Sponsored, Things To Do

Free Events + Free Metro Rides is How to Do New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles

December 15, 2023 by We Like L.A. with L.A. Metro
New Year’s Eve at Grand Park. Photo via The Music Center / Grand Park

New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles is a balancing act. You want to celebrate, but you also want to do so safely. That’s why we’re starting this week’s guide with a friendly reminder:

As we turn the page to 2024, Metro is again offering free rides on New Year’s Eve, including all bus, rail, and bike services across all of Los Angeles County from 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. on January 1. All turnstiles unlatched. All fare boxes covered. No TAP card required. Just keep in mind as you’re transiting to and from your destinations that Metro’s holiday service will be in effect, meaning the last trains will depart around midnight. [UPDATE: Metro has announced that trains will run all night on New Year’s Eve] So if you do decide to include public transit as part of your celebration, you’ll want to stay on top of the schedules and plan accordingly.

Oh, and speaking of planning, we’ve got a few ideas on that front as well, from the city’s biggest block-party style celebrations to themed shindigs at some of our favorite local bars and breweries.

We’ll talk you through a few recommendations below. And yes, before you ask, they’re all free to attend.

Free New Year’s Eve Events in Los Angeles

Gloria Molina Grand Park’s NYELA Countdown to 2024 -> Gloria Molina Grand Park hosts the west coast’s largest free New Year’s Eve event, capped by a 3D countdown art show projected onto L.A.’s iconic City Hall. The evening features immersive art installations, 30+ food trucks on hand with bites for sale, two stages of music, and an all-female DJ lineup. Runs 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and it’s free to attend. Go Metro: Take the B or D Lines to Grand Park / Civic Center.

New Years Eve Fireworks & GLOW Party -> Marina del Rey’s New Years Eve Fireworks & GLOW Party takes over Burton Chace Park with a slew of family-friendly activities to ring in the new year, including DJ sets, face-painting, food trucks, and a photo booth, all scheduled around a pair of 10-minute fireworks displays (9 p.m. and midnight). The fun starts at 7 p.m., and it’s free to attend. Go Metro: Take Line 108 to Mindanao / Lincoln.

Angel City Brewery No Cover New Year’s -> Angel City Brewery is hosting an all-day, 80’s themed, NYE Party featuring live band karaoke, DJ-spun tunes, bites for purchase, and plenty of beers on offer. Era-appropriate attire is heartily encouraged. Free to attend, but 21+ only. Go Metro: Take the A or E Line to Little Tokyo Station.

Soul Grain NYE Party -> Common Space Brewery slides into the new year with an evening of soulful vibes, danceable tunes, tacos, micheladas, and of course tons of beers on tap. The fun goes from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., and there is no cover to attend. Go Metro: Take Line 209/210 to Crenshaw / El Segundo

Intergalactic New Year’s at Big Bar -> Los Feliz’s Big Bar is hosting an all-day, space-themed New Year’s celebration, marking the turn to 2024 with an hourly countdown, 10 intergalactic cocktails, and complimentary champagne toasts. The party starts at 3 p.m., and will continue on through midnight. Admission is free. Go Metro: Take Line 180 to Vermont / Franklin.

Homebound Brew Haus NYE -> The Union Station-based, Dodgers-loving bar is closing at the end of 2023, but they’re sending things off in style with a NYE bash featuring DJ sets, giveaways, karaoke, a photo booth, and more. Runs 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free entry (first-come, first-served), but space is limited. Go Metro: Take the A, B or D Lines to Union Station.

Long Beach New Year’s Fireworks -> The City of Long Beach rings in 2024 with a pair of fireworks shows, one at 9 p.m. for the east coast / earlier revelers, then again at midnight to mark the new year on the west coast. Go Metro: Take the A Line to 1st Street Station in Long Beach.

Want to get the best things to do in L.A. sent straight to your inbox? Join over 60,000 Angelenos who subscribe to our twice weekly email newsletter!

Sign-Up for We Like L.A.’s Emails

* indicates required
Additional Newsletter Options
By subscribing, you agree to our terms of use and privacy policy and consent to receive emails from We Like L.A. about news, events, offers, and partner promotions.