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If you want to go out for New Year's Eve but don't want to shell out the cash for something extravagant, you have many options. Below, we've rounded up concerts, DJ dance parties (like Lo-Fi's NYE SNAP! '90s Dance Party), places to watch the free Space Needle fireworks show (like Art Marble 21), live music shows (like the Dave Segal-approved band Lushy), annual traditions (like the Moulin Rouge! sing-along) and more events that don't require advance planning and won't cost more than $20. See them all below, and check out our New Year's Eve calendar for even more options, including, at the other end of the spectrum, extravagant New Year's Eve parties that will cost more than $20.

Updated December 31, 2019 at 1:49 pm.


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COMEDY & PERFORMANCES

ComedySportz: New Year's Eve Special
Watch a special New Year's edition of the regular ComedySportz show, which pits two improv teams against one another.
(Fremont, $20)

New Year’s Eve with Dolly & The DJ!
Seattle's favorite seven-foot-tall drag queen Dolly Madison will pull out all the stops at this New Year's Eve edition of her recurring show filled with drinks and dancing.
(White Center, free)

Get Tickets Now For A Virtual Bicycle Film Festival, Northwest Edition: October 23-25!
Bicycle Film Festival NW celebrates bicycles through art, film & music with 3 programs of short films!
Tickets are on sale now for The Stranger’s 1st Annual SLAY Film Festival!
Ghosts, zombies, slashers, witches, Eldritch beasts, gore-- SLAY has something for every horror fan!
Earshot Jazz Festival | Oct 16 – Nov 8
This week: Amy Denio, Tarik Abouzied, Johnaye Kendrick, Tarbaby, John Hollenbeck, and Eugenie Jones

New Year's Eve Open Mic
Try out your best jokes of 2019 at this special stand-up open mic, with the bar contributing $10 to the bar-tab pot for every comic who signs up. The audience will vote on a winner at midnight—the lucky comic will get the kitty and a 30-minute headlining set that very night.
(Ravenna, free)


💥Looking for more ways to welcome 2020?
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FAMILY

Family New Year's Eve
Lake City families can spend a productive final morning of the year making calendars, writing down resolutions, and watching a ball (not the ball) drop from the balcony over sparkling cider.
(Lake City, free)

First Night 2020
First Night is an alcohol-free and family-friendly event in downtown Tacoma that features the “world’s shortest parade,” as well as a variety of performances across several stages, and interactive family activities. Best of all, it offers a Kids' Countdown, which rings in the New Year at 9 pm, making this the ideal spot for families and those with early bedtimes alike.
(Tacoma, $14/$18)

GameWorks New Year's Eve Pre-Party
Young gamers can celebrate early with a free balloon drop, lunch buffet, and hot chocolate bar. 
(Downtown, free)

Happy Noon Year's Eve! With Magician Rick Anderson
Ring in the "noon year" 12 hours early with magician Rick Anderson.
(Burien, free)

New Year's at KidsQuest
If your kids are jealous of your New Year's Eve plans, an afternoon of storytime, bubble wrap-stomping, glittery tattoos, and live music will surely make them feel included. 
(Bellevue, $13)

New Year's Eve Kid Party
Family New Year's Eve hack: Watch the ball drop on East Coast time and go to sleep before midnight. This big-screen broadcast of the Times Square tradition will also include a balloon drop, goodie bags for kids, a hot cocoa bar, and free popcorn and snacks. 
(South Park, $10)

New Year's Eve Labyrinth Walk
If you'd prefer to end the year in a quiet, contemplative state, stop by Saint Mark's Cathedral to walk the perimeter of its indoor labyrinth (a replica of the one found in the Medieval cathedral of Chartres) while musicians play calming songs. 
(Capitol Hill, free)

Winterfest New Year's Eve
Winterfest will close out another holiday season with a full day (and night) of affordable, family-friendly activities, from a live musical performance from soul and blues band Left Turn on Blue to the Fountain of Light dance party. You'll also be in a great spot to check out the Space Needle fireworks at midnight.
(Seattle Center, free)

FILM

Moulin Rouge!
SIFF will continue its tradition of ringing in the New Year with Baz Luhrmann’s ode to 19th-century Paris and 20th-century pop. You'll get a "bling ring," a drink, and the satisfaction of belting along with Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, and company.
(Queen Anne, $15)

The Room: Futuristic 2020 Edition
It's Tommy Wiseau for every occasion! Mark the end of this dominated-by-megalomaniacs year with a movie dominated by a megalomaniac as Johnny discovers his Lisa's perfidy and dissolves into incredible histrionics. Central Cinema says, "Let's watch The Room with advance technology glasses and see how Tommy Wiseau's tale brings light to the events of 2020." Ulp.
(Central District, $14/$16)

FOOD & DRINK

Beveridge Place Pub New Year's Eve
You're invited to imbibe and wear some "goofy hats" at Beveridge Place's low-key celebration. At midnight, toast with Shingleback Black Bubbles, Cattin Cremant Rose, Ramon Raventos Cava, Montelliana Prosecco, or other beverages.
(West Seattle, no cover)

Big Mario's New Year!
Get rowdy with Jell-O shots, party favors and freebies, pizza, and a midnight champagne toast at Big Mario's. The next day, you're invited to get cozy with classic VHS movies and football on the TV all day, plus a deal for a full cheese and pepperoni pie and a pitcher of mimosas for $25—add on a $5 Absolut shot for some extra hair of the dog.
(Capitol Hill, no cover)

Chupacabra NYE 2020!
Feast your way into the '20s with tequila and tacos on Alki Beach.
(West Seattle, no cover)

2020 C/ID NYE Party & Bar Crawl
Enjoy music and karaoke at Kaname Izakaya & Shochu Bar, ramble around the International District for a self-guided bar crawl, and end the evening with a balloon drop and midnight bubbly sake toast.
(Chinatown-International District, free)

Crawl Til the Ball Falls: Seattle NYE 2020 Bar Crawl
Get drunk off drink specials (like $3 beers, $5 wells, and $5 shots) at Pike Pub and other downtown bars until closing time. 
(Various locations, $15)

Half-Price New Year's Eve Party
Start early on your resolution to be more frugal by enjoying Kate's Pub food and drink offerings for half-off. A "confetti mess" and a champagne toast will commence at midnight.
(Wallingford, no cover)

Juice Club New Year's Eve
Sip a selection of natural wine courtesy of the roving pop-up Juice Club and try bites like khachapuri, dumplings, and blini from Dacha Diner.
(Capitol Hill, no cover)

La Dive New Year's Eve
Everything will be sparkling at the recently opened Capitol Hill wine bar's first New Year's Eve celebration, from the many magnums of champagne to the Jell-O shots. If you'd like to pour as much fizzy wine down your gullet as humanly possible, Chambongs will be on hand, too.
(Capitol Hill, no cover)

New Year’s Eve at Matthews Winery
Nosh on globally inspired comfort fare like Pacific Northwest poutine, fondue grilled cheese sandwiches, and Southern-style buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches from Silver Spork, sip wine, and take in a performance by the Eastsiders.
(Woodinville, free)

New Year's Eve at Rob Roy
The Belltown cocktail bar will serve up special libations and complimentary glasses of bubbly at midnight.
(Belltown, no cover)

New Year's Eve Tiki Party
Trade in the traditional glass of champagne for fruity tropical cocktails until the ball drops. 
(Capitol Hill, free)

NYE 2020 Solid Gold Soul
No cover is necessary for this evening of "celebratory snacks and nibbles" and "elegant dinner specials and festive cocktails," accompanied by vinyl soul, funk, and disco from DJ Blyssful.
(Queen Anne, free)

Obec Roarin' '20s New Year's Eve
Obec Brewing pledges to channel the "glitz and frivolity" of the roaring '20s with a period-inspired costume party and a free toast at midnight. Tummy Yummy Thai will provide snacks.
(Ballard, no cover)

Wakefield New Year's 2020
Ring in 2020 with booze and champagne in Belltown.
(Belltown, no cover)


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MUSIC

Candi Pop New Year's Eve
If Lisa Frank were spending New Year's Eve in Seattle, she would probably be drawn to this glittery, rainbowy, unicorn-y dance party. 
(Capitol Hill, $12)

Celebrate NYE at Cafe Pettirosso with DJ Paco
Throwback master DJ Paco (Still Ill, Twerk) will lay down your favorite hip-hop tracks from the '90s, 2000s, and 2010s. 
(Capitol Hill, $10)

Central Saloon's NYE Extravaganza
Eric Blu's sound is a return to classic soul with an emphasis on heavy bass lines, a turn at clever storytelling, and a full set of horns, flutes, strings, and percussion to back up his work. The 11-piece group will be joined by Mister Blank on New Year's Eve. 
(Pioneer Square, free)

Contour New Year's Eve 2020
Glam yourself up in glitter and gold and dance the decade away to hip-hop, Top 40, and EDM mashups with DJs Sensai Sloth, Fred Eddison, and the1nblak. You can also look forward to a light show, a free champagne toast, and drink specials. 
(Pioneer Square, $20)

A Country Dancin’ New Years with Gus Clark
Gus Clark & the Least Of His Problems (aka his band members) will break your heart with sultry ballads on the last night of 2019. 
(Ballard, $10)

Dino’s 2nd Annual World Famous NYE Dance Party!
Cult-favorite pizza joint Dino's will welcome DJ duo Amateur Hour to their decks for a disco vibey New Year's Eve. 
(Capitol Hill, free)

ECSC/Dug/Wig Out New Year's Eve Dance Party!
Local DJs will disperse into two rooms to spin boogie, soul, funk, '60s R&B, and other feel-good vinyl offered up by Emerald City Soul Club, Dug, and Wig Out collectors. 
(Belltown, free)

Future System 20/20 Vision NYE 2019
Let the Sneaky Tiki take you into the next decade with two dance floors and three bars of rap, trap, and techno thanks to DJs MK Pham, BassKids, Mr. Bizel, and Anti-Hero.
(Georgetown, $8-$15)

HPIC NYE Celebration w/ Ari Joshua & Friends
Bring your noisemakers to a Not So Silent Night Parade, then head back inside for live sets from the Sage Comet, local bluegrass band Ari Joshua & Friends, and local DJs.
(West Seattle, free)

HOT STUFF 2020 - Trickbag Record Party
Blast off into 2020 with a special disco party courtesy of the Trickbag Record crew.
(Downtown, free)

Into the Darkness (A Retro Darksynth New Year's Bash)
If you prefer your celebrations to be soundtracked with dark synths and spooky reverb, look no further than this show with Tokyo Rose, Protector 101, Dead Royalty, FaceXHugger, and DJ PSYK.
(Capitol Hill, $15/$20)

Irish New Year
Do a jig and raise a glass of whiskey or Guinness at this New Year's Eve celebration with local Irish party band the Dread Pirates.
(Wallingford, free)

2020 Karaoke at Talarico’s NYE
DJ Mere will host karaoke and lead a countdown to midnight.
(West Seattle, free)

Last Night of the Year Party
DJ Brownstone will spin soul, funk, and disco to usher you into the new year on the grooviest foot.
(Georgetown, no cover)

Lava Lava Hip Hop New Year's
Let DJ Cucuy bring you into 2020 with an all-night set of hip-hop jams.
(Belltown, free)

New Year's Eve at Cafe Racer
Vibey local rockers the Whags, kilcid band, and Shed will set a sunny tone for the new year at this bash that includes free champagne and hors d'oeuvres.
(University District, $15)

New Year's Eve Bash: The Commodores
One of the most renowned Motown and R&B/funk artists of all time delivers a free concert to ring in 2020. The band is a brand unto itself, going strong for over 50 years, with seven No. 1 songs, and over 70 million albums sold.
(Tacoma, free)

New Year's Eve at the Cuff Complex
Boomer Banks, the Wild Men of the West Productions, and DJs Dana Dub and Mohammed will take over the leather-positive four-bar club. Drink specials with Maker's Mark, Hornitos, and Tito's will keep you sauced enough to bust out your best moves. 
(Capitol Hill, $20)

New Year's Eve Party with BDS and Mambo Pica Pica Collaboration
Seattle's most fun basement, the Belltown Yacht Club, will be graced by DJs Czar, Sharisse, and Djyambu, who will be spinning salsa, bachata, kizomba, mambo, reggaeton, and hip-hop into the wee hours. What's more, every guest will receive party favors and snacks.
(Belltown, $20)

New Year's Eve Party with SSDD, SPESH, Sundae Crush, DJ Funfetti
Steal Shit Do Drugs will incite joyous riots with their battle anthems, Spesh will rip into "beguiling, buoyant songs that chime with a muted optimism" (per Dave Segal), Sundae Crush will be their sweet dream-pop selves, and DJ Funfetti (of Tacocat) will keep you dancing in between sets at this exuberant New Year's Eve show. The arcade room will be up and running. 
(Belltown, free)

New Year's Eve! Purple Strange, MKB Ultra, Down with People
Local guys Purple Strange will supply you with a healthy dose of guitar solos after sets from groove-rockers MKB Ultra, Down with People, and Oceans Faded. 
(Shoreline, $10)

New Year's Eve with Vertigo Zoo and Jealous Dogs
Celebrate the end of 2019 with rock tributes to U2 and the Pretenders.
(Greenwood, $7)

New Year's Eve — Toe Tag, Detonator, The Dee Dees
Replace your champagne toast with a shot of moonshine and thrash around to punk-rock from Toe Tag, Detonator, and the Dee Dees. 
(Georgetown, $15)

New Year's Party with Lushy
If you want to usher in 2020 with a swanky swagger and classy clinks of cocktail glasses, head to the Musicquarium, where Seattle mainstays Lushy will commandeer the stage with aplomb. Fronted by the delightfully versatile vocalist/percussionist Annabella Kirby, Lushy possess a chameleonic charm, bringing sophisticated grooviness to rock, pop, bossa nova, exotica, and new wave with an array of originals and covers that can fill a dance floor. I recently caught Lushy at Vito’s and they inspired a gaggle of middle-aged folks to bust vigorous moves. It was cute—and kind of shocking. DAVE SEGAL
(Downtown, free)

NYE + U
Best buds and DJs Troy Nelson, Atticus, Mike Steve, and Mikeymoomoo will team up for a "no cover, no frills, just friendship" NYE party.
(Capitol Hill, free)

NYE at GLC
Crusty punks Generation Decline will sing about "injustices that we face as a human race" to remind us of the challenges to come in 2020. They'll be joined at the Georgetown Liquor Company by Seattle grindcore outfit Pariah. 
(Georgetown, free)

NYE BASH! with Mangy, Kids on Fire, Thrash Armstrong, BUGS!
End the year on an uproarious punk-rock note with local bands Mangy, Kids on Fire, Thrash Armstrong, and BUGS.
(University District, $7)

NYE PJ Party!
Dress up in your coziest for this pajama party with prizes for best outfits and karaoke all night.
(Phinney, free)

NYE SNAP! '90s Dance Party
Bid adieu to a gruesome year and ring in a better one with a New Year's Eve edition of the SNAP! '90s Dance Party. Trashy Trash DJs Ben Meadow, Mad Max, Colin Jones, Introcut, A.Madman, and others will spin a lot of Mariah Carey. 
(Eastlake, $20)

NYE with Aaron Crawford
Country-Americana artist Aaron Crawford and his full band will shake up this honky-tonk joint on the last night of the year. 
(Green Lake, $10)

NYE with Mctuff, Cole Schuster, and Ehssan Karimi
Groove around til midnight and past that with live sets by McTuff with Cole Schuster and Ehssan Karimi.
(First Hill, free)

The Official Neumos & Barboza NYE Dance Party
Bop to house and disco from the '80s to the present (that's three whole decades now, for those keeping score at home) with Double Sunrise Club DJs. 
(Capitol Hill, $10-$180)

Outlander NYE Celebration
Shake it up to the sounds of Casting Shadows before the ball drops.
(Fremont, no cover)

Owl N' Thistle New Year's Jazz Jam
Owl N' Thistle's resident band will be joined by Paul Gabrialson, John Bishop, Ron Parillo, and others for an all-night jazz jam. There will be a free champagne toast at midnight.
(Downtown, no cover)

Prohibition New Year's Eve Party
The Fremont bar the Barrel Thief throws a prohibition-themed party each year, with themed cocktails, champagne flights and specials, period swing music, and a midnight toast.
(Fremont, $10+)

Puget Sound Concert Opera Presents New Year's Eve, Italian Style
Puget Sound Opera will ring in the new year with Italian scenes and arias by Handel, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Bellini, and Ponchielli. 
(Greenwood, $18/$20)

ReUnion with VJ Trent Von
Video DJ Trent Von will cue up the best '80s, '90s, and 2000s music videos before the '20s hit. Absolut Vodka drink specials will abound, as will free champagne at midnight. 
(Capitol Hill, free)

Roaring '20s New Year's Eve Karaoke Party with L80 and Jackie Hell
The self-proclaimed "oldest gay dive bar" in the Pacific Northwest will throw a laid-back night of karaoke, champagne toasts, and performances by L80 (a local retro pop band whose name is pronounced "lady" and who describe themselves as "glitter, theatre, cinema, and an explosion of ear worms"), plus local drag legend Jackie Hell.
(Capitol Hill, no cover)

A Seattle Funk New Year’s Eve with Cecil Moses & the SGs
Get funky for the new year with live sets by Cecil Moses & the SGs and Jessica Lurie.
(West Seattle, $10)

New Year's Eve at the Wilde Rover with High Voltage
Western Washington-based cover band High Voltage will rock you into the new year with renditions of '80s and '90s jams.
(Kirkland, $10)

PARTIES

Cc Attie's New Year's Eve Party
Enjoy a montage of the decade on the bar's many screens and raise a glass to the new year.
(Capitol Hill, free)

Dance of the Decade: NYE at Queer/Bar
Live DJs, sexy go-go dancers, and local drag queens Miss Texas 1988, Aria Kane, Siren, Karmen Korbel, and Kaleena Markos will greet you (along with a complimentary glass of welcome champagne) at this end-of-the-year dance blowout.
(Capitol Hill, $20)

Downtown Renton New Year's Eve Celebration
Chrome Molly and the Kennydales will put on a free, all-ages show on New Year's Eve. Adults can booze and underage folks can cruise (straight to the soft-drink station). 
(Renton, free)

Gold and Black New Year's Eve
The speakeasy-ish bar the Alley, specializing in Prohibition-era craft cocktails, is the perfect spot to welcome the '20s. Patrick Rifflin will perform live music.
(West Seattle, free)

Hey Babe! New Year's Eve Pajama Party
Save yourself from waking up on January 1 in your fancy clothes by partying in your coziest PJs with DJs Lelah and Vinnie. There will be a pajama contest, free bubbly, and a photo booth. 
(Beacon Hill, $12/$15)

Hula Hula New Year's Eve
Split a gigantic punch bowl with your friends and belt out your favorite Shania Twain hits at karaoke at the perpetually packed tiki bar's kitschy New Year's celebration.
(Capitol Hill, free)

Irish Masquerade New Year's Eve Party
The luck of the Irish will pervade this masquerade party and hopefully leak into the new year. We wrote that ourselves, but we're not really sure what it means. We do know that the first 100 people in the door will get free masks and party favors and that there will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. 
(Downtown, $10/$15)

Larry's New Year's Eve Party
Nothing says "sophisticated grown-up party" like a room full of people in black and white cocktail attire. Get in on the fun, which will include drink specials, a live DJ and a lively countdown. 
(Pioneer Square, free)

New Year's Eve BASH
DJ Pretty Please, drink specials, and a free midnight champagne toast await your arrival. 
(Capitol Hill, no cover)

2020 New Year's Eve at Grim's
Knock back $3 wells, $10 cocktail specials, strawberry champagne, and Ciroc lemon drop martinis and party the year away. 
(Capitol Hill, $20)

New Year's Eve Masquerade Party
DJ Itstr3nt will provide a "feel-good" set and the bar will provide a free champagne toast for guests with bedazzled masks.
(Columbia City, free)

New Year's Eve At McMenamins
McMenamins' New Year's Eve celebration features live music from the Sin City Band and McDougall.
(Bothell, $20)

NYE at AM21
Get down with DJs Henski and Indica Jones and scoop up free New Year's Eve swag before turning your gaze toward the Space Needle's fireworks show (visible from the second floor). Plus, there will be free-to-play pool, bocce ball, ping pong, skee ball, and more.
(South Lake Union, free)

NYE at Corvus and Co.
Head here for tunes from DJ Fishlure, drink specials, a free champagne toast, and a possible virgin sacrifice.
(Capitol Hill, no cover)

NYE Gatsby Dance Party
Break out your sparkliest '20s garb for a festive shindig with all the trappings of the Prohibition era, minus the collective anxiety around illegal booze. 
(Capitol Hill, free)

NYE 2020: Party Of The Decade
This party promises "the year's hottest songs" and live body-paint models.
(Capitol Hill, no cover)

NYE 2020 Slumber Party & Pillow Fight
Ring in the new year Coyote Ugly style with a sexy pillow-fight party. 
(Pioneer Square, free)

NYE at Neighbours
Wear your glitter and gold and join Atasha Manila and DJ Ben Traxx for an all-night Top 40 dance party complete with a taco bar.
(Capitol Hill, $20)

Party Like Gatsby in 2020!
Ring in the new decade in West Seattle in the style of the oldest of sports, Jay Gatsby.
(West Seattle, free)

A Prohibitchin' Evening: Solo NYE
This cheap and cheerful '20s party will include themed food and drink specials, jazzy DJ tunes, and a midnight champagne toast.
(Queen Anne, free)

Roaring '20s New Year's Eve Party
Channel the sartorial zeitgeist of 100 years ago at this Prohibition-era costume party. 
(Fremont, free)

Sylvia and Tess's Roaring '20s NYE
Set your hair in Marcel waves and draw on an exaggerated Cupid's bow for this formal-dress, '20s-themed bash hosted by drag queens Sylvia O'Stayformore and Tess Turbo, with drink specials, party favors, and a group costume photo shoot.
(Georgetown, free)

Targy's New Year's Eve Party
The no-frills bar will bring a live DJ, drink specials, and a 2020 countdown into the mix. 
(Queen Anne, free)

A Very Normal New Year's Eve
If all the glitz and drama of other New Year's Eve events is giving you anxiety, consider this intentionally laidback event, which has no cover, no dress code, and invites you to "do what makes you happy."
(Everett, no cover)

SPECTACLES

New Year's Eve Fireworks at the Space Needle
Watch from wherever you can score the best view, whether that's a party like Art Marble 21's or your friend's roof.
(Seattle Center, free)