New Year's Eve firework. (Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons)
Ring in the "Noon" Year with little ones during a kid-friendly party at Gilbert House Children’s Museum. There will be crafts, photo ops and a balloon drop at 12 p.m. The event starts at 10 a.m. Admission costs $8. Children under 1 are free. 116 Marion St. N.E. More info is on the Gilbert House website.
Another kid-friendly New Year’s Eve party will be at Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre. There will be a DJ, dancing and a hot chocolate bar from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10. 187 High St. N.E. More info is on Facebook.
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Feel like dancing? The Yard Food Park is hosting a Latin dance New Year’s Eve party. There’s a dance lesson from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and bachata, salsa and cumbia dancing until 1 a.m. There will be a midnight champagne toast, party favors and Spanish sangria. $15 cover. 4106 State St. More info is on Facebook.
Say adios to el año viejo at Xicha Brewing Company during their Ecuadorian-style New Year’s Eve fiesta. Traditionally there is an effigy doll stuffed with notes from family and friends about what they’d like to say goodbye to from the last year. At the stroke of midnight everyone gathers to light the doll on fire. At the brewery, an “X” pinata will be used. The event starts at 9 p.m. 576 Patterson St. N.W. More info is on Facebook.
Laugh your way into the new year during Capitol City Theater’s “best of” improv comedy show. The event starts at 10 p.m. and will end with a dessert and appetizer buffet, plus a champagne toast. Tickets cost $23 online plus fees, or $30 at the door. 210 Liberty St. S.E. More info is on the Capitol City Theater website.
Belt out your favorite karaoke song during Heroes Tap House’s New Year’s Eve party. There will be a taco bar, food and drink specials and a champagne toast at midnight. 4435 Liberty Rd. S. More info is on Facebook.
That’s not your only chance to sing. Shooters Café and Saloon is having karaoke, party favors and photo opportunities starting at 8 p.m. There’s also a champagne toast at midnight. 4615 Silverton Rd. N.E. More info is on Facebook.
Several places around town are celebrating with 20s-themed events.
French flappers in the 1920s. (Photo licensed under CC by 2.0)
At Archive Coffee and Bar 1920s festivities include classic cocktails, a midnight champagne toast and decorations. The party starts at 4 p.m. and lasts until 1 a.m. 102 Liberty St. N.E. More info is on Facebook.
Shake your gams at The Space Concert Club during its roaring 2020s speakeasy party. There will be photos and a costume contest. The event starts after 7 p.m. 1128 Edgewater St. N.W. More info is on Facebook.
Sleuths can participate in a murder mystery tea party at Taproot Lounge and Café. The murder mystery starts at 5:55 p.m. and tickets are on sale at Taproot. Later in the night, the Mad Hatter’s Wonderland Ball starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. 356 State St. More info is on Facebook.
Miss your prom years? You can re-live them at the Silver Spur during a prom-themed New Year’s Eve party with spiked punch, dance music and a midnight champagne toast. The event run from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5 cover charge. 1821 Silverton Rd. N.E. More info is on Facebook.
Join three drag queens as they host a New Year’s Eve drag show at Southside Speakeasy. There will be a dance party, champagne toast and midnight buffet. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 through Dec. 30 and $20 at the door. Presale tickets include a free cab ride. 3529 Fairview Industrial Dr. S.E. More info is on Facebook.
Celebrate the end of the year at Noble Wave as DJ Sticky Soundwaves provides the beats. There’s a $5 cover and a midnight champagne toast included. The event runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. 189 Liberty St. N.E. More info is on Facebook.
Listen to blues artist Ty Curtis perform and enjoy an appetizer buffet during a New Year’s Eve party at Rudy’s Steakhouse. Admission is free and there’s an appetizer buffet for $25. Every person that attends will get a chance to grab as much cash and gift cards as they can with 30 seconds in Rudy’s cash box. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. 350 Chemeketa St. N.E More info is on Facebook.
See an event missing? Contact reporter Saphara Harrell at 503-549-6250, [email protected] or @daisysaphara.