There’s no shortage of fantastic New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Charlotte area. Unfortunately, there may be a shortage of funds in some of our bank accounts after the winter holidays. So here are some events that are either free or very cheap.

I’ve included activities for both kids and adults, and both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day events.  Make sure to follow the links to get the details.

Definitely scroll down to January 1st on this below list to learn where to get free soup, free bagels and free coffee on New Year’s Day! Start 2019 the cheap way!

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Noon Year's Eve for kids at Northlake Mall

10:30 am | FREE | Northlake Mall

Monday, December 31, 2018

Discovery Place Kids: New Year's at Noon

9:00 am to 12:00 pm | $10.00 | Discovery Place Kids

Young Ones New Year's Skating Bash

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | $6.00 | Kate’s Skating Rink (Hudson location in Gastonia)

Young Ones New Year's Skating Bash

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | $6.00 | Kate’s Skating Rink (Indian Trail)

New Year's Eve Celebration with Legion Brewing SouthPark

11:00 am | FREE | Legion Brewing SouthPark

Free New Year's Eve party at Lenny Boy Brewing

3:00 pm | FREE | Lenny Boy Brewing Co.

New Year's Eve at Catawba

3:00 pm | FREE | Catawba Brewing

3rd Annual CBC New Year's Eve Bash

4:00 pm | FREE | Cabarrus Brewing Company

Laid Back New Year's Eve

4:00 pm | FREE | Sycamore Brewing

New Year's Eve Party

4:00 pm | FREE | Pilot Brewing

Sparkle & Glow New Year's Eve at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $7.95-14.95 | Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

NoDa Company Store New Year's Eve Party

5:00 pm | FREE | NoDa Company Store

Thirsty Nomad Brewing New Year's Eve Party

6:00 pm | FREE | Thirsty Nomad

NYE at JackBeagle's with live music by Swim in the Wild

7:00 pm | FREE | JackBeagle’s

Free New Year's Eve Party with band The L.A. Maybe

7:00 pm | FREE | Sylvia Theater

NYE Party at Coyote Joe's: live music by Out of the Blue, $1,500 in cash and prizes, free champagne toast

7:00 pm | $12.00 | Coyote Joe’s

Free New Year's Eve party with live music from Paint Fumes, Sinners & Saints and Pullover

8:00 pm | FREE | Petra’s

Free: Abari New Year's Eve Coin Jam

8:00 pm | FREE | Abari Game Bar

CLT New Year's Eve

8:00 pm | FREE | Levine Avenue of the Arts

New Year's Lumberjack Jam

8:00 pm | FREE | Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company

New Year's Eve Gatsby Style

8:00 pm | FREE | Gaston Pour House

New Year's Eve party at Wild Wing Cafe

8:00 pm | $10.00 | Wild Wing Cafe, Trade Street

New Year's Eve Party with live music by Unknown Artist

9:00 pm | FREE | Lake Town Tavern

Free New Year's Eve party at Seaboard Brewing in Matthews

9:00 pm | FREE | Seaboard Taproom

New Year's Eve Soiree at Whiskey Warehouse

9:00 pm | FREE | Whiskey Warehouse

New Year's Eve Bash at Carolina Ale House (Charlotte)

10:00 pm | $15.00-20.00 | Carolina Ale House (Charlotte)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Two States, One Hike: A First Day Hike

9:00 am to 12:00 pm | FREE | Kings Mountain State Park, South Carolina

First Day Discovery Hike

9:00 am | FREE | Lake Norman State Park

First Day Hike

10:00 am to 11:00 am | FREE | Morrow Mountain State Park

Free coffee & bagels at Birdsong Brewing's New Year's Day Party

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Birdsong Brewing Co.

First Day Hike

11:00 am to 12:00 pm | FREE | Lake Norman State Park

New Years Day Free Soup Day

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Free Range Brewing

New Years Day First Footin' at Rural Hill

11:00 am | FREE | Historic Rural Hill

New Year's Day Boot Camp

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Catawba Brewing

New Year's Day Celebration: Free Mac & Cheese

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm | FREE | Legion Brewing

New Year's Day show: Year of the Punk: Forsaken Profit$, Some Kind of Nightmare, The Commonwealth, more

8:00 pm | FREE | Tommy’s Pub