Asheville Events to Ring in 2017
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by Jason Tarr
From watching a golden keg drop at midnight to hearing a band play a Grateful Dead/bluegrass fusion to a candlelight vigil of release and renewal, Asheville stays true to form by ringing in 2017 in a unique way. Looking for a more traditional celebration with live music, a dance floor and a champagne toast? There’s no shortage of those big parties in town to help you welcome the new year in style!
Asheville New Year's Events At-A-Glance
New Year’s Eve Masquerade at The Social Lounge: Dress as your favorite superhero and join others in downtown Asheville ready to conquer a new year. Before the party at The Social Lounge, enjoy the Italian custom of the Feast of the Seven Fishes next door at Strada. Reservations for dinner are strongly recommended.
Pack’s New Year Countdown at Pack’s Tavern: The Big Deal Band will play in the Century Room and DJ MoTo will spin in the South Bar. In the heart of downtown, Pack’s Tavern offers three bars. A buffet kicks off the evening.
EPIC New Year's Eve Bash at Grove House Entertainment Complex: Bring in 2017 with a New Year's Eve party spread across three dance floors. There will be balloon drops on all three dance floors and the balloons will be stuffed with more than $1000 in cash and prizes. The Grove House will serve heavy Hors d'oeuvres and desserts and champagne toast, and will hand out party favors.
New Year’s Eve Keg Drop at Thirsty Monk South (Biltmore Park): A tradition now in its fourth year, a two-story golden, lighted keg will descend at midnight at Thirsty Monk South. As 2017 arrives, party goers will tap a keg of Woodstove Winter Ale and toast to the New Year. The keg drop celebration is free to attend.
New Year’s Eve Bash at Salvage Station: A full lineup of performers including Santos Glocal Soul and Laura Reed take the stage to provide hours of music entertainment at Salvage Station. A champagne toast at midnight will be followed by Dr. Get Right’s dance party.
New Year’s Eve with The Honeycutters and Jon Stickley Trio at Isis Music Hall: Three of Asheville’s best bands come together for an evening of music and celebration. Dinner reservations will be available in the dining room and Isis Lounge.
New Year's Eve at Calypso: Asheville's newest restaurant, Calypso, is hosting multiple special events on Lexington Avenue. The Early Bird Gala features a four-course prix fixe dinner with a cocktail of your choice, carnivale dancers, show, and dance party. The New Year's Eve Ball Drop Gala, just a little later, has a five-course prix fixe feast with a cocktail of your choice. Following Miami's ball drop and a special midnight champagne toast, the party continues with DJ Disc-oh!'s Island Vibe Dance Party.
Midnight in London: Get your evening started off early at Metro Wines for a British-inspired celebration. At 7 p.m. Asheville time, the fireworks will start in London. Bangers, chips and cheddar cheese, sparkling French wine, and Bordeaux will be served.
Endings, Beginnings -- A Candlelight Vigil of Release and Renewal at Urban Dharma: Purify the past year’s "negativities" through chanting the Vajrasattva mantra. The lighting of candles serves to renew the commitment to creating a better world for all.
For more New Year's celebrations in the Asheville area, please check our full event calendar.
Photo of Keg Drop provided by Thirsty Monk. Top photo by Jared Kay. Graphic created by Cat Kessler.