Posted: Tuesday, Dec 19th, 2023

By Visit Ventura

Ring in 2024: New Year’s Eve Parties and Events in Ventura

When the clock strikes midnight, you want to be surrounded by your friends, your family, and the people who mean the most to you. Starting the new year off right also means celebrating with the right vibes. Maybe your New Year’s Eve plans will entail sitting on your couch, having a quiet night in the corner of a cocktail bar, or maybe you’ll be in the center of a dance floor counting down with your friends. 

There’s a lot of different things you can do on New Year’s Eve but you’ll want to do something memorable. From free beachside parties to gourmet dinners and live performances, Ventura has something for everyone, whatever your vibe is. Here’s a roundup of some exciting New Year’s Eve parties and events in Ventura to check out:

1. Crowne Plaza New Year’s Eve Beach Party

Crowne plaza aqua bar

To start the list of fun New Year’s Eve parties and events in Ventura to check out, let’s start with Ventura’s iconic Crowne Plaza. The Crowne Plaza is hosting a free New Year’s Eve party on December 31th, from 8 PM to 12:30 AM, downstairs at the Aqua Beachfront Bar. With free admission and parking, this event promises a fantastic night with the backdrop of the ocean. Look up at the stars and listen to the waves lap on the shore as you dance the night away to live music by the sea in Ventura. The Colette Lovejoy Band and a DJ join forces to kick off your New Year celebrations in style. Or, head up to the stars at the Top of the Harbor for more fun and incredible views. Morie & the Heavy Hitters will be performing at the Top of the Harbor for New Year’s Eve from 9 PM to midnight.

2. Model Citizen’s Mid-Century Celebration

Model Citizen
Courtesy of Model Citizen

If you’re looking to celebrate the new year over a delicious meal with your friends, Model Citizen is offering a special celebratory menu inspired by mid-century American steakhouse classics. Reservations are highly recommended for this popular event, and with dishes that impressed last year’s attendees, it’s sure to be a hit again. Don’t miss out on this unique dining experience to welcome 2024.

3. Market By the Sea New Year’s Eve Jamboree

Market by the Sea
Photo by Market by the Sea

Ventura Locals and Honey Shine Calendula are teaming up to host the New Year’s Eve Jamboree at Crown Classics & Hot Rods on December 31st, from 12 PM to 5 PM. Enjoy a bigger venue with even more local vendors and businesses, making it the perfect spot to find unique treasures and welcome the new year with a festive spirit.

4. Rocks and Drams Farewell to 2023

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Rocks and Drams is bidding farewell to 2023 with a bang. Chef Palmer has prepared a mouthwatering 4-course dinner by reservation only. Then, get your dancing shoes on as DJ Darius plays all the jams to keep you moving all night long. With premium open bar service and a balloon drop at midnight, this promises to be a night to remember. This will be a New Year’s Eve party in Ventura you won’t want to miss.

5. Ventura Improv Company at Rubicon Theatre

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Next on the list of New Year’s Eve parties and events in Ventura you should check out is the Rubicon Theater! For a laughter-filled New Year’s Eve, head to Rubicon Theatre for the Ventura Improv Company’s celebration. Enjoy improvised music and comedy, a toast with bubbly, and hors d’oeuvres. The event ends by 10:30 PM, allowing you to continue the party at one of the local bars and venues in downtown Ventura. 

6. Poseidon Brewing Co’s East Coast New Year’s Eve Party

Poseidon Brewing Co

Poseidon Brewing Co. invites you to their East Coast New Year’s Eve celebration from 5 PM to 9 PM. With a cask tapping at 5 PM, live music with Vanise Terry Band, and the Passion Empanadas Food Truck, this promises to be a lively and delicious way to welcome 2024. Gather your friends to cheer to the new year with a pint from Poseidon!

7. The Greek’s Fancy Fare and Dancing

the greek performer

Experience a touch of Greece at The Greek’s New Year’s Eve celebration. With a multi-course gourmet steak and seafood plated dinner, dancing until 1:00 AM, and a waterfront heated enclosed patio, this event promises a festive atmosphere with complimentary photo booths, a champagne toast at midnight, and more. The Ventura Harbor Village is the perfect place to kick off the new year.

8. Ventura Music Hall’s NYE Celebration with The English Beat

ventura music hall

Head over to Ventura Music Hall for a night full of live music. The British band, the English Beat, has hits that infuse Latin, ska, pop, soul, reggae, and punk rock. Get ready to dance the night away! You can buy tickets here.

9. Vaquero y Mar’s Festive NYE Dinner Party

Join Vaquero y Mar for a special New Year’s Eve celebration offering dinner, a live band, and champagne. For those opting for no dinner, entry is available at $15. Experience the vibrant atmosphere, delicious food, and live entertainment at Vaquero y Mar as you welcome the new year.

10. Limon y Sal’s Double Delight

Limon y Sal

Limon y Sal is hosting a double delight New Year’s Eve party with a $20 cover that includes champagne. With two floors, two DJs, and two bars, Limon y Sal promises an energetic atmosphere and plenty of entertainment to keep the celebration going all night long.

No matter which event you choose, Ventura’s New Year’s Eve celebrations promise to be diverse, entertaining, and full of unforgettable moments. Start planning now for a memorable entry into 2024!

11. Bank of Italy Cocktail Trust Roaring 20s NYE Party

Ring in 2024: New Year's Eve Parties and Events in Ventura

Step back in time to the glamorous era of the Roaring 20s at the Bank of Italy Cocktail Trust’s New Year’s Eve party, one of the standout New Year’s Eve Parties and Events in Ventura. Embrace the spirit of the Jazz Age and dig out your flapper dresses and dapper suits. As the clock strikes midnight, cheer with your friends with a complimentary sparkling wine toast, marking the beginning of the new year in style. From the moment you step through the doors, the Bank of Italy Cocktail Trust promises an absolute blast. Get ready for an unforgettable night of dancing, laughter, and joy, surrounded by the allure of the Roaring 20s – a must-attend on the list of New Year’s Eve Parties and Events in Ventura.

12. Strange Beast’s Karaoke Party

New Year's Eve Parties and Events in Ventura: Strange Beast

Ring in the New Year with a musical extravaganza at Strange Beast’s NYE event – a Karaoke Party like no other! Hosted by KJ WAXDAD, the festivities kick off at 9 pm. Strange Beast adds its unique touch with the introduction of “kaiju bombs,” which blend their lager beer with their “mothra and rodan.” As the clock strikes midnight, cheers with a complementary sake, adding an extra touch of celebration to welcome the new year. Join the crowd, showcase your vocal talents, and raise a glass to a night filled with music, laughter, and vibrant energy.

13. New Year’s Eve at Bombay Bar & Grill

bombay bar and grill vintage ventura night life

Head over to Bombay Bar & Grill, one of the must-attend New Year’s Eve Parties and Events in Ventura. The festivities start at 5 pm with an electrifying rock show by the local recording studio, Table 17. The music continues until 8 pm, and the best part – it’s a free show! As the night unfolds, at 9 pm, Bombay Bar & Grill transforms with two stages and two DJs. Enjoy the beats from both the front and backstage and munch on late-night eats. As the clock strikes midnight, raise your glass for a complimentary champagne toast and experience a brand new AV show, complete with captivating visuals. All of this excitement is available for just a $5 cover charge, ensuring an affordable and memorable New Year’s Eve celebration at Bombay Bar & Grill.

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