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21 Ways to Rock New Year's Eve!

Linda Lombardini

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Jan 29 9 minutes read

We wish you all a wonderful 2018—happiness at home, great outcomes at work, and health and peace for you and all your loved ones. Here are some great ways to rock your New Year's Eve in the Ann Arbor area. 

  K I D   &   F A M I L Y   E V E N T S

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First Steps  |  New Year's Eve Balloon Drop

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Free
First Steps preschool, 2775 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, 734-994-4949
Reservations required (make them here)

A balloon drop at noon, complete with countdown, for those too young to stay awake for the real thing at midnight. The program begins with craft activities and concludes with bubbly refreshments. Bring the kids, your parents, your friends and join us for fun! This event is a collaboration of FIT4MOM and First Steps.

SRSLY Chelsea  |  10th Annual New Year's Eve Party

 4-8 p.m., SRSLY Chelsea, Free
Beach Middle School, 445 Mayer, Chelsea, 734-593-6269

Families from all of the SRSLY communities—Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, and Stockbridge—are invited. Live music, swimming from 5–7 p.m., open gym, gaga ball, video games, face painting, cookie decorating, crafts, photo booths, team games and competitions. Pizza & pop is free, too. The night ends with a “countdown” and ginger-ale toast. Parents must accompany kids: no drop-offs.

Goldfish Swim  |   New Year's Eve Swim

6–7:30 p.m. / $10 per child
Goldfish Swim School, 2107 W. Stadium, Ann Arbor

Celebrate the New Year (without staying up late) with swimming, snacks, games and a balloon drop! 

Bel-Mark Lanes  |   NYE Bowling Specials

Times and costs below.
Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson, Ann Arbor, 734-994-8433
Make your reservations at EventBrite.

  Early Bird
  12–2:15 p.m.
  Packages include:
  • 1 lane of unlimited bowling
     during your time
  • 1 large 3-item pizza
  • 1 pitcher of fountain soda
  • shoe rental for up to 6 people
  • party favors, and more
  See below for Grown-Up Event.
  Kidd Time
  3–5:30 p.m.
  Family Time
  6:15–9 p.m.

S E N I O R   E V E N T S

Saline Senior Center  |   New Year's Eve Party

4-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $6. 734-429-9274

Pizza, games, cards and socializing. Bring a side dish or dessert to pass.

G R O W N - U P   E V E N T S

Kerrytown Concert House  |  New Year's Eve with the Pete Siers Duo

SOLD OUT, but call 734-769-2999 to get on the wait list.
7 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave., $15-$30

Drummer Pete Siers is back at Kerrytown Concert House and is bringing along some friends—highlighted by fellow local fave Mr. B—for another rip-roaring New Years Eve! They'll be joined by guests TBA.

Pointless Brewery & Theatre  |  New Year's Eve Improv Show

8–9:30 p.m. & 10:30–11:59 p.m.3014 Packard, Ann Arbor, 989-455-4484

Live music, stories from special guests, and lots of improv from our League of Pointless Improvisers. Ring in the New Year with us! The 10:30 show will incorporate the New Years Eve countdown into the show! Tickets are $15 ($16.52 w/service fee).

A2 Comedy Showcase  |  New Year's Eve with Dave Landau   

8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 314 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, 734-996-9080
$25 @ 8 p.m. show, $30 @10:30 p.m. show

2 opening acts, then Dave Landau appears, a young Detroit stand-up comic known for smart, edgy observational humor that's often spiked with improvised riffs. Alcohol is served. 10:30 show includes party favors & champagne at midnight.

Bel-Mark Lanes  |  Grown-Ups' Party Time Bowling Special

Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson, Ann Arbor, 734-994-8433
Make your reservations at EventBrite.

  Party Time
  9:45 p.m.–1 a.m.

    Package includes:
    • 1 lane of unlimited bowling during your time
    • 1 large 3-item pizza
    • 1 pitcher of fountain soda
    • Shoe rental for up to 6 people
    • Party favors, and more
    See above for Family Events.


It's a good bet that nearly every bar and open-late restaurant will have some kind of New Year's Eve special. Here are just a few:

CONOR O'NEILL'S  |  New Year's Eve 

6 p.m.–2 a.m., 318 S. Main, Ann Arbor
Champagne toast at 7 p.m. (Irish New Year), 4-course meal, party favors, and more. Breakfast buffet at 1 a.m. 

7 p.m. $55 New Year's Eve Party
9 p.m. $20 Late Night Party 

WEBER'S HOTEL & RESTAURANT  |  New Year's Eve Welcome to 2018

7 p.m.–2:30 a.m., 3050 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor

Packages include ritzy dinner buffet, champagne toast at midnight, live entertainment from The Sun Messengers, dancing, late-night pizza, overnight stays, and breakfast credit for New Year's Day. Tickets start at $249 per couple. Weber's also hosts brunches for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Download the NYE brochure.


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BAR LOUIE  |  Kiss Off 2017 Party

8 p.m. $20, 401 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor
Kiss off 2017 and "make a clean break with a dirty martini."

HOMES BREWERY  |  New Year's Eve

8 p.m.–1 a.m., $60, 2321 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor

Close out 2017 with one of Ann Arbor’s newest breweries, HOMES, located on the city’s west side. Ticket price includes free midnight champagne toast, two drink tickets, a three-course buffet, DJ tunes and access to new beer releases!


8 p.m.–1 a.m., 117 S. Ann Arbor St. in Saline, $85 + $15 tip + sales tax (there's also a designated driver admission option)

2 drink tickets per person plus champagne toast (cash bar afterwards). Appetizers include a raw bar with oysters, fresh shrimp, assorted crostini, maple roasted Brussels sprouts, cheese board, fresh fruits, crudite platter. Buffet dinner: prime rib carving station, pork loin with onion & stout jam, couscous & wild mushroom-stuffed peppers, herbed fingerling potatoes, fresh vegetables and more! There's also a dessert table, special beer releases, music and dancing.

GUY HOLLERIN'S  |  George Bedard & the Kingpins 

9 p.m.–1 a.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
$40, 3600 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, 734-769-9800

Annual New Year's Eve Blues Bash with some "superfine honky-tonk dance tunes from swing to vintage blues, country, rockabilly, and early rock 'n' roll classics, with some memorable originals penned by guitar genius Bedard."  Champagne toast and light hors d'oeuvres buffet at midnight. More info.

NIGHTCAP | New Year's Eve Party

9 p.m.–3 a.m., 220 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 

Bubbly toast at midnight, passed hors d'oeuvres, and a jammin' good time! Do arrive before 11:30 p.m. Limited reservations available.


9 p.m.–3 a.m., $150, 314 S. Main, Ann Arbor

NECTO  |  New Year's Eve

Until 4 a.m. $30 pre-event, 516 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor

Celebration includes live countdown, balloon drop at midnight, and complimentary party favors until 4 a.m. DJs in the Main Room will spin Top 40 tunes, and in the Red Room will be music from the late '80s to early 2000s. 


9 p.m.–5 a.m., 310 S. Ashley, Ann Arbor, $25 online & $30 at the door

Cash bar and a champagne toast at midnight.

BLIND PIG  |  New Year's Jam

9 p.m.–2 a.m., 208 First St., Ann Arbor, $15, ages 21 and up

Live music by Stormy Chromer with a special ball drop set made just for the occasion! Also: Wire in the Wood, Chirp and Gyp$y. 

MELANGE BISTRO |  New Year's Eve @ Melange

10 p.m. $15–$500

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