On Sunday, you can finally wrap up 2017. How you do so is entirely up to you. Some will spend time with families, others with loved ones and a glass of champagne.
If you're looking for a fun time at an area bar or restaurant in Baton Rouge or Lafayette, don't miss these events. They're sure to ring in 2018 in grand fashion.
All events listed are scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 31. In case of inclement weather (fingers crossed for snow ... again?!), check with venues for more details.
IN BATON ROUGE
RED STICK RISING: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square. Children can take part in hands-on activities with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Also featuring "Auld Lang Syne" singalong as the Red Stick rises to 60 feet. James Linden Hogg will also perform. Free. redstickrevelry.com.
AT OLIVE OR TWIST: 4 p.m., 7248 Perkins Road, Suite A. The restaurant and bar will serve $15 ribeyes, black eyed peas and cabbage as well as champagne and specialty themed cocktails for the night. facebook.com/oliveortwistbr.
AT THE MELTING POT: 4 p.m., 5294 Corporate Blvd. Enjoy fondue, friends, family and fun during this special four-course dinner. $34.98 per person. Call (225) 928-5677 to make your reservation.
AT CITY PORK BRASSERIE & BAR: 5 p.m., 7327 Jefferson Highway. Featuring a five-course chef's tasting menu. $75 per person; $50 wine and champagne pairing available. Reservations only. Call (225) 615-8880.
AT TSUNAMI: 6 p.m., 100 Lafayette St. Members of tailgating krewes take over the downtown restaurant. $50 online, $65 at the door. servingsushi.com, (225) 346-5100.
AT BLEACHERS AT NORTH GATE: 7 p.m., 124 W. Chimes St. Three-course dinner, party favors, champagne, and 1,000-plus balloon drop at midnight. $30.
AT THE BLUES ROOM: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., 232 Lafayette St. This "Blues Year's Eve" show features a midnight toast and music by Henry Turner Jr. and friends.
AT CROWNE PLAZA: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., 4728 Constitution Ave. Celebrate with music from Carbon Copy, Chase Tyler Band and the Eddie Smith band while enjoying a Louisiana-style buffet, dancing and an open bar. Ages 21 and up. (225) 925-2244.
AT DUVIC'S: 8 p.m., 2854 Kalurah St. Sending 2017 out in style with a champagne toast and drink specials at the neighborhood bar in the Perkins Road overpass district.
AT THE RADIO BAR: 8 p.m., 3079 Government St. Enjoy a playlist of jazzy beats at this stylish Mid City bar. Free champagne toast at midnight. No cover. Ages 21 and up.
AT ZIPPY'S: 8 p.m., 3155 Perkins Road. A fundraising event for Louis Mykoff's charity run at the Boston Marathon. Also featuring giveaways and drink specials.
AT BAR LOUIE: 8 p.m., 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd. A "Kiss Off 2017" party featuring music, drink specials and more New Year's Eve festivities at the bar and restaurant near the Mall of Louisiana. Register at eventbrite.com.
AT CITY BAR: 8 p.m., 333 Third St. Party at this downtown club while jamming to hot music to ring in 2018.
AT COCHA: 8:30 p.m., 445 N. Sixth St. An eight-course dinner with the restaurant and bar's favorite dishes of the year as well as wine pairings. $110 per person, tax and tip included. facebook.com/cochabr.
RED STICK REVELRY: 9 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square. Phat Hat and John Schneider perform until midnight on the Crest Stage in Galvez Plaza. At 11:59 p.m., the Red Stick begins its descent to mark the start of 2018, followed by a fireworks show. Free. redstickrevelry.com.
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AT ALL STAR LANES BATON ROUGE: 9 p.m., 9829 Airline Highway. Enjoy hours of bowling, pizza and party favors. allstarlanesbr.com.
AT HILTON BATON ROUGE CAPITOL CENTER: 9 p.m., 201 Lafayette St. With music from DJs Doc and Rechelle, and the Regeneration Band, food, a premium bar and party favors. $75 and up. Ages 21 and up. Call (225) 341-2434.
AT KALURAH STREET GRILL: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., 2857 Perkins Road. Featuring chef Kelley McCann's modern American menu, champagne, dessert from pastry chef Kaila Kay and music from David Borné. $95 per person. kalurahstreetgrill.com.
AT CADILLAC CAFE: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Cadillac Cafe, 5454 Bluebonnet Road. Open bar with music from DJs Trashy and Knuckles. $50 per person.
AT SPLASH NIGHTCLUB: 9 p.m., 2183 Highland Road. Featuring a balloon drop, prizes and performances.
AT SPANISH MOON: 9 p.m., 1109 Highland Road. The legendary Booty Werk rings in the New Year. Also featuring DJ sets from Dan Lion and Eric Milano, and a special performance from hip-hop artist Michael Armstead. $7 before 10 p.m., $10 after. Ages 18 and up. facebook.com/spanishmoonbr.
AT LAVA CANTINA DOWNTOWN: 9 p.m., 151 Third St. DJ Mikelarry provides the tunes as the restaurant serves a special chef's menu. $5 cover after 10 p.m. with party favors. Call (504) 339-4821 to make VIP reservations.
AT HOLLYWOOD CASINO: 9:30 p.m., 1717 River Road North. Featuring the Nola Dukes Band. $50 includes open bar; $80 includes open bar and buffet. Ages 21 and up.
AT HAPPY'S IRISH PUB: 9:30 p.m., 136 Third St. Sofa Kings rock the New Year right at this downtown bar's party.
AT LAVA CANTINA PERKINS ROWE: 9:30 p.m., 10001 Perkins Rowe, Suite B-100. Louisiana performs the entire night. Reserve a table or booth for $60-$75. All ages.
AT THE PELICAN HOUSE: 10 p.m., 2572 Citiplace Court. Enjoy tunes spun by DJ 2EZ, glow face painting, balloon drop and a champagne toast. $10 admission, early bird special. VIP open bar and package pricing available. facebook.com/thepelicanhouse.
AT EMBASSY SUITES: 10 p.m., 4914 Constitution Ave. Featuring dinner, dancing and comedians as well as Kenny Neal and friends ringing in the New Year. Benefiting Turn Around Kids. $100. Call (504) 234-4502 or visit eventbrite.com.
AT L'AUBERGE CASINO & HOTEL BATON ROUGE EVENT CENTER: Doors at 10:30 p.m., Show at 11 p.m., 777 L'Auberge Ave. Enjoy hits from the ’80s variety band Werewolf and an all-you-can-drink open bar at this standing-room-only show. $40. lbatonrouge.com.
AT BISTRO BYRONZ AND FLAMBÉE CAFE: Bistro Byronz — 8200 Village Plaza Court and 5412 Government St.; Flambée Cafe — 8210 Village Plaza Court. The Byronz family restaurants will all serve brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by dinner as well as Prix Fixe for Two night menu options to 9 p.m., $70 at Bistro Byronz, $50 at Flambée Cafe. bistrobyronz.com/reservations, tinyurl.com/flambeereservations.
It’s going to be a chilly start to the New Year in southeast Louisiana, as the region braces for another blast of wintry weather.
AT CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ACADIANA: 10 a.m., 201 E. Congress St. Lafayette. Enjoy the annual New Year's Noon and Carnival Countdown with outdoor activities and indoor play in all exhibits. $1 for members; $8 for nonmembers. Carnival game tickets are 25 cents each. Unlimited play wristbands are $12. www.childrensmuseumofacadiana.com.
AT THE SAINT STREET INN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 407 Brook Ave., Lafayette. Featuring music from Devils & Trains with special food menu and seasonal drinks. Call (337) 534-8112 to make your reservations.
AT SOCIAL SOUTHERN TABLE & BAR: 10:30 a.m., 3901 Johnston St., Lafayette. Featuring regular brunch menu and some specials as well as complimentary champagne. Call (337) 456-3274 to make your reservations.
AT POUR: 4 p.m., 1 Degaulle Square, Lafayette. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight followed by a balloon drop, raffles and music from Casey Courville from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the bar.
AT LEGENDS: 7 p.m., 413 Jefferson St., Lafayette. DJ Digital brings the music as patrons enjoy champagne and a balloon drop. VIP tickets $50 with open bar.
AT THE JEFFERSON STREET PUB: 8 p.m., 500 Jefferson St., Lafayette. The seventh annual Black & White affair with music from DJs Greenlight and Scalez.
AT WAREHOUSE 535: 8 p.m., 535 Garfield St., Lafayette. Ring in 2018, dancing to the music of Lafayette's Bayou Boys at this "Honky-Tonkin' for Hospice" benefit event. $25 and up at eventbrite.com.
AT SCANDALS NITE CLUB: 8 p.m., 1801 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette. DJ Mooch provides the music. VIP tickets and bottle service available. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. scandalslafayette.com.
AT COWBOYS NIGHTCLUB: 8 p.m., 207 N. Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Scott. The ragin' Cajun Jamie Bergeron and his band, the Kickin' Cajuns, perform into 2018.
AT ARTMOSPHERE: 9 p.m., 902 Johnston St., Lafayette. Enjoy music from the Pine Leaf Boys and the New Natives Brass Band during this special concert.
AT THE GROUSE ROOM: 9 p.m., 1919 Kaliste Saloom Road #303, Lafayette. Krossfyre performs at the bar. $75 for open bar, bites and party favors. $150 VIP seating also available.
AT THE DELTA GRAND II: 9 p.m., 314 Jefferson St., Lafayette. Big Fella and Benji Banx perform as the club hosts its annual $2,000 balloon drop.
AT VERMILIONVILLE: 9:30 p.m., 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. Ring in the New Year with Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie. Doors at 8:30 p.m. $35. Tickets and more information at brownpapertickets.com.
AT ROUTE 92: 10 p.m., 2600 E. Milton Ave., Youngsville. Cajun country's own Dustin Sonnier rings in the New Year with a set of hits.
AT MARLEY'S SPORTS BAR: 10 p.m., 407 Jefferson St., Lafayette. DJ Elektro and Emcee J Cool host this free party. Ages 21 and up.
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