7 Party Picks for an Amazing New Year’s Eve in Northeast Wisconsin

FirstEve Party in Menasha

FirstEve New Year’s Celebration in Menasha


This is our New Year’s Eve article from 2013. While many of these events continue for New Year’s Eve 2014 – please make sure to check websites for accurate dates, times and performances.

WhooNEW was unable to complete a New Year’s Event post for 2014.

We’re making a resolution to do better next year.

You don’t have to go to Times Square to ring in the New Year. Here in Northeast Wisconsin, we know how to party, even in the dead of winter.

WhooNEW dug up seven of your best bets for the final night of 2013. So when someone asks you “What are you doing New Year’s Eve?” You’ll have an awesome answer.

1. FirstEve – Menasha

The closest thing we have to a Big Apple New Year’s celebration has been going down in Menasha for two decades.

This year will mark the 20th time FirstEve has welcomed the New Year. It all takes place at Curtis Reed Square with live music from 95.9 KISS FM, a performance from local band Eric Lives Here, a street dance and a New York City style ball drop at midnight.

Then make sure to stick around for a fireworks show to kick off 2014 with a bang. Best of all – it’s free to the public. And if you can’t make it – you can see a live broadcast of the ball drop on WFRV TV-5.

If you ask me, that’s much cooler than watching the replay on the East Coast.

2. NYEGB 2014 – Green Bay

NYEGB 2014 KI Convention CenterNot to be outdone by Menasha – Green Bay will have it’s own big bash at the KI Convention center in the city’s downtown.

Tickets are $85, but that will be all you have to pay for the entire evening.

You’ll get access to an open bar with top shelf drinks, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and a late-night buffet. Plus, you can dance the night away to music provided by one of Green Bay’s favorite record spinners DJ Shaun S.

If you’re really feeling like a high-roller, there are a limited number of  VIP Tables for 8 people priced at $750.Considering that open bar – you may also want to book a hotel room downtown for the night.

  • CLICK HERE for more information on NYEGB 2014 at the KI Convention Center

3. Mile of Music New Year’s Encore Eve – Appleton

Traveling Suitcase

Oshkosh Band – The Traveling Suitcase – Photo Courtesy: Allison Lenz

Whether you missed this summer’s Mile of Music festival, or just want to get another taste, this event will be one of the best New Year’s parties – especially for music lovers. It all takes place at Appleton’s Radisson Paper Valley Hotel on College Avenue.

The night will feature music from Mile of Music favorites – including folk rock band Swear and Shake and one of the fastest-rising local bands The Traveling Suitcase. WhooNEW writer Zak Bruss was especially impressed with this band. Read more in our review of Mile of Music 2013.

Of course, festival founder Cory Chisel will be there with those Wandering Sons as well as several other acts.

There are a few different tickets/packages you can choose from. For $20 you can get a music-only pass. But there will also be a dinner and room reservation deals.

  • CLICK HERE for more information on musical acts and packages

4. Let Me Be Frank New Year’s – Green Bay

Let Me Be Frank ProductionsThe cast from Let Me Be Frank Productions stays pretty busy over the holidays. Their Christmas shows are still going on – yet somehow they managed to put together a music and laughter-filled New Year’s Eve show, which will be held at Green Bay’s Meyer Theater.

The night will include some of their favorite skits and bits from this year’s shows. That includes My Big Fat Pulaski Wedding – The Honeymoon is Over and Love Boat 2.

During the three-hour show, you and your date will also enjoy a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and desserts. Tickets are $45 or $80 per couple.

  • CLICK HERE for ticket information from Meyer Theatre

5. Skyline Comedy Cafe – Appleton

Marcus Monroe New Years  at Skyline

Marcus Monroe – Entertainer

Starting off the New Year with a few laughs is the perfect way to shake off all that went wrong in 2013.

Skyline Comedy Cafe in Appleton will have New Year’s Eve shows featuring a couple of entertainers who are Wisconsin natives – and this time it will be more than just stand-up. These guys are Wisconsinites with some amazing talents.

Marcus Monroe is an award-winning variety performer whose act includes specialty juggling. Marcus is known for creating “the knorch.” That’s a combination knife and fire torch, which he juggles.

Ben Seidman combines comedy with his mind-blowing magic. Seidman can currently be seen in the Travel Channel’s Magic Outlaws. He was also the first-ever Magician in Residency at Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas.

The MC for the New Year’s Eve Shows at Skyline Comedy Cafe will be local comic John Egan. Find out more about him in our article on the local comedy scene.

There will be shows at 7 and 9 pm as well as a family-friendly show at 4 pm. Tickets are $15 to $17.

  • CLICK HERE for more info from Skyline Comedy Cafe

6. ComedyCity – De Pere

ComedyCity PerformersAnother place to let loose with laughter will be the intimate setting of De Pere’s Green Room Lounge.

That’s where the folks from ComedyCity will be ringing in the New Year with their impromptu antics.

Shows are at 7, 9 and 11pm with a countdown to the New Year during the late show.

These are ComedyCity’s most popular shows for the year, and seating is limited. Reservations are strongly suggested. While you’re there – make sure to try some of the cool craft cocktails on the Green Room’s menu.

7. Boogie and the Yo-Yoz at Waverly Beach – Menasha

Boogie and the Yoyoz NYE PartyAnd we’ve come full-circle…back to Menasha.

There will be many area bars with great bands performing on New Year’s Eve. One local favorite is taking the stage at Waverly Beach on the shores of Lake Winnebago.

Boogie and the Yo-Yoz will be the main attraction. They’re planning to release a new CD soon as well as music videos produced by Appleton’s Rock Garden Studios.

A $10 cover charge gets you in to a night of music – plus your very own goofy hat and party favors.

What Else is Going On?

We know there are a lot of other parties planned at places all over the area.

Tell us what we should have put on this list, and let us know what you’re doing New Year’s Eve. Leave a comment below!


  1. Ring in 2015 with all of us at the Hilton Garden Inn Oshkosh! Join us for some great food, fun music, and good times…featuring the music of Bad Habitz from 9pm – 1am. Check out the details on our Facebook page and give us a call at 920-966-1300 to book your spot for the best party in Oshkosh!

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