Hello, 2020! 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 a new decade in style!
It’s time to leave 2019 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 other events to celebrate the new decade. Click on each event for more details, and if you have any additions, submit them here.
New Year’s at Noon, Children’s Museum of Memphis, Dec. 28, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., included with admission ($15 per person) all ages/kid-friendly
CMOM is holding their annual New Year’s at Noon party, a 25 year tradition! This year’s event will be glowing: a glow party complete with DJ and dance floor, fun crafts, balloon art, and glowing face painting. And, our ever-popular count down and balloon drop at noon. This year, instead of throwing the candy, each child will receive their own goodie bag. This event is included in the price of admission.
2020 New Year’s Eve Bash at B.B. King’s Place, B.B. King’s Blues Club, Dec. 31, 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m., $25 – $100, 21+
General admission is $25. $100 gets you a three-course prix fixe dinner, party favors, champagne toast at midnight and live music.
2020 Welcome Party, Rumba Room, Dec. 31, 9:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m., 21+
Welcome the New Year with music, dancing, champagne, and party favors.
New Year’s Eve Party, Celtic Crossing, Dec. 31, 5 p.m. – ’til, free/$5, 21+
Celtic celebrates 2020 with a 6 p.m. toast to Ireland (6 p.m. is midnight in Dublin), half off Guinness from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., dinner reservations accepted for your choice of a pre fixe menu or the regular menu. FREE entry if you register by 5 p.m. on 12/31, or $5 if you don’t register.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Dec. 31, 2:45 p.m. (CST), $75 – $95, all ages
Two of college football’s top teams will battle it out at the 61st Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Get hyped the day before at the free Bash on Beale Pep Rally, December 30 at 4:30 p.m.
Dale Watson & his Lone Stars w/ Honky Tonk Horn Section, Hernando’s Hideaway, Dec. 31, 8:00 p.m, Various, 21+
Dress to the 9’s and ring in 2020 with Dale Watson and his Lone Stars at this live album recording. Champagne and party favors at Midnight, as well as black eye peas and cornbread.
New Year’s Eve Party, Puck Food Hall, December 31, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m., free, all ages
Party at downtown’s food hall with lots of grub to choose from (purchased separately), DJ Maverick, and a free bubbly toast at Midnight.
FunkSoul New Year’s Eve Concert, Hattiloo Theatre, Dec. 31, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m., $150 at the door, 21+
Four soulful performances with three dynamic singers: Kortland Whalum, Talibah Safiya, and The PRVLG, as well as entertainment from comedian PA Bomani. Champagne for a toast and party favors with admission. The FunkSoul Cafe, made up of several Memphis restaurants and caterers, will be open for those who want to dine or have a drink in a lounge setting.
Marcella and Her Lovers at Bar DKDC, Dec. 31, 11:00 p.m., 21+
Dance into 2020 with the tunes of Marcella and Her Lovers at this Cooper-Young hotspot.
NYE Karaoke / DJ Kaz Party, Loflin Yard, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. – ’til, all ages
Loflin hosts karaoke followed by DJ Kaz for New Year’s Eve.
Memphis NYE Bar Crawl, Main Street, Dec. 31, 6:00 p.m., $35, 21+
Your wristband gets you access to half a dozen Downtown bars, including Blind Bear and Wet Willie’s, as well as drink specials, an appetizer buffet, champagne toast and live music.
Black Lodge/Lord T & Eloise New Year’s Eve Ball, 405 N. Cleveland St., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $20, 18+
Party with Black Lodge, loads of live music (including Model Zero, Glorious Abhor, and Louise Page), aerial and Polelumanti performances, and Lord T & Eloise at the midnight hour.
Millennium Platinum Party, Coyote Ugly, Dec. 31, 6:00 p.m., 21+
New Year’s Party at this Beale Street bar, featuring bartop dancing.
NYE Bash on Beale Street, Tin Roof Memphis, Dec. 31, 6:00 p.m., $35 and up, 21+
Ring in 2020 with live music by Bluff City Bandits starting at 6 p.m. followed by Nashville party Band Chris Ferrara & The Common Good. DJs in the Green Room and champagne toast at midnight.
NYE on Beale, Beale Street, Dec. 31, 10:00 p.m., free, 21+
Say good-bye to 2019 and ring in 2020 with live music, dancing, fireworks, great food and drinks and thousands of your fellow Memphians.
New Year’s Eve w/ Iz & Diz, Alchemy, December 31, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., free to enter, 21+
Alchemy rings in the New Year with Iz and Diz and the Memphis House Mafia. At midnight, there’s a free champagne toast. If you want to avoid lines at the bar, get a reservation for VIP table service.
New Year’s Eve Celebration with Walrus & Pearl, Lafayette’s Music Room, Dec. 31, 5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m., $25 – $150, 21+
Ring in the New Year in Overton Square with Pearl at 6:30 p.m. and Walrus at 10 p.m. General admission is $25; VIP packages available.
New Year’s Eve Cosmic Skate, Ice House in Southaven, Dec. 31, 7:15 – 10:00 p.m., all ages
Celebrate the New Year on ice at this special NYE glow party. The first 100 people will receive free glow sticks!
New Year’s Eve Live Music, Railgarten, 3 p.m. – ’til, $20, all ages
Railgarten kicks off NYE with a kid-friendly bash, all ages show with Bailey Bigger and more bands finishing off with Star & Micey in the later hours. Check out the different FB events for price and details.
New Year’s Eve Party at the Guest House at Graceland, Dec. 31, 8:00 p.m., starting at $359 per couple, 21+
The New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dancing Package for two includes a guest room, dinner buffet, champagne toast and dancing to live music from Party Planet.
New Year’s Eve at Hu Roof, Hu Hotel, Dec. 31, 10:00 p.m, $125, 21+
Open bar, valet parking, DJ, champagne at midnight, panoramic view of the Mighty Lights bridge lighting on the roof of this Downtown hotel.
NYE with Iz and Diz, Alchemy, Dec. 31, 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., No cover, 21+
Live music, dancing, free midnight champagne toast.
New Year’s Eve Lantern Hike, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Dec. 31, 11:00 p.m., $5, all ages
Enjoy a lantern night hike with a park ranger, followed by a bonfire with s’mores, hot chocolate and apple cider.
NYE at the Pumping Station, Dec. 31, 6:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m., No Cover, 21+
Annual New Year’s Eve party featuring a buffet, champagne toast and party favors.
New Year’s Eve with Spaceface, Young Avenue Deli, Dec. 31, 9:00 p.m., $10 – 15, 21+
New Year’s Eve blowout featuring live music from Spaceface, champagne toast at midnight, and giveaways.
Peabody NYE Party, Peabody Hotel, December 31, 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., $40 – $175, 21+
Ring in 2020 at the South’s grand hotel, with the party spread across the lobby and mezzanine areas. DJ Epic at 8 p.m, Seeing Red at 9 p.m., and two sets from Almost Famous, at 10:45 p.m. and 12:05 a.m.
Quintron & Miss Pussycat NYE, Hi Tone, Dec. 31, 8:00 p.m., $20 at the door, 18+
Quintron and Miss Pussycat 4th annual NYE Ball at Hi Tone with special guests. Champagne toast at midnight for those 21 and over and balloon drop.
Return of the Roaring 20’s, Canvas, Dec. 31, 9:00 p.m., $15, 21+
The rise of jazz, the defiance of Prohibition, wild parties filled with flappers, champagne, and libertine ideals, Canvas transforms into a speakeasy. Period attire is encouraged but not required.
The Speakeasy Spectacular, Minglewood Hall, Dec. 31, 9:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m., $30 – $150, 21+
Friends For Life and Club Spectrum will host a New Year’s Eve dance party featuring everything from roaring jazz to a modern dance party. Lights, lasers, dancing, a complimentary midnight buffet and champagne. VIP guests receive complimentary champagne all night long, and ultra-VIPs get private tables, special lounges and a premium open bar.
Y2K New Year’s Dance Party, Rec Room, Dec. 31, 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., 21+
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Y2K at this New Year’s Dance Party featuring end-of-the world-themed drink specials.
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This blog post originally written by Wesley Paraham; updated for 2020 by Aisling Maki.
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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.