14 things to do on New Year’s Eve in Atlanta

From black-tie to beer pong, send 2017 out with a bang

Celebrate in style

Mask of Midnight NYE
When: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: The Roof at Ponce City Market
Cost: $100 regular admission, $350 for VIP
Details: Those with a flair for mystery will especially enjoy this rooftop ball, which encourages guests to wear a mask until the strike of midnight. Regular admission tickets include two glasses of champagne, free food, and access to all of the carnival games at Skyline Park.

What to do New Year's Eve Atlanta
New Beer’s Eve

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New Beer’s Eve
When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Front Page News and Tijuana Garage
Cost: $70 in advance, $80 after December 23, $95 day of event
Details: Swap out the champagne toast for a selection of more than 40 beers at this all-inclusive New Year’s party, which also includes free drinks, an appetizer bar, beer pong, and live music from both The Geeks Band and DJ Qtip.

Black and White New Year’s Celebration
When: 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Georgia Aquarium
$124.95 for members, $134.95 for non-members
Details: A party for a good cause, proceeds from this “Sips Under the Sea” event will go toward researching and conserving the African penguin. Recommended dress for the celebration, which features an open bar, a DJ, free snacks and lots of wildlife, is black and white cocktail attire—as to match the night’s animal “hosts.”

Downtown Countdown
When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Southern Exchange
Cost: $109 to $179
Details: Held in Southern Exchange’s Whitehall Ballroom, this downtown party has the look and feel of a true black-tie affair. Tickets to the event, which is in its 14th year, include six hours of full bar access, a live DJ and loads of dinner offerings.

Atlanta Wine Festivals New Year’s Eve
When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: City Winery Atlanta
Cost: $99 in advance, $109 after December 22, $119 day of event
Details: Indulge in a selection of free-flowing fine wines as you ring in 2018. Tickets also include beer and liquor options, as well as an appetizer buffet.

Concerts, shows, and more

Dad’s Garage Shizzazzle

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New Year’s Eve Shizzazzle
When: 7 and 10 p.m.
Where: Dad’s Garage Theatre Company
Cost: $35.50 to $40.50
Details: Join the award-winning improv players for a showcase of the year’s best sketches, songs, and performers. Tickets to either performance come with a free glass of champagne and the promise of a “patented Dad’s Garage toast.”

Band of Horses
When: 9 p.m.
Where: Coca-Cola Roxy
Cost: $50 general admission
Details: While many of the city’s New Year’s concerts have already sold out, tickets to send off 2017 with the indie rock veterans—who released their fifth studio album, Why Are You OK, last year—are still available.

New Year’s Eve With Yacht Rock Revue
When: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Park Tavern
Cost: $125 general admission, $200 for VIP
Details: Celebrate the new year with a throwback to the ‘70s, as the Atlanta-based tribute band covers tunes from the likes of Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald, and beyond. Admission includes free food—sushi, s’mores, and a midnight breakfast buffet—as well as drinks throughout the evening.

New Year’s Eve 2018 at the Atlanta Comedy Theatre
When: 7 and 10 p.m.
Where: Atlanta Comedy Theatre
Cost: $25 to $59.95
Details: Hosted by comedian Marvin Dixon—who has appeared on BET and in HBO’s Def Comedy Jam—this show will guarantee you laugh your way out of 2017.

A NYE Tribute: Queen & Tom Petty
When: 9 to 11 p.m.
Where: The Strand Theatre
Cost: $35 in advance, $40 starting December 25
Details: Celebrate some of rock’s most legendary artists with a skillful tribute show from the Georgia Players Guild.

For the whole family

Noon Year’s Eve at Fernbank
When: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Cost: $8 for museum members, $20 for non-members
Details: From giant bubbles to a balloon drop at the strike of noon, this early-hours event gives the kids a chance to celebrate without staying up until midnight.

New Year’s Eve Bash: Kids/Family Party
When: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: The Battery Atlanta
Cost: Free
Details: Before the adult party gets going at 9 p.m., the Battery is opening up early for an evening of family fun that includes ice skating, free giveaways, and full access to the games at Hope and Will’s Sandlot.

New Year’s Bubble Bash
When: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Cost: $8 for museum members, $18 for non-members
Details: Kids can enjoy a bubble-filled end to the new year at this family-friendly party, which features dancing, bubble-wrap fireworks, and two countdowns—one at noon and one at 4 p.m.

And finally, the 28th annual Peach Drop will take place this year in Woodruff Park instead of Underground Atlanta. Specific details still haven’t been released, but expect musical performances and, of course, the lowering of the 800-pound peach at midnight.