New Year's Eve Guide 2015

All dressed up and nowhere to go on New Year's Eve? Consider any of the following options happening across the Valley on Wednesday, December 31, each of which will allow you to commemorate the final moments of 2014 in grand fashion. And there are plenty of events and affairs to choose from. If you're into the block party thing, there will be blockbuster bashes happening in both Tempe and Scottsdale. Want to pop some bottles in a posh setting? Many hotels will be holding swank soirees and galas while nightclubs everywhere will be throwing high-energy fiestas filled with drinking and dancing. If you'd like to have a rockin' New Year's Eve, however, local concert halls and venues are guaranteed will have all manner of live music. But no matter what route you take for your Auld Lang Syne adventures, make sure to get home safely. See y'all in 2015.


Circle K New Year's Eve Block Party

Downtown Tempe

It wouldn't be a New Year's Eve in the Valley without this spectacular staple, which will take place along Mill Avenue and feature a massive mix of live music and entertainment, food trucks, interactive activities and games, family fun zones, beer and champagne gardens, access to multiple bars and restaurants, the midnight countdown, and other distractions and festivities. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Online admission is $20.

The Clarendon Hotel

401 W. Clarendon Ave.

The Clarendon will most definitely be the bee's knees on New Year's Eve during A Modern Gatsby Gala, which will take the hotel and its patrons on a trip back in time to pre-Prohibition days for an evening of flappers, dandies, and revelry that's the cat's pajamas. The celebration will be held around the Oasis Pool and up on the Sky Deck and will include chef's select hors d'oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast, and live entertainment by Flamenco Por La Vida, CONDER/dance, SambAZ, DJ 7evel7, and The Pyromantics. 8 p.m. Advanced tickets are $50 online. Call 602-252-7363 or see

Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe

The Valley's own Authority Zero will share their New Year's Eve with a few thousand of their fans and fellow locals Howard Til Midnight, The Venomous Pinks, For The Love, Neato, and My Life Sentence. The music starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $29. Call 480-829-0607.


5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler

The beats will be raining down like confetti inside Rawhide's Frontier Hall during the Decadence Arizona New Year's Eve 2014 party as EDM fans dance up a storm to a soundtrack laid down by such superstars as Kaskade, DVBBS, Fedde Le Grand, Flosstradamus, Seven Lions, and Savoy. Doors open at 6 p.m. General admission is $80, VIP access is $125. See

The Saguaro

4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale

Auld Lang Syne will be feted with an abundance of style and elegance during the NYE 2015: New Year's Eve Celebration at this Scottsdale boutique hotel. A three-hour premium reception will boast a chef's selection of hors d'oeuvres and buffet featuring selection made with gourmet and locally sourced ingredients. It's followed by a video countdown, confetti explosion, midnight champagne toast that will bring 2014 to a close in spectacular fashion. The trio of DJ Decipha, DJ Slippe, and Ken Mooso will provide the sounds all evening. 9 p.m. Tickets are $125 and VIP admission (which includes access to an exclusive and private lounge, an ultra-premium reception, and other perks) is $165. Accommodations packages are also available. Call 480-308-1100 or visit

Scottsdale Comedy Spot

7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale

Comedian The Greg Willson will present a pair of New Year's Eve gigs at the club. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20. Call 480-945-4422.

Scottsdale Ultimate New Year's Eve Party

Craftsman Court, Scottsdale

Country superstar Frankie Ballard will headline this Scottsdale New Year's Eve tradition, which will also feature live music from Tommy Ash, Chad Freeman and Redline, and Laura Walsh. The street party itself will include access to Dos Gringos and Rockbar Inc., various DJs, a midnight fireworks show, and more. Gates open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22.50.

Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale

Welcome in 2015 in the company of R&B/soul legend Sam Moore during the resort's Fire and Ice Party. Las Vegas tribute act Boogie Knight will open the evening at 8 p.m. An all-you-can eat buffet will be offered beforehand at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the party are $99 for the show only, $125 with dinner included. Call 480-850-7734 or visit

W Scottsdale

7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale

The posh Scottsdale hotel will host a luxurious Chateau de Versailles New Year's Eve affair with spirits, dancing, and plenty of upscale revelry. 8 p.m.; $75 for ladies, $100 for men. Room packages for two are $479 and include tickets to the party, amenities and gifts, two complimentary cocktails, and more. Various high-end packages will be offered for those wishing to celebrate in style and range in price from $1,500 to $5,000. Call 877-782-0104 or see

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.