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Best New Year’s Eve Events if You Want to Escape LA

By / October 31, 2018
   
   

There’s no doubt that spending New Year’s in LA can be plenty of fun. After all, there are a ton of epic parties and free events where you can ring in the New Year.

There are also plenty of downsides too: terrible holiday traffic, drunken crowds, expensive Uber rides, not to mention risking a huge letdown by picking the wrong party.

So why not ditch LA and head somewhere a little more relaxed this year? From gigs in the desert to Ojai yoga retreats, there are are a ton of New Year’s activities just a short drive from the city.

Joshua Tree New Year’s Eve Adventure

Jumbo Rocks Campground

Enjoy three days of hiking and group activities in Joshua Tree National Park, then celebrate New Year's Eve with a potluck under the stars!

$19 / RSVP

Pappy and Harriet’s NYE Party Featuring Black Crystal Wolf Kids

Pappy and Harriet's

Black Crystal Wolf Kids are the world's first indie-rock tribute band, paying costumed homage to the best music of right now (sing-alongs encouraged!).

$20 - $25 / RSVP

Rockin’ 80s New Year’s Eve Party

Spa Resort and Casino

Get down with DJ Dense of the LA Clippers, then enjoy a live band playing the greatest glam rock hits of the 80s!

$5 - $10 / RSVP

The English Beat

Fremont Theater

Celebrate the New Year with legendary ska band the English Beat at San Luis Obispo's historic Fremont Theatre.

$54 / RSVP

New Year’s Eve Under the Sea

Marisol | The Cliffs Hotel and Spa

Begin the evening with a three-course dinner then enjoy a live band, a complimentary champagne toast, and a DJ set to take you through to the New Year.

$79 - $142 / RSVP

70s Funk New Year’s Eve with Diggin’ Dirt

The Siren

Kick 2019 off on a funky note when Northern Californian 8-piece Diggin' Dirt bring the noise to the Siren in Morro Bay.

$25 / RSVP

New Year’s Eve Winemaker Dinner

Apple Farm

Join us for our special New Year's Eve Winemaker Dinner. Enjoy five courses of farm to table cuisine plus wine pairings from Frolicking Frog Cellars of Paso Robles.

$103 / RSVP

Donavon Frankenreiter at SoHo

SoHo Santa Barbara

Join singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter as he launches his new album, The Heart, this New Year's Eve in Downtown Santa Barbara.

$30 - $100 / RSVP

New Year’s Eve Grape Drop

Main Street, Temecula

Head down to Main Street, Temecula for the annual New Year's Grape Drop, featuring live music, food vendors, kids activities, and more!

Free
   

Wilson Creek Winery New Year’s Eve Bash

Wilson's Creek Winery

Enjoy a three-course food and wine-paired dinner with live music, a dance party with DJ, and late-night dessert bar! Party favors and an all-night bar included.

$135 - $150 / RSVP

46th Annual Catalina Island New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration

Casino Ballroom

Ring in the new year with an elegant evening of dining and dancing at the world-famous Casino Ballroom on Catalina Island. Includes live band, a balloon drop, and a gourmet buffet dinner.

$189 / RSVP

New Years Eve Ojai Yoga Intensive with Adam Rumack

306 E Matilija St

The Ojai Valley in California is known for its expansive and wild beauty set against the backdrop of the Sespe wilderness. Join Adam Rumack for a small group yoga practice in the mysore tradition.

$206 - $335 / RSVP

54th Annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade

Snow Summit Resort

Watch 100+ skiers and snowboarders light up the night as they make their way down the face of the mountain in the dark with torches to create a spellbinding spectacle of light before the ball drops.

Free

Wyatt Family New Year’s Eve Party

Wyatt's Grill and Saloon

Join the only truly family-friendly New Year's celebration in Big Bear with live music from local country bands, dancing, ranch-style food, and children's activities.

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Matthew O’Shannessy is a writer living in Los Angeles. He grew up in Tasmania, Australia and moved to LA via Melbourne where he joined an art collective and worked for the Melbourne International Film Festival. His work has been published in various magazines and he’s currently co-editing an arts anthology. He lives in Echo Park, but you can often find him scouting out the San Fernando Valley.

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