10 Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Iowa

No matter where you are on New Year’s Eve, it’s kind of a big deal. In Iowa at least, it’s cause for some of the biggest parties and coolest events of the year. Whether you prefer to celebrate with a night out at the symphony, want to sip on your favorite drinks, or are in need of fun family activities to keep the kids busy on their day off, we’ve got you covered with the following 10 best New Year’s Eve events in Iowa.  

Star 102.5 Downtown Countdown, Des Moines, IA

Ring in the new year with radio stars Jimmy Wright and Karess Carter from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. at “Iowa’s BIGGEST New Year’s Eve Party at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Des Moines,” as described on their website. Keep in mind that tickets aren’t sold in the traditional sense. One can win a ticket from listening to the 102.5 on the radio or by buying a room package at the hotel. The package includes an upscale dinner, live music, free drinks, party favors, and champagne.

New Year's Eve Party and Fireworks at Big Grove, Iowa City, IA

Big Grove Brewery throws one of the biggest New Year’s celebrations anywhere in Iowa City. This epic event includes fireworks, free Boomtown Premium beer, a DJ, live music, photo backdrops, late night dessert bar, and more. Pick up tickets online.

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New Year’s Eve 2019 at The District Venue, Ankeny, IA

The District in Ankeny, Iowa is throwing a free to the public New Year’s Eve concert featuring Burnin’ Sensations and more. The festivities start at 8 p.m. for 21year-olds and up. Compete for over $5,000 given away in door prizes and enjoy free champagne at midnight.

Family Museum Noon Year’s Eve, Bettendorf, IA

At the Family Museum Noon Year’s Eve party in Bettendorf, Iowa, families can come together to celebrate the New Year during the daylight hours. Kids will love the art activities, live music, party hats, confetti, and countdown to noon. Parents are invited to participate, too. 

New Years 2020 - Moulin Rouge at Renwick Mansion, Davenport, IA

The New Year’s 2019 Masquerade Ball hosted by the Davenport Mansion promises to be an event to remember. Don your mask, dress up in your holiday best, and head to the ball to meet dark and mysterious strangers. Enjoy heavy appetizers, draft beer, cocktails, dancing and more. 

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New Year’s Eve Pops: Cirque at the Symphony, Des Moines, IA

The Des Moines Symphony is throwing a special New Year’s Eve concert featuring music from Broadway classics like “West Side Story” and “Wicked.” This year’s guests include the Tony-nominated Callaway Sisters. Tickets are on sale now. 

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New Years Eve With Tim Lovelace at The Browns Century Music Theater, Le Mars, IA

The historic Browns Century Theatre in Le Mars, Iowa is hosting comedian/ventriloquist Taylor Mason for New Yea’s, with showtimes at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Additionally, there will be music, a dinner buffet, gift bag, hor d’oeuvres, and party favors. We recommend going to the 9 p.m. show for the full experience.

New Year's Eve Celebration at London Underground, Ames, IA

Enjoy an elegant evening complete with a delectable dinner at the Raspberry Hill Bed and Breakfast in Ames, Iowa this New Year’s. Dinner is catered by local restaurant The Cornucopia and includes steak, pork chops, and more. Dancing and games to follow.

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New Year's Eve Party and Dance at Pavilion NCC, Waterloo, IA

Radio station 105.7 KOKZ is proud to present Arch Allies, one of America’s premier tribute shows, during their New Year’s Eve Party. Floor tickets and VIP packages are available. The VIP package comes with special restroom access, drink tickets, appetizers, a glass of champagne, party favor, and more. Ring in the New Year with classic tunes from Bon Jovi, Boston, Reo, Styx, and Journey. 

Irish New Year’s Celebration, Dubuque, IA

Celebrate your Irish roots or celebrate like you’re Irish by clocking out of work early and heading over to The Life Bar in Dubuque, Iowa for their Irish New Year’s party starting at 6 p.m. Midnight strikes in Ireland at 6 p.m. and so that’s when the festivities begin. Party with upbeat Irish and rock and roll music for the next six hours until midnight strikes and 2019 comes to Iowa. 

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