New Year's Eve Countdown to 2018
on Friday, December 22, 2017
How will you ring in the New Year? This may be the year to dine out, party ‘til midnight or enjoy some live music. And if that sounds like a good idea, we’ve prepared a list of events perfect for celebrating the start of 2018!
Winter Free Day
Grout Museum District
It’s a FREE admission day at all Grout Museum District sites! Visit any of their sites (Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, Grout Museum of History and Science, Bluedorn Science Imaginarium and the Rensselaer Russell and Snowden homes) is a family-fun way to kick off your new year!
New Year’s Balloon Drop
Hy-Vee at 6301 University and Hy-Vee at 1422 Flammang Drive, Waterloo
Kids receive a noise maker, party hat and a little something to color. The first 50 children will also receive a small goodie bag! Free to attend.
Noon Year’s Party
Phelps Youth Pavilion, Waterloo
Kids and their families can ring in the new year early! Enjoy crafts, snacks, games, and a New Year’s countdown with a ball-drop at noon. We hear the Magic Mirror Photo Booth will also make an appearance!
Members: free and Non-Members: $5/person (includes same-day admission to the Pavilion)
Family New Year’s Eve Party
Waverly Public Library
Family-friendly event features crafts, activities, readings and a symbolic ball drop to celebrate the upcoming year! Free and open to the public.
New Year’s Eve at the Isle Casino Waterloo
Dine buffet style from 4:00pm-11:00pm New Year’s Eve ($19.99/person), enjoy a live DJ (on the casino floor), and a midnight toast to usher in the New Year. They’ll also be serving a New Year’s Day buffet from 11am-2pm for $19.99/adult.
New Year’s Eve All-You-Can-Eat Sushi Buffet
Soho Sushi Bar, Cedar Falls
Ring in the New Year with their annual New Year's Eve, All You Can Eat Sushi Buffet! It’ll be a chef-selected buffet of hand-rolled sushi. $24.99 plus tax.
New Year’s Eve Dinner
Figaro Figaro, Cedar Falls
This new restaurant in downtown Cedar Falls is serving up a first-class, New Year’s Eve menu from 6:00-10:00pm featuring prime rib, Atlantic salmon or chicken cordon bleu. Dinner is $40/person and reservations are required at 319-260-2084.
New Year’s Eve with Cody Hicks Band
6:00pm-2:00am (doors open for the concert at 8:00pm)
Deringer’s Public Parlor, Cedar Falls
Ring in the New Year with live country music!
New Year’s Eve Party with DJ Kubik
National Cattle Congress Pavilion, Waterloo
Enjoy New Year’s Eve festivities all evening with DJ Kubik at the decorated Pavilion – and party favors! $20/adult.
NYE at Octopus!
Octopus, Cedar Falls
New Year’s Eve performances by Sires, Matthew James & The Rust Belt Union, Peas and Carrot, Greazy Strangers, and Emily Otis. This is a 21 and older event, $10/adult.
New Year’s Eve at Spicoli’s
Spicoli’s Rockade, Waterloo
The night will kick off with music from Mayhem Like Me from 8:00-10:00pm and finish with Dead Presidents, 10:15pm-1:00am. $5 cover.
New Year’s Eve with Express Pass
Jameson’s Public House, Waterloo
It’s Jameson’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration! A special dinner will be prepared by Chef Nathan Woodley. Enjoy live music from Express Pass. Free party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Open to the public, they will not be selling tickets.
New Year's Eve with Zoot & Newt
The Brass Tap, Cedar Falls
One of the newest establishments in downtown Cedar Falls is The Brass Tap. With a neighborhood atmosphere that feels relaxed and upscale, you're sure to enjoy your New Year's Eve with the sounds of Zoot & Newt. Did we mention they have a selection of more than 200 craft beers?
New Years Eve Sunday: The Banger!
Voodoo Lounge, Cedar Falls
Purchase a VIP ticket for exclusive access to an open bar in the mezzanine from 9:00-11:00pm, guest list express entry, free coat check, complimentary snacks and a balloon drop at midnight. $50 per person.
(Limited available, purchase on premise prior to event)
NYE with Never The Less
Screaming Eagle, Waterloo
Ring in the new year with live music from Never The Less at Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill.
NYE at Figaro After Dark
Figaro Figaro, Cedar Falls
If you’d like only to visit Figaro After Dark (upstairs lounge of Figaro Figaro) to enjoy dancing and live music by Goosetown, the fun will begin at 10:00pm and tickets are $10/person at the door. Seating is limited.
Also, check with your favorite restaurant to find out if they will have dinner specials New Year's Eve weekend. Beck's Taproon Grill will serve all-you-can-eat pasta December 29-January 1 and Noble Oak in Cedar Falls will serve a special NYE dinner December 29-December 31 (4:00-10:00pm) for $29.95/person that includes a 6 ounce filet and crab cake topped with lobster sauce and a choice of one side.
To find lists of places to dine in Cedar Falls, visit Places to Eat & Drink. Or, contact the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 800-845-1955. And be sure to visit Bars & Nightclubs and Nightlife for more ideas of how to celebrate New Year's Eve!
Happy New Year!
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