1) Lose your voice singing along to all your favorite hits from the ‘80s and ‘90s at Harlow’s (2708 J St.) when Bay Area dance-rock band Pop Rocks brings the house down. Doors open at 9 p.m. Early bird tickets start at just $25 at Harlows.com. 21-plus.
2) If bands like Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco and My Chemical Romance get your blood pumping, you’re not going to want to miss The Emo Night Tour RAWR-ing ‘20s New Year’s Eve Party at Holy Diver (1517 21st St.). Expect DJs, a special guest live band, giveaways and more. Tickets are $25 in advance, 21-plus, doors open at 9 p.m.
3) Looking for an early option or to stack up multiple events on NYE? Check out Two Rivers Cider Co. (4311 Attawa Ave.) from noon–7 p.m. when they’ll have a party with live music starting at 4 p.m. by surf rock band Phrogg. Free admission, all ages welcome.
4) The ultimate ‘80s goth dance party is taking over Ace of Spades (1417 R St.) with four tribute bands: Strangelove (Depeche Mode), Temptation (New Order), Just Like Heaven (The Cure) and Electric Duke (David Bowie). DJ Bryan Hawk will also be in the house. Doors at 6:30 p.m., all ages welcome, tickets start at $25 through Aceofspadessac.com.
5) Keeping with the theme, Club Necromancy’s New Year’s Eve Goth Dance Party will take place at Midtown BarFly (1119 21st St.) with DJ Keyz and DJ David V. Cover is $15 at the door, 21-plus, 9 p.m.
6) If one measly bar or venue isn’t enough for you party animals, consider Old Sacramento’s Second Street Bars NYE 2020 Bar Crawl, where for one $30 ticket (pre-sale only through Eventbrite.com) you’ll get VIP admission to five bars in Old Sac: Finnegan’s Pub, River City Saloon, The Other Office, O’Mally’s Irish Pub and Fanny Ann’s Saloon.
7) Local DJs and expert party throwers Shaun Slaughter and Roger Carpio of Lipstick! fame are welcoming local indie band Contra to the stage at Old Ironsides (1901 10th St.). Easily one of the best NYE options if you’re on a budget, as tickets are only $8 in advance, available in person at ShopCuffs Boutique (2523 J St.). Doors open at 9 p.m., 21-plus.
8) If loud music and standing on your feet for hours sounds like a bad night out, get tickets to Sacramento’s Last Laughs at the popular comedy club Punch Line (2100 Arden Way). Comics like Wendy Lewis (pictured), Chazz Hawkins, Nick Aragon, Kris Tinkle and others will perform two shows, one at 7:30 p.m. and one at 10 p.m. Ages 18-and-over, for tickets. hit up Punchlinesac.com or call (916) 925-8500. Pro tip: Grab a drink before or after (or both?) at Punch Line’s newly opened Callback Bar right next door (you can’t miss it).
9) Sticking with the comedy theme, Old Sacramento club Laughs Unlimited (1207 Front St.) is also hosting two shows (7 and 10 p.m.) for their Laughin’ in the New Year party with Lance Woods, Tony Le and Benton Harshaw. Tickets are $30 and 17-and-over are allowed in.
10) Featured in this very issue, Niki J Crawford will bring the funk, soul and rock to Torch Club (904 15th St.) with openers Miggy and Friends getting things going. Admission is $30 and includes free champagne at midnight! 21-plus and starts at 9 p.m.
11) One family friendly daytime option is Crocker Art Museum’s (216 O St.) annual Noon Year’s Eve party from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. This free event will feature a DJ, live music, dance performances, a magician, storytelling, artmaking and other fun surprises.
12) Local club The Boardwalk (9426 Greenback Lane, Orangevale) will host Bandhoppers New Year’s Rock N Metal Eve with music from Toy Called God, The Ellusive Furs, Cardboard Ringo and others. Advance tickets are $15 or $25 for a pair through Boardwalkrocks.com. Doors at 7:30 p.m., 21-plus.
13) You can’t go wrong with Sacramento’s own Jackie Greene Band at the historic Crest Theatre (1013 K St.) Tickets are $55 in advance, all ages, doors at 8 p.m. A bonus is there’s entertainment and dining options galore up and down K Street for before or after the show.
14) Glide into 2020 in style on roller skates at Roller King (889 Riverside Ave., Roseville) for their New Year’s Eve Blackout Skate! Two balloon drops, 10 p.m. and midnight. All ages welcome. Bring a canned food donation to save some bucks on entry! Party starts at 7 p.m.
15) Midtown hotspot LowBrau (1050 20th St.) is hosting a globally recognized DJ, The Whooligan, with local support from Soosh*e!, MosJef, LejonBrames and E-Mon. Tickets start at $30 through Eventbrite.com. 21-plus, doors at 9 p.m.
16) Another bang-for-your-buck option is The Press Club (2030 P St.) where for just $5 you can get down to DJs Hunter Chollet and Marcus Leonardo. 9 p.m., 21-plus.
17) For a laid-back, casual vibe, hit up The Bank (629 J St.) for their New Year’s and Chill party where there will be two levels open to hang out with a taproom and full bar plus five different kitchens serving up food. No cover! 21-plus. The Bank also has a $40 cover Masquerade on the Mezzanine party with DJ, exclusive champagne lounge and more.
18) If you’re looking to avoid downtown, hit up The Sky Room above Country Club Lanes (2600 Watt Ave.) for a country rock party with The Fryed Brothers Band and Second Sight. Doors open at 8 p.m., $20 cover, 21-plus. Balloon drop, free desserts and a full bar.
19) Another no cover charge option is at Punch Bowl Social (500 J St., Ste. 100) for their New Year’s Eve Outer Space Bash starting at 9 p.m. They’ll have a featured punch, balloon wall, live DJ, glow sticks, bowling, pool, bocce ball, arcade games and more.
20) Bust out those wigs and leather jackets for ‘80s hair band tribute Skid Roses out at Powerhouse Pub (614 Sutter St., Folsom) starting at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $25, 21-plus.
For even more New Year’s Eve options, check out our calendar section in print or online at Submergemag.com/calendar.
**This piece first appeared in print on page 9 of issue #307 (Dec. 18, 2019 – Jan. 1, 2020)**