From family activities to adult-only celebrations, Memphis, Tennessee, offers a great selection of New Year's Eve events to help you ring in 2021. The city hosts countdown gatherings, prix-fixe fine dining and casual meals, live entertainment, dance parties with DJs, ice skating, and even a huge guitar drop. Make sure to plan your New Year's Eve in advance so you don't miss out on the party of the year.
Please note some events have been altered or canceled for 2020, so check below and event websites for details. Making reservations in advance is suggested.
New Year's Eve on Beale
New Year's Eve on Beale has been canceled for 2020, but the street's restaurants, clubs, and shops will be open.
Visitors and locals 21 and above can enjoy the countdown in the Beale Street Entertainment District, a National Historic Landmark declared the "Home of the Blues" by an act of Congress. The Downtown area is a fun place to party with tens of thousands of people at the annual New Year's Eve celebration on December 31. Dance to live music by headliners and enjoy drinks and food.
One unique part of the Beale Street celebrations is the Guitar Drop, which entails a giant guitar falling on the corner outside the Hard Rock Café, after which fireworks brighten up the sky at midnight.
Experience Fine Holiday Dining
Plenty of Memphis restaurants offer fine dining on New Year's Eve, typically serving prix fixe menus and with reservations required; contact the businesses in advance for all the details.
The luxe French restaurant Erling Jensen, located in a historic house, is a good option for New Year's, as is Restaurant Iris, serving French-Creole cuisine in midtown. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is another nice choice, and various romantic restaurants are perfect for any special occasion, including New Year's Eve.
Enjoy Casual New Year's Eve Dining
For a more relaxed dining experience, try a more casual New Year's Eve dinners in Memphis. Contact the restaurants for details and reservations.
Southern Social focuses on fresh seafood and prime steaks. The eatery by the old Southern Railway’s historic Germantown Depot will offer a special New Year's Eve menu for 2020. For some Southern-inspired food, try Rizzos Diner in the Historic South Main Arts District for a New Year's Eve dinner on December 31, 2020. Young Avenue Deli, with sandwiches, salads, a huge beer selection, and more, will have a Challenge Entertainment Trivia Night on New Year's Eve.
Watch Live Music
Memphis is the music city—home of the blues and the birthplace of rock 'n' roll—so it's no surprise that many of the New Year's Eve events revolve around great bands. Celebrate the coming of 2021 with a variety of musical genres.
Lafayette's Music Room is usually busy on New Year's Eve. On December 31, 2020, the venue will have live music by Rice Drewry Collective and Almost Famous. Paid table packages include hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, and more.
Tin Roof on Beale Street will host live music on both the Tin Roof and Green Room sides of the venue, along with dinner and a champagne toast. Tables fit from one to four people ages 21 and up.
Punk fans may want to head to Rockhouse Live Memphis, which is holding "A Very Punk New Year's Eve" featuring Sedated, a Ramones tribute band. Each table you reserve for the last night of 2020 includes two drink tickets and champagne.
Have a Fun Countdown in Overton Square
Some of the arts and entertainment district Overton Square's various bars, music venues, and restaurants will have individual events to celebrate the coming year, like Lafayette's Music Room.
The district will ring in 2021 with a New Year's celebration from December 30, 2020, through January 2, 2021, in Chimes Square. Contact Overton Square for details. Typically the cultural district itself hosts a party, which attracts many people to the square. Celebrants hop in and out of the area's bars and restaurants and partake in the street countdown to midnight.
New Year's Eve Cosmic Skate
For those looking for a different way to celebrate, head about 30 minutes by car from Memphis to Olive Branch, Mississippi, where you'll find the indoor ice rink Mid-South Ice House hosting a New Year's Eve Cosmic Skate Party. Bid farewell to 2020 with your friends at this family-friendly event from 7:15 to 10:00 pm. Arriving early gives you a better chance to be one of the first 100 people who will receive free glow sticks.
Peabody New Year's Eve Party
The Peabody New Year's Eve Party for 2020 has been canceled.
The Peabody—known as the "South's Grand Hotel" and one of downtown Memphis' most historic hotels dating back to 1869—hosts one of the city's biggest New Year's Eve parties every year for adults 21 and above. Expect live music, plenty of dancing, drinks, and fun. VIP tickets include access to a VIP Lounge, unlimited champagne, appetizers, and party favors.