Where to Ring in the New Year in Portland

From the comedy nights to a glam gala to a Haitian cooking class, here are some Portland events where you can say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022.

By Cami Hughes and Karly Quadros December 27, 2021

It’s time to say good riddance to 2021 and set the tone for 2022. Maybe you’re ready to eat great food (check out what restaurants will have dine-in or takeout on NYE), drink Champagne, and party the night away.

Here are a few options for where you can break it down, party it up, and more on New Year’s Eve. Be sure to check a venue’s age requirements and vaccine policy for entry, and watch for late cancellations due to weather or the pandemic. (One event can even be enjoyed at home.) 


The Dandy Warhols at Revolution Hall

$40, 8 p.m., 1300 SE Stark St
Some of Portland’s local heroes are celebrating the new year by playing their classics. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

NYE at the Midnight

$22, 9 p.m., 3341 SE Belmont St
Party with music from punk artists Xibling, NYX Division, La Puetra Negra, and DJs Lu, Heathers, and Just Dave. LIVE MUSIC ACTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED.

XXXtraterrestrial: Close Encounters of the Queer Kind at Holocene

$30, doors at 8 p.m., 1001 SE Morrison St
Join this New Year’s extravaganza starring Portland-based trans musical artist Freak Daddy, DJs Art of Hot and Carissa Illy, and more. You’re expected to wear your “most EXTRA science-fiction/alien-life-form LEWK!” and hosts Atlas, Cody James, and Mona Chrome will be serving drag numbers throughout the night as well. (If you’re facing financial issues at the moment, contact [email protected] for availability of discounted tickets.) THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 12.

Storyville Confidential NYE Bash at the Jack London Revue

$30 general admission, shows at 7:30 & 10:30 p.m., 529 SW Fourth Ave
Travel back to the time of flappers, speakeasies and cabaret with Miss Arietta Ward and burlesque-style dancers Resa la Revv, Lily Le Fauve, and Harlow Quinzel.

Yak Attack at Goodfoot Pub & Lounge

$27 presale, 9 p.m., 2845 SE Stark St (downstairs)
Yak Attack is a live electronica trio based in Portland, and you can vibe out with their mix of jam, funk, and jazz elements in the Goodfoot’s downstairs pub.

New Year’s Eve Dance Party with Soul Stew

$25, 9 p.m., 2845 SE Stark St (upstairs)
DJs Aquaman, the Soul Mechanic, and Brad Vachal play a mix of ’60s soul, funk, disco, and Motown at Portland’s longest-running DJ dance night.

Ural Thomas & The Pain at Mississippi Studios

$30, 8 p.m., 3939 N Mississippi Ave
Join soul legend and longtime Portlander Ural Thomas with band the Pain as they play soul and R&B hits guaranteed to get your body moving. THIS SOLD-OUT EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 5.

Mic Crenshaw at the Alberta Abbey

$15, 9 p.m., 126 NE Alberta St
Mic Crenshaw is ringing in the new year at Alberta Abbey with other musical guests, including rapper and Portland native Shrista, Swiggle Mandela, and DJ Wicked. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Polish Ambassador at Crystal Ballroom

$40–50, 9 p.m., 1332 W Burnside St
Celebrate with Polish Ambassador (musician, producer, recording artist, composer, and more) by breaking it down on the dance floor when the clock strikes midnight.


Governor’s Ball

$225, 7 p.m., 614 SW 11th Ave
Celebrate in style at this black-tie ball at the Sentinel (formerly called the Governor Hotel) where guests will enjoy a three-course dinner and all-night entertainment from Oregon Music Hall of Famer Patrick Lamb, Roger Fisher from Heart, and Hit Factory.  

The Great Gatsby 100-Year Anniversary Party

$50 and up, 8 p.m., 727 SE Grand Ave
Embrace the roaring ’20s at the Bit House Saloon with dancers, magicians, DJs, and food and drink, all with the requested dress being swinging looks from the 1920s (think Peaky Blinders).

Food & Drink

Creole Me Up Chef Elsy Dinvil’s Online Cooking Class

$45, December 30–31
Author, educator, and Haitian chef Elsy Dinvil covers the basics of Haitian cooking on day 1, and then teaches you how to make a pumpkin “freedom soup,” patties, kremas, and a delicious coconut-rum drink.

Tope’s Rooftop Holiday Party

$50, 8 p.m., 15 NW Fourth Ave
Vibe out to some music from DJ Timothy B and check out the rooftop views from Tope, where admission gets you drinks, appetizers, entrées, and a Champagne toast at midnight.

Crawl Til the Ball Falls

$20, pick up wristband between 6 and 11 p.m., 501 NW 21st Ave
Start at Silver Dollar Pizza Co to pick up your wristbands and map for the crawl, and then visit all the participating bars along the route to drink up the new year.


Jon Dore at Helium

$44, 8 and 10:30 pm, 1510 SE Ninth Ave
Laugh in the New Year with the Canadian comedian and, for the 10:30 p.m. show, a Champagne toast at midnight.

Cruzin in 2022

$10, 8 p.m., 2314 NE Alberta St
The Cruzroom Annex is celebrating with drag queens, comedy, music, dancing, and tacos, alongside guests Belinda Carroll, founder of Portland Queer Comedy Festival, Honey Hart of Superstar Divas, DJ Aurora, and more.