Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville
Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to your questions and everyone else's right here!
- Does it cost anything to see the concert or attend the event?
No! It's FREE!
However, the Music City Gold Circle Party is a ticketed event. See more at: visitmusiccity.com/nyepackages.
- Who's performing?
Keith Urban, Peter Frampton, Brett Young, Judah & the Lion, Caitlyn Smith, Devon Gilfillian, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers will play the 2018 event. 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 merchandise?
Yes! You will be able to pick up merchandise from the event on site. Stay tuned for details and plan to stop by for a souvenir before you go!
- 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.
- 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?
Yes – The Music City Gold Circle Party will be held in the Farmers Market Pavilion and is a ticketed event. See more at: visitmusiccity.com/nyepackages.
- 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. You can visit any the Visitor Information Center located at Bridgestone Arena for any items not claimed on December 31.
- 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!
- Can I watch it on TV?
#NashvilleNYE will be featured in the “NBC’s New Year’s Eve” national broadcast live from Times Square in New York City with 2018 CMA Entertainer of the Year and GRAMMY-winner Keith Urban hosting and performing live. Read More.
- 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.