Things To Do

Things To Do For This NYE Sunday in L.A. [12-31-2023]

December 31, 2023 by Brian Champlin
Photo: Grand Park/The Music Center

Well, this is it. Your last day of 2023. So how will you be spending it?

We’ve got a few ideas (like over a dozen) for where to go for New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles, starting with a quick tip about Metro. Let’s get into the full list below.

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Make Metro Part of Your NYE

As part of their New Year’s Eve service, Metro will be offering free rides from 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, through 2 a.m. on Monday, January 1 (on all services). Plus, Metro running trains all night long on New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day. Nice!

Now as far as where to go… we’ve created a quick round-up of free New Year’s Eve to-dos that are also Metro accessible.

Picks for This New Year’s Eve Sunday

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission

Instead of our usual top 3 and 6, here are a bunch of ideas for how to spend your New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles (in no particular order):

Grand Park New Years Eve Celebration M FA TP > Gloria Molina Grand Park hosts the west coast’s largest free New Year’s Eve event this Sunday, capped by a 3D countdown art show projected onto L.A. 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. More info here.

New Years Eve Fireworks & GLOW Party at Marina del ReyFA > Celebrate the New Year this Sunday with fireworks in Marina del Rey. Enjoy a ten-minute fireworks show, at 8:59 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. The shows will be shot from the Marina’s south jetty and can be viewed from virtually anywhere in Marina del Rey. The free family-friendly Glow Party takes place at Burton Chace Park, 7 p.m. to midnight. More info here.

Night Dive New Year’s EveM > The Aquarium of the Pacific rings in the New Year with a special edition of their adults-only, Night Dive program. The evening includes live music from Loud as Funk, DJ-spun tunes in the galleries, a silent disco, and karaoke, plus a confetti countdown at midnight. Tickets run $94.95 person. More info here.

New Year’s Eve at Dynasty Typewriter M > Close out 2023 with a night of stand-up at Dynasty Typewriter, paired with a live band and complimentary champagne toast. The welcome-to-2024 lineup includes Ify Nwadiwe, Luke Mones Genies, Megan Gailey, Max & Nicky Weinbach, Aparna Nancherla, Kimberly Clark, Lizzy Cooperman, and Andrew Michaan. Tickets are $40 if you buy in advance. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show beings at 9 p.m. More info here.

Ron Lynch’s Tomorrow! NYE Party – > Comedian Ron Lynch brings Tomorrow! to the Bob Baker Marionette Theater for a 2023 send-off/variety show featuring music, dance, comedy, and (of course) plenty of puppets from the Bob Baker Marionettes. Runs 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $20. More info here.

Intergalactic New Year’s at Big BarFA > Los Feliz’s Big Bar is hosting an all-day, space-themed New Year’s celebration on Sunday, 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.

New Years Eve Gold Rush at Everson Royce Bar -> The Downtown Arts District bar is throwing a “Gold Everything” NYE party with special gold cocktails, tasty food promos, a DJ, raffle and free bubbly at midnight. Walk-ins are welcomed, reservations are encouraged. More info here.

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New Years Eve at SchmittysFA > On the most popular night of the year Schmitty’s in West Hollywood will have no cover, and complimentary bubbly to toast at midnight with party favors. DJ Josh Peace will be spinning tunes all night long. More info here.

Soul Grain NYE PartyFA > 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.

New Year’s Eve at Stache -> The queer-owned restaurant, bar, and nightclub in West Hollywood partners with Eden Entertainment for a ‘Queer Womxn & Friends’ New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Kicking off at 9 p.m. and going till 2 a.m. guests will dance to pulsating beats from live DJ’s and performances, and ring in 2024 with special midnight surprise. Tickets cost $25. More info here.  

Angel City Brewery No Cover New Year’sFA > 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.

Homebound Brew Haus NYEM FA > 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. You can RSVP here.

Long Beach New Year’s FireworksFA > 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.

Santa’s Secret NYE Gala -> Voss Events Santa’s Secret hosts a NYE gala with Aubrey O’Day of Danity Kane and DJ Lady Bunny. Ring in the New Year inside the adults-only holiday experience at the Beverly Center that takes visitors through a journey of immersive and sassy holiday installations. The experience ends inside a vintage speakeasy featuring a live band, dinner, dancing and cocktails. Tickets start at $125. More info here.


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