There are plenty of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve—attend a giant hotel party downtown, buy an all-inclusive package at your neighborhood bar, catch one of your favorite bands (or comedians) live, or spend it with your family. No matter your scene, we have the event for you!
• Once again, the Sheraton Baltimore City Center hosts Big Night Baltimore with buffets and open bars from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. There will be nine themed party areas and eight bands and DJs (including Burnt Sienna and DJ Q). At midnight, revelers can enjoy a champagne toast and a balloon drop. Currently, tickets are $105 for general admission and $175 for VIP.
• If it’s as bar-crawl atmosphere you’re after, then 2013 Live! at Power Plant Live is right up your alley. From 9 p.m.-1 a.m., you can have access to the nine bars inside the complex. Of course, there will be open bar and food and, in true Power Plant style, DJ entertainment, laser shows, confetti cannons, and the Times Square ball drop will be featured on 20-foot LED screens. Currently, tickets are $95 for general admission and $150 for VIP.
• Sponsored by Miller Lite and Baltimore Fashion Week, the Charm City Countdown has expanded this year into two events: one at the Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson and one at the 1840s Ballroom downtown. Both events will feature DJs, bands, food from Zagat-rated restaurants, multiple open bars, and casino games. Tickets start at $99 for general admission and $139 for VIP.
• The Hyatt Regency on Light Street will host Downtown Countdown Baltimore, which features a full dinner buffet and open bar from 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Entertainment includes DJ Kopec, Beatles cover band Yellow Dubmarine, and four local comedians. Midnight includes a balloon drop and champagne toast. Tickets are $104 for general admission and $139 for VIP.
• Everyone’s favorite curmudgeon Louis CK comes to town to do two shows at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The early show starts at 7 p.m. and the late show is at 10 p.m. Tickets were originally $35, but have long been sold out.
• Magooby’s Jokehouse in Timonium will feature stand-up comedy with Robert Kelly and Dan Soder, as well as a DJ, dancing, and midnight toast. The event goes from 6 p.m.- 2 a.m. and offers various packages, featuring dinner and hotel accommodations, ranging from $35-$265.
• We give you a worthwhile reason to travel down to D.C. on New Year’s—The Drive-By Truckers are playing at 9:30 Club. The southern rock night gets started at 7:30 p.m. when North Mississippi Allstars Duo open. Tickets are $55.
• The New Year’s Eve party at the Windup Space features multiple acts including local staples the All Mighty Senators, the soulful Bellevederes, and DJ Landis Expandis. Things get started at 10 p.m. and cover is $15 at the door.
• The great minds at The Fork & Wrench and Union Craft Brewing are hosting a New Year’s Eve party at the Canton restaurant, complete with a four-course meal, beer pairings, craft holiday cocktails, and a champagne toast. First seating is at 5 p.m. and second seating is at 8:30 p.m. Cost ranges from $65-95 and can be reserved on OpenTable.
• If you want to go down the dance club route, celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Get Down. There will be four hours of open bar from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. and a champagne toast at midnight. DJ Harry Hotter spins most of the event, with a special late-night set from DJ Mic L. The bar stays open until 4 a.m. and tickets are $55.
• The Depot always has fun dance parties on the weekend and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Starting at 9 p.m., DJs Fun Billy, Doug, and Charlie will be spinning and the bar will provide free food and a champagne toast.
• In true Ottobar style, a dance party will last from 8 p.m.-4 a.m. DJ Craig Boarman will be spin a “girls rule” set featuring Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, M.I.A. and more. Starting at midnight, TaxLo DJs Simon Phoenix and Stereo Faith Spin will mix indie, electro, hip-hip, and Baltimore club tunes. Cover is $15 and an open bar package is available in advance for $40.
• The Baltimore Orioles-sponsored New Year’s Eve Spectacular is a tradition for more than 30 years now. Starting at 9 p.m., visitors can enjoy live music at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. The main show is at midnight, when a choreographed fireworks show can be seen throughout the city.
• To avoid the crowds, you can sip champagne and watch the Inner Harbor fireworks from the deck of the U.S.S. Constellation. There will be an all-inclusive menu served with local beer, wine, and cider. Plus, there will be special tours and cannon firing demonstrations all night. Adults are $75 and kids under 17 are $25.
• For the fifth year in a row, the Maryland Science Center is hosting Midnight Noon. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, kids can make their own party hats and noisemakers, while the local band Milkshake provides live music. The event is free with paid admission.
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