Okay, New Year's Eve is one day away and you're still trying to recover from Christmas. We get it. And if you're like us, you've waited until the last minute to decide what to do. Never fear—there's still time to make plans for a decadent and debauched NYE at one of the five parties listed below, all of which still have tickets available, and one of which (BLSHS NYE Masquerade Ball at Fitzerald's) is even free. Break out the champagne and confetti and ring in 2015 the right way. Just remember to take a taxi or an Uber home.
BLSHS NYE Masquerade Ball W/ Teeel, New York City Queens, Children of Pop, Yung Slutty
Fitzgerald’s is the clear destination for Houston music fans this NYE, with a blockbuster masquerade concert headlined by local synthpop trio BLSHS (pronounced “blushes”), which is offering a free digital download of their EP Abstract Desires to everyone who shows up. Also on the bill are local favorites New York City Queens, Children of Pop, and Yung Slutty, along with New Jersey electronic music producer Jim Smith, who performs under the name of Teeel. Best of all, the whole thing is free to everyone 21 and older (sorry, kids: underage attendees have to fork over $10.) Masks are encouraged but not required; dancing, on the other hand, is—at least according to the event website: “No standing in the back and playing on your phone at this show. It’s NYE and we’re gonna have some fun Houston.”
Dec 31 at 8. 21+ free; under 21 $10. Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak Dr. 713-862-3838. fitzlivemusic.com
Ars Lyrica’s annual fundraising gala pays tribute to the Spanish diaspora this year at the Hobby Center, providing a buffet dinner of Spanish fare, a concert of Spanish and Latin American Baroque music, and a champagne and desert reception in the grand lobby. The concert features Grammy-nominated guitarist/lutenist Richard Savino, soprano Melissa Givens, and mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte. Patrons can buy tickets to the full evening or to the concert only.
Dec 31 at 8. $36–180. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. 713-622-7443. arslyricahouston.org
The H-Town Countdown
If you’re looking for a traditionally decadent NYE, there are few better places this year than the cavernous Silver Street Studios, which is hosting one of the city’s biggest parties, with entertainment from ’80s glam rock cover band LC Rocks and KRBE DJ Tony Styles. A ticket gives you access to an open bar, breakfast buffet, and midnight champagne toast, along with a full-scale balloon and confetti drop. And if you’re staying at the Hilton Americas or downtown DoubleTree, there are even complimentary shuttles to the party.
Dec 31 at 9. $100 general admission; $150 VIP access. Silver Street Studio, 2000 Edwards St. htownnye.com
Lumiere Nouveau: A New Year’s Masquerade
Sponsored by Pride Houston, this masquerade ball features an open bar, a DJ, a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast, and prize giveaways, with all proceeds benefiting the Bring Omega Community Services HIV/AIDS clinic. Masks encouraged—this is a masquerade, after all!
Dec 31 at 9. $75 in advance; $100 at the door. Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St. 713-529-6979. pridehouston.org
An Evening in Old Havana
Celebrate President Obama’s normalization of relations with Cuba by spending NYE at Galveston’s San Luis Hotel, which is hosting a lavish, Cuban-themed evening that includes a four-course meal, open bar, entertainment from the Billie Ledbetter Orchestra, and the obligatory champagne toast/balloon drop. Cuban cigars not included.
Dec 31 at 8. San Luis Resort, 5222 Seawall Blvd., Galveston. 409-744-1500. sanluisresort.com