Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Austin


Whether you’re ringing in 2018 with friends, family or a significant other, you’re probably trying to choose between Austin’s many New Year’s Eve events. Choices are hard. We’ve got some ideas for you.

Austin’s New Year’s Eve at Auditorium Shores. The city of Austin is throwing its annual New Year’s Eve bash on the shores of Lady Bird Lake with kid-friendly activities, live music and food truck cuisine — all free of charge.

Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp at the Thinkery. If your kiddos are too young to make it to midnight (or if you think they shouldn’t be staying up that late anyway), check out the noon and 2 p.m. balloon drops at Austin’s children museum with winter crafts and “snowball” flights.

Third Annual Launderette New Year’s Eve Celebration at Launderette. Get the new year started a little early with a four-course prix fixe dinner for $85 per person.

NYE 1976! at Hotel Vegas & The Volstead. Party like it’s 1976, randomly, featuring the best music from 41 years ago. Think ABBA, Tom Petty, The Ramones, Blondie and more.

Grupo Fantasma and Capyac at Empire. Oh, you’re into dancing? Austin’s world class cumbia ensemble has the hip-switching grooves to make you move, and electro funk duo Capyac spent the year destroying dancefloors around the country. Capyac served pancakes on stage at their Austin City Limits Music Festival set this year, so who knows what they’ll cook up for New Year’s Eve. Superfónicos, Trouble in the Streets and Continental Drift also play the two-stage bash.

NYE with Golden Dawn Arkestra, Holy Wave and Daikaiju at Barracuda. This all-ages show with the jazz and funk group (and easily the best-costumed band in Austin) will set off your 2018 in the most avant garde Austin way possible.

Saved by the Ball: NYE at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Party like it’s the early aughts with covers of classic Weezer, No Doubt, Blink 182 and Alanis Morisette (among others). 

All That Glitters NYE Party at Azul Rooftop Pool Bar + Lounge. Ring in 2018 from high over Austin with an open bar, a champagne toast and light bites for $165 per person.

Bob Schneider’s New Year’s Eve Party at the Paramount. He’s one of Austin’s most beloved artists, and he loves celebrating the holidays with his hometown.

BODY ROCK ATX: Moon Masquerade at the Sahara Lounge. It’s one of Austin’s top dance parties, this time with free chicken wings (seriously). 

Neon New Year’s Eve at Punch Bowl Social. If you’d rather avoid the downtown crowds, Punch Bowl Social in the Domain is hosting a party straight outta the 1980s. Costumes encouraged! 

Keep It Quiet: The NYE Party 2017 at Fair Market. Keep it quiet or tell everyone you know. A ticket gets you drinks, pizza and more, and it’s all for a good cause: The Clifford Antone Foundation.

“Wild” New Year’s Parties at W Austin. Get wild at two separate parties -- the “Urban Wild” party, which has a “modern street culture” theme, and the “Jungle Glam” party, which has “wild rides and ferocious surprises.” Choose your own adventure.

Are we missing something? Add it to our event calendar here and choose “New Year’s Eve” as the category.

Deborah Sengupta Stith also contributed to this report.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Community news: TreeFolks to give away trees Saturday

TRAVIS COUNTY NORTH AUSTIN TreeFolks to give away trees TreeFolks will distribute 1,200 fruit and shade trees to Austin Energy customers from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Austin Community College Northridge Campus, 11928 Stonehollow Drive, in the first tree giveaway of 2018. Free trees are available for Austin Energy customers, who may bring their...
Williamson sheriff gets approval for deputies to be on ‘Live PD’ show
Williamson sheriff gets approval for deputies to be on ‘Live PD’ show

Williamson County sheriff’s deputies might get to show how they roll on prime-time TV. The Williamson County Commissioners Court gave its approval Thursday to the sheriff’s office to negotiate a contract with a television show that does live recordings of law enforcement on their daily calls. The show, called “Live PD,” is broadcast...
PolitiFact: Teachers don’t have college degrees? Give than an F
PolitiFact: Teachers don’t have college degrees? Give than an F

Andrew White, a Democratic candidate for Texas governor who’s called for $5,000 pay raises for public school teachers, declared that half of the state’s newest teachers lack college degrees. White, a Houston investor, said, “I know this: One way to fix education is to pay teachers more, so that we can attract the best teachers and...
Traffic report for Jan. 22, 2018

Interstate 35 (Travis County): The inside lane on the northbound access road will be closed at Slaughter Lane for three-quarters of a mile from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday nights; the entrance ramp will also be closed. Reduced to one northbound lane under Stassney Lane from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Wednesday; the entrance from William...
White says with Straus out as speaker, Texas will be a ‘runaway truck’
White says with Straus out as speaker, Texas will be a ‘runaway truck’

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew White said Saturday that it is imperative for Democrats to take the Governor’s Mansion in 2018 because otherwise, with the departure of Joe Straus as speaker of the House, Texas government will be a “runaway truck without anyone able to hit the brakes.” “Over and over, Speaker Straus...
More Stories