What? We’re ending another year? What’s even more incredible is that we’re on the fast track toward entering a brand new decade. What will the new ’20s bring this time around? We may not be dancing the Charleston and dealing with bootleggers like they were a century ago, but there will be a host of new things that will make this decade roar.  So, let’s party until the wee hours and have some fun before the ball drops as we head into the New Year! Here are 19 crazy and cool events happening throughout the metro Louisville area that will make you look forward to 2020.

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Happy 2020, Louisville! Image: 4th Street Live!

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NYE 2020: Howl at the Moon

Kiss 2019 good-bye as you and your friends revel in fun and frivolity at this Louisville hotspot at Fourth Street Live! The three package options are Champagne Supernova at $125 per person/$400 per table, which includes an open premium bar and premium buffet; Party Rock at $75 that includes the premium open bar and premium buffet; and Fashionably Late at $50, which includes the open bar but no buffet, and standing room only. howlatthemoon.com.

New Year’s Eve Comedy Festival at KFC Yum! Center

Leave your 2019 worries behind and laugh in the New Year with hundreds of your closest fun-loving friends, at this wild and wacky NYE party. Comedy giants, including Mike Epps, Sommore, Lavell Crawford, Kountry Wayne and Earthquake, will keep you shaking with giggles and guffaws all night long. Tickets range in price from $47 to $648. The fun begins at 8 p.m. allevents.in

Hazelnut Farm Presents: A New Year’s Eve in Four Seasons

Ring in the new year with this inaugural party filled with cocktails and hors d‘oeuvres, live music from Diamond Empire Band, a three-course dinner and a scrumptious dessert wall (remember, the diet doesn’t begin until the next day, so indulge!). But there’s more! A huge giveaway will leave one lucky guest winning a prize package worth $15,000. This party is open to the public, and tickets are $200 per guest. hazelnutfarmevents.com.

Mary M. Miller New Year’s Eve Bash

Roll down the river on our favorite “party boat,” the Mary M. Miller, as you cruise into a brand new year. Avoid the hustle and bustle of the crowded bar scene, and enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres, which include charcuterie platters, shrimp cocktail and mini lobster rolls. Ring in 2020 with festive party favors, a DJ and a special champagne toast at midnight. $69 per person. facebook.com/events

Roarin’ ’20s New Year’s Eve Party, Hosted by Jeptha Creed Distillery

Just down the road from Louisville is the party that’s definitely the bee’s knees — all the flappers and dapper dudes will be there! This shindig will be buzzing with live music by Josh Bogard & The Dirty South and offers delicious hors d’oeuvres and sumptuous champagne. At midnight, there will be a balloon drop and other fun surprises. Remember to dress in your best 1920’s attire. Tickets are $50, plus a 6% KY sales tax and processing fee. facebook.com/events

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NYE Live! at Fourth Street Live!

There ain’t no party like a Derby City New Year’s Eve party.  NYE Live! at Fourth Street Live! rumbles and roars with confetti cannons, a massive balloon drop, party favors, music by Wax Factory and the city’s only ball drop. Wow! Tickets range from $65 to $500. The party gets rolling at 8 p.m. and lasts until 4:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day. nye-live.com

Forest of Earthly Delights NYE @ 21c Hotel

The night comes alive with yet another grand celebration at 21c and Proof on Main. Enjoy music by DJ Bombshell, noshing on light bites and imbibing at the open bar, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $100 per person, and proceeds support Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest’s Artist-in-Residence program. eventbrite.com

New Year’s Eve Bash at Captain’s Quarters

Enjoy an elegant evening with your “first mate” as you dine on a three-course dinner, which includes selections such as Lobster Bisque, Roasted Cornish Game Hen and Salted Caramel Cheesecake. Then, enjoy the party and ring in the New Year with dedicated cocktail service, party favors and champagne. Dinner tickets are $59 per person, and seating is at 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.  Party packages are available from $50 to $175. Cqriverside.com

New Year’s Eve at Mellwood Arts Center

Tony and the Tan Lines, along with DJ K-Dogg, are back at it again for this awesome New Year’s Eve Party at the Mellwood Arts Center, held in the DaVinci Room. The night blasts off at 9 p.m. and lasts until 2 a.m. Tickets are $80 and include your admission, great cocktails and late-night food. The event sells out quickly, so reserve your tickets now! NYE502.com.

Passalino’s 4th Annual NYE Party

If you thought this party was the BEST last year, then do it again! Kick-off is at 9 p.m., and the good times roll until 2 a.m. DJ Mikus is in the house spinning beats while you indulge in an open bar featuring unlimited beer, wine and assorted spirits. Stick around for the midnight toast, featuring champagne courtesy of Korbel. Tickets are $55 per person and up. eventbrite.com

Hollywood’s Golden Age Gala on Whiskey Row

Lights, camera, action! Relive the days of handsome leading men and gorgeous starlets at Patrick O’Shea’s on Whiskey Row, with a real Oscar-worthy party. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $20 for the Mix & Mingle party, which features party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. eventbrite.com.

Stamina Foundation New Year’s Eve Soirée

Join this terrific organization for their inaugural New Year’s Eve party held at Churchill Downs on Millionaire’s Row. The fun begins at 9 p.m. and tickets are $75 for general admission, $125 for VIP seating. Music will be provided by the Unlimited Show Band and DJ Reggie Regg. eventbrite.com

The Legendary New Year’s Eve 2019 Party by Galt House Hotel

It’s a new decade, and we want to have a blast as we say farewell to 2019 and hello to 2020! The Galt House knows how to party in style, with a bountiful buffet filled with decadent delights, eight (that’s right, eight) cash bars serving local craft beer, Old Fashioneds (Louisville’s official cocktail), martinis, bourbon and so much more. Dance the night away from 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., with music provided by DOWNStage Live starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $130. eventbrite.com

GB Presents New Year’s Eve by the Spinsters Union of Louisville

Garage Bar is doing it up 1920’s style, by transforming their dining room into the carriage house of the Gatsby manor. Tickets are just $30 per person, which includes an NYE snack menu, champagne toast, a photo booth and party favors. 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. eventbrite.com

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The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show — Embassy Suites, Louisville.

The Nation’s largest murder mystery dinner show makes its way to the Derby City, bringing you and your guests an evening filled with hilarious hijinx.  A menu to “die for” includes a salad, your choice of entrée, delicious sides and Derby pie. The dinner is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; tickets are $64.95. eventbrite.com

The Gillespie NYE 2020

Ring in 2020 with live music from local favorites The Juice Box Heroes and enjoy fab drinks from an open bar featuring unlimited beer, wine and spirits. General admission is $75 per person. Small bites begin at 11 p.m., and a champagne toast will take place at midnight. The party runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.  thegillespie.com/nye-2020

Prime Time Café’s New Year’s Eve Bash

If y’all want to ring in the New Year with a hoot and a holler, MG’s Primetime Café fits the bill. Southern BonytdFire will be playing your country-rock favorites while you celebrate from 8 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. The event is free, with VIP admission for $25, which includes an appetizer, party favors and champagne at midnight. eventbrite.com

Happy Brew Year’s Eve at 3rd Turn Brewery

Hang out and relax at this laid-back brewery, where you can ring in 2020 while munching on tacos and chowing down doughnuts. There are plenty of drinks to quench your thirst, too! The event runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $50 per person, cash only. facebook.com

New Year’s Eve at The Champagnery

Have an effervescent evening at the Champagnery, Frankfort Avenue’s premier destination for New Year’s Eve. Celebrate at this elegant locale known for its vast selection of more than 160 sparkling wines and champagnes. Dance the year away with music provided by the vintage city swing band, Derby City Dandies. Doors open at 4 p.m., with a private ticketed event starting at 9 p.m. The fun lasts until 1 a.m. the-champagnery.com

We hope this list gives you plenty of options for a terrific night out on the town this New Year’s Eve. Have a safe celebration! 


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