Whatever you'll be toasting to at midnight, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the new year. From an after-hours party in the park to a traditional fireworks display, we've got you covered.
Here's to 2017!
Okay, hear us out (and try not to let the start time scare you off). If you'd like to get a head start on that New Year's resolution, this is your chance. Isn't the beginning of the year for trying new things you? So break out those dusty hiking shoes in the back of your closet.
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 31, 6:45 a.m.
WHERE: Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round | MAP
Fireworks are a prerequisite on New Year's Eve, and there will be plenty around town. One favorite is the Marina del Rey fireworks display, where you can watch the show from one of the restaurants or nearby bars along the marina or a see it from a late picnic gathering at nearby Burton Chase Park.
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. - midnight
WHERE: Burton Chace Park, Marina del Rey | MAP
Want to celebrate a traditional new year but without the freezing cold? The year-end winter festival has something for everyone, with several music stages, a hypnotist show, fake snowfall and more. Oh, and make sure to catch the 2,500 beach ball drop and champagne toast to ring in the new year. Cheers!
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.
WHERE: Orange County Fair & Event Center | MAP
COST: Tickets start at $10
Before you drop the kids off with the sitter and hit the town, take them out for their own celebration. Before their bed time, head over to what is one of the few daytime events for the new year, complete with a giant balloon drop at noon, cups of sparkling cider and a chance to make your own noisemakers.
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 31, 12 p.m.
WHERE: Kidspace Children's Museum, Pasadena | MAP
Night owls, gather round. Some 50,000 people are expected to attend this New Year's Eve extravaganza that boasts large, inflatable art; a photo booth; and food from dozens of local eateries including Bling Bling Dumplings, Chano's Tacos and Kali Churros. Not to mention the three stages of musical guests performing some epic dance music and other tunes. This event is animal and kid-friendly, but come early; security will be tight and bag checks will be mandatory.
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
WHERE: Grand Park, DTLA | MAP
While most watering holes in the city will be collecting a cover charge at the door, Angel City Brewery is doing things a bit differently. Indulge in a variety of specialty beer cocktails and when the clock inches closer to midnight, grab a complimentary glass of Sparkling Berliner Weisse to welcome 2017.
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.
WHERE: Angel City Brewery, DTLA | MAP
COST: Admission is free
If you're looking for some quiet time and relaxation to start off 2017, why not head over to the Autry and explore new exhibitions like "California Continued" and "Revolutionary Vision." It's free New Years Day. Attendance will be probably be sparse, so feel free to peruse at your own pace.
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: The Autry Museum of the American West, Griffith Park | MAP