Start 2016 with a bang at the city's hottest parties and events this weekend. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly fun or an excuse to pull out your formal wear, we’ve picked the six best events you won’t want to miss. For a full list of happenings, visit our events calendar.
Palm Door and Go Bites present NYE 2015: An '80s vs. '90s Hip-Hop Dance Party
Bust a move at the hottest dance party in the city. Grab your friends and head to the Palm Door for a night full of throwback jams and fun costumes. Your $20 to $40 ticket gets you a Champagne toast at midnight, late-night snacks, and a chance to win a costume contest. Better start practicing those sick moves.
Thursday, December 31 at 9 pm
Max’s Wine Dive Austin presents New Year’s Eve Sparkling Soiree
Toast to 2016 in chic foodie style at Max’s Wine Dive. Guests will enjoy a whimsical four-course dinner with wine pairings. Snag your RSVP for the festive feast now. The meal is $50 per person with an option to add on wine pairings for $25.
Thursday, December 31 at 6 pm
Austin's New Year 2016
Ring in the new year at the biggest free party in the city, hosted by the city. The family-friendly, alcohol-free event will feature food trucks, live music, and, of course, fireworks. Performers including Grupo Fantasma, Carolyn Wonderland, and more are set to grace the stage at Auditorium Shores all evening long.
Thursday, December 31 at 4 pm
Hotel San Jose presents New Year’s Day Hangover Hangout
Treat yourself to the perfect cure at Hotel San Jose. The New Year’s Day Hangover Hangout will feature free Jo’s Coffee, specials on hotel food and cocktails, and good vibes. Round up your brunch-loving buddies and start the year on the right foot.
Friday, January 1 at 10 am
Texas Parks and Wildlife presents First Day Hikes
There's no better way to start your year than with exercise — especially in nature. Texas Parks and Wildlife hosts this annual free event, encouraging Austinites to explore the great outdoors. Each park features a slightly different activity ranging from history walks to advanced runs to mild hiking. Our top picks include Enchanted Rock, Devil's Sinkhole, Bastrop State Park, Pedernales Falls, and Inks Lake.
Friday, January 1
La Follia Austin Baroque presents Start the New Year With Bach
For a beautiful night of classical music, settle in at the First Presbyterian Church to hear a quartet from La Follia Austin Baroque that will perform solo and chamber music from Johann Sebastian Bach. There will be a violinist, flutist, cellist, and harpsichordist performing with the stained glass windows of the church as a backdrop.
Saturday, January 2 at 8 pm; Sunday, January 3 at 4 pm