It’s almost that time. The New Year is coming up fast, and establishments in eastern NC and the Piedmont area have options for you. Enjoy a dinner, dancing, midnight toasts, and more at these locations.
Note that in addition to the public events and ticketed galas listed, many area bars and restaurants will be holding music / midnight toast events at their locations.
New Year’s Eve Blueberry Drop
Monday, December 31, 2018 @ 5-8pm
Gather at the Burgaw Depot, 115 S Dickerson Street, Burgaw NC (Pender County), for the New Year’s Eve Blueberry Drop.
Enjoy music, community, and fun. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
Check out this article on the creation of the Blueberry for the drop.
New Year’s Eve “Hop Drop” at Rocky Mount Mills
Monday, December 31, 2018 @ 5pm-1:30am (January 1, 2019)
Ring in the New Year, 2019, at Rocky Mount Mills, 1151 Falls Road, Rocky Mount NC.
This inaugural event takes place on the Mills campus, with shops available offering food and drink. Several establishments will be open offering adult beverages and a “crawl” for the adults. There will also be live music, with the evening fun culminating in the midnight LED hop drop. Cover charge.
See Hop Drop details at www.rockymountmills.com/calendar-event/new-years-eve-hopdrop.
(UPDATE: time was changed after initial listing.)
New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop
Monday, December 31, 2018 @ approx 5:30-7:05pm
This annual event organized by Mt. Olive Pickle Company is a family-friendly, early way to ring in the New Year at 7pm local time (midnight GMT), and watch the pickle move down the flagpole into the pickle tank to mark the arrival of 2019.
Join the fun, enjoy live performances, a deejay, dancing, and free refreshments too — including pickles.
The event will take place at the Mt. Olive Pickle Company, located at the corner of Cucumber Blvd and Vine Street, Mount Olive NC (Wayne County). The physical address for your navigation system may be One Cucumber Boulevard, Mount Olive NC 28365.
Start your new year off right by bringing canned food to donate during the pickle drop, providing food for NC families in need in 2019.
See details and event restrictions (no pets, for example) on their website at www.mtolivepickles.com/new-events.
For those who cannot attend, watch the pickle drop live via online stream on www.mtolivepickles.com.
Rockin’ New Years Eve
Monday, December 31, 2018 @ 6pm-after midnight
Spend your New Year’s Eve eating, dancing, and enjoying the music at The Barn Dinner Theatre. The fun starts at 6pm, with dinner seating and a buffet.
Enjoy your dinner, then sit back — or get up and dance — for music by the Timeless Soul Band, with musical guest 3Staxxx, and featured vocalist Candi Sugafoot. The performance begins after dinner and will be followed by dancing with the live band.
A champagne toast is provided at midnight, with a breakfast buffet is served after the new year arrives.
Dinner seats for Rockin’ New Years Eve will be $105 for the middle and upper levels, or $110 for the stage level. Seating times are from 6pm to 6:30pm, and the buffet is available as soon as you are seated. Your ticket includes the southern-style buffet dinner, the music and dancing, a champagne toast at midnight, and then a breakfast buffet after midnight on January 1, 2019 start the new year off right.
The Barn Dinner Theatre is located at 120 Stage Coach Trail, Greensboro NC.
Tickets may be purchased via The Barn Dinner Theatre website at tickets.barndinner.com.
Pride of Kinston New Years Eve Masquerade
Monday, December 31, 2018, @ 8:30pm-1am (January 1, 2019)
Join the Pride of Kinston for New Years Eve at the Museum, all for a good cause: Downtown Kinston revitalization.
Come for food and beverages, then get down with the band, TrainWreck, and dance and enjoy the evening. This is a masquerade; masks are encouraged and there will be “loaner” masks at the event. Business attire or black tie, please.
Tickets are $40 and include two drinks. See details or purchase tickets on EventBrite.
Held at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, 100 N Queen Street, Kinston NC. Find out more about Pride of Kinston at www.downtownkinston.com.
First Night Raleigh 2019
Throughout downtown Raleigh NC, there will be activities for children, music, theatre, and performances for all ages, a ferris wheel, and two countdowns to the New Year. Enjoy an early countdown at 7pm, or stick around for the midnight Acorn Drop.
All Day Passes are available in advance for $11, or pay $15 on entry to the event. Note that children’s tickets (ages 6-12) are $11 the day of, with children 5 and under free. VIP Passes are also available. Food, snacks, and adult beverages will be available for purchase at various locations.
See details on this WRAL-sponsored event, or purchase passes, via firstnightraleigh.com.
New Year’s Eve Gala at the Nature Research Center
Monday, December 31, 2018 @ 8pm-1am (January 1, 2019)
This gala event is spread across all four floors of the Nature Research Center of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 121 W Jones Street, Raleigh NC.
Tickets start at $135+ and include admission to the gala, food and beverages (open bars), entertainment (on several floors), and late-night snacks. This even is for adults 21 and older. Black tie preferred; ties required for males.
See event details, menu, or purchase tickets via www.galaraleigh.com.
National Watch Night Service: Building the Poor People’s Campaign in 2019
Monday, December 31, 2018 @ 7-9pm
National Watch Night Service “will bring together people of conscience to recommit ourselves to the fight against systemic racism, poverty, the war economy/militarism, ecological devastation and our nation’s distorted moral narrative in 2019.” Speakers will include Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and all are welcome to attend this free event.
Hosted by Repairers of the Breach, Kairos Center, and NC Poor People’s Campaign, this event will be held at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC. See details and register via this EventBrite page.
The event will also be broadcast nationally from livestream.com/accounts/5188266/events/8496447.
Ed. Note: Originally published December 22; updated with new time on an event on December 28, 2018.