New Year's Eve & New Year's Day Events in Monterey County

This page has all the events that took place in 2015. Bookmark this page and return to get information about 2016's events!

Monterey's citywide First Night celebration is only one of many taking place on New Year's Eve in the area! If you're looking for a large celebration, or an intimate one, you can find it at one of the following spots. Keep an eye on this page as we update it throughout December!

First Night Monterey

Thursday, December 31

First Night Monterey celebrates the lively arts scene in Monterey County with its family-friendly celebration of the arts on New Years Eve. Over thirty venues hold concurrent performances and activities for both children and adults, culminating in a convergence on Custom House Plaza, Monterey State Historic Park to ring in 2016. Live music ranges from classical to Irish traditional to experimental hip-hop.

New Year's Eve Dinners & Events

Thursday, December 31

Big Sur

Big Sur Roadhouse invites guests to dine on a New Year’s Eve dinner prepared by Executive Chef Brendan Esons. Start with a glass of champagne before indulging in seasonal appetizers, salads, soups and special entrees. 5:30pm. Call 831-667-2370 for reservations.

Rock out when the clock strikes 12 with PHRAT at the Fernwood Tavern. The New Year's Bash starts at 10pm and best of all, it's free!


Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel will have two seatings, with and without wine pairings. The first seating at 5:30pm will include a 4-course tasting menu and the second seating at 8:30pm will include a 6-course grand tasting menu complete with wine pairings and a Champagne toast. The first seating is $150 per person (wine pairings are an additional $110 per person) and the second seating is $290 per person. Call 831-624-8578 to reserve.

Enjoy a classic New Year’s Eve dinner at Anton & Michele in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Traditional menu items as well as seasonal specials will be available. For reservations call 831-624-2406.

Dine on a sustainable 5-course dinner menu this New Year’s Eve at Basil Seasonal Dining. Main course options include seared diver scallops, grilled filet mignon and wild mushroom risotto. The 5-course tasting menu is $85 per person, additional fee for wine pairing. For reservations call 831-626-8226 or click here.

Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley’s favorite hitching post, Will’s Fargo serves up a delicious New Year’s Eve dinner on December 31st. Start the evening off with a Pear Ginger Cosmo or Kir Royale before indulging in seasonal appetizers, salads, soups and special entrees. 4:30pm-10pm. Call 831-659-2774 to reserve.

Bernardus Lodge hosts a delicious gourmet New Year’s Eve tasting menu to ring in 2016. Dine on traditional favorites made with sustainably sourced, local and organic produce and naturally raised meats, as well as several special creations from Chef Cal Stamenov. The first seating is from 5pm-6pm and features 4-courses for $125 per person. The second seating is from 8pm-9pm and features 6-courses for $175 per person. Call 831-658-3400 to reserve.


For an earlier family-friendly party, attend the Noon Year's Eve Party at MY Museum. This Noon Year's Eve Party will include crafts like making silly hats, noisemakers and 2016 calendars, face-painting, tasty goodies, a visit by the Noon Year's Eve Fairy and, finally, the lowering of the MY Museum Noon Year's Eve ball at noon. Tickets are free for members and $10 for non-members. Call 831-649-6444 for tickets and reservations.

Ring in the New Year under the sea at the Monterey Bay Aquarium! Bring the kiddos for a once in a lifetime sleepover beneath the fish where there will be fun family activities and programs for a night of celebration, including a sundae bar. Wake up with the fishes on New Year's Day, enjoy a continental breakfast, and then join our naturalists in watching wildlife from the Great Tide Pool deck. $125 per person. Call 831-647-6886 for reservations or book online.

Celebrate the remnants of 2015 with a five-course dinner featuring libations provided by Alvarado Street Brewery and Caraccioli Cellars. Stay afterwards for dancing into the wee hours of the night. $130 for dinner, $25 for cover to the after-party. Click here for tickets.

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa offers a special holiday menu on New Year’s Eve. In addition, to the regular menu, guests can enjoy a four-course prix fix dinner with wine pairings. Entrée options include duck and seared black cod. $70 per person, $95 per person with wine pairing. Call 831-372-2628 for reservations.

The Sardine Factory will have a special four-course prix fixe dinner menu on New Year's Eve. Dinner begins at 5pm with entrée options like filet mignon, scallops and veal. $79 per person. For reservations call 831-373-3775.

This New Year’s Eve, Restaurant 1833 offers two special seatings to ring in the New Year. The first seating will be a five-course tasting menu for $95 per person, and the second seating will include a seven-course tasting menu for $125 per person. After dinner, Restaurant 1833 hosts a Gatsby-inspired New Year’s Eve masquerade party from 9:30pm-2am following the theme of “Through the Looking Glass.” The special NYE celebration will include breathtaking aerial performances and live entertainment from DJ BAD DEEJAY who will be accompanied by three roaming horns. General admission is offered at $50 and limited VIP packages are available. To make a dinner reservation or purchase party tickets, contact or call 831-643-1833.

Sip, savor, and share a traditional Spanish-inspired meal at Esteban this New Year's Eve with Mediterranean tapas and classic selections. The full menu will be available as well as a few specials like Miyagi oysters and Colorado roast leg of lamb. Dinner will be served from 5pm-10pm. Call 831-324-6773 for reservations.

Moss Landing

The Captain’s Inn serves up a New Year’s Eve dinner with an Italian twist. Dinner is served at 6pm. Call 831-633-5550 for reservations.

Pebble Beach

Ring in the New Year at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach during their New Year's Eve Extravaganza themed a "Celebrations Around the World." Guests will enjoy globally inspired festivities including live music, bu ets, psychics, a casino, fabulous door prizes and much more. Guests must be 21 +, admission is $425 per person. The party beings at 8pm. Call 866-826-6892 for reservations.


Monterey County's newest event complex is hosting a New Year's Eve Party like none other! 201 Main in Salinas will be popping with red carpet photo opps, VIP table service, Grey Goose drink specials, dancing and live party music. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information call 831-800-7573.


Silicon Valley cover band The Joe Sharino Band will rock out throughout New Year's Eve at the Embassy Suites' New Year's Eve Ball. The event includes a three-course prix fixe meal, party favors, midnight champagne toast, balloon drop and dancing from 9:30pm to 1am. Tickets are $135 per person (without dinner) or $199.95 (with dinner); packages including a hotel room are also available. Click here for tickets or call 831-838-3006 to reserve.

Rio Grill's Resolution Run

Friday, January 1

Live up to your New Year's resolutions with a run to kick off the beginning of 2016 during Rio Grill's Resolution Run! This 6.5 mile foot race and 3-mile family fun run are set on a breathtaking cross-country course. The race begins at Rio Grill in Carmel, CA.

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