This weekend is about ringing in the new year, and the peninsula has plenty in store. Whether you're still looking for an event on Saturday night or you want to keep the fun going before and after planned festivities, there's a lot going on. 

Boogie Wonderland Tribute Concert

Thursday, December 29, 7:30pm

Golden Bough Theater

$8-$42, $75 NYE showing

Start ringing in the new year with this musical performance put on by PacRep Theater. Audience participation is encouraged, with sing-along hits from artists like ABBA and Donna Summers. The show opens on Thursday and runs through January 8, with matinee performances on Sundays. The New Year’s Eve show will also feature dancing, desserts, and drinks. 

Pre-New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

Friday, December 30, 3-5pm

Scholze Park


Join neighbors and friends for an early New Year’s celebration on Friday in Scholze Park. Finger food and music will accompany the festivities, and a clear weather forecast will likely mean a beautiful sunset. 

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Holiday Jazz Sessions

Friday, December 30 to Sunday, January 1

Hyatt Regency


Pete Lips Jazz Band, Mike Lent, David Morewood, and more will be on at the Hyatt this weekend for a series of shows to celebrate the holidays. Stop by the Fireplace Lounge each night at 5 or wake up for jazz brunch on Sunday morning, served from 10am to 2pm. 

First Night Monterey

Saturday, December 31, 3pm - 12am

Downtown Monterey


First Night Monterey is a well-known tradition in the area and it’s one you won’t want to miss. For 24 years, the celebration has been bringing together area families and supporting the arts. Musicians, singers, dancers, and more will be performing throughout the evening, and local shops and vendors will be open for food and shopping. Stop by for part of your evening or make it the main event - it’s a great way to share in the new year with your neighbors. 

Burning Bowl Ceremony

Saturday, December 31, 5-6:30pm

Center for Spiritual Awakening

The community is invited to gather and chant, meditate, and find a sense of release for the new year with the Center for Spiritual Awakening. Light refreshments will be available after the ceremony. 

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Seashore Sleepover at the Aquarium

Saturday, December 31, at 6pm to Sunday, January 1 at 8:30am

Monterey Bay Aquarium

$125 non-members/$100 members

Hang out with your favorite aquatic friends at this family-friendly event, featuring photo booths, sundae bar, and a countdown to the new year on Eastern Standard Time so that kids can get to bed. Snacks, beer, and wine will be available for purchase. Your ticket also gets you admission to the aquarium on January 1 - a great way to start off the year. All participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Bubbles and Brews

Saturday, December 31, 6:30pm

Alvarado Street Brewing Company

$40 afterparty, $150 dinner and afterparty

Along with a five-course meal, midnight toast, and DJing by DNA, this party features the traditional bubbly as well as tastings of the local brewery’s new projects. Dance inside or head out to the beer garden for a silent disco, and eat and drink to your heart’s content. 

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New Year’s Eve in White

Saturday, December 31, 9pm

Hotel 1110


Celebrate on the hotel’s rooftop with a champagne fountain, tarot readings, DJs, belly dancers, and celebrity chefs. Dancing and revelry are sure to be in store here. 

Rio Grill’s Resolution Run

Sunday, January 1, 9am

Rio Grill, Carmel


Start the new year off on the right foot with a 5k or a 10k through Carmel. What could be better than a run or walk through beautiful Carmel on the first day of the year? Some might say sleeping in, but a healthy start will keep you feeling good well into 2017. 

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Mince Pies and Pannetone Concert

Sunday, January 1, 3pm

Carl Cherry Center for the Arts


Listen to 17th century Baroque masterpieces to soothe your spirit on Sunday. This year’s show features works by Hume, Lawes, Vitali, and Marini on harpsichord, viola de gamba, and violin.