If you're planning to spend New Year's in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., there are plenty of ways to enjoy the last night of the year around Northern Virginia. Bring the entire family out to one of the "First Night" events in Alexandria, Fairfax, and Fredericksburg; dine in style at an end-of-year gala event; or head to a local club or venue for a night of dancing with friends. However you choose to ring in the new year, options abound in Northern Virginia.
Enjoy a number of end-of-year festivals and parties throughout the Capital Region. The popular "First Night" event is celebrated in cities across the U.S., and brings the community together to toast to the previous year on December 31. Separate First Night events will take place in cities across Northern Virginia including Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Vienna, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, Warrenton, Winchester, and Williamsburg.
Events typically take place starting at around 5 p.m. on New Year's Eve, but there are a few two-day events across the region so check the full schedule for your individual city to get the details. Many of these family-oriented celebrations even include an early evening "countdown to midnight," so young kids who can't stay up until 12 a.m. can still feel the excitement of the new year arriving—even if it is a few hours too early.
New Year's Eve at Birchmere Music Hall
On December 31, 2019, starting at 8 p.m., celebrate New Year's Eve at the Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, Virginia, with The Seldom Scene, Old Town Flood, and Circa Blue for their annual New Year's Eve concert. Founded in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland, The Seldom Scene is an American bluegrass band that's become a staple of the Capital Region. Their annual New Year's Eve concert has become quite popular. Advanced tickets are required to attend and typically sell out before the performance.
The Legwarmers New Year's Eve at The State Theatre
Spend the last night of 2019 dancing the year away at The State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, for the annual The Legwarmers' New Year's Eve concert event featuring The Legwarmers, a 1980s tribute band. Pull out your neon jackets, headbands, big jewelry, and whatever other era-appropriate attire you can muster up.
Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online in advance; doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. Special VIP booths are also available if you want to reserve a private section for your party.
A Royal New Year's Eve at Potomac Point Winery
For another decadent affair, head out to the Potomac Point Winery in Stafford, Virginia, for their annual New Year's Eve event. This year will feature an old-fashioned dueling pianos show, where the attendees choose the songs and are encouraged to sing-along with the professional pianists. The doors open at 8:30 p.m. on December 31, 2019, and guests will be dancing and jiving all night long until closing at 1 a.m. on January 1, 2020. Snack on light hors-d'oeuvres, desserts, and a selection of wines and beers from around the world while live musicians perform in a show that's part music and part comedy.
If you're looking for a way to start your festivities early, stop by The Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia, on December 30, 2019, for the Pre-New Year's Celebration concert.
This year the headliner is Mousey Thompson and The James Brown Experience. Dance away to a night of live music from legend James Brown, performed by an ensemble group led by James Brown drummer Robert Mousey Thompson. You'll hear classic hits like "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," "I Got You," and "Cold Sweat."
Roar Into 2020 at the Landsdowne Resort
If you're truly looking to escape this year for your New Year's Eve celebration with the family, head to the historic Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Virginia, which will be offering special getaway packages for the holidays this year.
Their end-of-year event, Roar Into 2020, includes a sit-down formal dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by dancing and partying until 1 a.m. Begin 2020 by going back in time 100 years and celebrate in 1920s style, with flapper dresses, pin-striped suits, and jazz music. It's best to go all out for this Gatsby-inspired event and start off the new decade right.
New Year's Eve Gala at the Clarendon Ballroom
One of Northern Virginia's premier events for ending the year is the New Year's Eve Gala at the Clarendon Ballroom in Arlington, Virginia.
Guests will have access to a full dinner buffet, four drink tickets, and party favors to help celebrate the New Year; advanced tickets are required to attend. Guests can enjoy a midnight champagne toast and access to a late-night hoagie station, also included in the price of admission. Cocktail attire is required, and some guests even go as far as black tie. Just make sure it's something comfortable enough to dance in, because cover band Liquid A will be performing hits spanning from the 80s to today.
Grace Covenant Church "Fresh Start" for Kids
If you're looking for a way for your kids to have a wholesome experience this New Year's Eve, teenagers in sixth through 12th grades can attend a special event hosted by Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia, that goes from 8:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 7:30 a.m. the next morning.
Featuring a keynote speaker, New Year's countdown, and a midnight trip to Dave & Buster's, this annual event is sure to keep your school-aged kids entertained all night long.
New Year's Eve Masquerade at the Blackfinn
The Blackfinn Ameripub-Merrifield on Gallows Road in Vienna, Virginia, celebrates the new year with a champagne toast at midnight at their annual celebration. The theme for this year is Roaring 2020 New Year's Eve, and dressing up in 1920s style is highly encouraged.
Admission to the event also includes music from guest DJs, awesome drink features, complimentary passed appetizers, and the midnight toast. You can also purchase a VIP package for six that includes party favors, a select bottle of champagne (in addition to the complimentary midnight toast), and additional appetizers for your exclusive table.