New Year's Eve in Pittsburgh

Welcome the new decade in Pittsburgh! Whether you’re looking for a family-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration with the kids or a night of dining and dancing, come and ring in 2020 with us!

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh

Highmark First Night is Pittsburgh's iconic annual New Year's Eve party that spans the entire Cultural District neighborhood. Here you'll find over 100 events involving music, parades, comedy, kid-friendly activities, and much more. Admission is $10 and kids under five years old are free! 

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The evening culminates in the Countdown to Midnight and raising of the Future of Pittsburgh Ball and spectacular fireworks.

New Year's Eve Dining and Nightlife

Downtown is vibrant on New Year’s Eve with plenty of parties and celebrations. Here are just a few ideas.

  • Roaring 2020's New Year’s Eve at Il Tetto – enjoy the view of downtown at this rooftop beer garden. Sample retro style cocktails, live music, Hord’ oeuvres and a midnight champagne toast. Guests can come in 20’s attire that will take you back 100 years! 8pm – 2am
  • New Year’s Eve 2020 at Howl at the Moon - get a NYE Party Package, which includes an open bar, buffet and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. 9pm – 2am
  • Revel + Roost 2020 - ticket includes two hours of open bar and food from 10pm-12am. Two floors of live deejay music, party favors, giveaways and more. 10pm – 2am
  • Brew Year’s Eve - Federal Galley (North Shore) - one ticket is good for unlimited pours of the 20 craft beers on tap. Also, on tap is a photo booth, live music, a brunch buffet at 11:30pm and an exclusive Federal Galley glass. 9:30 pm – 1am
  • Kaya- (Strip District) – a tropical way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Enjoy the Caribbean vibe as you enjoy the last night of the decade. Special dishes have been added to the menu for the evening. Try the New Year’s Good Luck Gumbo. 4-11:30 pm
  • Rivers Casino – there is a full line-up of entertainment including party favors, dancing, flappers and entertainers and a midnight celebration. A late night breakfast is available at the Grandview Buffet from 12 – 2am.
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It’s #FeatureFriday! Coming at you from @howl.pittsburgh is Kim Maverick (@kimmaverick8 ). She hails from Ontario, Canada and has been playing at Howl for over 3.5 years now ✨ ⠀ Kim says that singing and dancing along to her mom’s Madonna records is what inspired her to become a musician. ⠀ Her favorite request? “Broken Glass” by Annie Lennox. And her least? Kim says, “‘Sweet Caroline.’ Save paper – I promise we’ll play it.” 🎶😂 ⠀ In addition to the instruments you see Kim rocking on a regular basis at Howl, she can also play the clarinet (shoutout to her middle school band) 🎤 ⠀ Kim says her favorite part about playing on the Howl stage is, “Playing drums, and anytime the crowd sings a chorus.” ⠀ Thanks, Kim! 🎉

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Beyond Downtown ⬇

Noon Year’s Eve at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Enjoy a night with all of your favorite animals at Noon Year's Eve at the Zoo. There’s live entertainment, fun crafts and an early ball drop at noon. New this year is complimentary face painters. All activities are included with general admission. 11 am – 1pm.

Phipps for Year's Eve

Be surrounded by the beautiful blooms at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens New Year’s Eve Family Celebration. All ages are invited for children’s activities, live music, a fun photo booth and a Pot-a-plant station where kids pot their own plants to take home. Experience the Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden while you’re there and be dazzled. The countdown to 2020 is at 1:45 p.m. Free with regular paid admission. 11am – 2pm.

Year's Eve Cruises

Begin your New Year’s Eve celebration on a grand riverboat on Pittsburgh’s famous three rivers with the Gateway Clipper Fleet. Set sail on a New Year’s Eve Dinner cruise and savor a meal, champagne toast and music. If you want to dance the night away, be on board for the New Year’s Eve Dance which includes hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast and deejay entertainment. Must be 21 for the dance cruise.

Harmony's Family-Oriented Silvester New Year's Eve Celebration

Get ready for a family-oriented way to bring in 2020 German-style at Harmony Museum. There are lots of festive activities including Christmas Tree Tossing, kids wreath toss (prizes given for best throws), music in the town square, a traditional German movie and a buffet dinner ($13). The day ends with a ball drop and fireworks at 6 pm. 3:30-6 pm.

Pittsburgh NYE Bar Crawl

Begin the new decade with a group of friends checking out all the fun parties at the Pittsburgh NYE Bar Crawl. It’s sure to be a fun time with stops at up to six bars in Pittsburgh's Southside. Buy a wristband for free entry to the bars, drink and food specials, drink tickets and more! 6pm – 2am.


The VisitPITTSBURGH team wishes to one and all a very happy new year. As we reflect upon all of the past year's wonderful happenings, we invite everyone to join us in looking back at some of our favorite highlights from the past year.

We hope that your 2020 will be filled with prosperity and peace.