The Buzz: Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Altoona!

Well, that was fast. Is it just us, or did 2024 come a lot sooner than expected? We suppose that’s neither here nor there. What really matters is having a ball celebrating its arrival!

As December 31 draws nearer, you’re probably wondering: “What are some fun things to do on New Year’s Eve in Altoona?” We’ve been asking ourselves the same thing. Turns out, there are a TON of local events and activities for you to enjoy as the old year passes.

From dining and dancing to shopping, sightseeing and beyond—here’s a quick rundown of Altoona’s finest NYE festivities!

Savor the Best Bites for Last at Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

It’s the last day of the year. End it on a culinary high note at Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse! Offering some of the finest steaks, seafood and Italian fare around (not to mention drinks)—it’s the idyllic place to savor every last bite (and sip) of 2023.

Click here to see what’s on the menu!

  • New Year’s Eve hours: 11am – 9pm
  • Reservations: Call (515) 957-9600

Rock in the New Year at Hawk Heaven Tavern

Start 2024 the same way you ended 2023: partying at Hawk Heaven Tavern! Iowa-based singer/songwriter Cody Hicks and his band will be playing all night long on New Year’s Eve. Stop by, grab a drink and get ready to rock!

  • Live music: Cody Hicks, 9pm – 1am
  • Bar hours: 11am – 2am

Pump Up the Volume at Prairie Meadows

One of Iowa’s top nightlife spots, Prairie Meadows has all the gaming, entertainment, food, drinks and vibes you could ask for this New Year’s Eve! From free concerts and cash drawings to special NYE menu offerings at AJ’s Steakhouse, here’s a taste of what you can expect.

  • Live music: Get Off My Lawn, 1pm – 3pm
  • Live music: The Punching Pandas, 8:30pm – 12:30am
  • Ring in the Riches Cash Drawings: 4pm, 5pm & 6pm
  • AJ’s Steakhouse special NYE menu: 4pm – 11pm
  • Plus: Selfie stations, an ice sculpture and $7 champagne (all bars)

Click here to learn more!

Shop & See the Lights at the Outlets of Des Moines

End of the year shopping spree, anyone? Head to the Outlets of Des Moines! Shop great deals from your favorite retailers, grab a bite to eat, and catch a glimpse of the Jolly Holiday Lights while the sun goes down. It’s the perfect way to start your entertainment-filled evening!

Holiday Hours: 11am – 5pm

Happy New Year, Altoona!

New Year’s Eve has us feeling all sorts of grateful (and it’s not just the champagne talking). Thank you for exploring and supporting the Altoona community with us in 2023. This year was one for the books! We can’t wait to share even more off-beat adventures with you in 2024.

See you next year!