Five! Four! Three! Two! One! Happy New Year! We know you are ready to lay 2016 to rest…so are we! No problem. Portland has a slew of celebrations and events planned that will allow your family to welcome the new year with song, dance and all of the fireworks! Read on to find out more about how your clan can kick the new year off right!


Photo: Andy Wilkes via Flickr

NE Portland

Go to Faye the Fairy’s Rocking New Years Eve Party
Enjoy an early countdown with some of your favorite Penny’s Puppets. Everyone who attends gets a party hat and Party beads. Penny makes sure there are puppets and books to play and look at while you wait for the show. Let the Fun begin! Fri. Event Details.

Take the Kids to Capoeira Angola
Take the Kids to capoeira Class. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art-dance that combines creative movement, music, language, and play. Your kids will have lots of full-body fun with animal movements, learn attacks and escapes, play music and sing songs in portuguese. This is an accessible and engaging class that is perfect for kids to build confidence and develop movement skills. Families are welcome to drop-in and check a class out any time. Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Rock Out with The Alphabeticians
Celebrate an alphabetical (and super fun!) New Year’s with the ABC Guys full band! They’ll drop the lighted ball at least a couple of times to celebrate New Year’s in some far off places (Eastern Greenland anyone?) and of course, they’ll turn on the funky lights and get the kiddie mosh pit going, as well as pass out some party favors to celebrate properly. Mr. E and Mr. Hoo will be joined by bass player, Matt “Tallulah’s Daddy” Lynch and drummer Scott “Happy Brain Science” Crabtree, and perhaps another guest as well? Come out and see why Mississippi Pizza is the premier venue in town for fun family music. Sat. Event Details. 

NW Portland

Catch the New Years Eve Bash
Celebrate New Year’s Eve as a family at Out of This World! The annual NYE Bash includes Stellar Play, pizza and salad buffet, drink, dessert and crazy fun giveaways! Sat. Event Details.


Hit the Noon Year’s Eve Party for Preschoolers
Celebrate the new year with your littlest littles. Enjoy dancing, balloons, activities and snacks. It’s a family-friendly way to ring in 2017. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Rink In the New Year
It’s time to “rink” out the old and “rink” in the new at the Oaks Park all-ages NYE party! The party features live DJs, skate games and specials, door prizes, and a countdown to midnight! Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Check Out Erev New Year’s Eve
Join in this fun family event and ring in the New Year! Arts and crafts, games, bouncy house, dancing, snacks, pool float, and the annual countdown to 2017 at noon with the balloon drop! Fri. Event Details.

Celebrate New Year’s at Noon
Get those noisemakers and resolutions ready, because it’s that time again for New Year’s at Noon. Ring in the New Year with museum favorites, Greasy Kid Stuff, as they spin groovy tunes! Join us for multiple New Year’s countdowns, art and craft activities inspired by cultures around the world, and a dance party. Sat. Event Details.

Listen to Music by the Pointed Man Band
Rock in the new year! Join Pointed Man Band [Dan Elliott] for family-friendly weekend music fun on the mats of UW. Sun. Event Details.

Take the Family Tour at the Portland Art Museum
Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life. Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance. Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger. Sun. Event Details.

What is your family’s favorite New Year’s Eve activity or event? Share it with us in the comments section below.

—Annette Benedetti