New Year's Eve Events in the Northland

By KBJR News 1

December 30, 2011 Updated Dec 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Another year has almost come and gone, and throughout the Northland it seems that everyone is gearing up for the festivities.

"We put on one heck of a party here at Clyde," said Mike Ohara, General Manager of Clyde Iron Works in Duluth.

At Clyde Iron, crews are currently setting up for an end of the year celebration that's sure to keep people entertained.
The Clyde Iron Works New Year's Eve Countdown will feature everything—from DJ's from Minneapolis's claimed 1st avenue, to sushi, to plenty of dancing space.

"People want to go out now and maybe not go to 4 or 5 different places like they used to. They want to have one place where they can get crazy, or sit down and relax," said Ohara.

Ohara said last year's attendance was no small number.

"We had about 800 people here last year—during a snowstorm."

Across the bridge in Superior, workers at the Barker's Island Inn and Resort are expecting a grand turnout, as well. Saturday evening the Inn will host the "Dance to end Abuse"—a silent auction and fund-raising event for CASDA—or the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse.

Laura Gapske of CASDA said it's this fact that makes the event unique.

"Because we are an agency that does a lot of really good work in our community, that will be a different reason for people to come. They want to give back to their community, they support CASDA and their mission," said Gapske.

For those looking to start their New Year as early as possible, then Beaner's will be the place to be Saturday morning. The coffeehouse will open its doors bright an early at seven in the morning for its "All Day Music Bash," featuring over 20 local music groups.

According to Beaner's Owner Jasson Wussow, the event is aimed to celebrate the New Year, along with the Northland's diverse musical talent.

"There's so many amazing bands, that it's really amazingly easy to find 24 great acts that want to play," said Wussow.

And that's not all. Here's a list of additional events taking place throughout the Northland:

The Peking Acrobats with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra
7:30 pm

This is a New Year's Eve event you simply won't believe until you see it! Whether they're balanced on a 20-foot stack of chairs or bending through impossible contortions, these outstanding and often outrageous performers bring feats of strength, balance and brilliance to the stage.

Grandma's End of the World Party
Grandma’s Sports Garden
8 PM

One of the biggest New Year's Eve Parties in all of the Twin Ports! Prize Giveaways, Drink Specials and the famous BALLOON DROP at MIDNIGHT!

Dubh Linn's 2012 New Year's Ball Semi-Formal
Dubh Linn's Pub
8:00 PM

Come early, seats fill fast! Homemade appetizers, Fire Dancers, Street Magicians, DJ & Dancing and over $2,000 in prizes will be given away!

Railway's Last New Year's Eve Party
Railway Bar & Pizzeria
08:00 PM

After 10 years, the Railway is ending it all on New Year's Eve! Come out and celebrate a decade of business and a brand new year with all you drink beer, champagne and well drinks! A Live DJ will be spinning all of your favorite tunes! Ask about the Party Bus Pub Crawl that leaves at 8PM!

Winter Bizarro New Years Eve Masquerade Bash hosted by Vincent Cadillac
Sir Benedict's Tavern

Live Delta Blues/Folk - plus a New Year's Eve Masquerade Party to remember! Featuring Poor Howard, Black River Revue, Spin Collective & more!

New Year's Eve with Dirty Horses, Black-Eyed Snakes & The Acceleratti
R T Quinlan's Saloon
10:00 PM

One big night - three great bands!

Black Water's New Year's Eve Party featuring the Maxi Childs
Black Water Lounge

Description:It's a classy and fun way to spend New Year's Eve - join your friends at the Black Water Lounge and enjoy the MAXI CHILDS TRIO!

Black Bear's New Year's Eve Cash Countdown
Black Bear Casino
3PM-3AM | Party at 9PM

Black Bear Casino Resort is the place to be this New Year's Eve! There is a FREE Dance Party featuring the ROCKIN' HOLLYWOODS, great food, all your favorite gaming action, and cash drawing galore with the Cash Countdown!

Mesabi Range College Foundation 10th Annual Party and Funraiser: Hats off to the New Year! at the Virginia Elks Club.
Social Hour begins at 6pm, dinner served at 7pm. $60 a person.