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On Saturday, December 31st all public parking is free. Parking is always free on Sundays year-round.

6th Annual Toast'n'Toast NYE Bash at Zog's

Zog's Art Bar & Pool Hall invites you for a free champagne toast and free (bread) toast, butter, and jelly bar! Ring in the New Year with a bread and bubbly bash! Free pool and snacks too; with drink specials. More Info 

Primal Rock n Roll on NYE

Saturday, Dec 31 | 9 pm

The Cave is celebrating NYE with a few of their favorites! DEX & CRASH, Dylan Earl, and MIGHT MARE is The Cave's past, present and future - Sarah Shook and John Howie howling at the moon together. $10 advance tickets, $15 night of the show. 21+ 

Baxter NYE Dance Party

Saturday, Dec 31 | 9:30 pm

2016 thankfully comes to an end so celebrate the new year at The Baxter! With DJ One Duran playing all the hits to get you dancing under holiday-themed lights on the dance floor. Free champagne at midnight, plus drink specials. More Info 

Best Countdown Ever at DSI Comedy Theater

Saturday, Dec 31 | 10 pm

DSI Comedy Theater welcomes party people (21+) who want to Laugh out Loud and help the comedians of DSI Countdown to 2017! Cocktail attire suggested. Tickets include party favors, noisemakers and champagne toast. They'll have a cash bar and plenty of comedy and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets and more info at 

New Year's Day Brunch

Sunday, Jan 1 | 10:30 am

Crook's Corner is serving a special New Year's Day Brunch. Seatings will start at 10:30 a.m. and continue until 3:00 p.m. Call now for a reservation at 919-929-7643.


Saturday, Dec 31 | 2 - 6 pm

Kids can enjoy ringing in the new year too at NIGHT LIGHTS in downtown Chapel Hill at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. NIGHT LIGHTS offers activities, interactive games, refreshments, and a kids' countdown under the stars in the fulldome theater to ring in the new year! Register at

New Year's Eve Dinner at Lantern Restaurant

Saturday, December 31 

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Lantern with a winter menu featuring wild oysters, Red Poll beef, High Rock Farm chestnuts, and Louisiana citrus. Call for reservations, (919) 969-8846. 

Family Countdown at DSI

Saturday, Dec 31 | 6 pm

Join DSI All-Stars for a hilarious, high energy, and interactive improv show that will satisfy comedy fans of ALL ages. It's funny! It's clean! It's comedy for everyone. Tickets and information at

New Year's Eve Dinner   at The Carolina Inn

Start your New Year off right with exceptional cuisine made by Executive Chef Brandon Sharp and his talented culinary team at The Carolina Inn. This amazing New Year’s Eve dinner is offered as a three-course meal and champagne toast from 5:30 until 10 PM. Call for reservations at 919-918-2777. $75 Per Person. Complimentary for Children 3 and Under. 
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