What to do this New Year's Eve in Southwest Austin

Per the dancehall's recent tradition, honky-tonk singer Weldon Henson will ring in the new year at Mercer Dancehall. (Courtesy Weldon Henson)
Per the dancehall's recent tradition, honky-tonk singer Weldon Henson will ring in the new year at Mercer Dancehall. (Courtesy Weldon Henson)

Per the dancehall's recent tradition, honky-tonk singer Weldon Henson will ring in the new year at Mercer Dancehall. (Courtesy Weldon Henson)

Have a honky tonk holiday

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.

Experience cow-punk

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.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.