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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

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

The Arrowhead Inn Bed and Breakfast is hosting appetizers and wine, a five course dinner, and a new year's toast for $160 per couple, as well as specials and packages to enjoy when getting away (or planning a staycation!) in the final days of 2019.

Fairview Dining Room

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club invites you to reflect on the memories of the past year with an elegant New Year’s Eve dinner in the Fairview Dining Room. An exquisite four-course meal complemented by balloons, top hats, tiaras, candlelight, and piano tunes awaits!

Bull City Burger & Brewery

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

East Durham Bake Shop

Join the folks on South Driver Street for a New Year’s Eve Dinner with Chef Chris McLaurin. They'll be transforming the Bake Shop for the evening to host an intimate family-style dinner featuring seasonal produce and products from some of our favorite local vendors. Optional wine & beer pairings will also be available from LouElla Wine Beer & Beverage.


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, 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 the year off in style!

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.

We could go on... and we will:

New Year's Eve at Unscripted Hotel

This boutique hotel has an expansive view of the Durham's finest features from above, and will feature music entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, drink tickets, a champagne toast at midnight and dessert table.

The Great Gatsby NYE Part at K-Mix Bar and Lounge

This party will be a themed affair infused with Top-40 tunes and 1920's vibes. Enjoy scintillating party favors, hors d'oeuvres, a photo booth, live NYE coverage, and more!


How better to dance at the precipice of a new year than to do so in '80s style? DJ Twentieth Century Boy will spin all the eighties dance hits, while you indulce in craft cocktails, consult tarot masters about what the new year has in store for you, and reminisce about the year with friends from 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Rhythms Live Music Hall

Party favors, dinner, a champagne toast, and hours of live entertainment will make you glad you spent New Year's Eve in Lakewood.


The brewery that makes 'the beer beer would drink if beer could drink beer' invites you to make the most out of the last hours of this decade and the first few hours of 2020! Dance to great tunes all night with Carolina Soul, and when the clock strikes midnight, celebrate with sparklers, champagne of beers toast, and a keg drop! What's more, show up to win a year of beer. (There's also this cool, mysterious Holiday Thingy, accessible at the brewery until the end of the month.)

Local 22

Local 22 plans to offer all of the signature local offerings you’ve come to love. Expect some bubbly specials! You're invited to save your seats and head over to toast your way into the next year with full bellies, tall pints, and good folks.

Motorco Music Hall

Join Raund Haus and Runaway as they host a lineup of artists from Make of Oak and KIR to 2D Wave and Marv Krown at Motorco. Doors open at 9 p.m. and walkup tickets are $18.

Stay Classy, Durham: Fullsteam Brewery

Dance to jazzy tunes, 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 New Year's Eve shindig 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 2 p.m. 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.

New Year’s Day Hike

Out with the old, in with the new (that means fresh air, too). This annual tradition has been taking place for 50 years! Enjoy 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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