The conclusion of each year and the beginning of a new one is always an exhilarating time. We reflect on how our time was spent while getting excited and setting goals for what’s to come. Because of all the excitement that surrounds this time of year, I usually like to spend my New Year’s surrounded by friends and listening to some of my favorite artists. Deciding where to do that, though, is always a tricky decision, and it didn’t get much easier this year. There are so many incredible New Year’s Eve festivals that take place across the country that picking just one can seem impossible (which is why I’ll probably be doing two, oops).
So if you’re feeling a little lost or uncertain on how to spend your New Year’s Eve, I’ve got you covered. Below I listed ten of the biggest New Year’s events in EDM to try and help you narrow down your decision!
1. COUNTDOWN NYE
It wouldn’t be a New Year’s Eve in America without Countdown NYE. This is Insomniac’s New Year’s event that takes place every year at the NOS Events Center in San Bernadino, California. Last year, Countdown was only one night: December 31st. However, there was tons of fun squished into this one unforgettable night! Take a look at this year's lineup:
2. LIGHTS ALL NIGHT
Lights All Night is a classic Texas festival that takes place at Dallas Market Hall. What makes this festival stand out from most of the New Year’s festivals is that it doesn’t actually take place on New Year’s Eve, but the weekend before. This year's lineup includes major acts such as Bassnectar, Virtual Self, Skrillex, and more.
3. DECADENCE NYE - Colorado & Arizona
This is one of the biggest and most spread out events for the holiday season is Decadence, as it takes place in two locations: Arizona and Colorado (unfortunately, this year Decadence will not include Utah). This year the Arizona edition will be held at Rawhide Event Center on December 30th and 31st and will include huge headliners such as Diplo, Illenium and more. Watch the official 2019 trailer here:
The Colorado segment is held at the Colorado Convention Center right in the heart of downtown Denver. This year's lineup will seriously blow your mind:
4. OMFG! NYE
This is an amazing 3-day festival held in San Diego every year, and last year's lineup was one of the best yet. This event is held annually at the Valley View Casino Center is sure to be one of the biggest parties on the West Coast. Check out this year's lineup:
4. SNOWTA FEST
Snowta bringing the party back to Minneapolis on December 30th and 31st. This year, the festival will take place at The Minneapolis Armory - an 8,400-person capacity music and events venue located in downtown Minneapolis. This festival has previously had some extremely unique options for extra fun in addition to the music as well: including laser tag, freestyle motocross, a snowboard rail jam, a skate park, an arcade, and bungee trampolines. Not a ton of information has been released yet for this year's event, so stay tuned!
Bassnectar’s infamous New Year’s Eve festival never disappoints. This year, the festival will take place at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. This is a beloved festival by all Bassnectar fans and we can't wait for its return this year!
6. RESOLUTION FESTIVAL
This festival is hosted by USC Events and takes place on New Year's Eve in Seattle every year. The festival will return to the WaMu Theater again this year, right in downtown Seattle.
Taking place in the wintery wonderland of South Lake Tahoe, California, SnowGlobe has made a name for itself as one of the most iconic festivals that takes place during the holiday season. This year’s lineup is absolutely huge and features artists such as Skrillex, Fisher, Griz, Louis the Child, and so many more. This festival is known for being chilly, so be sure to pack your faux fur jackets! Check out this year's lineup:
8. HIJINX FESTIVAL
If you’re an East Coast dweller and are starting to feel left out, never fear, Hijinx is here! Hijinx is held in Philadelphia on Friday, December 28th and 29th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. There are some huge artists this year, including Bassnectar and Odeza. Since this festival is held the weekend before NYE, you can attend this AND still hit up an NYE fest!
If you didn’t find what you were looking for in this list, don’t worry! There are lots of other electronic events happening around the country that didn’t make it onto this list. If you live near a decent-sized city, there is a good chance there is an event going on close to you! Choosing where to spend your last moments of 2019 (and first moments of 2020) can seem like a daunting task, but as long as you’re surrounded by good people and good music, your year is bound to be off to an amazing start!