Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly (Courtesy photo)

No plans for New Year’s Eve? The capitol city still has lots to offer, with New Year’s Eve celebrations ranging from nightclubs to legendary musical performances, romantic dining and even family-friendly events.

Take a look at this New Year’s Eve Going Out Guide and see some of the not-so-obvious, but great events happening in the D.C. metro area.

● Attend a concert by legendary band Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and ring in the new year with love, peace and soul on Saturday, Dec. 31 at DAR Constitution Hall, located at 1776 D St NW. Show starts at 10 p.m.

● Just want to relax or have a romantic night? Take a cruise along the Potomac River on the Odyssey or the Spirit of Washington, for a memorable New Year’s Eve evening full of dining, dancing and skyline views of Washington, D.C. Visit

● 5 The Hard Way is a collaboration of several young dancers whose mission is to maintain and perpetuate traditional African culture and to create a supportive, noncompetitive, positive, and nurturing environment for the expression of that culture. The New Year’s Eve West African dance marathon is a six-hour celebration of back to back dance classes, marketplace, food and music on Saturday, Dec. 31, located at 1405 Brentwood Pkwy NE, starting at 2 p.m.

● Feeling charitable? Celebrate the New Year in a new way by benefiting a good cause. The Art & Fashion Haiti Benefit helps victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The goal is to use the celebration to help provide clean water, seeds for replanting, tools for farming, and material to rebuild homes for over 250 families in the Grand’Anse area of Haiti. The event begins on Saturday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. at Seabrook Ballroom, 8888 Good Luck Rd, Lanham, Md. 20706.

● First Night Alexandria provides an exclusive outside winter experience for attendees to partake in day-long interactive activities, music and food, followed by a majestic display of fireworks over the Potomac River at the Alexandria Waterfront, located at 1 Prince St, Alexandria, Va. 22314.

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Lauren M. Poteat

Lauren Poteat is a versatile writer with a strong background in communications and media experience with an additional background in education and development.

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