Looking to ring in 2017 in Charlotte? Whether you're looking for a family-friendly celebration, or you want to leave the kids behind, there are plenty of events happening around Charlotte. Here's how the New Year's scene looks for 2016 going in to 2017.
This list is still growing, and I'll have many more options added as the time gets closer.
Of course, you can expect most clubs Uptown to have some sort of celebration of their own, and I'll have those listed as I find out more. Most of those celebrations are ticketed events. Click each party's website to find out more. Know of something that needs to be added to the list? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or use Facebook or Twitter.
First Night Charlotte
10 p.m. to Midnight
Romare Bearden Park
First Night is the city of Charlotte's "official" celebration. It's an alcohol-free, family-friendly, cultural celebration in Uptown Charlotte. Artists, dancers, comedians, musicians and magicians will take to the streets and venues for you to enjoy as you count down the end of 2016. If midnight is too late for the younger ones in your family though, there's a kid's countdown earlier in the day. The evening will be capped off by fireworks at midnight.
First Night Charlotte for Kids
1 to 6 p.m.
Romare Bearden Park
Is midnight just too late for the little ones in your family?
Then check out the kid's counterpart of Charlotte's official celebration. First Night Kids kicks runs starts at noon with a kid's countdown at the main stage.
Howl at the Moon's New Year's Eve
Howl at the Moon is offering plenty of party packages to help you create the perfect night out to bring in 2017.
Event packages start with Standing Room, which guarantees admission inside Howl at the Moon (but doesn't promise that you'll have a seat or a table), two house drinks (up to $8.25) and a champagne toast, and they go all the way up to Champagne Supernova, which features seating, drinks, a buffet and champagne toast at midnight. Packages range from $50 – $120.
16th Annual “Back to the Future Bash” at Roxbury
Become a time traveler for the night and dance to ‘80s and ‘90s favorites at Roxbury Nightclub. Admission includes New Year’s Eve favors, a champagne toast, and access to four bars and multiple dance floors. Tickets are a little bit cheaper if you purchase them online, but most years you can still get in at the door.
If you’re looking for a more chill and reserved celebration instead of a "let's go crazy bash", ring in the New Year at Sycamore’s second annual ‘Brew Year’s Eve Celebration. There’s no dress code, and no tickets are required. Food trucks will be on site, so you won’t go hungry as you enjoy live music, bottles of champagne and pitchers of beer under Sycamore’s large heated tent.