9 Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Arkansas

The new year is on the horizon and it’s time to celebrate. Whether you like parties, outdoor events, bars or family-friendly celebrations, there are plenty of options for ringing in the New Year in Arkansas. The following are the state’s best.

New Year’s Eve at The Joint, Little Rock, AR

Enjoy a fun New Year’s Eve at the Joint. You’ll be treated to a show that includes comedy, music and more. Add to that a catered meal, champagne toast at midnight and rocking out for the evening to music by The Main Thing. Tickets are just $55 per person and may be purchased online or by calling the Joint at (501) 372-0205.

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New Year’s Eve Gala Package at the Arlington, Hot Springs, AR

The New Year’s Eve Gala Package at the Arlington includes a one or two-night stay, and that’s just the beginning. You’ll receive a welcome fruit basket when you arrive in your room, as well as a special Arlington memento. The package includes two tickets to dance the night away at the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Dance. You’ll also get breakfast each morning, with a special New Year’s Buffet Breakfast on January 1. Packages are for two people, aged 21 and up. Cost is $550 for a one-night stay and $720 for two nights. Contact the Arlington for reservations.

2019 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop & Fireworks, Fort Smith, AR

People of all ages will take to the streets in downtown Fort Smith beginning at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve for their 2019 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop & Fireworks. An anonymous donor and the First National Bank have made it possible for this event to go on. Enjoy music, various forms of live entertainment and more as you stroll through downtown Fort Smith and check out local businesses, bars and vendors. A VIP room at First National Bank will served food catered by 21 West End. The ball drop will take place at midnight to ring in the New Year, followed immediately by a fabulous firework show. Tickets are $50, and available online.

Zing in the New Year at the Amazeum, Bentonville, AR

It's time to zing in the new year! On December 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Scott Family Amazeum, round up the family for an afternoon of fun. Your children will enjoy interactive activities, pop-up surprises, and an end-of-the-day balloon launch. Admission is $9.50 for adults and children aged two and older. Members are free. 

New Year’s Eve Masquerade, Little Rock, AR

New Year’s Masquerade in Little Rock is an intriguing way to ring in 2019. So prepare your disguise and get ready for some fun. You need an access code to find your destination, and that comes on the ticket you purchase. For the $85 general admission fee, you’ll enjoy a private party with a DJ, skyline views of downtown Little Rock, food and wine, a photo booth, a champagne toast at midnight and more. All proceeds benefit City Year Little Rock, and tickets are available via EventBrite.com via the website above.

Swing in the New Year at 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, AR

Attend Swing in the New Year at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa. The event includes dancing to classic rock artists the Melodicats from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. For the dance party only, tickets are $35. For $125, your evening will include a four-course dinner with a reserved table. Contact the hotel for reservations.

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New 365 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

Spend New Year’s Eve at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for their New 365 celebration. The entire museum comes alive with the arts. You’ll enjoy live music, fire dancers, theatrical productions, a cash bar, food and more all throughout the museum. Cover band Got It Covered will play your favorite tunes, and balloons will drop at midnight with a complimentary champagne toast. All the lobbies and many of the exhibit rooms will feature live entertainment. Tickets are $75—$60 for members of the museum. This is a 21 and up event.

New Year’s 2019 With the Cate Brothers Upstairs at The Grotto, Eureka Springs, AR

Ring in 2019 Upstairs at The Grotto with the Cate Brothers. The show starts at 9 p.m. VIP tickets are $50 and include champagne and a cheese plate, as well as a guaranteed table. Contact Ryan for tickets at ryan@upstairseureka.com or at (870) 350-2029.

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Apocolypse NYE, Hot Springs, AR

“Party like it’s the end of the world” on New Year’s Eve at Apocolypse NYE, to be held at the Central Theater in Hot Springs. You’ll enjoy live DJs, a red carpet, a light show and more. A cash bar will be available and you’ll enjoy a free champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Visit the website to buy your tickets online.

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