New Year’s Eve Events

Where will you be when the ball drops?

Last year's fireworks at the Harbor View. — Michael Cummo

Updated 11:56 am, Dec. 29.

Correction: A previous version of this article included an event listing for a New Year’s Party at Beach Road Restaurant. The restaurant is booked for a private event that evening and will not be open to the public.

Another year has come and gone on Martha’s Vineyard. On Thursday, we’ll bid adieu to 2015 and welcome in 2016. While many Islanders ship off to Boston, Providence, or New York for First Night celebrations, there’s plenty happening here on Martha’s Vineyard. From fireworks to cocktail parties, check this list to find the perfect New Year’s gathering for you.

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Pathways Projects New Year’s Eve Early Gathering Chilmark Tavern, 6:30–9 pm

Looking for something to do before the midnight festivities? Stop by the Chilmark Tavern first for an early-evening gathering, including music by Mait Edey on piano, with other guests. All are welcome, and light refreshments and hot beverages will be served. Free.

The Odd-Ball The Ritz, 7 pm

Feeling charitable? The Odd-Ball, presented by the Ritz in collaboration with Chicken Alley Thrift Shop, will benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Johnny Hoy and Paul Size will perform from 7 to 9 pm, with music by DJ WEP ONE continuing through early Jan. 1, 2016. Chef Ben DeForest will be serving up breakfast until 2 am. Admission is $20. For more information, call 508-693-9851.

New Year’s Eve Party Portuguese-American Club, 8:30 pm–12:30 am

Looking to get down? Doo-wop rockers Serendipity are playing at the P.A. Club this New Year’s Eve. Hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast will be served in addition to all of the P.A. Club’s normal bar offerings. Donations are appreciated. For more information, call 508-693-9875.

New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks Harbor View Hotel, 9 pm

Want a little more bang for your buck? The annual New Year’s Celebration at the Harbor View Hotel includes a midnight fireworks display over Edgartown Harbor. While you don’t need a ticket to view the show, $99 admission to the Harbor View’s party gets you hors d’oeuvres, access to a David Welch photobooth, two dance floors with the Joanne Cassidy Band and the Mike Benjamin Band, plus bar access. The event is 21-plus, and cocktail attire is required. Accommodations packages start at $349 and include two party tickets and late checkout on Jan. 1. For more information, call 508-627-7000 or visit

Black and White Party The Loft, 10 pm

Into live body painting? We don’t really know what that means either, but you can find out at the Loft in Oak Bluffs this New Year’s Eve. The Black and White NYE 2016 Party, presented by MV@Nite and Artblasta Productions, includes music by DJ AP and Supa Ricky Prime, performances by Jessica “’Rabbit” Francis and Alise Eve, visual art projection by Sabato Visconti Art and Photography, and of course, live body painting by NicNak. There is a $10 cover charge for gents; ladies free. For more information, call 508-696-3000.

New Year’s Eve Party The Ocean View, 10 pm

Want to party like a townie? Join the rest of the Oak Bluffs regulars at the Ocean View this New Year’s Eve. DJ Mateus Destefani will be spinning tunes at the Chapman Ave bar from 10 pm on. The cover charge is $10 at the door for those 21+ only. The Ocean View is also taking reservations for New Year’s Eve dinner and New Year’s Day brunch. For more information, call 508-693-2207.

Live Music The Wharf

Ready to rock? Forget about the frills and come to The Wharf on New Years Eve for live music by Miso Honey and Moneyshot. The two bands include various combinations of local musicians John O’Toole, Mike Kerr, Adam Natusch, Phil McAndrews, Erik Clausson, Colin Ouderkirk, and Al Lucas. For more information, call 508-627-9966.