THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — South End New Year’s Eve and more!

by Emerald Staff

This week, there’s not a whole lot happening outside of New Year’s Eve festivities, so we rounded up the best of South Seattle’s NYE events. Scroll down for a few post-NYE events!

Tues., Dec. 31 (AKA New Year’s Eve!):

New Year’s Eve with The Royal Room Big Band

“Party like it’s 1939! The Royal Room Big Band, led by Steve Treseler, brings you the swing of yesteryear, with a jazz dinner and swing dancing. Prix fixe menu and a cover charge for the musicians are included in the [prix fixe] price. The evening’s entertainment will include sonic renderings of pieces by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Sun Ra, and more!

Time: 7 p.m. (doors)–1 a.m.
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $25–75 (to guarantee seating, make a reservation)

FREE -New Year’s Eve Vinyasa Flow

“Say farewell to 2019 with our last yoga class of the year! In this class we will set our intentions for the new year, move through a mindful flow, and end with a guided meditation designed to leave you balanced and energized for the new year to come. All levels welcome and no experience needed. Enroll here.

Time: 5–6 p.m.
Where: South Seattle Fitness6300 Beacon Ave S
Cost: FREE

House Party 2 “Pajama Jam” 2020

“House Party 2 ‘Pajama Jam’ 2020 with Special Guest Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Terminator X hosted by Tisha Gallow & Kimmie Kim. Naughty or Nice Pajama Contest! Call 206-723-2811 for reservations [for the] The Last party of the Year and the First Party of the Year!” 21+

Time: 7 p.m. (doors)
Where: Royal Esquire Club — 5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $25


NW Kwanzaa Celebration

“Youth will be celebrated for their accomplishments in 2019 to the community and/or personal accomplishments. Please share the link for the Watoto Circle (Watoto is the Swahili word for ‘children’). Here is the link to sign them up. They will be celebrated on the 31st.This is the last day of a five-day event. Today’s theme is ‘Kuumba – Black Child Development Institute & The whole community.’

Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Life Enrichment Bookstore — 5023 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE (we think)

Its a POT-luck

“NYE – POTluck — We provide: The Safe Space, a dope Playlist for music, Dominoes, Board games, Spades. Its a whole Vibe.Hosted by Black Cannabis Commission.

Time: 8 p.m.–4 a.m.
Where: Estelita’s Library — 2533 16th Ave S.
Cost: FREE


Cafe Red 2020 New Year’s Bash ft. Wishbaby, Charlie Cash & more

“Cafe Red x Othello Block Party present TURN UP 2020 — Celebrating the dawn of a new decade with Seattle’s finest underground talent.

“Live performances by Wishbaby, Charlie Cash, Messiah Jenkins, Sharmaine, and Whispah The Ruler. Hosted by BlkSknn.

“Complimentary midnight champagne toast (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options). Free photo booth. Surprise guests. Other fun surprises.” 21+

*Also check out Mark Lilly at Cafe Red on January 4.

Time: 8 p.m. (doors)–1 a.m.
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr. Way S.
Cost: $20 adv. / $25 door

2020 NYE Extravaganza

“RED LOUNGE // Y2K SOUND Presents 2020 NYE EXTRAVAGANZA. Pre-Sold Tickets Online Only: $20. General Admission: $25 Before 11PM/ $30.00 After. Champagne toast at midnight. FOR VIP PASS/ TABLE RESERVATIONS TXT 2068519284. FREE PARTY FAVORS & GIFT GIVEAWAY.” 21+

Time: 9 p.m.–2 a.m.
Where: Red Lounge — 1212 E. Jefferson St
Cost: $20–30

“Hey Babe” New Years Eve Pajama Party

“Are you ready to par-tay?? It’s the last day of this decade and we’re going to send it off like it was 1999! Celebrate in your PJ’s at ‘Hey Babe,’ our pajama party, hosted and DJ’d by Lelah and Vinnie!

“Pajama contest! Photos! Free bubbly!” 21+

Time: 9:30 p.m.
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: $12 adv. / $15 DOS

Wed., Jan. 1:

Hangover Brunch 2020

“We’ll be OPEN and ready to help you nurse your NYE hangovers! Reservations can be made at!

Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Super Six — 3714 S. Hudson St
Cost: Menu item prices vary

New Years Day: Beans ‘n’ Greens at WNW

“Start your new year off right with our favorite southern tradition, eating black eye peas and greens for good luck. Food prepared by Inye Wokoma and Tarik Abdullah. $5 a plate or pay what you can. Bring some records and have a chill afternoon with friends to ring in the new decade.

“New year food folk-lore:
* Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day brings good luck in the new year.
* For the best chance of luck every day in the new year, eat 365 black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day.
* When served with greens (collards, mustard or turnip), black-eyed peas represent coins and greens represent paper money.
* Cornbread, often served with black-eyed peas and greens, represents gold.
* Black-eyed peas eaten with stewed tomatoes represent wealth and health.
* In Hoppin’ John, each pea represents a coin, and a whole serving equals prosperity.
(Source: Various Internet sites)Family-friendly 

Time: 12–4 p.m.
Where: Wa Na Wari — 911 24th Ave
Cost: $5 or pay what you can


The Queens Project- New Years Sister Circle

“Dear QUEEN,

“A sacred space has been cultivated JUST FOR YOU! As we enter the New Year, let us renew in spirit & intention through celebration of US in community.

“RELEASE — Raise your vibration for the year to come! Begin with LETTING GO of something that no longer serves your TRUTH, your PURPOSE! Let us be intentional about what fills that space.

“Queens Will: Define and Affirm the new year with a ‘Note To Self Love Letter.’ RENEW:
10 min Guided Meditation Experience and Sound Bath. REFOCUS: This Vision Board experience is multi-faceted. You will also be guided on how to use the book as a tool throughout the year’s journey. Queens will create a Queens Vision Board Book & writing prompts.
“COMPLIMENTARY Farm to Table light MEAL PROVIDED prepared by Chef Joyce Hosea. FOOD SOURCED locally & Sustainably (Meat & Vegetarian Options). Space created and reserved for women of color 17+.Sponsored by Seattle Foundation. The Queens Project is powered by Shunpike. Session led by Teroshua Thomas & Infinite Milam.

Time: 5:10 (doors)
Where: Africatown Center for Education & Innovation — 3100 S. Alaska St
Cost: FREE (first come, first served)


Sat., Jan. 4:

Community Service Day

“Join us! Every first Saturday of the month there is an opportunity for anybody – of any age or skill set – to volunteer their time to this community green space. Come to work hard and meet new people! Bringing a re-fillable water bottle and close-toed shoes is recommended.Kid-friendly

Time: 10 a.m.
Where: Danny Woo Community Garden — 620 S. Main St
Cost: FREE

Black Health & Wellness Meetup

“We are calling Black wellness community together so that we can get more familiar with our needs, existing resources and what is being done to maintain our health and well being:

-Mental Health & Substance Abuse Professionals
-Social Workers
-Fitness Trainers
-Youth Workers, Mentors, Counselors.

Time: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: Black Dot Underground — 1437 S. Jackson St
Cost: FREE

Happy New Year South End!

Open Mics

Here’s a quick round-up of the ones we know about (listed in chronological order; list updated frequently):

Royal Esquire Club Open Mic Tuesdays (Tuesdays)

Seattle’s Best Open Mic (Wednesdays)

Sistas Rock The Arts Open Mic (Thursdays)

Cafe Red’s Open Mic for All (Second Thursdays; see Facebook for next date.)

Freshest Roots Presents: Expresso Open Mic (First Fridays)

Legacy Fridays Open Mic / Showcase (Second Fridays; might be on hiatus, contact event host for more info.)

Inspired Childs Children Open Mics (Fourth Saturdays)

The Salute Sessions (Mondays; technically an open jam session vs. a typical open mic)

**Tuesday Night Music Club (TNMC) Open Mics at the Bourbon Bar are no longer. 🙁

And check out these comedy-specific open mics:

Joketellers Union (Wednesdays)

Comedy on Broadway’s Open Mics (Multiple days per week!)

Stand Up Comedy Open Mic at Tippe & Drague (First Saturdays)

*New!NW Peaks Comedy Open Mic (Tuesdays, *beginning Jan. 7, 2020)

**Here’s a monthly comedy showcase too: Cafe Reds We Got Jokes (Second Wednesdays, intermittently; see venue calendar.)

If karaoke is more your speed, check out these venues:

Bush Garden (Daily)

Clock-Out’s ggnzla Karaoke (Mondays)

Backyard’s Drag Queen Karaoke (Last Saturdays)

**They also have karaoke at Marco Polo Bar & Grill in Georgetown on the weekends.


*NOTAFLOF = “No one turned away for lack of funds”

DOS = Price on the day of the show

Door = Price at the door

Adv. = Advance

GA = General Admission (no assigned seating)

FREE = As far as we can tell, you can show up and have fun without buying anything.

Free to attend / No cover
/ No fee = We don’t think there’s a cost to attend, but you may feel enticed or expected to buy something or make a donation (especially if the event is at a bar or restaurant or is not-for-profit and/or a fundraiser).

Suggested = Suggested donation. (Theres technically no ticket price or cover for this event, but you are expected to make a cash donation at the door and this is the suggested donation amount. These events are often “NOTAFLOF” events.)

RSVP = French acronym for “Please respond.” The hosts’ / venue encourage or require you to let them know you’re coming. There’s probably a link somewhere. 🙂

N/A = Not applicable. In other words, it’s not a thing (e.g. “Time: N/A” means there is no specific time associated with this event.)

Family-friendly = This is an event for the whole family. “Kid-friendly” is another term often used by event hosts. We use “family-friendly” only when we know the event is geared toward adults and children specifically. “Kid-friendly” means kids can come, but the event is not for kids, per se.

All-ages = People under 18- / 21-years may attend, but young children won’t necessarily enjoy this event.

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