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Northeast Ohio boasts dozens of festive New Year’s Eve events, from the family-friendly First Night in Akron to Cleveland Pops Orchestra concert, from restaurant parties to dinner cruises. Find out more about what’s going on in the city New Year’s Eve. Events will be added as they are announced.
Cleveland Pops Orchestra

– Severance Hall, Concert and Dance with sopranos Erin Mackey and Stephanie J. Block.; Concert at 9pm, dancing afterwards, call 216 231-1111 for reservations.

First Night Akron – Enjoy this family-friendly event in downtown Akron. In its 15th year, there will be fireworks, live entertainment, and over 70 artists; admission is $15, under 10 are free with accompanied by a button-wearing adult; the party starts at 5pm.

Jeff Dunham – Identity Crisis Tour – see the popular comedian and ventriloquist perform;Wolstein Center; 8pm; prices vary.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo – Celebrate the New Year with crafts, animals, live music, refreshments, and even a traditional “ball-drop”; 10am – 1pm, free with zoo admission.

New Year’s Eve at the Blonde – Budapest Blonde, 6901 Rockside Rd; Independence; 216 328-8780; buffet, three drinks, sparkling wine for $60pp

Fat Fish Blue Mardi Gras Masquerade Party – details to be announced; 216 875-6000

Greenhouse Tavern New Year’s Eve Dinner – Carnivore (meat-lovers) dinner $80; Herbivore (vegiterrean) dinner $65; wine pairing menu $50 plus tax and tip; 2038 East Fourth St., Cleveland; 216 443-0551

Nautica Queen New Year’s Eve Gala – lavish buffet and hors d’oeurvres, two levels of entertainment, free parking, and Champagne; 8pm – 1am; call 216 696-8888 for reservations.

Mapleside Farms and Restaurant New Year’s Eve Buffet – 294 Pearl Rd., Brunswick, 330 225-5576; Buffet includes prime rib, Champagne fountain, and shrimp cocktail

Brennan’s 27th annual New Year’s Eve Party – Brennan’s Party Center, 13000 Triskett Rd., 216 251-2131; live music by Frank and Dean and then some, a prime rib buffet, Champagne and a top shelf bar; 7pm – 1am; $80 per person

Paladar – New Year’s Eve Party, 28601 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere; 216 896-9020; 5pm – 2am; a la carte dinner with choice of entrees and Latin DJ.

Hard Rock Cafe – New Year’s Eve Rockin’ Bash; 9pm to 1am; $349 per couple includes party, appetizer buffet, open bar, hotel accommodations at the Renaissance Hotel, a shuttle to/from the hotel; brunch, and tax; party features music by “The Curve.”

John Q’s Steakhouse – Dinner specials, including “Surf-n-Turf”, hats and noisemakers, dinner served from 4pm to 11pm; public square; 216 861-0900

House of Blues – New Year’s Eve concert with Frontier, a tribute to Journey; 9pm; dinner and overnight packages at the Hyatt Regency are also available; call 216 523-2583 for tickets and details.

Lodge at Geneva State Park , 4888 North Broadway, Geneva-on-the-Lake; New Year’s Gala; overnight packages from $359; call 440 466-7100