One of the best ways to ring in the New Year is with great music and a group of your fellow Washingtonians. Whether you want your New Year’s to be a classic affair, a rocking concert to shake your bootie or something in between, you’ll have plenty to choose from.

9:30 Club
815 V St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 265-0930

If you want some funk to ring in your New Year, check out the 9:30 Club where you can groove to Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Kicking off the night at 8 p.m., there’s Trouble Funk, a go-go music band paying tribute to DC’s own original Afro-beat style. Then comes Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, bringing its New Orleans-style funk with multiple instruments to dance the night away with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $75.

The Birchmere Music Hall
3701 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22305
(703) 549-7500

The Birchmere is a well-known music hall in Alexandria that features genres like bluegrass, country and folk music. For New Year’s Eve, it will be bringing The Seldom Scene, The Stray Birds and Donna Ulisse in to ring in 2014. If you’re looking for a good time with a place you can sit and enjoy food and drink, this is the place for you. Tickets are $39.50 and the show starts at 8 p.m.

The Fillmore
8656 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 960-9999

The Fillmore in downtown Silver Spring offers a venue that is elegant and ready for a party. With hardwood floors and chandeliers, you can groove on the main floor, watch over the side balconies or treat yourself to a VIP package with premium balcony seating. On New Year’s Eve, it is bringing the reggae-influenced rock of Slightly Stoopid to ring in 2014. Tickets are $49.50 with the show starting at 9 p.m.

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Kennedy Center
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 416-8000

Always a classy affair to remember, The Kennedy Center’s New Year’s Eve concert will help you get your resolutions in order with its aptly named title “Straighten Up and Fly Right.” This Nat King Cole tribute features Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli. Whether this is your first stop of the evening or your last, Kennedy Center will be offering two 75-minute shows, one at 7:30 p.m. and the second at 9:30 p.m. in its Terrace Theater.

The State Theatre
220 N. Washington St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 237-0300

Rock in the New Year 80s style with The Legwarmers New Year’s Eve Party. The Legwarmers are a popular DC 80s tribute band. This 21-and-over dance party rocks out the State Theatre with a huge dance floor on the main floor and movie theater seating in the balcony if you want to relax for a bit or just watch. Tickets are $50. Parking is always tight at this Falls Church venue, so don’t hesitate to take the metro or a cab.

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