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What Are You Doing for New Year’s Eve? Seven Ideas for Celebrating in the Bay

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It’s always tough to decide what to do on the final night of the year. Below, we’ve made it easier for you to make a choice.

1.  Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. Early Bird New Year’s Eve Party

One of the benefits of living on the West Coast is that you can watch the ball drop on the East Coast before reasonable bedtime. Bring the whole family to the Early Bird Party at Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. and eat, listen to music and New Years it up, all before 9pm.

2.  The Fresh & Onlys at The Chapel in San Francisco

If you want to see some great music and enjoy a little of the craziness that is New Year’s Eve in the Mission, this show might be just the ticket. The Chapel is the new venue on Valencia Street that everyone has been talking about since September and this show is full of the perfect awesome rock and roll to help you ring in 2013.

3.  Erykah Badu at the Fox Theater in Oakland

Maybe you want your New Year’s Eve show a little more dramatic? There is no way Erykah Badu at the Fox won’t be amazing. Besides the fact that the Fox is one of the most beautiful venues in the Bay, Erykah Badu has literally never disappointed anyone?

4.  New Year’s Eve at Laughing Lotus in San Francisco

For some people, New Year’s Eve is a panic-inducing event that will never live up to expectations and generally ends in some sort of humiliation. Want to avoid over-drinking to cover up your anxiety and then watching someone else kiss your ex-boyfriend at midnight? How about yoga, chanting, music and dancing at Laughing Lotus? Get some exercise, get some perspective, get some community and wake up in the morning with a good attitude.

5.  Noon Year’s Eve at the Bay Discovery Museum in Sausalito

If you want to make sure your kids get a good dose of New Year’s Eve countdown-ing but don’t want that to get in the way of your more adult nighttime plans, take them to Noon Year’s Eve and let them countdown to noon instead! There’s even a special noontime ball drop.

6.  Hot Buttered Rum and Family

What would Bay Area New Year’s Eve be without some bluegrass? Everyone’s favorite, Hot Buttered Rum will keep you dancing all the way into 2013.

7.  Winter Wonderland in Downtown San Jose

Here’s a way to make New Year’s Eve live up to expectations: carnival rides and ice skating! Bring the whole family to downtown San Jose for an active and exciting and affordable kid-friendly New Years Eve.

– By Lizzy Acker

 

 

 

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