Ring In the New Year Right! Our Recommended New Year's Events
December 30, 2011 3:00 PM
Now that you've all recovered from the holiday madness of last weekend, it's time to start planning for your New Year's Eve. We scoured our list of New Year's events and picked out some choice events that aren't sold out and are sure to appeal to a large variety of tastes. We got plenty of burlesque and cabaret, tons of music events featuring everything from electronic, reggae and hip hop to punk rock, metal and polka, a few food events, a healthy smattering of comedy and one event that describes itself as "a post-apocalyptic disco fantasy at the end of the world." We started as far west as we could go (Kealakekua, Hawaii) and headed all the way to the Big Apple. So, no matter where you call home, there should be something relatively close to you.
This is by no means a complete list of New Years events that we're ticketing. You can find our complete list of events here and browse the THIRTEEN pages of events.
Not planning on going out? Got your own New Year's tradition that doesn't involve battling crowds of drunken revellers? Let us know what your tradition is in the comments section!
But, for those of you that have to get out of the house and party, here's our picks. Enjoy!
Leche De Tigre with Acoustic Goodness - New Years Eve at the Aloha Theatre - Kealakekua, Hawaii Leche De Tigre invites you to groove on New Year's eve at the historic Aloha Theater in South Kona, Hawaii. Acoustic Goodness will kick off the night at 9:00pm with their soulful, toe-tapping folk/blues. Leche De Tigre will follow with two full sets of original music. The show is open to all ages. This will be Leche De Tigre's second show at the Aloha Theatre in 2011, following a sold-out performance last September. CDs of Leche De Tigre's album "Lactophilia" released earlier this year will be available at the show, with 50% of CD sales benefiting the American Cancer Society.
Bling In The New Year at Can Can! Best of 2011!! - Seattle, Washington Bling in the New Year! Best of 2011!! features some of the Can Can's best and brightest stars! For starters, they'll have all of their very own Can Can Castaways, Seattle sensations The Heavenly Spies, and much, much, more!
Moisture Festival New Year's 2012 Extravaganza - Seattle, Washington Moisture Festival New Year's Eve Celebration will take place at Hale's Palladium. Audiences will be serenaded by music from Vic & Nick, aerial by Quinby, varietè acts and a dance band. Champagne served when Godfrey Daniels fills the room with almost 2,012 red balloons at Midnight. Chef Tiberio Simone of La Figa fame will prepare his unique treat surprises as guests lunge together towards the future.
New Year's Eve with Fleurs d'Egypte Dance Company - Seattle, Washington Don your tiaras and bow ties; it's time to celebrate New Year's Eve! Combining two of Seattle's mainstays for the first time, join Fleurs d'Egypte at Julia's on Broadway as they take you on a tour around the world with their international cabaret. Seattle's premier international dance company takes the audience on an alluring voyage that will have everyone shimmying and swaying to an international groove. In 60 minutes, you will be transported from your seat to the nightclubs of Egypt, Carnival in Brazil, the Moulin Rouge in Paris, a luau in the South Pacific and back to the exciting new world of World dance theater. Sit back, sip your champagne, wear your best sparkles and baubles and enjoy the ride!
NYE '12 THE TOAST - Seattle, Washington SemiOverweight Productions has cooked up a unique countdown to 2012 w/ heavy hip-hop and soul performances by: THE PHYSICS, DJ TOPSPIN and MALICE AND MARIO SWEET. Complete access to Fred Wildlife Refuge, one of Seattle's most exclusive music venues. Your NYE party includes dancing all night, full bar, photo booths, complimentary champagne toast at midnight and even an indoor fireworks show! Not to mention live performances by the BREAD AND BUTTER of the Seattle hip-hop scene. 300 people dancing and vibin' out at an amazing venue in Capitol Hill for New Year's. Come celebrate the homegrown sound with us as we help raise money and awareness for The African Future project. The African Future feeds Somalian families who are experiencing their worst draught in 60 years!
New Years Eve 2012 at Lucky Strike Power Play - Bellevue, Washington Come celebrate and party into the New Year with Lucky Strike Entertainment. The ultimate playground for grown ups! Spend the last night of the year with your friends in this multifaceted entertainment facility where you can bowl a few games, play in the arcade, dine anytime anywhere, drink one of many fabulous cocktails and dance the night away to some of the nations top DJ's. Featuring Special Guest Host UFC Octagon Girl & Artist Brittney Palmer. Brittney will be signing autographs, taking pictures with guests and counting us down into the new year! Beats By Syndicate Artist DJ Christyle.
Club Sesso NYE 2011 - Portland, Oregon Join us for the naughtiest New Years Eve Party of all time. We will have all four floors open for this naughty night with hundreds of other sexy swingers. Nobody puts on a party like Ron Jeremy's Club Sesso. We will kick it up to new heights with our amazing dinner buffet, breakfast buffet, multiple DJ's, two dance floors, premium bar service with ample bar tenders, and best of all...the hottest sexiest swingers on the West Coast.
Tango in the New Year in Downtown Portland - Portland, Oregon This New Years Eve Gala will feature a gourmet buffet dinner, pre-dance lesson and Argentine Tango performance by Rachel Lidskog and Mike Eblen, live music by Mango Nights, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and dancing until 4am with DJ Rachel Lidskog. Visit Tango Portland for full details (hotels, transportation and parking, dance instructors, lesson, location, about the orchestra, the tango scene in Portland, Tree's Restaurant and Event Center and more).
The Saloon Ensemble "End of the Word" - Portland, Oregon New Years Eve at The Secret Society Ballroom with The Ukeladies at 9pm and The Saloon Ensemble at 10pm. The Saloon Ensemble (Featuring members of MarchFourth Marching Band, Trashcan Joe, Vagabond Opera, The Libertine Belles, and The Eels) play hilarious pop songs and outrageous originals with a touch of old world jazz designed for dancing, singing, and debauchery! Wear your best underwear, 'cause at Midnight....IT's ALL COMING OFF!!!
Two Beers Veirs New Years - Portland, Oregon New Years Eve at the Laurelthirst Public House featuring live music from Laura Veirs, Black Prairie, Israel Nebeker from Blind Pilot, Willy Vlautin from Richmond Fontaine, Sallie Ford, Ritchie Young from Loc Lomond, Kevin and Anita from Viva Voce, Scott McCaughey from Minus 5, John Moen from The Decemberists and more!
Holiday Show - 5 Course Murder Mystery Dinner Show - San Rafael, California Marin Murder Mysteries presents a holiday version of 'DEATH OF A DOORNAIL' by Lee Mueller. Directed by Adrianne Goff. Enjoy a delicious five-course dinner while helping solve a gripping murder! San Rafael Joe's exposed brick back room, evocative of the 1950s, lends itself perfectly to this murder mystery. Eccentric Millionaire, Albert Doornale has invited all of his close friends to his estate; including his ex-wife Abigail, his current fiance Candy Bombay, and his childhood friend from the Lower East Side, Salvatore Carbone. Everyone arrives at the estate greeted by the grumpy butler and cutlery carrying cook. The only problem is, Albert is not there and no one has seen him, not his nerdy nephew or his socially spoiled daughter. None of the guests have any idea what they were invited to the estate for or what has happened to their host. That is until blood is found in the upstairs bathroom. Was Albert killed and carried away? Just in the nick of time, Inspector Bukowski arrives on the scene. A murder investigation will begin, as soon as the body is found. It may be a long wait..
A SAN FRANCISCO NEW YEAR'S COMEDY SHOW - San Francisco, California San Francisco has always been a crucible for artists, poets, dreamers and schemers. Come spend an evening of comedy & surprises with some of the city's most innovative performers. Headlining is actor, writer & comedic dervish Will Franken, a Bay Area treasure who is best described as a "one man Monty Python". Joining Will on stage will be some the Bay Areas most memorable performers: Kurt Weitzmann - writer of smash hit shows "The Jesus Roast" and the "Obama Roast" who will tickle your funny bone while making you think with his surreal take on life; Natasha Muse - creator and host of the monthly comedy series "A Fun Night for Comedy," Natasha has a cool, smartly sardonic style that goes down easy; Eric Cash - expect verbal anarchy by an underground fave just back from a triumphant tour of New Zealand and Australia; Frisco Fred - the host for the evening as seen on A&E, FOX & PBS, who promises a hi-energy blend of comedy & circus skills; plus surprise guests!
BOBB SAGGETH with BLACK COBRA - San Francisco, California Calling all metalheads. Head over to the Elbo Room's New Year's Eve bash with BOBB SAGGETH - the West Coast's greatest Black Sabbath cover band featuring members of Saviours, Citay, 3 Leafs and Sean Smith. Also on the bill are Southern Lord recording artists BLACK COBRA.
CAFE COCOMO NEW YEAR'S EVE 2012 GALA - San Francisco, California Cafe Cocomo New Year's Eve 2012 Gala featuring the Bay Area's premier salsa band Avance and renowned salsa DJ and radio personality DJ Luis Medina from "KPFA Radio." Ticket includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres, party favors, champagne toast, balloon drop with CASH prizes, drink specials all night long and plenty of FREE PARKING. New Year's Eve VIP Packages include private VIP booth reservation, your choice of one bottle of liquor (choice based on availability), one bottle of Champagne and admission for 6 guests.
Aloha Baby New Year's Eve! - Palo Alto, California Ring in the New Year with a rare Nor-Cal appearance of the Tikiyaki Orchestra at the beautiful Trader Vics in Palo Alto! Tikiyaki loves Nor-Cal, and have decided to do New Year's up in Palo Alto this year. Tickets include a full Trader Vics smorgasboard, 2 sets of live Exotica by The Tikiyaki Orchestra, party favors, raffle prizes and more.
Miss Kitty's Presents: APOCALIPS 2012: NEW YEARS EVE - Los Angeles, California Miss Kittys, the Boulet Brothers and Red Devil Disco Present: APOCALIPS NEW YEARS EVE 2012, a post-apocalyptic disco fantasy at the end of the world at The Dragonfly in Hollywood. PUCKER UP AND KISS THE WORLD GOODBYE. A post apocalyptic clubland fantasy of shows, road warrior gogo slaves and interactive sets featuring three areas of sexworld goodness. Battle your friends and lovers live in the THUNDERDOME GALDIATOR RING! FREE CHAMPAGNE & Ball Drop at Midnight. FLAME THROWER Fashion Show by GARBAGE VIKING. Pansexual intergalactic entertainment & STAGE SHOWS all night long. Interactive post apocalyptic sets and hypsersex booths and challenges for you to face. HOSTED BY: DYSTOPIAN STUDIOS (of Wasteland Weekend), LEOPOLD NUNAN, GARBAGE VIKING (Road Warrior / Weaponry Couture), ST PETER DEVILLE, LIP SERVICE (end of times fashion specialists), KIM NELSON (glamour girl) and CARLOS GOMEZ ARANDA (photo superstar). NUDISCO / NUELECTRO provided by DJ BARBEAU (Dirty Sanchez). COME AS YOU ARE OR DRESS READY for a post apocalyptic sex world: mad max studs, sexbot sluts, road warriors, tank girl teasers, drag aliens, thunderdome sex slaves, ALL ARE WELCOME, THEME DRESS NOT REQUIRED.
A New Years Eve Artisan Holiday Buffet & Craft Beer - San Diego, California Join Local Habit for a New Year's Eve of delicious organic, farm to table dishes and California craft beer. Executive Chef and Co-owner Nick Brune is planning a menu of Cali-Creole dishes presented buffet style beginning at 8 pm and ending at 1:30 am on New Year's Day. Reservations include all food and beverages for the evening including beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks and a midnight Champagne toast. Menu: Cheese and Charcuterie Board with Fruit Preserve, Honey, Lavash, and Crostini, Maggies Winter Mix Salad, Court Bouillon Vegetables with House Ranch and Bagna Cauda, Habit Sliders, Pork Belly Sliders, Veggie Sausage Sliders, Venison Gumbo, House Cured Ham with Mustard and Brown Sugar, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Sauteed Greens, Classic Creole Bread Puddin', and special New Year's Cheese Pizzas. We will have some special craft beers on tap including selections from Hess Brewing and Stone Brewing, among others.
Romantasy Cabaret - New Year's Eve Gala - Tempe, Arizona Romantasy Cabaret offers another festive New Year's Eve Gala guaranteed to be the most unique way to ring in your New Year's! Celebrate the New Year decadently with Phoenix's original vaudeville cabaret and variety show brimming with fun-filled skits, belly dancers, magic acts, silly comedy, burlesque performers and live music. The second annual New Year's Eve Gala will feature live music by Tesoro, a "Flamenco Fusion" band hailing from Tucson Arizona. Patrons are welcome to dance to their unique blend of Gipsy Jazz during several cabaret show intermissions and after the cabaret portion of the show. Tesoro will also play the music for some of Romantasy Cabaret's dance performances. Guests may also purchase delicious homemade food by Chi Chi's Tacos who will be serving up such tasty eats as Carne Asada Taco, Chicken Tacos as well as Vegan or Vegetarian offerings. The festive event is a masquerade ball. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their finest threads with masks, evening attire and definitely dancing shoes! Midnight will bring on the countdown fanfare and a champagne toast alongside the cast and crew. Partiers are also invited to stay after the cabaret where cast and crew come out to dance the night away to the music by Tesoro and with the guests, until the wee hours of the New Year.
Happy Nude Year! A Burlesque and Variety Gala Event - Las Vegas, Nevada Yes...it's New Years Eve! Spend it with Live Burlesque in Las Vegas for a burlesque and variety gala celebration to welcome in 2012. Wear your fancy clothes and dress to impress. The party starts for cocktail hour. Rub elbows with some of Las Vegas' most popular burlesque and variety performers over a few cocktails. The bar will be serving specialty drinks concocted just for this event as well as having some great drink specials. At 9pm guests will watch the ball drop on a live feed from Times Square projected on a big screen and share in a free champagne toast to celebrate the start of 2012 on the East Coast. After the toast the live entertainment will begin. This show will be running continuously, both in the Boom Boom Room and in the front bar room. Acts will include burlesque, music, vaudeville, and variety entertainers. At 11:45pm join the cast and the rest of the Live Burlesque in Las Vegas family outside in front of Boomers for one of the BEST views of the fireworks in town while sharing in another free champagne toast. Your host for the evening will be Blanche DeBris and dancers scheduled to perform include Lou Lou Roxy, Jon D'Ark, Miss Karla Joy, JP Nomi Malone, La Rosa Muerta, Vi Vacious, Bobbie Baltimore, Brianna Belladonna and Eric "Travis" Wilson. Also, from LA, Scarlet Letter and burlesque legends Tiffany Carter and Gypsy Louise will also perform.
New Year's Eve powered by The Polkaholics at the DANK Haus - Chicago, Illinois Willkommen 2012 at the DANK Haus with a white hot blaze of sequins and guitars known as The Polkaholics. Balloons fall from the gilded ceiling, partygoers warm up with a traditional feuerzangenbowle (a sugar cone soaked in high proof rum and lit on fire over a spiced wine) and learn their future at the Bleigiessen display, the melting of lead or wax which is then dropped into a cold bowl of water. Guests interpret the resulting shape to learn their fortune for the New Year. Each entrance includes raffle ticket to win an Epiphone guitar and food and beverages, including BBK or Kostritzer beer, wine, champagne (German Sekt), pop, pretzels and Landjaeger ( spicy dried beef sausage - a favorite of hikers).
New Year's Eve with Chemically Imbalanced Comedy! - Chicago, Illinois Chemically Imbalanced Comedy is proud to announce their 7th annual New Year's Eve Celebration. Doors will open at 8pm to a homemade dinner buffet (food includes salad, pasta, dessert and more) and drinks (draft beer, wine, mixers, juice, soda, and water). At 9pm the improv show will start. Then a break again at 10pm for more drinks and food. At 11pm the Ensemble will return to perform an interactive set of short form Improv games from their hit show "Game Night" (in the style of 'Who's Line is it Anyway?'). At midnight there will be a champagne toast with party favors, music and dancing until 2am.
The Beggar's New Year's Ball - Saint Louis, Missouri Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls of legal age! Step right up to the sexiest, strangest, wildest show on earth! A gypsy carnival, a one-ring circus, a villainous vaudeville, a bawdy bordello, a manic music hall and an unforgettable night of entertainment await you! After a year of sold out shows at the beautiful and historic Casa Loma Ballroom and taking the show all over the country, The Beggars are thrilled to take all the best elements of their show, lovingly described as "Cirque du Soleil on a whiskey bender," and turn it into the most exciting New Year's Party in the city. Featuring Lola van Ella, Sammich the Tramp, and all their favorite Beggars, many out of town special guest burlesque artists, aerialists and more, plus house band Royal We and VERY SPECIAL GUEST, all the way from Seattle, The Carny Preacher and founding member of Circus Contraption, ARMITAGE SHANKS! Fans of the Beggar's Carnivale will be amazed by the largest and most lavish spectacle The Beggar's have attempted yet. A world of fantasy and mischief awaits, as we join Sammich the Tramp & the Knock-a-bouts in a silent, black and white world turned upside down in a frenzy of wonder, magic and technicolor. It will be an unforgettable night with unforgettable characters! Come see the Acts of Daring! Devilish Dancing! High Flying! Fire Eating! Amazing Magic and so much more! Plus, Live music from The Royal We and Armitage Shanks! Dance Party with Monsieur Shawn Gaston! Champagne Toast at Midnight with the Beggars! Beggar's Alley: Featuring tons of carnival games, sideshow performers, dancers and more! A delicious midnight breakfast buffet! Random acts of delightful insanity all night long! New Year's drink specials!
Baby New Year's Time Traveling Diaper Party - Minneapolis, Minnesota Ring in the New Year and still be home in time for bed! From the creators of "The Harty Boys Save Christmas" and "The Smothers Brothers Grimm" comes an early bird New Year's Eve countdown for the whole family! Comedy! Dance! Grown Men in Diapers! Tickets for the 7pm show available here.
10th Annual New Years Comedy Bash - North Mankato, Minneapolis The Minneapolis Comedy All-Stars have been providing top notch New Years Comedy for the past decade. This time, they're bringing some of the funniest ladies in Minnesota in for one big night. This show features Tiffany Norton, Julie Bane, Diane Sieber and Dtya York.
New Years Eve with Toxic Reasons - Indianapolis, Indiana Toxic Reasons are an American hardcore punk band formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1979. They were a prolific band that went through many changes in both personnel and musical direction over the years. The core group consisted of Bruce Stuckey (lead guitar/vocals), Tufty (bass/vocals), Jimmy Joe "JJ" Pearson (drums/vocals). They haven't played together since 1996. The Toxics are joined with their friends Creepin' Charley, Vodka DeMilo and Dan Glenzig.
2012 LIVE: NYE at Hard Rock Cafe - Houston, Texas Come ring in the New Year with Hard Rock Cafe and the winner of the 2011 Band of the Year Award at Texas Buzz, Houston's own thelastplaceyoulook will rock the Hard Rock in the heart of Houston's Theatre District. Also, modern rock band Deep Ella will be playing on this special night. Radio personality A.D. from 94.5 The Buzz will serve as MC for the night and bring attendees into the New Year. Champagne toast, party favors and a night that only Hard Rock can satisfy--this New Year is going to be a good one.
New Year's Eve B-Movie Ball - Austin, Texas This New Year's Eve prepare to be thrilled at the B-Movie Ball, a costume ball and multimedia art event, where you can be a part of and interact with the spectacle. There will be local artists of different mediums creating one-of-a-kind art to enhance your New Year's experience. You can go all out and come as a mad scientist or evil alien or you can do it up classy as a sexy siren or leading man. Music by DJ Munk, art by Addam Copeland, Chepo Pena, KreweDCM, Shane Brown & Wiley Wiggins. Photo booth by Deborah Smith Photography, champagne toast at midnight, and much more!
Flamingo's Annual NYE Reggae Ball! - Austin, Texas In fine Flamingo fashion, The Mau Maus take the stage to ring in the New Year with their grooving reggae vibes! They'll be performing 2 sets while DJ Boris lays down the feel good music on the decks and Winston cooks up his famous Jamaican vittles in the back!
Soul Rebels Brass Band - New Year's Eve - New Orleans, Louisiana Imagine blending the sounds of Mardi Gras funk, soft rock, and reggae so seamlessly it defies category. Now shrink that idea into a seven-piece ensemble, add a hip hop sensibility plus a hundred years of New Orleans jazz tradition, and you get the Louisiana sound known as the Soul Rebels.
New Year's Eve Craft Beer Slam - New York, New York Join the good folks at Jimmy's No. 43 for their Craft Beer Slam, which offers an open bar and a chance to greet 2012 as a proud member of Jimmy's Community.
New Year's Eve Party! - New York, New York This New Year's Eve, Back Forty will offer its regular a la carte menu from 6-8 PM and then host their annual New Year's Eve party, with a wide array of snacks and passed hors d'oeuvres and a DJ spinning the best in hip swaying R&B, soul and funk from 10PM- 1AM. Selections will include Pigs in a Blanket, Mini Muffalettas, and a Raw Bar of Oysters, Clams and Ceviche. The party ticket also includes three drinks.
New Year's on the Hudson - New York, New York EarCandyNYC (Marc Smooth & Stone Jackson) and DJ Herbert Holler, the people behind the Freedom Dance Party, NYC's longest running weekly Friday-night dance party, present: New Year's on the Hudson with DJ SCRATCH (from EPMD and Winner of Master of the Mix)! Ring in 2012 in style, At TIAN at The Riverbank (inside Riverbank State Park). This sexy, sleek restaurant is truly one of Harlem's best kept secrets. Sitting at the edge of the beautiful Hudson River, Tian provides sweeping views of the George Washington Bridge and the Palisades. Your ticket price will include: an open bar (10pm-11pm), complimentary hors d'oeuvres (10pm-11pm), a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and a live broadcast of the Times Square ball drop. VIP Packages also available.
White Noise New Years Eve 2012 - New York, New York Bring in 2012 the right way... with the sexy rockers of White Noise and The Wild Ones party. Great music, sexy crowd and lots of alcohol... What more could you ask for?
Cubana Social New Year's Eve - Brooklyn, New York Classy Decadence. 8 Piece Band. DJ Lupe Loop. Classic Cocktails. Dancing. Timeless Fun. Join Cubana Social for a 3 course prix fixe dinner as they show off new menu items for 2012. 8 piece Afro-Cuban band "Unity" will play from from 9pm-1am. Unity's members hail straight from Havana and NYC, they've performed with Latin and Jazz legends and they're talent is guaranteed to blow your mind! DJ Lupe Loop, as featured in Cosmopolitan, Vogue & The Wall Street Journal will spin Latin, soul, funk, disco, salsa, golden-era hip hop and hits on vintage vinyl in between band sets and late night until 4am. Champagne, classic rum drinks, and old fashioned cocktails will flow all night long. Classy and fabulous. black ties welcome and don't forget your dancing shoes!