11 places to be in Charlotte on New Year’s Eve

Photo via Facebook, Sportslink NYE 2017 @ SouthEnd

Planning for New Year’s Eve have you feeling like you’ll be all dressed up with nowhere to go? Not on my watch! Here are 11 options for waving farewell to 2018 as you ring in the new year.

New Year’s Eve at WinterFest

Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd.
5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
$29.99 and up | Get tickets

Kids just want to have fun too, right? Carowinds’ New Year’s Eve at WinterFest says they should! Family-friendly offerings include games and music in Polar Bear Plaza, Snoopy’s Rockin’ NYE Party, Charlie Brown’s NYE Celebration Show, live bands, fireworks and more.

NYE 2018 Tasting

Loft & Cellar, 305 W. 4th St.
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
$75 | Get tickets

Get your evening started with an upscale dinner before heading out to the festivities. Executive chef Greg Collier and the crew at Loft & Cellar are back for a six-course tasting menu with craft cocktail pairings. Enjoy an evening of modern takes on Southern classics — like Duck Jamaican Patty with Collard Green Pickles and Blackened Trout with Mole Verde — before ending with a champagne toast.

New Year’s Eve Block Party

Haberdish, 3106 N. Davidson St.; Crepe Cellar, 3116 N. Davidson St.; and Growlers Pourhouse, 3120 N. Davidson St.
7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
$155 (Haberdish), $150 (Crepe Cellar), $145 (Growlers Pourhouse) | Get tickets

Explore NoDa’s growing food scene through an evening that starts with a cocktail and appetizer hour; leads to a four-course dinner at the location of your choice; and ends with a champagne toast and after party — all of which occur within a one-block radius.

CLT New Year’s Eve

Levine Avenue of the Arts, South Tryon St.
8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
FREE | More info

For those who want to be in the New Year’s Eve atmosphere without the price tag, head uptown for the Queen City’s official New Year’s Eve celebration. Center City Partners hosts this annual Charlotte tradition featuring a DJ, live music, food trucks, the lighting of the Queen City crown and a fireworks display starting at midnight.

Gold Rush: NYE 2019

Omni Charlotte Hotel, 132 E. Trade St.
8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
$64 and up | Get tickets

EatWorkPlay CLT and The Omni invite you to mix the old with the new. Party at the site where the country’s first gold mine began while enjoying the current Uptown atmosphere. Select from three personalized experiences including three DJs and a live band.

NYE 50 Shades of Gray

Club One, 950 NC Music Factory Blvd.
8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
$50 | Get tickets

Black-tie affair, a top-shelf lounge and two levels to party. If these sound like the makings of a good time, then the 50 Shades of Gray Black-Tie Party, hosted by Herb and Felicia Gray, may be the event for you.

R&B Only on NYE

The Fillmore, 820 Hamilton St.
8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
$39.99 and up | Get tickets

R&B Only has quickly become the largest celebration of R&B music across the country and expects to provide a NYE experience that will not disappoint.

Harlem Nights New Year’s Eve Gala

Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St.
9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
$100 | Get tickets

Food, music, and philanthropy is what you’ll find at the South Charlotte Chapter of Jack & Jill’s Harlem Nights Gala. Come dressed in your finest Roaring ‘20s attire and revel in an evening steeped in history and culture. The heavy hors d’oeuvres from Mert’s Heart & Soul and champagne toast are an added bonus.

Aerial New Year’s Eve

South End Station, 200 East Bland St.
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
$80 and up | Get tickets

Who says we can’t have a touch of Vegas in the QC? Get ready for Cirque du SouthEnd. South End Station (All American Pub, Oak Room and Slate) is offering the typical New Year’s Eve bites, beverages, beats, and balloon drop with thrilling performances by Aerial CLT at the center of it all.

NYE Extravaganza 2019

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St.
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
$50 and up | Get tickets

Previously held at The Westin, this annual event offers three floors of entertainment with three DJs spinning a variety of hip-hop, R&B, reggae and more. A range of VIP options are available for those looking to further customize their experience.

Forever Young

Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St.
10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
$20 and up | Get tickets

Join Eddietainment, Moxie Society, and NxLevel Lifestyle & Entertainment Group for the experience of being Forever Young. With several individual and group options to choose from, including gourmet bites and bottle service, creating the experience that you want is well within reach.

In this beautiful city that we call home, there is something for everyone. May you find that which brings you joy on New Year’s Eve and have a happy 2019!


Sabrina Clark is a NY native who enjoys the South, but still loves the perfect view of a city skyline. She’s a social worker and child advocate who finds her zen by enjoying all that Charlotte has to offer.

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