What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? 

With an events list this large, Richmond really has no excuse to stay home.

Two days before the ball drops, head to the Canal Club for the Merry New Year Pop Punk/Metal Fest featuring bands Of Fortune and Fame, Hold Today, Beyond The Victory, Goodnewz Betternewz, Of Oceans, Brain Invasion, In Search Of Reason and High Regard. Dec. 29, 2 p.m. $10-$12. 643-2582.

For the little ones who can’t stay up until midnight, count down to New Year's Eve at the Children's Museum of Richmond and enjoy a glass of juice to toast to the New Year at 10 a.m. 474-7000.

Carytown New Year's Eve will take place this year with the ball rising over top of the Byrd Theatre. The streets will not be closed and there will be no police presence.

Manchester’s Art Works Gallery will be hosting a Drop The Ball New Year's Eve Party with live music by the Robbin Steel Band. $35-$70. 291-1400.

Spend the night at Short Pump’s Aloft Hotel for GayRVA's A-List New Year's Eve with a party featuring DJ Ease and live music from Dead Fame. $25. gayrva.com/nye.

Richmond CenterStage hosts Le' Masque, a New Year's masquerade ball music, dancing, fine cuisines and a casino royale evening. $127-$404. 592-3400.

Celebrate New Year’s at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump with live music from the Kings of Swing, food, drinks and dancing. $99-$195. 364-3600.

Join Soul Bowl Lounge for a New Year’s Night of bowling and fun at AMF Shrader Lanes with DJ Danja Mowf, a soul food buffet by Mama J’s Restaurant, spades tournament, billiards, prizes and plenty of bowling. $20-$25. soulbowl.com.

The Camel celebrates the New Year with the Richmond Roots Music Extravaganza featuring Jackass Flats, the Green Boys and A Good Natured Riot. $20. 353-4901.

Yacht rockers Three Sheets to the Wind perform at a '80s New Year’s Prom at the National with Remote Control, a premier 80s Video DJ and a John Hughes Memorial Edition. $25. 612-1900.

Enjoy the songs of the Grateful Dead as King Solomon’s Marbles hosts a New Year’s Eve Bash at Cary Street Café. $10. 353-7445.

Head to Christ Ascension Episcopal Church for the New Year's Eve Big Band Dancing Party with Joe Enroughty and his Royal Virginians. $30. 264-9474.

Join Commonwealth Park Suites Hotel and Capital Ale House to spend a New Year’s Eve with Pat McGee. On Friday, Dec. 30, McGee will play a special set at the hotel and play a huge party at Cap Ale on Dec. 31. $40-$119. 343-7300.

Both Baja Bean and Mulligan’s Sports Grille will be hosting a New Year's Eve Charity Benefit Bash with drinks, food and DJs that benefits People Helping People Global. $55-$70. 859-5597.

Roger Carroll and Chez Roue ring in the New Year at Bogart's in the Fan. 353-9280.

Over at Balliceaux, local favorites Black Girls, Michael Murphy and DJ Carlito play all night. Free. 355-3008.

Spend New Year's Eve with the beats of Audio Ammo at Kingdom. $8. 344-4447.

Siné Irish Pub will be celebrating the New Year two times – once at 7 p.m. (New Year’s in Ireland) and again at midnight. The night will also include live music and DJs. 649-7767.

Head to Nile for the Ethiopian Groove New Year's Eve Dance Party featuring Rattlemouth and DJ Chewlaroc. $10. 225-5544.

Spend New Year's Eve at the John Marshall Ballrooms with a party featuring music by Ron Moody and the Centaurs, Quatro na Bossa and more. $110-$195.

Artspace Gallery hosts a New Year's Eve Party with food, dancing and music by DJ Mike Kemetic. $25-$50. 232-6464.

The Hat Factory hosts a New Year's Eve Red Carpet Event with DJs, food and more. $20-$25. 788-4281.

Head down to Petersburg for "Nylons & Neckties: A New Year's Eve Affair" at Sycamore Rouge presented by the Slomski Vaudeville Cabaret. $50. 957-5707.



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