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21 Cheap & Easy New Year's Eve Events in Portland

Have A Ball at Hey Love, Slay NYE, and More Parties Under $20
December 28, 2021
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An epic balloon drop awaits you at Quarterworld's NYE Extravaganza.
If you’re on a budget after holiday shopping but determined to end the season with a bang, not to worry. There are plenty of ways to ring in the new year without your bank account going in the red. We’ve rounded up such opportunities for merrymaking on a dime here, with events under $20 from New Years Eve Is A Drag! to Quarterworld's NYE Extravaganza. For more ideas, check out our main guide to New Year’s Eve events in Portland.

Stay safe out there, Portland! As always, get tested and stay home if you feel sick—and get your booster while it's hot. Speaking of omicron, we advise checking directly with venues for the latest updates—including health guidelines, postponements, and cancellations—before heading out.


All events take place Friday, December 31.

DANCE PARTIES/DJ

Back To The 90's New Year's Eve Party Add to a List
Start off 2022 with this '90s-themed party where you can belt out the lyrics and dance to throwback jams like "No Scrubs," "This Is How We Do It," "Baby Got Back," and other chart toppers of the decade before clinking glasses during a midnight champagne toast.
Escape Bar & Grill, Sumner ($10-$15)

Dinosaur Island: A Tropical, Prehistoric NYE Add to a List
Go way, way back in time and walk with the dinosaurs at this prehistoric- and tropical-themed bash featuring a "dinosaur auld lang syne midnight countdown" by Charlie Rocket and DJ support from feu du camp, Spin Instructor, and BRISTOW. Channel your inner caveperson, dress in tropical togs, or don your dino or animal onesies and let loose.
Rainbow City, Buckman ($10)

DJ Gregarious' NYE Retro/Future Dance Party! Add to a List
Shake off the troubles of 2021 and step into 2022 at this retro/future dance party where DJ Gregarious will spin disco, soul, funk, new wave, punk, electropop, hip-hop, and more. The upper level of Doug Fir will be bedecked with glamorous decor as you usher in the new year with festive drink specials and a midnight sparkling toast. Early bird entrants (before 9 pm) and Y La Bamba Add to a List ticket holders will get in free.
Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman ($10)

IMMERSED MUSIC & FRIENDS NYE Add to a List
Get lost in a haze of house, techno, deep minimal, and nu/disco with DJs Wes Light, Dangerkid, and Sea_Wraith. It'll be 2022 by the time you re-emerge.
The Big Legrowlski, Pearl District ($16-$20)

NYE New Wave Halloween Party Add to a List
Portland's self-proclaimed longest running '80s night will recall the spooky vibes of Halloween with B-sides, new wave, and dark/alternative cuts. Requests will be honored and DJ NoN will be running a livestream of the proceedings in case you'd rather dance in the safety of your living room.
The Lombard Pub, Arbor Lodge (free)

Quarterworld NYE Extravaganza Add to a List
DJ Sonny Phono will crank out '80s and '90s hits, classics, and bangers for a dance party you'll remember 2021 by. The retro arcade also promises a "giant-ass" midnight balloon drop and you can spring for VIP admission to get free drink and play tickets.
Quarterworld, Hawthorne ($10)

SLAY NYE Add to a List
The New Year's Eve edition of this LGBTQ+ and BIPOC-centered hip-hop dance party will have resident DJ Ronin Roc on the 1's and 2's as per usual, but you can also expect special guest DJs and performers WWJP, 8Flat, and Xiuhtezcatl, plus a free photobooth courtesy of Booth of Bass.
Honey Latte Cafe, Buckman ($20)

2022 NYE Party at Candy Night Club Add to a List
End 2021 on a sweet note as DJs Taj Malik, Everettz, and more unannounced names bump all sorts of sounds, from hip-hop, house, and top 40 remixes to Latin and reggae. Doing it big, the club will supply a bottle of bubbles when you book a table, plus they'll have their very own ball drop.
Candy, Pearl District ($15)

LIVE MUSIC

Cedar Teeth NYE with The Muddy Souls & Dead Lee Add to a List
The rock and roll hotel will host rustic roots rockers Cedar Teeth, bluegrass band The Muddy Souls, and folk duo Dead Lee (Blitzen Trapper founding member Brian Koch and singer/songwriter Kara Harris) at their farewell to 2021.
White Eagle Saloon, Eliot ($12-$15)

New Years Eve with BridgeCity Soul Add to a List
Indulge in the smooth sounds of soul, dance, and funk outfit BridgeCity Soul and a juicy cut of prime rib at Portland's old-school steakhouse before washing it all down with a champagne toast.
Clyde's Prime Rib, Rose City Park ($20)

New Year's Eve Punk Show at Eastside Bar & Grill Add to a List
Leave all your frustrations in 2021 by thrashing along with punk bands Lecherous, Those Damn Kids, Souls Worn Thin, Skulburger, and Asylum Tribe.
EastSide Bar & Grill, Madison South ($10)

New Year's Eve Show at KEX with Roselit Bone! Add to a List
A local nine-piece ensemble fronted by vocalist and guitarist Charlotte McCaslin, Roselit Bone incorporates an assortment of instruments to produce their brand of “psychotic, apocalyptic cowgirl music.” Enjoy Nordic-inspired fare and libations at Dóttir while they do their thing at this free, all-ages show.
KEX, Kerns (free)

NYE: A Collective Subconscious, Kvasir, and Violetera Add to a List
Shake off the bad juju of 2021 by rocking out to the "cinematic, atmospheric, and heavy frequencies" of A Collective Subconscious, Kvasir, and Violetera. 
High Water Mark, Woodlawn ($10)

Stragglers' Jam: A low key NYE at Laurelthirst Add to a List
For those looking for something to do on New Year's Eve that's not a big to-do, LaurelThirst has you covered with this mellow evening of music during which Lewi Longmire will host friends and family musicians of the pub (and you!) for an improvised jam sesh. 
LaurelThirst Public House, Kerns (free)

PERFORMANCE

Cruz into '22 New Year's Eve! Add to a List
Cruise Cruz into the new year at this extravaganza of music, comedy, and drag. Portland Queer Comedy Festival founder Belinda Carroll and Juliet Mylan will host a stacked lineup before DJ Aurora takes the reins for a dance party. The night will be capped off by improv comedy songwriter Annie Vergnetti who will usher in the new year with an occasion-marking tune.
Cruzroom Annex, Concordia ($10-$15)

HAVE A BALL • A NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION Add to a List
A posse of Portland's premier musicians (Shi Shi, VNPRT, and Delo13) and performers (Kiyo, Britan Erly, and Vogue+Jazz=Love) will get the party poppin' on two floors at Hey Love and Jupiter NEXT while you enjoy tropical cocktails, capture the night at a photobooth, and see what 2022 has in store with a tarot reading from Cairo.jpg.
Hey Love, Buckman ($20)

Kwanzaa - Stand Up Comedy NYE Show Add to a List
Celebrate Kwanzaa AND the new year during this comedy night hosted by Mx. Dahlia Belle and Coco Jem Holiday with sets by Lee Tillman, Jaren George, Jennifer Lanier, and Scott II.
The Queen's Head, Old Town Chinatown ($5-$7)

New Years Eve Is A Drag! Add to a List
The resurgence of COVID is a bummer, but Devlin Lynn Phoenixx and her posse of fellow queens will make sure the end of the year is a drag in the best way possible. You'll gag at fabulous performances of song, dance, and more before toasting 2022 come midnight.
The Pharmacy, Nob Hill ($20)

MORE WAYS TO CELEBRATE

Irish New Year's Add to a List
If you find it a struggle to stay awake 'til midnight or simply can't be bothered to stay up, fast forward eight hours and instead observe the Irish countdown at this neighborhood pub which will offer an afternoon toast that'll have you home before nightfall.
T.C. O'Leary's, Alberta Arts District (free)

No Year's Eve Add to a List
The Queen's Head is tempering expectations for New Year's Eve since it usually ends up being a disappointing night anyway. A relatively new addition to the city's queer nightlife scene, the bar will have "no cover, no DJ, no countdown, and no corks popping," just another night out where you'll be able to enjoy some food and drinks.
The Queen's Head, Old Town Chinatown (free)

A Wyrd New Year's Eve Add to a List
The medieval-themed hybrid business will keep the doors to its hall open late for new year's revelers to keep warm by the fire with some fine food and of course, mead. 
Wyrd Leather and Mead, Woodstock (free)

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