Mardi Gras Celebration
NYE BASH—If you like dancing and magic, then this is the NYE party for you. Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic will charm you with their jazzy New Orleans-inspired tunes this New Year's Eve at the Belfry. Groove into the New Year—we just can't promise that you'll want to stop. 9:30 pm. The Belfry, 302 Main St., Sisters. $25 adv., $30 doors.
Larry and His Flask
ROCK SHOW—It's a tradition here in Bend to see LAHF on New Year's Eve, so why not conform to expectation in Downtown's newest spot, The Capitol. Expect great music, a high energy dance party, and more Pabst than any human could possibly consume on any other night but this one. 10 pm The Capitol, 680 NW Oregon Ave. $15-$20.
MOsley WOtta and Tubaluba
NYE MUSIC—Treat yourself to a New Year's celebration that includes two dynamic artists. Tubaluba calls its style Jambalaya brass rock, which combines horns, drums, and piano with vocals from the sextet. MOsley WOtta is an Oregon-based painter and hip-hop artist whose work has been featured at the MUSE Women's Conference and on PBS and TEDX. WOtta is scheduled to release a full-length album in 2016. 9 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Wall St. $10.
Triple LineUp NYE Bash
THREE BANDS—Why go see one band play when you can see three bands play? That's just crazy. Third Seven, Cosmonautical, and Bravey Don will play free of charge because Silver Moon loves you and wants to maybe go out some time. Seriously. Three bands-one night. One hell of a party. 9 pm. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave. No cover.
New Year's Eve Masquerade Party
EDM—But sometimes you want to ring in the new year with some dance music and some sweaty, grindy shenanigans, so this right here is the party for you. DJ Codi Carroll will spin the night away as you dance with masks provided by Astro, just to ensure your possible bad decisions are possible good ones. 10 pm. Astro Lounge, 939 NW Bond St. $5.
thursday 31 & saturday 2
NYE OPERA—If you've never been to an opera, why not start with a comical one performed in English. MET Opera baritone David Malis joins guest stars, local performers, and the Bend Opera Chorus in a performance about a bat's revenge. Composed by Johann Strauss II, this "champagne drenched" performance is sure to entertain. 7 pm, Dec. 31; 2 pm, Jan. 2. Pinckney Center, COCC, 2600 NW College Way. $25-$45.
NEW YEAR'S DAY BASH—Just in case New Year's Eve didn't allow you to sufficiently wyle out, here is your chance to get all of that excess decadence out of your system so you can now be a functioning and productive member of society. Who are we kidding? Where the hell are my glow sticks? 8 pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $4 GA, $10 VIP.
First Friday Art Walk
ART & MORE—On the first Friday of every month, downtown art galleries, coffee shops, and boutiques are open for a few extra hours to show artwork and chat with customers. They also serve free wine. Dudley's Bookshop Cafe will feature live music by Leif James and Townshend's Teahouse will host photographers Mark Lehrbass and Henry Mosier of Our Earth in Focus. 5-9 pm. Downtown Bend. Free.
Polar Bear Plunge
ICY SWIM—Possibly the best way to cure any lingering New Year's Eve fogginess is with a splash into the icy Cove swimming pool at Sunriver Resort. Afterward you can grab a cup of house-made hot chocolate to warm up and drink while thinking about the year to come. 10 am. Sunriver Resort, 17600 Center Dr., Sunriver. Free.
2016 Alamo Bowl
FOOTBALL—Bowl season is here and the Oregon Ducks (15) will take on the TCU Horned Frogs (11) in San Antonio, Texas, for the Alamo Bowl. You may be a Duck or a Beavers but when it comes down to it we're all Oregon fans. McMenamins will screen the game for all ages and free of charge. 3:45 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis, 700 NW Bond St. Free.