The New Year’s Garbage Bash moves to Conor Byrne and brings along Honcho Poncho. Courtesy of the band

The New Year’s Garbage Bash moves to Conor Byrne and brings along Honcho Poncho. Courtesy of the band

Your Guide to New Year’s Eve in Seattle

Fill your weekend with folly and frivolity and music for every taste as we ring in 2018.


Resolution 2018 Three stages of music, featuring Alesso, ARMNHMR, BlackGummy, Crizzly—and that’s just the beginning of the alphabet. WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., $97–$167. 6:30 p.m.

A Swingin’ Prefunk Celebrate New Year’s Eve Eve Eve with dining and swing dancing hosted by KUOW’s Amanda Wilde. ’30s & ’40s attire encouraged, but not required. 21 and over. Dinner seatings 6:30, 6:45, 7 p.m.;; dancing 9:30 p.m. Dance + dinner $90, dance only $20–$25. Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St.,


Bollywood Masquerade Hosted by DJ Ki & DJ Skee, with Brittany Newton and Bollywood dance group LIVE2DANCE. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., $15–$25. 9 p.m.

Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme A pre-NYE bash wth this “funk juggernaut.” 21 and over. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., $12–$20. 9 p.m.

White Dress Latin Party Salsa night! Salsa night! Five bucks off if you wear white! Club Sur, 2901 First Ave. S., $15. 8 p.m.


Artist Home New Year’s Eve Celebration With Hobosexual, Cataldo, Smokey Brights, the Maldives, Sassyblack, and about a dozen more acts. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., $50. 9 p.m.

BollyGrooves New Year’s Eve 2018 DJ Aanshul and DJ TAMM play Bollywood dance music with all the festive trimmings. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., $31.50–$45. 9 p.m.

BowieVision Ring in the Year of the (Diamond) Dog with this tribute band. 7 p.m. show ($125) includes dinner; 10:30 p.m. show ($90) includes apps, dessert, and champagne, of course. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., $90–$125. 7 p.m.

Candi Pop Chop Suey’s bubblegum dance party promises “Glitter, Lollipops, Rainbows, Unicorns . . . and, oh yeah, Girl Power!” Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., $15–$25. 9 p.m.

Cathedral Choir of St. James French music for choir and two organs, plus a midnight surprise. St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., $30. 11 p.m.

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music The Duke composed music for three church performances—liturgies, essentially, combining jazz, blues, and gospel music—in 1965, ’68, and ’73 for San Francisco, New York, and London. Though not intended specifically for Christmas performance, music from these concerts has become a year-end tradition for the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. They’ll be joined by the Northwest Chamber Chorus, vocal soloists Nichol Veneé Eskridge and Stephen Newby, and tap dancer Alex Dugdale. Presented by Earshot Jazz. At University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. N.E., 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 30, and St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St., Medina, 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 31. $14–$40.

Extreme New Year’s Theatresports Party Enjoy Unexpected Productions’ improv battle until the stroke of midnight—and really, aren’t we all just making it up as we go along? Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, $32–$45. 10 p.m.

Glamorama New Year’s Eve Party In the Copacabana Ballroom: ’80s tribute band Prom Date MIXTAPE and the Spirographs. In the Strainer Lounge: Live music (with Lushy) and DJs. Club Sur, 2901 First Ave. S., $30–$70. 7:30 p.m.

Hell’s Belles & Belles Bent for Leather All-female AC/DC and Judas Priest tribute bands, plus Iron Dragon. 21 and over. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., $9.99–$25. 9 p.m.

Hey Now! Barboza’s NYE bash promises “All Your Guilty Pleasures & One-Hit Wonders”—more recent ones, that is, so, for example, Blink 192 and Ke$ha rather than Bobby Goldsboro and Gilbert O’Sullivan. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., $10–$100. 9 p.m.

Highway 99 House Party The Duffy Bishop Band headlines the 13th annual Hayride to Hell bash. Highway 99 Blues Club, 1414 Alaskan Way, $35– $50. 8 p.m.

Honcho Poncho’s New Year’s Garbage Bash Formerly held at Cafe Racer (RIP), this evening of music, drinking, dancing, and magic tricks features the Sons of Rainier and Chris Acker. 21 and over. Conor Byrne, 5140 Ballard Ave. N.W., $10–$15. 8 p.m.

Indulgence Music, comedy, access to the museum, and more at Seattle’s most aggressively hyped NYE event! Museum of Pop Culture, 325 Fifth Ave. N., $69–$350. 8 p.m.

Moisture Festival Celebrate with the varieté acts you love during the March-April festival. Hale’s Palladium, 4301 Leary Way N.W., $75–$90. 8 p.m.

Moulin Rouge! New Year’s Eve Party Sing-Along Baz Luhrmann’s splashy, pop-drenched eye-popper. SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., $15–$20. 6:30 p.m.

Neon NYE: ’80s Night With Nite Wave, Voyager, #All4Doras, and DJ Baby Van Beezly. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., $25–$45. 8 p.m.

New Year’s Eve at Century Ballroom Live salsa (with a free lesson at 9:30). Outdancing for the LGBTQ community in the West Hall. Three dinner seatings: 6:30, 6:45, 7 p.m. Century dance + dinner: $110–$120. Century dance: $40. West Hall dance + dinner: $90. West Hall dance: $20. Both dance rooms: $50. Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St.

New Year’s Eve at The Royal Room Vintage swing (from the Royal Room Orchestra) and dinner. The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., $70. 8 p.m.

New Year’s Eve pARTy A tour through the glass art, dancing to the Michael Benson Band, eats & drinks, and of course the Space Needle fireworks overhead. Chihuly Garden and Glass, 305 Harrison St., $250. 8 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Party Cruise A three-hour cruise with all the NYE perks. Boarding begins at 9 p.m. at Waterways Homeport at 2441 N. Northlake Way. Waterways Cruises and Events, $287. 9:30 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Soirée With Thunderpussy, Industrial Revelation, KOLARS, and other special guests. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., showbox $29.50–$35. 10 p.m.

New Year’s Eve With the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band First show, music starts at 8:45; second show, at 11. Various packages with or without dinner. Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., $51–$181.

Nordic New Year’s Fest Three floors of music include funk, disco, and Nordic folk tunes; plenty of ABBA, probably; gingersnaps and champagne; and dinner, if you want, for $50. Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Free–$30. 8 p.m. Sun., Dec. 31.

NYE at the Musicquarium Enjoy the soulful jazz and funky jams of the Hot McGandhis—with no cover! 21 and over. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 8:30 p.m.

Puget Sound Concert Opera Gala A festive revue of operatic highlights from Mozart to Massenet. Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St., $20. 7:30 p.m.

Seattle Children’s Museum NYE Every hour it’s 2018 in a different time zone, so the SCM will celebrate the new year in India, Russia, Ethiopia, Turkey, France, Morocco, and Brazil with a countdown, an apple-juice toast, and traditional crafts. Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Seattle Symphony Pianist/singer Tony DeSare is the guest for their gala (including a post-concert party), playing music from Elton John to Gershwin. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., $56–$154. 9 p.m.

Shine “Shine” is the theme, so dress accordingly. Three stages of music. Open after hours until 5 a.m.! Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave., $15–$45. 9 p.m.

Smashing Flannel & the Aqua Nets ’80s and ’90s dance hits; Princeology opens. Substation, 645 N.W. 45th St., $15–$20. 8 p.m.

SNAP ’90s Dance Party Several DJs, plus champagne and all that. LoFi Seattle, 429 Eastlake Ave. E., $25. 9 p.m.

Spectra: NYE Under the Arches Top DJs from KEXP and a great view of the Space Needle fireworks. Plus, of course, PSC access with science and laser shows. Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., $80–$180. 9 p.m.

Super Sonic Soul Pimps New Year’s Invasion With Karmic Unrest. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., $15–$20. 9 p.m.

Tiffany Wilson A bash with Screens and DJ Eugene Fauntleroy. Seamonster Lounge, 2202 N. 45th St., $20. 9 p.m.

Wonderland A special NYE celebration for this winter-themed cabaret features a unique menu, champagne, and party favors. Can Can, 94 Pike Pl., $65–$155. 5:30, 8, & 11 p.m.

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