New Year’s Eve is coming up; there are plenty of options for entertainment in South Sound

New Year’s Eve is coming up soon, and there are plenty of fun options for entertainment in South Sound

Contributing writerDecember 27, 2013 

What are you doing next year?

Maybe that has felt too far away to think about, but the time has arrived: 2014 begins Wednesday at midnight.

Your intentions and plans for the New Year are up to you. Whether you make resolutions is your own affair.

What The Olympian can help you with is a plan for New Year’s Eve. Our handy guide, including all the events we know about, is categorized by interest.


“Stardust”: Those who love the stage — or who just want to get to bed early — can celebrate 2014 on New York time at Harlequin Productions’ New Year’s Eve performance of “The Stardust Christmas Blizzard.” The show begins at 7 p.m. and wraps up with a champagne toast at 9 p.m. (midnight Eastern) at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $38, $35 for military and seniors, $25 for students and those younger than 25. Call 360-786-0151, or go to


A little bit reggae: The Olympia Fraternal Order of Eagles has a lavish party planned, including music by reggae/jam band High Ceiling and folk duo The Hinges. You’ll also find a buffet, party favors and a champagne toast. The party begins at 7 p.m. and will go into the wee hours at the Eagles Clubroom, 805 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple; they’re available at the door or at the club room, and the event is for members and friends of members. After 11 p.m., it’s for ages 21 and older only. Call 360-970-5550.

A little bit of country: The casino crowd can ring in 2014 at Little Creek Casino’s New Year’s Eve party. Celebrate with a steak and lobster buffet, champagne toast and music by country rockers The Humptulips. The resort is at 91 W. state Route 108, Shelton. Tickets are $75. Call 800-667-7711, or go to

A whole lot of robot: If you wish you were a robot, the Royal Lounge, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia, has your New Year’s Eve party. There’ll be robot music, a robot dance-off and a robot costume contest. The festivities will be going from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tickets are $5. The party is for ages 21 and older. Call 360-705-0760.


Vince Brown and Greta Jane Pederson: Swinging jazz guitarist Brown and sweet singer Pederson will bring a touch of the past to the final night of 2013. They’re playing from 7 to 9 p.m. at Swing Wine Bar & Cafe, 825 Columbia St., Olympia. For reservations, call 360-357-9464. For details, go to

Scott Cossu: Pianist Cossu of Olympia got his start with Windham Hill Records. In other words, he has New Age cred, though he prefers such terms as “heavy mental.” Cossu will play at 9 p.m. at Dockside Bistro, 501 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. For reservations, call 360-956-1928. For details, go to


Swing: Those who want to dance their way into 2014 will have their chance at OlySwing’s New Year’s Eve dance, from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. at The Eagles Ballroom, 805 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. The evening includes music by 7 on 7 and The Lost Keys and a dance lesson to help novices get in the swing of things. The event is open to all ages. Tickets are $15, $8 after 12:30 a.m. Go to

Conscious dance: Those who prefer to dance their own dance can move mindfully into 2014 with a New Year’s celebration and ritual led by 5Rhythms teacher Liz Temple. There’ll be a video DJ at the event, happening from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Fusion, 302 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Email


Disco yoga: Yogis and yoginis can enter the New Year with a playful yet spiritual mixture of yoga, sound healing and disco dancing at New Year’s Eve Disco Yoga with Kristen Rubis. It’s from 8 to 10 p.m. at Yoga Loft, 219 Legion Way SW, Olympia. Tickets are $20.14. Email


Noon Year’s Eve: Just because they aren’t allowed to stay up till midnight doesn’t mean kids have to miss out on the fun. The Hands on Children’s Museum’s party rings in the New Year 12 hours early. The party, featuring treats, crafts, noisemakers and a ball drop, is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for children, $12 for child members, $4 for accompanying adults. Call 360-956-0818, or go to


Free dance: United Singles hosts a New Year’s Eve dance from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. in the Sa-Heh-Wa-Mish Room at Little Creek Casino Resort, 91 W. state Route 108, Shelton. The free event will offer music, party hats and favors. Call 360-943-6474 or email

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