Adios, 2012

New Year's Eve roundup: The top parties and concerts to kick out 2012 and welcome 2013

New Year's Eve roundup: The top parties and concerts to kick out 2012 and welcome 2013

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It's time to recover from your peppermint comas and patch up those Red Ryder BB gun wounds, because only a few days are left before the next day of overindulgence arrives.

Private New Year’s Eve parties are fine and all, but massive gatherings with strangers are the proper way to celebrate the holiday. Here are our top choices for ringing in 2013, Austin style.

ACL Live: Willie Nelson with Iron & Wine

Any holiday spent with Willie will be a memorable one, so an evening with Willie Nelson & Friends should put anyone in a good mood before the clock strikes midnight. Top indie artist Iron & Wine will also perform and the entire evening will top off with the traditional champagne toast, a given for any proper New Year's celebration.

W Austin Coast-to-Coast NYE Celebration

Why ring in the New Year just once when you can celebrate it in four time zones? Maximize your champagne toasts as the W Austin utilizes its entire second floor for a night that includes a headlining performance by Quiet Company, an open bar, and cuisine bites inspired by the sister W properties in New York, Scottsdale and Hollywood.

Neon Indian at Mohawk

Although splitting time between Brooklyn and Alan Palomo’s native Texas, Neon Indian has decided that Austin is the place to be to end 2012. And is there a better bar and music venue to rock out than the Mohawk, especially if you’re seeking to escape some of the more glitzy events downtown? I don’t think so.

Bob Schneider’s New Year’s Eve at The Paramount

Music is honestly one of the best ways to celebrate the holidays in Austin, so an evening with one of the biggest Austin-based talents should be a night that’s worth a toast of its own. Saints of Valory will join Bob Schneider in the celebration, marking the band's last Austin appearance before SXSW.

The African Children’s Choir rocks Rainey Street

Joined by big and small screen star Taylor Kitsch at Lustre Pearl, the African Children’s Choir will showcase the work done by the Music for Life Institute. Their work has helped educate over 50,000 vulnerable children and all proceeds from the event will go towards their education program and help the thousands of children in seven African countries. In the end, spreading goodwill is the best way to welcome 2013.

Looking even more New Year's Eve options? Peruse our Events Calendar and perhaps you’ll find the perfect fit for you and your friends to party for the final countdown.