If you're visiting Akron, Ohio during the New Year's holiday, there are plenty of great places to ring in the new year for both kids and adults—from the huge city-wide fireworks display to private parties at some of Akron's best clubs and venues.
Whether you're traveling with children or out on an adventure by yourself or with a few friends, you're sure to find a big celebration to party out 2017 and ring in 2018 in style. While many restaurants and bars host their own small-scale events, the city and a few of its larger venues also host huge bashes for residents and visitors alike to celebrate the date change.
Explore the list below, check out each event's website for more details about pricing and scheduling, and plan your trip to Akron for New Years Eve 2017 and New Years Day 2018.
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One of the biggest events in Akron is the city's 22nd annual "First Night Akron" event. This family-friendly, alcohol-free event features indoor and outdoor entertainment for the whole family with more than 70 artists and performing groups.
This is the biggest event in Akron with many downtown businesses, artists, and performers participating in the event; tickets cost $10 for adults, and children under 10 enter for free with a parent.
Be sure to check out the linked website above for a complete event and food guide so that you don't miss any of the great local dishes, shops, or shows.
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Your kids will have a great time at Romp N Stomp Kids New Years Bash from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Romp N Stomp is the newest kids attraction in the Akron area, just minutes from Fairlawn, and the package includes dinner, dancing, games, prizes, balloon drop, noisemakers, hats, and party favors.
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If you're looking for a bit of a more casual New Year's Eve party, head over to the Northside Marketplace where you can enjoy local craft beers, wine, champagne, and a variety of locally-sourced and prepared foods. The big event for the Northside New Year's Eve party is watching the Times Square festivities on the big screens and watching the downtown Akron fireworks close-up as well as live music from local bands.
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Dance the night away with live entertainment by Gene Fiocca Band (Swing band and top 40 hits) in Cascade Overlook or a DJ in the Grand Ballroom. Your evening begins at 7 p.m. and includes a champagne reception and hors-d'oeuvres, chef carving and food stations, an open bar, and midnight ballroom drop with party favors.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Get a head start on your New Year's Celebration by starting a night early at Laser Quest. On Saturday, December 30th from midnight to 6 am on New Year's Eve, enjoy unlimited laser quest games, specialty games, light refreshments, and great music all night long.
Generally, this event brings in teens and the 20-year-old crowd and costs $40 at the door. The entire area is also alcohol-free, so this makes for the perfect party place for you if you have younger kids into the high-tech world of laser tag.
If you feel like driving over to Cleveland instead, there's also an overnight New Year's Eve party called "The Ultimate New Year's Eve Party" at Lazer Xtreme.