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Say Goodbye to 2021 At These New Year's Eve Events in Portland

Concerts with The Polish Ambassador and Gladys Knight, Parties, and More
December 23, 2021
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"The world's funkiest diplomat," the Polish Ambassador, will descend on the Crystal in his trademark jumpsuit to throw an EDM-infused party with two different sets.
It's out with the old and in with the new ...year, that is. Whether you’re more excited to leave 2021 behind or you’re optimistic about the prospects of 2022, mark the celebratory occasion at these events, from Gladys Knight to The Polish Ambassador and Lulu's Black Tie Party to New Year's Eve on Tope's Rooftop. Can't decide what you want to do? Add your top choices to an EverOut list using the tools below and invite your friends to help you narrow it down!

All events are on Friday, December 31st unless otherwise noted. 

MUSIC/DANCING

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 get in free.
Doug Fir Lounge, East Burnside

Fruition New Year's Eve Add to a List
Portland folk-rock band Fruition, who released their single For You / Stand With You last year, will bring you emotional acoustic tunes to perfectly soundtrack the closing of 2021.
Wonder Ballroom, Eliot

KEX New Year’s Eve Show 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 Hotel, East Burnside

LEVITATE: NYE 2022 Add to a List
Flit between 45 East's main room and jade room for three-hour sets from West Coast club circuit regular Doc Martin and Japanese-born house musician Qrion.
45 East, Central Eastside

Lumbertwink New Year's Eve! Add to a List
Have a gay ol’ time at this indoor/outdoor bash brimming with bearded and plaid-clad partiers, which also marks the relaunch of Lumbertwink events after a two-year hiatus. DJs Freddy King of Pants (Seattle) and Detour Dan (Portland) will be your guides for the evening.
Alberta Street Pub, King

Moonlight Masquerade Add to a List
Ring in the new year with a heart-pounding EDM lineup including Seven Lions, Ganja White Night, Kill the Noise, Jason Ross, Peekaboo, Dirt Monkey, and more over two nights.
Expo Center, Kenton

New Year’s Eve Battle of the Decades IV Add to a List
Rep your favorite decade by wearing a poodle skirt, gogo boots, or neon as four bands take on the task of playing tunes from the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s in a "musical deathmatch." As with most NYE shindigs, you can expect a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. 
Bunk Bar, Central Eastside

New Year’s Eve with Gladys Knight & the Oregon Symphony Add to a List
Motown’s inimitable “Empress of Soul” will be backed by the Oregon Symphony for what will perhaps be the classiest close to 2021 in Portland.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks

New Year’s Eve with Mic Crenshaw Add to a List
Respected emcee, rapper, spoken word artist, poet, activist, and educator Mic Crenshaw heads up this bill including Shrista, Swiggie Mandela, DJ Wicked, and other special guests as they pop bottles and lead the charge of getting down in “true Portland fashion.”
Alberta Abbey, King

New Year's Eve with Yak Attack Add to a List
Electronica power trio Yak Attack will liven up the Goodfoot's lounge with five sets of "skillfull playing, live loops, and tightly constructed songs," adding some oomph to your New Year’s Eve proceedings.

Goodfoot, Buckman

NYE with Ural Thomas & The Pain Add to a List
Local legend Ural Thomas and his nine-piece band The Pain will have you movin' and groovin' with a setlist "compiled from the gilded age of soul and R&B" during their two-night New Year's Eve celebration. 
Mississippi Studios, Boise (Dec 30-31 Rescheduled for Feb 5, 2022)

Patrick Lamb's Rockin' New Year's Eve with Roger Fisher and The Denominators Add to a List
Rock n roll all night with nonstop live music and entertainment from funk band The Denominators and cover band Hit Factory with special guests including guitarist Roger Fisher (of Heart) and saxophonist Patrick Lamb. 
Sentinel Hotel, Downtown

The Polish Ambassador New Year’s Eve Add to a List
"The world's funkiest diplomat" will descend on the Crystal in his trademark jumpsuit to throw an EDM-infused party with two different sets.
Crystal Ballroom, West End

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 Arcade, Hawthorne

ROYALTY • New Year's Eve Bollywood Party with DJ Prashant Add to a List
A gilded getup is encouraged at this event where you'll get down to the best Bollywood, Bhangra, and global club hits. DJ Prashant’s 14th annual NYE blowout will include performances, complimentary champagne when the clock strikes 12, party favors, a photo booth plus a professional photographer, and access to a variety of food carts representing global cuisines.
Morrison Market, Buckman

Soul Stew New Year's Eve Add to a List
The Soul Stew DJs (Aquaman, Soul Mechanic, and Brad Vachal) will stir together a mix of '60s soul, funk, Motown, and disco on vinyl 45s as you put your best foot forward into 2022. Singing along and funny hats are encouraged, but most importantly, you'll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth during a late night "cookie time."
Goodfoot, Buckman

Tribute to John Coltrane Add to a List
Welcome in 2022 with a Tribute to John Coltrane featuring The Rob Scheps Trio. Scheps has performed with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Buddy Rich, Gil Evans, and John Abercrombie. 
Afrodaddy's Jazz, Gresham

Y La Bamba with Frankie Simone Add to a List
Led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Luz Elena Mendoza, Y La Bamba's singular fusion of Mexican folk music and dreamy indie pop has been a city treasure for over a decade. An Instagram post from the band states they have "something special in the works," so jump on at least one of these two opportunities to see them with Borinquen musician Frankie Simone.
Doug Fir Lounge, East Burnside (Dec 30-31 Rescheduled for Feb 17-18, 2022)

PARTIES

On the Boardwalk Add to a List
Live the VIP life aboard the Portland Spirit yacht, taking in stunning skyline views during this two-and-a-half hour cruise up and down the Willamette. Pop a Dramamine and dance the night away on three different decks as a DJ spins top 40 and EDM hits. This Gatsby-themed fĂŞte will also include passed appetizers, Grey Goose cocktails, and festive party favors.
Portland Spirit Cruises, Central Eastside

Ponderosa New Year’s Eve Bash Add to a List
Put on your cowboy boots and get ready to leave 2021 in the dust at this country bar bash which has a line dance lesson, music by the Kurt Van Meter Band, a midnight toast, 500-balloon drop, big prizes, party favors, and more in store. 
Ponderosa Lounge & Grill, Bridgeton

Re:New - A Magical New Years 2022 Celebration Add to a List
Reset your energy for a new year at this mindful celebration that will include exhilarating live music, a rejuvenating tea lounge, an art gallery with live painters, performers, an intention altar space, a photo booth, and more.
Bossanova Ballroom, East Burnside

Roaring 20s NYE Bash Add to a List
Channel that decade of debauchery at this swanky all-inclusive soirée which includes dinner (choice of meat or vegetarian), a 1920s-themed cocktail, casino games, a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast with a commemorative glass flute, and more. 
Valley Public House, Happy Valley

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, Alberta Arts District

The Love Ball: NYE 2022 Add to a List
Celebrate the New Year AND get the jump on Valentine's Day in one fell swoop with a jazz and burlesque experience from Pink Lady and a special live set by The Saloon Ensemble at this party where it's all love, baby. 
Alberta Rose Theatre, Alberta Arts District

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 Bar, Nob Hill

Steve Hofstetter Add to a List
Stand-up comedian, writer, and YouTube star Steve Hofstetter will spend the evening telling jokes to help you ring in the new year.
Polaris Hall, Humboldt

Storyville Confidential NYE Bash Add to a List
As we travel forward into 2022, the Jack London plans on traveling back through history to the Golden Age of Cabaret. The fabulous Miss Arietta Ward and the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra will channel Jazz Age decadence while dancers Resa Le Revv, Lily La Fauve, and Harlow Quinzel strut their stuff.
Jack London Revue, Downtown 

FOOD & DRINK

A Lovely New Year’s Eve Add to a List
Tuck into a prix-fixe menu of upscale Pacific Northwest cuisine (including sustainable seafood, Oregon-raised beef and lamb, and local produce) alongside an Oregon-grown wine list at this dinner from chef Joel Lui-Kwan and his team, set to the sounds of live jazz. A midnight toast with Oregon sparkling wine is included to start your year off right.
Lovely Rita, Old Town-Chinatown

Lulu New Year’s Eve Black Tie Party Add to a List
Dress to the nines for this swanky black-tie party with a complimentary welcome cocktail (Herradura Tequila or Finlandia Vodka), a drink (a Woodford Reserve old fashioned or Fords Gin 50/50 Martini), a champagne toast at midnight, a live countdown ball drop, a photo booth, and confetti cannons, with tunes by DJ Sworth and a Peruvian-Japanese food menu by Jarana PDX.
Lulu, Central Eastside

New Year’s Eve on Tope’s Rooftop Add to a List
What better place to ring in the new year than one of the most coveted rooftop bars in town? Dance the night away amidst city lights at this bash with discounted cocktails, food specials, passed appetizers and entrees, music from DJ Timothy B, and a midnight champagne toast.
Tope, Old Town-Chinatown

A Totally Rad New Years Add to a List
Flash back to the '80s with this kitschy-fun bash from the hip hostel Lolo Pass. The festivities will include era-appropriate cocktail snacks like pigs in a blanket, shrimp cocktail, and cheese logs, plus beer, wine, punch, astrology readings, throwback hip-hop mixed with modern tunes, and a midnight champagne toast.
Lolo Pass, Buckman

SPORTS & RECREATION

Winterhawks NYE Party Add to a List
Stay frosty this New Year's Eve as you watch the Portland Winterhawks take on the Seattle Thunderbirds in their annual tilt. Post game, you'll be able to take the ice yourself (sign up in advance if you want to skate) and observe a balloon drop at midnight East Coast time (our 9 pm).
Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Lloyd District

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