New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Events in Asheville

Dec 16, 2022
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What better way to give this old year the boot and usher in the new one than to celebrate with family and friends? Sure, you could spend yet another night cuddling on the couch with a movie and popcorn, but you could do that anytime! New Year’s Eve is a night for revelry and celebration, so check out our list of New Year’s Eve events in Asheville and get off the couch!

New Year's Eve

Restaurant Events

Avenue M will offer a 5-course meal prepared by the restaurant’s chef and paired with 5 wines selected by importer Kermit Lynch. The menu features sea scallop crudo, smoked celery root, a New York Strip and opera cake. Service begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31, and tickets can be reserved by calling (828) 350-8183.

Party on the rooftop at Capella on 9 from 3 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. After 8 p.m., pay a cover charge of $30 per person for a drink ticket and champagne toast at midnight, and enjoy live music and a photo booth. No reservations are required.

Cúrate will host its first New Year’s Eve dining experience with a special menu of authentic Spanish cuisine with optional wine pairing. Dishes curated by Chef de Cuisine Matt Caudle include hand-sliced jamón with Kaluga caviar, giant head-on Mediterranean prawns, a Catalan seafood stew and seared Wagyu hanger steak. A dessert inspired by Spain's Twelve Grapes tradition will be served to bring luck to diners in the new year. The event is $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Isa’s French Bistro will host a Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve party from 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31 in The Cellar, 1 Battery Park Ave. The ticketed event will feature a live band, light bites from the charcuterie and dessert boards, one drink ticket per person, and a champagne toast at midnight. An additional drink ticket will be given to guests having dinner at Isa’s that evening. The cost is $72 per person.

Bars and Breweries

Ring in 2023 at Top of the Monk in Downtown Asheville with light snacks, welcome punch & a midnight toast. The event runs from 10 p.m. - 12:30am.

The Social is hosting a New Year’s Eve Bash with Lyric and her band. Dance the night away and stick around for a free champagne toast and buffet. Tickets are $20.

"Party Like it’s 1999" at One World Brewing West with an all-star tribute to the ‘90s featuring members of Snarky Puppy, The Chase Brothers, Jazz Is Phsh, The James Brown Dance Party, Pimps of Pompe & More, plus a champagne toast at midnight. The party kicks off at 9 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. Tickets are $15 pre-sale, and $20 on the day of the show.

The Chemist New Year's Eve at Antidote Cocktail Lounge includes heavy hors d'oeuvres provided by Chef Sam Ethridge, live big band music from the James Posedel ensemble, and original and classic cocktails. Tickets include a complimentary welcome cocktail and a champagne toast at midnight.

Well Played Board Game Café is offering ticketed entries starting at 10 p.m. that include drinks, small plates, merchandise, and door prizes. Ring in the new year at the cafe until 1 a.m. Tickets are available at the website.

Live Music

Hear the Asheville Symphony Orchestra celebrate New Year’s Eve with 007, as they play songs from James Bond movies. The music begins at 8 p.m. at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. For reservations or tickets, visit the Asheville Symphony Orchestra website.

The historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville is hosting its annual Roaring Twenties party, a New Year’s Eve “speakeasy soiree,” from 8 p.m.- 1 a.m. The Emerald Empire Band will play jazz from the era until 11 p.m., followed by a Top-40s setlist until 1 a.m. The Gatsby-esque gala will feature a full-service bar, a flashback photo booth, and a midnight countdown to the new year with a champagne toast. Themed attire is encouraged, and tickets are $75.

Legendary jam band Leftover Salmon and special guests the Jon Stickley Trio will play on the indoor stage at Salvage Station. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8. The Root Down food truck will serve their delicious twist on Southern Soul food, and there will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Get all the details on the venue's website.

New Year’s Day

Lake Lure Polar Plunge Dip more than just your toes in the lake about 45 minutes south of Asheville to raise money for charity during the New Year’s Polar Plunge. Crazy participants dive into the chilly waters starting at noon on Jan. 1, and the event features music and bonfires. If you’re not brave enough to participate, spectators are welcome!

First Day Hikes Get started on your New Year’s resolutions with a walk in nature. The North Carolina State Parks system offers free guided hikes on Jan. 1. For a list of participating trails, visit the Parks’ website.

Biltmore Biltmore Estate is still decorated for the holidays and Candlelight Christmas Evenings through January 7, and the estate is open on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Purchase tickets for the house tour in advance on the website.

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