6 Best New Year’s Celebrations


It’s time to start making plans for the last holiday of the year. Whether you choose parties, fireworks or relaxation, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the New Year around town.

Words By Sam Lauron

1. NYE 1989
with Hotel Vegas & The Volstead 

Party like it’s 1989 with east Austin bars, Hotel Vegas and The Volstead. The annual themed party at the heart of East Sixth Street is celebrating 80s-style with musical tributes to Madonna, Tom Petty, Nine Inch Nails and much more. The party starts at 5pm so get there early, ring in the New Year at midnight and continue celebrating through the early morning.  1502 E. 6th St.

2. Antone’s Nightclub
New Year’s Eve 2017

There’s no place like Antone’s—especially on New Year’s Eve! Head to the legendary music venue for a night of New Orleans-style music featuring the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and New Breed Brass Band. Both bands hail from the Crescent City and perform their own unique style of brass band music. Tickets range from $60-$90, and the show starts at 9:30pm.  305 E. 5th St. 

3. Huston-Tillotson University
New Year’s Eve Gala 

If you’re feeling fancy this year, get your tickets for the New Year’s Eve Gala hosted by the Austin Chapter of the Huston-Tillotson International Alumni Association. The fundraiser, which aims to raise money for an endowed scholarship at the university, includes everything from a midnight champagne toast, to silent auction and even a breakfast buffet. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Midtown from 9pm to 1am and tickets start at $100.  600 Middle Fiskville Rd.

4. Austin’s New Year
at Auditorium Shores

A classic way to celebrate the holiday in Austin, Austin’s New Year is an evening filled with festival activities, performances and, of course, fireworks. This family-friendly event runs from 3pm to 10:30pm so you can still make it home by midnight to ring in the New Year after the day’s festivities.  900 W. Riverside Dr.

5. Eastside Yoga’s
New Year’s Eve Renewal 

Looking to start your festivities off with a relaxation session? Join Eastside Yoga for an evening of yoga and meditation to prep and refresh for the new year. From 4:30pm to 6:30pm, you will “shed the old and welcome the new” through restorative yoga, healing meditation and guided intention setting for the year ahead. The class is $25, and all levels are welcome.  1050 E. 11th St. Suite 150

6. Contigo
New Year’s Eve Party

Make your way to the ranch-style restaurant for this year’s New Year’s Eve party full of dancing, drinks, and plenty of good food. Guest can enjoy an open bar, full buffet dinner, dance floor and, of course, a champagne toast because what is New Year’s Eve without the bubbly? The event is 21+ and tickets are $100 a person.  2027 Anchor Ln.


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