New Year's Eve Events 2013


by 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.

December 31
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.

December 26–31
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

December 28–31
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.

December 29–31
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

December 30–31
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

December 31
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

December 31
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

December 31
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

December 31
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

December 31
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

December 31
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

December 31
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 There's also a New Year's Eve 5K in Prospect Park. For more on that one, visit

related venues/(9)

  1. 1
    Madison Square Garden
    2 Penn Plaza
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10121
  2. 2
    Bowery Ballroom
    6 Delancey St
    Manhattan – Lower East Side
    NY 10002
  3. 3
    Terminal 5
    610 W. 56th St.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
  1. 4
    Irving Plaza
    17 Irving Plaza
    Manhattan – Gramercy
    NY 10003
  2. 5
    Barclays Center
    620 Atlantic Ave.
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11217
  3. 6
    Carolines on Broadway
    1626 Broadway
    Manhattan – Times Square
    NY 10019
  1. 7
    Gotham Comedy Club
    208 W. 23rd St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10011
  2. 8
    Central Park
    Between Fifth Ave. and Central Park West
    Manhattan – Central Park
    NY 10024
  3. 9
    Prospect Park
    95 Prospect Park West
    Multiple Locations
    NY 11215

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