Obviously, last year was off limits for big New Years celebrations, but this year couldn’t be more different. Below we have way too many events for you to choose from if you are thinking of going out. Whether it’s the downtown festivities you crave or the intimacy of a local spectacle, there is something for everyone this New Year’s Eve.
New Years Eve with George Michael Reborn @ OP Rockwell: You heard that right: OP Rockwell is resurrecting the spirit of George Michael from the dead for this holiday season. An original way to end the year? Maybe, but also who doesn’t want to end the year on “Careless Whisper”. Meet at the OP at 9 p.m. to dance to DJ Danny Boy, then stick around for the midnight countdown. Maybe you’ll even feel Michael’s true spirit in the room as you dance to step into a New Year. Doors are at 7 p.m., the show is 21+ and tickets are $ 99 to $ 175 at oprockwell.com.
NYE 2022 Bash @ The Westerner: For cowboys, you’re probably already heading to The Westerner to send off the New Years, as only the Westerner can. All the attributes of a good night at the Westerner will be present at this New Years Eve party, including the line dancing lessons for which they are well known, as well as the later music from Kaleb Austin. Treat yourself to themed cocktails, freebies and, of course, Jell-O shots. Line dancing classes run from 7 to 9 p.m., just enough time to learn enough to kickstart the scoot’n boogie in 2021. The party is 21 and over and there’s a $ 15 blanket.
Brue, Sunfish and Guava New Years Eve @ Kilby Court: If Kilby Court is your musical home, make it your NYE destination. Go wild the last of the year with some of Utah’s rockiest young guys at Brue, Sunfish, and Guava Tree. Brue is the latest project from Sammy Brue, who seems to have moved away from his solo Americana style to focus on this incredibly noisy new rock formation. They will find a perfect companion in Sunfish, another promising young group who just released their own first rock album this year. The two groups find a certain balance in the company of Guava Tree, who will deliver their funky and psychedelic vibes to the crowd. This event is for all ages, starts at 7 p.m. and costs $ 10 to kilbycourt.com.
Mokie New Year’s Eve @ The Commonwealth Room: Fans of local jam group Mokie should definitely make this their NYE spot, as this could be Mokie’s last show. At least they’re teasing that; on the event message it says “this could be the last time”, and elsewhere the show is described as “their last show as a group”. What is the truth ? Don’t wait to find out if you are a fan and be there. Doors are at 8 p.m., the show is 21 and over, and tickets are $ 40 to $ 58.
Last hurray @ Gateway: While The Gateway always wears that mall-specific burst of excitement during the holidays, there’s so much more going on these days. Their New Years Eve event is one of the most diverse in the city, offering the entire mall like a playground with music at its center. Brother. will perform alongside The Rubies on the main stage at the event, and they will find dance-worthy support at DJ Justin Cornwall. In addition to them, there will be buskers on an outdoor stage and pop-up bars everywhere. The shops and restaurants will stay open late, so be sure to take a stroll. This big event is free for the public and starts at 9 p.m.
JRC Events presents: New Years @ The Union Event Center: This event not only attracts tons of local talent, but also big names. We have winners from different seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Aja and Yara Sofia, as well as other winners of The Dragula of the Boulet Brothers, Landon Cider and Biqtch Puddin ‘. There are also the DoubleTime Twins, fitness and dance gurus from the lovely country of Los Angeles, and local host Gia Bianca Stephens. More than 20 local artists are also expected to make an appearance, showing up with hip hop, dancing, DJ sets and drag performances to entertain all types of guests. The event is reserved for 18 years and over, the doors are at 8 p.m. and tickets vary from $ 30 to $ 75 at theunioneventcenter.com.
Pixie & The Partygrass Boys New Years Eve @ The Depot: If there’s one thing that’s true about Pixie & The Partygrass Boys, it’s that they’re always sure to have a good time. Local fans of these SLC favorites should head to The Depot on New Years Eve to engage in the whiskey and chicken madness the group specializes in. The group boasts that the last time they had a NYE show at The Depot, they sold it out, and fans dumped the whiskey well. This time around, they challenge fans to go for the Cutthroat and invite other bluegrass groups The Pickpockets and Stillhouse Junkies, based in Durango, Colo. The show is 21+, the doors are at 7 p.m. and tickets are $ 15 at depotslc.com.