7 Ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the South Austin area

The city of Austin hosts a family-friendly and alcohol-free New Years' Eve bash with live music and a fireworks show. (Courtesy Chris Sherman)
The city of Austin hosts a family-friendly and alcohol-free New Years' Eve bash with live music and a fireworks show. (Courtesy Chris Sherman)

The city of Austin hosts a family-friendly and alcohol-free New Years' Eve bash with live music and a fireworks show. (Courtesy Chris Sherman)

Say goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020 at these Austin area events.

Kids craft for a cause at Almost Grown Play Cafe

Almost Grown Play Cafe hosts its last Crafting for a Cause event of 2019. Children up to age 5 take part in crafts that hone fine motor skills and encourage creativity. The cafe suggests a $2 donation per craft. All proceeds go to the Central Texas Food Bank. 10-10:30 a.m. 18901 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs. 512-761-4622. www.almostgrownplaycafe.com

Watch the ball(oons) drop

Thinkery hosts its fourth annual Noon Year’s Eve balloon drop and Bubble Wrap-stomp. Guests can enjoy music, winter crafts and kid-mosas. 9 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m. $20 (members), $25 (nonmembers). Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave., Austin. 512-469-6200. www.thinkeryaustin.org


Observe New Year’s Eve with meditation and mantras

Kadampa Meditation Center hosts an alternative new year celebration featuring a six- session retreat that last 24 hours. Meditation in the sessions is geared toward forming connection with the female Buddha Tara. Participants may attend any number of sessions. Begins 7 p.m. Free, with $15 donation encouraged. 1918 Bissel Lane, Austin. 512-916-4444. www.meditationinaustin.org

Party with your neighbors

The city of Austin hosts a family-friendly and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve bash with live music and a fireworks show. Local food trucks will be on-site. Past headliners have included local bands Superfónicos and Los Coast. 7:30-10 p.m. Free. Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. 512-974-7819. www.austintexas.gov/any

Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Austin library

The Central Library hosts its second annual event on its rooftop garden, which offers views of fireworks. Local band White Denim performs, and apps and snacks are provided by local business ELM Restaurant Group, owner of Cookbook Cafe and 24 Diner. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $225-$250. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. www.eventbrite.com. www.library.austintexas.gov

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Hudson's in Dripping Springs

Hudson’s, located on Dripping Springs’ historic Mercer Street, hosts a New Year’s Eve bash with live music by People’s Choice Band. Reservations requested. 9 p.m.-midnight. $15. 381 Mercer St., Dripping Springs. 512-894-2075. www.hudsonsonmercer.com

Rockin’ in the New Year at the Driskill

Downtown Austin’s Driskill Hotel hosts a swing dancing celebration to bring in 2020. Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers provide live music. 10:30 p.m. 604 Brazos St., Austin. www.driskillhotel.com

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By Olivia Aldridge

Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition. She graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing in 2017. Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio in Columbia, South Carolina before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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