Get your glitter covered party hats and your cliché 2018 glasses on–it’s time to count down the New Year.
Every year, San Antonio celebrates the momentous occasion of a new year and the opportunity for new beginnings.
Partygoers can attend the free public party in San Antonio’s Hemisfair Park, which draws locals and visitors alike out onto the city streets to bring in the New Year.
The Celebrate San Antonio event promises to be larger than ever in honor of the city’s 300th birthday, with headline performances by REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar, so be sure to bring your leg warmers for this ‘80s throwback.
The event begins at 5 p.m. and also provides other live music options, food and a spectacular fireworks display at midnight to bring an end to 2017.
If you are not looking forward to the crowds but want to see a fireworks display, you can take a short drive to the South Texas Maize in Hondo, Texas.
If you are from San Antonio, you probably remember this ranch from your elementary school field trip days, so their New Year’s Eve event is sure to bring a dose of nostalgia along with family-friendly fun. The corn maize has been removed, but the country entertainment is still available.
You can take a hay ride, ride the Cow Train, shoot the Apple Cannon and jump on the two Corn Poppers (jumping pillows).
The gates open at 5 p.m., and general admission is $10. There will also be a concession booth, which will sell all the fair favorite food options and a firework show, which will begin around 10 p.m. and last until the gates close at 11 p.m.
Staying in the city is also a great New Year’s Eve option, with parties happening at every bar across the city.
Just travel to San Antonio’s Southtown, where you can bar hop down the N. Saint Mary’s Strip. Be sure to stop at the Brass Monkey for their New
Year’s Eve party that kicks off at 9 p.m. and features $2 drinks.
The Brick at Blue Star art complex is also hosting a New Year’s Eve dance party. The Brick House Bash begins at 9 p.m. and ends around 1 a.m.
If the party scene is just not for you, watching the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square from the comfort of your own home is a classic New Year’s Eve favorite. Gather a few of your close family and friends, pop a champagne or wine bottle and watch as the sky lights up on the first day of a new year.
And if you partied too hard this New Year’s Eve, go cure your hangover at Nectar Wine Bar and Ale House’s Pajama Jammy Jam New Year’s Day Brunch. They will have the cure you need with free Pedialite shots, a ‘90s playlist and special hangover breakfast plates. Brunch lasts from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., with hangover food favorites–biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash, bacon, sausage and eggs as well as items from their regular brunch menu.
So, this New Year’s Eve be sure to celebrate however suits you best, because you should always start the New Year in a positive way. Happy 2018 everyone!