New Year’s Eve events in Metro Detroit

Melody Baetens

Low key or full glitz, here’s a selection of events, parties, restaurants and more this New Year’s Eve in Metro Detroit.

big bashes

Campus Martius and Cadillac Square: The Meridian Motor City NYE Drop is a free outdoor party in the heart of the city that boasts live music, food trucks, bars, kids’ activities, fire pits and a ball drop. The first drop hits at 6:30 p.m. for the little ones and then resets for midnight. VIP packages are available. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. 800 Woodward, Detroit.


The Meridian Motor City NYE Drop event heads back to Campus Martius and Cadillac Square for an outdoor New Year’s Eve party.

Bentley Banquet and Event Center: Entertainment with the Legends Live Tribute Show starring tributes to Dion, Blues Brothers, Reba McEntire, Lou Rawls and Jerry Lee Lewis. Tickets include buffet dinner, dancing, beer and wine and a midnight toast. 5:30 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show. $75. 646 Biddle, Wyandotte. (734) 285-4044.

Downtown Wyandotte: Rockin’ NYE event includes lighted, 1,000-pound ball drop and concert with Sponge, plus Eva Under Fire, Sarah Sherrard and Joe Jaber and the Last Divide. Party starts at 6 p.m. Ball drops at 9 p.m. for a family-friendly celebration and again at midnight. Free. Biddle and Maple, Wyandotte.

Russell Industrial Center: Bass Supremacy with five stages of DJs. 7 p.m.-4 a.m. $30, $60 VIP. 1600 Clay, Detroit.

Fillmore Detroit: Tickets to the New Year’s Eve Resolution Ball include admission, drink tickets, pizza and coney buffet, balloon drop, confettti and more. 8 p.m. $80-$125. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5451.

Villa Penna: Entertainment with Gary Sacco, and DJ Z, plus full dinner, champagne toast, late night pizza and drink tickets. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets start at $40. 43985 Hayes, Sterling Heights. (313) 378-4000 or

live music


Planet D Nonet at Dirty Dog Jazz Café, seatings at 5 and 9 p.m. Reservations recommended. 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. (313) 882-5299.

Pete Siers Trio with Dave Bennett and Tad Weed at Kerrytown Concert House, 7 p.m. sold out. 415 N. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 769-2999.

Rockin’ Blues New Year’s Eve featuring Sonny Moorman at Callahan’s Music Hall, 8 p.m. $25 and up. Dinner packages available. 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. (248) 858-9508.

Ben Sharkey at AXIS Lounge at MGM Grand Detroit, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. No cover. 1777 Third, Detroit. Email for table reservations.

Alexander Zonjic and his band with Jeff Lorber and Serieux and their Motown Temptations Review at Trenton Village Theatre, 9:30 p.m. $50. 2447 W. Jefferson, Trenton. (313) 964-5050.


Jeff Daniels: Acoustic & Unplugged at the Purple Rose Theatre, 3 and 8 p.m. $78-$88. 137 Park, Chelsea. (734) 433-7673.


Jeff Daniels

Greensky Bluegrass at Royal Oak Music Theatre, 7 p.m. $39.50-$60. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2890.

The Mega 80s at Magic Bag, 8 p.m. $35. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.

Modern Tribe Communications 20th anniversary with Ultra Unit, Duminie Deporres, Greg Sanders and Satta Don Dada at PJ’s Lager House, 9 p.m. $10. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Electric Six with Queen Kwong at Saint Andrew’s Hall, 9 p.m. $20. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

The Dirtbombs with Soledad Brothers and Prude Boys at Magic Stick, 9 p.m. $20. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee fundraiser with Unlimited Head at Dino’s Lounge, 9 p.m. No cover, free will donation. 22740 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 591-3466.


Jeezy at Masonic Temple, 8 p.m. $125 and up. 500 Temple, Detroit. (313) 832-7100.


Jeezy plays the Masonic Temple on Saturday night.

Homeboy Sandman with Nolan the Ninja, MotorKam and Lord Gulley at Loving Touch, 8 p.m. $15. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.


Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs the Music of Prince at Orchestra Hall at the Max, 10 p.m. $70 and up. Dinner packages available. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.


DJ Mo Beatz and DJ Mix 1981 with laser light show, complimentary buffet and confetti blast at the Annex, 8 p.m.-4 a.m. $30, $50 VIP. 24 W. Adams, Detroit. (313) 632-9021.

Thirst Wave with new wave, alt-retro, dark ’80s and ’90s alternative at Small’s Bar, 8 p.m. $8-$10. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

DJ Denis Celic and Friends at the Bosco, 8 p.m. 22930 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 541-8818.

DJ, punch and champagne toast at Punch Bowl Social, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. 1331 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 749-9738.

Country Club Disco with Golf Clap, Pontchartrain, Ghita Sisters and Players Club at Grasshopper Underground, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat. $10. 22757 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 298-0330.

Enter the Dojo Party with a DJ, appetizers and an ice luge at the Peterboro, 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $50. 420 Peterboro, Detroit. (313) 833-1111.

Bey Ball Dance Party with DJs Graffiti and Dante Lasalle with Britney Stoney at Blind Pig, 9:30 p.m. $10. 208 S. First, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-8555.

Studio V with Captn20 and party favors and champagne toast at V Nightclub at MGM Grand Detroit, 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $50. 1777 Third, Detroit.

Bleu Out with Eran Hersh, Kenneth Thomas and more at Bleu Detroit, 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $10-$450. 1540 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 974-7799.

stage events

“Beautiful: the Carole King Musical” at Fisher Theatre, 2 and 8 p.m. $49 and up. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. (313) 872-1000.


The cast fills the stage in a scene from “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”

“Unlucky Charms” murder mystery dinner show at Bavarian Inn, 6:30 p.m. $50 for dinner and show. 1 Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth. (989) 652-7200.

John Oliver at Fox Theatre, 7 and 10 p.m. Sat. $59.75-$79.75. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.


John Oliver is performing Saturday, at 7 p.m. and again at 10 p.m., at the Fox.

Comedian Andy Hendrickson at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. $27.50-$35. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

“New Year’s Eve Showdown” interactive improv game show at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $35-$50. Early show includes hors d’oeuvres and prizes; late show is food, prizes and a champagne toast. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 327-0575.

kids events

Noon Year’s Eve with cookies, cocoa and more at Detroit Historical Museum, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 5401 Woodward, Detroit.

Kids Drop with games, activities, face painting and music at Campus Martius, 4 p.m. start, early ball drop at 6:30 p.m. Free. 800 Woodward, Detroit.

Wild Lights at Detroit Zoo, 5:30-9 p.m. $10 in advance, $13 at the gate. 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak.

Detroit Circus with aerial acts, fire dancing, acrobatics and more at Village Theatre, 7 p.m. $20. 50400 Cherry Hill, Canton.

dining events

Reservations required or strongly suggested.

El Barzon: Early bird 3 p.m. seating special includes two entrees, soup or salad and bottle of wine for $50 per couple. Additional seatings at 5, 7 and 9:15 p.m. 3710 Junction, Detroit. (313) 894-2070.

Grey Ghost Detroit: A five-course dinner featuring choice of duck breast or dry aged strip steak, plus black kingfish, soup dumplings and razor clams. Restaurant opens at 4 p.m. $75 per person, additional beverage pairings available. Walk-ins welcome for the bar area, which will serve an al carte menu. 47 E. Watson, Detroit. (313) 262-6534.

Local Kitchen and Bar: A seven-course meal featuring oyster, lobster, duck, black bass and more, plus a sparking wine toast. Reservations avaialble 4-11 p.m. $70 per person, $30 for additional wine or cocktail pairings. 344 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 291-5650.

Nico & Vali Italian Eatery: Choose from a special limited menu, or the chef’s five-course tasting menu, plus drink deals and complimentary champagne. Seatings at 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30. 744 Wing, Plymouth. (734) 207-7880.

Wolfgang Puck Steak at MGM Grand Detroit: This elegant steakhouse will offer a five-course meal with champagne toast after 5 p.m. $135. 1777 Third, Detroit. (877) 888-2121.

Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina: A prex-fixe menu features homemade pasta, pizza and Italian favorites after 5 p.m. $75. 1777 Third, Detroit. (877) 888-2121.

Station 885: A special New Year’s Eve menu plus party favors, complimentary champagne, live music and dancing. 5 p.m. 885 Starkweather, Plymouth. (734) 459-0885.

Gold Cash Gold: A shared menu with choice of entree: lamb shank, whole roasted duck or whole fried fish. 5:30-9 p.m. $110 per couple, includes champagne. Deposit required. 2100 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 242-0770.

Greektown Casino: A four-course meal and champagne toast, plus entertainment from acoustic guitarist Dan Tillery for $99 at PRISM, or a three-course meal and toast at Bistro 555 for $45. 6 p.m. 555 E. Lafayette, Detroit. Reservations should be made via

Parc: Executive chef Jordan Hoffman crafts a four-course dinner to enjoy with a view of Campus Martius park. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. seatings. $125-$150 for dinner and champagne toast, $50 general admission at the bar after 9:30 p.m. 800 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 922-7272.

Weber’s: Dinner buffet, entertainment, dancing, champagne toast and late-night pizza buffet. 7 p.m. $249 per couple and up (hotel packages start at $399). 3050 Jackson, Ann Arbor. (800) 443-3050.

Cuisine: A five-course dinner with wine pairings. 7:30 p.m. $150 all-inclusive. 670 Lothrop, Detroit. (313) 872-5110.

Social Kitchen & Bar: A four-course dinner with two drinks, champagne toast, dancing, late night snack and a $25 gift card per couple. 8:30 p.m. $125 per person, gratuity included. 225 E. Maple, Birmingham. (248) 594-4200.

The Root Restaurant & Bar: Executive chef Nick Rogers prepares a lavish eight-course meal featuring raw oysters with trout caviar, beef tartare, roasted cauliflower salad, grilled quail, venison and dessert, plus a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., dinner begins at 9 p.m. $100, $30 for sparking wine pairings. 340 Town Center, White Lake. (248) 698-2400.

— Complied by Melody Baetens