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20 New Year’s Eve Events + Shows in the Portland Area 2018

  |  Happenings, Local Happenings

Ready or not, 2019 is creeping up around the corner! We always look forward to the transition to a new year, as it brings a spirit of excitement, new beginnings, resolutions, reflection and dreaming about the future. It’s time to celebrate the incredible memories from 2018 and look forward to what’s to come in 2019!

Ring in the new year at one of the many New Year’s Eve events in Portland — from cruises to galas, and concerts to champagne toasts! Mark your calendar for the event that catches your eye — whether you prefer a laid-back evening or a lively dance party.



Big Band and Beethoven: New Year’s Celebration

December 30–31 | 7:30 p.m.

Oregon Symphony

Big Band and Beethoven: New Year’s Celebration Oregon Symphony

Photo Courtesy of the Oregon Symphony

Ring in the new year with Duke Ellington’s delightfully cheeky twist on Tchaikovsky’s classic, followed by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and its glorious Ode to Joy. With two performances, on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve Eve, Big Band and Beethoven is an exhilarating concert you don’t want to miss!


105.9 The Brew Year’s Eve Party Featuring Steel Panther

December 31 | 9:30 p.m.

Crystal Ballroom

Rock out with Steel Panther at the McMenamins Crystal Ballroom this New Year’s Eve! Or should we say Brew Year’s Eve? Tickets for this 21+ show are $42.50 in advance or $45 at the door.


Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons New Year’s Run

December 29–31 | 9 p.m.

Mississippi Studios

Fans of Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons have three chances to hear them play at Mississippi Studios leading up to New Year’s Eve. This talented band is putting on three separate shows, on the 29th, 30th and 31st — or you can opt for a three-day pass if you can’t settle for just one night!


The Blue Ball New Year’s Eve Party

December 31 | 9 p.m.

Alberta Rose Theatre

The Blue Ball New Year’s Eve Party

This exciting New Year’s Eve party at Alberta Rose Theatre features non-stop music from the Portland-based Saloon Ensemble, Sepiatonic, and DJ Montel Spinozza. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door!


White Eagle 2019 New Year’s Eve Celebration

December 31 | 9 p.m.

White Eagle Saloon

Party with The Parson Red Heads, a rock ‘n roll band from Portland by way of Los Angeles. Turn the concert into a staycation by booking an exclusive overnight package at the White Eagle Hotel, which includes lodging for two, surprise amenities, admission to the show, and a sparkling wine toast at midnight.


NYE Party With Tezeta Band Featuring DJ Derek Smith

December 31 | 9 p.m.

The Secret Society

The music of Tezeta Band can be described as part jazz, part soul and part ancient Ethiopian — all blended with the R&B sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Witness this unique performance at the Secret Society this New Year’s Eve, followed by music from DJ Derek Smith.


Dublin Pub’s New Years Eve with The Dischords

December 31 | 7 p.m.–2 a.m.

Dublin Pub

Dublin Pub's New Years Eve with The Dischords

Photo Courtesy of Paul Brown via The Dischords

Dance along with The Dischords as they play nostalgic ‘70s rock and pop music at Dublin Pub this New Year’s Eve! Don’t miss the balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight! Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door or $25 for advance double tickets. Or opt for a $80 reserved VIP table, which includes four tickets and a complimentary bottle of champagne!


Absolut Vodka Presents NYE Dueling Pianos With Liz Fohl and Steven Ramirez

December 31 | 7:30 p.m.

The Barrel Room

Don’t miss Old Town’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration, presented by Absolut Vodka. This year, witness an inspiring performance from pianists Liz Fohl and Steven Ramirez. General admission tickets include entry to the PatioBar, a late night menu and a $5 champagne toast. Dinner and show packages feature a reserved seat, your choice of a beef, chicken or vegetarian dinner, an Absolut Vodka signature cocktail, complimentary admission to the PatioBar, party favors, a free champagne toast, and two free premium reserved seats to a 2019 show.


New Year’s Eve With Summer Cannibals!

December 31 | 9 p.m.

Doug Fir Lounge

Ring in the new year with Summer Cannibals, a Portland-based rock band, at Doug Fir Lounge. Plus, enjoy music from Jo Passed and Noche Libre DJs. Tickets for this 21+ show are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Plus, upstairs, Doug Fir Lounge is hosting a free event with Spoiler Room DJs. VIP options are available.



New Year’s Eve Party Cruise

December 31 | 10 p.m.–12:15 a.m. (Boarding at 9:30 p.m.)

Salmon Street Springs Dock

New Year’s Eve Party Cruise Portland Spirit

Photo Courtesy of Portland Spirit

Celebrate the start of the new year from a new perspective — on board an exclusive New Year’s Eve cruise with Portland Spirit! Enjoy an hors-d’oeuvres buffet and live on-board entertainment from Portland’s own band, The Bylines. Tickets start at $99.


Champagne Ball

December 31 | 8 p.m

Hilton Portland

Considered Portland’s most famous NYE party, the Champagne Ball has become an annual tradition for the city. Admission includes live music, three DJs, four individually themed party rooms, 17 bars, food, party favors and a video countdown on three dance floors! Dust off your best cocktail attire and get your tickets in advance for this exciting event at the Hilton.



Ponderosa Lounge & Grill New Year’s Bash

December 31 | 8 p.m.–1 a.m.

Ponderosa Lounge & Grill

Ring in the new year at the Ponderosa Lounge & Grill as their 2018 Battle of the Band winner, Robert Henry Band, takes the stage! Enjoy a 500-balloon drop, big prizes, party favors and a free champagne toast at midnight. Take the elevator home by opting for a hotel package, which includes general admission for two. Tickets start at just $34!


The 7th Annual Governors Ball

December 31 | 7 p.m.

The Sentinel Hotel

Governors Ball Portland

Photo Courtesy of Inspire Film Studios via the Governors Ball

The annual Governors Ball is a must-attend VIP event and Portland’s largest philanthropic New Year’s Eve Gala. Don your finest black-tie attire and get ready for an evening of dancing with Billboard-charting Patrick Lamb and a number of talented bands and musicians. Proceeds benefit Nursingale, Oregon’s only non-profit provider of home-based skilled nursing care for those who are chronically medically fragile. Purchase your tickets in advance starting at $115.



The Breakside Ball

December 31 | 8 p.m.–2 a.m.

Breakside Slabtown

For the second year, Breakside Brewery is hosting The Breakside Ball — and it’s guaranteed to be a lively party! Enjoy live music, heated tents, a fire pit, food trucks and an outdoor silent disco at this all-night dance party. Get your tickets and RSVP on Facebook for updates.


EastBurn’s New Year’s Eve Party & Dinner

December 31 | 9 p.m.–2 a.m.

EastBurn Public House

The EastBurn is the place to be this New Year’s Eve! This lively public house is offering NYE dinner specials from 3–10 p.m., lots of dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. The taproom opens at 6, the DJs start at 9, and Hans and the Wanted play at 10. This 21+ event has a $10 cover.


Midnite NYE 2019

December 31 | 8 p.m.–2 a.m.

Pure Space in the Pearl

Midnite 2019 Portland

Photo Courtesy of Merc Photography via Midnite NYE

Midnite NYE is considered the most prominent and chic New Year’s Eve party in the city. Inside this 16,500-square-foot party space nestled in the Pearl District, you’ll find beats and sounds from SKAM Artist Fergie DJ and opener Danny Merkury that will fuel your fun this New Year’s Eve. Entertainment features include a world-class sound system, a live light show, and a spectacular reactive projection of a countdown clock. Check out all the pricing options and buy your tickets before they sell out!


Levitate: 2019 NYE

December 31 | 9 p.m.

45 East

Head to 45 East for an exciting evening with Gabriel & Dresden, an electronic music duo from San Francisco, and DJ Christian Martin. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.


Jai Ho! NYE Masquerade

December 31 | 9 p.m.

Hawthorne Theatre

This NYE Masquerade event is a Bollywood, Bhangra, EDM and Global Music dance party — AKA the perfect way to ring in 2019! Inside the historic Hawthorne Theatre, you can dance the night away on two separate dance floors with five top DJs and multiple mesmerizing performers. Your ticket includes a fancy mask and other party favors! Tickets are $35 in advance and $47 at the door.


NYE Party at Fortune!

December 31 | 9 p.m.–2:30 a.m.


NYE Party at Fortune Portland

Fortune is hosting an incredible New Year’s Eve party, featuring music by DJ Evil One, a complimentary midnight champagne toast, and lots of dancing. Purchase your $25 ticket in advance to skip the line so you can get in before midnight!


DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid’s New Year’s Eve Dance Party Extravaganza

December 31 | 9 p.m.

Wonder Ballroom

Don’t miss DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid’s New Year’s Eve Dance Party Extravaganza, featuring the live debut of Reyna Tropical. Enjoy music from DJ Casual Aztec and live music from Adam McCollom on the dhol. The evening will also feature performances from DJ Anjali and her Gulabi Gang dance troupe.


Happy New Year!

We wish you a fun and safe New Year’s Eve! And may 2019 may be your best year yet.

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