16 Atlanta New Year’s Eve events to celebrate 2016

From the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl to Mario Lopez, ring in the new year with these parties
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Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Photograph courtesy of Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Enjoy your Champagne at a rock concert, a gala, or even an improv show with this year’s festivities.

Kid-approved
Noon Year’s Eve at Fernbank
The Fernbank’s fete ends at 2 p.m., not 2 a.m. Dance to DJ Willy Wow, sample applesauce mocktails, and get your photo taken with a dinosaur while you wait for 2,000 balloons to drop.

Noon Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND
The balloons drop at noon at this LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta kid-friendly celebration. Build with LEGOs before and after the countdown, too.

Sports celebration
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
The Cougars take on the Seminoles at this college playoff at the Georgia Dome.

Crazy comedy
New Year’s Eve: New Home Edition
Celebrate 2016 and Dad’s Garage new home in the Old Fourth Ward with two improv shows.

T.J. Miller
Silicon Valley‘s Erlich performs stand-up at Atlanta Improv’s final night.

Big bashes
Buckhead Ball
EDM sensation RAC Live headlines the Grand Hyatt Atlanta party.

Buckhead NYE Block Party
Enjoy the last hurrah of the Andrews Entertainment District with a six-hour open bar, DJs spinning house and Top 40, and big screens showing the Times Square ball drop.

Peachtree Gala
Mario Lopez hosts the first exclusive shindig at 200 Peachtree, complete with DJs, performance art, a gourmet buffet, and a midnight Champagne toast.

Cool concerts
The Coathangers
The all-female Atlanta garage rock band plays the Earl, along with three other local acts.

Gregg Allman
See the ramblin’ man himself as he plays at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Michelle Malone
The local favorite singer-songwriter strums two shows at Eddie’s Attic.

New Year’s Eve with The Motet
Funk up your night with this Colorado band at Variety Playhouse.

Mudcat & Friends
The 22-year tradition continues with a night of rollicking blues and a champagne toast at Northside Tavern.

Perpetual Groove
The Athens group plays everything from prog rock to trance to Michael Jackson covers. Listen to it all at the first of their three shows at Terminal West.

The Revivalists
The New Orleans soul/rock band makes a stop at the Buckhead Theatre.

Widespread Panic
Hear Athens’s favorite jam band rock out the Fox Theatre.

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