Visiting New York City for New Year's Eve and Day is a favorite tradition of people around the world hoping to get a chance to see the famous ball drop in Times Square, but there is also an abundance of special events and parties where you can ring in the New Year while catching a fantastic show.
As one of the nightlife capitals of the world, NYC offers guests a chance to party with some of the best producers and entertainers in the industry on New Year's Eve into New Year's Day, so if you're in the mood for dancing this annual holiday, you've got plenty of events to choose from in the City That Never Sleeps.
From classic affairs like the New York Philharmonic's performance at Lincoln Center to underground warehouse parties like BangOn!NYC's "Time + Space NYE 2018," New York City has something for everyone to celebrate the dawning of a New Year. Explore the following list, book your tickets, and plan your trip to NYC for New Year's Eve today.
An annual tradition, the New York Philharmonic Gala at Lincoln Center is aired live on PBS on New Year's Eve, but you can experience it in person at Avery Fisher Hall by booking tickets far in advance—but be warned, these tickets sell out super fast, so you'll want to act quickly if you want to add this to your New Year's Eve NYC itinerary.
Still, if you do get the chance to see the Philharmonic live, make sure to dress to the nines and celebrate the evening in a classic style like New Yorkers have done for the better part of the last century. Pair this event with a fancy dinner on the town and you're set to have a truly magical New Year's Eve in the city.
Head to the Brooklyn waterfront for Barge Music's New Year's Eve Concert. The concert begins at 5 and 7 p.m. and will feature Bach and Vivaldi Concertos and Sonatas. Complimentary sparkling cider, cookies, and chocolate will also be served.
This year, Mark Peskanov, Alex Fortes, Laura Giannini, Rose Hashimoto, Julian Schwarz, Sam Suggs, and Doris Stevenson will be performing these classical arrangements: Vivaldi Four Seasons, Bach Violin Concerto in A Minor, BMV 1041, and Vivaldi Concerto for Violin and Cello in B-flat Major, RV 547.
The Concert for Peace has been an annual tradition at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine since 1983, and this annual celebration takes place at 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve and features music, dance, prayer, and words while the thousands of attendees hold candles, illuminating the Cathedral.
There are a limited number of free general admission seats available on a first-come, first-served basis, but ticketed seating is also available and starts at $40. Make sure you purchase or reserve your tickets online well in advance to make sure you get a seat for this once-a-year benefit concert.
Responsible for a series of warehouse parties and outdoor festivals throughout the year, BangOn!NYC is back for New Year's Eve with this annual bash.
Starting at 9 p.m. at a giant warehouse location at 1 Ingraham Street in Brooklyn (directly off the Morgan L stop) Time + Space New Year's Eve 2018 features some of the top music producers in New York City's nightlife scene (and beyond) including The Golden Pony, Claptone, and Asadi.
Attendees can also expect a number of massive art installations and special features not found at any other party in NYC for New Year's Eve including a massive spinning planetarium, an interactive theater performance, art cars straight from Burning Man, fire performers, and an interstellar journey through psychedelic art installations.
If dancing until dawn in an otherworldly venue is your style, this all-night warehouse party is the perfect place to do it—just make sure you book your tickets well in advance as this exclusive private party is known to sell out early.
Phish will be ringing the year in at Madison Square Garden with four back-to-back shows, called the Phish Run, that is sure to entertain and delight fans of this epic band.
Tickets are sold-out, unfortunately, but you might get lucky and find a ticket through a ticket broker or third-party sites like Craigslist or Ticketmaster. If you're a fan of Phish, though, you won't want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime concert series in New York City's favorite big-time venue, so look around online and secure your tickets as soon as possible.
On New Year's Day each year, the party producers known as Bubbles and Bass throw an all-day party to ring in the New Year, starting at 5 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. and featuring a number of great underground house and techno DJs from New York City and beyond.
This year, Seize the Day is back to bring champagne and house music to all-night and fresh-faced partiers hoping to celebrate the first day of the new year. Get your tickets early as this event is known to sell out by mid-December and you certainly don't want to miss this big annual blowout that goes to support Bubbles and Bass' annual pilgrimage to Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.
If you're looking for something to do with your kids on New Year's Eve, the Big Apple Circus might be the ticket for you. The show takes place at Lincoln Center and begins at 9:30 p.m., featuring a whole New Year's Eve-themed spectacular for its 40th annual celebration of this holiday.
Featuring acts like "The King of the High Wire" Nik Wallenda and "Grandma the Clown," this show is sure to entertain your children (and you!) while you count down the last moments of 2017 and welcome in the New Year with all of your favorite Big Apple Circus stars.