RVA NYE 2019: Our Guide to the River City’s Best New Years Parties

by | Dec 27, 2018 | RICHMOND NEWS

Richmond loves a good party, so it only makes sense that NYE draws some of the year’s best special events in town. In light of that fact, we have compiled a listing of some of our favorite events happening to close out the year. Here you can get an idea of the goings on, and what each event has in store for you. Make sure and get your tickets ASAP, as many of them will sell out.  

Enjoy, and have a very Happy and Safe New Year!  

PLF Presents Decemberween 13: New Years Eve Party

The Party Liberation Front’s Decemberween (Halloween in December on New Year’s Eve) is one of the biggest events in the city, and certainly the most artistic wild party around, with big art and big sound! Decemberween 13 will be loaded with all the music, dancing, creativity, costumes, camaraderie, and community fun that you’ve come to expect — plus some new surprises in store for veteran attendees.

Diversity Richmond will again be hosting this one of a kind NYE event. We once again will transform the 10,000 square foot indoor event space and outdoor areas into multiple immersive environments for fire performance and music.  TOXIC MOXIE will be headlining a special NYE performance along with 18 DJs from all across the east coast.  

The event will also feature interactive art installations, circus arts, stage performances, outdoor pyro-sculptures, amazing fire spinners and fire troupes, art car showcases, live painting, champagne toast, and two bars with Hardywood Beer & Belle Isle Moonshine drinks! There are way too many things going on here to list, so check the event page — and GET THOSE TICKETS NOW BEFORE THEY SELL OUT!! 

Three Sheets to the Wind: NYE Anchor Drop at The Broadberry 

The best Yacht Rock band in the business, Three Sheets to the Wind, will help RVA ring in the New Year at The Broadberry. You know that they are going to pull out all the stops and drop the anchor in style for this special NYE Performance. The Rounding Cape Horns are coming too, with lots of our own local boys to provide the big brass sound.  This is always a huge party, so get the tickets now. They have special VIP packages for those that want to score their own private penthouse on the boat before it sets sail. Get tickets here and click here for more info.  

NYE 2019 Moonlight Masquerade 

The Moonlight Masquerade New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Double Tree Hilton is another of the biggest events in Richmond, and well worth checking out. LX Group is bringing in multiple performers and an incredible lineup of DJ’s for a non-stop party into 2019. They are already at 500 people strong, so you want to get those tickets now before I go on any further. They have special couples tickets, along with appetizers and special drinks throughout the night, including a complimentary champagne toast. This is, of course, a masquerade ball — so get your fancy masks out for this one. Tickets can be purchased here, and for more info click here. 

Rocking 80’s New Year’s Eve with Teaze & The Here and Now at Uptown Alley 

If your looking for 80’s style hair metal, you got it right here with “The Here and Now” & “Teaze”.  You will get all the glory of the 80’s sing alongs and wild party times.  This one will include a balloon drop at midnight, with over $1000 in prizes. Having seen Teaze, I can promise you that they will crush it, and it will be a blast for all involved.  So get your hair out (or Teaze your hair out, as the case may be), and stuff yourself into the spandex for this one. Click here for more info. 


New Year’s Eve at The Circuit

Join The Circuit, the arcade video game bar, for a very special NYE. We are talking amazing brews all night along, with special video game-inspired music from F1NG3RS.  They have complimentary snacks for you and all the games you can imagine to play. This is a great event for groups, featuring lots of things to get involved in. They also will have Gaucho food truck, with its delicious South American eats, to get your fill of delicious grub. This is a great NYE event if you just want to have fun, not worry about dressing up, just enjoy some drinks and games with friends.  Grab tickets here, and click here for more info.

New Years Eve with The Southern Belles and Jackass Flats at The Camel

For those looking for some classic folk, country, bluegrass and Americana sounds on NYE, we have the Southern Belles and Jackass Flats ringing in the New Year at my favorite venue in the city: The Camel. Both of these bands are so talented and fun, and on NYE you know there will be some special performances in store. Let the champagne flow, the booties shake, and the good times roll! Grab your tickets here, and go here for more info.

Confetti Reign 2 #VagabondNYE 

Vagabond will be quite a swanky party for you looking for the speakeasy bar in the basement with the sweet vibes.  They have music by DJ King Cise, along with your host Juan Pierce. If you are not familiar with Vagabond, you should know that they know their drinks — we are taking classy drinks by talented bartenders. Ringing in NYE in the rabbit hole feels like that special invite to the bar at the end of the universe you just have to visit. Go here for tickets, and get more info here.

Saved By The 90s: A NYE Party with the Bayside Tigers at The National 

It may be NYE 2019, but a lot of us would rather it be 1999. Looking to get your 90’s Fix on NYE? The Bayside Tigers deliver the 90’s hits to get you moving in all your neon glory. Saved by the 90’s is the premier 90’s party Holiday show that travels all over the US to bring the party to you. The party continues into the night with DJ GHOZT. It’s gonna be the raddest thing since Stacey’s Mom! Go here for tickets, and here for more info.

Flashing Lights NYE at Kabana Rooftop

Alert – Rooftop party on NYE overlooking the city! Kabana has invited Carlos Melange to ring the in the New Year from 20 stories up, and you should be there. Carlos is a NYC DJ and producer who is quite in demand these days, so you’re getting a certified crowd-pleaser here. Kabana of course will have a number of specials going on with hotel room specials, VIP sections, and party favors. This is a themed Red Carpet event, Hollywood-style, so get fancy, walk the carpet, and be treated like a star. Pick up your tickets here, and find more info here.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Cary Street Cafe: The King is Dead

And now for something completely different. The King is Dead will bring you all the Grateful Dead and Elvis music you need in your life at Cary St. Cafe this NYE. This is a night of amazing music and collaborations, along with the Hot Piece of Brass Horns as special guests.  This is a night of funky music, champagne toast and countdown, and good old dead Elvis.  This is a no pre-sale event ($12 at door), so just show up and be ready to get down. For more info, you know where to go.

NYE Live at the Hofheimer with P- Funk Allstars!!

The Hof has something very special in store for NYE, with special guest Jerome “Bigfoot” Brailey from Parliament Funkadelic. This event is sure to be the funkiest party in town with this special performance, put together just for this event. They also have open bar from 8-10pm, with four fully stocked bars on multiple floors of this giant venue. You also get a balloon drop, party favors (hats, masks, etc), and multiple musicians and DJs in multiple rooms. They have upgrades and a special deal with Graduate Richmond to get you to and from the event to your swanky hotel room. Grab them tickets – Its gonna sell out, if it hasn’t by the time I wrote this (that was fast!). Tickets here, more info here.   

Top photo by Elizabeth Swider

John Reinhold

John Reinhold

John Reinhold is currently CXO of Inkwell Ventures Inc. which owns and operates RVA Magazine and GayRVA. Also, he is a deejay with PLF, husband and father to a couple of great kids.

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