New Year’s Eve in Santa Barbara is filled with countless events and activities to bid farewell to 2019 and welcome 2020 with open arms. During this special night we raise our glasses and toast to a year well-spent and to the year ahead.
Put on your sparkly attire, let the Champagne flow and get ready to boogie the night away. There’s not a moment to be missed. Here is your complete guide to New Year’s Eve events in Santa Barbara.
Be sure to check back as more events will be added as details become available.
Shows & Performances
New Year’s Eve Pops
Join the city’s most festive New Year’s Eve celebration! Presented by the Santa Barbara Symphony, the always-entertaining Bob Bernhardt will conduct a rousing program celebrating the music of Carole King, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and more. Learn More
Cost: $47 – $161/person
Dante Elephante and Clean Spill at SOhO
If you are a fan of Santa Barbara’s music scene, look no further than SOhO Restaurant & Music Club to ring in 2020! Santa Barbara’s top indie rock bands will perform including Dante Elephante and Clean Spill, plus special guests Queen Tide. Wind down the year while enjoying a beverage at this legendary club. In addition to power hour drink specials, SOhO’s serving tacos all night long! Learn More
Cost: $25 to $40
Still Water Sound at Night Lizard Brewing Company
Head to Night Lizard Brewing Company on State Street this New Years Eve from 9 p.m. to midnight for a special performance and new music from local band Stillwater Sound. Enjoy craft beer and captivating melodies while “two acoustic guitars pulsate with enveloping energy shaped by mystical auras and soothing soundscapes.” Learn More
Cost: Admission is free
Comedy Hideaway NYE Show with Dennis Blair
Comedy Hideaway is hosting its 8th annual NYE Show at The New Vic Theatre with Emmy Award-winning headliner Dennis Blair. Dennis has had multiple “The Tonight Show” appearances in his career and has toured with comedy legends Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers. He was George Carlin’s exclusive opening act for 20 years. There will be two showtimes (7 p.m. and 10 p.m.), with drinks and food available in the lobby. The later show will also feature a Champagne toast and an on-stage midnight countdown celebration. Learn More
Cost: Pre-sale General Admission $30/person; pre-sale VIP Ticket $60/person (with a pre-show back-stage VIP area, priority check-in and seating and more). Prices do not include alcohol.
Food & Drink
New Year’s Eve at Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara
Ring in the new year like its 1927 (the actual year the hotel was built) at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Dress Gatsby-style for a 1920s themed welcome reception and buffet dinner at Bella Vista. Afterward, dance the night away to a four-piece band. Learn More
Cost: $295/person, Guests are required to be 21 years or older.
Belmond El Encanto’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
As Santa Barbara sparkles with a festive glow, join Belmond El Encanto for a glamorous New Year’s Eve celebration. Welcome in the new year at this hilltop hideaway with the tinkling sounds of Champagne flutes and live jazz. Sitdown in The Dining Room for a special New Years’ Eve menu by Executive Chef Johan Denizot. The restaurant will offer two seatings (5 p.m. and 9 p.m.). Learn More
Cost: $125/person for the 5 p.m. seating; $180/person for the 9 p.m. seating
NYE 2020: A Night of Irreverent Indulgences
Celebrate the new year with a truly profound wining and dining experience. This New Years Eve event presented by the Coterie Club and Satellite Santa Barbara promises to be “the most indulgent, entertaining and positively gluttonous party” in Santa Barbara. With endless natural wine, a beautiful Coterie Club buffet and live entertainment all night, there is simply no better way to ring in the new year. The event location is included with the purchase of ticket and disclosed one week prior to the event. Formal Attire Required. Celebratory cigar service will be available. Learn More
New Year’s Eve at The Set
Savor a delicious three-course New Years Eve dinner at The Set at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Reservations recommended, please call (805) 884-8535. Learn More
New Year’s Eve at opal restaurant and bar
Situated in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, opal restaurant & bar is thrilled to offer exquisite four-course dinners to patrons celebrating New Year’s Eve. All seatings include dinner, one glass of Michel Olivier Blanc De Blanc Cremant Sparkling, the chance to win opal restaurant and bar gift cards and takeaways. Later seatings will include noisemakers and party hats with live band “Donna Greene & The Roadhouse Daddies” performing. Learn More
Cost: $80-$115/person (varies by seating time/menu offering)
New Year’s Eve at The Lark
Celebrate Santa Barbara and the ringing-in of 2020 at The Lark. In addition to the daily à la carte menu, Executive Chef Jason Paluska has curated the perfect New Year’s Eve menu to wrap up the last night of 2019. Feast on Humboldt Kumamoto oysters, smoked California lamb belly and hand rolled agnolotti “carbonara” among other tantalizing dishes. Finish off the meal with chestnut mousse profiteroles. Dishes are designed for sharing and are complemented by a stellar wine list curated by Wine Director Hayden Felice with excellent choices for New Year’s Eve revelers. Expect extraordinary hand-crafted cocktails perfect for the occasion created by The Lark’s talented bar team.
Cost: Varies by menu choice; Reservations are recommended and dinner seating will be 5 to 10:45 p.m.
New Year’s Eve at Loquita
Decked out for the New Year’s celebration, Loquita’s vibrant dining room, bar and patio – warmed by the glow of a fire – creates a festive setting to ring in 2020 with speciality dishes by Chef Peter Lee and his team. In addition to the daily à la carte menu, specials include pastel de langosta (maine lobster, winter vegetables, cognac cream) and pit d’ànec (maple leaf duck breast and leg confit, feuille de brick, celery root puree, figs).
Cost: Varies by menu choice; Reservations are recommended and dinner seating will be 5 to 10:30 p.m.
Oppi’z Roaring ’20s New Years Eve
OPPI’Z is a new State Street “modern, nonconventional healthy food concept rooted in the tradition of the Italian cuisine and the “slow-food” manifesto.” Owner/chef Guido Oppizzi invites patrons to a roaring ‘20s New Years Eve party with a special five-course dinner including dishes like winter squash ravioli, grilled salmon or short ribs with polenta and decadent desserts. Each dish has a suggested wine pairing. Reservations required. Learn More
DJ Party Proper at Pearl Social
Enjoy a social and lively New Years Eve at Pearl Social, a new intimate cocktail bar and dining destination by Acme Hospitality in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone neighborhood. Ring in the New Year with handcrafted artisanal cocktails, gourmet snacks by Chef Jason Paluska and music by DJ Party Proper! Learn More
Cost: Admission is free
New Year’s Eve at Angel Oak at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
Overlooking sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, dine at Angel Oak at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara this New Year’s Eve. With exceptional service and gastronomic cuisine, enjoy a menu including delicious butter-poached Alaskan king crab, beef wellington with truffle duxelle and more. There will be two seatings (5 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m.). Guests who dine at Angel Oak will receive special access to the resorts exclusive New Year’s Eve celebration in the Rotunda for a preferred entry price. Learn More
Cost: $195/person plus tax and gratuity, including a Champagne toast; Guests who dine at Angel Oak will receive special access to the resorts exclusive New Year’s Eve celebration in the Rotunda for a preferred entry price of $100/person.
New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
Ring in 2020 at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara in legendary style with an over-the-top bash in the resorts picturesque Rotunda. Food is available for purchase, including petite beef wellington and duck confit spring rolls. An open bar and entertainment will complete the evening as one to remember! Learn More
Cost: Prices starting at $150, included open bar. Bottle Service available.
New Year’s Eve at Caruso’s at Rosewood Miramar Beach
A special menu created by Chef Massimo Falsini of Caruso’s at Rosewood Miramar Beach will ensure that your final meal of 2019 is among the most memorable. An exclusive affair, the prix-fixe menu presents decadent dishes with highlights including local sea urchin cromesquis, striped bass tartare, Santa Barbara spiny lobster and snake wagyu New York strip. Those who stay until the clock strikes twelve can partake in a Champagne toast to ring in the new year. The restaurant will offer two seatings (5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m) and options for a four-course or five course menu depending on you seating time. Learn More
Cost: $245 – $420 per adult; $65 per child (ages four to 12); children under four dine complimentary; The 5:30 p.m. seating is open to all ages and the 8:30 p.m. seating is open to guests 21 and over.
New Year’s Eve at The Manor Bar at Rosewood Miramar Beach
Ring in the new year at The Manor Bar at Rosewood Miramar Beach. Bathed in candlelight, the sophisticated establishment will host an adults-only ticketed evening of elegant revelries featuring live music and dancing. A menu of light bites, such as cheese and house-made charcuterie boards and chips and salsa, will be offered until 11 p.m., followed by complimentary canapés as the clock counts down to a champagne toast at midnight. Learn More
Brew Year’s Eve Santa Barbara at the Veterans Memorial Building
If you prefer craft beer and cocktails to Champagne, look no further than Brew Year’s Eve at the Santa Barbara Veterans Memorial Building. Sample craft beer from over 10 breweries with wine, margaritas and cocktails served too. Brew Year’s Eve is the ultimate dance party featuring live entertainment from DJ Hecktik and The New Vibe Band. Take advantage of the Brew Bus, offering safe rides to and from the event with pick-up locations in Carpinteria, Goleta and Santa Barbara. Learn More
Cost: $90/person including alcohol; $1,600 VIP Private Cabanas available for seating up to 10 people.
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY
New Year’s Eve Countdown at Hotel Californian
With views of the Funk Zone and surrounding downtown Santa Barbara, the rooftop at Hotel Californian sets the scene for a New Year’s Eve full of glitz and glamour. There will be DJ sets by Party Proper Productions and Crush Club, and a special LIVE performance by Crush Club to countdown to midnight! Learn More
Cost: $30 Party Admission, $50 Veuve Clicquot VIP Lounge and Admission
New Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Chumash Casino
Ring in the New Year with live entertainment in the Samala Showroom at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez. Shake it on the dance floor with a disco party by The Boogie Knights, complete with choreography, polyester and bell bottoms. Take it back to the 80s “Revenge of the Nerds” style with a performance by The Spazmatics. Learn More
“The Roaring 2020s” New Year’s Eve at EOS Lounge
Hit the dance floor for a “Roaring 2020’s” New Year’s Eve party. EOS Lounge is Santa Barbara’s premier nightclub and lounge, featuring three bars, two dance floors, an outdoor patio, fireplace and exclusive VIP booths. Doors open at 9 p.m. Learn More
Cost: $10 to $20/person; Must be over the age of 21 to attend.
Sandbar New Year’s Eve 2020 House Party
Celebrate a new decade with your friends at the Sandbar New Year’s Eve 2020 House Party. The night will kick-off with a two-hour open bar from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m and the patio will be open for those who want to mingle under the night sky. Stay for a Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. There will be 10 Premium VIP bottle service tables available. Learn More
Cost: $40/person. Must be over the age of 21 to attend.
Baja Sharkeez New Year’s Eve 2020 Endless Summer Beach Party
Spend the last night of 2019 at Baja Sharkeez 2020 Endless Summer NYE Beach Party, with an open bar from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Instagram your moves on the dance floor with a DJ entertaining all night long. Ring in 2020 with complimentary party favors, a Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. There will be 10 Premium VIP bottle service tables available. Learn More
Cost: $40/person. Must be over the age of 21 to attend.
Matrix NYE 2020
The Matrix Nightclub & Lounge will bring in the new year with “the best party and best music in Santa Barbara” including main floor entertainment by M*A*S*H, Katashtrophy, MattyMatt, Alex Barajas and DJ Last Night. On the 3rd floor, dance to latin party music by DJ Prince. Admission includes a complimentary Champagne toast, balloon drop and the most exciting countdown of all time at Midnight! (VIP reservations are also available.) Learn More
Cost: $20 early bird before Dec. 20. Must be over the age of 21 to attend.
NYE 2020 at Wildcat Lounge
The 2020 celebration at Wildcat Lounge, a longtime nightlife institution in Santa Barbara, will include a countdown with a balloon drop, a complimentary toast at midnight, party favors and the best dance music all night long. In addition, The Bobcat Room, an intimate cocktail lounge located within the club, will feature a menu of craft cocktails made with local and seasonal ingredients. (Limited tickets and tables are available.) One of the best ways to celebrate in true “kitty” style is to purchase a VIP experience that includes VIP entry, a table for the night, a premium liter size bottle of your choice, mixers and bottle of bubbly. (Prices vary on group size and club location.) Learn More
Cost: $25/person General Admission; Must be over the age of 21 to attend.
Ignite 2020 – New Year’s Eve Dance at Yoga Soup
Celebrate this New Year’s Eve in conscious dance and ritual, lovingly releasing the past year and moving into limitless possibility and creativity at Yoga Soup. Come dressed to move as the intention you are planting from abundance, love, peace to more free time, authenticity or commitment to health. Held by the safe and spacious container of the 5Rhythms® movement practice, this event is open to all levels of experience and abilities and is intoxicant-free. Deliciously eclectic music takes you on a deep transformational journey. Learn More
Cost: $40 to $50/person
Noon Year’s Eve at MOXI
Kick off your New Year’s festivities early with a family-friendly “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration for all ages at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. Explore all MOXI has to offer with themed activities, a rooftop DJ dance party and a countdown to the New Year, complete with confetti, noisemakers and other surprises! There will be two sessions (including a morning and afternoon session) for the whole family to celebrate. Learn More
Cost: Children (Age 2 and under) Free; Children (Age 3 to 17) $15; Adults (Age 18+) $19; MOXI members receive discounted pricing.
20/20 Vision – A NYE Soiree at Glenn Dallas Gallery
Artfully kick-off the New Year at a “20/20 Creative Soiree” at Glenn Dallas Gallery. The gathering begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be a night to remember with music, interactive surprises, intuitive readings, appetizers and curated cocktails. There will be an east coast toast and countdown at 9 p.m. for guests. Futuristic costumes are encouraged and rewarded with prizes. Learn More
Cost: $15 in advance; $25 the day of the event
New Year’s Eve at Zodo’s Bowling & Beyond
Eat, drink, play and bowl! There’s fun for everybody at Zodo’s Bowling & Beyond this New Year’s Eve. Three fun-filled sessions are open to all ages — come early or stay all the way until closing! All sessions include two hours of bowling and shoe rental, lane service with party favors, a medium cheese pizza and soft drinks for up to six bowlers per lane. Bubbly and sparkling cider are available for your New Year’s Eve toast. Learn More
Cost: $175 to $250 per lane
NEW YEARS DAY
New Year’s Day Silent Disco Beach Yoga & Dance Celebration
Move, stretch, dance and set positive intentions for 2020 with Divinitree and Yoga Dance Magic. On New Year’s Day enjoy silent disco yoga (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) at Leadbetter Beach led by Divinitree’s Emma Davis. This will be a flow yoga class mixed with free form, non-choreographed dancing on the beach to awesome tunes. All levels are welcome! Bring a picnic lunch for afterwards and spend the day at the beach in community.
Cost: $25/person or $30/person the day of the event. Note: Please dress in warm layers and bring a beach towel in lieu of a yoga mat.