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

This page has all the events that took place in 2018. Bookmark this page and return to get information about 2019'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. 

First Night Monterey

Monday, 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 15 venues hold concurrent performances and activities for both children and adults, culminating in a convergence on Custom House Plaza to ring in 2019. Live music ranges from classical to Irish traditional to experimental hip-hop.

New Year's Eve Dinners & Events

Monday, December 31


Get your groove with PacRep Theatre during the Legends of Rock n Roll Tribute Concert. Guests are encouraged to boogie in the aisles as the Golden Bough dances the night away to songs originally performed by Elvis, Little Richard, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and more. Monday at 8:30pm.

Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel will have two NYE dinner seatings, with and without wine pairings. The first seating at 5:30pm will include a four-course tasting menu and the second seating at 8:30pm will include a six-course grand tasting menu complete with wine pairings and a Champagne toast. The first seating is $205 per person (wine pairings are an additional $175 per person) and the second seating is $575 per person (before service and tax fees). Call 831-624-8578 to reserve.

Carmel Valley

Bernardus Lodge hosts a delicious gourmet New Year’s Eve tasting menu to ring in 2019. Dine on a six-course meal with traditional favorites made with sustainably sourced, local and organic produce and naturally raised meats, as well as several special creations from Chef Cal Stamenov. Dinner will be served from 5:30pm-9:30pm and is $195 per person. Call 831-658-3400 to reserve.

Join Carmel Valley Ranch for a festive New Year's Eve Celebration! The Valley Kitchen offers two dinner seatings, 5:30pm and 7:30pm ,with festive menu creations while the Golf Clubhouse hosts a family-friendly New Year's Eve Party complete with a buffet dinner and dancing from 6:30pm-10pm. Call 831-626-2599 for reservations.


New Year's Eve isn't just for adults! MY Museum hosts a NOON Year's Eve Celebration complete with noisemakers, face painting and party hats. Call 831-649-6444 to reserve. 

Bring your kiddos to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a special New Year's Eve Sleepover. There will be a sparkling cider toast, photo booth, fun activities, special programs and more! $155 per person. 

Party like it's the 70's at the Portola Hotel & Spa during their groovy New Year's Eve bash. The party kicks off at 7:30pm with an incredible buffet dinner featuring Harris Ranch rib eye, seafood paella and more. Afterwards there will be live music from The Money Band, an open bar, champagne toast and a balloon drop at midnight. $160 in advance. For reservations call 831-649-4511.

TusCA Ristorante located at the Hyatt Regency Monterey serves their regular menu as well as a few specials on New Year's Eve from 5pm-9pm. There will also be live music in the adjacent Fireplace Lounge from 6pm-12:30am. For reservations call 831-657-6675.

The Sardine Factory offers a special four-course prix fixe NYE and New Year's menu featuring items like lobster bisque, filet mignon, lobster tail, rack of lamb and chocolate mousse. $82 per person. The Sardine Factory will also offer items from their regular menu. Call 831-373-3775 to reserve.

Just down Cannery Row, the C Restaurant + Bar at The InterContinental the Clement Monterey offers a delectable prix-fixe New Year's Eve dinner menu with a great ocean view. The multi-course dinner features dishes like black truffle risotto, Sonoma duck and cheesecake mousse. 5:30pm-10pm. $125 per person and $190 with champagne wine parings. Call 831-375-4800 to reserve.

Estéban restaurant at the historic Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa hosts a delicious New Year's Eve menu as well as regular menu items. The prix-fixe menu includes items like pumpkin bisque, braised beef shoulder, vegetable wellington and a dark chocolate tart. 5pm-9pm. $75 per person. For reservations call  831-324-6773.

Pacific Grove

Fandango Restaurant serves up a fabulous four-course holiday menu with entree options like prime rib, lobster tail, rack of lamb, salmon and sea scallops. Dinner will be served from 5pm-10pm. $65. Call 831-372-3456 to reserve.

Pebble Beach

Ring in the New Year at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach during their New Year's Eve Extravaganza themed "Masquerade Ball." Guests will enjoy live music, a casino, caricature artists, face painters, fabulous door prizes and much more. Guests must be 21 +, admission is $395 per person. The party beings at 8pm. Call 844-487-3390 for reservations.

Rio Grill's Resolution Run

Tuesday, January 1

Live up to your New Year's resolutions with a run to kick off the beginning of 2019 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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