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Grand Rapids celebrates New Year's Eve

December 30, 2016
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Revelers celebrate the New Year at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids. Photo via

While there won’t be a ball drop taking place in downtown this year, there are many ways to ring in the New Year across the city.

Revelers can visit the Iris Van Herpen exhibit, “Transforming Fashion,” at the Grand Rapids Art Museum or take a cooking class through The Local Epicurean, which is offering four sessions focused on Italian cuisine.

Brewery tours will also be available to welcome the New Year. Grand Rapids Beer Tours is hosting four separate tours of multiple area breweries.

There will also be plenty of options to listen to local music and for welcoming 2017 with dancing.

For music, Elk Brewing is hosting Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish. Wealthy Theatre will have performances by Seth Bernard, The Crane Wives, Vox Vidorra and the Go Rounds. The Tip-Top Delux Bar & Grill will feature the “funky rock-and-roll” band Desmond Jones, plus “other surprise guests.” Back Forty Saloon is welcoming Stolen Horses to its stage for the night, and Quinn & Tuites Irish Pub will welcome roots band The JukeJoint Handmedowns.

For dancing, you can visit The Pyramid Scheme for its Back to the ‘90s celebration or spend the night at The B.O.B., which will have four stages of live entertainment and two dance floors, as well as dining options and stand-up comedy performances.

Other places to celebrate include the Intersection’s Beats & Bubbly 2016 party and Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar and Restaurant, which will have a main floor piano show and second-floor dancing.

The Amway Grand Plaza, JW Marriott and Courtyard by Marriott will also be hosting a variety of parties on Saturday night. A wristband allows a party-goer to visit as many of the parties in the venues as they’d like.

There will be parties in several hotel ballrooms, each with a distinct “theme and energy”: GLOW Party in the Ambassador Ballroom at Amway Grand Plaza; Bourbon and Bubbles in the Pantlind Ballroom at Amway Grand Plaza; Caribbean Jam in the Imperial Ballroom at Amway Grand Plaza; Throwback Bash in the International Ballroom at JW Marriott; and NYE at The Bistro at Courtyard by Marriott.

Many of the night’s parties are already sold out or nearly sold out, so party-goers should check with venues about tickets ahead of time. 

More information on New Year's Eve events, including options for the family, is available at Experience Grand Rapids' web page.

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