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Exciting New Year’s Events in the Capital Region: What to Do


Are you ready to ⁣ring in the ⁣New Year in style? There are plenty of exciting events happening locally to help you celebrate. From fireworks and ball drops ⁢to improv shows and dance parties, there’s something for everyone. Check out the details ⁣below‍ to plan ‌your perfect New Year’s ⁤Eve and New‍ Year’s Day.

Some events require tickets or reservations, so⁣ be sure to secure ⁣your spot in advance.

First Night ‍and⁤ First Day in Saratoga Springs

Join the Saratoga New Year’s Fest, the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration north of⁤ Times Square in ​New York⁣ City. The festivities kick ‍off with a fireworks display at ⁣6 p.m. on‍ New Year’s‌ Eve ⁣and continue ⁢with⁣ numerous music⁣ performances at ‍venues throughout the Spa​ City. The celebration continues on New Year’s Day‍ with a 5K Road Run to mark the⁣ turning of⁤ the calendar.

Improv show ⁤and ball drop

Celebrate⁢ the new year at Mopco Improv Theatre (10 N. Jay St.) with a family-friendly improv show ending with ​an early evening ball drop. An improv group⁢ will ‌use audience ‍suggestions and willing volunteers to⁢ create stories, characters,⁤ and songs‌ in a one-of-a-kind ‍performance to ring ‍in the new year.

For seniors​ and students, tickets are $9.31 and general admission is $17.85. Tickets⁢ and more information on the theatre show can be⁤ found ‍at‍ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-family-show-and-ball-drop-tickets-768753310847?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

A singles New Year

New Year,⁤ New ⁣Boo: The Capital Region Singles Event of the Year is taking place​ at Toro Cantina (111 ‍Wolf Rd. Albany) on Dec. 31. Don your black and gold attire, as requested by the venue, to meet new people and ‍possibly spark a connection. The event features passed and stationary hors d’ oeuvres, a buffet style dinner, dessert bar, cash bar, champagne toast, a photo booth, and tarot card readings.

The singles ‌event will be on Dec.⁣ 28 from⁢ 6 p.m. to⁤ 10 p.m.‌ and tickets for the ‌event are $90 online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-year-new-boo-the-capital-region-singles-event-of-the-year-tickets-754666587077?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

Dance in the New Year

Mark the⁣ arrival of the new year at 550 Waterfront by Druthers with a bash to bid farewell to 2023 from 7:30 p.m. to ‍12:30 a.m. Dance the night away with live music from Dazy, who sang⁤ viral song “Sunroof,, indulge in delicious food, an open ‌bar and breathtaking views of ⁢Saratoga​ Lake. It’s also an opportunity to​ ring in the‌ New Year with friends, old ⁤and new.

Tickets for⁣ the Dec.⁤ 31 event are $200 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/druthers-waterfront-new-years-eve-bash-tickets-772231263497?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

Neon New Year

“Kaleidoscope: New Year’s⁢ Eve 2024” at ​Crowne Plaza ‍Albany -​ The Desmond Hotel offers a ‌neon, color-rush adventure that will light up ⁢the night. Three separate dancefloors‍ from two bands, Funk Evolution, Skeeter Creek, plus DeeJay Element. “Glowing” entertainment from NYC based⁤ LED‌ drummers Industrial Rhythm and⁣ watch ‍performance troupe CirqOvation. Photography taking and sharing courtesy of ⁢Smile Lounge Interactive.

The event​ includes four hours ‌of: Open bar⁣ (including mixed drinks, beer,​ wine,‌ champagne, and‌ a⁤ surprise signature drink), dinner, ⁢dessert, and ​late night menu (including ⁤passed hor d’oeuvres, food displays and chef manned⁢ stations).

Admission ONLY ⁢tickets are available for $195 (does not include an overnight stay) and ‍can be purchased on the Desmond ⁤Hotel website.

Opal Essence’s​ New Year’s ⁣Eve Dragtacular!

If one loves drag or theater, there’s an exceptional show happening. Opal Essence, ⁣accompanied by‌ her squirrel friends ‌Violencia Exclamation Point ⁢and ⁢Onyx Ondyx, alongside appearances from ‌Paris LuRux, Lexxi Pro, and London Jae Precise, presents an ​unforgettable event on New‌ Year’s Eve.

An ⁣exclusive VIP Experience is available for an extra $15 ​beyond the ticket cost. ⁤Limited quantities are available, ⁤offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Enjoy a photo opportunity with the‍ Queens and priority access to‌ general admission seats.

Tickets are ⁤$22.50 ticket, $37.50 VIP meet and ‍greet and can be purchased on the The Rep’s website.

Kickstart your​ New Year’s Eve at‌ WHBC

Head to Wolf Hollow Brewing Company from 12 – 8 p.m. for ‌a full slate of​ festivities. Join Nat Christiana for‍ our annual⁢ year in review trivia‍ starting at 4:00 pm. ‍Experience the traditional dropping of‍ the WHBC Star ⁢and a confetti shower at 6:00⁤ pm. Enjoy food from ‍Two For The‌ Road ​(12-7 pm) with seating available‍ on a ⁢first-come, first-served basis.

NYE Party ‌- Funk Night ft. Beau Sasser’s ‌Escape‌ Plan

New Year’s Eve celebration at the Twisted Fiddler. This ‍all-inclusive NYE event ensures an ‍unforgettable experience. Your ticket comes with: Beer,⁣ wine, and cocktails, all-you-can-eat food stations and hors ⁢d’oeuvres (menu available in ⁢the ticket ‍link), champagne toast ⁢at midnight, three sets of live music from Beau ‍Sasser’s Escape‍ Plan, including a special New Year’s set featuring: Beau Sasser (Kung Fu), ‌Rob Somerville (Deep Banana Blackout), Justin Henricks, and Will Carroll.

Tickets are $161.90 and can ⁣be purchased on Twisted Fiddler’s Eventbrite

The Refrigerators: New Year’s ⁢Eve ‍Party & ‍Countdown To 2024 ‌at Rivers Casino & Resort

Party and countdown to 2024​ with The Refrigerators. On top of that, memorialize the night’s⁣ festivities with ‍unlimited use of⁢ our NYE photo booth by Silly Snaps, complimentary ​party favors and a complimentary champagne⁤ toast at midnight.

Tickets are $30 ⁤and can be purchased on Rivers Casino’s website.

Throwback to the ⁣Future: 80s & 90s New Year’s Eve Bash

Ring⁤ in 2024 at⁣ the ⁣Throwback to the Future: 80s & 90s New Year’s Eve Bash. DJ Queen Beatz will be playing your fave songs all night.

Revisit the Past: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with an 80s & ⁢90s ‍Bash! Embark on ‌a nostalgic New Year’s Eve journey immersed in the groovy tunes and fantastic vibes of yesteryears.

DJ Queen Beatz will⁣ spin hits from the 80s and ⁢90s all night long, culminating⁣ in a sparkling mead toast at ‌midnight. Enjoy free⁢ parking⁢ at the Albany County lot located at 206 Washington Ave, Albany, NY ‌12210, available from ⁣5 pm to 5​ am. Entry restricted to 21+, tickets at $20 ‍with a valid ID required. Doors‌ open at 8 pm.

Tickets⁣ can be purchased on Fuze Box’s Eventbrite.

The First ⁣Night of Funny at Proctors

A Proctors Theater tradition returns! This New Years Eve say goodbye to 2023 with a hilarious night of laughter that everyone ‌will enjoy, ‍but that won’t ​break the ‌bank. The annual “First Night of Funny” event showcases four professional ⁤comedians with four unique and hilarious perspectives on the ​world. This‌ is your last ​chance to laugh⁣ in 2023 and ⁣has something for everyone.

Ticket prices vary⁤ depending ​on the date but⁢ can be purchased on Proctors’ ‌website.

Indian Ladder’s‌ New Years Eve​ Bonfire

This free event from 5 to 8:30 ⁢p.m at ‌Indian Ladder will‌ collect Christmas Trees, offering a free drink in exchange for each tree contributed. The New‌ Year’s Eve ball drop is set for an early countdown at 10 p.m., marking⁣ the culmination of the evening’s festivities. ⁤Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly and ⁣gather around the bonfire, ⁤or opt for the warmth ⁢of the⁤ cozy Tasting Room.

New Year’s Eve at⁣ Shaker & Vine

Join Shaker & Vine this New ⁣Year’s Eve for‍ an unforgettable night as they welcome 2024. With ‍a general admission ticket, patrons will enjoy an open ⁢bar from 8 to 11:30⁤ p.m. (house wine, house liquor, all ‍beer and soda), a charcuterie bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a dessert bar. Watch the ball drop on the⁢ big screen and celebrate with a champagne toast and noisemakers at midnight. Specialty cocktails ⁢will also be available for purchase. Music by DJ Ketchup.

Tickets vary in price based on the package and can be purchased on Shaker ‍& Vine’s website.

Family friendly New Year

New Year’s⁢ Eve Bowling at East Greenbush Bowling Center offers⁣ four party options.⁤ All parties include games, prizes, party favors and a countdown with either juice or champagne.⁢ Up to 5 people⁤ per lane. Reservations can be​ made⁣ on their website.

  • Afternoon Family Party, 2-4pm, $89 ​per lane

A party geared towards a family with younger kids. Includes a ⁣pizza buffet with french fries, mac-n-cheese bites, chicken nuggets and make-your-own⁣ ice cream bar. ‌Goodie bags ‌for kids.

  • Family Pizza Party, 5-7pm, $119 per⁣ lane

Enjoy a pizza buffet ⁤with fries, ⁤mac-n-cheese bites & more. Goodie bags for kids.

  • Pre-Game‌ Party, 7:45-10pm, $139 per lane

All-you-can-eat pizza buffet, salad,​ appetizers, ⁣soft drinks & desserts. Goodie bags for kids.

  • COSMIC Bowling Party, 11pm-2am, $149 per lane

Full buffet featuring pizza, wings, salad, appetizers, soft drinks & desserts. Party favors and more to ring in 2024

Juniper Li
Juniper Li
Juniper Li, with her roots in documentary filmmaking, brings a unique narrative style to local news reporting. A graduate of NYU’s Journalism program, Ava has a keen eye for stories that capture the essence of community life. Her reporting often highlights local achievements and challenges, drawing on her experience in visual storytelling.
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