With the end of the world due to descend upon humanity this Friday, at least according to an interpretation of some ancient Mayan texts, what better way to greet doomsday than by having some fun?

There is no shortage of apocalypse-inspired events in celebration of that magic date Dec. 21, 2012 -- the day it's suppose to all end.

"Live it up between now and then," advised local artist Dana Ellyn.

With Armageddon in mind, Ellyn has organized Artpocalypse. She and other area artists have created paintings revealing their thoughts on the end of the world. The pieces will be on display at the Dunes in Columbia Heights, with a party on Friday celebrating the work and doomsday.

Ellyn actually registered artpocalypse2012.com back in 2009. She initially envisioned this as a solo show, but instead recruited fellow artists to contribute as well. There will be approximately 30 pieces on display.

"I thought it would be such a fun idea," Ellyn said.

Works range in theme, with a certain level of the macabre in many of the pieces. (It is the end of civilization, you know.)

The event will be free and include a DJ and cash bar in addition to the art on display. Ellyn expects a big turnout and festive atmosphere.

"I want it to be New Year's Eve-ish in the sense of some countdown to midnight and 'Yay, we're all still here,' " she said.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Info: Free; artpocalypse2012.com

The End of the World Party at the Black Cat

A handful of bands are set to perform at the Black Cat, including the A.K.'s, the Max Levine Ensemble, the Shirks and Booze Riot. On the main stage.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Info: $10; blackcatdc.com

DC 101's End of the World Party at the Fillmore Silver Spring

The appropriately named Beware of Darkness headlines, with Churchill and Go Radio in support.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Info: $10; fillmoresilverspring.com

The End of the World Mayan Calendar Tasting Menu at the Jefferson

This might be your last meal ever. Plume at the Jefferson offers an impressive special menu just for the occasion.

When: Friday and Saturday

Info: $85; jeffersondc.com

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana Celebrates the End of the Modern World

Another opportunity at one last, excellent meal. In addition to a number of special food items, Oyamel will also offer select glasses of wine for $21.12 a glass or $12.21 for a half-glass.

When: 5 p.m. to midnight Friday

Info: Prices vary; oyamel.com

End of the World Party at BlackFinn D.C.

Lots of drink specials at this D.C. watering hole will help you forget the impending collapse of humanity.

When: Friday

Info: Prices vary; blackfinndc.com

The Final Feast at Poste Moderne Brasserie

Might as well go out in style. Enjoy this eight-course meal, which ought to keep you satisfied through whatever lies ahead the next day.

When: Seatings at 6 and 8:45 p.m. Friday

Info: $180; postebrasserie.com

Brightest Young Things End of the World Party

The folks at BYT have turned a space on H Street Northeast into a fallout shelter. A bunch of bands and drink will help you get through the end times.

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday

Info: $20 in advance, $25 day of; falloutshelter.eventbrite.com