Hello, 2019! Guide To New Year’s Eve Events In Memphis
Ed. Note: Contributors Wesley Paraham and Aisling Maki have put together this awesome list of New Year’s Eve events, parties, and celebrations in Memphis. Let’s start off Memphis’ bicentennial year in style!
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It’s time to leave 2018 behind. If you had a good year, come party! If you had a bad year, come party harder! Here’s a list of 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, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., free for members / $15 non-members, all ages
CMOM is holding its 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. The ball drops at noon, and the event is included with the regular $15 ticket price.
– AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Dec. 31, 2:45 p.m. (CST), $75-$95, all ages
Mizzou Tigers take on the OSU Cowboys take in the 60th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Get hyped the day before at the free Bash on Beale Pep Rally at 4:30 p.m.
– 3rd Annual NYE Homeless Day Party and Assistance Drive, Brinson’s Downtown, Dec. 31, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 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 attendees experiencing homelessness, and Brinson’s will be accepting donations of canned food, winter clothing, and personal hygiene products.
– Fam Jam NYE Party, Railgarten, Monday, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., $10, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate with the family on NYE afternoon. Nerf gun battle, magic show, music, selfie booth, kids’ buffet, and a 6 p.m. ball drop with sparkling grape juice and s’mores.
– Ring In The New Year at Main Event Entertainment, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. – Jan. 1 at 2 a.m., $10.95 per person
Main Event Entertainment invites guests to celebrate all day long with its Monday Madness specials. Guests can have unlimited FUN for the mad price of only $10.95/person with either All-You-Can-Play Activities (bowling, billiards, laser tag) or All-You-Can-Play Games (arcade games in the gaming gallery).
– NYE 2019 w/ Pearl and Almost Famous, Lafayette’s Music Room, Dec. 31, 6 p.m., $25 – $150, 21+
Ring in the New Year in Overton Square with Pearl at 6:30 p.m., Almost Famous at 10 p.m., and a DJ after that. Reservations are a must. Dinner, drinks, VIP, tables, all kind of options available.
– 10th Annual Hard Rock Guitar Drop, Dec. 31, 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., $65-135 general admission (all ages), $225 VIP (21+)
You know how this works — post up on Beale Street, buy some drinks, hear some live music, and mingle. General admission ($65 in advance for kids; $125 advance for adults) includes dinner buffet, unlimited soda and water, and champagne toast at midnight. The VIP tickets (21+ only) net you prime seating in the Hard Rock Cafe VIP room and terrace, as well as dinner buffet and select open bar.
–2018 NYE Party at the Tin Roof, Dec. 31, 9:00 p.m. – 5:30 a.m., $30 – $150, 21+
The Tin Roof on Beale’s NYE party will feature music from Glow Co and DJ Epic, 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 $200 VIP table with free champagne and reserved seating.
– Bardog NYE, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. – 3 a.m., no cover, 21+
No cover, no reservations, and $19 champagne bottles. Ring in the new year at downtown’s favorite neighborhood bar.
– Slide In To 2019 NYE, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. – 3 a.m., no cover, 21+
No cover charge, no reservations, and – in true midtown bar fashion – a Jameson toast at midnight.
–Black Lodge & Dead Soldiers NYE Masquerade Ball, 405 N. Cleveland, Dec. 31, 9:00. $10, 21+
Ring in 2019 with a whirlwind of music, dance, drinks, food, and surprises. Live performances by Dead Soldiers, Lipstick Stains, Shamefinger, and Ben Abney & The Hurts, followed by late night spinning by DJ Tree.
– Celtic Crossing NYE, Dec. 31, 9:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m., Cover Charge TBA,, 21+
Celtic Crossing will offer a prix fixe menu, champagne toast at midnight, and music from a live band and DJ.
– Daisyland Presents: NYE Blackout 2018 ft. BT, New Daisy Theatre, Dec. 31, 9:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m., $9 – $280, 18+
Daisyland’s throwing a dance party where the music’s loud and the lights are low. The party won’t stop ‘til late, just in time to beat the Waffle House breakfast rush the next day. Trust me, you’ll need something greasy.
–Death du Jour New Year’s Eve Theater, Pinot’s Palette, 8225 Dexter Road. December 31, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., $41, 21+
Celebrate the New Year with a three-course meal and mystery theater. Get in touch beforehand if you’re interested in volunteering your amateur acting skills.
New Year’s Eve Package, Big Cypress Lodge, December 31, price varies, all ages
Big Cypress Lodge at the Pyramid is offering a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve package deal that includes a hotel room, four-course dinner (excludes alcohol) at The Lookout restaurant at the top of the pyramid, in-room champagne with engraved champagne flutes you can take home. Contact the hotel for more information.
– New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Lookout, Memphis Pyramid, December 31, 5 p.m. – 8:45 p.m., $70 per person, all ages
Eat dinner at the top of the pyramid, 300 feet in the air, at the Lookout Restaurant. The four-course meal ($70 per person does not include alcohol, tax, or gratuity) requires a reservation. Call (901) 291-8040.
– Hi-Tone NYE With Quintron And Miss Pussycat, Jack Oblivian & Three Brained Robot Hi-Tone, Dec. 31, 10:00 p.m., $18 – $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. Plus, Memphis’ own Jack Oblivian brings his brand of garage punk to the party.
–Hollywood Nights NYE, Coyote Ugly Saloon, December 31, 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., Ticket price TBA, $21+
Dress in your best red carpet attire for this Hollywood-style bash.
–Memphis Funk-N-Horns NYE Bash, Neil’s Music Room, December 31, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. 21+
Party down at Neil’s with this dynamic, nine-piece horn band playing a mix of tunes.
–My Friend Chris NYE Party, TJ Mulligan’s Cordova, December 31, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m., 21+
Local rock band plays TJ Mulligan’s Cordova location.
–NYE at Blues Hall, 174 Beale Street, December 31, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m., Admission Price TBA, 21+
Ring in the New Year with Eric Hughes at the Blues Hall on Beale.
– New Year’s Eve Package at B.B. King’s, B.B. King’s Blues Club, Dec. 31, all night, $20 – $85+, 21 +
Join everyone down at B.B. King’s Blues Club again for the NYE Dinner Package. It includes an $85 (not including tax and gratuity) 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.
– 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, featuring live music, dancing, fireworks, and food and drinks. Beale Street is 21+ after dark and individual establishments may enforce a 21+ entry at their discretion during other times.
–New Year’s With Louder than Bombs, Blue Monkey. December 31, 10:00 p.m. 21+
A Smiths/Morrissey tribute band, Louder Than Bombs, plays The Blue Monkey in Midtown this New Year’s Eve.
–Nupe Year’s Eve Ball, Playhouse on the Square, December 31, 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. $50, 21+
The Germantown Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. hosts this masquerade ball featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres all night.
-NYE Concert With Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe, December 31, 7:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m., prices vary, 21 +
Ring in the New Year on world-famous Beale Street with “The Killer” himself.
–NYE at the Pumping Station, 1382 Poplar, December 31, 6:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. $15, 21+
Enjoy a buffet, champagne toast, party favors, prizes, and $2 breakfast sandwiches from 1:00 – 2:00 a.m.
–Paulette’s Restaurant NYE 17, Paulette’s Restaurant, Dec. 31, 5:00 p.m. – midnight, $70 – $90
Enjoy a four-course meal at Paulette’s in Harbor Town while you ring in the New Year. Seats could go quickly, so you’d best make a reservation.
-Party Life 2018: NYE Experience, Hilton Memphis, Dec. 31, 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. $65+, 21+
Live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, balloon drop, and midnight champagne toast at the Hilton.
–Peabody Hotel New Year’s Eve Party, Peabody Hotel, Dec. 31, 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 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.
–Pink Champagne: The NYE Spectacular, Minglewood Hall, December 31, $20+, 18+
Hosted by Friends For Life and Mystic Krewe of Pegasus, this pink champagne-themed party features music by DJ A.D., Goldie Dee & Friends, the boys of Ballet Memphis, the aerialists of QCG Productions and the burlesque beauties of Sock It to Me Productions. Guests are encouraged to wear hot pink, rose or champagne colors. Tickets start at $20 and include buffet appetizers and sparkling rosé at midnight.
–Rec Room NYE Party featuring PXLS, 3000 Broad Avenue, December 31, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. 21+
Ring in the New Year with video game music cover band PXLS, watch the ball drop on the big screens, and enjoy complimentary NYE toast w/ purchase of food or drink.
–Ringing in the New Year at The Guest House at Graceland, Dec. 31, 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., $95, 21+
Doors open at 8:00 p.m. $50 gets you in for dancing from 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. For $125+ enjoy dancing and a dinner buffet from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. followed by a champagne toast at midnight. For the real ballers, there’s a special package for $359 + that includes the event plus your choice of hotel room.
–Spindini NYE Bash, 383 S. Main Street, December 31, 5:00 p.m. – midnight. Prices vary, 21 +
Make your reservations early for live music from 8:00 p.m. to midnight and a four-course dinner special.
–Suits & Sequins, Ballet Memphis, December 31, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m., $65-$150, 21+
Wear your best suits and sequins and ring in the New Year at Ballet Memphis in Overton Square. General admission includes open wine and beer bar, late night hors d’oeuvres and champagne toast at midnight.
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This blog post originally written by Wesley Paraham; updated for 2019 by Aisling Maki.
About The Contributor
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.
About The Contributor
Aisling Maki is a freelance writer, editor, and public and media relations specialist with awards from The Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and Public Relations Society of America, as well as several awards for fiction writing. Her work has appeared in publications in more than 20 countries. You can usually find her cheering on the Grizzlies, doing outdoorsy things, or traveling with her daughter, Brídín. They live in Cooper-Young with a dog, a guinea pig and a pair of pet mice.