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The below events are from 2019.  We will post 2020 dates as soon as learn of updates.  Many events have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19.


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

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

Tuesday, 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 2020. Live music ranges from classical to Irish traditional to experimental hip-hop.

New Year's Eve Dinners & Events

Tuesday, December 31


Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel rings in the new decade with a strolling reception set in the roaring '20s. The night features incredible dishes prepared by the Michelin-starred culinary team which will be paired with sparkling and still wines specifically chosen by sommeliers. 7pm-1am. $725 per person. Call 831-624-8578 to reserve.

Carmel Valley

Bernardus Lodge hosts a delicious gourmet New Year’s Eve tasting menu to ring in 2020. 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 a festive a-la-carte menu complete with items like chestnut soup, New York steak and lobster. The Ranch also hosts a family-friendly New Year's Eve party complete with a buffet dinner, DJ dance party and wine-apple cider toast at 9pm. For reservations call 831-626-2599. 


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. $15 per person. 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! $165 per person. 

Party like it's the 80's at the Portola Hotel & Spa during their rockin' New Year's Eve bash. The party kicks off at 7:30pm with an incredible buffet dinner followed by live music from The Money Band, an open bar, champagne toast and a balloon drop at midnight. $130 in advance or $160 after 11/30. For reservations call 831-649-4511.

Bubbles anyone???  InterContinental The Clement Monterey, The C restaurant + bar will partner with Veuve Cliquot Champagne for a delicious and festive New Year's Eve celebration.  Live musical entertainment will be provided by John Sherry form 6-10pm. Price: $125 per person plus tax and 20% gratuity; $195 per person.  Please call (831) 373-4500 to make your reservations--the hotel operator will connect you with the C restaurant + bar

A Roaring 20's Night to Remember. Ring in 2020 with style on Cannery Row for our New Year's Eve Bash at Sly's Refueling Station. Tickets on sale NOW!  Each $50 ticket includes admission after 8:00pm, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, and special guests, Isaac and the Haze performing LIVE all night long. Tickets are limited and will sell out. Dinner is NOT included.A special New Year's menu is being designed by Chef Johnathan Duran. Dinner will be served from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. A la carte and Prix Fixe offerings will be posted shortly. Please contact us at with special requests or questions.

New Year’s Eve with the kids promises wholesome togetherness and fun especially if it includes spending time at Estéban Restaurant, located within walking distance of all of the festivities in downtown Monterey. It is the ideal spot to take a break, regroup, listen to live jazz, and enjoy a meal together with the entire family. Estéban Restaurant features a Tapas hour starting at 4:30 p.m. and serves dinner from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For reservations, call Estéban at 831-324-6773 or visit .  Raise a toast to 2020 with our special four-course Paella menu and live entertainment for $65.00++ per person. The four-course meal includes a glass of champagne, a Chef’s selection of Tapas, Octopus Chowder or Baby Winter Greens Salad, followed by a choice of one Paella entree, and finishes with a Spanish inspired house-made dessert of Hazelnut Chocolate Bar with house churned ice cream.

Pebble Beach 

Ring in the New Year at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach during their Centennial New Year’s Eve Gala. Guests will enjoy live music, a casino, psychics, caricature artists, fabulous door prizes and much more. Guests must be 21 +, admission is $395 per person. The party beings at 8pm. Call 800-877-0597 for reservations.


Join the busiest band in the Bay Area, The Alison Sharino Band at an elegant and fun New Year's Eve Dinner Dance at Embassy Suites Monterey Bay! From classic rock, soul to country this band does it all. 7:30pm-12am. Click here to reserve. 

Rio Grill's Resolution Run

Wednesday, January 1

Live up to your New Year's resolutions with a run to kick off the beginning of 2020 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 which begins at Rio Grill in Carmel, CA.

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