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. Keep an eye on this page as we update it throughout December!

First Night Monterey

Saturday, 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 to ring in 2018. Live music ranges from classical to Irish traditional to experimental hip-hop.

New Year's Eve Dinners & Events

Sunday, December 31

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel will have two 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 $195 per person (wine pairings are an additional $150 per person) and the second seating is $375 per person. Call 831-624-8578 to reserve.

Get your groove on at PacRep during the Holiday Rock Tribute. Guests are encouraged to boogie in the aisles as the Golden Bough dances the night away to songs like YMCA, Stayin’ Alive, Play that Funky Music, I Will Survive and more. Sunday at 8:30pm. Tickets are $75.

Carmel Valley

Bernardus Lodge hosts a delicious gourmet New Year’s Eve tasting menu to ring in 2018. 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. Dinner will be served from 5:30pm-9:30pm and is $195 per person. Call 831-658-3400 to reserve.

Monterey

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. 

Bring your kiddos to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a special New Year's Eve Sleepover. There will be a sparkling cider toast, sundae bar, photo booth, fun activities, special programs and more! $125 per person. 

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. For reservations call 831-657-6675.

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 truffle risotto, filet mignon, Sonoma duck and brown butter cake. 5:30pm-10pm. $125 for adults, $190 with a Veuve Clicquot wine paring and $45 for children ages 5-12. Call 831-375-4800 to reserve.

Party like it's 1967 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 Pacific oysters, Harris Ranch prime rib, Wild King salmon and more. Afterwards there will live music from The Money Band, an open bar and a balloon drop at midnight. $150 per person. For reservations call 831-649-4511.

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 "Puttin' on the Ritz." Guests will enjoy dueling DJs, a casino, arcade games, psychics, 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

Monday, January 1

Live up to your New Year's resolutions with a run to kick off the beginning of 2018 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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