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Cheers to 2019: Ring in the New Year in Durham!

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Enjoy a luxurious dinner, make a toast to the New Year, or dance the night away - the options are endless in Durham this New Year's Eve!

Posted By Discover Durham Staff on Dec 12, 2018

Although this list is sure to grow as partners around Durham create new plans to welcome the new year, here’s a roundup of events and activities taking place on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Durham.

Celebratory Dining Events

Fairview Dining Room

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club invites you to reflect on the memories of 2018 with an elegant New Year’s Eve dinner by executive chef Jason Cunningham in the Fairview Dining Room. An exquisite four-course meal complemented by balloons, top hats, tiaras, candlelight, and piano tunes awaits! $75 per person; children's menu available.

Bull City Burger & Brewery

Reservations are required but dress is casual at this family-friendly dinner.


Celebrate with a five-course Omakase meal in Dashi’s upstairs izakaya. This type of meal entrusts your order to the chef – it's essentially a chef’s tasting menu, and Chef Billy Cotter will send out the freshest and most delicious dishes of the day (squid ink, fish, truffles, videri chocolate are included)! Make your reservations in advance; the meal is $55 per person, or $85 with drink pairings.


Parizade invites you to an elegant New Year’s Eve celebration. The evening will begin with early a la carte seatings, with celebration seating taking place between 9:15pm and 9:45pm, to include a decadent 4-course prix-fixe menu with champagne toast for $90 per guest. Dom Perignon is available by the glass all night long to send 2018 off in style and start 2019 off right!

Ring in the New Year in Style

New Year’s Eve is cause for celebration around the Bull City, and there are plenty of events to welcome the new year. Cut up the dance floor at Dance Blues Friday, belt out your favorite new year's tunes at West 94th St. Pub Karaoke, don your best dress for a performance of The Nutcracker at DPAC, or enjoy dinner, drinks, and dancing the New Year’s Eve Gala hosted by the Beta Theta Lamda Education Foundation at the Hilton Durham.

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What the Funk: Beyù Caffè

Party in the heart of Downtown Durham while ringing in the new year at Beyù Caffè's What The Funk New Year's Eve event. Featuring the Tre King Band, Beyù will also offer a buffet and champagne.

New Year's Eve at The Durham

Lucky us! The Durham hotel is offering two options to ring in 2019. The Durham’s kitchen, headed by the Triangle’s first James Beard Award Winner Andrea Reusing, will be serving a four-course dinner featuring black truffles, caviar and Red Poll beef. On The Durham’s breathtaking rooftop bar, oysters and shrimp cocktails will be served alongside some bubbly to welcome the new year. Tickets are $75 per person.

The World of Tomorrow: Motorco

Get down on the last night of 2018 at Motorco’s 8th annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. They'll have Rose Kennedy performing the hit songs you had on your Zune (live!), a New Year's Eve countdown, a champagne toast and surprises!


Get freaky at Arcana’s New Year's Eve w/ The Lynn Grisset Jazz Trio. They'll have drink specials available all night, as well as Blanc du Blu Cava. Jameela Dallis will be there to read tarot cards, and doors open at 7pm. Music starts at 10pm and goes into the new year! Enjoy Lynn Grissett on trumpet and saxophone, Devin Fuller on drums, and Kevin Beardsley on bass. Entry is $10 at the door, or get tickets here.

The Last Blow Out Party of 2018: Ponysaurus

Make the most out of the last hours of 2018 and the first few hours of 2019 at Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Dance to great tunes with Carolina Soul and enjoy midnight sparklers and a keg drop. Plus, your chance to enter your name at the party and win a free year of beer is back. The winner will be announced at midnight. (There's also this cool, mysterious Holiday Thingy, accessible at the brewery until the end of the month.)

New Year's Eve Get Down: Local 22

This New Year’s Eve, Local 22 plans to offer all of the signature local offerings you’ve come to love. Expect some bubbly specials, including $5 glasses of Cava! You're invited to save your seats and head over to toast your way into 2019 with full bellies, tall pints, and good folks here.

Stay Classy, Durham: Fullsteam Brewery

Dance to jazzy tunes from Tea Cup Gin, enjoy local beer all night long, and hang out with your favorite folks at Fullsteam’s casual New Year’s event. No cover.

There is so much more to participate in on New Year's Eve – check our events calendar for a complete listing of events (including pregame karaoke with your furry friend at Barley Labs, or the 2019 NYE Masquerade Party at Durham Fruit and Produce Company.

All the New Year's Eve Events in Durham!

Get Out and About on New Year’s Day

African American Dance Ensemble's Kwanzaa Fest

Celebrate the seventh day of Kwanzaa at the African American Dance Ensemble’s free annual festival. There will be dancing, music, arts and crafts, free health screenings, and a marketplace. Kwanzaa Fest is free and open to the public, and performances begin at 2pm. Check out these additional Kwanzaa celebrations here.

New Year’s Day Run

Run off last night’s indulgences with a New Year’s Day run. Sponsored by Godiva Track Club, the 8k run covers a challenging, hilly course through trails and roads in Duke Forest. Registration is $5.


ANGR MGMT is an art, yoga, and tarot experience for ordinary people who are looking for an intimate, creative group exercise & therapy session. Start the year off right with an art infused yoga class set to live jazz instrumentals.

New Year’s Day Hike

Ring in 2017 with a relaxing guided hike at Eno River State Park. There will be a 4-5 mile hike and a shorter 2-mile route. Enjoy free refreshments like popcorn, hot cocoa, and marshmallows at the end of the trail.

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