From Raleigh to Chapel Hill, there are plenty of places and ways to ring in 2018 across the Triangle. Here's our top 10 list of places to check out if you're in town for this glittery holiday.
Kick off the new year with the glitz, glamour, dancing and music of Bollywood at the Bollywood Bash in Chapel Hill. Hosted by the Triangle’s only Southeast Asian radio station, WDUR, this family-friendly party celebrates the coming year with dinner, belly dancing and a midnight champagne toast. The Sheraton, 1 Europa Drive, Chapel Hill; 919.294.4800.
In the little town of Saxapahaw, west of Chapel Hill, the Haw River Ballroom is hosting its 10th annual steampunk party known as the Clockwork Ball. Pilots of Airships, Mad Scientists and Explorers of the Unknown are flocking to the ballroom to celebrate all things of the industrial age and the coming of the new year. Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw; email@example.com.
Calling upon a Filipino military tradition during which cadets would dine on a feast laid out on a long table covered in banana leaves while using only their hands as utensils, the folks at Raleigh's MOFU Shoppe are welcoming the new year with a Boodle fight. The former Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race winners present a spread of suckling pigs, roasted duck, whole fishes and more to usher in the new year. 321 S. Blount St., Raleigh; 919.301.8465.
For families looking for festivities before the wee hours, Morehead Planetarium’s Night Lights will have your family looking to the stars to kick off 2018. Food trucks, stars and science shows accompany this mostly free event, as well as an early New Year's Eve countdown that the doesn’t require the kids to stay up past their bedtime. 250 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill; 919.843.3474.
First Night Raleigh
Turning the streets of Downtown Raleigh into a giant celebration, First Night Raleigh has been the standard barrier for celebrating the new year in the capital city. First Night Raleigh caps off its all-day celebration with its iconic acorn drop in the middle of downtown's City Plaza. Downtown Raleigh via Fayetteville Street, Moore Square, Nash Square and the State Capitol grounds; 919.832.8699.
What the Funk
Celebrating with food, fun and funk, Beyu Cafe in the heart of downtown Durham is ringing in the new year with its aptly named What The Funk New Years Eve event. Featuring the soul and jazz fusion band, Soul Understated, Bull City restaurant will also offer a buffet and champagne. Beyu Caffe, 341 W. Main St., Durham; 919.683.1058.
The Triangle's Official New Year's Eve Celebration
Massive radio conglomerate iHeartMedia is The Triangle's Official New Years Eve Celebration at downtown Raleigh Sheraton Hotel, complete with a dance floor and four ballrooms covering an entire range of musical taste—from country to 1980s throwbacks. This 21-and-older event offers open bars and bottle service, as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Downtown Raleigh Sheraton, 421 S. Salisbury St., 860.800.2016.
Level7 at the AC North Hills Hotel
Overlooking Raleigh’s Midtown, the Level7 Rooftop bar in the AC North Hills Hotel is ringing in the new year with live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres and even a place to spend the night. The hotel’s package deal gives you exclusive access to the rooftop bar and breakfast for two the New Year's Day morning. AC North Hills Hotel, 101 Park at North Hills St., Raleigh; 919.571.2500.
New Year's Eve at The Durham
Perched on high above the bustling streets of downtown Durham, The Durham hotel is offering two options to ring in 2018. The Durham’s kitchen, headed by the Triangle’s first James Beard Award Winner Andrea Resling, will be serving a four-course dinner featuring black truffles and caviar. On The Durham’s popular rooftop bar, oysters and shrimp cocktails will be served alongside some bubbly to welcome 2018. 315 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham; 919.768.8831.
Murder at the Masquerade 5
Enter the new year entrenched in mystery and intrigue. Hosted inside of Chapel Hill’s Aloft Hotel, Murder at the Masquerade 5 starts out as a posh New Years Eve party that suddenly becomes a murder mystery game, as guests discover a murder and are tasked to find the guilty party. Each guest is given a character to play and a complimentary dessert during this unique New Years Eve celebration. Aloft Hotel, 1001 Hamilton Road, Chapel Hill; firstname.lastname@example.org. (This event is currently sold out.)