Where to go for New Year’s Eve 2021 in Baton Rouge: Roaring ’20s, masquerades, music and more

Bouncing back from last year’s lackluster, and largely virtual, New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Capital Region is preparing for all sorts of out-with-the-old excitement this Friday night.

Head downtown for live music and the red stick drop at the stroke of midnight, throw on your best flapper garb for a Roaring ’20s fête at the Hilton Capital Center, or revel in some rock-and-roll at Red Stick Social.

Here’s just some of what’s happening on New Year’s Eve as Baton Rouge gets ready to ring in 2022.

Red Stick Revelry

Downtown Baton Rouge

Last year’s Red Stick Revelry was virtual only, so fans of Baton Rouge’s official New Year’s Eve celebration are eager to once again gather in person for the arrival of the new year. When the clock strikes midnight, watch the city’s 9-foot LED red stick drop over Rhorer Plaza in North Boulevard Town Square. Before the countdown, enjoy live music by Press 1 for English and the Michael Foster Project and see a laser light show illuminate the sky. The evening is topped off with fireworks over the Mississippi River.

Gatsby’s House New Year’s Eve Party

Baton Rouge Hilton Capital Center Hotel

Throw on your best glad rags for this celebration of the stylish, sassy Roaring ’20s. Tickets include a five-hour open bar, four of Baton Rouge’s top DJs, areas to mingle, views of the Mississippi River, party favors and the DJ-led countdown to midnight. A VIP upgrade provides access to private ballrooms, restrooms and dance floors, premium liquors and complimentary light hors d’oeuvres. Find more details here.

A Poet’s Dream New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party

Dead Poet

If you like your New Year’s Eve with an air of mystery, consider Dead Poet’s A Poet’s Dream New Year’s Eve masquerade party, during which well-dressed guests arrive in fancy masks and formal attire. The swanky bar’s NYE fete takes place from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and includes 2-for-1 glasses of Veuve Clicquot, as well as $5 glasses of Champagne after midnight. Awards for best dressed man and woman, and best mask, each receive a $500 Dead Poet gift card.

Crowne Plaza New Year’s Eve Party

Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center

The Crowne Plaza is kicking 2021 to the curb with a New Year’s evening of dinner and dancing. The hotel will prepare an NYE dinner buffet, followed by music from two different acts, The Eddie Smith Band and The Chase Tyler Band. When your appetite returns in the wee hours, there’s a late night breakfast to enjoy.

Southdown Souls featuring Chris LeBlanc

Red Stick Social

Head to Red Stick Social for a New Year’s evening of live entertainment from Southdown Souls featuring beloved local performer Chris LeBlanc. Doors open at 8 p.m., with the show starting at 9 p.m. The high-energy night includes two sets, one a tribute to the Black Crowes, and the other, classic rock-and-roll. Following the live music, a DJ keeps the party going until 2 a.m. Details here.

Live music and glow party

The Basin Music Hall

The Basin, the two-story music hall that opened on Third Street in 2019, is throwing a NYE glow party, starting at 9:30 p.m. and featuring the band CATEGORY 6.

Ampersand NYE 2021

Southern Rhythm Venue & Entertainment

For casual, high-energy fun, try Southern Rhythm, a Livingston Parish entertainment venue that hosts live music on weekends. New Year’s Eve brings the Denham Springs band Ampersand. A DJ warms up the crowd for the evening from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Find more info here.

New Year’s Eve Bash

L’Auberge Casino & Hotel

For a New Year’s evening of music, food and games of chance, head to L’Auberge Casino & Hotel. Try your luck at the casino, enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants, then make your way to the Event Center for a New Year’s concert with Capital City Soul. The show starts at 11 p.m. General admission.