Austin New Year is the big party in town on new year's eve, with huge crowds heading down to the city's famous Auditrium Shores for a free, family friendly new year party with plenty of live entertainment and of course a big fireworks display at midnight.
There may be other larger parties in Texas over the new year period, most notably the Reunion Tower fireworks in Dallas and the public parties in Houston but the residents of Austin can hold their own with a range of festivites to appeal to all age groups and tastes.
The big event is the annual ANY, or Auston New Year, bringing locals and visitors alike to the city's famous Auditorium Shores, located on South 1st Street and Riverside Drive area, for the evening. This is an alcohol free event to increase the appeal to families, and attracts in excess of 20,000 visitors each year.
The event gets underway at 3pm and includes a full evening of entertainment, with artworks, film screenings and live music across 4 different stages: The Lake Stage, Oak Stage and 2 Community Stages.
Perhaps somewhat strangely the fireworks finale is actually at 10pm, meaning the event is wrapped up by 10.30 - I guess it means people can go see in the new year with the family and firends elsewhere but it is certainly a little unusual to not save the fireworks for midnight!
The full lineup for the ANY party for new year 2018 includes Brownout, Tomar and the FCs, Magna Carda and Mobley.
There are plenty of hotels in the area so you can make sure you don't have to travel far after the event - we can recommend the Radisson Hotel & Suites in Downtown Austin.
Away from the main municipal event, the city of Austin provides a range of events for all tastes with the bars, hotels, clubs and restaurants all throwing themselves into the occasion with great enthusiasm. Top venues for new year 2018 include the fabulous Bangers Sausage House & Beer Garden, The Austin Roller Rink Austin Music Hall.
There is also a big live music event this new year's eve taking place at ACL Live, where Willie Nelson will be holding his Willie Nelson and Family New Year party over 3 nights from 29-31 December. Tickets are available here.
For those looking for somewhere to dine out, whether as the main party or a precursor to hitting the town, then Austin has plenty of options to choose from too. Top rated eateries include the Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Swift's Attic and the Franklin Barbecue, with veggie options at Maoz Vegetarian and The Steeping Room. See the full range of restaurants here.
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There is no shortage of accommodation in the city. Top hotels in Austin include the Four Seasons, Lake Austin Spa Resort, The Driskill hotel, The Westin Austin at The Domain, W Austin, Mansion at Judges Hill, Barton Creek Resort and Spa, AT & T Hotel and Conference Centre, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa.
For availability and reservations you can book local hotels here.
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