New Year's Eve in Oregon
(Portland, Oregon) – It’s a night of massive celebrations only rivaled by Halloween, where music, food, laughter and often drink are the focus.
From Pendleton to Portland, McMinnville to Medford, and even Oregon’s coast, there’s much to do about the state.
One of the more interesting and unusual celebrations takes place in Manzanita, on the north coast, where locals erupt in their own pre-internet version of a flash gathering. At midnight, people simply appear for an impromptu parade that spotlights the tiny town’s kooky slant on the world. But there’s more about this one at the full list of Oregon coast events.
A sampling of the rest of the state follows.
New Year's Eve Celebration Dance Party. Alcohol free, for all ages. Dessert buffet, mini dance lessons during the evening. Adults $15 Presale $12 Students. 8:30 p.m. Evergreen Ballroom. 6088 Crater Lake Ave. Central Point, Oregon. 541-482-8812.
Grange Dance with Dennis Brutke and the Country Gents. 8:30 p.m. $15 per couple. McMinnville Grange, 1720 Old Sheridan Road. McMinnville, Oregon. 503-472-5645.
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New Year's Eve Gala at Dobbes Family Estate. A massive prix fixe dinner menu begins the evening at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Tickets: $95 per seat includes food, wines and gratuity. $85 per seat for Dobbes Family Circle Members. 240 SE 5th Street, Dundee, Oregon. 503-538-1141. www.dobbesfamilyestate.com
The Wanderlust Tour for adults is one of Oregon’s more individualistic ways to spend the holiday. It happens near Sunriver, as guests partake in a snowshoe hike to a spot in the snowy forest, where a bonfire and champagne toast await them. $85 for New Year’s Eve, includes festive hot drinks and locally baked desserts. New Year's Eve Bonfire on the Snow is an adult only event. 800-962-2862 http://www.wanderlusttours.com/
Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort operates lifts until midnight, then features a fireworks and feast party. A fireworks celebration will launch at 10:15 p.m., and partiers can dance to the music of the Tony Furtado Band, starting 8 p.m. An elaborate dinner buffet will be served earlier in the evening. Reservations are required for the dinner buffet and the party.
New Year’s Eve buses will run from the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas, Oregon. They depart from the mountain at 12:30 a.m. www.skihood.com
For teens, Springfield’s Skate World hosts "New Year's Eve Late Night Skate.” The first 100 will receive a free Glo Stick. $10. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Springfield Skate World, 3188 Gateway Loop, Springfield, Oregon. www.spfdskateworld.com
Regional psychedelic band Floater performs at the McDonald Theatre. 9 p.m. $20. 1010 Willamette St; Eugene, Oregon. 541.345.4442.
The Valley River Inn features a night called Funkabration, with local disco powerhouse Satin Love Orchestra. 9:30 p.m. $40. 1000 Valley River Way. Eugene, Oregon. Tickets available through TicketsWest outlets.
Four bands play The Cooler. Boomchick begins at 9 p.m, - punkabilly. Cover band Van Wenda is next. Dubious plays dance music with a touch of hard rock and blues. Redox closes the evening with “angular dance pop. 20 Centennial Loop, Eugene, Oregon.
Portland literally has hundreds of happenings all over town. Just about any bar or lounge has something rather big going on, and many that don’t normally charge a cover will do so on this night – even some simple karaoke bars.
Upscale restaurants pull out all the stops with some hearty and delicious possibilities. Call your favorites to see what’s coming up.
Here are a just a few choices:
Murder City Devils with Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine. Seattle band reunites, aided by a punk rock legend. 9 p.m. $30. Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. Portland. 503-224-2038. www.roselandpdx.com.
Quasi at Doug Fir Lounge. 8 p.m. $13. 830 E. Burnside St. 503-231-9663, www.dougfirlounge.com.
DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid at The Woods. 8 p.m. 6637 Milwaukie Ave. Portland. 503-890-0408, www.thewoodsportland.com
Oregon Wines on Broadway New Year’s Eve. Lots of wine and champagne on tap, along with live music and various food stuff. 515 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon. www.oregonwinesonbroadway.com (503) 228-4655.
Wildhorse Resort and Casino will feature Carrie Cunningham and the Six Shooters on New Year's Eve in the Rivers Events Center from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. $10 tickets on sale.
The Wildfire Sports Bar will feature live music from Sonic Funk Orchestra.
New Year's Eve Dessert Parlor tickets for $15 per person. The Dessert Parlor will be in Cayuse Hall. Tickets include access to the New Year's Eve Dessert Parlor and private no-host bar. www.wildhorseresort.com, or by call Box Office Tickets at 800-494-TIXS.
New Year's Eve at the Wine Bar, hosted by Howard Hinsdale Cellars. Evening includes Dungeness crab dinner and live music from a trio comprised of Paul Painter, Molly Morris and Danny Wold. $30. Reservations. 111 N Water St. in Silverton, Oregon. (503) 873-9463.
To do more research on events in an area you’re heading to, see the list of Oregon media, then choose a media organization in the area you wish to visit. These sites sometimes have more info on happenings in that city, although the only seriously complete listings of special dinners or music/bar events tend to be compiled for the Portland area.