Forget hosting a New Year’s Eve get-together this year. These Downtown parties, events and specials offer everything from family-friendly celebrations to classy top-shelf parties in the sky. To view all these events online, visit:

Downtown Indy, Inc.’s New Year’s Eve Celebration presented by The Indiana Union Construction Industry
Georgia Street
Headliner Jump Smokers will bring their dance club anthems to Downtown for Downtown Indy, Inc.’s New Year’s Eve Celebration presented by the Indiana Union Construction Industry. At 11:59 p.m., when in most cities the traditional ball drop takes place, a suspended IndyCar hoisted high above the crowd will descend to a collective countdown amidst fanfare and fireworks at midnight. Warm up inside the Hoosier Lottery Countdown Pavilion inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, plus enjoy full bars and food trucks all night. Entertainment throughout the night includes:

  • 8 p.m.: 87 Southbound
  • 9:15 p.m.: Standout Story
  • 10:30 p.m.: Jump Smokers
  • 10 p.m.: Just’A Band (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

Make an entire Downtown outing on New Year’s Eve! Attend the IU vs. Louisville game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Dec. 31 at 12:30 p.m. then head right over to Downtown Indy’s New Year’s Eve Celebration on Georgia Street! Join the #IndyNYE: Crawl till the Car Falls bar crawl kicking off at 2 p.m. Registration starts at Tiki Bob’s. Tickets are $25 and include three drinks and a glass of champagne.

Downtown Indy's New Year's Eve Celebration on Georgia Street.

Downtown Indy’s New Year’s Eve Celebration on Georgia Street.


Family-friendly events

Family New Year’s Eve
Indiana State Museum
$15 non-members; $9 members
Enjoy face painting, stilt walkers, clowns and music at the Indiana State Museum’s Family New Year’s Eve from 6 – 9 p.m. A balloon drop at 8 p.m. allows the little ones to celebrate in style.

Family New Year's Eve at the Indiana State Museum.

Family New Year’s Eve at the Indiana State Museum.

New Year’s Eve with ComedySportz
The Athenaeum Theatre
$20; $18 students and seniors
Celebrate with the most unique comedy show around during New Year’s Eve with ComedySportz! There are two celebrations – the first from 7:30 – 9 p.m. and the second from 10:30 p.m. – midnight (ends with a countdown to midnight) – and two live improve matches where ComedySportz players battle each other for a prize.

Countdoon to Noon
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
$22.50, $18.50 youth 2-17; $21.50 seniors 60 and older; FREE 2 and under
At The Children’s Museum annual New Year’s bash, Countdoon to Noon, families can experience the excitement of a countdown to the New Year at a reasonable hour. Head to the Museum between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and celebrate the final day of 2016 with activities, live music from Grammy-nominated songwriter and singer Zak Morgan and Water Clock countdowns at noon and 1 p.m. Receive hats and other festive favors for the big moment.

The Children's Museum Countdown to Noon.

The Children’s Museum Countdown to Noon.


CIROC the New Year
Regions Bank Tower
Party in the sky during CIROC the New Year from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. and enjoy a 360-degree view of Downtown. This rooftop event features an all-inclusive top-shelf bar with light appetizers, a champagne toast and a special midnight presentation. Music provided by DJ Indiana Jones, DJ Gabby Love, Action Jackson, Mass Appeal and more.

Hard Rock Cafe New Year’s Eve Party
Hard Rock Cafe
$30 – $225
During Hard Rock Cafe New Year’s Eve Party, celebrate New Year’s Eve with live music from DJ T-Bone and a dinner buffet with prime rib, shrimp cocktail, roasted potatoes, green beans and more. VIP tickets include a hotel room, dinner buffet and champagne toast.

New Year’s Eve at Howl at the Moon
Howl at the Moon
$25 – $110
Enjoy one of three different packages at New Year’s Eve at Howl at the Moon: Fashionably Late Package ($90) includes premium bar 9 p.m. – 12 a.m., champagne toast and party favors Champagne Supernova Package ($110) includes previous plus reserved seating and dinner from 7 – 10 p.m. General admission tickets are $25.

New Year's Eve at Howl at the Moon.

New Year’s Eve at Howl at the Moon

New Year’s Eve Party with Zanna Doo
The Rathskeller
$50 in advance; $55 at the door
Enjoy a hors d’oeuvre buffet and midnight champagne toast while rocking out to Zanna Doo during New Year’s Eve Party with Zanna Doo. Doors open at 6 p.m., the opening act performs at 7 p.m. and Zanna Doo performs at 9 p.m.

Zanna Doo at the Rathskeller.

Zanna Doo at the Rathskeller

New Year’s Eve Date Night
Chef JJ’s
Enjoy fresh, local food prepared by Chef JJ’s culinary team during New Year’s Eve Date Night. Tickets include a five course dinner, beer and wine tasters and a sweet treat to take home.

New Year’s Eve at the Pavilion – A Gatsby Affair
The Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza
Indy’s newest and biggest New Year’s Eve party is here at the Pavilion with A Gatsby Affair. With music from Sinclair Wheeler, Slater Hogan and a special performance by Kayla Noel, this event will have you dancing into 2017 with more than 1,000 other partygoers. All inclusive $100 ticket includes: premium open bar, champagne toast, silk aerialists, party favors, photo booth, appetizers & desserts, balloon drop, flapper girls and a living streaming of Downtown Indy, Inc.’s NYE on Georgia Street! VIP Group packages available.

A Gatsby Affair

A Gatsby Affair

New Year’s Eve Limo Bus Crawl
Various locations
Party in style on a limo bus during New Year’s Eve Limo Bus Crawl! Tickets for this Crawl include no cover, champagne toast at midnight, party favors, drink specials and limo transportation.

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball
Union Station
$50 general admission; $99 VIP
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball takes over three ballrooms at Union Station, each with their own theme and entertainment. Enjoy live bands in the Grand Hall, Indiana’s best 80s rock band, Mullet Over,  in the Iron Horse Lounge and a club-style DJ party in the Illinois Street Ballroom. Plus, there will be photo opportunities, magicians, psychics and face painters.

New Year’s Eve Bash at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
$50; Various hotel packages available
Ring in 2017 with one of three hotel and party packages or general admission tickets to New Year’s Eve Bash at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. This action-packed night of music and celebration includes several live performances and a fantasy casino “player’s lounge”. The highlight of the night will be a massive midnight balloon drop in the center of the hotel’s magnificent 21-story atrium lobby. The party begins at 8 p.m. and the dress code is dressy casual.

Hotel specials

Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites: NYE Dinner only package

  • Five-course meal for two
  • Party favors
  • Champagne toast
  • Complimentary valet parking

The Alexander

  • Overnight stay in an art-centric deluxe guest room
  • Prosecco and chocolate covered strawberries
  • Brunch for two in Market Table
  • Late check out 1 p.m.