Polar Bear Plunge & Fun Run at Blue Hole Regional Park. Barton Springs Pool isn’t the only swimming hole hosting a daring plunge into cold waters on New Year’s Day. Head to Wimberley for this third annual event, which kicks off with a 5K fun run at 10 a.m. A 1K fun run will begin at 11 a.m. The finish line for both is a jump into Cypress Creek. You can participate in only the plunge. Bring a change of clothes and a towel. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 1. Free-$20. 100 Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley. blueholepolarbearplunge.splashthat.com.
New Year’s Day Ride with the Meteor Austin. The South Austin bar, cafe and bike shop hosts an inaugural New Year's Day bike ride. Featured for this ride will be, among other things, a route that will have a couple roads typically not bike-friendly most days of the year. There will be beer and a brunch menu upon your return and an award given to whoever’s the best dressed. Get creative. Meet up for breakfast and caffeine at 8 a.m.; the ride begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 1. Free. 2110 S. Congress Ave. facebook.com/events/586080135293882
New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch at La Condesa. The downtown Austin restaurant has it all figured out: Nothing soaks up alcohol quite like masa. Specifically, there will be pancakes azules, or blue corn pancakes with citrus marmalade, piloncillo syrup and honey butter. Check out the full menu ahead of time — that way, it’ll be way easier to order through the massive headache and humbling realization that you aren’t 23 anymore. Reservations are recommended. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 1. 400A W. Second St. lacondesa.com/new-years
Pluck Your Diet at Pluckers. Not so into making the New Year’s resolutions that we try to fulfill for a week or two before returning to vice-filled lives as usual? At all Pluckers Wing Bar locations through Jan. 6, celebrate your indulgences with anti-resolution specials that include 50% off desserts and a $1 addition for salads. And hey, if you really want that salad, it’s for a good cause. The extra dollar will be donated to Breakthrough Central Texas, an education-focused nonprofit. pluckers.com/news/pluck-your-diet-2
New Year's Day Day Party at Vista Brewing. Kick off the new decade with a chill New Year's Day in the Hill Country. Vista is open special hours on a Wednesday (when the brewery is normally closed) with 14 Vista brews on tap, local wine and cider and a special New Year's Day menu from the grill. Drink specials include $5 Adair Micheladas. Plus, Vista is spinning vinyl all day long. Feel free to bring your favorite record to share. 12 to 6 p.m. Jan. 1. Free. 13551 FM 150, Driftwood. facebook.com/events/756720161509383