Side Splitters Comedy Club will start the celebrations early (if that's your thing) at 7:30 p.m., with a mock countdown, party favors, and a champagne toast for $15 per person. Later, at 10:30, there will be an open bar, balloon drop at midnight after the countdown, party favors, a champagne toast, music and dancing, and a continental breakfast buffet. More info here.
EDM fans! Head over to the Old City, where one wristband will get you into all of the Old City's EDM dance clubs all night (that includes NV Nightclub, the Bowery, Southbound, Hanna's, Carleo's, and 90 Proof). The night kicks off at 8 p.m., and wristbands are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. 18+ only. More info here.
Also at 8, DieselBoy and DJ Alfred will help ring in the new year at Blackstock Auditorium. Tickets are $10. Buy them here.
Knoxville's own Dirty Guv'nahs will play their New Year's Eve show for the fourth time in town, and the second time at the Tennessee Theatre. They've been working on some new tunes for a follow-up to their 2012 album Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies, but expect to hear the band's very best classic Southern rock jams at the show. Jonathan Sexton and Cereus Bright will also perform. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $32. Buy them here.
Mulligan's Restaurant and Pizzeria will have their own New Year's Eve Party starting at 8 p.m. Freequency, and Dream on Alice will play some tunes.
Head over to the Well at 9 p.m. to see local indie rockers the Crumbsnatchers, Vagabond Philosphy, and Appalachian Fury. Cover's $5. 21+ only.
Spicy's will feature the Jay Eric Band at 9 p.m., who will play some Motown, classic soul, and contemporary hits. It's free to attend!
Looking for something a little more laid back? Try the Bistro at the Bijou, where violinist Bethany Hankins will play some jazz standards and other favorites with her backing band. They go on at 9 p.m. It's free to attend!
Asheville-based fiddler Jamie Laval will celebrate the new year at Boyd's Jig and Reel at 9 p.m. for a Celtic New Year's Eve show. It's free to attend!
Gatlinburg's Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies will have a New Year's Eve party starting at 9 p.m. Expect plenty of food, dessert, music by the Andy Childs Band, a midnight champagne toast, and views of the Gatlinburg ball drop. The event starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $79.99-$149.99.
The Black Cadillacs, another Knoxville band with a new album in the works, will christen the new "Appalachian Viking"-themed Scruff City Hall (a project from Pres Pub owners Scott and Bernadette West) at 32 Market Square with their own New Year's Eve shindig. They'll be joined by Johnny Astro and the Big Bang and Ponderosa. The show starts at 10 p.m. 21+ only
Meanwhile, at the Preservation Pub, catch quirky locals King SUper and the Excellents and the Jojax. That show also starts at 10 p.m. 21+ only.
Paul's Oasis will feature Jacked Up starting at 10 p.m. Cover's $5.
Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria will feature 10-piece party band Shiffty and the Headmasters starting at 10 p.m. Expect plenty of '70's and '80's covers.
The big party downtown will be on Market Square, where families can go enjoy the festivities starting at 1 p.m., including festival foods, face painting, and skating at the ice rink. At 11 p.m., music will be piped in, and large screens will display photos of 2013's highlights. The countdown to the new year starts at 11:59, and will culminate in a ball drop, fireworks, and singing of "Auld Lang Syne." More info at the city's website.
At 11 p.m., the 26th annual Gatlinburg New Year's Eve Spectacular kicks off, and will feature celebrity host Rachel Grant (Die Another Day), strongman Chad Netherland, and mentalist Bill Gladwell. Plus a midnight ball drop. More info here.