New Year’s Eve is the biggest night of the year for event lovers. Every artist wants to celebrate, the best theater productions are on stage and college football, NBA basketball and NHL hockey are all in action. From New York to LA and everywhere in between, the hottest stars are playing blowout, can’t-miss concerts and there is no shortage of awesome events to choose from no matter what you enjoy.
Because it’s so close to the big night, you might think there’s no way to get in. We have good news: You can still get tickets! Many sporting events, venues and theaters offer instant downloads so your tickets can arrive in plenty of time.
We want to help you plan a New Year’s Eve celebration that rings in 2017 in style, so we’ve put together the ultimate list of who’s playing and where, with helpful links to where you can find great seats. If we didn’t cover your area just visit our site EventTicketsCenter.com and search for your city. Or just type December 31 in the search box and see hundreds of choices for New Year’s Eve. There is something for everyone!
Las Vegas New Year’s Eve
Nowhere in America is hotter for New Year’s Eve than the Las Vegas strip, where big name artists are playing big name venues.
Topping the fun with not one but two nights at the Monte Carlo is Bruno Mars, starting December 30 before his New Year’s Eve concert. Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano has four shows at Caesar’s Palace starting December 28 including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Talk about a show-stopping 1-2 punch.
That’s not all Las Vegas has to offer on New Year’s Eve. The Strip is absolutely hopping from end to end. On the southern end, Maroon 5 heats up Mandalay Bay and a few blocks north, Sting is playing at The Cosmopolitan. Staying in the heart of The Strip, The Wu-Tang Clan is doing up The Axis at Planet Hollywood. A block away, you’ll find Kendrick Lamar turning up Drai’s Nightclub. On the north end of The Strip, Cheap Trick is playing The Foundry at SLS Las Vegas. And THAT is why Las Vegas is Las Vegas.
If you’d rather laugh than rock, Vegas has you covered there, too. Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club will have the MGM howling, while across Tropicana Avenue, Laugh Factory will be cracking jokes at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino.
Plus: If you’re in Sin City a day early and need to get your country on, Kill the Lights with Luke Bryan at the MGM on December 30.
If you’d rather welcome 2017 a little closer to the beach, Miami will be hopping with Justin Bieber playing LIV at Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. If Bieber isn’t your style, Billy Joel is giving a special New Year’s Eve concert at BB&T Center that can’t be missed.
Over in Orlando, the LSU Tigers and Louisville Cardinals kick off New Year’s Eve with the Citrus Bowl. Football and music fans can head to Orlando’s House of Blues for what is sure to be an incredible show with Sevendust. The Rock Til The Drop: Epic Evolve – The Decades Show at Hard Rock Live in Orlando is also sure to be a hit.
Moving up the coast, New York is as always an epicenter of New Year’s adventure. Experience two legends at once in Manhattan as jam band icons Phish play the iconic Madison Square Garden. If you’re a child of the 90s, The Paramount is the place to be as Gavin Rossdale and Bush welcome 2017 with their top hits.
The ice takes center stage in SoCal with the LA Kings and San Jose Sharks facing off at Staples Center. If you want to stay in downtown Los Angeles, Pink Martini has two shows at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Down the road at Long Beach Arena, families can enjoy Disney On Ice performing twice on New Year’s Eve. For laughs, comedian Joe Rogan is doing the Orpheum Theatre on December 31, with George Lopez & D.L. Hughley performing the 28th and 29th. And, for college football fans, don’t forget the 2017 Rose Bowl is moved back a day to January 2, 2017. That shouldn’t be a problem for the hometown USC fans as their Trojans take on Penn State.
Let’s look at what’s happening around the rest of the country:
The Grand Ole Opry House will welcome John Prine, Jason Isbell and Kacey Musgraves live on the historic stage. Bridgestone Arena will host Widespread Panic at 8 p.m. December 30 and 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
For all you Dead Heads,Dead Dreams: A Grateful Dead Dance and Party plays The Fillmore at 9 p.m. and goes until it literally cannot go anymore. More modern rock fans can take in Unknown Mortal Orchestra at The Independent. Sleater-Kinney is playing the Nob Hill Masonic Center and, if you’d rather laugh than rock, Paula Poundstone is at Nourse Theatre.
Dance in the New Year southern style with Dancing With the Stars at Fabulous Fox Theater. Do it up 70s style with The Disco Biscuits at The Tabernacle. The Motet is playing at Variety Playhouse. If you wanna rock, Indigo Girls are playing City Winery. How’s that for variety?
There’s no shortage of New Year’s Eve fun to be had in the Mile High City. The Colorado Avalanche and New York Rangers drop the puck at the Pepsi Center. For music fans, Fox Street plays the Bluebird Theater. STS9 will play at Fillmore Auditorium, while Nahko & Medicine for the People play the Ogden Theatre. If you want to get a little outside the city, String Cheese Incident is playing 1st Bank Center in Broomfield.
And basketball fans: Don’t forget the Bulls and Bucks facing off in United Center.
The Boston House of Blues hosts The Mighty Mighty Bosstones for three nights December 28-30 before Lettuce brings down the house on New Year’s Eve. Pink Talking Fish rocks the Paradise Rock Club. For some New Year’s laughs, Jim Jefferies is doing two shows at Wilbur Theater starting at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. For hockey fans, the Bruins and Buffalo Sabres drop the puck at 1 p.m. at TD Garden.
Even New Year’s Eve is bigger in Texas. From Willie Nelson at the Moody Theater in Austin to Jonathan Tyler at Granada Theater in Dallas (where you can also catch Willie on January 3), to Hellyeah at the Dallas House of Blues. If you’re a basketball fan, the Rockets and Knicks round out the NBA’s New Year’s Eve schedule at the Toyota Center in Houston.