Austin’s New Year 2017 at Auditorium Shores. This is Austin’s big New Year’s Eve shindig, complete with local musicians and fireworks. It’s free and family-friendly, and it kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday, so the fun lasts all day long.
NYE 1989! at Hotel Vegas & The Volstead. Party like it’s 1989 on the east side with this themed party featuring tributes to some of the best bands of the late ’80s, from Kate Bush to My Bloody Valentine to INXS and the Beastie Boys.
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Bash from the Past: The Historic Scoot Inn NYE Party. If themed parties are your thing, the recently remodeled Scoot Inn is hosting a Wild West/saloon-themed event. It’s free and the drinks are cheap, and with the Scoot’s small size it’s sure to be an intimate, chill evening.
New Year’s Eve Bash at Punch Bowl Social. Keeping in theme with the themed parties theme (say that five times fast), Punch Bowl Social at The Domain is hosting a Great Gatsby-themed event featuring music from the 1920s. Admission is free (and there’s a free champagne toast at midnight), but VIP seating is $50 per couple. (If you don’t want to venture to the Domain but still want to ring in 2017 Roaring ’20s-style, try Eberly’s Prohibition Era-themed four-course prix fixe dinner.)
Willie Nelson & Family New Year at Austin City Limits Live. It’s the quintessential Austin New Year’s Eve event, so maybe this is the year to cross it off your Austin bucket list. Austin treasure Willie Nelson is playing three nights in a row at ACL Live, with different special guests each night (and a performance from Nelson’s son’s band, Lukas Nelson and Promise of The Real, on Saturday night).
Kids New Year’s Eve Eve Party at Pflugerville Public Library. If your kids insist on staying up to ring in the new year, this is a great compromise: Children up to age 12 can celebrate the new year with fun, dancing and a countdown to 12:00 (noon, that is) on Friday.
Keep It Quiet NYE 2016 at Fair Market. The annual Keep It Quiet party sells out every year, and for good reason: Your ticket gets you an all-inclusive bar, music, pizza, party favors and more. Plus, it’s for a good cause — this year, the party benefits the Clifford Antone Foundation.
New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise on Lady Bird Lake. Lone Star Riverboat is offering a three-hour BYOB cruise on Lady Bird Lake for $65 per person, featuring fajitas for dinner and unlimited nonalcoholic beverages, with a free champagne toast at midnight.
Justine’s Presents: Exquisite Underground NYE 2017. This party has everything: An open bar, dancers, separate bars for mezcal and champagne, “bites and candy and midnight snacks” and a massive balloon drop. It’s got a steep price tag of $200, but as the name promises, it’s sure to be exquisite.
New Year’s Eve at W Austin. The W Hotel is hosting not one, but two separate New Year’s Eve parties: The Gold Party, which promises “glitterati glam” and “ridiculous surprises,” and the Neon Party, which is described as a “magnetic night of music and revelry.” Take your pick or buy a pass to both parties, and the hotel is also offering room specials for the night. They’re even offering to help you recover the next day with a hangover brunch featuring all-you-can-eat pancakes and Bloody Mary and mimosa bars.
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