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Free and cheap ideas for NYE 2018

HerCanberra Team

Busted your summer budget on Christmas presents and Boxing Day sales? Join the club. 

We previously published our round-up of New Year’s Eve 2018 events in Canberra, but for those who are looking for the lowest cost options, here are some ideas.



Joining Art vs. Science in Civic Square this New Year’s Eve will be local band Brass Knuckle Brass Band and Canberra-born Harry Carman, who has been compared to the likes of Jack Johnson and Ed Sheeran.

With a full line-up of family entertainment to keep everyone occupied, families can feast on the very best local food trucks, including Indian street food Tikka Stand, Canberra favourite Jacko’s Pizza, Potato Swirls, Pure Gelato and Shotclock Espresso.

This celebration is alcohol-free and glass-free to encourage a safe and friendly atmosphere.

Garema Place | 7:00pm – 12:30am | www.events.act.gov.au


Casino Canberra is hosting a New Year’s Eve Hot Vegas Nights party, which has free entry. They’ve got DJ Benjamin Reeves, Robyn Loau (lead singer of 90’s band Girlfriend), Hot Vegas Night’s showgirls and lots more entertainment and music, as well as a photo booth and complimentary Chandon S to toast the New Year at midnight.

Casino Canberra | Free Event | 9:00pm | bit.ly/2nEug8B


Expect bass beats and high energy dancing to overtake Garema Place on December 31 as it hosts an all-out dance party for revellers who like to start late and end late. It kicks off with a bang, literally, starting with the 9 pm fireworks, and finishes up at 1 am.

Please note this is an alcohol and glass free event.

Garema Place | 9:00pm – 1:00pm | www.events.act.gov.au 


For a relaxed, family-friendly vantage point away from the noise, anywhere on the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin makes for a beautiful spot to witness the fireworks as they’re launched from City Hill. Commonwealth Park and Kings Park are just a couple of options to keep at front of mind.

Lake Burley Griffin | www.events.act.gov.au



If New Year’s Eve isn’t your thing, this could be your new favourite way to celebrate. The Highball Express is launching their Annual White Party with a fabulously tropical twist and you’re invited.

The Moèt will be flowing, Peggy the punch trolley will be making an appearance and tasty Cuban street food will delight your taste buds and transport you to a holiday paradise.

Cover charge is $20 and you can pre-purchase on Eventbrite.

The Highball Express | Doors open from 4 pm | $20 Cover Charge | www.eventbrite.com.au

80s, BABY

The city’s coolest new venue (and Canberra’s only dedicated 80s venue), 88mph is serving up pure retro nostalgia this NYE, with free entry from 4 pm and a $20 cover charge from 7 pm. You can even pre-pay your cover charge via Eventbrite to guarantee entry.

To set the tone, they’ll be counting down the best 80s hits from #88 all the way down to #1.

88mph Canberra | from 4:00 pm | $20 cover charge from 7:00pm | www.eventbrite.com.au


Start 2018 with a smile! Join Polit Bar‘s Glamour & Grunge New Year’s Eve party hosted by the delightful Tammy Paks.

What to wear? You decide. Glamour or grunge it up with a 20s-00s+ theme of your choosing. What’s the point? To have fun…and only YOU know what’s fun for you. And Tammy has her own an idea of fun too…cross her palm with silver (well, gold or paper actually) and receive your own 2018 Tarot Reading, partake in her paganistic party rituals, and more general carry on.

Limited early bird tix $15 pp / $20 standard tix / @ the door $25 | Polit Bar Canberra |$20 standard ticket | bit.ly/2BflnZ4


Another year has come and gone, so whether it’s been good, bad or otherwise, this is the time to let your hair down and look forward to a new year/new beginning.

Cube is taking you to the circus this year for a night of fun under the big top. Join DJs Tom Hathaway and Clive Warren to bring in the new year while enjoying a special midnight performance from their friends at Subsdance Dance Studio with clowns roaming throughout the night as well as free face painting, balloon making AND free jelly shots on arrive while stocks last.

Cube Canberra | $15pp | 10 pm till late | bit.ly/2ADUhtV


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