New Year’s Weekend

12/30/2016

Polar Bear Skate: Los Angeles Edition at Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square presented by Bai
Why wouldn’t Angelenos want to bring in the New Year in beach attire?! Putting its own spin on Canada’s “Polar Bear Plunge,” the rink invites you to grab your sunglasses and swimsuit to “dive in,” for the City’s most exciting New Year’s Day Pershing Square tradition. Skaters of all ages are invited to dress in beach attire and skate to the beat of DJ HowLy’s tunes for an invigorating welcome to 2017. $1000 in cash prizes will be awarded for theme, originality and overall appearance. Spectators pick the winners! Polar Bear Skate is part of the rink’s roster of special events, which included December’s Silent Night Skate Parties as well as upcoming DJ Spotlights on January 5th & 12th and Learn to Curl session on January 8. Sunday, 2:30-3:30 pm; 532 S. Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Grand Park + The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A.
This evening features food vendors, artistic projections, musical performances by Jungle Fire, QVLN, Afrodyete, and Lyric Jones, among others, a photo booth, and inflatable art. Saturday, 8 pm-1 am; Grand Park, 200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213.972.8080; The Music Center Plaza, 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213.972.7211

Prohibition NYE
Union Station travels back in time to the Roaring ‘20s at this New Year’s Eve party, complete with burlesque, live jazz, DJs, a dance floor and a premium open bar. Saturday; Los Angeles Union Station, 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA

Pink Martini
Ring in 2017 with Pink Martini! It’s a fusion of Brazilian samba, ’30s Cuban dance and Parisian café music, all at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Saturday, 7 pm, 10:30 pm; 111 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA; 213.850.2000

Queen Mary‘s NYE Celebrations
Toast to 2017 aboard the Queen Mary and ring in the new year with a night of food, drinks and entertainment inspired by Hollywood’s most iconic films. The ship’s decks, ballrooms and salons will have entertainment from Dirty Dancing, Urban Cowboy, Goldfinger, Avatar and more. The grand finale includes a fireworks display. Reservations for dining at Queen Mary’s restaurants are required. $99-$199; Saturday, 7:30 pm-1 am; 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA; 877.342.0752

2nd Annual pARTy the Night Away New Year’s Eve Bash + Fundraiser
The Riverside Art Museum’s fundraiser features music by DJ Mental Physix, casino play night, refreshments, and an art projection countdown. $72–$85; Saturday, 9 pm–12:30 am; Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501; 951.684.7111

New Year’s Eve at Burton Chase Park
Have a simple, easy night in Marina del Rey while ringing in the New Year. Hit the harbor at 7 pm to catch a live stream of the New York ball-drop, followed immediately by a 10 minute fireworks show. Plus, at midnight there’s another countdown and another fireworks show. Saturday; 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292; 310.305.9595

Peking Duck at Little Fatty
Have a quiet NYE at Little Fatty in Mar Vista. Feast on half a roasted Peking duck. Plus, you can add some extra side dishes. $25; Saturday; 3809 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066; 310.574.7610

La Descarga‘s New Year’s Eve in Havana
Celebrate a New Year’s Eve in Havana. The event features performances from Cuban showgirls, live music, “Cabaret Tropicana” and performances. Also enjoy an open bar, which includes all cocktails, bottomless Champagne and tacos. $150; Saturday, 9 pm-2 am; 1159 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA; 323.466.1324; Reserve here: reservations@ladescarga.com

71Above‘s NYE Party
Celebrate New Year’s Eve above DTLA. The party has free flowing Billecart-Salmon Champagne, a complimentary selection of red and white wines, tray passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations. $250; Saturday; U.S. Bank Tower, 633 W 5th St., 71st fl, Los Angeles, CA; 213.712.2683

Kali‘s NYE
Usher in 2017 at one of the best new restaurants of 2016. Highlights of the five-course tasting menu include sea urchin with crispy polenta, tuna with arugula and black olive and almond-aged ribeye. $85; Saturday; 5722 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA; 323.871.4160

Petrossian‘s NYE
No New Year’s celebration is complete without Champagne and caviar and the West Hollywood spot has them both. Celebrate over a three-course menu that kicks off with a caviar flight with Champagne and continues with highlights like tuna toro sashimi with cucumber ponzu, black truffle risotto and Maine lobster tail a la nage. The meal will be accompanied by a live classical string duo. $275; Saturday; 321 N. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA; 310.271.6300

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128th Rose Parade
For more than a century, people have been welcoming the new year with the Tournament of Roses’ iconic Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena. The 128th Rose Parade features floral floats, marching bands, and equestrian units for five miles down Colorado Boulevard. This year, catch the new 24 Hour Fitness 55- foot long float. The “Do More with Your 24” TM float will represent the endless ways 24 Hour Fitness helps people succeed at living their best lives each day, and will feature towering athletic figures as well as live team members performing a coordinated fitness routine as the float travels the parade route. Olympic Gold Medalist Conor Dwyer, one of five Olympic and Paralympic athletes that 24 Hour Fitness sponsored in 2016, will appear on the float. Monday, 8 am; Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103

Watch the Rose Bowl at The Morrison
They are extending their weekend brunch through Monday and opening early to broadcast the Rose Bowl Parade & Rose Bowl football game live. All Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas and 40 draft beer on tap are only $5 all day, along their regular menu. Monday, 10 am-3 pm; 3179 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90039

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