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Your Guide to New Year's Events in Durham

Posted by DCVB Staff on Dec 22, 2016 2:10:45 PM

Durham offers plenty of ways to ring in 2017. Enjoy a luxurious dinner, or toast the New Year at a costume party. 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

Bask in the candlelit glow of Washington Duke’s Fairview Dining Room as you enjoy a four-course meal and piano tunes. Festive top hats, tiaras, and balloons will be on hand, and special holiday rates are available if you decide to stay the night at Washington Duke. Dinner costs $75 per person.

Bull City Burger & Brewery

Reservations are required but dress is casual at this family-friendly dinner. BCBB will serve five courses for $39, plus $16 for beer or wine pairings. Children 12 years old and under cost $12. There will be a kid-friendly toast at 8:30 p.m.


Celebrate with a four-course meal in Dashi’s upstairs Izakaya. Make your reservations in advance; the meal is $55 per person, or $85 with pairings.


Indulge with a four-course meal and champagne toast at Parizade. Crossoverdrive will provide live music, so get ready to dance the night away. Dinner costs $80 per person.


Enjoy a five-course dinner at Piedmont, featuring dishes like quail and short rib with bone marrow. The meal costs $60 per person, with whiskey pairing for $85.

The Durham Hotel

The Durham’s serving up a four-course tasting menu on New Year’s Eve, complete with oysters, black truffles, and NC sturgeon caviar. Head upstairs for champagne and snacks when you’re done, so you can greet the New Year on The Durham’s rooftop.  Dinner costs $75 per person.

The Nasher Museum Cafe

Spend your last day of 2016 noshing at Durham’s favorite museum café. Enjoy a special brunch menu as well as all the mimosas, Nasher Marys, spiked tea, and cocktails your heart desires. Afterwards, peruse the Southern Accent exhibit, which leaves the Nasher on January 8.

Music, Dancing, and Drinks

Beyu Caffe

Usher in the New Year with a dance party, buffet, champagne, and live music at Beyu Caffé. The JoGo Project fuses jazz, go-go, R&B, and other styles for a unique sound that will make you move. Tickets are $50.


Get down on the last night of 2016 at Motorco’s annual New Year’s party.  JFK Jr. will be performing hits from the ‘80s and ‘90s, so dress in the garb of your favorite era for this time-travel themed event. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

Global Breath Studio

Enjoy live music, gourmet vegan food, and games at Global Breath Studio’s Monte Carlo-themed party. Dress up in your swankiest vintage or glam outfit and get ready to toast 2017. Proceeds from the benefit go to LiveGlobally, a nonprofit that supports community and wellness and programs. Tickets are $40, plus $35 for each additional guest.


Get freaky at Arcana’s New Year’s Eve freak show and old-timey carnival. Dress up in your most outrageous outfit and vibe to lounge music. There will be raffle and carnival booths featuring tarot, poetry, and caricatures. Later in the night you can get down to a live performance by Janxx and dance music with NeatFreak. Tickets are $10 in advance.

Vegan Flava Café

For a Caribbean-flavored New Year’s Eve, head to Vegan Flava Café. Cayenne the Lion King and MURDUB will provide live music, along with special guests like Ashanti Selassie and Basha Bingie at this old school reggae dance hall-themed event. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door.

Will’s Social Bistro & Lounge

A.C.T. and The Art of Cool Project present Timeless, an open-bar event at Will’s Social Bistro & Lounge. There will be a breakfast bar for VIPs, and music by DJ Teddy and DJ Double Nyce. Tickets are $20, or $40 for VIP.


Dress up as the pop culture figure of your choice from 2016 at Ponysaurus’ year-in-review party. The best costume wins a year’s supply of Ponysaurus beer – talk about a great way to start 2017! Enjoy a photo booth, tunes by Carolina Soul, and a midnight toast. There’s no cover charge.

Local 22

For champagne toasts every hour and a crowdsourced playlist, head to Local 22. This casual celebration includes yummy food specials, dancing, and an anti-New Year’s Eve attitude.

Bull McCabe’s

Say hello to 2017 with Bull McCabe’s cover-free New Year’s Eve party. There will be lots of beer, a free toast at midnight, and a DJ spinning tracks all night long.

Bar Virgile

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and champagne at Bar Virgile’s Speakeasy Soiree, a black-tie event that starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $130.

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.

The Pinhook

Shake off 2016 with music from DJ PlayPlay and Gemynii at The Pinhook. There will be a toilet to drop your grievances in, which will be dropped at midnight to signify letting go of the past year. Tickets are $8. 

Hope Valley Brewing Company

If you're a Phish Head who couldn't make the band's four-night New Year's Eve run at Madison Square Garden in New York, Hope Valley is offering the next-best thing by live-streaming Phish's final show of 2016 on 65" 4k TVs in its taproom. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and snacks and champagne toast will be provided for a $10 door charge. A full menu is available until 10 p.m. 

Durham Armory

Celebrate at Champagne State of Mind, a posh event featuring an open bar, champagne toast, and hors d'oeuvres. Music will be provided by DJ Swirlz. Tickets range in price from $25 to $800.

Get Out and About on New Year’s Day

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Go see the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Cinderella at DPAC. New Year’s Day is your final opportunity to see the show in Durham, so start your year off right by taking in this amazing performance.

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

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.

AADE KwanzaaFest

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.

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