You know what to expect in New York City: the traffic, the mobs, the absolute insanity.
So, why not stick close to home on New Year’s Eve? After all, there’s plenty to do in Connecticut, from concerts and comedy shows to bar bashes and all-night dance parties.
Here are a few ways to spend the last few hours of 2013, without the big-city headaches:
NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH KUNG FU, FAIRFIELD THEATRE COMPANY – The Connecticut Music Award-winning jam band rings in the New Year with an evening of high-energy funk. Bobby Paltauf Band and The Heavy Pets open. Goes from 7 to 11:45 p.m. Cost is $50. Located at 70 Sanford St. 203-259-1036, fairfieldtheatre.org.
CIRQUE CELEBRATION AT MOHEGAN SUN, UNCASVILLE – Forget the ball drop. Save your oohs and aahs for the high-flying acrobatics and feats of athleticism of this jaw-dropping show. Starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $25. Located at 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. 860-862-8000, mohegansun.com.
MOLLY’S ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY WITH THE ZOO, MOLLY DARCY’S, DANBURY -- MTV's Ultimate Cover Band winners usher in the new year with blasts of modern and classic rock, pop and R&B; with Mix Master Mark and DJ Big B, party favors, champagne toast and dinner specials. Starts at 10 p.m. No door charge. Located at 39 Mill Plain Road. 203-794-0449, mollydarcysct.com.
NEW YEAR’S EVE EXTRAVAGANZA, BLACK BEAR, SOUTH NORWALK – Ring in the New Year at this SONO jump-off. The bar/club is offering the complete package, including top shelf open bar, champagne toast at midnight, after midnight buffet and music and entertainment by DJ Richie Rocks. Starts at 9 p.m. Cost is $50. Located at 80 Washington St., Norwalk. 203-299-0711, blackbearsono.com.
NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL AT BALLROOM ELEGANCE DANCE STUDIO, WESTPORT – Groove into 2014 with an evening devoted to dance. See a dance show, take a dance lesson and then dance some more. After you’ve worked up a sweat -- and an appetite – nosh on hors d’oeuvres and desserts and enjoy a glass of wine. Cap it all off with a champagne toast at midnight. Starts at 9 p.m. Cost is $80. Located at 627 Post Rd. E. 203-454-9400, ballroomdancewestport.com.
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STRIKING 12 WITH A DJ DANCE PARTY, BIJOU THEATRE, BRIDGEPORT – A one-night-only performance of GrooveLily’s “un-holiday pop/rock musical,” “Striking 12.” Get your groove on with a DJ dance party and live footage of the ball drop in Times Square following the performance. Starts at 8 p.m. Cost is $40-$15. Located at 275 Fairfield Ave. 203-332-3228, thebijoutheatre.com.
NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA FEATURING SHAKEDOWN, TOAD’S PLACE, NEW HAVEN – You’ll be “Truckin’” into the New Year as Shakedown, New England's favorite Grateful Dead tribute band, performs. Enjoy party favors, a giant balloon drop and champagne toast. Starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $15 day of, $12 in advance. Located at 300 York St. 203-624-8623, www.toadsplace.com.
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A NIGHT OF LAUGHTER AT FOXWOODS, MASHANTUCKET – The casino’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration is back with a performance from comedian Mark Normand (“Conan,” “Inside Amy Schumer”) and musical dynamo Dueling Pianos. Enjoy party favors, a champagne toast, and post-midnight dessert buffet. Starts at 8 p.m. Cost is $120-$60. Located at 350 Trolley Line Blvd. 866-646-0609, comixatfoxwoods.com.
BEE GEES TRIBUTE & DANCE PARTY, DOWNTOWN CABARET THEATRE, BRIDGEPORT – Channel your inner Travolta with a night of disco classics performed by the Bee Gees tribute band Night Fever. The concert will be followed by a cabaret after-show bash with D.J. Jimmy Cabaret. Starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $79. Located at 263 Golden Hill St. 203-576-1636, dtcab.com.
NEW YEAR’S EVE, BERNARD’S RESTAURANT, RIDGEFIELD – Fairfield County’s go-to for fine French cuisine is offering a three-course menu and piano music starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $80 per person. Or, for the serious revelers, there is a four-course menu and dancing to the Maria Tiscia Quartet starting at 9 p.m. Cost is $145. Located at 20 West Lane. 203-438-8282, bernardsridgefield.com.
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NEW YEAR’S EVE 2014 WITH CHARLIE KARP & PAULA G AT THE DUCK, WESTPORT – In what is becoming a New Year’s Eve tradition, Emmy Award-winning guitarist Charlie Karp of Dirty Angels fame will join The Paula G Reality for an end-of-year concert bash. Starts at 7 p.m. $10. Located at 605 Riverside Ave., Westport. 203-227-7978.
NEW YEAR’S EVE 2013, BUTTERFIELD 8, STAMFORD -- The downtown hotspot is offering everything you’ll need to make it past midnight: a top shelf open bar, hors doeuvres, buffet dinner and champagne toast. Starts at 9 p.m. Cost is $80. Located at 112 Bedford St. 203-504-8123, butterfield8stamford.com.
DANCING NEW YEAR’S EVE CT, SHERATON STAMFORD HOTEL – Cut the rug any way you like, from swing and salsa to hustle and ballroom. Enjoy a full buffet, drinks (open bar!) and dance lesson. Starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $130. Located at 700 E. Main St. 203-987-6693, Erik@DancingNewYearsEveCT.com.
WHITE TOGA NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY, THE FEZ, STAMFORD – Break out your white toga, white tux or white gown! This white-themed New Year’s Eve bash couples a performance from Big White Ass with a five-course, pre-fixe menu with unlimited champagne (for the first 50 guests only). Cost is $150 per person. No door charge. Starts at 9 p.m. 203-324-3391, thefez1.com.
NEW YEAR’S EVE, TWO BOOTS, BRIDGEPORT – Downtown Bridgeport’s favorite neighborhood bar hosts an evening of live music and comedy. Enjoy appetizers, entree, dessert and a champagne toast. Lasts from 7 p.m. to midnight. Cost is $35, $60 for couples. $10 for entertainment only. Located at 281 Fairfield Ave. 203-331-1377, twobootsbridgeport.com.