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37 New Year's Eve celebrations in Madison

Take your pick depending on your party preference!

Not everyone is looking for the same kind of New Year's Eve celebration. If you're headed out on the last day of 2017 in Madison, take a look through this listing to find fun events for the kids, for the early-to-bed partiers, for the dancers and for the up-all-nighters. Happy New Year!


Pre-party at Karben4
Hit up Karben4 for a pre-party—staff is tapping a firkin of Champagne Tortoise cask-conditioned with Earl Grey Tea, there's a brunch menu going until 4 p.m. and a Fischer Family Farm meat raffle will kick off a half hour before the Packers kick off. Since Karben4 closes before midnight, watch the London ball drop at 5 p.m. and cheers your champagne (tortoise) drinks and enjoy all-you-can-eat apps and all-you-can-drink beer for $30 from 6-9 p.m. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., click here for more info

Keep it zen with yoga on NYE
If you're needing to find your center ahead of a night of clinking drinks, there are two New Year's Eve yoga events taking place in Madison. The first is from 6-7:15 p.m. at EarthView Yoga's soulful Vinyasa class with Marina Koyen featuring music by DJ Mu. (A disco ball might be involved.) Click here for more info. For a later yoga class, join Cassie Slaby as she conducts a Vinyasa flow class followed by a Yin release at Dragonfly Hot Yoga on Junction Road from 10:45 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Free, click here for more info

WEEKEND 608 PICK: Fun for the whole family at Monona Terrace
Bring the kids to this NYE party at KEVA Sports Center, Monona Terrace, Madison Ice Arena and Hartmeyer Ice Arena for circus shows, musical shows, magic acts, puppet shows, sciences shows, comedy shows and more—there's at least six different themed shows every hour at Monona Terrace. A balloon drop will take place at 7:30 p.m. $7 (pre-sale for youth 4-17), $9 (day-of for youth 4-17), $9 (pre-sale for adults), $13 (day-of for adults), 2-8 p.m., click here for more info

Have a laugh at The Comedy Club on State
Prep your stomach for a midnight champagne toast by inducing a few belly laughs at The Comedy Club on State for a New Year's Eve show. Comedian Michael Kosta takes the stage on the last day of 2017. $20-40, 5:30-7 p.m., click here for more info

Celebrate an Irish New Year at High Noon Saloon
Kiss 2017 goodbye by catching Irish band The Kissers at High Noon Saloon's Irish New Year celebration. This family-friendly event counts down the seconds until the Irish ball drops at 6 p.m. $6 (free for minors), 5-7 p.m., click here for more info

Take a Madison Eats Food Tour at One Barrel Brewing Co.
Sample food and drink from some of Madison's favorite restaurants and bars at Madison's Eats Food Tours' celebration taking place at One Barrel Brewing Co. Enjoy tacos, beer, churros, Thai food, cocktails and more at this event, which also includes a fun blind tasting with prizes. $79, 4:30-8:30 p.m., click here for more info

Jam out early at Bos Meadery
For an early party, stop by Bos Meadery to catch two musical acts—Imaginary Watermelon, which will offer some alternative folk-rock tunes; and Bone Holler, which features Ellie Erickson on mandolin and guitar and Iris Hutchings on vocals. $5 suggested donation, 6-10 p.m., click here for more info

Madison Children's Museum
Let the kids dance the night away—until 4:30 p.m., that is. Head to the Madison Children's Museum for a dance party complete with glowing bracelets, sparkling juice and confetti. Watch the New Year's "countdown" at 4 p.m. 3-4:30 p.m., click here for more info

Bring the family to Camp Trippalindee
Join in on a family-friendly afternoon party at Camp Trippalindee at the Graduate Madison hotel for games, prizes and s'mores. (Grownups are offered bottomless bubbles during the afternoon celebration.) Catch a balloon drop at sundown, and if you're lucky, you'll win a free two-night stay at the hotel that will be given away during the party. $10 for kids 12 and younger, $20 for adults, 2 p.m.-1 a.m., click here for more info

WEEKEND 608 PICK: Watch an impromptu show at Bartell Theatre
The Madison theater scene gets into the spirit of the new year by setting themselves a unique challenge. On Saturday night, a group of writers, directors and actors will gather to draw challenges out of a hat. Then on Sunday night, just 24 hours later, they will take their challenges to the Drury Stage to perform before an audience. Anything could happen, so be there to see it. The proceeds benefit the Bartell Theatre. $20, 8 p.m., click here for more info

WEEKEND 608 PICK: Catch a folk/cabaret show at Goodman Community Center
This will be the 16th annual Peter & Lou Berryman’s Early New Year’s Eve Show, with half of the proceeds going to the east side Goodman Community Center. There will be door prizes and surprises in addition to the Berryman’s signature quippy and zany Madison- and Wisconsin-centric folk tunes. Find tickets here. $18 (advance), $22 (day of show), 8-10:30 p.m., click here for more info


Fancy foie gras at L’Etoile
Foie gras, pork belly and escargot, farm chicken and truffle—c’mon, did you really expect anything less than a stellar five-course meal from Tory Miller’s L’Etoile? $145,

A lil' sashimi while you sashay at Tavernakaya
New Years Eve isn’t just about party dips and champagne—how about some noodles, seafood cake and sashimi at Tavernakaya’s five-course prix fixe dinner? Stay afterward for a party with DJ Phil Money. $45 (dinner), $10 (party), 10:30 p.m. (party),

Mystery dinner at RED
RED's New Year's Eve "Omakase" celebration is all about new beginnings and surprises. Omakase means “I’ll leave it up to you,” so you’ll be leaving it up to chefs Jack Yip and Jed Spink to create a surprise nine-course dinner. $85, 5 p.m.- 1 a.m.,

Dinner with a view at The Statehouse
For a New Year’s Eve with a view, head to The Statehouse at the Edgewater. Enjoy a five-course prix fixe menu featuring a warm, savory cheese tart, Great Lakes trout, Wisconsin-farmed lamb loin and more. $82, 5-10 p.m.,

A meaningful menu at Harvest
Chef Jon Pieters has created a special menu for New Year's Eve—many of the dishes hold symbolic meaning that connect to different New Year traditions. Read more about the meaning behind the menu by clicking here. (Find the full menu by following the Facebook link.) Main courses: $24-56,

Come for dinner, stay for drinks at Oliver's Public House
Buy a ticket for boutique wines paired with a four-course meal by executive chef Patrick McCormick at Oliver's Public House. Stay afterward for complimentary tap beers and punch cocktails until the ball drops. Once the clock strikes midnight, enjoy bottomless bubbly. $85+, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.,

A jazzy dinner at Liliana’s Restaurant
Listen to jazz music at Liliana's while dining on a five-course meal including scallop medallions, a pan-seared salmon, frangipane tartlet and more. Stay for complimentary champagne, party hats and—what else?—Mardi Gras beads. Get tickets now, because all five dinner seatings sell out every year. $65, 5:30 p.m.-midnight, click here for more info

Free tapas at Fuegos - Steak•Tapas•Vegan
This vegan- and carnivore-friendly place is a great dinner option for everyone in your group. Join Fuegos - Steak•Tapas•Vegan for a delicious meal (at 5, 7 or 9 p.m.) and stay for a live DJ featuring Latin dance music at 9 p.m., free tapas from 10 to 11 p.m. and a champagne toast at midnight.

Not your average surf and turf dinner at delecTable
Looking for a more hands-on dinner before going out to watch the ball drop? Take part in an interactive dining experience at Vom Fass's delecTable on University Avenue for a Culinary Dinner Theater series Surf and Turf dinner. Five courses (created by executive chef Kristin Williams) are paired with a cocktail or wine. $69, 6-9 p.m., click here for more info


Dance through the decades at Majestic Theater
Celebrate 100 years of dance music at Majestic Theater's DECADANCE New Year's Eve party. DJs Nick Nice and Mike Carlson (two of Madison's most notable DJs) will be spinning records from the early sounds of hot jazz and swing to today's dance anthems. $25, 8 p.m.,

A midnight masquerade at the Ivory Room Piano Bar
Don a mischievous mask for this Midnight Masquerade at the Ivory Room Piano Bar. You get four drinks and unlimited access to the dessert bar with your ticket, too! The piano show runs from 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., so there will be plenty to keep you entertained as the clock hits midnight. Starting $100, 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.,

WEEKEND 608 PICK: See an awesome tribute band at High Noon Saloon
Celebrate into the wee hours of Jan. 1, 2018, with many of the best tribute bands around, a tradition at the High Noon Saloon. Tippy plays Sheryl Crow; Our Friends the Savages channel Fugazi; The Bon Squad bring the AC/DC thunder; Heavy Looks/Gentle Brontosaurus key up Liz Phair; The Earthlings won’t alienate with Daft Punk tunes; and DJs Lovecraft, Richard Lopez will spin dance record between the tribute bands’ sets. $10, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., click here for more info

WEEKEND 608 PICK: Visit Rio de Janeiro at the Edgewater
For one night only on New Year’s Eve, The Edgewater Hotel will be transformed into the Copacabana Palace of Rio de Janeiro. Since no one knows how to ring in a new year quite like Brazilians, the food, music and pageantry at The Edgewater could be the next best place to watch the ball drop. Talk of the Town, a 17-piece Chicago big band, will play and gests are encouraged to come in traditional white attire. VIP packages available to enjoy the Sky Bar Lounge. $110-$150, 9 p.m., click here for more info

Listen to SUPERTUESDAY at Nomad World Pub
Nomad World Pub Madison welcomes the visiting Isthmus Cook's Cooperative to prepare food that will be offered throughout the night with beer pairings starting at 6 p.m. Listen to live music from high energy rock, pop and country band SUPERTUESDAY from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Also cheers to a champagne toast at midnight. $10 cover, $8 presale, 6 p.m.-2 a.m., click here for more info

For an all-nighter at Robinia Courtyard
Stay up all night at Robinia Courtyard. For dinner, try Ibiza-inspired seafood and vegetarian specials in addition to the regular menu at Jardin in Robinia Courtyard on East Washington Avenue. For the party, dance to Ibiza's most "sought-after talent," including DJ Pesto's Argentinian old school music (11 p.m.), Karl Cocks' techno and disco jams (midnight), Looshiano's Latin rhythms (1 a.m.), Petite Thong's loud tunes (2 a.m.), Thorin Oakenshield's Dwarvish rhyming slang (3 a.m.) and, finally, Juan Patio's Barcelona beats (4 a.m.). 5 p.m.-5 a.m., click here for more info

Get the whole package at Whiskey Jacks
In its seventh year, Whiskey Jacks Saloon's NYE party offers two different ticket packages: a $25 ticket includes a complimentary first drink with $3 drinks after from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., free hors doeuvers (from 8 p.m. until gone), party favors and a champagne toast; a $50 ticket includes all of the above, except all drinks are complimentary from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $25-50, click here for more info

Stay golden at Gib's
It pays to wear gold to Gib's NYE party—your at-the-door cover will be $20 if you're donning gold attire, $30 if you're not. But feel better about your money spent, as Gib's is donating 25 percent of your cover to Planned Parenthood. Listen to DJ A Evan Woodward and a freestyle samba performance while you sip on gold slushies, specialty drinks and a midnight toast. (Also check out a VIP lounge option) 8 p.m.-2 a.m., click here for more info

Get lucky at Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison
Test your luck at Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison on New Year's as a total of $4,000 in cash drawings are given away throughout the night. Also catch a rock and roll piano fondue dueling pianos show at 8 p.m. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., click here for more info

Party on at Plan B
Get your party on at Plan B as DJs provide tunes and chef Laila Borokhim provides Middle Eastern bites. Also enjoy the company of dancers and four queens who will be in attendance. $11.42, 8 p.m.-4:30 a.m., click here for more info

Raise a boot of bier at Essen Haus
Get an all-inclusive ticket to Essen Haus and the Come Back In's NYE bash featuring several buffets, bottomless half-liters of bier, other drinks, live music, party favors and champagne at midnight. The David Austin Band will provide polka music at Essen Haus while the Come Back In welcomes Live At Nine, a horn-fueled rock and blues band. Both start playing at 9 p.m. $75-$80, 6 p.m.-3 a.m., click here for more info

Celebrate love at Five Nightclub
Come one, come all to FIVE Nightclub's LOVE party that includes an open line dance event, a drag show, a hot sandwich buffet and more. $15 (for 18-20 year olds), $10 (21 and older), 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., click here for more info

Two-for-one fun at Rockhound Brewing Co.
Head to Rockhound Brewing Co. for two-for-one pints and dinner specials featuring crab cakes with rice pilaf as well as a short rib bolognese. Cheers with champagne at midnight. 5 p.m.-1 a.m., click here for more info

Get fancy at HotelRED
Dress to the nines for HotelRED's FANCY celebration featuring all-inclusive options including heavy appetizers and desserts, all-you-can-drink specialty drinks, beer and soda, a champagne toast and entertainment by Piano Fondue Dueling Pianos and DJ Aaron Jai. All proceeds from the night benefit the local nonprofit Reach A Child. $105 (additional $30 for open bar all night), 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., click here for more info

Click your boots at Red Rock Saloon
For $10 ($15 at the door), enjoy a champagne toast, an appetizer buffet at 8 p.m. and party favors at Red Rock Saloon. For 50 ($65 at the door), enjoy all of that, plus complimentary drinks from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Also enjoy live muse from country artist Bobby McClendon starting at 10 p.m. 8 p.m.-2 a.m., click here for more info

Have an epic night at The Icon
Stop by The Icon for drink specials and dancing to the sounds of DJ Jean Le Duke starting at 10:30 p.m. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., click here for more info

Get bluesy at Madison's
Wear blue to Madison's New Year's party, featuring appetizer and dessert specials, plus prime rib and seafood pasta. Jazz music and a dance party DJ will surely get you out on the dance floor. $20 admission, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., click here for more info

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