Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup New Years 2014

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for New Years 2014

Tournament of Roses
Dec. 28-Jan. 2. The world-famous Rose Parade in Pasadena features marching bands, equestrian units and an astonishing array of flower-bedecked floats; the Rose Bowl sees top college football teams go head to head at Rose Bowl Stadium, nearby the parade route. Dec. 28–Jan. 2. Float decorating, Bandfest, Equestfest, Rose Parade (Jan. 1, 8 am), Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, 2 pm). Free curbside viewing of parade on first-come, first-served basis; grandstand seats $50–$90 on Rose Bowl tickets start at $150 plus fees. Fees for other events vary. Rose Parade: Orange Grove, Colorado and Sierra Madre boulevards, Pasadena, 626.795.4171; Rose Bowl Stadium: Orange Grove Boulevard, Lida Street and Fair Oaks and Linda Vista avenues, Pasadena, 213.365.3675.

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New Years Eve in Grand Park
Dec. 31. The whole family is welcome to ring in the New Year at LA’s Grand Park. Find 3D projections covering 22 stories of City Hall, art installations, live feed of the Times Square Ball Drop, performances by dublab’s finest: DJ Seano & Daedelus, Versa –Style Dance Company and more, food trucks parked throughout the park, a cash bar and more. 6 p.m.-midnight. 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.8080.


sergio-mendezNew Years Eve with Sergio Mendes and Sheila E.
Dec. 31. Celebrate the New Year with the tropical samba grooves of Sergio Mendes and the feisty percussion pop of Sheila E., plus Brazilian dancers. Performances at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S Grand Ave., downtown.


Dec. 31. Expect an over-the-top spectacle of theatrical offerings, interactive rituals and dances spread across the evening at West Hollywood’s hottest new dance club/music venue/creative space. Tickets$125/each and includes a all night hosted premium bar and midnight Champagne toast; $150/pp includes expedited entry, neither line nor wait with a all night hosted premium bar and midnight Champagne toast; or opt for several private tables with VIP bottle service ranging from $1000 – $5000. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 7969 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood.


the-bazaar“Spanish Masquerade” at The Bazaar by José Andrés
Dec. 31. Bring your mask and join the 3rd-annual New Year’s Eve “Spanish Masquerade” at The Bazaar by José Andrés. Enjoy the property’s multiple dining areas and tray-passed tapas from 8-11 p.m. Ssip on cava and wine or choose your favorite specialty drink cocktail stations scattered throughout the restaurants. Cap the night off with desserts in the Patisserie from 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. and dance the night away with music by the house DJ. Tickets start at $250, but a limited number of advance-purchase tickets are available for $150 before Dec 26. VIP table packages are also available. SLS Hotel, 465 South La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.246.5555. Tickets


egyptian-theaterCleopatra’s Ball at Egyptian Theatre Courtyard
Dec. 31. Party all night in the heart of Hollywood at the historic Egyptian Theatre, with a premium open bar, two rooms of music, one outdoor courtyard and more at this 5th annual event. $75+. Egyptian Theatre Courtyard, 6714 Hollywood Blvd.


cashmere-gatsbyNew Years 2014 at Gatsby’s House
Dec. 31. Eastsiders and Westsiders unite at Hollywood’s latest mega-club for this Gatsby-themed affair. Some of LA’s top DJs perform live and revelers can enjoy a four-hour open bar and flapper party favors and more. Cashmere Nightclub, 1707 Mac Cadden Place, L.A.


hollywood-vipHollywood New Years Eve 2014 All Access Pass
Dec. 31. Why go to one New Years Eve party, when you can attend four of the best nightclub and New Years Events all along the World Famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. This is your all access ticket to Spice/Couture, Cashmere Nightclub, Egyptian Theatre, Playhouse, W Hollywood Rooftop, and a few other surprise locations where you’ll find top DJs, VIP open bars, and more.

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The Spice Table
Dec. 31. New Years Eve marks the last night of service from Bryant Ng’s beloved downtown restaurant. Make a reservation to savor all your favorites like beef rendang, kon loh mee, kaya toast and more. 114 S. Central Ave., downtown, 213.620.1840.


chayaCHAYA Restaurants
Dec. 31. No matter where you are in Los Angeles, celebrate New Years Eve in glamour at CHAYA in Beverly Hills, Venice and downtown Los Angeles. Each location will host an evening of exquisitely themed New Year’s Eve festivities including “Mascarade de la Pavan” at CHAYA Brasserie Beverly Hills, “Monte Carlo” at CHAYA downtown, and “Studio 54” at CHAYA Venice. Dine on CHAYA’s signature Euro Asian cuisine on menus overseen by executive corporate chef Shigefumi Tachibe. Expect an array of imaginative and superb dishes, live entertainment, and a midnight champagne toast unique to each establishment.


Dec. 31. Test your luck at blackjack and craps in Picca’s special 007 lounge, during their James Bond-themed New years Eve party. Dine on a special six-course menu featuring highlights like barley risotto, beer-braised prime short ribs and more, including a midnight toast. Open bar begins at 9 p.m., available to those with dinner reservations for $40, and to the public for $50, featuring James Bond-inspired cocktails, such as “Goldfinger,” “Octopussy,” and “Lady Luck.” First seating 6-6:30 p.m., $95/pp, second seating 8:30 p.m. $125/pp. 9575 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.277.0133.


stella-barra-mimosaPajama Brunch at Stella Barra
Jan. 1. After a night of partying, roll out of bed and head straight to Stella Barra (Hollywood or Santa Monica) for their 2nd annual New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch. Sip on $5 Bloody Marys and Mimosas in Santa Monica and $10 Bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas in Hollywood. All guests dining in their pajamas will receive a gift certificate equal to the price of their New Year’s Day meal (minus tax and gratuity). 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

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Peter and the Starcatcher
Through Jan. 12. See the origin-story musical based on the Disney-Hyperion novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson about Peter Pan’s introduction to Neverland. More than a hundred characters grace the stage in the epic story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved hero. (Photo by Jenny Anderson.) Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


christmas-carol-ctgA Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!
Through Dec. 29. Chicago improv group the Second City spoofs Charles Dickens’ holiday tale A Christmas Carol. A star-studded grab bag of special guests adds comic sparkle and a joyful surprise to each performance the lineup includes Casey Affleck, Matthew Modine, Rhea Perlman, among others. (Photo by Craig Schwartz.) Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.


brian-dennehyThe Steward of Christendom
Through Jan. 15. In the wake of Ireland’s bloody struggle for independence, Brian Dennehy plays a Roman Catholic former police officer in Dublin confined to a mental institution. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


the-lion-kingThe Lion King
Through Jan. 12. See the Disney classic brought to life on stage by award-winning director Julie Taymor and unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Academy Award-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.468.1770.