New Years Eve Tulsa 2010: Where to Celebrate

Posted by Tasha on December 8th, 2010 in Festivals

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Paul Petrov of the Ballet Russe, backstage at the JC Williamson New Year's Eve party, Theatre Royal, Sydney, 31 December 1936 / Sam Hood

Champagne, fireworks, swanky parties, stuff to do for the kids and those silly 2011 glasses – you want it all this New Year’s Eve, and you’ve got it right here in Tulsa.

Swanky Parties

New Years Eve Sobriety Powwow
When: 12pm
Where: Tulsa Convention Center, 100 Civic Center
Enjoy dancing, drumming, food and other traditional powwow entertainment at this year’s annual New Years Eve Sobriety Powwow. This event is free and open to the public.

New Years Eve Gala at Crowne Plaza Hotel
When: Starting at 4pm New Years Eve
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 100 E. Second Street
For one price, get every NYE party in the hotel. Here’s the line-up: Imzadi in the Tulsa Ballroom; Mid Life Crisis in Promenade Ballroom; Brian Lee & Friends in the Upper Lobby; a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, 4pm-7pm; Access to Cigar & Martini Lounge in Oklahoma Ballroom and Photos Now Photography in Lower Lobby. Call Crowne Plaza at (918) 560-2219 to reserve your spot, and if you plan on celebrating with a few glasses of champagne, be sure to ask about the room packages available.

New Years Eve Salsa Party
When: Starting at 5:30pm
Where: The Canebrake in Wagoner
Get dinner, a champagne toast, live salsa music and even some salsa lessons at this New Years Eve party at the Tulsa area’s greenest resort. For information or reservations call (918) 485-1810 or email

Olive Drop New Year’s Party
When: Starting at 7pm New Years Eve
Where: Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville
Enjoy a five-course meal prepared by Outlaws Gourmet Catering, drinks at Copper Bar, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, when a large olive will be lowered from the top of Price Tower – which is Frank Lloyd Wright’s only realized skyscraper, by the way – into a martini glass. Dinner reservations are available with seatings at 7pm and 9pm. Call (918) 336-1000 for room reservations and for a spot at dinner.

Clean and Sober New Years Eve Party
When: Starting at 8pm New Years Eve
Where: Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth Street
Board the S.S. Sensation at the Dennis R. Neill Equality for a clean and sober journey into a high energy dance party with DJ Hot Stick, sumptuous food, vexing games, karaoke, live entertainment and warm conversations. Look also for hors d’ouveres from Chili’s, TGIF, Flemming’s and Swan and non-alcohol punch and smoothies. Ring in the New Year – and remember it! A novel idea. Free admission, but cash donations will be accepted.

Velo Ball
When: Starting at 9pm New Years Eve
Where: Hey Mambo, 114 N. Boston Ave.
If you’re looking for a cycle-centric NYE party, Hey Mambo is the place to be on the last night of 2010. The evening will include a Mustache Cup Goldsprints Roller Race Tournament from Superleggera Cycling and Multisport, a live DJ, hot food from the kitchen of Hey Mambo (which is really yum, if you ask me), Pabst Blue Ribbon on tap, plenty of prizes and photography of the evening by Jason Perry Photography. The restaurant bar (cash or charge) will be in full operation for the evening, too. Individual passes are $35, couples are $60.

Crystal Ball: A New Years Eve Masquerade
When: Starting at 9pm New Years Eve
Where: Enso Bar, Electric Circus and IDL Ballroom, all at 1st and Detroit
Get gussied up in your finest black and white NYE attire and disguise and beguile fellow revelers as you masquerade between three of the hottest clubs in Tulsa into the wee hours of the night. Entertainment includes the beats of the Panic! Crew, Steve Club and DJ Dilation & Jimm-A. Tickets are $15 per person or $20 per couple, and VIP packages are $25 per person, $40 per couple.

New Years Eve Speakeasy
When: Starting at 9pm New Years Eve
Where: Cosmo Cafe & Bar, 3334 S. Peoria Ave.
Be prepared to be transported back to the era of classy attire, sexy jazz and stiff drinks. While you’re partying like it’s 1929, check out free champagne toast at midnight, accompanied by what Cosmo called “fancy stuff on crackers.” Heck, yes.

New Years Eve Wiggin’ Out Party
When: Starting at 9pm New Years Eve
Where: Lee’s Bikes, 420 E. Second Street
See the fireworks in the Blue Dome District at midnight (get more information about that event below) from underneath, but what else, a wig. If it’s good enough for the folks at Lee’s, it’s totally good enough for y’all. Look for food and drink, and if the weather permits and everyone feels like it, you can also expect a townie ride. Oh, and good company, too.

New Years Eve Heaven & Hell Party
When: Starting at 9pm New Years Eve
Where: Bruhouse Bar & Grill, 3421 S. Peoria Ave.
Wear your best angel or devil costume – all the cool kids are doing it. Look also for a live DJ at this Brookside New Years Eve event – might be fun to stop by after watching the ball drop at THE Party on Brookside (see below).


EDIT//Take note: This event has been cancelled.
Sylvia Browne
When: 8pm New Years Eve
Where: Osage Event Center, 951 W. 36 Street North
Always wanted to have your most pressing, personal questions answered by a psychic? This NYE is your chance. Tickets to see Sylvia are $30, or you can pay $100 and guarantee that you’ll have your question answered. Stay tuned for the book signing after the lecture.

New Years Eve Jazz Soiree
When: 9pm New Years Eve
Where: Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First Street
Get performances by Nicole Jackson & the Soultry Sound Band along with a DJ and a midnight champagne toast at the New Years Eve celebration in the heart of downtown Tulsa in the historic Tulsa Depot. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call (918) 281-8600 or click here to reserve your tickets.

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
When: 9:15pm New Years Eve
Where: Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main Street
Spend New Years Eve in downtown Tulsa’s historic Cain’s Ballroom and see Tulsa’s homegrown Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey as they play the music of Beyonce, Madonna and Lady Gaga at the same time. Tickets are $19 in advance, $25 in the day of. Get ‘em here.

Alex Ortiz
When: 10pm
Where: The Loony Bin, 6808 S. Memorial Drive
Alex has both headlined and featured at The Apollo, Funny Bones and The Improvs. He has rocked the stage as opener for Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and Bobcat Goldthwaite. And tonight, on New Years Eve, you can see him in Tulsa. Tickets are $25.

For a Family-Friendly New Years Eve

Special Two-Hour, Open Bounce
When: 11:30am-1pm
Where: Bounce U, 8922 S. Memorial Drive
Ring in the New Year family style at Bounce U with this open bounce. Cost is $8.95 per child and includes poppers, noise makers, cookies and juice. Make reservations at (918) 249-0090.

New Year’s Eve Night Out at the Tulsa Zoo
When: 6pm New Years Eve – 10am New Years Day
Where: Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum
Send your kids for an exciting overnight at the zoo this NYE. Parents, you’ll be free to ring in the New Year any way you choose while your 2nd-5th graders will be hanging out with the animals on this night time adventure. The kiddos will also get a dinner, breakfast and light snack. Cost is $55 per child. Call (918) 669-6600 for reservations or more information.

New Years Eve at Bounce U
When: 7pm-1am
Where: Bounce U, 8922 S. Memorial Drive
Drop the kids off and enjoy your evening, parents. The kiddos will be fully supervised and they’ll enjoy snacks, dinner, a late-night treat, midnight poppers and noisemakers, games and, of course, lots of bouncing. Cost is $40 per child. Make reservations at (918) 249-0090.

THE Party! Hahn Appliance Warehouse New Year’s Eve on Brookside
When: Starting at 9pm New Years Eve
Where: Brookside (Peoria Avenue) between 36th and 39th Streets
This second-ever event brought the community together last year to share in the excitement of a Times Square-esque, free outdoor street party complete with a lighted ball drop, fireworks, bands and entertainment, and they’re going to do it even bigger and better to ring in 2011. A choice of outdoor and indoor activities along Brookside guarantees participants of all ages to can comfortably enjoy the festivities, even if our Oklahoma weather rears its ugly head. Look for live entertainment from Eric and the Adams (one of my favorite Tulsa bands) on an outdoor stage and dancing in the VIP Party Tent (tickets to which are $75 per). All proceeds raised by THE Party will benefit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

New Years Eve in the Blue Dome District
When: 10pm-1am New Years Eve
Where: On Elgin Avenue between First and Second Streets
Put a little bit of hip and historic into your New Years Eve celebration this year. Grab the kids (and feed them all manner of Pixie Stix and Fun Dip to keep them awake) and head to the Blue Dome District for some fireworks, as well as warm drinks for both the adults and the kids and beer for those 21 and over.

The New Year in Motion

Race Into the New Year
When: 11:45pm New Years Eve
Where: River Parks West Amphitheater, 2100 W. Jackson Ave.
Run from one year to the next with this sixth-annual 5K race along the Tulsa stretch of the Arkansas River. Look for a fun run, too – it’ll start a bit earlier, at 11pm – as well as a live DJ, fireworks at the stroke of midnight, prizes and giveaways and champagne on the course. Don’t miss out on the post-race plethora of food and drink, including black-eyed peas, cornbread, cookies and other treats. The race benefits the Tulsa Police Officers Memorial and supports the rebuilding of the Admiral Twin Drive-In. The race fee is $25, or free for kids 5-11. Register here.

Polar Bear Plunge
When: 1:11pm New Years Day (Get it? 1/1/11 at 1:11?)
Where: River Parks West Amphitheater, 2100 W. Jackson Ave.
How big a boy are ya? If you can complete this race – a two-mile run that sends you plunging into three swimming pools – you’ll have me convinced that you are all that is man (or woman!) for now and forever. The entry fee is $25 for those who dress in costume and $30 to those who chicken out. Look for free pizza, cold beer and drinks at the race, and the first 300 to sign up for the race get finishers’ tees. Proceeds benefit the River Parks Trail Systems. If after looking at these photos from last year’s Polar Bear Plunge you still think you’ve got what it takes, register here.


Rocky Horror Picture Show
When: 10pm and midnight showings
Where: Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis Ave.
It’s the weird and wonderful as newly engaged couple Brad and Janet encounter a problem when they car halts in the rain…and we all know the rest of the story, but who cares? It’s a classic! You have two chances to see it this New Years Eve at Tulsa’s own Circle Cinema. While audience participation is encouraged as usual, please leave your water guns and items you’d normally throw at the screen during this production at home. Tickets are $10.

Where to Find Live Music This NYE

Crow Creek. Mister Pistol, 8pm.
The Primo Room at Ciao. Olivia Duhon and the Frank Brown Trio, 9pm.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. DeeJay Rog Mahal and DJ Ziploc, 8:30pm at Friction; Scott Ellison at 8pm in C:Note; Deuce Eleven at 9pm in Cabin Creek.

Will Rogers Downs. Nick Gibson and Beer & Chicken Band at 7pm, Iron Dog Saloon.

Club 209. Arthouse with DJ Josh & DJ Jitsu, 9pm.
Hunt Club. Blackwood, 9pm.
Joe Momma’s. The Zuits, complete with a countdown and a toast at midnight. 9pm.
Junkie Live. P.D.A. is home and joins Brandon Davis. A ticket gets you into both Junkie and Pink. 9pm
The Max Retropub. Glam-R-Us, plus a countdown and champagne toast. 9pm.
Mercury Lounge. Electric Rag Band and RC Edwards, all for $5. 8pm.
Soundpony. DJ Sweet Baby Jayzus, 9pm.
Woody’s Corner Bar. 2 Steps Back, 10pm.

North Tulsa
Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino. Ray D. Rowe, 9pm.

South Tulsa
Baker St. Pub. Crossland for a $10 ticket. 8pm.
Harvard Sports Bar. The Moving Company for a $5 cover. 9pm.
Magoo’s. Admiral Twin, 9pm.
River Spirit Casino, Mystic River Lounge. Revelation: A Tribute to Journey. 10pm.

Don’t see your favorite NYE party or band on this list? No big – we can fix that. E-mail me with the details.

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12 Comments to New Years Eve Tulsa 2010: Where to Celebrate

  1. someguy

    On December 13, 2010 at 10:39 am


    wow, 2011? planning pretty far ahead! What’s going on THIS NYE? ya know, 2010?

  2. smart ass

    On December 13, 2010 at 10:41 am


    Yea, now that we’re all set for 2011, I should figure out what to do this new years… hehe

  3. Tasha

    On December 13, 2010 at 10:51 am


    Ha, ha, very funny, someguy/smart ass – all fixed!

  4. Tyler

    On December 30, 2010 at 9:39 am


    Do you have any other details on the Blue Dome district event? Will there be live bands playing, or do we need to pick up wrist bands somewhere? Thanks, very informative blog post!

  5. Tasha

    On December 30, 2010 at 9:52 am


    Hey, Tyler. I haven’t heard anything about live bands at the fireworks show in the BD District specifically, but I know that just about every venue near there is hosting someone awesome. The fireworks are free. Enjoy!

  6. bm

    On December 31, 2010 at 4:39 pm


    Tasha, are the BD fireworks the only fireworks display this year? If so, do you think I can see them from the Westport apts?


  7. Tasha

    On December 31, 2010 at 4:51 pm


    Hey bm – they’re the only public fireworks display that I’ve heard about, yeah. As for whether or not you’ll be able to see them from Westport, I’d probably say not – this is the first year for this event, so I don’t anticipate a show comparable to what goes on along the river on the 4th or anything like that. Better get down to the Blue Dome District to see!

  8. bm

    On December 31, 2010 at 4:56 pm


    yeah, that’s about what I thought.. oh well.
    I think i will take the kiddos down there and see what happens.
    thanks for all the information!

  9. Kelley cash

    On December 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm


    Cain’s Ballroom- Randy Rogers Band New Years:)


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