15 California Events to Ring in the New Year

Planning your New Years Eve adventure can be overwhelming, but don’t stress! We have selected the hottest parties all over California for you to end your final hours of 2018, or to start your first few moments of 2019, depending on your choice of celebration. Recruit your loved ones and start the new year off with no regrets!


– Southern California –

All Day I Dream of Cloud Cuckoo LAnd

When: December 29th
Where: Gin Ling Way in LA’s Chinatown

Looking for a NYE warm-up party? Come out and enjoy the desert-esque sounds of Lee Burridge, Sebastien Leger, and Gab Rhome on December 29th at the Gin Ling Way in Los Angeles. Here you’ll encounter the friendliest strangers you’ll ever meet. Bring your positive vibes and let’s party!

DEEP Los Angeles Presents:

House for the Holidays

When: December 29th
Where: Treehouse Rooftop in DTLA

Kiss 2018 goodbye from a downtown Los Angeles rooftop! This is a sure bet for a night full of enticing house and techno sounds that will take you on a journey. Dance, relax, and let Marques Wyatt be your spirit guide for 2019.

Grateful Generation Presents:

Shagadelic Journey by ABunDance

When: December 31st
Where: Electric Pussycat in Glendale

Ring in the new year with this Austin Powers themed party presented by our friends at Grateful Generation! Featuring 2 floors of music and sultry Studio 54 inspired decor. The soundtrack for the night will be provided by local favs divaDanielle ft Annie Dolly, Jackmore, and Bounce! Dress up and express yourself in your favorite shagadelic attire and get ready for a night of dancing and connection!

Minimal Effort: NYE

When: December 31st
Where: The Belasco in DTLA

Grab your homies and start the new year off right with one of the most anticipated parties of the season. Prepare yourself for 8 hours of nonstop music across 5 stages with light installations, live paintings, vendors, and more. If we haven’t sold you yet, check out the lineup! You’ll find artists such as Sasha, Skream, Justin Jay, Will Clarke, and YokoO to name a few.

Xcellerated & Killahurtz NYE 2019

When: December 31st
Where: Catch One in Mid City, LA

We had to add some of our favorite UK talent to the mix. Hybrid Minds and Original Sin will be throwing down some heat with support from APX1, DJ Construct, Scooba, and more. We highly recommend you cruise and get ready for the bass!

The Cruz Coalition Presents:

Revolution ’19 – New Years Eve

When: December 31st
Where: Ejagz Parallel Universe in DTLA

Revolution ‘19 is all about peace, love, wisdom, and change. Ring in 2019 with the spirit of 1969 and revolution in the air. There will be psychedelic visuals, a black light room, funky beats, and bass beats all night long. In addition to some groovy vibes, don’t be surprised if you find yourself in a meaningful conversation with a stranger or two.

Take Back The Night Production Presents:

Beats, Bloodies, & Brunch 7: New Years Day Block Party

When: January 1st
Where: Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake, LA

Alright you brunchers, here’s your chance to attend the first party of 2019! Doors open at 6am at Mack Sennett Studios. All of the profits are donated to P.S. ARTS, a local 501c3 that provides music and arts education to over 30,000 students in Southern California’s under-served schools. Don’t forget to preorder your ticket with bottomless Bloody Marys!

FNGRS CRSSD & Sofi Tukker Present:

Sofi Tukker at Spin Nightclub

When: December 31st
Where: Spin Nightclub in San Diego

New York based duo and LIB 2018 headliner Sofi Tukker is full of ’90s house-inspired jungle pop that resulted in a Grammy nomination before they even released a full-length album. They will be performing alongside Crush Club on NYE at San Diego’s finest house and techno club. Get out there and break a sweat!

Lovelife Presents:

A New Year of Love Boat Party

When: January 1st
Where: San Diego Harbor

Kick off the new year with a bang by setting sail on a 3 hour cruise in the San Diego Harbor! Two open air dance floors with incredible views await you with performances by Skream and Option4. When you make your way back to shore, if you’re not boogied out just yet, there will be an after party at the Blonde Bar. Let’s rock the boat into 2019!


– Northern California –

EarthFire CoCreations & The 418 Project Present:

Ecstatic Dance: New Year’s Eve Black Light Ball

When: December 31st
Where: The 418 Project in Santa Cruz

We had to show some love to one of our favorite little cities on the central coast—Santa Cruz! Join the party with a talented lineup of DJs, an intimate ritual setting, live art, great food, and a midnight countdown ceremony. Doors open at 8pm, see you there!

The Midway & Euphonic Conceptions Presents:

NYE 2019: Little Dragon, Modeselektor, Tokimonsta, Mayan Warrior, & more!

When: December 31st
Where: The Midway in San Francisco

Celebrate NYE 2019 in style at The Midway’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza with more surprises than ever before! Boasting a stacked and eclectic lineup there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. On top of the Bay’s most sonically diverse NYE lineup, they are pulling out all the stops for what promises to be a night to remember.

Pink Mammoth, Airpusher, Prismatic, & Discopolis Present:

UNITY NYE 2019

When: December 31st
Where: Club Six in San Francisco

Four of San Francisco’s most seasoned and beloved crews are coming together to create a NYE all night spree with family and friends. UNITY NYE 2019 will be a sweat dripping, booty shaking, and head bopping celebration. Prepare yourself for performances by Berlin’s DJ T (Get Physical) who is celebrating his 30 years in the DJing world tour alongside veteran John Tejada.

The Public Works SF & Desert Hearts Present:

Desert Hearts New Years Eve

When: December 31st
Where: The Public Works in San Francisco

Desert Hearts is blessing the Bay Area once again! This crew sure does know how to throw a party, it’s about the closest thing you can get to a festival at a venue. Alongside Mikey Lion, Marbs, Lee Reynolds, and Porky are Lubelski and Rybo. We highly encourage rallying the troops and putting on your dancing shoes for this one!

Opel Productions & The Vau de Vire Society Present:

New Bohemia NYE 2019

When: December 31st
Where: The San Francisco Mint

For those of you searching for an event with more of an underground vibe, look no further. There will be 5 dance floors of music with live acts, performers, and visual artists. You can also expect interactive games, cleansing rituals, burlesque, avant-garde performances, aerialists, pole dancing, a large art gallery, belly dancing & other world dance, chill spaces, photo booth, and other surprises in the dark corners of The Mint. See you there!

Eye Heart SF Presents:

New Years Eve w/ Miguel

When: December 31st
Where: Fort Mason in San Francisco

Start your new year off right with a couple resolutions and an open bar in San Francisco. The Eye Heart crew is doing something special this year for their 10th annual NYE party. Inside the venue you’ll find waterfront views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and of course fireworks! Did we mention a performance by Grammy Award winning artist Miguel? Get out there!

The Great Northern Presents:

The Queen’s Ball NYE 2019

When: December 31st
Where: The Great Northern

This year the Great Northern is throwing a ball fit for a queen. Queen Maya Jane Coles that is! Not only will there be two floors of music, but a runway for you to strut your stuff—so come dressed to express! There will be special performances by MJC (of course), Shiny Objects, Lily Ackerman, John Bryars, and a live performance by Ah Mer Ah Su.

The Great Northern Presents:

It’s A New Day + Breakfast of Champions Block Party NYD 2019

When: January 1st
Where: The Great Northern

The rumors are true, San Francisco’s two legendary New Year’s Day block parties are joining forces. A couple of our favorite artists including Moon Boots, Doc Martin, Marques Wyatt, Mele, and more will be gracing this day party with their music. This event is predicted to sell out so grab a ticket while you still can!

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