Here are our suggestions for free and cheap places to celebrate on New Years Eve for $30 or less in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan region. It’s a mix of fun, mostly music and dancing with champagne and countdowns, but also eclectic celebrations that include chanting, movies, fireworks, and other jubilant fun for saying hello to 2019 and bidding a fond farewell to 2018. We’ve even included a list of kid-friendly New Years party fun.
Free or no cover NYE celebrations
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Seattle Center Armory NYE Dance Party, 8pm. Local Top 40 cover band Sway will bring all your favorite contemporary hits to the Armory dancefloor to ring in the new year. Head outside just before midnight to catch the Space Needle fireworks show. Free event, food and beverage available for purchase. More info: http://www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest/
Seattle comedy show with Jose Bolanos (21+ after 9PM), 8pm at Art Marble 21, 731 Westlake Ave N. With DJ music. Laugh at Jose’s crazy stunts, high energy and, well, his laugh. Voted Best Comedian in Western Washington by KING5 and evening Magazine. No cover. Food menu and full bar.
Seattle Center International Fountain Dance Party, 10pm. Live electronic music and video projection show by local DJ Freddy King of Pants and VJ Baryonyx. Free outdoor event. More info: http://www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest/
Space Needle New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Midnight. Thousands of people make their way to the Seattle Center grounds to watch one of the region’s best fireworks shows go off at midnight from 605 feet up at the top of the Needle. Free event.
Kid-friendly NYE celebrations
Listed alphabetically by city.
All locations: AMC Theatres discount Yellow eTickets. With AMC Yellow eTickets, you can stock up on movie tickets and be ready for any big blockbuster you’ve been dying to see. Your etickets can be used at any AMC theaters near you for any movie, any date, and any time. Full Price: $13.50. AMC Yellow eTickets: $9. When you make a purchase through our Goldstar link, we might earn a commission at no additional cost to you. New and recommended family movies for December 2018 include:
Bellevue: Family New Years Eve 6-9PM at Lucky Strike in Lincoln Square. All Ages. General admission includes 1 one-hour timeplay game card. 9PM countdown. Price: $25 per person. More info: https://www.luckystrikesocial.com/locations/bellevue/
Bellevue: NYE at KidsQuest museum. An all-day New Year’s Celebration with activities happening every hour including a special New Year’s Eve Storytime, Bubble Wrap Stomp, New Year’s Hats, and Streamer making. Admission: $12.50. More info: https://www.kidsquestmuseum.org/event/new-years-at-kidsquest/
Everett: New Year’s Eve Party at Imagine Children’s Museum. Pajama Party, special entertainment, activities and rocking’ fun. New Year’s Eve Ball Drop at 9:00 p.m. Admission: $12. More info: https://www.imaginecm.org/events/new-years-eve-nighttime-party-2-2/
Gig Harbor: Family NYE party at NOON. Family dance party to celebrate the new year with a balloon drop at NOON. Learn some dance moves, sing along to songs and dance the day away. Tickets: $17.
Tacoma: NYE at Children’s Museum. Ring in the New Year by creating your very own music maker. Every hour, Museum staff will lead visitors in a dance parade to use your new music maker. Admission: PWYW. Admission supported by Puyallup Tribe of Indians Charity Trust, US Bank Foundation, and KeyBank. More info: https://www.playtacoma.org/calendar/
Winslow: Noon NYE party at KidiMu. Ring in 2019 with the whole family at Kid’s Discovery Museum with a countdown to noon and balloon drop. Come early to enjoy special activities. FREE with membership. Regular admission: $8. More info: https://www.kidimu.org/event/22343/
Seattle NYE unique things to do
An eclectic mix of suggestions including movies, meditation, improv, comedy, concerts, and other entertainment to ring in the new year.
Listed by price from low to high.
AMC Theatres discount Yellow eTickets. With AMC Yellow eTickets, you can stock up on movie tickets and be ready for any big blockbuster you’ve been dying to see. Your etickets can be used at any AMC theaters near you for any movie, any date, and any time. Full Price: $13.50. AMC Yellow eTickets: $9. When you make a purchase through our Goldstar link, we might earn a commission at no additional cost to you. New and recommended movies for December 2018 include:
- Aquaman (PG-13)
- Bumblebee (PG-13)
- Holmes and Watson (PG-13)
- Mortal Engines (PG-13)
- On the Basis of Sex (PG-13)
- Welcome to Marwen (PG-13)
- Destroyer (R)
- Mary Queen of Scots (R)
- The Mule (R)
- Vice (R)
NYE Guided Meditation in Ballard. Through developing the mind of compassion, we can create peace within ourselves and in the world. This celebration includes a teaching on compassion, a guided meditation and chanted prayers to Avalokiteshvara for a peaceful start to the new year. Everyone is welcome. Tickets: $12.
Moulin Rouge Sing-Along at SIFF Uptown. Musical-theater nerds who love this movie will get their chance at this sing-along screening. The soundtrack includes “Lady Marmalade”, “Rhythm of the Night”, “Material Girl”, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”, and “Your Song”. Tickets: $15.
Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’ opera in Greenwood. Puget Sound Concert Opera celebrates the 100th anniversary of Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’ premiere. Performed in Italian with supertitles in Italian and English. The story: Sister Angelica, a Florentine noblewoman, has been compelled by her family to take the veil, following the birth of her child out of wedlock. For seven years has in vain been waiting to hear news from her friends and family. Finally, she receives a visit from her aunt, the dowager princess and the news is devastating. Tickets: $17-$20.
NYE indie rock show in the University District at The Auditorium with Seattle indie-rock band Great Grandpa. A new performance space inside Uheights Center, historic and former 1902 school. All ages, bar with ID, some seating available. Free parking onsite. Tickets: $15-$20.
Blue Year’s Eve Improv Show in Fremont at Atlas Theatre. Comedy, music and dancing centered around Comedy Sportz most popular show, The Blue Show. Like Whose Line Is It Anyway?’s edgier, naughtier cousin, this bawdy, gleefully politically incorrect show is an adults-only improv experience in which the talented cast of improvisers daringly take on any lewd, offensive or outrageous topic the audience can think up. After the show, the whole gang will count down to midnight with a champagne toast followed by music, dancing and merriment. Regular tickets: $40. Goldstar discount tickets: $20. When you make a purchase through our Goldstar link, we might earn a commission at no additional cost to you.
NYE with Rise Up – The Hamilton Tribute Band at Columbia City Theater. Don’t throw away your shot! Rise Up is an ensemble of top Seattle vocalists and musicians who perform the amazing music of “Hamilton”, the record-breaking Broadway musical and winner of 11 Tony awards. Rise Up has performed extensively in the Northwest, delighting theater, festival and club audiences at frequently sold out shows. Tickets: $25.
NEW VOICES concert at Seattle Center Repertory Theatre. An exciting blend of Sondheim and pop/rock, this next generation of composers are writing musicals about a punked-out Lizzie Borden, hostage situations, deranged prom queens, Jack Kerouac and everything in between. Performed by some of Seattle’s hottest talent, enjoy an evening of showtunes that will melt your face. Tickets: $25.
NYE Virtual Reality in SoDo. Ever watched the iconic New York New Year’s Eve party in Times Square and wished you could be there yourself? Now you can. Welcome in the new year in virtual style at the inaugural New Year’s Eve Virtual Extravaganza. You will not want to miss this unique opportunity to virtually place yourself at this iconic party while never having to travel or turn on a TV. It’s the perfect way to spend the holidays and usher in 2019. Tickets: $25. Group ticket/8 people: $200.
New Year’s Eve Paint Party in Wallingford. Dress down and get crazy for NYE in a large ultra-cool art studio, full of people painting all over each other while listening to dance music and drinking champagne. Put on white attire and prepare to get colorful. Show your Uber receipt and get a special present at the door. Tickets: $20-$30.
Gina Salá in Ballard at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center. Gina Salá’s repertoire spans 23 languages and performance credits include Cirque du Soleil, United Nations, and yoga festivals. With warmth, humor and devotion, she offers Indian classical enjoyment. Meditate, chant, dance, and celebrate—it’s a blissful way to ring in the New Year. Invoke the highest and best in this NYE celebration. Get decked out, or come as you are, participate as you like. Tickets: $30-$35.
Seattle NYE celebrations
NYE celebrations with live music/DJs, some with dancing, countdowns, party favors, or food. You can also check OpenTable Seattle restaurants to find restaurants with available tables on New Years Eve and New Years Day in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan region.
Listed by price from low to high.
New Year’s Rockin’ Evil (21+) in Greenwood at Tim’s Tavern with the thumping hard rock of Kings of Cavalier, Stereo Creeps, KLAW, Uncle Lord. Cover: $7. More info: http://www.timstavernseattle.com/Home.html
NYE at Central Saloon (21+) in Pioneer Square with Eric Blu & the Soul Revue, Snaccs, Spicy Tunas. Eric Blu’s sound is a return to classic soul with an emphasis on heavy bass lines, a turn at clever storytelling, and a full set of horns, flutes, strings, and percussion to back up his work. Cover: $8.
NYE Prince Tribute in Wallingford at Seamonster Lounge. No cover listed on their calendar when we checked. They’re usually closed Mondays. So it may be a tip the band situation. Or $10. We’re guessing. More info: http://seamonsterlounge.com/
NYE at Little Ren Hen in Green Lake. Music by The Swains, party favors and a glass of Champagne at Midnight. Cover: $10. More info: http://www.littleredhen.com/
Prohibition NYE Party (21+) in Fremont at The Barrel Thief. Prohibition Era cocktails menu, Champagne flights & specials, a midnight sparkling wine toast, period Swing & other rockin’ tunes, and everyone will be dressed to the nines…bring on the Roaring Twenties! Doors open at 7:00, no reservations for this event. Cover: $10 includes a glass of sparkling wine at midnight. More info: https://bthief.com/events
Fado Irish Pub in downtown Seattle. Ring in New Years Eve the Irish Way with an Irish Masquerade party, DJ Doogie, Masquerade masks for the first 100 people, dancing, and champagne toast at midnight. Tickets: $10-$15. Reserved table: $50 per person.
Neumos & Barboza NYE Party (21+) on Capitol Hill. Barboza features Glow in the Dark Dance Party with electro, house, and disco all night. Neumos Dance Party features a balloon drop at midnight. One ticket gets you into both parties. Tickets: $10. VIP: $80-$400.
Midnight Masquerade in SoDo at Factory Luxe. Bring in your New Year with a BASH and enjoy for a night of pure fun and excitement. Live DJ and Finger foods to keep you partying throughout the entire night. Tickets: $10-$50 general admission. VIP: $400-$2,000.
Bearracuda Dancy Party on Capitol Hill at Chop Suey. The largest attended bear dance party and most prolific gay dance event in the U.S. Tickets: $12 advance.
Candi Pop Dance Party on Capitol Hill. Glitter, Lollipops, Rainbows, Unicorns, and Girl Power. Tickets: $12. VIP $30-$250.
Psychedelic musical jam in Ballard at the new Substation Annex. A band blow out like no other. Pacific Northwest jam scene with The High Council releasing their second LP, a two-disk album entitled Chasing The Sunwith. With local favorites: Marshall Law Band and Tryin. Tickets: $15.
Freakout New Year’s Eve (21+) in Belltown at Screwdriver. Psych-influenced PNW rockers like Acid Tongue, the Shivas, and Monsterwatch. Tickets: $15.
NYE at Sunset Tavern Ballard with rock revivalists Bread & Butter, Wild Powwers, and The Rare Forms. Tickets: $15.
NYE at Conor Byrne in Ballard with Massey Ferguson and DJ Indica Jones. Tickets: $15.
NYE Funktion on Eastlake (21+) at Lo-Fi Performance Gallery. all vinyl DJ sets of Soul, Funk, Disco, Boogie, Latin Soul. Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets: $15-$20.
Slim’s Last Chance in Georgetown. Ring in 2019 with live music, a mouth-watering whole roasted pig care of Pig Iron Bar-B-Q, and a midnight moonshine toast included in ticket price. Tickets: $20.
Trinity Nightclub in Pioneer Square (21+). Seattle’s CLASSIC NYE party. 3 Rooms of music with 2 dancefloors. Champagne toast & Balloon drop at Midnight. Complimentary party favors, hats, and noisemakers. Main Room: High Energy DJ Dance Music. Blue Room: Top-40/Old School. Tickets: $20. Discount: Take UBER with discount promo code TRINITY: www.uber.com/go/trinitysea.
LGBTQ OutDancing on Capitol Hill at Century Ballroom West Hall welcomes members of the LGBTQ community and friends & allies. There will be something for everyone: Salsa, Swing, Country, Waltz, Tango, Disco, West Coast Swing, you name it, then mixing in some non-partner dance music just to shake your booty. Tickets: $20. With optional dinner $90.
Red Lounge NYE on Capitol Hill (21+). Live music and DJ. Free party favors, CD giveaway, champagne toast at midnight. Tickets: $20-$25.
Stayin’ Alive New Years Eve in SoDo. Break out your Sequins, Silks, Bellbottoms and Dancing Shoes. Stayin’ Alive transforms The Orient Express Train Cars into a one of a kind Disco Party to celebrate New Years Eve. Featuring a Drag Queen Glitter Station, Sleight of Hand Magician, Vintage Disco Clothing Pop-Up Shop, and resident DJs spinning past, present and future Disco/Vocal House hits and deep cuts all night. Glass of Champagne included with admission. Tickets: $20-$30.
Stardust NYE Bash (21+) in Fremont at Nectar Lounge with Bowievision. The seven-piece musical juggernaut draws sell-out crowds to premiere venues in the Northwest and beyond by bringing passion and precision to songs from nearly every phase of Bowie’s eclectic career. With guests S.O.S. performing a Police tribute. Tickets: $20-$30.
VUE NYE party in Belltown. Seattle’s most upscale New Year’s Eve lounge. This Black Tie Party will ensure you bring in the new year in class and style. The party will feature a red carpet entrance, complimentary champagne toast, a new crystal-clear sound system, three separate rooms with unique style, big dance floor, multiple bars, massive LED displays, and industry-elite staff. Live DJ’s spin a mix of top 40 remix, EDM and Hip-hop. Midnight countdown with a complimentary champagne toast. Tickets: $20-$60.
NYE Party at Tractor Tavern in Ballard features Ayron Jones & The Way w/ Duke Evers & Stereo Embers. Tickets: $25.
13 Coins in Pioneer Square has an optional 3-course dinner, plus live music by Groove Kitchen Band in the The Lower Quarters with a live countdown and Champagne Toast at midnight. Tickets: General admission $25 (dinner not included, order appetizers and beverages from special bar menu. Reserved and VIP: $165-$200.
SHINE New Years Celebration on First Hill at the Kremwerk. Show up and show off your glitter, shimmer, and sequin from 9 PM – 5 AM. Tickets: $25. Squad ticket for four friends $90 ($22.50 ea). After hours only (2am-5am) $20. VIP: $150-$350.
NYE celebrations outside Seattle
You can also check OpenTable Seattle restaurants to find restaurants with available tables on New Years Eve and New Years Day in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan region.
Listed alphabetically by city
Algona/Auburn: New Years Eve Bash at The Royal Bear. Packed full of live music and entertainment to bring in 2019 with a BANG. Free champagne toast at midnight. Tickets: $20. Discount: $15 advance.
Bellevue: 13 Coins has an optional 3-course dinner, plus live music by Caety & Band in the Night Owl Lounge with a live countdown and Champagne Toast at midnight. Tickets: General admission $25 (dinner not included, order appetizers and beverages from special bar menu. Reserved and VIP: $165-$200.
Conway: New Year Gala with Mark DuFrense and Hot Mess at The Conway Muse. Tickets: $25. Optional dinner $25.
Langley: New Year’s Eve bash at on Whidbey Island at the historic Bayview Hall featuring supergroup The Bayview Hall Disco Band. All Ages. Sliding scale: $10-$20. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/741426066206802/
Renton: Party for People at Lake McDonald Clubhouse, SE 150th Street, celebrates local artists coming together to bring a message of love, equality, and acceptance for all. Proceeds will be given to St. Francis House Seattle, which helps people struggling with homelessness by providing clothing, bedding, basic amenities and warm friendly faces serving coffee/tea and food. They are remodeling their current location into affordable housing for many of their clients. Free Parking, live and DJ music, Countdown Graphic Video Display, Donut table, and Artists’ Merch. Tickets: $20 includes 1 drink.
Shoreline: Pop the Cork at Darrell’s Tavern (21+). 4 bands and a champagne toast at midnight. Cover: $8. More info: http://www.darrellstavern.com/
Stanwood: NYE at Loco Billy’s Wild Moon Saloon. Two Fantastic Bands: local favorites Harvey Creek Band and Jody Taylor Band. Champagne Toast at midnight and party favors. Tickets: $15-$25. Additional casual buffet dinner reservation, , $49 by phone only: (425) 737-5144.
Tacoma: NYE with Booboolala and friends. Ringing in the new year goes down smooth with the help of Booboolala, Power Laces, Decent at Best, and Haiku Poetics. Come shake your booty in Fawcett Hall at Alma Mater and forget about the past as we raise our glasses to the future. Tickets: $20.