You can ring in the Twenties with with a super chill dayful of local tunes or with a 1970s cult classic with sing-along songs. You could get a peek at Blackwater Lounge, or channel your inner Gatsby. Or maybe you just want to watch Big Wave Dave & The Ripples with a Lake Superior backdrop.
Here are 5 ways to celebrate New Year's Eve.
You want a slow burn
It’s a slow, chill roll of a New Year’s Eve at Wussow’s Concert Cafe, not a cork-to-the-eyeball, lampshade sort of affair. The West Duluth coffee shop hosts an all-day event that starts at 6:30 a.m. with folk singer Hewitt Station and ends with emotive and colorful rockers Jacob Mahon & The Salty Dogs starting at 11:15 p.m. In between: ska, a Celtic song circle, a ventriloquist. Twenty-four acts are scheduled to play — a new set every 45 minutes. Stop in. Listen. Eat a breakfast burrito. Drink a latte. Switch to beer. Add a wrap. Fan grrl over Ann Kathryn (noon). Repeat. Full schedule can be found on Facebook.
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza starts at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 31 at Wussow’s Concert Cafe, 324 N. Central Ave., Free.
You have fishnets in your undies drawer
The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s repertoire for its annual NYE concert includes the likes of “Dammit, Janet” and “Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me.” The crew, alongside Jeans ‘n Classics, will perform the “The Music of Rocky Horror.” Zenith City Horror is offering Time Warp lessons before the show, costumes are encouraged.
DSSO and Jeans ‘n Classics’ “The Music of Rocky Horror” is at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at Symphony Hall, DECC. Tickets start at $20 at dsso.com.
You haven't had a Pop Rocks martini in like, eons
Pucker up your martini palate, revelers. For one night only, the retro-style Blackwater Lounge is opening to New Year’s By The Lake party-goers. This event, which is becoming an annual thing, has varying levels of commitment ranging from: I’ll Take Everything You’ve Got (The Ultimate Gold Package, $115) to Just The Parties, Please ($29). Within those levels there is a 4-course dinner at Greysolon, an Eagles tribute band at the NorShor Theatre, Laura Velvet and the Bookhouse Boys, Whiskey Trail and more. Meanwhile, at Blackwater, full-on club-style dance party.
New Year’s By The Lake starts at 5:30 p.m. (for those with the dinner package) at downtown Duluth venues. Tickets start at $29 at newyearsbythelake.com.
You want to get all historical about it
Duluth Cider is hosting among a handful of spots hosting Roaring 20s parties — but this one might have the best bit of intrigue. The cidery is in what was a stable house for the postal service’s delivery horses. Construction was completed in 1919. Boom. Duluth Cider’s party is both a nod forward and back: It’s keepers are encouraging formal attire from either the 1920s or 2020s.
Roaring Twenties New Year’s Eve Party is at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 at Duluth Cider, 2307 W. Superior St. Tickets: $30 at eventbrite.com.
You never want to go outside
Say you like to dress up, listen to some D-Town funk, and avoid the sorts of sketch comedy that occur when you put fancy shoes near ice and snow. Silo’s New Year’s Eve party starts with Zenith City Groove Collective before segueing into Big Wave Dave and the Ripples. Among the packages: an option to stay overnight at Pier B.
Ring in 2020 at the Pier is at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 at Silos Restaurant, 800 W. Railroad St. Tickets: Start at $30 at pierbresort.com.