Austin country singer Weldon Henson will ring in the new year at Mercer Dancehall. Henson’s style echoes vintage honky-tonks. 8 p.m. $30 (entry fee, does not guarantee a table); $170 (four-top table). 23490 RR 12, Driftwood. 512-858-4314.
Get festive with fireworks
The city’s New Year’s Eve event will feature a firework show at Vic Mathias Shores. To avoid gatherings due to COVID-19, city-organized activities, vendors and entertainment will not be present in the park. The show can also be watched virtually at http://atxn.tv. 10 p.m. Free. 700 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.
Toast to 2022 with Americana acts
The Saxon Pub will celebrate the new year with a complimentary champagne toast and two musical acts, singer-songwriter Guy Forsyth and Americana band South Austin Moonlighters. 8 p.m. $50-$65. The Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-448-2552.
Have a cosmic disco evening
The Far Out Lounge will bring disco act Golden Dawn Arkestra—featuring Superfónicos, and Viben & the Submersibles—for a cosmic-themed New Year's Eve. 8 p.m. $30. The Far Out Lounge, 8504 S. Congress Ave., Austin.
Austin-based cowboy-inspired punk bank Hickoids will headline Sagebrush's New Year's Eve show, playing until 2 a.m. The band formed in 1984 and has been defying genres since. The first of three acts will begin at 8 p.m. $5. Sagebrush, 5500 S. Congress Ave., Austin.
Head to Music Lane
Dec. 31 will be the last day to experience the Soco Stroll, featuring window displays, holiday lights starting at dusk, and frequent live music along Music Lane and some of South Congress Avenue. Free.
Get a running start in 2022
The annual USA Fit Resolution Race will start at Central Texas Food Bank the morning of Jan. 2. Participants can run or walk a half marathon or a 5K race. 7:30 a.m. (half marathon begins), 7:45 a.m. (5K begins). $40. 6500 Metropolis Drive, Austin.
Recycle a tree
City residents who want their Christmas tree to become mulch can drop theirs off at Zilker Park on three collection days, Jan. 2, 8 and 9. City curbside customers can leave their trees at the curb on their regular collection day starting Dec. 26. Other locations accepting trees for free are listed on the city’s website. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 2207 Lou Neff Road, Austin.