Bring on the New Year


It seems like two of the most popular New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions are as follows: Going to a party and drinking champagne (and then starting the next 12 months with a bad hangover), and then making resolutions to lose weight (and then completely forgetting them by the time Sacramento Bacon Fest rolls around). In some ways it seems excessive that a party is thrown in honor of the simple turning of a page on a calendar; after all, it’s just another year. Nevertheless, Sacramento’s going all out with parties, celebrations and even yoga. Here’s a quick rundown of some New Year’s-related events happening this year:

Obviously, there’s a lot of New Year’s Eve clubbing. TBD Fest is throwing a huge, highly anticipated block party called TBDNYE ( with performances by A-Trak, Gigamesh, Oliver, Sister Crayon and more. Venerable dance night Lipstick returns for a party at Old Ironsides featuring Sunmonks and deejays Shaun Slaughter, Roger Carpio and Adam Jay. And District 30 ( is hosting a party billed as “an evening of sensory fulfillment,” featuring a DJ from Reno who goes by the moniker Well Groomed. 

In other annual happenings, the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau is putting on what its calling the 15th Annual New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular ( in the Old Sacramento area. It features kids stuff like face painting and games, live music from Superlicious and the Madison Hudson Band and fireworks shows at 9 p.m. and midnight.

Then there’s the stuff for those looking to get a jump on building a better body: New Year’s Eve yoga at Zuda Yoga ( and Ahmbiance (; and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day walks with the Sacramento Walking Sticks (

There are also plenty of local cover bands playing at local hotels, so Google those if that’s your jam. And for more live music options, click here (or here).

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