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, Monterey State Historic Park to ring in 2017. Live music ranges from classical to Irish traditional to experimental hip-hop.

New Year's Eve Dinners & Events

Saturday, December 31


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. 5pm-11pm. For reservations call 831-624-2406.

Get your groove on at PacRep during the “Boogie Wonderland Tribute Concert” with the best disco tribute band on the Central Coast. 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. Saturday at 8:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $75.

Carmel Highlands

Pacific’s Edge Restaurant at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands offers an amazing five-course New Year's Eve menu complete with live music, party favors and a champagne toast. Dinner is served at 8pm. $130 per person. Call 831-622-5445 to reserve

Carmel Valley

Bernardus Lodge hosts a delicious gourmet New Year’s Eve tasting menu to ring in 2017. 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.


Celebrate the remnants of 2017 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. $150 for dinner, $35 for cover to the after-party. Click here for tickets.

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar at the 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. 4pm-10pm. $85 per person. Call 831-372-2628 for reservations.

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.

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 Serrano Ham and Basque Cioppino. Dinner will be served from 5pm-10pm. Call 831-324-6773 for reservations.

The Sardine Factory will have a special four-course prix fixe dinner menu on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Dinner begins at 5pm with entrée options like filet mignon, lobster tail and scallops. $75 per person. For reservations call 831-373-3775.

Have an unforgettable night on the waterfront with the C restaurant + bar and Veuve Clicquot. Ring in 2017 with a 4 course dinner, champagne flights and live music until midnight. $195 per person. For reservations call 831-375-4800.

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa offers a special holiday menu on New Year's Eve. Guests can enjoy a three course prix fixe dinner with or without wine pairings. $85 per person and $130 with wine pairing. Call 831-372-2628 for reservations.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Café Beach, overlooking the Monterey Bay. Enjoy a four course prix fixe menu highlighting rack of lamb, crusted bass and crème brulee. Dinner will be served 5pm-10pm for $69 per person. For reservations call 831-899-4544.

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 "Dancing Through the Decades." 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 866-826-6892 for reservations.


Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a five course dinner at 201 Main followed by an epic After Party hosted by Absolut Elyx and Avion Tequila. Dinner is served 6pm-8pm. Entry to the After Party is $30 in advance and $40 at the door.


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 $209.95 (with dinner); packages including a hotel room are also available. Click here for tickets or call 831-838-3006 to reserve.

Jacks Restaurant at the Portola Hotel & Spa is offering a New Year's Eve Surf n Turf special alongside their regular dinner menu. 5pm-10pm. $44.95 per person. For reservations call 831-649-7874.

Rio Grill's Resolution Run

Sunday, January 1

Live up to your New Year's resolutions with a run to kick off the beginning of 2017 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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