Groovy and Stylish New Year Events in Los Angeles

LA may not be as groovy and funky as the Times Square, or even Dubai, but this twinkly city has many fun events, extra-sparkly parades and gigs to ring in the New Year. Figuring out what to do when the ball drops? Whether to attend a black-tie dinner party, or stroll down the streets watching the parade? Whether to dance the night away or, escape the city? 

Today, we bring you the best set of New Year events in Los Angeles that will ensure you will have a lot to toast to as you start your new year! 

New Year Events in Los Angeles

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New Year's Eve parties in Los Angeles

  • Bootie L.A.: NYE Shit Show

You don’t need to dress up, or shell out many greens to enter this party. Bootie LA is one of those parties where you can be yourself! Just come in as you are, play, twerk, and dance your face off till the wee hours. The first 300 people who get the party started also get the famous mash-up mix tape! 

  • Prohibition NYE

Set in the 1930’s Union Station, Prohibition is a 21-plus, era-themed New Year Party that will take you back in time. As the DJ sets out to play the many jazz hits and as the burlesque dancers make their way to the dance floor, custom cocktails and champagne starts making rounds. 

  • Cleopatra's New Year's Eve Ball

Saving its spot as one of the most popular New Year's Eve parties in Los Angeles, the Cleopatra's New Year's Eve Ball is all things Egyptian! Dress like an Egyptian, dance like an Egyptian and party like an Egyptian. With many go-go dancers, DJs, flashy LEDs, this is one party you don’t wanna be late for. 

  • Argyle NYE

Party Vegas-style at the Argyle NYE. Three floors of bar, subterranean drinking sessions and an open-air patio are a few things that will keep you hooked as the night makes way for the new year to settle in. And yes, do not forget to dress to impress. 

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Free things to do for New Year in Los Angeles 

  • Rose Parade

This more-than-a-100-year-old parade was started to flaunt the sunny Californian weather. While the parade happens on the morning of January 1, it attracts close to a million spectators. Making its way down the streets of Pasadena, the Rose Parade is lively, shiny and musical. People are known to camp overnight to get the best view of the many floral floats, musical performances and marching troupes. The parade kick-starts at the Green Street before making its way through the city and ending at the Villa Street. Be there, sharp at 8 AM!

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  • Polar Bear Plunge

Jumping into the not-so-icy waters of the Pacific will give you a high like no other. With water temperatures set at a comfortable 60 degrees during this time of the year, the Polar Bear Plunge is one of the best free things to do for New Year in Los Angeles. The meet-ups take place at Venice Beach, Cabrillo Beach, Hansen Dam, and Huntington Beach and all you need to bring to the party is that sexy bathing suit! 

  • Grand Park New Year's Eve L.A.

Head to the Grand Park for an intimate and memorable New Year eve celebrations this year end. Sandwiched between the Music Center and City Hall, every inch of this city-greenspace is filled with fun and laughter. Food truck gatherings, photo-booths, live music, 3-D projections, and the New Year countdown will keep the crowds rocking all night long. 

New Year’s Eve Concerts in Los Angeles

  • New Year's Eve in Downtown Long Beach

This beach-music-fest features some of the best music performers from around the globe to churn out tracks, each one of it, unique and enticing. Count down to the New Year right in the middle of the Downtown Long Beach at one of the best New Year concerts in Los Angeles. 

  • Dance Yourself Clean

Dance Yourself Clean first started in Seattle and now puts on events throughout the country. Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles hosts one of the not-so-sober New Year rave parties in town! This no-frills party gives way to the indie pop music buffs to party all night long. 


Things to do on New Year’s Eve for kids in Los Angeles

  • Books & Cookies

While you may want to dance to the latest electronic music as you bid adieu to the year gone by, the little ones may have their own way to bring in the new year. Freshly baked cookies, milk, and getting all snuggly as they read their fav book sure sounds like a plan! Books and Cookies is a cute little bookstore and a bakery for all kids under 8. 

I am sure your young ones would love to jump up and down the seismograph machine to make it scribble! Or check out how much they weigh on different planets. With many exhibits like the Hall of the Sky and Hall of the Eye, the Cosmic Connection Corridor, the high-tech Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and the Tesla Coil are sure to excite the science buff in you!

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Of the many things to do on New Year’s Eve with kids in Los Angeles is taking them to the Los Angeles Zoo. Sitting along the hills of Griffith Park, the Los Angeles Zoo can be a fun experience for you as well! You can spot some newborns, hit the gift shops, grab a cone of ice-cream, or take a ride on the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; just don’t forget to click a tonne of pictures with your little ones! 

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Where to see New Year’s Eve fireworks in Los Angeles

  • Marina del Rey

Make way to the Burton Chace Park or Fisherman's Village to enjoy one of the best fireworks in Los Angeles. While the party goes on all night with many events like face painting, music, dance and food trucks, the highlight of this party is the fireworks show: one at 9 PM and the other at midnight.

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New Year Escapades from Los Angeles:

  • Ojai

Just an hour and half drive to the north of Los Angeles will take you to the pastoral town of Ojai. A great blend of hippie travelers and new-school folks, Ojai has many New Year pool parties, fine dine restaurants, and wine-tasting sessions. 

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  • Santa Catalina Island

Welcome the New Year as you stroll along the white coastline of Catalina while enjoying the ice cream. Explore the beaches, hike, bike and see plenty of wildlife, Santa Cataline is one of the best New Year Escapades from LA. Located off the coast of California, this island can be reached by ferry.

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