Not only is this going to be a spectacular end to an amazing year, but it is also going to be a fantastic end to one crazy decade! Check out all the exciting New Year’s events Portland, Maine has to offer. You could attend one of the Roaring 20’s themed celebrations, a dance party, a concert, a comedy show, a New Year’s dinner, or gala! Plus, if none of these are appealing, there’s always the Polar Bear Dip and Dash!
Roaring 20’s Parties
Ring in the Roaring ’20s at New Year’s Eve at Top of the East! From 6pm-1am they will be throwing a Roaring 20’s party on the 15th floor. Live music, champagne, and oyster specials will be available. No tickets or cover charges necessary.
NYE: The Roaring Twenty Twenties Pansy Craze is at Blackstones from 9pm-1am. This LGBTQ+ party features music, dancing, and special performances throughout the night. This is a 21+ event, all are welcome, and there is no cover charge!
Check out New Year’s Eve at Rí Rá! There are two parties this year! Upstairs the Roaring 20’s Party will be in full swing with DJ Vortex, a complimentary photo booth, dessert buffet, and champagne at midnight. Tickets to the Roaring 20’s party are $60 and include all of the above. Downstairs at the main bar, The Middle Men will be providing live music and there is a cover of $10. Both events begin at 10pm!
Spend New Year’s at the Whiskey Barrel and check out Frequency 2020 hosted by Pub House Productions. This is the third installment of their Frequency series. Eleven acts will be spinning EDM, Pop, and throwback songs so get ready to dance! General admission is $40 and includes free champagne at midnight. Doors open at 7:30pm and the music will play from 8pm-2am! This is a 21+ event.
Seasons’ New Year’s Eve Bash will be from 8pm-1am. Their doors and cash bar open at 8, light appetizers will be served at 8:30, dancing to Contagious will be from 9:15-1am, and the balloon drop and champagne toast will be at midnight! Tickets are $30 and this is a 21+ event.
Check out Flaskerade NYE 2020 at FLASK LOUNGE from 8pm-2am. There will be back-to-back DJs spinning, dancing, a laser light show, and a toast at midnight! Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of. This event is 21+ with ID. Don your best mask or costume and get ready to get wild!
Attend NYE: Quannum MC’s-Blackalicious Lyrics Born Lateef-Truthspeaker at Bayside Bowl from 8pm-1am. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. All ages are welcome!
SWISH: SPACE New Year’s Eve Party is hosted by Maine Center of Electronic Music. This event starts at 9pm and features DJs specializing in house, techno, ballroom, and more. There will be champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and drink specials available.
Dance your way into next year at Primo Cubano: A New Year’s Eve Dance Party from 9pm-1am at One Longfellow Square. The doors open at 8pm and the music and dancing starts at 9pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of. There will be a champagne toast at midnight.
Grace is hosting a New Year’s Eve 2019 Party with a DJ, dancing, and a champagne toast! The party starts at 9pm and goes to 1am! Tickets are $15.
Snag a ticket to New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: Gamma Goochies, Euphemia, Tarantula Bros with DJ sets by WMPG’s Matt Little! Doors open at 9pm and the party doesn’t stop until 2am. Tickets are $10.
Check out NYE at the Point dance party from 9pm-2am. It’s hosted by 104.7’s Ryan Deelon and Hayley with music by DJ Jon played until 2am! Regular tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of and include champagne at midnight. VIP tickets are $60 and include a cocktail upon arrival, champagne at midnight, and a server in the VIP section. This is a 21+ event.
Spend NYE with Superorder and Friends at Sun Tiki Studios and dance your way into next year. Doors open at 9pm and the show starts at 10pm. Tickets art $10 before midnight and $15 after.
Party people rejoice! Oxbow Brewing Company is throwing their New Year’s Eve Sparkle Party from 9pm-2am! DJ Alchemy will be providing the tunes and drinks will be available. Plus, no cover!
Concerts and Comedy Shows
Attend the Best Worst New Year’s Eve Show at Blue, hosted by The BLT Comedy Show! Doors open at 6pm and the laughs go from 7-8:30pm. The suggested donation is $10.
Spend New Year’s listing to The Ghost of Paul Revere w/ Rustic Overtones at State Theatre! Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 8pm. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of. This is an all-ages event!
2 Nights of New Year’s Eve with Maine Dead Project will be on its second night on December 31st. Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 for both nights. Doors open at 8pm and the music goes from 9pm-1am. This is a 21+ event so don’t forget your ID!
Countdown 2 Comedy ‘NYE 2020 Showcase’ w/ Sam Ike & Friends is at Empire Comedy Club from 10pm-1am! There’s a $15 cover and this is a 21+ event so don’t forget your license.
Food and Drink
Novare Res Bier Cafe presents Spontané Santé New Year’s Eve Party. They will be pouring their favorite Lambics and Spontaneous Ales from 4pm-1am.
The Old Port Sea Grill & raw bar is having a special New Year’s Eve 5-Course Prix Fixe Menu from 5-10pm! It’s $65 per person and $25 more for wine pairings! Reservations required.
Spend New Year’s Eve at Five Fifty-Five and enjoy a 4-course and 7-course tasting menu. Plus, a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight!
Grab a ticket to the New Year’s Eve Five Course Prix Fixe at the Maine Oyster Company! This is a traditional lobster bake dinner that includes oysters, caviar tasting, salad, Kamasouptra clam chowder, steamed lobster with sides, and blueberry pie! There are seatings at 6pm and 8pm.
New Year’s Eve at Petit Jacqueline will include a special 4-course dinner menu. Call to make a reservation and learn more!
Enjoy a New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party served by Maiz Columbian Street Food. The three-course dinner starts at 8pm and drinks follow until 1am!
Check out the NYE Bash at Luke’s Lobster Portland Pier from 10pm-1am. Luke’s Lobster has paired with both Allagash Brewing for a tap takeover and Bluet Sparkling Wine for a midnight toast. Tickets are $60 and include live music from The Carmine Band, amazing appetizers, two drink tickets, and the Bluet toast!
Dress to impress for the New Year’s Eve Gala at The Portland Masonic. Tickets are $25 and include a free drink and an evening of appetizers, desserts, dancing! All proceeds go to restoring The Portland Masonic Temple. This event is from 7:30pm-12:30am and all are welcome. Formal attire encouraged!
Attend the Gaslight League New Year’s Eve Soiree at Victoria Mansion from 9:30pm-12:30am. Tickets are $55 and include music from DJ Arrin, food from Blue Elephant Events and Catering, three drink tickets, a champagne toast, and more!
The Polar Bear Dip and Dash!
This event stands on its own! The 12th Annual Polar Bear Dip and Dash at the East End Beach is hosted by the Natural Resources Council of Maine and includes the 5k dash plus the polar bear dip. At the 5k finish line, a DJ will be spinning and there will be photo ops with polar bear mascots! The registration fee is $35 and money raised goes to combating climate change and its effects on Maine’s environment.