Those who suffer from enochlophobia (fear of crowds) might want to steer clear of Celebrate San Antonio, a New Year’s Eve tradition that routinely draws upward of 250,000 revelers to Hemisfair Park. Presented by the San Antonio Parks Foundation and billed as “the biggest free New Year’s Eve celebration and fireworks extravaganza in Texas,” the fiesta keeps the masses entertained with festival fare, carnival games and live music on three stages (from Top 40 cover band The Klocks to progressive Tejano accordion queen Eva Ybarra) leading up to an impressive pyrotechnic show courtesy of Valero. Free, 6pm, Hemisfair Park, 434 S/ Alamo St., (210) 212-8423 - Bryan Rindfuss
New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop
This year Limelight, the bastion of hipsterdom next to Hardbodies, a long-beloved live music spot, opened its doors after a short but effective renovation. Now under the management team that made 502 Bar cool, Limelight has wasted no time in making good live music its specialty. To celebrate, the bar is throwing a righteous New Year’s Eve bash, replete with an honest-to-goodness balloon drop and a bonkers bill of music, from the zany, dreamcore soul of Voodoo Boogaloo to the leftfield hip-hop of Chief and the Doomsday Device and the synth soup of trip-hop act Peach Fish. Free, 10pm, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 735-7775 -James Courtney
DJ Jester the Filipino Fist
Puttin' on the Glitz: NYE 1976 with DJ Jester the Filipino Fist
1976? Cocaine. I feel like this is just gonna be about cocaine. Either way, the Filipino Fist knows how to throw down a groove, whether it's old school soul or some "Funky Cold Medina," he knows what gets the bros (not necessarily the douchey kind) and the hoes (own it) on the dance ... flo's ? With DJ Boyfriends, Rad Envelope, Terpsi and Bitter Teen. Free, 7pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary's St.
Back to the Future New Year's Party feat. Guild
Climb into Tony Parker's DeLorean (this is not a guarantee that TP9 will be there) and race back in time to the beginning of the night to celebrate New Year's Eve 2015 again, and again and again. With Bitforce and Ohm-1. Free, 9pm, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks Drive, (210) 257-8125
Leonard DiCaprio as Gatsby
3rd Annual New Year's Gatsby Gala
Complete with a jazz, R&B and neo-soul band in the front room and a DJ in the back, The Davenport hosts a party based on that movie based on that book based on Leonard DiCaprio, or something. Black tie formal or they gonna kick yo' ass out. $60-$100, 8pm, The Davenport Lounge, 203 N. Presa St., (210) 224-5635
New Years Eve Bash with Boys Don't Cry
Don't worry about how clean your eyeliner looks at the start of the night, by the end The Cure tribute band, or popped champagne, will have it running down your cheeks.$10, 6pm, Fitzgerald's Bar, 437 McCarty Rd., (210) 629-5141
Tropicana Joe, one of the many DJs
New Year's Eve Party au Go-go
So many DJs, I just can't even ... The turntables will be stacked with oldies, garage rock, mod, psych, surf and soul with DJs Ewss, Sandman, Sucia Q, Phil-O-Graph, Tim Beard, Casba, Jive Bomber, El Gato and Tropicana Joe. Party on the roof, goof. 9pm, Sancho's Cantina, 628 Jackson St., (210) 320-1840
Named after Bob Dylan's 1983 album, Michael Martin and the Infidels play in the worldly spirit of the great American songwriter. $50-$100, 6pm, Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St, (210) 227-1187
Monte Montgomery with Ruben V Acoustic philosophizers Monte Montgomery and Ruben V team up for a hollow-body shred-a-thon. $30-$130, 9pm, Sam's Burger Joint, 330 East Grayson St., (210) 223-2830
Sound Crater Presents 2016
Looking to finish out 2015 and ring in its obligatory successor by dousing your ears in the liquid crackle of experimental rock? Don’t sweat, Sound Crater Recording and Rehearsal Studio was thinking the same thing. Billed as a mixer to foster networking across genres and cliques of the San Antonio outré rock spectrum, the BYOB show will feature punk (Ghost Police and Junkie), drone-rock (Mau), sludge (Crawl) and doom metal (Cosmic Behemoth) from SA, as well as grindcore imported from Cleveland (M.D.F.L.). Bonus: Your ringing ears will save you from hearing all those New Year’s resolutions. $5, 9pm, Sound Crater Recording and Rehearsal, 1908 Fredericksburg Rd.
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