Who’s celebrating New Year’s in the Midlands?
Enjoy a street fair, bluegrass jam, big band music or just a big ol’ party in the Midlands this New Year’s Eve
NEW YEAR’S COUNTDOWN TO NOON: 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Blythewood Library, 210 McNulty Road. A New Year’s party for kids of all ages. Stories, craft session, games and a New Year’s countdown. Sign up at http://richlandlibrary.com/events or call (803) 691-9806.
EDVENTURE NEW YEAR’S EVE AT NOON: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday at EdVenture, 211 Gervais St. Columbia’s only ball drop for kids. As the countdown to noon begins, a giant illuminated ball descends and lands at the feet of Eddie. Free with museum admission. www.edventure.org
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NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION: 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Jamil Shrine Center, 206 Jamil Road. Doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m., party favors, champagne and continental breakfast. Music by the Jamil Beachcombers DJs. $40 per person in advance, $50 at the door. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
WOW! NEW YEAR’S EVE CARNIVAL: 6-11 p.m. Wednesday on Main Street. A family-friendly carnival designed with early hours so that parents can spend quality time with their children on New Year’s Eve. Amusement rides, carnival games, karaoke and more.
LEADING LADIES CABARET: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Comedy House, 2768 Decker Blvd. Celebrity impersonator show with elaborate costumes, Vegas-style showgirls, song and dance from celebrity lookalikes. Tickets are $10. (803) 798-9898; http://comedyhouse.us
ART BAR’S FAMOUSLY FUNKY NYE: 8 p.m. Wednesday at Art Bar, 1211 Park St. Ring in the New Year with the DJ Irv as he spins the soundtracks of Columbia’s hottest parties, tailgates and sporting events. Free. www.artbarsc.com
MUSIC FARM’S NYE PARTY: 8 p.m. Wednesday at Music Farm Columbia, 1022 Senate St. Performances by Weaving the Fate, Ben G and Death of Paris. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. www.musicfarm.com
FAMOUSLY HOT NEW YEAR: 8 p.m. Wednesday on Main Street in front of the State House. South Carolina’s largest free New Year’s Eve celebration with fireworks and live performances by the Misterwives, The O’Jays and Lefty at the Washout. Details: www.famouslyhotnewyear.com and thestate.com/living
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
NEWBERRY NYE CELEBRATION: Midnight at Memorial Square in downtown Newberry. The Dick Goodwin Big Band will be playing at the opera house’s “Roaring 1920s” party, a black-tie event starting at 8 p.m. For tickets to the show, contact the opera house box office at (803) 276-6264. If you can’t make it to the show, the grand finale will feature fireworks over downtown at midnight with the dropping of the ball from the opera house clock tower. www.visitnewberryoperahouse.com
NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor, 710 Meeting St., West Columbia. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The 19-piece Blythewood Jazz Orchestra will perform 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dress to impress (optional), enjoy refreshments, non-alcoholic champagne, party favors and dance until 2015. Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations suggested. (803) 796-6477; http://billsmusicshop.com
NYE AT TIN ROOF: 10 p.m. Wednesday at Tin Roof Columbia, 1022 Senate St. Celebration with performance by David and Whitney. Tickets are $5 and tables can be reserved by calling (803) 771-1558. www.tinroofcolumbia.com
ANGIE STONE: 11:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Comedy House, 2768 Decker Blvd. Spend a soulful New Year with the R&B diva and special performances from Columbia’s Got Talent finalists. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. Take advantage of the post-midnight buffet and dance off the calories. Tickets include the buffet and party favors. First and second levels including the VIP section, $45 per person; floor seating, $50. (803) 798-9898; http://comedyhouse.us
Find more to do in our new events calendar at events.thestate.com