New Year’s Eve Party Breakdown
All events on Dec. 31
The year 2019 is closing out fast, and it seems like every bar, restaurant and venue in the city is poised to celebrate in epic fashion — as they should be. We are not just ending a year, after all, we are ending a decade. Here are some highlights from the enormous list of parties dominating the calendar on New Year’s Eve.
If you’re the sort that likes to get dolled up in fancy costumes and pretend you’re living in another time, Springs Ensemble Theatre will be hosting a “Roaring Good Times New Year’s Eve” celebration (9 p.m., 1903 E. Cache le Poudre St., $50, set.booktix.com/index.php) with, you guessed it, a 1920s theme complete with cabaret-style entertainment. Guests will be treated to a whiskey tasting, silent auction and fancy hors d’oeuvres, plus a champagne toast and afterparty. Be sure to arrive in your favorite ‘20s attire.
If fringing and flapping like a Prohibitionist into 2020 is not your jam, you can take a trip to the French Quarter for Hotel Eleganté’s Mardi Gras Carnival (1 p.m., 2886 S. Circle Drive, $135, hotelelegante.com). The party will offer seven dance floors, including a silent disco with black lights. You’ll also get to try your hand at craps and roulette and even toss beads off the balcony at the hotel’s own “Bourbon Street.”
Over at Club Q, guests will be able to party until (almost) the break of dawn in an epic bash that includes a variety show, cash balloon drop and an optional pre-party dinner (at 6 p.m., variety show at 8 p.m., 3430 N. Academy Blvd., $10-$30, tinyurl.com/ucgjxfq). While most venues around town will be catering to the 21+ set, Club Q is also welcoming those 18 and over to join in on the festivities. If all of that awesomeness is not enough, they’re even serving breakfast at 1 a.m. so you can make it all the way to 4 a.m. when the party officially ends.
Last, but never least, is Jack Quinn’s annual bash (4 p.m., 21 S. Tejon St., .facebook.com/Quinnspub). With no cover charge and a variety of affordable drinks and eats, it’s the most budget-friendly soirée on the list. In the afternoon, the bar will offer live Irish music that is sure to spark quite a few sing-alongs, plus their usual dinner service and a champagne toast. The evening will feature more live music and a midnight champagne toast to welcome 2020.
TVUnscripted Improv Comedy
Dec. 27, 7:15-9 p.m., 1367 Pecan St., Give! donation, indygive.com, funkylittletheater.org
Comedians Ryder Tam and Gabe Valdez create a full-length play right before your eyes with nothing more than an audience-submitted title as inspiration — and their exceptional talents, of course. It’s improv on a grand scale, and the show features voluntary audience participation, musical accompaniment and the chance to win cool prizes, too. Admission will cost you a donation to Funky Little Theater Company through the Give! Campaign, so your evening of entertainment ensures that the show will go on at the friendly performing arts nonprofit.
Pertenecer: Chicanx Artists on Belonging
Dec. 28, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., 30 W. Dale St., $5-$10 admission, fac.coloradocollege.edu
In the brief break between two notoriously busy holidays, enjoy a moment of respite by immersing yourself in the arts. The Fine Arts Center’s newest exhibit combines permanent works and other pieces to create Pertencer, a show that offers viewers a unique insight into the Chicanx experience, telling stories about place and time and tackling topics of immigration and possibility. Nine artists bring to life nine different interpretations of what it means to belong, through pencil, paint, print, sculpture and video.
2019 Didn’t Kill Itself
Dec. 28, 8 p.m. to midnight, 124 E. Costilla St., $5, tinyurl.com/v8b8rs5
It’s the last Saturday of 2019 and Bar-K is ready to help you put the past in the ground with a cathartic hip-hop and punk rock party. This 18+ show promises lots of musical entertainment, comedy and memes to help you cast off any gloom accumulated over the last 12 months. Gather up your favorite people and hit the dance floor to kill this year for good so you can enter 2020 with your head held high, ready to kick ass in every facet of your life.
Jan. 1, 8:30 a.m. to noon, 3650 Maizeland Road, $30-$45, tinyurl.com/r4zcp4s
Not a soul will judge you if you start the year off by sleeping in — but if you’re in the mood, you can also, quite literally, hit the ground running in 2020 at the annual Rescue Run on New Year’s morning. The race starts at 10 a.m. to accommodate those in a more, ahem, delicate condition from partying the evening before, and you have your choice of a 5K or 10K, depending on how ambitious you’re feeling. Proceeds benefit El Paso County Search & Rescue — an all-volunteer crew that donates their time and mountaineering skills to finding lost hikers, assisting with urgent rescues and supporting disaster operations in the community.