New Year's Eve Planner 

Where to say farewell to 2008 and welcome in 2009.

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007 New Year's Eve Party  Popkin's Tavern holds a special bash benefiting cancer patients and their families, asking guests to dress up as their favorite spy, villain or babe from secret-agent films. The party starts at 8 p.m. $25-$35. 123 W. Broad St.  

Art6 Gallery New Year's Eve Party  Art6 Gallery holds a night of dancing and music by artists Rattlemouth and Balkanize at 9 p.m., also featuring a cash bar, free snacks and complimentary champagne to toast the arrival of midnight. $20. 6 E. Broad St.

Ball of the Centuries  The Petersburg Old Towne Merchants Group hosts its second grand New Year's Eve ball, starting at 8 p.m. at the Black Swan, featuring dinner, dancing and cash bar. 9 W. Old St. $75. For information visit www.oldtownepetersburg.com.

Carytown New Year's Eve  Richmond's outdoor celebration on Cary Street begins at 7 p.m. with musical performances, sales vendors, and a midnight ball rise. For information visit www.carytown.org.

Dixie Diner's New Year's Bash  Dixie Diner hosts two nights of dancing and karaoke exclusively for high school students, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. on Dec. 30 and 8 p.m.-2 a.m. on Dec. 31. A $13 cover on Dec. 30 benefits Habitat for Humanity. 250 N. Sycamore St. in Petersburg. 732-7425.

GWAR New Year's Eve  The thrash-metal band's New Year's show has seniority by millions of years. 7 p.m., $20-$25. 612-1900.

Lewis Ginter Family Frolic  The garden holds an all-ages party featuring balloon artists, face painters and musical performances from 1-4 p.m. $6-$10. 1800 Lakeside Ave. 262-9887.

Lucky Buddha New Year's Eve  The Shockoe Slip spot offers up VIP booths and personal bartender service for partying groups, from $50 to $1000 per booth. The party starts at 8 p.m. with DJs at 9 p.m. Regular admission is $10-$15. 648-5100.

Murder Mystery New Year's  The Mystery Dinner Playhouse performs a special medieval murder mystery comedy, “Who Killed the King” while the audience enjoys a four-course dinner at the Holiday Inn West End at 7:30 p.m., followed by champagne and party favors at midnight. $58. 2000 Staples Mill Road. 649-2583.

Roots Music New Year's  The Canal Club holds a night of old-time and bluegrass performances by Jackass Flats, A Good Natured Riot, the Fox Hunt, and Special Ed and the Shortbus starting at 7:30 p.m. with champagne and dancing. $15-$20. 17th and Dock streets, 643-CLUB.

Six Burner New Year's Cocktail Hour  The popular Main Street restaurant hosts an hour-long evening of specialty hors d'oeuvres, as well as a cash bar, 6:30-7:30 p.m. With chefs from Italy, Germany and South Africa serving roasted scallops, lobster and smoked bacon, grilled mahi and New York strip steak, the ticket for admission is $85-$110 a person. 353-4060.

Toad's Place New Year's Eve  The Mighty Toad hosts a night of dancing, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a midnight balloon drop, offering VIP sofas and sky boxes for the occasion. Doors open at 9 p.m. with advance tickets at $15. 140 Virginia St. 648-8623.


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