It’s hard to think of a holiday/music combination than EDM and New Years Eve. It’s a holiday you are meant to party. Most major cities have fireworks and some sort of event to attend, but in order to have a real pivotal experience an electronic music event is the way to go. While celebrating the New Year remember, out with the old in with the new, let go of all that does not serve you.

Enjoy music from the 10 best New Years Eve events.

Odesza photo credit Julian Bajsel

1. SnowGlobe, South Lake Tahoe, CA 

Snowglobe is honestly a personal favorite of mine. Not just for New Years but for festivals in general. The snow, the venue and a lineup that seems to get better every year, SnowGlobe is truly a one of a kind festival. See the likes of Above & Beyond, Diplo and RL Grimes. A plethora of heated tents and bars make it very easy to warm up when you need to and huge outdoor dance floors to enjoy dancing in the cold. They also have very convenient shuttles from most major hotels in the area and buses from the Bay Area and Los Angeles. This is the perfect New Years Eve Festival for any Californian that enjoys a weekend in the snow.

Listen to SnowGlobe mix from 2017 [free download]:

2. Bassnectar 360, Greensboro, NC

It’s hard to think of anyone that will help you celebrate New Years better than Bassnectar. His New Year’s Eve 360 is going to be one for the books. This one-night event features a solid lineup that should help make your end of 2018 perfect. With package deals for a nearby hotel, this inclusive festival makes your night worry-free.

3. Decadence Colorado, Denver, CO

Decadence Lineup 2018

Decadence Denver is an event that should be on your radar. Escape the Rocky Mountain cold inside the Colorado Convention Center. Stay warm and party hard in this awesome venue featuring huge dance floors and full bars for those of age. It wouldn’t be a New Years party without champagne. With too many big-name artists to list this festival will be one of the best ways to start 2019.

4. Countdown NYE, San Bernadino, CA

Countdown NYE is the best event in a town full of events. Los Angeles California is a town where one doesn’t need to look too far for great EDM events. When it comes to New Year’s Eve 2019, there is none better than Countdown. The drive into the Inland Empire is well worth it for this stacked lineup at this awesome festival. Insomniac is world renowned for putting on some incredible festivals with unique atmospheres and this is no different. Anyone in Los Angeles looking for an experience they will never forget would be smart to head east to Countdown.

5. STS9 4-night-run, Denver CO

STS9 returns to Denver, Colorado, this time with a unprecedented 4-night-run featuring one night of Wave Spell. If you have not experienced the wondrous atmosphere Tribe creates to ring in a New Year, we feel sorry for you. Be transported to a dream state by listening to their crisp sounds and spectacular light show. Tickets still available.

6. Lights All Night, Dallas, TX

I wouldn’t feel right if I wrote this whole list and didn’t include one event for people who can’t go out on New Year’s Eve proper. Be it work or any number of other reasons not everyone can go out on the 31st. Lights All Night is the perfect festival for anyone in that boat or realistically anyone at all. This festival takes place in that few days between Christmas and New Years that most people have nothing to do. Anyone in Texas looking to get away from the family for two days of raging to amazing music look no further than Lights All Night.

7. OMFG! NYE 2018, San Diego, CA

For those in Southern California, I mean way south, look no further than OMFG! NYE 2019 This awesome three-day event in San Diego will help end 2018 right. While San Diego might not get the cold weather associated with New Years or the snow the some of the other events on this list it shouldn’t be ignored for a great New Years Eve destination. Yet another stacked lineup make this party another one to include on your bucket list.

8. Decadence Arizona, Chandler, AZ

Yet another Decadence event that will not disappoint. This festival takes place at the Rawhide Event Center in Chandalar, Arizona. With several last-minute additions to the lineup, this festival is not one that you want to miss. Escape that cool high desert air and party your way into 2019 with the likes of Alison Wonderland, Marshmello, NGHTMRE and many more.

9. Snowta, Minneapolis, MN

Snowta is the premiere EDM New Year’s Eve festival in the midwest. This annual festival miraculously warms up what has to be one of the coldest places to celebrate New Years in the United States. That icy cold Minnesota air is no match for what will be the hottest dance floor in the Midwest. Taking place in the Minneapolis Convention Center (don’t worry, it’s indoors) this two-night festival has the artist for every sub-genre of EDM fans. Also, including some shows like freestyle motocross and a mega skatepark, there is no shortage of things to keep your mind off of the cold outside.

10. HiJinx Music Festival

On December 28th & 29th, Philadelphia will see the inaugural run of HiJinx Music Festival at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The first edition of what is projected to be the Northeast’s largest indoor music festival will host an experience of its own. We will see sets from electronic music titans, immersive sound, top notch lighting and video, art installations, flow art performances, a craft & food bazaar and more!

11. The String Cheese Incident NYE Bloomfield, Colorado 

This list would not be complete without the addition of electronic music instigators, The String Cheese Incident. Without Cheese, Electric Forest or Hulaween would not be the same, hence the electronic music world would be much less beautiful. With BIG surprises each year, this is an event you need on your bucketlist. Here is to Bill, Kyle, Kang, Keith, Jason and Micheal, thanks for all you do! Somehow, tickets are still available.

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