Auld Lang Syne

Seattle Events to Ring In the New Year

Because popping bubbles in your pajamas doesn't have quite the same glam factor.

By Spencer Brown


You might have forgotten some auld acquaintance but forgetting to make plans for New Year’s Eve isn’t an option. Whether you want a tamer night filled with music and food, a raucous party (even a space prom) to dance the night away, or something in-between, there's a perfect night for everyone. We'll keep this list updated as more events roll in.

NYE: Midnight Request Line

queer/bar, 7PM | $35–50 

Jane Don’t hosts Queer/Bar’s New Year’s Eve bash featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race star Bosco as well as many other queens from the bar’s cast. DJ Baby Van Beezly plays music all night. 

Kalimba: The Spirit of Earth, Wind, and Fire

The Triple Door, 7pm and 10pm | $100–150

Do you remember, the 21st night of, we mean, the 31st night of December? This homage to the iconic band amps up the nostalgia all night. Tickets include appetizers, desserts, party favors, and a glass of bubbly. Attendees also have the option to add dinner should they need a little more sustenance to power through to 2023. 

New Wave New Year's Eve

High Dive, 8pm | $25–300

Why not go retro to celebrate the turning of the calendar year? Tribute bands Love Vigilantes, Rusholme Ruffians, and She’s Lost Control perform fitting odes to New Order, the Smiths, Morrissey, and Joy Division. 

Nite Wave '80s Prom NYE Party

Nectar Lounge, 8pm | $40–50

Nite Wave, the live '80s new wave band (are we sensing a theme here?), and DJ Indica Jones play classic hits from the likes of Duran Duran, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Prince, and Depeche Mode. Ring in the new year while dancing in a crowd of people dressed to '80s formal perfection. 

New Year’s Eve with Kenny G

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 8:45pm and 11pm | $151–301

Playing out the year with his saxophone is Seattle’s most indicative musician, Kenny G. The event features four different ticket packages, some with dinner included, to experience jazz while heralding the new year. 

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

El Corazon, 7:30pm | $25

With 10 bands on two different stages, this party is worthy of the title "Extravaganza." The night features bands such as Zeke, Dwarves, Pike vs. the Automaton, Acid Teeth, R.I.P, Year of the Cobra, Detonator, Kadabra, Armed for Apocalypse, and Robots of the Ancient World. You can pick up on the type of music from the band names.

New Year’s Eve Concert, Countdown, and Party

Benaroya Hall, 9pm | $60–155

Close out 2022 with the joyous and uplifting sounds of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the show-stopping "Ode to Joy." Post-concert, sip champagne and dance in the grand lobby to the sounds of electro-swing band Good Co. 

Sunset New Year’s Eve Bash

Sunset Tavern, 9pm | $15

Various bands jam at Sunset Tavern for a New Year's Eve party with twang. From the "Souther-fried" Smoker Dad and synth-psych quartet Peyote Ugly to garage rock Family Worship and country group TV Star, this lineup will have you jamming well past midnight.

NYE at Cuff Complex

Cuff Complex, 7PM | $35

One of the oldest LGBTQ clubs in Seattle says goodbye to 2022 with a go-go crew and DJs Alfonso Tan, Morgan J, and Kolman to create a bash to remember. 

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