First Night safe, family-friendly New Year celebration, artists include Pearl Django, Caspar Babypants, Vicci Martinez and more, 6 p.m. Thursday, Downtown Tacoma. Tickets are $10 available online or at Columbia Bank branches; firstnighttacoma.org
Burton Cummings 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. Free, entry by bracelet only; distributed at 4:30 p.m. emeraldqueen.com
Kareem Kandi Band, saxophonist, arranger, composer. 6:30 and 9 p.m. Thursday during dinner service. G. Donnalson’s, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma. 253-761-8015
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Maia Santell and House Blend 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Johnny’s Dock Restaurant & Marina, 1900 E D St., Tacoma. Free. 253-627-3186, www.johnnysdock.com
The Big New Year’s Eve Bash will feature a DJ that will play a wide range of music, heavy appetizer buffet. Full Cash Bar. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Pacific Grill Events Center, 1530 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. $80. 253-272-6469.
Metro Parks Tacoma’s Resolution Run starting at 11 a.m. Friday. Bring the family and friends for the annual small run/walk starting at the Point Defiance boat launch, 5912 N. Waterfront Drive in Point Defiance Park. The one-mile walk is free but registration is required, come down to cheer your friends on if you don’t participate. Go to metroparkstacoma.org/resolution-run