There are several local activities to help area residents welcome 2018 this weekend.
Dec. 29 – 31: Bring in 2018 with Willie Nelson
Austin’s own Willie Nelson rings in the new year with three nights of performances and celebrations at the ACL Live Moody Theater. The Willie Nelson & Family show includes performances by Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Blackberry Smoke and more.
Times vary. Prices vary. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin. www.whotelaustin.com/willie
Dec. 31: Kick-start 2018 with Rockin’ Resolution Race
The inaugural Rockin’ Resolution Race begins at The Dell Diamond on Dec. 31. Route options include a kids 1K, 5K, 10- and 20- mile distance. 7:30 a.m. $75. The Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-553-8027. www.austinrrrace.com
Dec 31: $1,000 balloon drop at Round Rock Tavern
The Round Rock Tavern will host a New Year’s Eve party with live music, a live DJ and $1,000 balloon drop. 6 p.m. Free admission, prices for table reservation vary. The Round Rock Tavern, 113 West Main Street, Round Rock. 512-255-9777 www.facebook.com/RoundRockTavern
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve party and countdown at Bahadi’s Chicken & Lounge
Bahadi’s Chicken & Lounge will host a New Year’s Eve party and countdown to 2018 with drink specials and a live DJ. Tickets include a buffet and champagne toast at midnight. White attire is preferred. $15. Bahadi’s Chicken & Lounge, 907 FM 685, Pflugerville. 512-666-5830. www.facebook.com/Bahadischickenlounge
Jan. 1: Splash into the new year at Pflugerville Pfreeze Pflop
The Pflugerville Pfreeze Pflop invites brave residents to slide into frigid water at the Scott Mentzer Pool. Last year, 170 participated. 10 a.m. Free with donation of canned food item. Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville. 512-990-6358. www.pflugervilletx.gov