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Photograph: Courtesy Grand Park/The Music Center

New Year’s Eve events in Los Angeles

Ring in 2021 with the best New Year's Eve events in Los Angeles, from a virtual party to a drive-in concert

By Michael Juliano
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Need help figuring out what to do for New Year’s? The bad news: The regular contenders (whether New Year’s Eve parties or fireworks or even ice skating) are off the table this year. But we’ve still found a couple of ways to have fun. Sure, they’re mostly enjoyed from your couch or your car, but that about sums up 2020 in L.A., right? Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best New Year’s Eve events in L.A., including a virtual party streamed from DTLA, a drive-in concert in the Inland Empire and a couple of other festive ways to ring in 2021.

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New Year’s Eve events in Los Angeles

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Photograph: Courtesy Grand Park/The Music Center

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Things to do Performances

There won’t be an in-person party this year, but Grand Park is still hosting a free sendoff to the year with this virtual New Year’s Eve event. Steve Aoki headlines an evening of performances, both from the park and recorded off-site, that includes artists from his local Latin music label, Dim Mak En Fuego, including AQUIHAYAQUIHAY, Andrekza and BIA, plus in-between-sets mixes from 2DEEP. And the annual countdown on City Hall will carry on in digital form thanks to a 3-D recreation on the stream.

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Park ‘N Rave Concert Series

Music Dance and electronic

Roll up to a till midnight rave at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino during this drive-in concert series from Insomniac Events, the folks behind EDC and Beyond Wonderland. For New Year’s Eve, they have a particularly big one planned with two sets from deadmau5. 

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South Coast Botanic Garden’s GLOW
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South Coast Botanic Garden’s GLOW

Things to do

Take a twinkly walk through South Coast Botanic Garden during this inaugural illuminated, after-hours installation. You won’t be able to stay quite late enough to ring in 2021, but it’s one of the few places you can safely explore outdoors on New Year’s Eve.

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