10 Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Baltimore: Virtual Dance Parties; Take-out Get Down; Countdown at Noon

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Sorry, not this year.

We’re ready to say goodbye to 2020. Will 2021 be better? We don’t know, but it will be new and that’s something.

When it comes to marking the new year, however, it remains very 2020. Baltimore city canceled New Year’s Eve fireworks, and officials are telling residents not to attend big events. Still, the event organizers of Baltimore are providing some options to soundtrack your living room dance party, and provide the menu. Plus, the kids have plenty of options for the noontime new year. Ending the year a bit early? They’ve got the right idea. Check out local New Year’s Eve events below:

NYE Live with DJ Kopec: 11 p.m. virtual. Baltimore’s DJ Kopec has lit up living rooms all over the city with virtual quarantine dance parties. Get ready to ring in the new year with one last get-down at home for 2020.

The Take-Out Get Down: NYE 2020: 7:30 p.m.-on. Even though we’ll likely be at home, there’s still a chance to let Baltimore restaurants provide this year’s New Year’s Eve menu, and a party. A group of 10+ restaurants from Canton to Hampden are teaming to offer takeout orders that include a ticket to a citywide virtual dance party. Eat good food, party with others and support local businesses doing it.

New Year’s Eve with Hot Club of Baltimore: 8-12:30 p.m., Livestream. Lindy hopping your way to 2021 in a packed club isn’t in the cards this year. But a streaming concert organized by An Die Musik is here to provide the Django-inflected soundtrack to your party from home. Hear the Gypsy waltzes and Jazz Manouche of Hot Club of Baltimore. Then, check out the John Lamkin II “Favorites” Jazz Quintet. Special price for both shows: $20.

Midnight at 6: Fireworks + A Walk Through Symphony of Lights: 5-9 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Howard County’s long-running holiday tradition is offering one last time to see the lights in 2020. Families will have a chance to enter at 10-minute intervals. Then, fireworks to mark the new year at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Mystery Beer Release: 12-10 p.m. at Guinness Open Gate Brewery. New year, new beer. That’s the mantra at Guinness’ Brooklyn Park brewery as it counts down to 7 p.m., which is midnight in Ireland. However, the identity of this beer remains a mystery. It’ll be available for curbside pickup.

New Year’s Eve Cooking Class: 5-7:30 p.m., virtual. The Hampden culinary education destination is teaching a special menu for New Year’s Eve as part of its Zoom classes.

Noon Year’s Eve at the B&O: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the B&O Railroad Museum. This one’s for the kids, with festivities like socially distant games and hat-making, dancing and a ball drop.

Midnight Noon: 10 a.m. at Maryland Science Center/Facebook Live. Inner Harbor’s experimentation destination has a daytime, family-friendly lineup of activities, all leading up to a ball drop at noon. Design a sound shaker, check out a live performance by kids rock band Milkshake and build a confetti popper. Attendance is limited, and a Livestream is available.

Noontime New Year: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. The kids get some playtime, and parents don’t have to stay up late.

Noon Year’s Eve Party: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., virtual. Bubble magician Meadow Perry will be onhand for a virtual countdown to 2021, hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library.

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