Aerialist Ann Stimmel before the clock strikes midnight at a past DMSC party, The Bash (Juice file photo)
25 New Year’s Eve parties
Published on December 23rd, 2013 | by Joe Lawler
Say goodbye to 2013 and celebrate the start of 2014 with 25 party ideas
It’s not often that there’s this much to do on a Tuesday night in Des Moines. Here are 20 New Year’s Eve events that provide good “Sorry, we have plans” excuses for that lame party you didn’t want to go to.
GuideOne ImaginEve: Family-friendly New Year’s Eve party with bounce houses, inflatable rides, fireworks. 4-8 p.m. at Hy-Vee Hall, 730 Third St. Free. Go to downtowndesmoines.com/imagineve.
NYE with RRBC: With music by Parranderos Latin Combo, 9 p.m. at Raccoon River Brewing Co., 200 10th St. $10. New Year’s Eve rates at Hotel Fort Des Moines for $89-$109. Call 243-1162 for room reservations.
The Bash: Music by Doomtree, Annalibera, Canby, Max Jury, MaryBeth Doran and others, human ball drop, live painting at the Des Moines Social Club Firehouse, 900 Mulberry St. 8 p.m. $20-$100 through midwestix.com.
New Year’s Eve Pops: The Des Moines Symphony with the Hit Men at Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. 8 p.m. $15-$75 through Ticketmaster.
Noon Year’s Eve: Balloon drop, face painting, balloon animals and more 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. Free with $7-$11 general admission ticket. Go to sciowa.org.
Pressure Drop NYE: Vinyl dance party with music by DJ Eight Ten at Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave. 7 p.m. $10. Go to gaslampdsm.com.
DJ Hogstyle and Nastynovich NYE Throwdown: Music by Marc Hogan and Bob Nastanovich at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St. 9 p.m. $5. Go to vaudevillemews.com.
A Gatsby New Year’s Eve: 1920s themed event at the Exchange at Court Center, 216 Court Ave. Music by Mint and DJ Coach G. 6 p.m. Go to tikly.com for table and booth packages.
New Year’s Eve Party at the Standard: With music by Lesson7 and a champagne toast at midnight, 208 Third St. 9 p.m. Go to thestandarddsm.com.
Comedy XPeriment New Year’s Eve Extravaganza: Improv comedy at the Stoner Theater, 221 Walnut St. 9 p.m. $25 for individuals through Ticketmaster, $40 per couple.
Jeb Zeppelin New Year’s Eve: Classic country covers from a local super group, plus the Maw, Jacob County & the Damaged Goods and Nest of Snakes at House of Bricks, 525 E. Grand Ave. 8 p.m. $10. Go to thehouseofbricks.com.
New Year’s Eve Skate: 10 a.m.-midnight at Brenton Skating Plaza, 520 Robert D. Ray Drive. $4.50 admission, $3.50 skate rental. Go to brentonplaza.com.
Pianopalooza New Year’s Eve Party: Dueling pianos music at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. 8:30 p.m. $15. Go to woolysdm.com.
WEST DES MOINES
Funny Bone Comedy Club: Comedian Scott Henry, party favors and champagne at midnight, plus a pass to a future show. 10 p.m. at the Funny Bone, 560 S. Prairie View Drive, West Des Moines. $50.
Masquerade New Year’s Eve: DJ dance party, party favors, free midnight champagne. 8 p.m. at Cabaret West Glen, 560 S. Prairie View Drive, West Des Moines. Go to cabaretnightlife.com.
Shotgun Betty’s New Year’s Eve party: Balloon drop with more than $500 in cash and a free champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 3 p.m. at Shotgun Betty’s, 5535 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. Go to facebook.com/shotgunbettys.
Wellman’s Pub and Rooftop: Free champagne toast at midnight. Open at 11 a.m. for lunch. 597 Market St., West Des Moines. Call 222-1100.
AROUND THE METRO
Miss Kitty’s 16th New Year’s Eve Party: Party favors, champagne toast at midnight with balloon drop and prizes all night at Miss Kitty’s, 8800 Swanson Blvd, Clive. 7 p.m. $10 for general admission or $60 for a table for four, bottle of champagne and party favors. Go to kittyusa.com.
New Year’s Eve party with the Rivieras: Music, food, party favors and more at Seven Flags Event Center, 2100 N.W. 100th St., Clive. 7 p.m. $25. Go to redtrucktickets.com.
New Year’s Eve Party with Throwing Toast: Live music, free appetizer buffet and midnight champagne toast at Mickey’s Irish Pub, 50 S.E. Laurel St., Waukee. 9 p.m. Free. Go to mickeyswaukee.com.
New Year’s Eve at Rollins Mansion: Music by DJ, hors d’oeuvres and dessert stations, champagne toast and more at Rollins Mansion, 2801 Fleur Drive. $65-$100. Go to rollinsmansion.com.
New Year’s Eve Bash: With Resurrection Mary, Patient Zero and Driver at Hull Avenue Tavern, 834 Hull Ave. 9 p.m. Free. Go to thehullavenuetavern.com.
New Year’s Eve Bash: Music by Absolute Power, Apathy Syndrome and Hours of Decay with shot specials every hour at Krazee Kafe, 1410 Broadway Ave. 7 p.m. Free. Call 778-5261
New Year’s Eve Party: Mumford’s, Trouble Lights, Mark Mallman, Doctor Murdock and Jordan Mayland and the Thermal Detonators at DG’s Tap House, 125 Main St., Ames. $10. Go to dgstaphouse.com.
Ames Jaycees New Year’s Eve Ball: Dinner and dancing starting at 7 p.m., balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight at Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames. $50 for dinner and dancing, $30 for dance only. Reservations required through amesjaycees.com.