The stresses of gifting and hosting are behind us. Now let’s have some fun ringing in 2017. We’ve got you covered from the pre-game through the day after with our round-up of where to go this weekend in Lake Norman:
Friday, December 30
Tap Takeover! with Founders Brewing Co.
The Vinyl Pi
Stop by The Vinyl Pi Friday night as Founder Brewing Company hosts a tap takeover complete with beer tastings, brewery swag (while it lasts) and live music.
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Crafts with Jayna at the Carolina Raptor Center
Carolina Raptor Center
The kiddos will love a day trip to the Carolina Raptor Center. On Friday, Join team member Jayna for an arts and crafts session where they’ll make bird binoculars. More information.
Saturday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve!)
Given up on helping them stay up til midnight? At Discover Place Kids, little ones are able to experience all the fun of NYE without missing bedtime. In the morning, create noisemakers and decorations at stations throughout the museum until 11:45. Then it’s time for a dance party leading up to the countdown and big balloon drop at 12 PM in Town Center. More information.
Welcome 2017 with a trip to D9 Brewing, where they’ll be celebrating with live music from Nate Randall and food trucks on site. Live music begins at 7 pm.
The Harp and Crown is toasting with free admission, live music and a free glass of champagne at midnight. More information.
Don your best BYE attire for this black tie optional gala at the Peninsula Yacht Club. Enjoy hors d’oeurves, live music from the Carolina Soul Band, a photo booth and much more. $80+ per person. More information.
The Goodnight Brothers Band will keep everyone rockin’ into the New Year at Old Town Public House. The celebration features hors d;oeuvres, paryt favors, beer and wine and more. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Dance well into 2017 at On the Roxx with free admission to a DJ dance party that goes until 2 am. More information.
Leave your worries at the door because this NYE at Bayne Brewing, it’s all inclusive. Your $40 ticket includes dinner and an open bar to start the New Year off right. Space is limited so get your tickets soon. More information and tickets here.
Galway Hooker’s all-inclusive bash features two levels of entertainment (live band AND a DJ), an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast at midnight, party favors and more. Call 704.895.1782 for details.
Starting at 10 pm, the DJ will have the party going at Fox & Hound. Their NYE celebration includes prizes, giveaways and a champagne toast at midnight.
The beer will be flowing as Cabarrus Brewing Company welcomes in the New Year with live music from The Revelwood Trio and a keg drop and chamapgne toast at midnight. No cover fee.
Toast to 2017 at The Wine Room at Afton Village with music by Last Chance Bruce Band, a late night dessert bar and midnight toast. More information.
Twenty-Six Acres is giving 2016 a proper sendoff with a Dj, heavy hors d’oeuvres available for purchase ($15 per person), a keg drop at midnight and a new beer release. Party starts at 8 pm.
Fuel up for an all-night party with a three-course dinner at Bonfire Bar & Grill. Later on, the band Soaking Wet will take the stage and there will be a chamapgne toast at midnight. For those not dining, there is a $5 entry fee at the door.
Sunday, January 1
New Year’s Brunch
Galway Hooker Pub
Introducing the only thing worth getting up for on New year’s Day: Sunday brunch. If you’re attending the festivities at Galway Hooker the night before, consider adding on a brunch ticket for $15. It includes one brunch entree as well as a bloody mary, mimosa or coffee.
First Footin’ at Rural Hill
Start 2017 off on the right “foot” with a refreshing First Footin’ Walk around the farm grounds at Rural Hill. Following Scottish tradition, enjoy a stone soup luncheon (consider bringing something to share) and gathering.
39th Annual New Year’s Day Barefoot Tournament
Lake Norman Marina
Make a splash this New Year’s Day (or watch from afar) at the The New Year’s Day Barefoot Tournament on Lake Norman. See barefoot waterskiiers compete in this tournament that benefits Samaritan’s Feet International. More information.
Tuesday, January 3
Flatiron Kitchen & Taphouse
Make good on that New Year’s Resolution to actually know what you’re talking about at the next dinner party. Flatiron Kitchen & Taphouse hosts KnoWine Night the first Tuesday of each month, featuring complimentary wine tastings and discussion. Starts at 7 pm and no reservations are required.