New Years Eve. It’s the last day of the year, the day to reflect upon your accomplishments and the chance to look forward, set goals, and start fresh for the New Year. Some folks choose to spend New Years Eve huddled around a cozy fire, watching the Ball Drop from the comfort of their own living room. Others want to go out and party.
Luckily, for those that want to go out and celebrate with their friends and neighbors, Portland has a number of options.
Personally, I think running is for Cheetahs and soccer players. I still find it hard to believe that people do this for fun, but, for those that do, the First Run of2016 might be the way to go. This 5/10K run through Waterfront Park is not only the healthiest way to bring in the New Year, it might also be the most bizarre, as costumes are encouraged.
But, if running isn’t your thing, consider a cruise on the Spirit of Portland. This floating New Years Eve party, a three hour event featuring live music, hors d’ouvres and a jaw dropping view of the city, might be the thing to do for those looking for something a little different from the norm this New Years’ Eve.
For those more inclined to the visual arts, the Portland Art Museum is hosting a swanky shin dig (as evidenced by the ticket prices, which range from $99-$171) called InspireTruth. InspireTruth combines art, music and spirituality in an occasion designed to “inspire clarity of intent fueled by joyful celebration.” The organizers of the event, preferring introspection and dialogue over drunken revelry, cultivate spaces for both group celebrations and unobtrusivemeditation.
Maybe you have had a rough year and want to ring in the New Year with some laughs. You’re in luck! The Curious Comedy theatre on MLK is laughing in the New Year with a celebration of grand proportions including the best “[O]f Curious Comedy of 2015 and previews things to come in 2016 including great stand up, improv, and amazing aerial arts.”. Tickets (only 100 will be made available!)include all the acts, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a champagne toast as the ball drops into 2016. A dance party will be happening from midnight to close.
If dancing is your thing, the Bollywood Dance Party, at the Melody Ball Room, offers Bollywood style dance and music. The Portland Governors Ball at the Sentinel Hotel features the music of local jazz legend, Patrick Lamb. The Champagne Ball, with its black tie and glow stick dress code, 17 bars and three dance floors, is occurring at the Portland Hilton.
Enjoy a happy and safe New Year’s celebration in the greatest city in the world: Portland, Oregon!