New Year's Eve Events in Asheville, N.C.
Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Jason Tarr
Ring in 2018 in Asheville with unique celebrations you'll only find here in the mountains! There’s no shortage of big parties in Asheville to help you welcome the new year in style!
Asheville New Year's Eve Celebrations At-A-Glance
Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Celebration – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.: The concert features Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, combing the force of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony Chorus and internationally-renowned guest vocalists. Ring in the new year with an after party in the U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall following the concert. Music Director Daniel Meyer and members of the orchestra will join party goers for dancing, a 1940s jazz band, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a midnight toast.
New Year’s Eve at Biltmore: Celebrate in style at The Inn at Biltmore with a midnight sparkling wine toast and midnight fireworks (weather permitting). The New Year’s Eve package at Biltmore includes two nights accommodations, breakfast buffet, four-course dinner or Black Tie Gala, estate admission and more.
Rock & Rye New Year’s Eve Party at Capella on 9 – AC Hotel Asheville Downtown, 9 p.m.: Asheville’s new sleek rooftop bar, Capella on 9 hosts a party celebrating the past and present. Dress to impress in the style of your favorite era. The evening includes a welcome cocktail upon your arrival, New Year’s champagne toast at midnight, tapas served from 9-11 p.m., and a DJ and big band entertainment.
New Year’s Eve New York Style Celebration – The Omni Grove Park Inn: Swing into 2018 in classic New York Style! You can purchase a package, which includes two nights of accommodations, two tickets to a classic New York-style dinner and show in the Heritage Ballroom with Crossroads (a tribute to music legend Eric Clapton), two tickets to the New Year’s Eve Times Square Party featuring Oh No Stereo and two tickets to the Saturday Comedy Show. For those looking for a special dinner, celebrate at the Blue Ridge Dining Room, Vue 1913 or Edison. You do not need to purchase a package or stay overnight to enjoy the restaurants at The Omni Grove Park Inn.
New Year's Eve Jazz Brunch -- Roux, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: While most New Year's Eve events begin after dark, here's a daytime celebration to kick off your festivities! Start your New Year's Eve right with a New Orleans-style brunch at Roux, located at the Hilton Asheville in Biltmore Park Town Square. The brunch will feature live jazz music, drink specials and a New Orleans-style brunch buffet. You can view the menu HERE. Reservations are recommended.
GRiZ presents The Get Down New Year’s Eve Celebration – ExploreAsheville.com Arena at the U.S. Cellular Center, 8 p.m.: GRiZ returns to Asheville, with a New Year’s Eve show ripe with surprises from his dedicated family of funk-loving party people! Enjoy back-to-back performances on Saturday (12/30) and Sunday (12/31). You’ll be treated to one night of the GRiZ live 14-piece band followed by a take on his infamous DJ set for night two.
New Year’s Eve with Eric Gales with Marvelous Funkshun – The Grey Eagle Music Hall and Pub, 9 p.m.: Acclaimed guitarist Eric Gales rocks the party into 2018. He has received the praise of legends such as Carlos Santana and Dave Navarro. Gales will be joined by Marvelous Funkshun, a band which blends funk, southern rock, blues, sacred steel, hip hop and R&B.
2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Ball in the Hall with The Grass is Dead – Asheville Music Hall, 10 p.m.: The Grass is Dead band is a bluegrass combo paying homage to the music and cultural legacy of The Grateful Dead. The band will likely have you smiling ear-to-ear come midnight.
New Year’s Eve with Jon Stickley Trio & The Digs with Josh Phillips & Friends – Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 8:30 p.m.: Prepare to see some of Asheville’s most high-energy improvisational and collaborative artists as you ring in 2018.
New Year’s Eve Dance Party – Salvage Station, 8 p.m.: Great live music from pop music group Playdate and soul-pop sensation Lyric will get you in the party spirit. DR. GETRIGHT will spin dance tunes into the new year!
36th Annual Epic New Year’s Eve Bash – Grove House Complex, 8 p.m.: Your ticket includes access to three dance floors, three bars and three balloon drops (balloons are filled with more $1,000)! Heavy hours d'ouevres and desserts will be served. The dance club welcomes a diverse audience and is LGTBQ-friendly.
Pack’s Tavern New Year’s Eve Buffet and Countdown to 2018: Start your evening out with a delicious food buffet from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Reservations are required for this ticketed dinner. As soon as dinner is over, popular Asheville band A Social Function helps you dance into 2018! DJ MoTo will be in the South Bar spinning dance music. Enjoy drink specials at Pack’s Tavern’s three bars.
New Year’s Eve with The Dirty Badgers and DJ Phantom Pantone – Twisted Laurel Downtown Asheville, 9 p.m.: Ring in 2018 at Twisted Laurel's beautiful location in downtown Asheville. The restaurant/bar has a special menu for its package deal which includes a three-course dinner and alcoholic beverage, live music by The Dirty Badgers (9:30-12:30 p.m.), a champagne toast and a breakfast buffet at midnight. Downstairs is open to the public with DJ Phantom Pantone and DJ #K8K starting at 11:00 p.m.
5th Annual New Year's Eve Keg Drop -- Thirsty Monk South Asheville: New York City drops a ball, Atlanta drops a peach and Miami drops an orange. In Asheville, we drop a keg! A two-story golden keg will be lit up and glowing on New Year’s Eve, descending at midnight as Thirst Monk taps a keg of Must Love Coconut IPA to help you toast to the New Year! The celebration is free to attend.
Other New Year’s Eve Celebrations:
- Posana – Prix-fixe menu, four-course meal.
- Sovereign Remedies -- Seasonal, multi-course meal prepared by Chef Graham House
- Jack of the Wood – New Year’s celebration at the English pub
- The Social Lounge – Dinner and drinks
- Strada – Traditional Italian meal, “Feast of the 7 Fishes”
- The Orange Peel – Langhorne Slim performs with special guests
New Year's Day Special Events
Join Chimney Rock State Park's Superintendent, James Ledgerwood, for the First Day Hike of 2018. The hike begins at the Park's front gate (meet at Old Rock Cafe in Chimney Rock Village at 8 a.m.) and continues up Chimney Rock Road. Learn about Chimney Rock's rich history and unique features as you hike to the base of the Park's Chimney. At the end of the hike, enjoy hot chocolate and coffee.
For the real thrill seeker, take part in the 10th Annual Lake Lure New Year's Day Polar Plunge. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Join in the Plunge's Dash and Splash run at 10:30 a.m. or lineup for the Polar Plunge at noon.