26 Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve in Rhode Island
We’ve rounded up some local ways to ring in 2020, including family-friendly events, upscale soirees and fancy dinners.
By Leanna Lobo and Kerri Tallman
Editor’s Note: This post was updated on Dec. 16, 2019 from a previous post.
Don’t have plans for New Year’s Eve yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This is by no means everything that’s happening in the state, but it will give you a pretty good start. We’ve included everything from family-friendly events and dancing the night away to fine dining and entertainment so you can find the perfect way to celebrate and ring in 2020. Please note that these selections are in no particular order.
Break out your movie star attire for this New Year’s celebration. The evening will kick off at 8 p.m. with a glamorous red carpet arrival at the ProvidenceG Ballroom. The celebration will feature a raw bar and dessert buffet, fine food stations and specialty cocktails. The New Providence Big Band will keep you entertained throughout the night. Reserved seating is $125 per guest, while general admission costs $100.
After the successful NYE One Providence celebration last year, Mayor Jorge Elorza, the city of Providence, the Department of Art, Culture and Tourism and Skyline at Waterplace are looking forward to another New Year’s Eve. The free outdoor event will feature complimentary entertainment including Providence’s first-ever outdoor ball drop, laser-light show and a spectacular fireworks display. The VIP package includes a black tie gala with dinner, valet parking and a celebration on the rooftop of the Skyline. The event will begin at 7 p.m. for VIPs and 9 p.m. for the free outdoor event. The gala and rooftop party are ticketed events. Don’t miss out as the city of Providence and Skyline gives you an unforgettable night. Click here for more information and prices for the indoor events at Skyline.
Public Kitchen and Bar is hosting its New Year’s celebration in true Gatsby style — all out ‘20s Prohibition style! Hors d’oeuvres, cheese and charcuterie and beautiful mini desserts will be served all night long, with a Champagne toast to cap it off at midnight. Music and dancing just like at Gatsby’s extravagant balls. Wear your best flapper or dapper costume and dance the night away. This event is sponsored by Wash Ashore Beer Company and Rhody Foody and benefits the RISPCA. Ticket prices vary.
Join Sarto in Providence as it celebrates New Year’s Eve. Relax in the dining room, bar area or upstairs in the Soffitta for an innovative four-course menu prepared by the culinary team. Also enjoy live entertainment and special treats throughout the evening. Make your reservations here.
Celebrate the end of 2019 and the start of the New Year by taking a trip to the beach for a Havana-Caribbean themed celebration at the Ocean House in Watch Hill. The celebration is a black tie event and takes place from 7:30 p.m.−1 a.m. Indulge in a gourmet buffet, open bar, fabulous live music and festive photo opportunities that will make this a night to remember. Guests must be twenty-one or older to attend. Tickets are $145 per person. Go online or call 888-853-2919 to make reservations.
Spend the last night of the year with a cozy and delicious three-course course meal at Chez Pascal in Providence with selections from both the Chez Pascal and Wurst Kitchen Menus. New Year’s Eve reservations cannot be made through the website, so call 401-421-4422 today to reserve your spot.
This all-age party will features five local performers, including What Cheer? Brigade, Math the Band, Brian 4 Ever, Joe DeGeorge and more! The show kicks off at 9 p.m. and includes a midnight countdown to the ball drop with What Cheer? Brigade. The cash bar at AS220 will be open all evening serving good drinks and good times. Ticket prices vary, see online for more details.
Ring in the New Year at the massive party in the pub inside the ProvidenceG Building. Upon arrival, partygoers will receive six raffle tickets for big ticket prizes like flat screen TVs and getaways. Also enjoy giveaways, dance along to the live deejay playing throwback tunes, play table games and snap some pics in the photo booth. A special a la carte dinner menu will be available from 7–11 p.m. by reservation only. Reservations can be made by phone at 401-632-4782 after purchasing your entry ticket. Tickets are $40 per person with a cash bar open all night long. Guests must be twenty-one or older to attend.
This one-of-a-kind cooking class replicates a typical New Year’s Eve dinner in Italy. Sharpen your culinary skills with chef Walter Potenza on Providence’s Federal Hill while waiting for 2020 to arrive by spending an evening in the kitchen preparing Italian recipes. The event will take place from 7−11 p.m. Throughout the night, you will work on ten recipes covering various regions of Italy and experience customary rituals as well. Begin with prosecco paired with small plates then throw on your apron to start cooking dinner. After the food is prepared, all guests will dine together in luxury. Tickets also give participants one chef Walter cooking apron and an autographed copy of his book Federal Hill Flavors and Knowledge. Tickets are $160 per person.
Birch in Providence creates a multi-course tasting menu to welcome 2020! This will be a prix fixe menu between six to eight courses for $125 per person with an optional $85 beverage pairing. Make your reservations before it’s too late.
This is more than just a party in Providence. Starting at 10 p.m., the over-the-top celebration will be going non-stop until 3 a.m. with deejay Jutt and Screwloose spinning the most popular songs. There will be raffles, giveaways, complimentary Champagne and hor d’oeuvres. Early bird tickets for the first 100 people are $20 and you can also purchase VIP packages and reserve tables online.
12. Dance Through the Decades New Year’s Eve Party with The Whiskey Republic
Join the Whiskey Republic in Providence for the most anticipated night of the year. With a special appearance by deejay Obie, dance your night away with music from the ‘90s all the way up to today’s hits from 8 p.m.–2 a.m. Trendy black and white formal attire is required but don’t be afraid to add some 2020 party favors to your outfit. Guests must be twenty-one to attend. General Admission tickets are $20 and early bird tickets are $15.
Throw it way back to the ‘70s and celebrate New Year’s Eve by ringing in 2020 under the stars at the Rooftop at the ProvidenceG. As soon as you walk in, sip a complimentary glass of Champagne. The night begins at 9 p.m. and doesn’t end until 2 a.m. Enjoy gourmet passed appetizers and small plates, included in the ticket price. All guests must be twenty-one to attend. Tickets are $100 per person with a cash bar available. Purchase your ticket online here.
Ring in the New Year at OceanCliff Hotel and the Safari Room Restaurant in Newport with a Champagne toast, a colorful fruit cheese board, and a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts! Enjoy the breathtaking sunset while tasting delicious foods, such as the housemade lobster bisque, until 10 p.m. Dinner is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 401-849-4873 or go online to make your reservation.
Dave and Buster’s in the Providence Place Mall is offering an exciting and fun way for everyone in the family to ring in the New Year. The midday event runs from 5–8 p.m. and includes a large buffet, unlimited soft drinks, $25 Power Card and unlimited video game play. Ticket package prices vary, see online. And if you don’t want to keep your little ones out too late, come instead to Dave and Buster’s “Noon” Years Eve from noon–3 p.m. for a lunch buffet and a $20 Power Card and unlimited video game play. Tickets for this event are $34.11 per person. Both events include a ginger ale toast with a ball drop celebration, party hats, noise makers and party favors for kids. For the night owls, the Late Night NYE 2020 celebration runs from 9 p.m.–1 a.m. and includes a dinner buffet, assorted mini desserts, unlimited soft drinks and a $45 Power Card. Ticket package prices vary, see online for more details.
Head to Scarpetta Italian restaurant inside Gurney’s in Newport and indulge in a five-course pre-fixe dinner with special holiday dishes and a chef’s selection of desserts. Dinner reservations beginning at 5 p.m. cost $95 and for reservations beginning at 7:30 p.m., dinner costs $125. For more info and to make a reservation, call 401-851-3325.
Bid adieu to 2019 in style in Providence at Bar Louie’s Roaring Twenties Party! Bottles will be popping, taps will be flowing, the kitchen will be cooking and music will be pumping from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. Admission is free, but for $20 enjoy a Champagne toast and party favors to ring in 2020. Be sure to register here beforehand in order to be let in! Formal attire is not required, but 1920’s themed outfits are encouraged.
There’s no better way to ring in the ‘20s than with the Roaring ‘20s! The evening begins with a cocktail reception followed by dinner, dancing and a Champagne toast at midnight. You can choose the package that includes overnight accommodations, hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail reception with cash bar, a four-course gourmet dinner, dancing with the World Premier Band, a Midnight Champagne toast, a New Year’s Day brunch buffet and late checkout with complimentary parking. The cost is $499 for two guests. The Bluefin Grill is also hosting a four-course gourmet dinner for two, two deejay and dancing tickets, a bottle of Champagne upon arrival, overnight accommodations and late checkout, plus complimentary parking. The cost is $359 for two guests. The hotel also has a designated driver package that includes accommodations and a complimentary shuttle around town.
The Salon upstairs at Pot au Feu will host a prix fixe dinner for New Year’s from 7:30–10:30 p.m. The evening includes a four-course dinner with a choice of six favorite entrees paired with a flight of wines, plus a Champagne toast. Gets in the New Year’s spirit with hats, noisemakers and a countdown celebration with a spectacular Champagne sabering. George Abate Quartet will play jazz to welcome the New Year. Dinner choices include beef bourguignon, duck framboise, lobster shrimp and scallop crepe, coq au vin, scrod and shrimp suedoise or vegetarian cassoulet. The cost is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The downstairs bistro will also be open with the regular menu. Book NYE reservations here. Book regular Bistro reservations here.
Dine in style starting with a cocktail reception from 7–8 p.m. followed by an extravagant dinner buffet. Live entertainment from Steve Smith and the Nakeds, a Champagne toast at midnight and party favors will top off the celebrations. A cash bar will be available all night. A gold package for $150 includes the nightly celebrations for two. For those who wish to continue their night at the Crowne Plaza, a platinum package for $290 includes an overnight stay for two with the buffet and entertainment. Book your reservations here.
The Empire Revue, Rhode Island’s longest-running funny sketch and variety show, will be ringing in 2020 by presenting the seventh annual New Year’s Eve variety show and dance party in Providence. This year, things are getting rowdy with the theme “Hot N’ Ready.” The show is hosted by musician and entertainer Keith Munslow and features guest acts of all kinds. After the show, dance your night away to the sounds of Superchief Trio. The show kicks off at 8:30 p.m. and includes a midnight countdown with the Sparkling Beatniks. Tickets are $36 and can be purchased here.
Ring in the New Year with a three-course prix fixe dinner at Metacom Kitchen in Warren. Both vegan and vegetarian options are available. Start with a chantenay carrot-coconut oil bisque, caraway-scented baby beets, squid ink radiatore or seared yellowfin tuna. Second course entree options are roasted duck breast, red wine and herb campanelle, rolled ribeye steak and seared sea scallops. Finish the night with a brioche beignet, flexible chocolate or a beautiful cheese plate for two. Tickets are $60 per person, tax and gratuity not included. Call 401-245-1193 to make your reservation.
24. The East End
The East End in Providence is hosting a NYE party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. It’s $20 per person and includes endless appetizers and a Midnight toast.
Gracie’s in Providence is hosting its New Year’s Eve celebration starting at 5 p.m. into the early hours of 2020. The restaurant will be celebrating twenty-one years, officially turning legal! Jump back in time fifty years to the disco days and wear your best themed attire. There will be two seatings — one from 5-6 p.m. and one from 8-9 p.m. Two tasting menus will be offered. A five-course menu is $125 per person and $160 with pairings. A seven-course menu is $175 per person and $215 with pairings. Both meat and vegetarian options will be offered for each of the five or seven courses on the evening’s tasting menu. Special wine, cocktail and non-alcoholic mocktail pairings will be offered to complement the tastings. Live music starts at 7 p.m. and the dining room floor will open up to dancing around 11 p.m. Call 401-272-7811 to make a reservation.
Common Fence Music is bringing back its ever-popular New Year’s Eve Folkstravaganza from 9 p.m.–1 a.m. Celebrate with local folk bands such as the Vox Hunters, Spitzer and Mareva and Craig Edwards. The event is BYOB and picnic, but a selection of soups, snacks, baked goods and beverages will be available for purchase to keep you fueled throughout the evening. Ticket prices vary, see online for more details.