Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville
Frequently Asked Questions
See below for the details on the 2017 celebration. Stay tuned for information happening in 2018! Plan your trip now.
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- Does it cost anything to see the concert or attend the event?
No! It's FREE!
- Who's performing?
Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Cheap Trick, Carly Pearce, Jonny P, Larkin Poe, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers played the 2017 event. Stay tuned to see who's playing in 2018. It's going to be so good!
- When does it start?
The event site opens at 4pm on December 31. Plan to visit partner exhibits and vendor booths throughout the day. Raising of the music note starts around 6:15pm.
- Where is it?
The whole party takes over Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in downtown Nashville.
- Will there be a big, sparkly ball that will drop at midnight?
No, we're Music City. A 15-foot-tall red music note will drop 145 feet at midnight - it's Nashville's signature Music Note Drop®!
- Will there be fireworks?
Of course. The midnight Music Note Drop® will trigger a fantastic fireworks show at midnight as we ring in the new year.
- How old do you have to be to attend?
All ages are welcome. You must be 21+ to purchase alcoholic beverages.
- So, there will be alcohol for purchase?
Yes, alcohol is available for purchase by guests 21+. IDs will be checked for all those wishing to purchase alcoholic beverages.
- Can I get an official Music City Midnight shirt?
Yes! You can purchase official event shirts, posters, magnets, koozies, and shot glasses on themusiccityshop.com
- Can I eat there?
Absolutely. You will not go hungry on New Year's Eve. Nashville food trucks will be set up around the event site, serving local Music City food. See who was there in 2017: visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve/nye_fooddrinksfun.
- Is it a family-friendly event?
Nashville is friendly to everyone. But please keep in mind the nature of the event: there will be tens of thousands of people celebrating at this event. Alcohol will be served. Music and fireworks can be loud. There will be a special Raising of the Note at the beginning of the night that families might enjoy.
- What should I wear?
Be comfortable and warm. It's winter!
- Can I access free WiFi?
But of course. We want you to post about all the fun you're having at #NashvilleNYE! You can jump on the free NashvilleNYE wireless network.
- Where should I park?
Downtown parking options can be found at parkitdowntown.com.
- If I don't want to drive, what's the best way to get downtown on New Year's Eve?
There are plenty of options for transportation. See it all.
- Will there be bathrooms?
Of course! There will be hundreds of bathrooms available. Stay tuned for a 2018 map.
- Is there a picture-perfect spot to grab a snapshot to remember the event?
Yes! We know you want to take photos on New Year's Eve so there will be multiple photo opps throughout the event.
- Can I bring a chair and a cooler?
No, for the safety, comfort, and convenience of everyone, neither chairs nor coolers are permitted. View visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve/nye_houserules for more information on what can and cannot come into the event site.
- Can I purchase special VIP seating?
For the first time ever, Gold Circle Party Tickets and Packages were sold. And sold out! Stay tuned for information on the 2018 event.
- Is the event ADA accessible?
There is an ADA riser near the Nashville Farmers' Market. Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis. For information on the closest available parking lots or garages, visit parkitdowntown.com.
- What if I lose something? Where can I find it?
On the night of the event, you can visit the Visitor Information Tent located at 6th Avenue North and Harrison Street (hours will be 4pm-11pm). Any lost items not claimed on December 31, 2017 will be taken to the Visitor Information Center located at Bridgestone Arena.
- Is there an official event hashtag?
YES! It's #NashvilleNYE. Use it in all of your posts and follow along for the fun.
- Where do I go for event updates, schedule changes, weather plans, and for answers on anything else I want to ask?
Follow @VisitMusicCity on Twitter. We'll be sharing all the goods throughout the day and night!
- Is there an App?
Absolutely! You can download Nashville's New Year's Eve App in the App Store or Google Play. Find more information at: visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve/nye-app.
- Why should I come?
Because it's the best way to spend the end of the year - and the beginning of next!
All times listed are Central Standard Time.