New Years Eve 2017/2018 - Parties & Events in South Africa
We have worked hard this year to produce the trendiest, most up to date content around and there is no time to rest as 2018 looms closer. With New Years Eve right around the corner allow us to relieve some of the anxiety about what to do on this megalodon of party occasions.
We will be updating this guide regularly with only the hottest events this NYE, from tantalising dinners to fireworks across the ocean, South Africans are in for a treat this 2018!
The Mother City comes alive during the festive season and New Years Eve is no exception. The inner city streets are filled with a carnival feeling while the atmosphere seems intoxicating, there are many ways to spend the last day of 2017 in Cape Town.
The Cape Minstrels date back to 19th century, it is a historical event that expresses freedom and is celebrated from the second last day of the year to the second day of the new year every year in Cape Town. The colourfully dressed minstrels parade and dance through the street with huge brass bands backing them.
The 7km route starts in District Six's Rose Street and sees the minstrels marching down into town to Greenpoint Stadium where, once inside, the real festivities begin. They can be heard for blocks around as the live bands' catchy tunes fill the air.
Capetonians flock to the city during this time and line the streets to watch the various minstrel teams walk by. The colourful clothing and painted faces are something truly unique to Cape Town.
- Cost: FREE
- When: 30 December 2017 - 2 January 2018
- Where: District Six, Rose St
New Years Eve @ The V&A Waterfront
A time honoured tradition in any Capetonian's life is a visit to the V&A Waterfront for their annual firework display. Over the many years the display and characters have grown in numbers.
This year they have promised even more street performers and live artists to keep you entertained until the count down, so grab your special someone and pucker up for that New Years kiss.
- Where: V&A Waterfront, Dock Rd, Cape Town
NYE Celebration @ HQ
Ladies and Gentlemen, your chance to slip into something both sexy and smart has arrived. HQ will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball as they will unmask 2018 with the celebration of the year!
Early bookings are essential as tickets are already selling out, and this is one opportunity to be the belle of the ball that you’re not going to want to miss out on. Their DJs will start spinning the decks from 9pm and HQ will continue celebrating into the early hours of 2018.
Tickets include complimentary canapés upon arrival, a welcome cocktail and 3-course meal. The dress code is strictly black venetian attire which includes a mask.
- Cost: R795 pp
- When: 31 December, 5pm to midnight
- Where: HQ, 100 Shortmarket St, Cape Town
- Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Full Event Info: NYE Celebration @ HQ
Kinky Summer NYE Presents: Far Out East
Brought to you by We Love Summer, the Vacation Club and Kinky Disco, Kinky Summer is the ultimate way to kick off 2018.
Follow the smoke of 2 fiery dragons, down the road only lit by laterns, find miss Yoshi in her fortress of beauty and ask her to read your fortune but make sure to do it sweetly.
As she stares mysteriously into her crystal ball something becomes incredibly clear, another mind blowing Kinky Summer New Years Eve festival is near! Far out east is where we shall go and don't forget to bring your friends.
What you can expect from this New Year’s Eve experience:
- 3 outdoor dance floors.
- Acts and performers.
- Decor & art installations.
- A gorgeous man made dam under the sun.
- A crystal clear 5-star pool.
- A food Feast brought to you by FEASTIVAL™
- Over 120 meters of efficient and well stocked bars to keep you well hydrated.
- Champagne lounge.
- Gin Mixology bar.
- Craft beer garden.
- VIP table service.
- Open air cinema.
- Hookah lounge.
- Luxury tipi and other camping options.
- Ample safe & secure parking.
- Free camping for the duration of the festival.
Feastival will be bringing incredible food from a number of food favourites. All our foodies can expect a beautiful food market with an array of delicious cuisine in the La Paris Gardens to keep the hunger at bay throughout this year’s Kinky Summer.
Kinky Summer tends to sell out fast. In the occasion that it does and ticket scalpers arise, these tickets will be deleted and not refunded. Making money off the festival family will never be accepted.
- R450 - Early Bird
- R550 - Phase 1
- R650 - Phase 2
- R750 - Phase 3
- When: 31 December 2017 - 1 January 2018, 12pm - 6am
- Where: La Paris, Franshoek
- Full Event Info: Kinky Summer NYE Presents: Far Out East
All That Glitters New Years Eve Party
All that glitters! Nothing guarantees a night of excitement like a luxury cocktail party. Deck yourself out in sparkles and gold to glam away 2017 and bedazzle in 2018.
Draped in decadence, this gold and glitter party at the One & Only ballroom will be nothing short of a magical night and will feature an extravagant feast of live stations, including oyster shucking, a seafood and Champagne bar, a caviar bar and vodka lounge, gourmet savoury treats and show stopping sweets.
Your ticket includes a welcome glass of bubbly. Dance the night away to the smouldering sounds of Janice Band and DJ Kimmy followed by an after-party in Vista. Book now to avoid disappointment.
- Cost: R2750 pp
- When: 31 December, 7pm - 2am
- Where: One & Only, Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront
- +27 21 431 4511/5888
- Full Event Info: All That Glitters New Years Eve Party
New Years Eve Dinner at Nobu
Say goodbye to 2017 at One & Only Cape Town with a dinner at Nobu. The evening includes a Nobu signature cocktail and bottle of Moët & Chandon Imperial Rosé per table of 2.
There will also be a Sake tasting station plus a Masu of sake at the table, a Fukubukuru (New Year gift), as well as a live oyster bar. They have catered for the selfie lover in us all with a fun photo booth.
The cost includes a set menu, or order off the a la carte menu. After dinner, guests can join the after-party in Vista where the countdown will happen.
- Cost: R3960 pp
- When: 31 December, 5pm to midnight
- Where: The One & Only, Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront
- Full Event Info: New Years Eve dinner at Nobu
New Years Eve Concert
Kirstenbosch and Soulcare Music have partnered up to bring you the two hottest acts ringing in the new year with you. Goldfish and Hot Water will keep you on your feet on the lush lawns of the Botanical Gardens.
Arrive early so you can pick out your perfect spot on the sloped hill, so no one's view is obscured. Enjoy the fresh smells and happening beats while you sip on your chardonnay and spread out under the stars.
Kirstenbosch concerts are unlike any other as they combine a vibey environment with a chilled relaxed atmosphere, the two culminate together wonderfully.
- Cost: R385 pp
- When: 31 December, Starts at 5pm
- Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Dr
- Full Event Info: New Years Eve Concert
New Years Day Brunch at Reubens
Greet 2018 with a New Year's Day brunch at Reuben's at the One & Only Cape Town. This first buffet of 2018 will feature dishes such as roast leg of lamb, pork leg roast, sirloin steaks and more.
If these tantalising tastings don't grab your attention then we are sure the complementary glass of champagne upon arrival will! This brunch is R750 per person and includes a welcome glass of bubbly. Booking is essential to ensure your spot.
- Cost: R750 pp
- When: 1 January 2018, 11am - 3:30pm
- Where: The One & Only, Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront
- +27 21 431 4511/5888
- Full Event Info: New Years Day brunch at Reuben's
Synergy Live 2017
Synergy Live is back in their new home just 45 kilometres from the city, with all the beautiful scenery and spectacle you’ve come to expect from the Synergy Live festival experience.
Think amazing music and sound, killer decor, mind-blowing audiovisuals, multiple stages, the best in artisanal food and 3 fun-filled days and nights in nature with friends old and new. They’ve even got a few surprises up their sleeves, so expect the unexpected!
Anura Wine Estate is located an easy 45km outside of Cape Town on the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountains. The Estate is a nature-lovers oasis, with rolling green forests, stunning mountain vistas, large open spaces and a sparkling clear dam, conditions are perfect for three days of summer fun.
The Line Up: TBA
Red Bull Main Stage is an extraordinary visual adventure, showcasing an equally world-class line-up of live acts and DJ's across all musical genres, from big name international stars who will blow you away – to superheroes of tomorrow earning their stripes. The Red Bull Main Stage is the place where rocking out in the great outdoors really comes to life.
The festival will feature a unique market place where some of the best in Cape Town’s food trucks, market stalls and artisanal food purveyors will showcase their goods.
Whether you’re after a smoothie to replenish the vitamins lost along the way, a power pizza to boost that midnight rave stamina, or something light to munch midday, you’ll find all the stuff to tickle your taste buds at The Market Place.The traders square is home to the medical tent among other stalls selling crafts, festival merchandise, and more.
There will be a general camping area with the glam camping options available for those who want a little luxury under the stars, however spots are filling up fast so book now to avoid disappointment.
- R395 - Early Bird Tickets
- TBA - Phase 2
- TBA - Phase 3
- TBA - 2 Day Pass
- When: 1 - 3 December, 12pm - 2pm
- Where: Anura Wine Estate,
- Full Event Info: Synergy Live 2017
The tropical seaside city of Durban comes alive this New Years Eve and they are in no short of happening spots to hit up, so paint the town red and make 2017 one for the books.
Durban Vibes New Years Eve
Brought to you by Electra Storm and produced by Mr White Pro are proudly throwing one of the biggest parties Kingsmead Cricket Ground has ever seen.
Durban get ready for International Artists Jay Sean for a new years eve party you won't forget. He is supported by Durban's own superstar Sketchy Bongo and one of SA's most loved celebs, Shashi Naidoo will be your MC.
- R385 - Grandstand or Field (Unreserved)
- R595 - Golden Circle
- R2500 - Presidential Suite
- When: 31 December, 6pm - 4am
- Where: Kingsmead Cricket Ground, 2 Eden Gardens Cres, Durban
- Full Event Info: Durban Vibes New Years Eve
New Years Eve - Dinner And Dance On The Water
La Vue invites you to join a spectacular night of wonder and magic, celebrate the new year with an intimate dinner and of course dancing.
The romantic setting is only complemented by the delicious treats served from their kitchen.
- When: 31 December, 9pm to midnight
- Where: La Vue, 14 Canal Rd, Maydon Wharf, Durban
- Full Event Info: New Years Eve - Dinner And Dance On The Water
New Years Eve at The Big Easy Durban
It’s time to ring in the new year in grand style at Big Easy Durban. Enjoy a five-course dinner prepared by Chef Janine Fourie. This includes a glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne and delicious tidbits on arrival.
Party the night away with the DJ from 7pm, through the countdown and way into 2018. All guests will receive a R200 beverage voucher which you can spend on your chosen drink of choice.
Tip: If you book for two guests you'll receive a complimentary bottle of Big Easy Wine.
- R1100 - 5 course dinner and drinks voucher, pp
- R600 - 3 course platter, pp
- When: 31 December, 6:30pm - 4am
- Where: Big Easy Durban, 12 Walnut Rd, Durban
- Full Event Info: New Years Eve
New Year's Eve at Vasco's
Vasco's has opened their doors this New Years Eve for an unforgettable experience. Allow their chef to take you on a culinary journey like no other before.
On the menu for the evening they have a cold meat station that will contain a selection of cured and smoked meats, shrimp and calamari ceviche, black eyed peas with green beans and ricotta among other things.
There will be a build your own salad bar, all while being accompanied by a main course that has our mouths watering already. Vasco's will be open until after the countdown and is the perfect setting to celebrate the coming of a new year.
- R650 - pp (Excluding drinks)
- R900 - pp (Including drinks)
- When: 31 December, 6:30pm - 2am
- Where: Vasco's Restaurant, 12 Walnut Rd, Durban
- 031 336 8100
- Full Event Info: New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve at The Oyster Box
This hush hush private New Years Eve dinner at The Oyster Box is all about exclusivity, they're keeping this so much of a secret you can only enquire for more info.
If this one is anything like the other beautiful meals The Oyster Box churns out then it is definitely something you don't want to miss. The menu is a buffet styled for the NYE celebrations, booking is essential.
- Cost: R2500 pp
- Theme: Out Of Africa
- When: 31 December, 7pm - 1am
- Where: Ocean Terrace
- 031 514 5000
- Full Event Info: New Year's Eve
The City of Gold is glittering this New Years Eve, throwing some of the biggest and hottest NYE parties SA has ever seen. From big bashes at the Soweto Cricket Oval to a sophisticated dinner and drinks at The Piano Bar, with parties like this 2018 is going to have a lot to live up to.
Chicago's NYE Masquerade Ball 2017
Get your tickets now for Chicago's Piano Bar's 4th New Years Eve Masquerade Ball. There will be live bands to keep your evening full, accompanied by a meal and delicious wines.
After dark, the DJ duo will be spinning the sweetest tunes keeping you on your feet all night long. Book your ticket now to avoid disappointment.
Tip: Pay by the 30 November and receive a free bottle of bubbly to share
- R480pp - Dinner and dance + free party shooters
- R220 - Dance only tickets
- When: 31 December, 7pm - 3am
- Where: Chicago's Piano Bar, Honeycrest Centre, Cnr Beyers Naude & Duiker Street, JHB
- Bookings: email@example.com
- Full Event Info: Chicago's NYE
New Years Eve Count Down
Come join the Find The DJ team at Soweto Cricket Oval as they have an epic count down planned for ringing in 2018.
The night will be jam-packed with electronic grooves, highly experienced local DJs and the energising spirit of New Years Eve. Come and dance your socks off with this high energy electrically charged party in Durban.
- Cost: R80 pp
- When: 31 December 6pm to late
- Where: Soweto Cricket Oval, Gumede St, Moroka, Soweto
- Full Event Info: New Years Eve Count Down
Other NYE parties in Africa
Just because these cities and small towns aren't on your radar doesn't mean they're not on ours. Sometimes a small town bash can be a lot more memorable than a big city party, and boy do these small towns know how to get down.
New Years Eve Dinner in Wellington
This NYE come and celebrate it on the banks of the Kromme River at Val du Charron Wine and Olive Estate Guesthouse. Enjoy the picturesque surroundings and the quiet of the beautifully nestled location in the valley.
There will be food and lots of dancing, enjoy the sunset for the last time in 2017 and why not stay overnight and enjoy the first sunrise of 2018 in the fresh green environment that is Wellington.
- When: 31 December, 5pm - 1am
- Where: Val du Charron Wine and Olive Estate Guesthouse, Bovlei Rd
- 021 873 1256
- Full Event Info: New Years Eve Dinner
Wildfarm: New Years Festival in The Wilderness
Wildfarm has excitedly announced their New Years Eve Festival, and this one looks like it's one for the books. Set in the heart of the Wilderness, party goers can embrace nature while stomping to a beat of their own.
The details are yet to be confirmed but the hype is already here. This 3 day New Year's celebration will leave you with lasting memories and stories to tell for years to come.
- Cost: TBA
- When: 29 December 2017 - 1 January 2018
- Where: The Wildfarm, Wilderness National Park, Wilderness
- Full Event Info: Wildfarm New Years Festival
Freaky New Years in Tsitsikamma
The Freaky Forest team are hard at work created the freakiest most in touch with nature New Years Eve celebration and you are invited.
The details are still to be announced but it looks like this one is going to be a banger!
- Cost: TBA
- When: 30 December 2017 - 1 January 2018, 9pm - 12am
- Where: Tannenhof Guest Farm, Tsitsikamma
- Full Event Info: Freaky New Years
New Year's Carnival Tour in Victoria Falls
Shake 'uMzimba! Iyoooooh! Are you ready for this?
Count down to New Year at one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls Carnival is back for 2017/18 and bigger than ever before.
It is not only known as the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival, but also as the best New Year’s party that Africa has to offer. Who better to join in on the festivities than @MelProdssa.
Join them for a 7 day road trip up to Vic Falls for the big celebration. Tickets are on sale now but are limited to 10 only, so get yours now while stocks last. Your ticket includes breakfast and dinner, a 3 day festival pass and accommodation.
- R6750 pp
- When: 28 December 2017 - 3 January 2018
- Where: Victoria Falls
- Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Full Event Info: New Year's Carnival Tour
South Africa, are you ready for the biggest night of the year? Here at Vibescout we are more than ready and super amped to celebrate the coming of 2018 with you!
We will be updating this listing regularly so check back for your up to date NYE info.
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