New Year’s Eve 2015
Oh. Christmas is over? Whaaa? What happened? Time for New Year’s Eve already?
Yep. I feel ya. And the dizziness of the holiday season. To help out though, here’s a list of NYE events in Cleveland, Akron and Canton worth your time. Any other events worth a share? Just leave a note in the comments and we’ll make sure to highlight them over on our Facebook page (new, woohoo!)
Cleveland Museum of Art
Explore the galleries late into the evening, see the AMAZING exhibition “Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse,” (we just checked it out recently) and dance your read end off to Solstice 2015 performer King Britt and his non-stop, high-energy set of electronica, house, and soul-fusion, with opening set by DJ MisterBradleyP. Enjoy curator-led tours, gallery programs, stunning visuals in the atrium, late night desserts and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. General Admission – $40 (Cleveland Museum of Art Members $30). Grab tickets here.
The Big Bang Dueling New Year’s Eve Party
If you’re not familiar with the Big Bang, it’s a dueling piano bar where they play what you request. These places are SO-MUCH-FUN. The artists get silly and fun, and are genuinely good pianists. There are three ticket options – $100 per person, $50 and $25, including all sorts of different options, but your ticket will guarantee admission into the club and drink tickets + a champagne toast. Grab tickets and more info here.
Brew Years Eve at Great Lakes Brewing Company
GLBC is decking out the entire brewpub for a fun night of dancing with Brooks Music, photo booth, fresh oysters from CLE on the Half Shell, and of course their award-winning beer. Tickets include heavy hors d’oeuvres and three (3) drink tickets. A cash bar will be available all night, and they’ll also have a “special” beer toast at midnight! $60 per person and tickets can be purchased here.
Windows on the River
Jonesing to dress up and feel a little fancy? Enjoy 3 rooms of entertainment plus the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, top shelf open bar, hot & cold hors d’ouevres buffet, lounge areas plus photo booths. You can grab tickets and more info here.
New Year’s Eve at Noon at The Children’s Museum of Cleveland
Family Friendly: Take the kids up to The Children’s Museum for the current exhibits and say bu-bye to the current facility as they prep to move to a new museum. Noisemakers, party accessories and prizes make the museum even more eventful than normal. A DJ will be playing music for the little ones to dance to, and a countdown to 11am, 12pm and 1pm will allow you to get the celebration in before naptime. Win-win. No reservations and no advanced tickets are required. The museum will be open special hours: 10 am to 2 pm. All New Year’s activities included with paid admission or membership. Find out more details here.
First Night Akron
Family Friendly: From 6pm-midnight downtown Akron comes together to present First Night Akron – in its 20th year. The Akron Civic Theatre will present Hard Day’s Night (Beatles tribute band) and other attractions include children’s crafts, ice sculptures, silent disco, fireworks and much more across 10 venues. Something new this year – adult bevs. From9 p.m., beer and wine will be served at the Akron Civic Theatre, Akron Art Museum and Lock 3. Find more info here.
Cost: $10 per person (free for kids under 10)
New Year’s Eve Celebration with Dan Wilson + Voices
Make a night out of New Year’s Eve and spend it at Blu’s upscale, modern-day jazz “speakeasy!” Tickets to the 10:30PM New Year’s Eve “‘Round Midnight” Show include: admission to show, heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine & a champagne toast at midnight! $65 per ticket, or $20 for the early-bird show (for those who want to make their bedtime.) Buy tickets here. And our Blu Jazz+ review here.
New Years Eve – Get On Up
The Tangier in Akron is hosting they’re annual NYE party starting at 8pm until 12:30am. Tickets include access to the deluxe bar, a heavy appetizer buffet, champagne toast, pastry station, party favors and live music. The entertainment is a retro 80s funk band called Get On Up. If 80s funk is your thing, you can get more info and tickets here.
Summit County Metroparks New Year’s Celebration
Family Friendly: Take advantage of these crazy warm temps and check out the Summit County Metroparks from 10am-1pm (but you can definitely stick around). The free event includes crafts, activities and refreshments, and you can ring in the “New Year” at noon. Take a hike, snap some photos and hang out by the campfire (if you need to warm up). Find the event at the Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron, OH 44313. More info here.
Holiday Wine and Cheese Reception & Art Film
The Canton Palace is hosting a relaxing get together in downtown Canton. The Theatre Art Film Club Committee is throwing its annual New Year’s Eve Wine and Cheese Reception, prior to the showing of “Grandma.” Cheese and wine reception from 6:30-7:30pm, with movie beginning at 7:30pm. $5 for movie admission only and $15 for wine and cheese reception + film.
Fieldcrest Estates – Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration
Doors open at 7:30pm and the event wraps up around 1:00am. They’re serving hot and cold appetizers, a cash bar and the ticket you buy include live entertainment by Kerosene, a pork and kraut dinner at 11 and a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are required, which can be purchased here.
Canton First Friday
New Year’s Day: Canton’s First Friday happens to be on the first day of 2016, and it also happens to be one of the best ones. Ten artists will head to the streets to carve massive blocks of ice into 24 carvings across the downtown area, great for all ages. For the Frozen-obsessed children, a meet and greet (6:30-8p) at 2nd April. For those who haven’t shopped till they drop, a new shop on 4th street is open to purchase snarky/cute greeting cards and Ohio/local themed tees, hoodies, long sleeves, etc. – Print and Press Studios. Plus, Buzzbin has a really good line up of local bands, including Minerva’s own White Buffalo Woman. More info here.
Just want to eat? Pro-tip: if you’re feeling overwhelmed with finding a reservation just two days before the celebration, just check out opentable.com and search the city you’re looking to have dinner in. I was able to get reservation at Crop Rocks in the Flats with no problem.