If the superstition is true that how you ring in the new year has an effect on the 12 months ahead, you'll want to choose your plans for Dec. 31 carefully. Luckily, Bakersfield has plenty of events to choose from if you'd like your 2018 to be full of fun, friends and food.

Adults who want to dress in their NYE best will find lots of options for an upscale night on the town, but there are several more casual options out there too. For kids, there are a few places for up-all-night fun and games. Read on to learn about a party with a Brazilian twist, followed by a rundown of even more events.

Guests can indulge in good food and dancing at Centro 18 Latin Steakhouse's second New Year's Eve festivities, which will include a Brazilian-style dinner followed by a party with live entertainment, a midnight champagne toast and a taco bar.

"They'll have a night to remember," said Frances Cueto, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, chef Lino Gonzalez. "They will be comfortable and fun and safe, in the heart of downtown Bakersfield."

The dinner will include premium-cut meats, which fans of Centro's Sunday Brazilian brunch already know and love. Expect filet mignon, bacon-wrapped chicken, rib-eye, hot links, chicken wings and more.

"The meats keep coming until the customer says 'Stop'!" Cueto said. 

For sides, there will be chile verde, enchiladas, pasta and asparagus salad, among others. It will all be served at the table, family-style.  

Both the meat and sides are all unlimited for $25, $15 for children 6 to 12 years old and free for those younger.

(If thinking about all that meat has your mouth watering but you can't go on New Year's Eve, be sure to check out Centro 18's weekly brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. For $30, you get all-you-can-eat meat, plus an omelet bar, sides, dessert, soft drink and bottomless mimosas. For $5 a glass, add a DIY bloody mary bar. This Sunday, a $30 gift card will be given away at each table.)

After dinner, the party starts, with live entertainment by The Press, DJ Eric V & The Baka Boyz as well as the chance to win prizes. Admission to the party is included with the price of dinner, but people can also come for just the nightlife. 

Party guests will get champagne just in time for a midnight toast. Around 12:30 a.m., the Centro staff will open up the taco bar, so no guest leaves hungry and has to hit up a drive-through on the way home. 

"We did (the taco bar) at midnight last year, and everything happened at midnight," Cueto said, explaining that in the middle of the champagne and celebrations, the taco bar went unnoticed for about 30 minutes. "After everyone hugs and kisses and downs their drink, (we'll do the taco bar)."

This is the second year Centro 18 has held a New Year's Eve event, but this one promises to be bigger and better, Cueto said, adding the dinner and live band so people can spend the whole evening there.

"Last year we just had the DJ," she said. "We still had a pretty good turnout, but people wanted dinner before and we didn't offer it."

As the restaurant has added more nightlife events throughout the last year, the Centro crew knew they needed to up their New Year's Eve game. While last year's event saw about 50 people in attendance, Cueto is hoping for between 60 and 80 this year. Though other parties in town will likely be bigger, Cueto and Centro 18 customers like that the restaurant offers a fun night out without too large (or too drunk) crowds.

"It's nothing too crowded or too crazy," she said. "We want to keep the ambiance nice and comfortable, so everyone who comes can have a great time and not be elbow-to-elbow." 

Seating will be limited at the party so that there will be plenty of room to dance, Cueto said, so those who want a table should be sure to call and reserve one early. 

Bar and restaurant parties

Centro 18

What: Brazilian-style dinner, followed by party with live entertainment, champagne toast and taco bar

When: Dinner from 5-8 p.m.; party at 9 p.m.

Where: 1517 18th St. 

Admission: Dinner $25 (includes party entry); party only $20; $100 reserved table and entry for up to four guests; $350 VIP table, bottle service and entry for up to eight guests

Information: 493-0177 or centro18.com/events

Padre Hotel

What: An around-the-world travel-themed party with live music, DJs, champagne toast and appetizers; optional five-course meal, with paired sparkling wines

When: Dinner at 5 and 8 p.m.; party at 9 p.m.

Where: 1702 18th St.

Admission: Dinner $95 (includes party entry); party only $30, presale or at the door

Information: 427-4900 or thepadrehotel.com

Petroleum Club

What: Dinner and music by Andrew Royalty, finished up in time to make it home or to a late-night party

When: 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: 5060 California Ave. 

Admission: $79, $59 for PCB members and guests, $69 for Bakersfield Racquet Club members and guests

Information: 324-6561 or thepetroleumclub.com

Elements Venue

What: Mardi Gras-themed party with entertainment by Mento Buru, mariachi performers and DJ Manuel G; optional couples dinner

When: 7 p.m.

Where: 3401 Chester Ave. 

Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; couples dinner $99.95

Information: 301-4681 or elements-venue.com

KC Steakhouse

What: Seafood bar, steak and lobster dinner, live music and dancing, Dom Perignon midnight toast

When: 9:30 p.m.

Where: 2515 F St.

Admission: $125

Information: 322-9910 or kcsteakhouse.net

Buck Owens Crystal Palace

What: Live music by Johnny Owens & the Buck Fever Band and the Stampede Band; optional four-course dinner

When: 7 p.m. 

Where: 2800 Buck Owens Blvd.

Admission: Dinner $65; party only $35

Information: 328-7560 or buckowens.com

The Mark

What: Dinner, drink specials and live music by Lonely Avenue

When: 8 p.m.

Where: 1623 19th St.

Admission: $10 cover charge

Information: 322-7665 or atthemark.com

Cafe Med

What: Live music by The Peoples Project

When: 8:30 p.m.

Where: 4809 Stockdale Highway

Admission: Free before 9 p.m., $15 after

Information: 834-4433 or cafemedrestaurant.com

Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame

What: Blue Steel New Year's Eve and record release party

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: 2230 Q St.

Admission: $20-$25

Information: 864-1701 or bakersfieldmusichalloffame.com/concert-events

VIP Lounge

What: DJ, champagne toast, free food and drink specials

When: 9 p.m.

Where: 5460 California Ave. 

Admission: Free

Information: 322-8431 or viplounge.myfreesites.net

The Junction Lounge

What: Karaoke, DJ and entertainment with EJ Mac McClanahan, champagne toast, snacks and party favors 

When: 8:30 p.m.

Where: 2620 Buck Owens Blvd.

Admission: Free

Information: 327-9651

Mi Peru

What: Live music by Carybel y la Nueva Cumbia, DJs, drink specials and more

When: 7 p.m.

Where: 1310 19th St. 

Admission: $10, or $50 for VIP; women get in free before 10 p.m.

Information: 631-1952 or 346-5910

Belvedere Cocktail Lounge

What: First, the Old Farts New Year's Eve potluck for those who can't stay up until midnight (includes free food, champagne, countdown and music by Rockamole). Then, a more traditional celebration with champagne at midnight, party favors and music by Warfield

When: Old Farts at noon; traditional party at 9 p.m.

Where: 3090 Brundage Lane

Admission: Old Farts free; party $5 cover

Information: 325-2139

Long Branch Saloon

What: New Year's Eve celebration

When: 9 p.m.

Where: 907 N. Chester Ave.

Admission: Free

Information: 399-8494

For the kids

Rollerama West

What: Ring in the New Year on skates, with DJ, games, photos and countdown

When: 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Where: 7850 Brimhall Road

Admission: $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door, includes skate rental and noise maker

Information: rollerama.com


What: All-night skating, with pizza and refreshments

When: 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Where: 415 Ming Ave.

Admission: $10, includes skate rental, slice of pizza and soda; rollerblades are an extra $2

Information: 426-8059 or skatelandbakersfield.com

John's Incredible Pizza

What: The regular buffet, games and fun, plus party favors and watching the ball drop

When: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Where: 3709 Rosedale Highway

Admission: $18 for buffet and beverage, unlimited rides and 75 credits; $28 for buffet and beverage, unlimited rides and 200 credits

Kelly Ardis can be reached at 661-395-7660. Follow her on Twitter at @TBCKellyArdis.