Allow us to be the first to say goodbye to 2018. With old acquaintances—both forgotten and remembered—we'll take a cup o' kindness yet, and we'll start with these New Year's Eve parties around the North Bay. From delectable dinners to cabaret shows and blowout concerts, here's a selection of ways to ring in 2019.
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Kids and families are invited to join master of ceremonies Snoopy and the gang at the Charles M. Schulz Museum for an afternoon of crafts and games, with a big balloon drop and root beer toasts at noon and 3pm. Hey, it's New Year's somewhere. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 10am to 4pm. $5–$12. 707.579.4452.
Santa Rosa Central Library
Get the New Year's Eve celebrations rolling early at Santa Rosa's Central Library on Saturday, Dec. 29. Stop by with your kids for crafts, storytelling and a balloon drop at noon. Festivities begin at 11:30am, and admission is free. Central Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa. 707.308.3020.
New Year's Eve on the Square
Looking for a free and family friendly New Year's Eve celebration? Santa Rosa's Courthouse Square is here to provide you with all the entertainment you could wish for this New Year's. Full of live entertainment, activities for kids and several vendors serving food and drinks, the Square is the hip place to be. Third Street and Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, 5pm. Free admission; catered VIP packages available at $125. 707.701.3620.
The North Bay Cabaret never fails to raise a few eyebrows, and master of ceremonies Jake Ward is pulling out all the stops for this fourth annual New Year's Eve spectacular. The lineup for the night includes fire dancers, burlesque performers, magicians, storyteller Jamie DeWolf from NPR's Snap Judgment, comedian Oliver Gray and vaginal stunt artist Max Madame. If that combination of eclectic performances somehow still leaves you unconvinced, the masquerade additionally features two full bars, dinner and bites, a photo booth and a Champagne toast at midnight. Whiskey Tip, 1910 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 7pm. $25–$30; 21 and over. northbaycabaret.com.
- DOUBLE VISIONARY The Whiskey Tip presents Oakland vaginal stunt artist Max Madame.
The Healdsburg culinary destination once again offers an evening of elegant dining in a festive and fun atmosphere. In the restaurant, a six-course meal of classic favorites serves up Crab Louie and duck confit rigatoni with special wine pairings available. In the relaxed bistro setting, funk and soul music performed by Tory and the Teasers will help you get your groove on as you work off the calories with a dance or two. Reservations are recommended. 231 Center St., Healdsburg. $155 and up. 707.431.0100.
Petaluma Museum's Gala Concert & A Night in Vienna
Sky Hill Cultural Alliance and the Petaluma Museum Association present their 10th annual New Year's Eve gala concert full of classical flair and marvelous entertainment from members of the San Francisco Symphony. Enjoy complimentary wine and cheeses while your ears are serenaded by the Bay Area's finest musicians for a truly snazzy night. After that show, the action moves to nearby Hermann Sons Hall for "A Night in Vienna," featuring many traditional Viennese dishes and desserts, and waltzes performed by a live orchestra. This black-tie-optional event toasts the new year in stellar fashion. Gala concert happens at 20 Fourth St., Petaluma, 6pm. $50–$70. "A Night in Vienna" gets continental at 860 Western Ave., Petaluma. 8:30pm. $150. 707.778.4398.
Spinster Sisters & the Astro Motel
Join Santa Rosa's favorite culinary sisters in the popping South of A arts district for a festive three-course dinner. The Spinster Sisters never disappoint, and are sure to cook up mouthwatering dishes. Need a place to stay so you can have too much fun without worrying about insane Uber prices? Spend the night at the retro Astro Motel, close to downtown Santa Rosa and right by Spinster Sisters. Receive a bottle of Champagne upon check in, head to Spinster Sisters New Year's Eve dinner, and enjoy a late check out with pastries and coffee for $379! Astro Motel, 323 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.200.4655. Spinster Sisters dinner, $65. 401 South A St., Santa Rosa. Call for reservations. 707.528.7100.
Want to leave 2018 in the dust with an elegant evening full of sparkle? Head to Spoonbar, where you can enjoy oysters and caviar while sipping on Champagne at the Rooftop Harmon Guest House. Next, enjoy a four-course meal boasting filet mignon and lobster risotto. Top it off by busting out your booze inspired dance moves to Spoonbar's DJ. 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 6pm, dinner; 10pm, party. $195. 707.433.7222.
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa Hotel
Get groovy at the Flamingo for a night of funk and glam. The Konsept Party Band will be playing the night away with R&B and soul music, with a guest DJ taking over later on. Full bars and concessions fuel the fun, and the resort hotel is offering special guest room packages with a deluxe breakfast buffet the next morning. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 8:30pm. $55–$75; 21 and over. 707.545.8530.