Cleveland New Year's Eve Events: Where to go for NYE 2013 parties, shows, events in Northeast Ohio

CLEVELAND - From a downtown bash featuring Drew Carey to a 1960s soul dance craze show at one of the city's legendary show venues, Cleveland has a great variety of events for your New Year's Eve.


Ohio Homecoming's Cleveland Rocks New Year's Eve

6 p.m., Public Square, Cleveland

This free inaugural party will feature live music from dub-step trio Krewella, fireworks, live ice sculptures, live bands, in-crowd performers, food trucks, beer - oh, and Drew Carey is special guest.



Wesley Bright and the Hi-Lites at the Beachland Ballroom

9 p.m., Beachland Ballroom, $15 for champagne toast & hors d'oeurvres

This Akron soul group's giddy, sweaty, dance-crazy shows have been gathering steam for the last couple years in Cleveland, and - if you don't believe they're authentically Mad Men-era music junkies - just this month the band finally broke down and released a digital version of one of their original songs - the first that wasn't exclusively sold on vinyl. Grab a listen on their Facebook page  - but you have to see them live to truly appreciate their vibe.


Hard Rock Rocksino

9 p.m., tickets start at $45. 

The Romantics will play the Rocksino for the venue's first NYE in Cleveland.


Mahall's Enchantment Under the Sea Semi-Formal Dance

9 p.m., $3

A live DJ, prom-style photos and punch will make this a unique New Year's Eve party.


Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Noon Year's Eve

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., free with zoo admission

Ring in the New Year well ahead of bedtime with the little ones.


First Night Akron

$10; free for kids under 10

There are a variety of venues around downtown Akron. They have something for every member of the family, from music to dancing to magic to arts and crafts.

A new attraction this year, the Ohio Mobile Gaming Unit will be on hand. It will have multiple screens with multiple video game experiences that should keep any gamer happy.

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