New Year’s Eve Happenings in Pittsburgh

By December 26, 2018 One Comment

Amanda Reed
Pittsburgh Current Staff Writer

Highmark First Night, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, features comedy, kids events, magic, live music and — of course — fireworks, making it perfect for the entire family. A $10 button gets you access to all First Night events, but a $40 VIP button gives you priority seating, parking, a private lounge and more. 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Cultural District, Downtown.


Spend New Year’s Eve on the Gateway Clipper, featuring a full buffet, a complimentary Champagne toast and a DJ spinning hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Dancing the night away while stuffing your face AND seeing Pittsburgh at night? Sign us up. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (Board at 5 p.m.) $83. 350 West Station Square Drive, South Shore.  


Have kids? The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh offers Countdown to Noon, an early alternative to bringing in the new year at midnight. Listen to tunes by Lee Robinson and the Iska band — a local jazz band — while exploring the museum’s offerings, like an exhibit dedicated to Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Rube Goldberg and his chain-reaction contraptions. 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $16 ($14 for children and seniors over 60, free for children under 2). 10 Children’s Way, Allegheny Center. 412-322-5058 or   


For the early sleepers, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers an early countdown at 9 p.m. Featuring New Year’s Eve-themed crafts, family friendly games and activities, a pot-a-plant station to take a green friend home, you’re bound to have a good time regardless of age. 6 p.m.- 9p.m. Free with museum admission. One Schenley Park, Oakland. 412-622-6914 or


The Harmony Silvester Celebration focuses on the town’s German roots, celebrating the new year at 6 p.m. — midnight in Germany. In Germany, the celebration of New Year’s Eve is commonly called Silvester after Pope Sylvester, whose death on the last day of 335 was commemorated with a feast. This event features a Christmas tree throwing contest, a 5K race and Harmony Museum tours. 3:30 p.m. $12 for pork and sauerkraut buffet, $7-$25 for race registration. 538 Main St., Harmony.


Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Spirit in Lawrenceville for an evening filled with food, booze and good tunes. Diane Coffee, Lyndsey Smith, Starship Mantis and Benji perform, and DJs Steph Tsong, Ricky Moslen and Adam Shuck — who collectively make up Jellyfish — spin New Wave, Italo Disco and Post-Punk tunes. 8:30-2 a.m. $25. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. 412-586-4441 or


Creatives Drink hosts it New Year’s celebration, Toast ‘19, at Beacon- Creative Space in Lawrenceville. Your ticket gives you access to an open bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, appetizers and a breakfast. The event features music by local disc jockey DJ Bamboo and raffles like a free night stay at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $125. 435 Market St., Downtown.


Party like an animal at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium with Noon Year’s Eve with live entertainment, crafts and an early countdown to 2019 with a ball drop at noon. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 7370 Baker St., Highland Park. Free with general admission.  


Rivers Casino throws the “biggest party in Pittsburgh” tonight with its New Year’s Eve celebration, which features a buffet, dancing, gambling and hotel discounts for those coming from out of town. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $50 (includes drink voucher and $10 free slot play or match play) 777 Casino Dr., Chateau. 412-231-7777 or


Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Jersey Shore of Pittsburgh at Carson City Saloon, sponsored by Bulldog Advertising, which features an open bar, DJ entertainment and a Champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m.- 2 a.m. $90. 1401 East Carson St., Southside. 412-481-3202 or


Head to Howl at the Moon for “Pittsburgh’s best New Year’s Eve party,” with two price options: the Champagne Supernova gets you guaranteed reserved seating, a premium open bar, a gourmet dinner buffet and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. The cheaper Just Dance option gives you guaranteed entry, a premium bar and more. 7 p.m. $95-$150. 125 7th St., Downtown. 412-586-5692 or


On New Year’s Day, bring the kids to the Carnegie Science Center for MessFest, now in it’s 13th year. New Year’s Day is all about starting with a clean slate, so why not get a little dirty, with messy activities like finger painting, an egg drop and experimenting with Oobleck, a non-Newtonian fluid that neither a solid or liquid. You will get messy, so wear clothes you’d like to leave behind in 2018. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with admission. One Allegheny Ave., Chateau. 412-237-3400 or


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