From posh art galas and riverboat soirees to hip-hop sessions and stand-up comedy, here are 28 assorted cultural bashes that promise to enrich your life this New Year's Eve—or at least get you out of the house.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
New Year’s pARTy This swanky gala not only allows for a late-night stroll through Dale Chihuly's glass exhibit, but also boasts the best view of the neighboring Space Needle fireworks. Enjoy Northwest-inspired appetizers and gaze through the glass roof as 2013 arrives in full color. 8pm, $200.
Jet City Improv's New Year's Eve Spectacular Dress up and stay late for lots of improv-comic revelry. There’s a champagne toast and dance party at midnight, with plenty of appetizers and desserts (and a full bar) to keep you going strong. 8pm–1am, $35–$100.
Xtreme New Year's Theatresports Party Watch teams of theater nerds battle it out for two hours of Theatresports—games of improvised comedy—to be the last comics standing in 2012. After the countdown begins, the party is on. 10pm, $28–$40.
The Dina Martina Christmas Show Carols crumple in the hands of actor Grady West's alter ego, a surreally untalented chanteuse whose sole gift remains her ability to inspire convulsive laughter. Head out after to show to watch the Space Needle fireworks, or stay late for a very Sapphic New Year's bash. 8–9:30pm, $20–$25.
New Year’s Eve with Drew Barth Start the New Year with a laugh, courtesy of Drew Barth, a standout Seattle stand-up who's shared a stage with the likes of Jim Gaffigan and Nick Swardson. Shows at 8 & 10:30pm, $25.
New Year's Eve: Concert, Countdown, and Celebration Ring in lucky 2013 with Morlot and the symphony, Benjamin Grosvenor as featured pianist on Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no. 2, followed by Beethoven's Ninth. A post-show party follows in the grand lobby. 9pm, $52–$152.
New Year's Eve Bash with Monogamy Party Relive your headbanging days with hard-rocking locals Monogamy Party and opening acts the Wimps, Haunted Horses, and Ubu Roi. 9pm, $7.
Atomic Rodeo: A NYE Throwdown A night of Americana with headliners Brent Amaker and the Rodeo—a cult cowboy-motorcycle group—and the Atomic Bombshells, a burlesque troupe featured in GQ and Bust magazines. 21+, 8pm, $25.
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band This Grammy-winning, congo-drumming band leader brings his spicy beats for two late shows, each with a three-course menu option. Shows at 8:45 & 11pm, $61–$175.
Ayron Jones and The Way, Scrumptious and the Backseat, Boxcar Rebellion Seattle blues guitarist Ayron Jones and drummer Conrad Real, prone to rock-star solos, are reason enough to stay awake past midnight. 9pm, $10–$12.
Lazer Ball NYE Top Seattle hip-hop acts Fresh Espresso, Grynch, Keyboard Kid, and Metal Chocolates unite to rhyme all night in the U-District. 8pm, $19.
Beats Antique The electronic world fusion trio Beats Antique employs experimental instrumentals and belly dancing to deliver as unique as any New Year's Eve experience at the Paramount. 8:30pm, $37–$147.
Chus and Ceballos Two Iberian DJs will infuse your first memories of 2013 with their sexy Spanish ritmos. Champagne toast included. 8pm, $40–$130.
Showbox at the Market
Pickwick Seattle’s next breakout act blends indie rock instrumentals and the soulful wailing of LA transplant Galen Disston for a blissful ride into the New Year. 8pm, $21.50–$25.
Rewind This rockin’ and poppin’ ’80s and ’90s cover band will happily remind you just how many new years you’ve lived through. 21+, 9:30pm, $20.
Supersuckers Pull on your dustiest boots and kick in the New Year with the dirty cow-punk sound of the Supersuckers. 10:30pm, $25.
The Triple Door
Dudley Manlove Quartet One of the Northwest’s most famous cover bands brings its '60s, '70s and '80s expertise to the Triple Door for a set that may cover everything from Neil Diamond to the Buggles.
Resolution 2013 WaMu Theater turns into one big dance floor as Dieselboy, Doctor P, Funtcase, Mord Fustang, and Rusko gather to help electronic dance music fans shuffle their way into 2013.
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza with Spellbinder and McTuff Sharing the holiday spotlight: Santana drummer Michael Shrieve's instrumental group Spellbinder, and organist Joe Doria's jazzy trio, McTuff. 8pm, $15.
WinterFest Whether you're swooshing around the ice rink, watching model trains motor around the Winter Village, or enjoying a performance by the Rhythm Nation, there's something (free) for everyone in this month-long festival. New Year's Eve fireworks over the Space Needle help launch us into 2013. 10am–1am, free.
Seattle Children's Museum
New Year's Eve Celebration Celebrate the coming of 2013 as it makes its way across the globe by learning about the New Year's traditions in India, Madagascar, Russia, and many other countries as you go. "Toasts" at 11am, 12, 1, 2, 3, and 4pm, $7–$8.
Woody Allen in the '70s: Annie Hall While Woody Allen remains one of the most prolific and acclaimed filmmakers in the business today, it's hard to argue that his early work in the 1970s wasn't his finest. Rediscover his brilliant nebbish roots with a New Year's Eve screening of Annie Hall (a new 35mm print). 6:30pm, $6–$8.
Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
Underworld New Year's Eve Party Take a steamy stroll underground through what was once Seattle's red-light district. This risque tour includes tales of debauched nights, a cocktail, and midnight champagne toast at Doc Maynard's Public House. Tours at 7, 8, 9, and 10pm, $25.
Rockin' New Year’s Eve Sing-Along Jason Miller hosts this boogie-filled 2012 musical retrospective. Get down to this year's best and worst music videos. 9:30pm, $12.
Indulgence New Year's Eve Party Certainly the most epic of New Year's Eve opportunities, this bash combines five parties, over 25 bars, three stages, a photo booth, and—best of all—free afterhours access to the EMP museum. 8pm, $59–$350.
15th Annual New Year's Eve Tango Ball Don your finest vintage garb and—after a quick tango lesson—dance the year away. A champagne toast, buffet, dessert bar, and raffle prizes await. 9pm, $20–$40.
Queen of Seattle
New Year's Eve Celebration 2012 Cruise Lake Union on an authentic paddlewheel boat while enjoying music, hors d'oeuvres, and a champagne toast at midnight beneath the Space Needle fireworks. 10–12:30am. $89.
Inferno NYE Party Let the New Year rain down upon you with glitter (you know, from the glitter cannons) and the music of Lady Jane DJ. Dress to impress (flapper attire encouraged), watch the burlesque dancers, and hop into the photo booth to commemorate the occasion. Funds raised from casino games support LGBT Ugandans. 8pm, $45–$55.
With reporting and listings by Seth Sommerfeld. Anything we missed? Add it to the comments section.