Auld Lang Syne

For New Year’s Eve, you could drop a few Benjamins to hang with the chichis, or you could mix with your people at the pub. You may wish you belonged to the swells, sometimes, but could you keep up the pretense without end, really? Comfy clothes, hearty food, free music, good beer. It’s proletarian, sure, but baby, so are you.

Sunday, Dec. 31, 9:30 P.M., Jesse Brewster & Allyson Paige at Hopmonk Tavern, 691 Broadway, Free.

Good Grief, Charlie Brown

If the short people in your house won’t make it to midnight, ring in the New Year at noon, instead. For the price of admission you’ll get root beer to toast with, and a whole bunch of balloons dropped on your head. For the under-10 set, that’s a posh New Year’s Eve. For the big people who love them, it’s a serviceable stand-in.

Sunday, Dec. 31, 10 A.M.-4 P.M., Charles M. Schulz Museum,, $5-12

Climb Every Mountain

If you — like most — aren’t sorry to see the back end of 2017 and intend to welcome 2018 with gratitude, join Battalion Chief Rusty Sims of Glen Ellen Fire for a hike that summits Jack London State Historic Park. A grateful public will follow the lead of October’s first responders, over hill, over dale, and beyond. Kick things off with the right attitude this year: thankful, present, wild and free.

Monday, Jan. 1, 10 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Jack London State Park,, $10.

Sayonara, 2017!

There’s been much to cry over since January of last year, but much to laugh over, too. Will Durst finds the funny in the furious and the merry in the morose, and he and his crew will help the medicine go down. On stage at the Sebastiani they’ll perform stand-up, skits, sketches and songs, all tied to the zany political theater that was 2017.

Thursday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m., “The Big Fat Year-End Kiss Off Show,” Sebastiani Theatre, $20.