Updated 2:30 p.m. Dec. 31

Due to weather, gates will now open one hour later than scheduled. Attendees can arrive at 5 p.m. with the first set scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Original story

The 10th annual Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville — the city's free New Year’s Eve celebration — is the place to be if you want to ring in the New Year with thousands of country and rock fans at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

This year, Nashville will be featured in the “NBC’s New Year’s Eve” national live broadcast from Times Square. Keith Urban will host from Nashville, joining New York City hosts Carson Daly and Chrissy Teigen with Leslie Jones. It will also be a featured location as part of CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen.”

Urban will headline Music City Midnight for a third year, along with Brett Young, Peter Frampton and Nashville-based artists like Judah & the Lion, Caitlyn Smith, Devon Gilfillian and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The event site opens at 4 p.m.

Here are a few things to know about the event expected to draw more than 100,000 people to Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, located at 600 James Robertson Parkway:

Expect a Music Note Drop, fireworks show and a lot of confetti

A new 16-feet tall music note will be dropped from a 140-feet tall tower this year. The 3D music note features video boards and more than 13,000 LED pixels.

As for fireworks, the Bicentennial Mall location will showcase the State Capitol during a one-minute firework show at 6 p.m. when the Music Note is raised and a five-minute display at midnight. Additionally, 100 pounds of biodegradable confetti will shower down on attendees.

What will there be to eat and drink?

Food trucks will be clustered at Sixth Avenue and Harrison Street, along with beverage stands and bars. You'll also spot picnic tables, a selfie station and event and artist merchandise.

Local craft brews will be available for purchase in a heated tent on Jackson Street.

Why are there so many red buildings downtown?

Many downtown buildings will be washed in red lighting to celebrate New Year’s Eve, including the State Capitol, Metro Courthouse, First Tennessee Park, KVB Bridge, Tennessee Tower and other downtown buildings.

How about event safety and security?

The event’s perimeter will be fenced and include seven entry points located around the site. Attendees should expect to walk through metal detectors as they enter, as well as have bags and purses searched. There will be five public first aid tents.

Permitted items include small bags with maximum measurement of 16 inches by 10 inches by 4 inches. Handheld umbrellas and personal cameras are also allowed.

What should I know about arriving at and leaving Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park?

Last year, 100,000 people attended Nashville's annual New Year's Eve bash. Streets surrounding the park are typically closed, but those wishing to take their own cars can find a list parking lots and garages here.

And if you'd rather participate in ride sharing or take public transportation, here's what to know.

However, new this year is Krystal’s Late Night Lyft initiative that provides free rides beginning at 9 p.m. New Year's Eve up until 4 a.m. Riders traveling within a 25-mile radius of downtown Nashville will receive a $15 credit.

“With 100,000 attendees expected yet again for New Year’s Eve in Nashville, I’m thankful that companies such as Lyft and Krystal are stepping up to provide a free, smart transportation option,” said Nashville Mayor David Briley. “I encourage all residents to make safe choices this holiday season.”

New Year’s Eve partygoers can reserve a free Lyft ride (up to $15 off) using the code "KRYSTALNYE."

Troopers have arrested 6,162 drivers for DUI, 87 in Davidson County so far this year compared to 7,492 drivers for DUI with 66 in Davidson County in 2017, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Where are the ride share and taxi drop off and pick up locations?

  • James Robertson Parkway between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue
  • James Robertson Parkway from Charlotte Pike to Rosa L. Parks (Capitol Hill side)
  • Fifth Avenue between Gay Street and James Robertson Parkway
  • Rosa L. Parks Boulevard from Farmers’ Market entrance to 10th Circle North
  • Jefferson Street between 6th and 8th Avenue

I just want to watch the celebration from home — can I?

Yes. To view the livestream, go to visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve where you can watch the countdown to midnight, Music Note Drop and fireworks.

While on the site, you can also find the event schedule, transportation information, site map, FAQs and more.