New Year's Eve Events 2013
by nycgo.com staff, 11/26/2013
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No matter what you're into, you'll find the right New Year's Eve function somewhere in the five boroughs, where celebratory options include concerts, comedy shows and even a 4-mile run. Just be sure to buy tickets in advance, as shows will definitely fill up fast. Then, get plenty of rest for January 1, when you go swimming with the Polar Bear Club.
New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Times Square
This may be the world's most recognizable New Year's Eve celebration, and needs no introduction. We do, however, know have some tips for those who plan to join the throngs.
Wynton Marsalis Septet at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Famed jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and his band trumpet their way into 2014 with a six-day run at Dizzy's (including two performances on New Year's Eve). For tickets, visit jalc.org.
Phish at Madison Square Garden
The undisputed king of American jam bands returns to MSG for a series of shows, culminating in Phish's 30th appearance at the Garden—timed to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary. Unsurprisingly, the entire run is sold out, so check StubHub if you want to ring in the New Year with songs from the band's forthcoming album, Wingsuit.
Punch Brothers at Bowery Ballroom
"Progressive bluegrass" group Punch Brothers can be downright mesmerizing when performing live. For a particularly enjoyable example, see their cover of The Cars' "Just What I Needed." This three-night run ends with a New Year's Eve show. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5
If your New Year's resolution is to start wearing purple, you might want to count down to 2014 with this raucous group of immigrant punks. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Andrew W.K. at Irving Plaza
This is Andrew W.K. in New York City on New Year's Eve. Take stock and ask yourself if you're truly ready to party. If not, stay home. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Billy Joel and Ben Folds Five at Barclays Center
Go downtown [Brooklyn] ridin' in your limousine and your fine Flatbush Avenue clothes to the New Year's Eve event for anyone who's enjoyed piano-based rock music in the past four decades. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Celebrate New Year's Eve at The Stand
Funny people Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), Dan St. Germain (Conan), Sherrod Small (Best Week Ever) and others make mirth to ease an appreciative crowd into 2014. The club is also offering a prix-fixe dinner, featuring, among other delicacies, rock shrimp tempura, which, as everyone knows, is the funniest of all tempuras. For more info and tickets, visit thestandnyc.tumblr.com.
New Year's Eve Spectacular at Carolines on Broadway
There aren't yet details on who's playing this show, but we do know that it's comedy in Times Square on New Year's Eve. The venue promises "a live DJ and dancing" after the late show. For tickets, visit carolines.com.
Ring in the Swing at The Allen Room, Lincoln Center
The Pedrito Martinez Group and the Dominick Farinacci Swing Dance Octet play this event, which also features an open bar. For tickets, visit jalc.org.
Roy Wood Jr. at Gotham Comedy Club
Stand-up comic Roy Wood Jr., who plays Roy on the TBS series Sullivan and Son, performs on New Year's Eve. For tickets, visit gothamcomedyclub.com.
NYRR Midnight Run at Central Park
Get a head start on your New Year's resolutions. While many folks are eating, drinking and reveling to extremes that may have them feeling guilty the next day, you can join other midnight runners in starting a 4-mile race the moment 2014 begins. Whenever you finish, savor the satisfaction of knowing that, so far, you've exercised every day of the new year. For more info, visit nyrr.org. There's also a New Year's Eve 5K in Prospect Park. For more on that one, visit nycruns.com.