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New Year’s Eve Events & Parties in Rochester

Celebrate the New Year at these Rochester NYE parties

The year may be coming to an end, but the fun is only just beginning here in Rochester. One thing this city knows how to do is party, especially on New Year’s Eve. If you’re planning a trip to Rochester for the holidays, or even if you already live here, you may be wondering where to go on New Year’s Eve for a good time, and I think I can help with that.

friends partying at bar

Come December 31st, there’s going to be a party pretty much on every corner of the city and it’s almost impossible to stop by every single one in a night. That’s why it’s important to have a game plan and find the best New Year’s Eve parties in the city ahead of time, and I can help with that. 

I spent a lot of time recently scouring the city for things to do on New Year’s Eve in Rochester, and I certainly did not come back empty-handed. Down below, you’ll find a list I’ve put together containing all the most fun and exciting events and parties across the city. If you’re not sure where to start your night of debauchery on New Year’s Eve, then you need to keep on reading and you’ll know exactly where to go for the best NYE parties in Rochester.

Best Rochester NYE Events

  1. Rochester SkyBall NYE
  2. Avalon Roc’s Exclusive New Years
  3. New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball
  4. New Year’s Eve Bash
  5. New Year’s Eve at JJ’s Pub
  6. ​​Open G New Year’s Eve Party at Whiskey River!
  7. ROCovery New Years Eve Glow Party

Rochester SkyBall NYE

Rochester SkyBall NYE! A Spectacular All-Inclusive Celebration to Ring in the New Year!

For The First Time, SkyBall NYE Arrives at the SawMill Private Event Space in The Heart of University Avenue’s Entertainment District!

Featuring Live Entertainment, Outdoor Fireplaces, Assorted Hors d’oeuvres, Free Giveaways & (3) Hour Signature Open Bar!

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 12/1 at Noon, so set a reminder or buy tickets here!

The open bar includes vodka, gin, rum, and tequila cocktails, as well as wine, prosecco and champagne, White Claw seltzers, and Blue Light & Blue Light favors. Food stations include charcuterie, a grill station with chicken and beef skewers, hors d’oeuvres, chicken fingers and friends, and vegetarian options. 

There will be a live DJ from 10PM to midnight, and while the open bar ends at midnight, you can still buy drinks at a cash bar for another hour to celebrate the New Year.

SkyBall NYE 2022 will be held at the Sawmill Private Event Space located (1290 University Avenue) behind Revelry next to Blades. Access to the event will be thru the rear of the building.

Doors open 8:30PM for registration. ID check & ticket scanning upon entry. Wristbands will be used for open bar.


Avalon Roc’s Exclusive New Years

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Source: Eventbrite

Avalon Roc’s Exclusive New Years Celebration to Ring in the New Year will be epic!

Featuring Live viewing of NYC Ball drop, Photo booth includes a Free a memorable copy of your photos, Appetizers, 3 course meal(VIP only), Champagne Toasting, Dessert and coffee table & 2 hours Open Bar!

Avalon Roc’s Exclusive New Years Celebration will be held at the Avalon Event Space located at 470 State St with the entrance of the Venue being on the back side of building with well lit and ample parking. Be sure to have your salsa shoes ready to dance into the new year!

Get your tickets here before they sell out!


New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball

Join us for our most elegant party of the year at the Avon Inn! Girls grab your ballgowns, gentlemen grab your tuxedo’s and step back in time as you enter our Historic 1840 Building for a New Year’s Eve party that feels like an elegant dinner party. Limited tickets available to insure a quality experience for attendees.

Ticket price includes appetizers, dinner , open bar ( beer, house wine and house liquors), and dessert. Cheese and Crudite display with Spinach Artichoke Dip Rotating variety of hand passed hors d’oeuvres, Served Caesar Salad,Bruschetta Served Combo plateSteak Tagliatelle – seared Striploin of Beef, sliced with Portobello mushrooms and balsamic reduction,Venetian grilled Shrimp,Shallot Risotto,Baked tomato filled with asparagus, pancetta and fontina

Our theme this year is Venetian Masquerade Ball , with dancing, casino games provided by Upstate Vegas Events, champagne toast, at midnight and more!

Get your tickets here for this event in Avon just south of Rochester!


New Year’s Eve Bash

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Source: Eventbrite

New Year’s Eve with Johnny Rawls performing his legionary Blues opening with Griffith & Martino. Ticket price includes hor ‘dourves and cash bar. Discount room rates for attendees at the Quality Inn in Geneseo – just let them know you are attending the event when booking your room.

Get tickets here for a fun New Year’s Eve!


New Year’s Eve at JJ’s Pub

Spend the last night of 2021 with us and your friends at JJ’s Pub! This popular Rochester bar often features live music or karaoke, and it’s a well known spot for a good time in the Rochester area. 

DJ Cody will get karaoke started at 9 pm. More specials are TBA, so stay tuned!


Open G New Year’s Eve Party at Whiskey River!

Rock in the New Year with band Open G! They’ll be performing at Rochester’s Whiskey River Pub and Grill, playing rock, blues, and southern rock jams. 

Whiskey River Pub and Grill is known for its great food, ambiance, and live music, so it’s the perfect place to ring in the New Year. 


ROCovery New Years Eve Glow Party

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Source: AllEvents.In

If you’re sober this New Year’s, you can still have fun at the ROCovery New Years Eve Glow Party! 

Come dressed in white (or light colors) for our glow party extravaganza! We will have black lights, glow sticks, and all the fun glowy things!

Feel free to bring a dish to pass if you’d like. This will be a family friendly event with food, games, music, dancing, and other sober fun NYE shenanigans!
As with any ROCovery Fitness event, the only requirements for participation are 48 hours of continuous sobriety and filling out their membership form, available here: https://www.rocoveryfitness.org/membership.html.


NYE FAQs

Will parking be available?

Depending on the venue, yes. Some places even offer a valet service!

Is there a dress code?

Some restaurants and bars require pants or a jacket, but it’s best to check ahead with any establishment you plan to visit. 

Will there be hotel accommodations? 

Yes! Several hotels around the city will be hosting events for the holiday.

Will there be food at the NYE parties?

Depending on the venue, yes. Many restaurants and bars will be offering limited NYE menus. 

Do I need a ticket?

Many events will require a pre-purchased ticket, but some are free to the public. 

Are there Fireworks in Rochester?

Many cities will have fireworks to celebrate the New Year. Check your local area to see where and when the fireworks will be. 

Final Thoughts

As you can see, New Year’s Eve in a city like Rochester is on a whole other level. There are so many places to party and watch fireworks around the city that it’s almost impossible to have a bad time on NYE in Rochester, especially if you head to any of the venues I listed above. 

Just remember to stay safe and drink responsibly! Cheers to a New Year!

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Written by Erin B.

Erin lives in East Passyunk and enjoys checking out the local restaurants in South Philly and beyond. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.