There’s little doubt that New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest nights out of the year. It also offers great variety with offers ranging from classic and upscale to decidedly more funky.
Here are a few of the festivities beyond the popular and long-running First Night on Sunday that can help you ring in 2018 in grand style.
As has become tradition, the Spokane Symphony and Chorale will celebrate the New Year with a performance of the Ninth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven. Featuring the famous last movement called “Ode to Joy,” Beethoven’s Ninth is uplifting and gorgeous. 7:30 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $18-$52/general, $12-$36/age 12 and younger, (509) 624-1200, www.spokanesymphony.org or any TicketsWest outlet.
Right afterward, the Spokane Symphony Associates host their annual New Year’s Eve party at the Historic Davenport Hotel. This fundraising event benefitting the symphony will include music from the Masterclass Big Band, a three-course dinner and a champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m., the Davenport, 10 S. Post St. $125, through (509) 624-1200, www.spokanesymphony.org or any TicketsWest outlet.
Bands, bands and more bands
The Bobby Peterson Band will be playing the blues starting at 9 p.m. at the Ramada Airport Inn, 8909 W. Airport Drive. The cover is $10; call (509) 838-5211.
At the Spokane Valley Eagles Lodge, 16801 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley, Stagecoast West will be playing tunes for a sold-out dance party. Call (509) 928-2063 for details.
The Coeur d’Alene Casino is going back to the ’90s with a night of drink and gaming specials. Enjoy music from Bill Bozly at 7 p.m., and Kosh with Vent and DJ Rogue at 9 p.m. Come decked out in your best flannel shirt and Doc Martens for a chance to win a $500 ’90s costume contest at 10:30 p.m. Visit www.cdacasino.com for details. No cover.
Northern Quest Resort & Casino also is getting in on the party with the Spazmatics playing ’80s tunes in the Pavilion, DJ Rasmin hosting a glow party at Impulse and DJ Nick Santoncito bringing the night home at EPIC. Gaming specials begin at noon. 100 Hayford Road, Airway Heights. Visit www.northernquest.com. Admission is $25 for the Spazmatics show, $20 for the glow party and $5 for EPIC.
The Coeur d’Alene Resort is hosting its A Hollywood Affair party and buffet dinner, featuring aerial performers, a best-dressed contest, DJ Epic Vibes, dancing, two fireworks shows and a hosted champagne toast at midnight with fireworks. The early part of the evening in kid friendly. The Champagne After Party, featuring MOJO the Party Band, will be adults-only from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There a fireworks planned for 9 p.m. and midnight. Admission to the buffet, which includes access to the other events, is $79 for adults ($100 at the door) and $25 for children ages 6-12. Just want to go the after party? Admission is $25. Call (855) 379-5478 for tickets and information
Super Sparkle is not letting the weekend get away from them. The local indie pop supergroup is headlining two nights at the Bartlett. Featuring members of Water Monster, Cathedral Pearls, Scott Ryan, Mama Doll and more, the band serves up groovy and fun indie pop with a slightly retro vibe. 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 p.m. Sunday, 228 W. Sprague Ave. $8-$10. Visit https://thebartlettspokane. ticketfly.com/ for tickets and information.
The Hive in Sandpoint will host its fourth annual New Year’s Eve party, this year featuring the groovy and soulful sounds of Orgone. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Visit www.livefromthehive.com/ for more information. 207 N. First St., Sandpoint.
Curley’s Hauser Junction in North Idaho will be getting its Gatsy on for a roaring ’20s party featuring dance tunes from Karma’s Circle. The cover includes a champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m., 26433 W Highway 53, Hauser. Call (208) 773-5816 for details.
At nYne, dance to tunes with DJ C-MAD and take in the drag show featuring Freedom and Austin. The $15 cover includes a champagne toast and a chance to win a $1,000 balloon drop. The fun begins at 7 p.m. 232 W. Sprague Ave. See https://nynebar.com/ for details.
At the Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn, dance the night away to DJ “Durl Strawberry” and DJ Entertainment. This 21-and-older bash is $15. 506 W. Appleway, Coeur d’Alene. Call (208) 765-3200 for more info.
Watch the fireworks at Riverfront Park from the LeftBank Wine Bar. There will be live music from Carey Brazil and a toast at midnight. Music starts at 8. 108 N. Washington St., suite 105. Call (509) 315-8623. No cover.
Meanwhile, at the Pin, hip-hoppers Dead Poet and Wildcard are getting the gang back together and will play the classic underground album “Setting the Bar” in its entirety. 8 p.m.-midnight. 412 W. Sprague Ave. (509) 624-0746. $15.
Zola is saying goodbye to 2017 with live music by Uppercut. Tickets to the Crown Royal and Hennessy NYE Party include entry, party favors, live music and a champagne toast at midnight. 21and older only, please. General admission is $15, with VIP packages available. Visit the event page on Facebook for details or call (509) 624 2416. 22 W. Main Ave.
Food and drink
The New Year’s Eve Bash at The Steel Barrel will offer champagne, special cocktails, new beer releases, giveaways and oysters from Zona Blanca. 3 p.m.-2 a.m., The Steel Barrel, 154 S. Madison Ave. There’s no cover.
At Badass Brewing’s New Year’s Eve Party, folks are invited to come watch the ball drop in New York City at 9 p.m. and enjoy some complimentary champagne. 5-9 p.m., 3115 N. Butler Road, Spokane Valley. No cover.
First Night is Spokane’s long-running evening of family-friendly fun on New Year’s Eve. For our friends in North Idaho, there’s also an option closer to home. Triple Play in Hayden is hosting a family friendly New Year’s Eve gathering. A tickets gets patrons full access to all attractions, including the Raptor Reef Indoor Waterpark, the ropes course and $5 in arcade attractions. Kids can ring in the new year at 9 p.m. (when the ball drops on the east coast). Call (208) 762-7529, ext.516, for tickets. 6-10 p.m. 175 W. Orchard Ave., Hayden. $24.95.
In Rathdrum, the parks and recreation department is hosting an all-ages gathering that ends with a ball drop at 9 p.m. The night includes music, family fun, hot chocolate and refreshments. 7-9 p.m. Main Street, Rathdrum. Call (208) 687-2399 for info.