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.
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!
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!).
Celebrate the New Year with legendary ska band the English Beat at San Luis Obispo's historic Fremont Theatre.
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.
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.
Join singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter as he launches his new album, The Heart, this New Year's Eve in Downtown Santa Barbara.
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.
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.
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.
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.