Sure you're bummed that they've canceled that big outdoor New Year's Party on Georgia Street this year. Who wasn't looking forward to standing outside in frigid temps to watch an Indy Car drop from a crane?
Thankfully, there are at least 10 excellent celebrations to fill the gap left behind. We've rounded up everything from the masquerade ball at Union Station to a punk rock night at the historic Melody Inn. There's literally something for everyone, including those of you with kids and those who just don't want to stay up late.
The city’s longest running New Year’s party that’s just for the kids, head to the Children’s Museum for DJs and tons of kid friendly entertainment. In addition to jugglers and a full brass marching band parade, the kids get access to the museums awesome list of ongoing exhibits including how snow is made and how to make your own robot arm. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
In search of a New Year’s plan the whole family can enjoy? Look no further than the Indiana State Museum. This alcohol free bash is fun for all with entertainment ranging from magicians to face painting. For those too young to hit midnight, an 8 p.m. balloon drop will allow them to get in on the New Year’s fun and still get in bed at a decent hour. Tickets are only $15 and members can score theirs for just $9. 6-9 p.m.
Indy’s formal New Year’s Eve plan takes place at Union Station and it’s lineup of festivities offer you experience three parties at once. Immerse yourself in the feel of a 1920’s costume ball and party like Gatsby himself in the speakeasy lounge. If you’re feeling Bond-like, the Grand Ballroom will have casino games and cocktails (shaken or stirred, we won’t judge). Top it all off with DJ HQ, an immersive interactive DJ experience with the city’s hottest Djs. Tickets start at $130.
Ring in the New Year at the gorgeous rooftop space atop the Regions Tower with a spectacular 360^ view. Enjoy a premium open bar all-evening, Light appetizers, and a champagne toast at midnight all while dancing the night way to the beats of DJ Gabby Love, Indiana Jones, Action Jackson and Lemi Vice. All inclusive tickets start at $130.
Having some disco fever this holiday season? Come boogie on down to Pan Am Pavilion’s Studio 54 themed New Year’s Eve bash. A huge slate of Djs will be spinning disco classics alongside top 40 and modern hits. Come shake your booty with professional dances and disco roller girls. Tickets start at $100 and come with a free welcome cocktail and party favors.
DJ Marcus will have the dance floor lit up playing all the hits that made 2018 rock. General admission is only $25, but a variety of VIP packages are available granting you and your party access to bottle service and open bar capabilities. A complimentary candy bar makes sure everyone can satisfy their sweet tooth before starting those restrictive New Year’s diets.
Champagne not your jam? Rather be chugging High Life when the clock strikes 12? Mosh away the final hours of your 2018 at the Mel with legendary local punks Mr. Clit and the Pink Cigarettes. Partake in a midnight bra drop with Maella Cai Vane & Friends Burlesque. Still need convincing? All this end of year debauchery is still only $10.
It’s no secret, Jax Anderson is a badass. Anderson’s pop music project ,Flint Eastwood, will be in town from Detroit to help Fountain Square celebrate the end of 2018. Empowering, honest, and inspirational as all get out, this is the perfect show to blast forward into 2019 full of positivity and the motivation to shrug off all of the negativity that made 2018 forgettable all for just $25-35.
Head out to Healer DIY for a $10 therapeutic end to a stressful holiday season and throw on your boogie shoes for one of Indy’s hottest DJ bills this New Year including Filternetwork, DJ Shaw Shank, and DJ Big Hank. This is one of the only all-ages shows rounding out 2018, but if you’re over 21, drinks will be available to aid in the celebration.
Having trouble finding something to be grateful for in 2018? Look no further than The Mousetrap’s two night event with Grateful Dead cover band Hyryder. Word to the wisest of dead heads, two night passes are only $20 and single night tickets $15. It doesn’t take much festival math to calculate that great deal.
Winter weather gives us all the blues, and there is no better way to shake off the seasonal depression than by kicking it into overdrive with The Why Store and Gordon Bonham at the Slippery Noodle Inn. For $25, dinner specials will keep your belly satisfied while a champagne toast will warm you up into 2019 during the giant balloon drop. Make sure to get there early before the tunes kick off to ensure you get a table because seating will fill up quick.