KWANZAA CELEBRATION: 6 p.m. Monday at the Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Ave. The salute to Ujamaa (cooperative economics) will feature African dancers and drummers, pouring of libation, meaning of the seven principles, children’s skit, ethnic food and a book vendor. Wear your Afro-centric attire. Sponsored by the Columbia Chapter of Black Social Workers, KRST Temple Universal, ASCAC, the Kemetic Institute and the Association of Black Psychologists.
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT NOON: Wednesday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Columbia’s only ball drop for kids, doors open at 9 a.m. with activities celebrating New Year’s Eve around the world. (803) 779-3100
FAMOUSLY HOT NEW YEAR CELEBRATION: 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday at Main and Hampton streets. Main Street crit races – Kids Fun Run begins at 3 p.m.; the Open 5K begins at 3:30, the Elite 8K starts at 4:45 p.m. Register at http://mainstreetcrit.com. Concert gates open at 6:30 p.m. – Lefty at the Washout, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; MisterWives, 9-10 p.m.; The O’Jays, 10:30-11:55 p.m. Midnight festivities and fireworks, 11:55 p.m.-12:10 a.m.; O’Jays finale, 12:10-12:30 a.m. Beer sales end at 12:30 a.m. http://famouslyhotnewyear.com
A ROARING ’20s SOIREE: 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. New Year’s Eve celebration with a flapper twist. Join the Dick Goodwin Big Band and guest performers to welcome the New Year with music and dancing, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, wine, champagne at midnight. $60 per person; groups, $55 per person. Hotel and dinner packages available. (803) 276-6264; http://newberryoperahouse.com