IDAHO POTATO DROP
Look out below! Organizers hope this inaugural New Years bash is destined to become THE community New Years Eve event. The Idaho Potato Drop will culminate with a 16-foot-long, glowing potato sculpture lowered from the U.S. Bank Building a la the ball in New York City during the midnight countdown. In the heart of Downtown Boise, youll find two stages, street performers, food trucks, heated areas (including a beer tent), kids activities and more. Performers include Hollow Wood, Audio Moonshine, Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles and more. Its free, but a $50 VIP ticket will get you a seat inside The Zone at CenturyLink Arena, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., where a DJ will perform and youll get a free drink, appetizers, a midnight toast and a great view of drop. Purchase VIP tickets at GroTato.com. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on 8th Street from Idaho to Front streets, Main Street between 9th and Capitol Boulevard, and at The Grove. Details: IdahoNewYearsCommission.com.
The corner of 6th and Main streets in Boise becomes party central for Coattails and Cocktails, a block party at China Blue, Dirty Little Roddys and Main Street Bistro. Just $20 gets you into all three clubs for DJs, go-go dancers and drink specials. Book VIP packages in the membership lounge ($500 for a table of 10) at 577-7975.
House act The Rocci Johnson Band will be performing in Japan, so this year youll party with disco rockers $oul Purpo$e at Humpin Hannahs, 621 W. Main St., Boise. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the $10 cover includes party favors and a midnight toast, with giveaways all night long.
DJ Devin James will spin the tunes and toss cash on the dance floor every 20 minutes at the New Years Eve Cash Party at Fattys Bars, 800 W. Idaho St., Boise. 9 p.m. $20 at the door.
ROCK IT LIVE
Party with the Braun family at the Revolution Center, 4983 Glenwood St., Garden City. The New Years Eve Celebration features performances by Willy and Cody Brauns Reckless Kelly, younger brothers Micky and Garys Micky and The Motorcars, plus dad Muzzie Braun and uncle Billy. Show starts at 8 p.m. $25 general, $45 VIP. Ticketfly.
Rock the year away at Big Jacks Rockin New Years Eve with Gerry and The Dreambenders and J.R. and The Stingrays at 8 p.m. at the Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St. Its $20 in advance at Boise State Tickets, $25 at the door. For 21 and older only.
Liquid, 405 S. 8th St., Boise, will celebrate with an Old West costume contest and drink specials that change every hour. The Iron Comic showcase starts at 8 p.m. Then the live music takes over at 9:30 p.m. with StoneSeed, Possum Livin and Alturas. Free midnight toast. $5 cover.
Check out the Clubhouse Event Center, 7311 Potomac Drive, Boise, at a Neon New Years Eve Party, with black lights and the band Simple Ruckus. Sodas and snacks will be provided. BYOB if you want alcohol. Its from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $15 advance at SimpleRuckus.com. $20 at the door.
JAZZ UP NYE
After a 12-year hiatus, Boise big band Kings of Swing returns to the Mardi Gras Ballroom, 615 S. 9th St., for its 40th anniversary to lead you into 2014. The music starts at 8:30 p.m., with a no-host bar and appetizers. Its $15 at 283-8649, KingsOfSwing.org and at the door. 21 and up.
The WC Lounge, 1065 Winding Creek Road, Eagle, will celebrate New Years Eve with the Dan Costello Trio, playing from 9 p.m. to midnight with a complimentary toast. No cover.
The Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, will celebrate New Years Eve in its Sapphire Room with a four-course dinner, dessert bar at 6:30 p.m. and music. Guitarist Johann Helton starts things off. Then dance the year away to Pamela DeMarche and Friends until 12:30 a.m. Dinner is $59 per person. Hotel packages are $189 and include, the dinner, a room and breakfast buffet. Reservations: 343-1871 or RiversideBoise.com.
Lose yourself with the Energy New Years Eve Party with DJ Kos, Rubicon 7 and Deeveaux at the Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Its $10 and $20, and for 18 and older. TicketWeb.
ITS A PARTY
Wear your classy cocktail attire to Vegas Dice, Russian Ice, 8 p.m. at the Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise. There will be just-for-fun casino tables, a DJ and other entertainers, a no-host bar and passed appetizers. $15 in advance at TicketFly and $20 at the door for 21 and older. PowerHouseEventCenter.com.
Celebrate 2014 at a Great Gatsby party at 8 p.m. at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, with a DJ, party favors, hors doeuvres, midnight toast and more. Its $25 per person or $20 when you buy two or more. Room packages start at $89 at 343-4900, ext. 166. TheBoiseHotel.com.
Helina Maries Wine Bar, 11053 W. State St., Star, celebrates New Years Eve featuring regional wine tastings, Tex-Mex buffet and dancing. starting at 8 p.m. The $10 admission includes a glass of sparkling wine and party favors. Reservations: 286-7960. HelinaMaries.com.
FOR THE KIDS
Hit the ice with party favors at Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise. You can Skate into the New Year from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The $5 price includes skate rental. IdahoIceWorld.com.
Families can head to Pinz Countdown Party at Pinz Bowling Center, 1385 S. Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian, with your own bowling lane for the evening, an appetizer and dessert buffet and a midnight countdown starting at 9 p.m. With reservations for four to eight people, its $45 for adults, $27 for 12 and younger in advance, $5 more at the door, and includes unlimited rides on the new XD Dark Ride. 898-0900, ext. 0, PinzBowlingIdaho.com. Or Hang out at Wahooz Fun Center next door for the regular $12-Buck Tuesday deal with laser tag, miniature golf and arcade games. WahoozFunZone.com.
Go a little Wild West for New Years Eve at the Bulls and Broncs Bash at the Canyon County Fairgrounds, 111 22nd St., Caldwell. Youll see a variety of bull riding and saddle bronc events starting at 8 p.m., then kick up your heels with the Jeff Palmer Band until midnight. Its $20 in advance at CanyonCountyFair.org; $25 at the door; $10 for kids 6 to 12.
PARTY OUT OF TOWN
The River Run Lodge, 3rd Avenue and Serenade Lane, Ketchum, will host a New Years Eve Bubbly Bash to benefit the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Youll find free sparkling wine from 9 to 10 p.m., a midnight toast and music by Los Angeles DJ Shark. Its $60 in advance at (208) 726-9491, SunValleyCenter.org, $75 at the door.
Ring in the New Year at McCalls Shore Lodge, 501 W. Lake St., McCall. At 7 p.m., you can enjoy dinner and a show by singer-songwriter Phil Roy in the Upper Pavilion. The after-party with dancing to The Flavors starts at 9 p.m. ($89). The Narrows restaurant will serve a prix fixe dinner, $125 per person, with seatings at 7:15 and 7:45 p.m. It includes the after-party. Kids ages 4 to 12 can attend the Camp Sharlie New Years Eve Party from 6:30 p.m. to midnight with fun activities and a buffet for $50, ($30 if youre dining at the Narrows). ShoreLodge.com. For reservations and packages, call (800) 657-6464, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.