Things to do in Austin on New Year’s Day
1. New Year’s Day Polar Bear Splash at Barton Springs Pool
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 1. Free. 2131 William Barton Drive.facebook.com/events/431522271103513
It has become a tradition to kick off the new year by jumping into Barton Springs, a pool with a temperature that hovers between 65 and 75 degrees year-round. Yeah, the jump is going to be cold. But it just might be a little invigorating, too, getting you refreshed and ready for the year ahead. That’s the idea behind the Polar Bear Splash, anyway. There will be coffee and donuts, and Save Our Springs Alliance will be selling commemorative shirts.
2. New Year's Day Brunch with Emancipet at Easy Tiger at the Linc
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 1. Free. 6406 N. Interstate 35, #1100. easytigerusa.com/new-events/2020/1/1/linc-new-years-day-pup-brunch-with-emancipet
One of the ultimate days for brunch is New Year’s Day, when we can wake up with no alarm and slowly get ready. Head to Easy Tiger’s Linc location once you are for a brunch that benefits Emancipet. Order the Salty Dog cocktail (Tito’s Handmade Vodka, basil-jalapeño simple syrup, grapefruit juice, salt and lime juice) — $1 from each drink purchase is donated directly to the local nonprofit. There will be live bluegrass music and more.
3. Flappers Brunch at Craft Pride
11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 1. Free. 61 Rainey St.facebook.com/events/1584441571695802
The Rainey Street beer bar is celebrating 2020 by taking it back to the 1920s. On New Year’s Day, build your own mimosa flights, enjoy pours of Berry Brut Cask from Real Ale and participate in a ’20s-themed costume contest. Via 313 Pizza will be dishing up their brunch pizzas from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., but Craft Pride will keep the mimosas and brunch drinks flowing until 8 p.m. The winner of the costume contest will be decided by loudest applause.
4. Black-Eyed Pea Run
8:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Free. 410 Pressler St.roguerunning.com/night-run-series/black-eyed-pea-run-2020
Rogue Running’s annual Black-Eyed Pea Run is all about starting the new year off on the right foot. What’s your running or fitness goal for the year? You set the distance and the pace in this social run, which has traditional black-eyed peas (and mimosas!) for good luck waiting for you at the store afterward. The community run starts early on Jan. 1 from the shop’s downtown location. — Johanna Gretschel