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The 2020 New Year’s Eve planner

Over 55 ways to celebrate the last night of the decade.

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IAN SELIG
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BIG TICKET EVENTS

Fifty Shades of Grey NYE gala feat. Asia & NuGruv Head to the DoubleTree Hilton (101 Wyse Road, Dartmouth) for this event with the powerhouse vocals and good-time-giving setlist of Asia & NuGruv. Three DJs and good vibes keep the party goin' late. 9pm-2:30am


New Year's Eve on the Grand Parade w/Famba, Scientists of Sound, Maximum Overdrive The city's free, outdoor, all-ages celebration returns. This year, Halifax-born EDM star-on-the-rise Famba gets the fun started before the electric mayhem-bringing Scientists of Sound and the '80s hit compiler Maximum Overdrive get feet shuffling. As always, fireworks are the event's crowning glory and closing note. Read more about Famba on page 10. Grand Parade Square, Barrington at George, 11pm, Free


New Year's Eve w/The Mellotones A swank dinner at 7pm preceeds a 9:30pm dance with Halifax's best-loved party band, the venerable Mellotones. Dinner and dance is $145 while just dancing is $44. Turn to page TK for the band's favourite songs to ring the new year in with. Cunard Event Centre, Pier 23, 961 Marginal Road, 7pm


Platinum Blonde w/T. Thomason T. Thomason put out one of the best pop albums of the year this fall. Now, he heats the stage for '80s hair metal legend Platinum Blonde. Look right for T.'s favourite New Year's Eve traditions.
Casino Nova Scotia, Schooner Room, 1983 Upper Water Street, 9:30pm, $44.99


DJs & DANCING

DJ Jansen Jacob's Lounge, 106 Portland Street, 10pm-2am, Free


DJ Noelle Six Parkside Pub and Smokehouse, 14 Highfield Park Drive, Dartmouth, 9pm-2am


Home Bass NYE 2020 feat. Santi Montreal EDM DJ Santi headlines the bass-heavy party that also features sets from Synesthesia, SYSTMS, Wobble Wallah, Sex Education and KDZ.
The Marquee Ballroom, 2037 Gottingen Street, 10pm-2am


NYE 2020 Mayflower Curling Club, 3000 Monaghan Drive, 8pm-1am, $15


New Year's Eve 2020 at The Lower Deck Three floors of mayhem await at The Deck: Downstairs sees the return of crowd fave Signal Hill, while the middle deck is Top 40 courtesy of DJ Billy G and the top floor promises a dance party courtesy of DJ Trixxx.
The Lower Deck, Halifax, 1887 Upper Water Street, Historic Properties, 10:30pm, $45


NYE 2020 Video Dance Party DJ Bear777 keeps the dance floor melting with a video dance party complete with champagne toast.
Menz & Mollyz Bar, 2182 Gottingen Street, 11pm-2am


NYE 2020 w/DJ IV, DJ OKAY TK Best of Halifax Readers' Choice Award-winning DJ IV is a local legend for his playlists—oh, and he also DJs for Classified on the reg. The Daily Grind, 1479 Birmingham Street, 9pm-2am, $30-$40


New Year's Eve 1920:2020 The beloved downtown dance club celebrates its re-opening and new location (that'd be 5171 George Street) with a roaring '20s themed NYE celebration. Pacifico staples Pineo & Loeb make the dance floor melt with their signature EDM style. Pacifico, 5171 George Street, 8pm-3am, $45 in advance


New Year's Eve House Party at Gus'  DJ Centurysamuel and DJ Douvet spin a mix of disco, funk, hip hop, house and soul at this all-night rager—everything from Missy Elliot to ABBA to Migos to Aretha Franklin. Gus' Pub & Grill, 2605 Agricola Street, 10pm-2am


New Year's Eve w/DJ Special T.  Royal Canadian Spryfield Legion, 7 Sussex Street, Spryfield, 9pm-1am, $15


NYE with DJ Skeeter B  Toothy Moose Cabaret, 1661 Argyle Street, 11pm-3:30am


One Party, Four Rooms: Famba, Cloverdale, YUNG SHRIMP TEMPURA, Andrew Frelick
Diverse groups of musical tastes and commitment-phobes alike find solace as the downtown multi-room club features stages of EDM, country and more. Read more about Famba on page 10.
The Dome, 1726 Argyle Street, 9pm-3:30am


Retro Night NYE Party Party like it's 1989 with a mix of throwbacks by the likes of Madonna, Culture Club, Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran and more at the revered celebration of the bygone decade.
The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen Street, 10pm-2am, $11/$14


Roaring '20s w/Siri Scout A huge, confetti-filled balloon drop at midnight adds to the vibe as Siri Scout plays a mix of disco, funk, house and hip hop.
Reflections Cabaret, 5187 Salter Street, 10pm-3:30am, $14


Vision 2020 New Year's Party feat. Kenni G, Woadie, Loukas Stilldrunk, DJ Uncle Fester, Aquasocks, Paollo 13, Sipset Boundary-crushing DJ Kenni G holds her own on a stellar lineup featuring local hip hop supergroup Aquasocks and OG wax-spinner Uncle Fester. Read more on page 10. Halifax Music Co-op, 2170 Barrington Street, 9pm-2am, $20


LIVE MUSIC

Bohemian New Year's Eve w/Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble, Krasnogorsk Billed as a house party with no last call, this swingin' soiree, held at 18 Rosedale Drive, Dartmouth, features live tunes by the Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble (described as "A Croatian wedding/funeral band with The Black Keys sitting in") and the "cinematic dance spectacle" Krasnogorsk. 8pm-3am, $30


Canadian Tuxedo NYE w/The Gnarltones A denim-on-denim focused (but not required) dress code sets the vibe for this party featuring tunes by Adam Baldwin's bar band The Gnarltones. Snacks, a welcome drink and a midnight toast are all included in ticket cost.
Stubborn Goat Gastropub, 1579 Grafton Street, 7pm-2am, $40


Garrett Mason Band Bearly's New Year's Eve tradition continues with blues royalty Garrett Mason making his guitar gently weep—and rock and roll and slap—for an all-night party.
Bearly's House of Blues & Ribs, 1269 Barrington Street, 10pm, $20


Gottijam NYE edition The longstanding open mic space celebrates New Year's with a lineup of A-list regulars—think Hemineglect and Labour Camp—as well as additional TBA acts. Menz & Mollyz Bar, 2182 Gottingen Street, 10pm-2am, $3


Gypsy: A Fleetwood Mac tribute band Lightening strikes, maybe once, maybe twice—but ringing in a new decade while singing Stevie Nicks feels pretty once-in-a-lifetime to us. Montes Showbar Grill, 245 Waverley Road, Dartmouth, 9pm-2am


Hal Bruce's New Year's Eve Celebration The singer-songwriter who brings big outlaw country vibes (and a setlist that runs the gamut from classic rock to party favourites) returns with his annual NYE party. Atlantica Hotel Halifax, 1980 Robie Street, 8:30pm-1am


Natural Talent w/DJ Old Skool Doolittle's Sports Bar & Grill, 90 Tacoma Drive, Dartmouth, 9pm-2am, $10


New Year's Eve at The Barrington The swank steakhouse offers a four-course dinner followed by live music courtesy of funk-blues-rock mainstay Dame Alexander.
The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, 1662 Barrington Street, 4pm-1am


New Year's Eve extravaganza An oozing elegance, black-and-gold-themed evening that kicks off with a three-course dinner before a party with piano tunes by Arsoniste. The Mercantile Social, 1579 Hollis Street, 5:30pm-1am


New Year's at Gahan House Adam Baldwin and Ryan Stanley provide the live soundtrack from 8-10pm.
Gahan House's Nova Centre, 5239 Sackville Street, 4-11pm


New Year's Eve w/The Doris Mason Quartet Stayner's fave Doris Mason brings smokey blues to your NYE. Stayner's Wharf Pub & Grill, 5075 George Street, 7pm-1am


New Year's Eve Party 2020 w/Mac And Hawes The YFM regulars rock the year to a close. Your Father's Moustache, 5686 Spring Garden Road, 9:30pm, $15


New Year's Eve w/Sticky Fingaz, The Legendary Goldblooms A Rolling Stones tribute night. Sniggily Wiggily's Beer and Booze Concreatery, 1665 Argyle Street, 10pm-2am, $10


No Cover New Year's Eve
A classic for a reason. Durty Nelly's Authentic Irish Pub, 1645 Argyle Street, 7pm-2am, Free


Va Va Vimy NYE w/Silver Flame Vimy #27 Legion, 6158 Almon Street, 9pm-1am


DINNERS & MORE

Board Room 2010s trivia party Trivia about the ending decade—with questions ranging from news headlines to pop culture and beyond—makes this low-key party no roll of the dice for those who'd rather stay off the dance floor this New Year's. A glass of bubbly (or non-alcoholic cocktail) helps you celebrate when midnight strikes. The Board Room Game Cafe, 1256 Barrington Street, 7pm-1am, $15


Celtic kitchen party Supersized Maritime vibes courtesy of the Halifax Celtic Festival. Halifax Forum, 2901 Windsor Street, 6:30-10pm


Drag the Decade: Tata to the Teens Local drag scene mainstays Eden Disorder and Farrah Moanz spill tea all over the past 10 years at this scorching-hot cultural revue and drag show. Menz & Mollyz Bar, 2182 Gottingen Street, 10pm, $10


Halifax Mooseheads vs Saint John Seadogs Two rivals duke it out!
Scotiabank Centre, 5284 Duke Street, 2-5pm


Kinky NYE 2K20 A spicy kink party to ring in the new decade. Fetish wear encouraged but not required. Menz & Mollyz Bar, 2182 Gottingen Street, 10pm-2am


Kyo after dark party An all-you-can-eat buffet of Japanese fusion and a DJ spinnin' hits make this party a feast for your ears and mouth. Way 2 Roll/Kyo Kitchen & Bar, 1715 Barrington Street, 8pm, $45


New Year's Dim Sum Feast your way into a new decade with a four-course dinner of dim sum, complete with North Brewing suds. North Brewing Company, 899 Portland Street, 5-11pm, $55


New Year's Eve in 1920s Paris A super-specific delight of a theme—Paris' take on the roaring '20s—sees you ring in a new decade under the stars in this swish restaurant known for its cocktails.
Lot Six Bar & Restaurant, 1685 Argyle Street, 10pm-2am


New Year's Eve at Cole Harbour Place An '80s-themed dance party—complete with a costume contest and retro photo booth—make this a fun, #tbt way to NYE. Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Parkway, Dartmouth, 2pm-1am


New Year's Eve at Chain Yard Cider Spend the last night of the year with good friends and good company. Includes a cider toast at midnight and special menu from Unchained Kitchen. Chain Yard Urban Cidery and Unchained Kitchen, 2606 Agricola Street, 5pm-2am, Free


New Year's Eve Family Extravaganza Bouncy castles, obstacle courses, photo booths and snacks make for a family-focused celebration.
Canada Games Centre, 26 Thomas Raddall Drive, 2-5pm


NYE at Art Bar A buffet kicks things off at 7pm and karaoke and DJs take over at 9pm for a party that's the best of both worlds. $20 for entry, dinner and a drink or $45 for all that and a bottle of bubbly. Art Bar + Projects, 1873 Granville Street, 7pm

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