Twenty fifteen is nearly in the rearview mirror, and while chestnuts are still roasting on fires this week, we've already got our eyes fixed on next week's New Year's Eve activities. From family-friendly outings to prix fixe meals and rock concerts galore, we've got an assortment of ways for you to ring in the New Year with your party hat on.
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!
Kids love New Year's Eve as much as the rest of us, but staying up late is not their strong suit. Instead, take them to the Charles M. Schulz Museum for a fun afternoon of crafts and games, with a big balloon drop and root beer toasts at noon and 3pm. Hey, it's New Year's somewhere. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 10am to 4pm. 707.579.4452.
Hollywood Glam New Year's Party
Spoonbar chef Louis Maldonado loves to get into the holidays, from his Italian-inspired Feast of Seven Fishes to his exclusive Christmas Day menu. For New Year's, Maldonado and his crew are offering another luxurious and glamorous night of food and entertainment, this one with a Hollywood theme. Caviar and Champagne are just the beginning of this multi-course menu. After you dine, walk the red carpet and get to the dancing with DJs and a photo booth. 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Dining begins at 5pm. $155. 707.433.7222.
New Year's Eve Dinner & Dancing at Rossi's 1906
We recently dished on how Rossi's 1906 got an upgraded menu last month thanks to help from Ari Weiswasser, chef and co-owner of the Glen Ellen Star. His Texas barbeque in a California context is on display this New Year's Eve, with a Southern-style three-course meal that goes perfectly with Rossi's eclectic music lineup. During dinner, Acoustic Soul will provide a blues rock soundtrack as the North Bay duo of Jackie and Fred Holzhauer bring a full band with them. After dinner, DJ Isak and Sonoma throwback indie-rock trio 1955 keep the dance party going until the wee hours of the new year. 401 Grove St., Sonoma. doors at 6pm.
Sonoma County's most lovable rabblerousers, the North Bay Cabaret, once again take over Santa Rosa's Whiskey Tip for a night of exciting performances and DJs spinning jams late into the night. As always, the Cabaret takes on a theme for the New Year's Eve celebration, this time presenting a mischievous masquerade ball that will feature burlesque, belly dancing, standup, sideshow acts and more. Don your favorite masquerade mask and your best formal blacks or come in a crazy costume, and be ready for some wild fun. 1910 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 7pm. $12–$15. 707.843.5535.
NYE Dinner & Dance at French Garden
The Sebastopol restaurant and bistro prepares a five-course prix fixe menu produced largely with ingredients from the bistro's farm, harvested daily by chef Arturo Guzman and his staff. The food boasts a bit of a surf-and-turf vibe, with French Garden butternut squash risotto, pan-seared California halibut, seafood bisque and steak. After dinner, the popular Susan Comstock Swingtet will count down the night with their blend of jazz and blues. 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. Dinner starts at 5pm; dance party, at 9pm. $30–$100. 707.824.2030.
Famed San Francisco chef Mike Selvera's Seaside Metal oyster bar and restaurant in downtown Guerneville has been warmly welcomed by the community for its locally sourced menu and casual yet elegant dining experience. And that's how Selvera likes it. For New Year's Eve, Seaside Metal is keeping it casual with a family-style affair that features fresh-from-the-sea
food and Sonoma County beer and wine. 16222 Main St., Guerneville. 707.604.7250.
Sally Tomatoes' New Year's Extravaganza
Longtime North Bay comic and emcee Tony Sparks this year hosts the third annual party at Sally Tomatoes. He welcomes headlining Bay Area standups Adam Pearlstein and Casey Williams. There's also a dinner and cascading Champagne, and after the laughs, the dancing shoes come on as the Honeydippers rock out until the midnight toast. 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. 7pm. $25–$75. 707.665.9472.
New Year's Eve Cabaret
The Big Easy, Petaluma's underground jazz club, gets into the New Orleans swing for the new year with a dressed-to-the-nines dinner and show featuring Gypsy soul band Royal Jelly Jive. Led by the powerful and elegant voice of Lauren Michelle Bjelde and the smooth squeezebox of Jesse Lemme Adams, the North Bay band has spent the last part of 2015 raising funds to go on a national tour in 2016. Joining Jive is Sonoma County creative cooperative the Butterfly Ship, who are as theatrical as they are musical. 128 American Alley, Petaluma. Dinner stars at 6:30pm; concert, at 9pm. $40. 707.776.4631.
McNear's New Year's Eve Bash
Just a few blocks over in downtown Petaluma, McNear's Mystic Theatre is throwing its own party with San Francisco country rockers Brothers Comatose. First emerging on the scene back in 2008 and led by brothers Alex and Ben Morrison, the harmonious five-piece string band includes a few North Bay natives and has been gaining momentum at a rapid pace in the last few years, hitting major festivals like BottleRock and selling out clubs in the city. Opening for the Brothers are Santa Rosa stompers Frankie Boots & the County Line, whose folk-rock gospel is a popular staple at outdoor shows like last year's Railroad Square Music Fest. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 9pm. $36. 707.765.2121.