Are you ready to ROC New Year's Eve 2019 and ring in 2020?  There are plenty of fun things to do in Rochester, NY and the Finger Lakes from a night on the town to family-friendly fun for all. Check out this list of just some of the special events happening to celebrate the start of a new year in the Flower City.

UPDATE: Due to popularity coupled with limited capacity and/or number of tickets, many of these special events are close to selling out. We advise that you check availability and make reservations or purchase your event tickets sooner rather than later.

Family-Friendly Celebrations

Noon Year's Eve

This is a countdown to 2020 for all ages! Join the Seneca Park Zoo for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration that keeps bedtime in mind. We’re going to ring in the New Year a little early – at noon!

City Of Rochester's New Year's Eve Celebration

Join the City of Rochester for its annual Family New Year's Party at the Convention Center. Enjoy FREE family fun and games including a dance party, bounce houses, an obstacle course, airbrush tattoos, photo booths, caricature artists, magician, clown and more at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

First Night

First Night Rochester Presented By Mix 100.5, the area's largest family-friendly New Year’s Eve Party returns to Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex. This year's event features many new activities, all designed for families to enjoy the New Year’s Eve in a memorable, safe environment.

Rochester Razorshark 2020 Season Opener

The Rochester Razorshark basketball team will take on the Chautauqua Hurricanes during the team's season opener.

Clink, Clink, Cheers (21+)

Roc Holiday Village

Ring in the new year at Roc Holiday Village during its first-ever New Year's Eve Celebration! The three large indoor tent structures – The Lodge, The Rec Room (Santa’s Workshop through Christmas), and the Gingerbread House – will each be set up with a bar serving beer, wine, and bubbles. Dance and rock out to a silent disco in the Gingerbread House and enjoy food from the night's pop-up restaurant--Native Eatery & Bar and food trucks on Court Street.

Three Bars, One Party: Branca Midtown, Bitter Honey, The Revelry

One ticket gets you an open bar at Branca Midtown, Bitter Honey, and The Revelry, a complimentary limo bus to transport you between all three venues, champagne toast at midnight, DJs, and snacks.

Oceans '20: A New Year's Eve Celebration

Place your bets--on the most glamorous New Year’s Eve celebration in Rochester, NY. Dress to impress (black tie optional, but encouraged) and mingle with the high rollers at a casino-themed evening at the historic Century Club of Rochester, a mansion directly located across from The Strathallan Hotel.

VIP Access To The Swan Family Restaurants

Enjoy VIP access to Ox & Stone, Daily Refresher, Swan Dive, Vern's, Dorado, and Roux. Skip lines, receive exclusive $5 drink menus, and a free champagne toast where ever you end up at midnight.


Join the Out Alliance for its 2nd Annual Big Queer NYE Ball. 

The Penthouse Presents: New Year's Eve With The Razorsharks

Stop by the Penthouse at One East Avenue after the Razorsharks game and ring in the year with the team! Meet the team, enjoy specialty cocktails and food, music, swag, surprises, and a great view of the city.

Pairing Dinner With Great Western Champagne

New York Kitchen is partnering with Great Western Champagne to celebrate the New Year for a locally sourced, five-course meal paired with Great Western Champagnes.

For The Foodies

Party Like Gatsby NYE 2019

Get on your Gatsby best and party like Gatsby at The Cub Room with a six-course tasting dinner, glass of champagne for midnight, dancing, photo booth, watch the ball drop, and party favors at every table.

The Owl House Prix Fixe Dinner

Ring in the New Year at The Owl House with delicious food and fantastic wine! Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available for each course.

Wine Pairing With Living Roots Wine At The Red Fern

Graze and sip at a five-course tasting with Living Roots Wine & Co. at The Red Fern, featuring vegan hors d'oeuvres / small plates and sample-sized vegan wine pours [3oz with each course] + community-style seating.


For the very first time, Nosh will host an All-Inclusive NYE celebration to ring in 2020! Featuring custom ice sculptures, champagne toasting, signature open bar & culinary offerings from master chef Joe Zolnierowski!

Alt. New Years

The Capitol Steps

The Capitol Steps return to the Nazareth College Arts Center for a New Year’s Eve tradition of politically based satire ripped from current headlines! Get your tickets for one of two showings.

John DiCrosta At Comedy @ The Carlson

This New Year's Eve, the Comedy @ The Carlson will welcome back John DiCrosta for 2 big shows! Dozens of voices, offbeat impressions, topical humor, sight gags, a few props, and sometimes even ventriloquism are among the tricks this comedian has up his sleeve.

Rebecca (1940)

Enjoy a Nitrate Picture Show Festival Favorite and New Year’s Eve dinner at the George Eastman Museum. In anticipation of the 6th edition of the festival in June 2020, come see this vintage print, made on the flammable stock that was manufactured just until 1951. As the only nitrate-equipped projection booth in the United States outside of California, the Dryden Theatre provides a rare opportunity to see original pieces of artwork from the history of cinema.

Headlamp Climbing Party

A celebration like no other!  Headlamp climbing at RocVentures is fast becoming one of our favorite ways to party.  Never climbed before?  No problem!  Drop-in before the event to take a belay class and get geared up for a one of a kind New Year's Eve experience.  Belay classes end at 5:30 pm and then it's lights out from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  All ages welcome!

Wherever your holiday travels take you, Visit Rochester wishes you a Happy New Year, and we look forward to you visiting in 2020!