Enjoy a nice farewell to 2015, and embrace the newness of 2016. This one’s for you, Shantonee!
11am-2pm: Ring in the New Year at the Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center.
12-3pm: Taste test some potential evening beverages at Total Wine & More in Virginia Beach during the New Year’s Eve Alpine Tasting.
1pm: The festivities for New Year’s Eve – First Night Williamsburg begin early and go throughout the night.
2pm: Virginia Beach also kicks off early with various events for kids and adults at the Town Center.
3pm: Check out the new release of two goodies at Coelacanth Brewing Company: Holla Back and Phonics. They’re open until 10pm on NYE.
3:30pm: This is one of my personal favorite New Year’s Eve traditions, and is located in beautiful Olde Towne Portsmouth. Join in on the fun during the annual Olde Towne Scottish Walk.
5pm: Party like it’s 1920? Well, you can at The Deadrise at Fort Monroe at the New Year’s Eve Roaring Twenties Dinner Party.
6pm: Enjoy live music from Gridlock 64 with no cover charge at Big Woody’s in Chesapeake Square.
7pm: Live music from Heather Murphy will entertain at Tap It Local.
7pm: Catch Adam Maddock and the Double Shots, as well as Buckshot at the Eagles Nest Rockin’ Country Bar in Chesapeake.
7pm: The Gloucester Moose Lodge opens to the public for NYE with Still Kicking performing.
8pm: Bring in the New Year as well as celebrate the 5th anniversary of The Birch.
8pm: Party on in Hampton at the New Year’s Eve Block Party.
9pm: Get in for $10 or purchase advanced inclusive tickets for NEON New Year at Work Release with Dirty South Joe, Froxstarr, Ced Hughes, The Dahus and Artel Carter.
9pm: Get fancy at Catch 31’s Glitz & Glam NYE Masquerade.
9pm: Enjoy a little espionage at Dave & Buster’s Bond Casino Royale New Year’s Eve Celebration.
9pm: Go more casual for the night at FM Restaurant during the 4th Annual #SneakerballNYE.
9pm: Instead of consulting your chicken feet, try listening to Roosterfoot at Doc Taylor’s Seaside Market Lounge in Virginia Beach.
9pm: Leave 2015 in Ugly style at A Big Ugly New Year’s Eve.
9pm: Catch the Bartones at Charlie’s American Café. Advanced tickets are just $10.
10pm: Party with Mahi Mah’s on the boardwalk with DJ James Trotter.
10pm: Ring in the New Year at the Norfolk Taphouse with The Unabombers and The Beauty School Dropouts.
10pm: Grab your tickets while you still can for the New Year’s Eve party at Back Bay Brewing.
9am: If you didn’t begin your morning praying to the porcelain god, you could always head to the 4th Annual New Year’s Day 5k/10k in Chesapeake.
12pm: Join Belmont House of Smoke and Hope House Foundation for the Fourth Annual Hogs for Hope New Year’s Day Pig Pickin’ & Oyster Roast.
4pm: Run through light displays in the beautiful Norfolk Botanical Garden during the Garden 2.016 Fun Run.
8pm: If you’ve made it to the evening of the next day after your hangover, enjoy some laughs at The Push Comedy Theater during Hair of the Dog.
11am: The Mambo Room is hosting a free Dance Fitness Open House, and you’re invited!
12pm: You know those posters you’re supposed to stare at until the image pops out at you? The event page for this is psychedelic like that – just go there and stare at it for a while. Then, go to Coelacanth Brewing Company for the Naw’ Meen Release.
3pm: Don’t miss the Nomarama Burger Battle at O’Connor Brewing Company. It should be tasty fun. And just to bug my husband, this: NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM.
5pm: Music, a movie and more at 37th and Zen during the Kingshead Inn Reunion.
8pm: Catch Creepoid, You’re Jovian, and Arms Bizarre at Back Bay Brewing. All of these names seem like something children would call someone at school.
8pm: More sentences that seem strange: Seed Is and Who We Are Not will be at FM Restaurant in Norfolk.
1pm: Another chance for a guided tour of Norfolk Historic Homes with the Chrysler Museum.
3pm: Head to Five Points Community Farm Market for ReSeeding Celebration! An Open House to Raise Awareness and Funds.
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