Guide to New Year's Eve in Maryland: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

Firework display at night, Annapolis, Maryland, USA
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Looking for something fun to do for New Year's Eve in the Maryland suburbs? Luckily for those who live just outside Washington, D.C., there are plenty of parties and family-friendly celebrations to ring in the New Year. Advance ticket purchases are required for many events, so don't wait too long to make your 2019 plans!

New Year's Eve in Annapolis
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New Year's Annapolis

Enjoy a family-oriented, alcohol-free New Year’s celebration on the City Dock and along Main Street in Annapolis, Maryland. Annapolis Children's Museum returns this year with their “Awesome Children's Fun Time” starting the day at 3 p.m. Be sure to stay for the 7:30 p.m. fireworks. The celebration continues with "Dancing Under the Stars" when the Big Band sounds begin at 8 p.m. and lead to a countdown to the New Year and midnight fireworks.

Baltimore New Year Fireworks
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New Year's Eve in Baltimore

Whether you prefer a lively night on the town, a romantic evening for two, or a laid-back celebration with the kids, there are lots of ways to ring in the new year in Baltimore. Enjoy fireworks, live music, dancing, family-friendly events, and more. Some favorite events include: a harbor cruise on the Chesapeake Bay, a laser show and party at Power Plant's 10-nightclub complex, and the annual fireworks display at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Maryland Live Casino at night
Maryland Live Casino

Maryland Live! Casino

As the state's largest casino, you know Maryland Live! will go all out for New Year's Eve. Dine in style on an award-winning menu, rock out at an all-inclusive '60s-themed bash at Center Stage, and celebrate the New Year in different exotic locales with themed entertainment and prize drawings. Countdown to Midnight from New York City with party favors and a champagne toast. The 2019 New Year's party will be held from 8 p.m. to sunrise.

The Fillmore Silver Spring

Attend a concert at the region's newest live concert venue, located in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. For the 2019 festivities, Fillmore will host an all-night R&B dance party presented by COLORS, an LA-based event planning company.

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
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Bethesda Blues & Jazz and Supper Club

Located in Bethesda, just 30 minutes northwest of Washington, D.C., this jazz club is putting on a bluesy New Year’s Eve bash. The evening includes live performances by go-go musician E.U. as well as DJs and live broadcasts from MAJIC 102.3 and 92.7-FM. VIP tables will receive a free bottle of champagne, party favors, and front-row seats to the midnight balloon drop. There's also a discount hotel package at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn if you'd like a crash pad for the night.

DC Blues Society New Year’s Party

The evening includes a traditional southern-style dinner, party favors, midnight champagne toast, and cash bar. The party will feature live music by Mark Wenner's Blues Warriors. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the music starts at 8:30 p.m.

Gaylord National Resort
Gaylord National Resort

Big Night DC

Big Night D.C. is the area's largest New Year's Eve extravaganza. More than 9,000 people head to the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in National Harbor, Maryland for the festivities. Running from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., the party includes 15 themed party areas encompassing the ballroom complex of the resort as well as five dance floors, an extensive line-up of bands and DJs, party favors, food and beverage buffets, midnight celebrations, and more.

New Year's Eve Swing Dance at Glen Echo Park

Swing in the New Year with music, party favors, dessert, and a sparkling cider midnight toast. Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88's are set to perform American swing classics inspired by the big bands of the '40s. The event will be held from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 after December 23, 2018.

Rams Head On Stage
Rams Head On Stage

New Year’s Eve at Rams Head On Stage

This venue in Annapolis, Maryland is hosting a Fleetwood Mac tribute band for its New Year's Eve event. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m.

Mardi Gras New Year's Eve Dance Celebration

The New Year’s Eve Dance and Party is sponsored by Dean & Dawn Garrish, World Champion Dancers & Instructors. The music will be a mix of mostly West Coast Swing with a Two Step, Waltz, Cha Cha, Hustle, East Coast Swing, Night Club Two Step and more. Overnight cabins at the Cherry Hill RV Park Conference Center in College Park are available for rent on a first come, first serve basis. Contact the Park office at (301) 937-7116.