets, a champagne toast, and party favors.
– Peabody Hotel New Year’s Eve Party, Peabody Hotel, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., $40 advance online / $50 door, 21+
This “high energy dance party” at the Peabody will spread across the lobby and mezzanine areas of the hotel. Party bands Garry Goin Group and Seeing Red will provide the music, and DJ Epic will spin hits between sets.The Rene Koopman Trio will be at the Corner Bar playing your favorite jazz standards. If you spring for the $150 VIP lounge tickets, you’ll have access to hors d’oeuvres, champagne, Stella Artois, and valet parking.
– New Year’s Eve on Beale, 4th and Beale, Dec. 31, celebration begins at 8:45 p.m., free to attend outdoor show/covers for bars vary, 21+
This is the tried-and-true Memphis New Year’s event. This year you can see Tito Jackson perform for free, which is probably the closest to Michael you can get for that price. Beale Street is 21+ after dark and individual establishments may enforce a 21+ entry at their discretion during other times.
– Overton Square NYE Bash, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m., no cover, all ages
Enjoy live music, food, and beverages at the Overton Square courtyard. The Dantones, DJ Bobby Smith, and musician and actress Alexis Grace will be performing. Hopefully they move those cornhole things out of the way.
– NYE Celebration w/ Spaceface, Young Avenue Deli, Dec. 31, 9 p.m – 1 a.m., $10 presale, $15 at door, 21+
Spaceface has been throwing laser rock shows in Memphis for the past several years, with each one dreamier than the last. If this show is even half as debaucherous as its Facebook event details says it’ll be, then it’ll be worth the $10. 3D glasses, photo booths, lasers, confetti, $2 beer, kissing, and champagne? Let’s get weird.
– NYE Masquerade Party, the Grand Carousel at CMOM, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m., $75 presale, $90 at door
This will be the first ever event at the Children’s Museum of Memphis’s newly constructed Grand Carousel wing, and it’s a bit of a society event, cocktail dress and all. The $150 VIP tickets get you a three course meal from a surprise Memphis chef prior to the party, and the option to skip ahead to the front of the bar line. How exclusive! There will be a mask and costume contest, live entertainment from local party band City Mix, a silent disco, and, of course, the carousel. You best be dressed — don’t let me catch you slippin’ in RSVP mag.
– The Party Life: A NYE Experience, Marriott Memphis East, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., $65 – $300, 21+
Another New Year’s hotel party will be held at Marriott East, this time with an Old Hollywood Glam theme. Live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, midnight champagne, and a ball drop round it out. The $300 admission price gets you a table for four.
– The Schwag: A New Year’s Grateful Dead Experience, Growlers, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 3 a.m., $12 advance, $15 day of show, 21+
The Schwag will be performing three sets of Grateful Dead music at Growlers. If you like hula hooping in public and you’re into your party favors being a little more fun than hors d’oeuvres and champagne, hit this up.
– Daisyland Presents: NYE Blackout 2018 ft. BT, New Daisy Theatre, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 5 a.m., $20 – $100, 18+
Daisyland’s throwing a dance party where the music’s loud and the lights are low. Featuring a set from electronica DJ BT and other special guests, this thing won’t stop ‘til 5 in the morning, just in time to beat the Waffle House breakfast rush the next day. Trust me, you’ll need something greasy.
– 2018 NYE Party at the Tin Roof, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 5:30 a.m., $30 – $150, 21+
The Tin Roof on Beale’s NYE party will feature music from Mad Hatters and DJ String Bean, plus party favors and a champagne toast. Tickets are $30 at the door, but you can buy a $50 fast pass to skip to the front of the line. If standing’s not your thing, you can buy a $150 VIP table with free champagne and reserved seating.
– Hi-Tone NYE With Quintron And Miss Pussycat, Jack Oblivian & Room Thirteen Hi-Tone, Dec. 31, 10 p.m., $15 – $20, 18+
New Orleans-based Quintron and Miss Pussycat always put on an electric live show, with frantic, distorted dance beats played on many instruments — some of which Quintron made himself. Miss Pussycat puts on puppet shows to supplement the spectacle. Also, the Hi-Tone has two bars, so go nuts.
– Dead Soldiers Champagne Jam w/HEELS and Katrina Coleman, P&H Cafe, 10 p.m., $10, 21+
Okay, for 10 bucks you get cheap beer, a free champagne toast, live music from two of the hardest working bands in the city, and comedy from Katrina Coleman, founder of the Memphis Comedy Festival and current host of the very popular You Look Like show. ‘Nuff said.
– NYE Show, The Blue Monkey Midtown, Dec. 31, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m., $10 per person /$25 per couple, 21+
Louder Than Bombs, a local Smiths/Morrissey cover band, will be performing, just in case 2017 wasn’t sad enough already for you. New Year’s Eve at the Blue Monkey will include a midnight champagne toast and typical Blue Monkey camaraderie.
– NYE Party at Marlowe’s Ribs, Marlowe’s Ribs and Restaurant, Dec. 31, 10 p.m., $20 advance, $30 at door, 25+
Grab some ribs at Marlowe’s this New Year’s if you’re hungry. Music will be provided by ProBeat DJs. You have to be 25 or older to attend, so if you can’t rent a car, you can’t hang at Marlowe’s that night.
– NYE Show: Marcella & Her Lovers w/Terrance Simien, BAR DKDC, 10:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., 21+
Terrance Simien is an award-winning zydeco artist whose music has reached ears all around the world, and his daughter Marcella is one of the hardest working and most entertaining musicians in the city. They’ll be combining their talents on New Year’s eve at BAR DKDC in Cooper-Young.
– Ringing in the New Year at The Guest House at Graceland, Dec. 31, all day, $95, 21+
Party like at the King at the Guest House’s NYE shindig. The $95 General Admission tickets get you in for the event only, which includes live music from the Memphis Jazz Orchestra Band, the Grand Buffet dinner, a champagne toast, and party favors. For the real ballers, you can get the Special Package for $299, which includes access to the event plus your choice of a King or Queen hotel room with a complimentary bottle of champagne waiting for you.
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Wesley Morgan Paraham is a Memphis native and University of Memphis graduate who spends most of his free time in his Midtown apartment playing video games with his partner. He’s currently DCA‘s PR+Social Media Coordinator, but continues to do freelance writing every now and then.