Awesome Things to Do on New Year's Eve in Dallas

Big D New Year's Eve The big outdoor New Year's party happens at Victory Park everywhere and includes a music, fireworks and a live feed of the New York City ball drop. Party like it's last day of 2014, because it is. It's an all ages party that lasts from 7 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. and it's free.

Big Band New Year's Eve at the Kessler We're all casting an eye to the future for 2a15, hoping for bigger, better things. But there's still value in looking to the past--particularly when that past consists of gilded, jazzy parties that evoke a free-wheeling, glittery spirit. The Singapore Slingers bring all the sounds and sights of pre-swing America to your end-of-year celebrations during their New Year's Eve party at The Kessler, 1230 West Davis, on Wednesday, January 31 from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Dress to the nines for a night of champagne, indulgent desserts, and dance floor exploits that include foxtrots, waltzes, rumbas, and tangos. Matt Tolentino's 18-piece orchestra cranks out the hits of the 1920s, 30s and 40s for a blast-from-the-past party that will kick off 2015 right. Tickets to the dancing and dessert-filled extravaganza are $25 to $55 at prekindle.com. - Jennifer Davis-Lamm

Comedy New Year's Eve Ring in the new year with laughter when some of Dallas' best comics headline Backdoor Comedy Club this New Year's Eve. Headliner Paul Varghese performs with Linda Stogner (recent winner of the Funniest Comic in Texas), and Aaron Aryanpur, along with other Backdoor comedy favorites. There are shows at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets to the late show are $49 and include party favors, champagne toasts, a ticket to a future Backdoor comedy show, and dancing after the show. Hopefully Paul will throw in a midnight kiss. Winky emoticon face. backdoorcomedy.com.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra New Year's You've spent some New Year's Eves in less than ideal situations. There was the year that you spent the night talking to the cops in your front yard and trying to hide the band in your living room. And then there was the year you spent prostrate in the stall of a dive bar bathroom after a few too many champagne shooters. But this year, you're determined to class things up a bit--maybe put on a fancy dress or suit and go somewhere that has a legit coat check as opposed to a pile on a beer-streaked coffee table. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra's New Year's Eve Concert is a legit grown-up affair that promises to be elegant, classic, and importantly, fun. You'll be treated to an evening of lively Viennese-inspired compositions conducted by Oliver von Dohnányi and sung by soprano, Laura Alonso Padin. Tap your toes to Dvorak, Strauss, Smetana and more as you wind down 2014 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora, on December 31 starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29 to $129. Visit mydso.com for more. - JDL

THRWD New Year's Eve at Crown & Harp Local zine THRWD hosts a concert with an assortment of local bands, including iill, TUNK, White Eyed Witch (Julie McKendrick of Vulgar Fashon), DJ NaturalHiigh, Teen Slut (Hesh Q. of Hex Cult), and Shooknite (of Trackmeet). $15. 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Dance Party at Sambuca Plano's hotspot hosts dinner and dancing with music from Safety Patrol and a chef-prepared four course dinner. VIP tables available; seating available at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $30-100.

Blue Man Group It's time to inject a bit of blue into the bright lights and sparkling colors that characterize the merrymaking this holiday season. Red and green has had its time to shine -- it's decked all the halls and festooned the trees for over a month now -- and our eyes could use a refresher from the warm tones of Christmas. Enter the Blue Man Group -- those coolly-colored performers known for their inventive and experimental shows that blend comedy, music and choreography. A new LED curtain and high-res screen will add an extra, bright pop to their onstage presence -- the azure artists bring their tonal presentation and an additional element of fun to their special New Year's Eve show at 10 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $25 to $150 at attpac.org. - JDL

Mardi Gras New Year's Eve at Twilite Lounge Free with music from David Washburn. 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Goth Dance Party with Panoptikon Get all gothed up for Dallas' darkest masquerade bash. Champagne toast at midnight and plenty of other surprises. At Red Light Lounge 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. $15-150.

Country Dance Party at Trophy Room Jason Clark Band headlines a night full of both auld acquaintances, new friends, and bull rides. Party favors, drink specials, and all that glitters.

Art Gallery Party Hailing from Miami, LAB ART popped up in Dallas this year and they're brining in street artist Mister E to help them ring in the New Year. 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $100.

2 Stages of Underground DJs at Sandaga If you want to party with the cool kids, Glitz N' Glow II presents 15 DJs across two stages at Sandaga in Expo Park. $10 for presale tickets. 21 + up. 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Theatrical New Year's with Stage West and The Explorer's Club A one-stop New Year's party, starting with dinner service at 8 p.m., then a production of Nell Benjamin's The Explorers Club at 9:30. After that, stick around for music, dancing, champagne and black-eyed peas as 2015 approaches.

Murder Mystery New Year's It's a midnight whodunit, complete with reception, gourmet dinner, dancing, balloon drop, champagne, and enough intrigue to last you until 2016. 8:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. $139 at the Omni Hotel.

Jazzy New Year's at the Free Man Time to liberate 2014 and let it go at this swinging New Year's event, featuring live blues, jazz and swing. 7:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Local bands at Club Dada Local bands Rich Girls, Dark Rooms,Sam Lao, Zhora perform. 8 p.m. $15 - 20.

Another Comedy New Year's Unlike most of today's road comics, comedian Steve Byrne wears a suit for his performances. You'll never catch him onstage or behind a mic in a crumpled hoodie or a pair of ripped jeans that might be worn by a skater with bad coordination. We don't know the exact reason for this but it shows in his stage presence. The star of the TBS sitcom "Sullivan & Son" has a sharp mind for observational humor that mines every territory imaginable and never lets go of a good concept. See Byrne at the Addison Improv (4980 Belt Line Road) at 8 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. Wednesday or various other times through Sunday, January 4. Tickets are $30-60 at stand-upmedia.com. - Danny Gallagher

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