Another year has come and gone with 2017 on its way out and 2018 looming ever closer. We still have some time left to take in some live music before the year officially comes to a close, and New Year's Eve is the perfect time to do it. After all, is there a better way to say goodbye to one year and welcome the next?
Raleigh has plenty of concerts happening for New Year's, from local favorites to annual First Night celebrations. So put on your finest, pop some champagne, and get your tickets to have a fun, memorable holiday.
The Avett Brothers
Dec. 31 @ 8:30
PNC Arena - 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
Many bands have made it a tradition to play a New Year's show, including The Avett Brothers. The band has been ringing in the New Year with fans for 14 years running, and for 2018, they'll spend their second consecutive year doing it in Raleigh. They'll be joined Mandolin Orange and The Felice Brothers. Tickets are on sale now, including VIP and travel packages. And fans will have more chances to see the band in 2018, as they recently added more tour dates through March and April as they continue to tour in support of 2016 album True Sadness.
Dec. 29, 30, and 31 @ 9 p.m.
Lincoln Theatre - 126 E Cabarrus St., Raleigh, NC 27601
You can always count on a New Year's party from Big Something, but this year, they're doing it, well, bigger, with three themed shows at the Lincoln Theatre, their usual New Year's home. Fans can enjoy a night of sci-fi on Dec. 29, Talking Heads mashups Dec. 30, and for New Year's Eve itself, "fancy pants and crazy hats," pretty typical New Year's attire--plus two balloon drops and a champagne toast. And they promise they have enough material to play all three sets without repeating a song, so die-hard fans might want to hit them all. Tickets are on sale now individually or as a three-night package.
First Night Raleigh
Dec. 31 @ 2 p.m.
City Plaza and downtown Raleigh
First Night celebrations have become common all over the country, and Raleigh is no exception. Head to City Plaza on New Year's Eve to ring in the New Year with live entertainment such as comedy and music, with over 100 performances over 35 venues, including Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Cane Mill Road. And, of course, concertgoers can enjoy fireworks at 7 p.m.--early enough for the kids--and the Acorn Drop at midnight. Tickets are on sale now for $11 in advance, $15 day of, and $12 for kids. VIP passes are also available for $50.
Swing in the New Year
Dec. 31 @ 8 p.m.
Meymandi Concert Hall - 2 E South St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Like First Night events, symphony concerts are happening all over the country for New Year's. In Raleigh, enjoy the music of Gershwin and Strauss at Meymandi Concert Hall with the North Carolina Symphony, closing with a traditional rendition of classic "Auld Lang Syne." Tickets are on sale now.
2000 and 8 Kween New Year's Party
Dec. 31 @ 10 p.m.
The Pinhook - 117 W Main St., Durham, NC 27701
Celebrate with DJ PlayPlay, plus Durham's finest Vivica C. Coxx and Stormie Daie. Tickets are on sale now for just $10, making it an affordable way to ring in the New Year.