2018 is quickly approaching, and Austin knows how to celebrate in style. From live music and discos to family-friendly events, ATX has a range of events so you and your loved ones can ring in the New Year the right way. Check out some of the events we’ve highlighted so you can start planning your New Year’s Eve trip to town!
Willie Nelson. Courtesy of ACL Live at the Moody Theater.
Willie Nelson & Family at ACL Live
Willie Nelson plays Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater once again to ring in the New Year. Joined by Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real and Blackberry Smoke, Nelson will play three back-to-back shows (December 29 - 31) to properly welcome 2018 in the most Austin way possible – with good music and good vibes.
Speakeasy’s NYE Bash
Since 1997, Speakeasy has been hosting a legendary New Year’s Eve blowout to ring in the New Year. Celebrate with thousands of party-goers and enjoy tunes from various DJs, festive hats and noisemakers, bottle service and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. If you’re feeling extra fancy you can purchase tickets for reserved seating and VIP options.
NYE 1976 at Hotel Vegas
We may be entering a New Year, but Hotel Vegas wants to take you back to 1976 with some of the best jams of the year. Partnering with the Volstead, more than 20 local bands like Sweet Spirit, Moving Panoramas and Rock and Roll Over will be performing covers of greats like Fleetwood Mac, ABBA, the Eagles and more. With food and drink specials all night long, this blast from the past will be a great way to boogie into the coming year.
Whisler’s Interior, credit Mark Weatherford.
Whisler’s New Years Eve
East Austin favorite Whisler’s is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash for the books! Enjoy an all vinyl set by DJ Jeff Strange from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., a special NYE cocktail menu and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
NYE Disco Inferno
If you’re looking for something a little funkier, Emo’s is hosting elecro-funk duo Chromeo for a DJ set sure to get you dancing. Start your night on the town by dancing with friends and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
Saengerrunde NYE Gala
If you’re looking for a family-friendly event, German heritage organization Austin Saengerrunde is planning a night of fun. Bring your dancing shoes because live music by the Czech Melody Masters will keep the party going all night long. A champagne toast and German breakfast will be provided when the clock strikes midnight.
Courtesy of Cheer Up Charlies.
Saved by the Ball at Cheer Up Charlies
Live music and dance parties are Cheer Up Charlies’ specialty, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Weezer, No Doubt, Blink 182, Alanis Morisette and other covers will provide the dance party soundtrack. Stick around until midnight and dance into the new year with a DJ set by DJ GirlFriend.
It's a New Year's Miracle Party
Head to the Miracle on Fifth Street pop up bar for a spirited New Year's Eve you're not likely to forget. From 8 p.m. - 2 a.m., enjoy a live DJ mixing classic Christmas/New Year’s songs, watch the Jingle Ball drop and celebrate with a fesitve champagne toast at midnight. Be sure to bring a sweater or gift to donate to Goodwill, the Arch and the Austin Children's Shelter.
New Year's Eve at Lone Star Court
Lone Star Court will be hosting a New Year’s Eve bash at the hotel’s onsite restaurant, The Water Trough, which includes a performance from DJ OG Sprocket starting at 9 p.m. Attendees will receive a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight along with some special offerings from the bar.
Aviary. Courtesy of Resplendent Hospitality.
Chill NYE Party at Aviary
Not feeling the typical dance party vibe this NYE? Celebrate like a local at Aviary Wine & Kitchen;s Chill NYE Party. For $25 at the door, you'll enjoy a bubbles toast at midnight, snacks and seafood towers. If you'd rather opt out of the entrance fee, you'll still be able to order from the full beverage list all night.
NYE at SCH: The Red City
Travel to Marrakesh with the South Congress Hotel's New Years party, a Moroccan night market-themed celebration. Your $130 ticket includes booze, bubbles, Moroccan-style cocktails and a champagne toast at midnight, pastries and late-night Moroccan snacks, a dance party, fortune tellers and henna artists and a photobooth.
Austin’s New Year
You don’t have to wait until the night to celebrate New Years. Austin’s New Year, presented by the Austin Convention Center, is a family-friendly event with three stages of live music, good food, art installations and a magic forest for the kids. The day kicks off at 3 p.m. with live music, continuing until 10 p.m. Local Austin artists will be on display, including “Path to Enlightenment,” an interactive, visual instillation by Jeff Miller. Take the kids by the magic forest to take a ride on a train, take a whack at a giant piñata and make crafts with some of the ladies from #BossBabesATX.
Fonda San Miguel. Credit Ashlyn Allison.
NYE at Geraldine's
Geraldine’s will be offering a pre-fixe meal and special NYE party favors for guests that book dinner reservations 8 p.m. and later on New Year's Eve. Then, ring in the New Year with a live music performance from Akina Adderley and the Vintage Playboys starting at 9 p.m. This 9-piece band will help you bring in 2018 with soul.
New Years Eve with backYARD at Waller Creek
Start your day with backYARD’s signature Live Music Brunch featuring savory menu items like the Chorizo & Pepper Jack Grits Benedict and Texas French Toast; plus, tunes from Mack ‘n’ Dreams Soulful Reggae Duo at 11:30 a.m. Then, end your night (and year) with a delicious dinner at backYARD, live music performance by Bethany Becker at 9 p.m. and champagne toast at midnight. On New Year’s Day, Dory and The Beet will kick off backYARD’s January live music program with a special showcase at 10 a.m.
NYE Party at The Rose Room + 77 Degrees Rooftop Bar
From 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., the Rose Room will be throwing a party to close out 2017. Admission gets you into both the Rose Room and 77 Degrees Rooftop, and guests can expect two live DJs and bottle service pricing deals, depending on group size.
Fonda San Miguel's New Years Day Brunch
Find yourself craving a big brunch on New Year's Eve? Don't miss Fonda's famed Hacienda Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Start the big day with a bang at this central Austin icon's extensive brunch buffet.
No matter the celebration you’re looking for, Austin has you covered. Here’s to a new year with even more groovy tunes, tasty food and fun with friends and family in Austin!
Contributed by Nicole Zielinski, Visit Austin Marketing Communications Intern.