From elegant black-tie affairs to massive dance parties, Los Angeles is ready to ring in 2014 with some of the best New Year's Eve events in the country. Read our round-up of LA's top events to say farewell to 2013 and welcome the new year. And on Jan. 1, 2014, join millions of viewers around the world and enjoy the 125th Rose Parade and the 100th Rose Bowl Game, the two biggest events of the Tournament of Roses.
In keeping with tradition, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) offers free rides on New Year’s Eve to provide safe transportation and reduce holiday traffic congestion. All Metro Rail and Bus lines are free from 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 until 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Metro Rail operates all-night service on New Year’s Eve for those staying out extra late and to encourage easy travel to the Rose Parade in Pasadena. NOTE: All Metro Rail lines and the Metro Orange Line will operate all night every 20 minutes on New Year's Eve.
Please note that all events are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 unless otherwise noted.
CARNIVAL AT THE HALL: SERGIO MENDES & SHEILA E. - WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
Celebrate the New Year at Walt Disney Concert Hall with Carnival at the Hall, featuring the tropical samba grooves of Sergio Mendes and the feisty percussion pop of Sheila E., along with Brazilian dancers. Two performances on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 7:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
NEW YEAR'S EVE LA - GRAND PARK
Grand Park rings in 2014 with performances, art installations, and large-scale animated projections. New Year’s Eve LA features live performances by dublab’s finest, Versa-Style Dance Company and more; 3-D projections and countdown covering 22 stories of City Hall; live photo booth projected 100 feet above Grand Park; food trucks; and a cash bar (located at Music Center Plaza). The FREE celebration takes place from 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.
KATT WILLIAMS - STAPLES CENTER
What better way to celebrate the end of 2013 and kick off 2014 than with an evening full of laughter? Comedian Katt Williams returns to the STAPLES Center stage with his signature animated style, quick wit, and permed hair. After beginning his career at an age when most teenagers are getting their driver's licenses, Williams has followed in the legendary footsteps of Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, and Eddie Murphy, and is influencing the next generation of comics. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. and the laughs start at 10:00 p.m. Tickets priced from $49.50 to $125.
HAPPY ENDINGS - CLUB NOKIA
Located in the incredible L.A. LIVE entertainment complex in Downtown LA, Club Nokia welcomes over 2,000 people to Happy Endings, starting at 9:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Happy Endings features headliners DJ Justin Credible and DJ Sour Milk of Power 106 FM, with guest DJ R-tistic playing the hottest Pop, Hip Hop, and R&B music. Experience free giveaways, VIP access, special live performances, and the time of your life all under one roof. Tickets $130 - $205.
Experience an Unparallelled Cabaret Ball at The Edison, featuring electrifying and unique performances by an eclectic group of artists. Step into 2014 with a sultry detour through a past era of imagination and fantasy, featuring DJ Jonny Abrahams, the incomparable Magnolia Memoir, and surprise guest artists. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. General Admission is $100, and includes The Edison’s legendary Midnight Toast. For table reservations, call 213.613.0000. All guests must be 21 and over, and dressed in their finest New Year’s cocktail attire.
LA LOVES TECHNO - EXCHANGE
On New Year's Eve, veteran Los Angeles promoter Insomniac presents LA Loves Techno, taking place from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. at the massive Exchange nightclub in the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles. LA Loves Techno is a must for fans of forward thinking dance music, featuring a lineup of world class DJs: John Digweed, Claude VonStroke, and DAVI. Print at home tickets are $35 plus service fee. Ten ticket limit per customer. For bottle service reservations: 213.444.3388 or [email protected].
NYELECTRIC - W HOLLYWOOD
Formerly Drai's Hollywood, the W Hollywood Hotel's Nightclub & Rooftop Lounge offers a high-end club experience along with breathtaking views of the city from the 12th floor. NYElectric features House music, two party areas, party favors, and much more. Tickets to NYElectric start at $150, and include a four-hour premium hosted bar. Various couples, group and VIP ticket packages are available.
MASTERBEAT 2014 (DEC. 28, 2013 - JAN. 1, 2014)
Masterbeat 2014 takes place at multiple venues from Dec. 28 to Jan. 1. The celebration kicks off with Launch on Saturday, Dec. 28 at Circus Disco in Hollywood (DJ TBA). The night before New Year's Eve is always a big night in Los Angeles, and WE Party Airlines is ready for takeoff from Avalon on Monday, Dec. 30, with your pilot, DJ Brett Henrichsen. On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the party moves from Hollywood to the legendary Mayan Nightclub in Downtown, featuring DJ Alyson Calagna taking you into 2014 from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Then it’s back to Hollywood for First Dance 2014 at Arena, with DJ Micky Friedmann on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 from 3:00 a.m. to noon. Early bird individual event tickets start at $35, and VIP Weekend Passes are $250. Tickets available at www.showclix.com/event/Masterbeat2014.
COUNTDOWN 2014 - INFUSION LOUNGE
Matt Barnes of the LA Clippers hosts Countdown 2014, a “Black & White Affair” that takes place at Infusion Lounge in Universal CityWalk Hollywood. Countdown 2014 features two levels of music, with five DJs spinning Top 100, hip-hop and dance. Admission includes open vodka and champagne bar until 10:00 p.m., multiple VIP areas, midnight ball drop, and champagne toast. General Admission presale tickets are $40, with various bottle service and VIP packages available. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.
NYE SESSIONS 2014 - SAYERS CLUB
With leather-tufted sofas and Afghan rugs, the Sayers Club evokes an intimate living room vibe, while a stage that drops from the rafters showcases the music talents of emerging and well-known artists. NYE Sessions 2014 offers numerous ticket options, starting with VIP presales at $125 per guest, including hosted bar. Ticket packages range from the six-guest Drum Package for $1,200 to the 15-guest Keyboard Package for $2,000. Doors open at 8:00 p.m., event is 21 and over.
SOLID GOLD NYE 2014 - PLAYHOUSE HOLLYWOOD
“Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but gold is an infinite love affair!” Playhouse Hollywood invites you to Solid Gold NYE 2014, featuring a three-hour premium open bar and midnight champagne toast. Early bird tickets start at $100 if purchased before Thanksgiving. Doors open at 10:00 p.m., 21 and over.
Saints or Sinners at Hollywood Roosevelt
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It’s a simple question: “Are you a Saint or a Sinner?” Find out at the Saints or Sinners New Year’s Eve Ball at the Hollywood Roosevelt. Angelic or devilish costumes are encouraged for the event, which features a live performance by Eva Simons (singer with Afrojack, Will.i.am and Zedd), DJ Adam Auburn, and much more entertainment. Saints or Sinners will span the entire property, including Teddys, the Blossom Ballroom, the Tropicana Pool and the Historic Lobby. Midnight toast and noisemakers included with admission. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $110 per person. VIP tickets are $185 and include 2-hour sponsored open bar, priority entrance and exclusive access to Teddy’s.
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT MOUNT OLYMPUS - THE ABBEY
On New Years Eve, The Abbey Food & Bar is hosting an epic party that is sure to be legen...wait for it...dary. On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the entire venue will be transformed into Mount Olympus, and its guests include Greek gods, warriors and mere mortals. $125 tickets include expedited entry, a hosted bar, appetizer and a champagne toast. Additional VIP options range from a $50 VIP wristband to a $3,000 Large Dance Floor VIP Table that includes 20 wristbands, two bottles of Grey Goose, two bottles of Bacardi and two bottles of Lansen Champagne. Togas are highly recommended.
GOO GOO DOLLS - HOUSE OF BLUES
Spend the final night of 2013 with the Goo Goo Dolls, one of the biggest bands in modern American rock music. The Goo Goo Dolls take the stage on New Year’s Eve at the famed House of Blues, located on the legendary Sunset Strip. Tickets for the concert range from $130 for general admission to $210 for VIP pre-show dinner packages, tickets and open bar. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. and the show starts at 10:00 p.m. Ages 21 and over.
BELLE EPOQUE - SKYBAR
On New Year’s Eve, Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel will be transformed into the Belle Epoque ("Beautiful Era"). Skybar enters the classic era of French burlesque with special guest DJ's, live musical performances and live burlesque dancers. Tickets are $125 per person and include a hosted bar from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., and a champagne toast at midnight.
CAMP FREDDY - THE ROXY
Make it a rockin’ New Year’s Eve at The Roxy with Camp Freddy & Friends, the all-star cover band that features Dave Navarro, Billy Morrison, Chris Chaney and Josh Freese. The concert is hosted by Mark McGrath and starts at 9:00 p.m. Tickets to the 21 and over event are $100 each. VIP packages are available.
STARLIGHT BALLROOM BASH - MR. C BEVERLY HILLS
Mr. C Beverly Hills presents the New Year’s Eve Starlight Ballroom Bash, taking place in the hotel’s 12th-floor Starlight Ballroom, featuring 360-degree views of Los Angeles. Enjoy a full bar, live music by The Vibrometers, dancing and a midnight champagne toast. Options include a signature Cipriani five-course meal prior to the bash for $195, bash-only for $100, and a table reserved for up to six guests for $1,200. The Starlight Ballroom Bash takes place from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
THE ANNUAL ALL-NEW ONE-TIME-ONLY NEW YEAR'S EVE REVUE!
The Santa Monica Playhouse’s annual New Year’s Eve shows usher in 2014 with an all-new evening of audience favorite songs, dances, comedy and other delights. Included with admission is a complimentary buffet supper, champagne, party favors, hats and the chance to win special prizes. The late show at 9:30 p.m. gives the audience the chance to ring in 2014 in the theatre with members of the Santa Monica Playhouse Actors’ Repertory Theatre. The early-bird 6:00 p.m. celebration offers everything that the later show does, plus a great way to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the entire family and get home at a reasonable hour, or to kick off an evening of after-theatre dining and celebrating. Tickets are $39.50 for the 6:00 p.m. performance, $49.50 for 9:30 p.m. Discounts are available for students, teachers, seniors, the military and groups of ten or more. Special discounts available for the 6:00 p.m. performance for young people age 12 and under.
BLACK & WHITE BALL - VICEROY SANTA MONICA
Ring in the new year at the Black & White Ball, taking place on Dec. 31 from 9:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Viceroy Santa Monica. The Black & White Ball features a hosted bar and decadent hors d'oeuvres from Cast's Executive Chef, Tony DiSalvo. Dance into 2014 with KCRW DJs spinning poolside: Jason Bentley, Travis Holcombe and Mario Cotto. Black and white attire is recommended. The event is 21 and over with ID. Tickets are $140 limited presale, and $175 General Admission. For VIP cabana reservations, call 310.260.7507.
CLUB COUNTDOWN CELEBRATION - TERRANEA RESORT
Countdown to 2014 on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Terranea Resort’s annual Club Countdown Celebration. This year’s party includes music entertainment by DJ Quasar; an open bar; and a late night buffet from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., featuring a slider station with vegetarian options, an Italian pizza station with gluten-free selections, a dessert station with Krispy Treats, brownies, mini-doughnuts, and more. The celebration takes place from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Tickets are $150 per person before Dec. 26, and $195 if purchased between Dec. 26-31. VIP tables are available, advance reservations are required by calling 310.265.2836.
Celebrate 2014 with Hornblower Cruises, on board some of the most beautiful yachts on the West Coast. Hornblower Cruises offers two New Year's Eve Celebrations in Marina del Rey: a Dessert Cruise and a Gala Dinner. The Dessert Cruise boards at 9:30 p.m. and cruises from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The three-hour cruise includes a boarding glass of champagne, cash bar, dessert display, DJ, and party favors. Price is $99 per adult, with discounts for Seniors and Military. The Gala Dinner boards at 8:30 p.m. and cruises from 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The 3.5-hour cruise includes a boarding glass of champagne, cash bar, four-course seated dinner, DJ, and party favors. Price is $145 per adult, with discounts for Seniors, Military and children 4-12.