Ring in 2023 with live music, guided hikes and boozy brunches and dinners.
Still pinning down your New Year’s weekend plans? The Six Fifty has you covered with our running list of performances, parties, multicourse meals and other ways to celebrate the end of 2022 and kick off 2023.
New Year’s Eve parties and dinners
Tostadas Prime in Santa Clara is ringing in 2023 with a prix fixe menu, a live DJ, a fire performance, a balloon drop and a champagne toast at midnight. There’s an all-white dress code, and a $150 deposit per reservation is required. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Eataly in Santa Clara is celebrating the new year with a party at its rooftop restaurant Terra starting at 8:30 p.m. Expect a five-course curated Italian dinner with holiday cocktails, bubbly, a dance floor with a live DJ, a photo booth and a midnight toast. Tickets are $175 per person.
Ludwig’s Biergarten in Mountain View will enter the new year with Germany, serving to-be-announced drink and food specials starting at 2 p.m.
Roger Bar and Restaurant in Mountain View will be open from 5-10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, offering special menu items like crab raviolo and kusshi oysters in addition to their full dinner menu.
Stephens Green in Mountain View will host DJ Daniel Dominguez for its 21-and-over New Year’s Eve party. Drinks are $10 apiece and the entry fee is $20 per person.
Opal Social Club in Mountain View hosts a Great Gatsby-themed party with DJ Asthmatc, DJ GD and Jrome spinning hip-hop, Top 40 and R&B. There will also be party favors and a midnight balloon drop. Tickets start at $20 and doors open at 9 p.m.
Cubberley Ballroom in Palo Alto hosts a dance party open to all levels of dancers. No experience and no partner necessary. Beginning and intermediate lessons offered, followed by ballroom dancing. Hosted by DJ Samy and Judy. Proof of COVID vaccination requested. Lessons start at 8 p.m. followed by dancing at 9 p.m. Entry is $15 per person.
Zola and BarZola in Palo Alto are serving a New Year’s Eve dinner with scallops and gnocchi and two options apiece for dinner (filet de boeuf or striped bass) and dessert (chocolate mousse with passion fruit curd banana marmalade or tarte prunes pommes and Roquefort cheese). Reservations are required; $135 per person, with an optional wine pairing at an additional cost of $55 a person.
Join The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse in Palo Alto for a multicourse seafood dinner featuring poached lobster tail, grilled wagyu and black truffle ragout. Reservations are available from 5-9 p.m. at $210 per person.
Hilton Garden Inn Suites in Palo Alto hosts a party that kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with a cocktail mixer and features DJ Hotwire spinning hits of yesterday and today, plus a countdown, champagne toast, balloon drop and party favors. Tickets are $40 per person.
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley in East Palo Alto will serve a five-course tasting menu and a glass of champagne (plus a vegetarian menu) from 5-9:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Reservations are required and cost $180 per person ($250 with wine pairing).
Farmhouse Kitchen in Menlo Park is ringing in the new year with a Thai disco that includes live music, entertainment and a Thai street food cart.
Taurus Steakhouse in San Carlos is celebrating the grand opening of its nightclub with dancing, speciality drinks and bar bites. A DJ will play dance and EDM hits. Doors open at 10 p.m. with a $20 cover.
LV Mar in Redwood City will have a special night of Latin cuisine and cocktails starting at 9:30 p.m., with live music by DJ New, dancing and a champagne toast. VIP tables and $10 early bird tickets for the countdown and champagne toast only are also available.
The Society of Single Professionals hosts a party in Redwood City with dancing featuring DJ Darryl K, snacks, party favors, drawings and raffle prizes and a midnight champagne toast. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and tickets start at $50 per person.
Maya Nightclub in Redwood City will host male dancers, music and dancing and a balloon drop. Four people can get in for $250, which also includes a bottle of Titos or Casamigos and mixers. VIP tickets and bottle service are also being offered. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets start at $20.
Alhambra Irish House in Redwood City will kick off celebrations at 3 p.m. with the European New Year’s toast (followed by the Irish Guinness toast at 4 p.m.), and music with Neon Velvet in the afternoon and DJ Sosa kicking off a night of dancing at 10 p.m. A four-course menu will be served from 6-9 p.m. at $45 a person, with dishes including slow-roasted pork belly, Guinness chicken pasta and a chocolate torte. Stick around for the midnight champagne toast.
The Crowne Plaza in Foster City is offering a package for $349 per couple that includes dinner, DJ dancing, a champagne toast and balloon drop on New Year’s Eve with king deluxe room accommodations, plus a breakfast buffet New Year’s Day.
Kincaid’s in Burlingame is offering a three-course dinner for $65 per person. Diners get their choice of soup or salad, entrees like slow-roasted prime rib and fresh fish and a list of desserts that includes bread pudding and cheesecake.
The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame will have live salsa music and DJs playing Latin hits from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. Tickets start at $55 per person.
The Westin San Francisco Airport in Burlingame will have two rooms of music featuring Bay Area Latin DJs playing hip-hop, reggaeton, merengue, bachata, salsa and Top 40 music, plus party favors and a midnight balloon drop. Tickets start at $50 per person.
Navio at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay hosts an eight-course tasting menu spotlighting ingredients like white truffle shaved tableside and sturgeon caviar. Reservations are $395 per person excluding tax and gratuity.
New Year’s Day brunch
Quattro at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley in East Palo Alto is serving a New Year’s Day brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with your choice of appetizer and entree, a dessert buffet with a crepes station and a glass of mimosa for $90 per person. Reservations are required.
Left Bank in Menlo Park will serve its regular brunch menu and its all-day menus until 3 p.m., featuring dishes like duck confit hash, crab and spinach quiche and French toast.
Pinstripes in San Mateo hosts a brunch buffet with waffle, carving and omelet stations, chef’s specials, a sweets table and bottomless mimosas. Reservations are available 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $42 for adults and $15 for kids 6-12 years old (children 5 and under eat free).
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will serve brunch Jan. 1-2 with Dungeness crab omelets, huevos rancheros and other breakfast classics.
Navio at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay hosts an a la carte two-hour brunch Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 with holiday-inspired dishes and a personal tower of desserts. Reservations are $249 per person excluding tax and gratuity.
Other food-related events
Half Moon Bay Wine and Cheese hosts BubbleFest Friday, Dec. 30, from 1-5 p.m with over 20 bubblies from around the world accompanied by light bites. Online tickets are sold out, but you can purchase them at the door ($60 per person, $40 for members).
Tal Palo in Los Altos is hosting its first-ever Beer Dinner with two seatings at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30. Chef Gloria Domínguez, co-owner Adriana Domínguez-Porter’s mother, will prepare tortilla soup, empanadas with mole, chiles en nogada (stuffed chiles with a walnut-based cream sauce) and jericalla, a Mexican custard. The meal will be paired with beers from Sante Adarius, Rustic Ales, Side Project, deGarde and Brouwerij De Dolle. Tickets are required and cost $100 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Zola and BarZola in Palo Alto are serving Adams Hot Toddy during business hours Dec. 29 and chef Guillaume Bienaimé’s escargot dish that beat chef Alex Guarnaschelli on her Food Network show “Alex vs. America” Dec. 30.
Barterra Winery in Half Moon Bay hosts live local musicians Dec. 30-Jan. 1 with no cover charge. RSVPs appreciated but not required.
See elephant seals and their pups on a guided walk at Año Nuevo Coast Natural Preserve in Pescadero. Guided walks include a 3 to 4-mile moderate hike, rain or shine, and cost $7 plus a $4 reservation fee (children 4 and under are free). Online reservations are recommended, especially on weekends and holidays.
California State Parks is bringing back its annual First Day Hikes to celebrate the new year. At Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park in Half Moon Bay, a State Parks docent will lead a leisurely 2.5-mile hike along Mills Creek, teaching visitors about early local pioneers and farming families. A docent will also lead a 2-mile hike at McNee Ranch in Montara to view remnants of the Ocean Shore Railroad and bunkers from World War II, and a 1-mile guided walk around Pigeon Point Light Station Historic Park in Pescadero.
Join docent naturalists Stephen Buckhout and Lyle Rice for an educational 2-mile hike along the San Andreas Fault at Los Trancos Preserve in Los Altos at 1 p.m. Jan. 1 to examine remnants left by earthquakes and learn how to prepare for future ones.
Arts and cultural events
Join San Mateo County Libraries for Noon Year’s Storytime celebrations with food and crafts on Friday, Dec. 30, at the San Carlos, Half Moon Bay, Foster City, Pacifica Sharp Park and Belmont branches.
The inaugural Beach Break Film Festival in Half Moon Bay will be showing “Campesinos: America’s Unsung Heroes” at 6:30 p.m. (free) Dec. 29, followed by “We Were Hyphy” at 7 p.m. On Dec. 30, “Short Paradise: A Film About Climate Change” will precede the feature film, “The Comedy Club.” A Q&A with “Comedy Club” filmmakers and comedian W. Kamau Bell will follow. The festival concludes at 7 p.m. with the short “Time for Three” before “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song.” A closing night reception follows the film. Visit their website for complete ticket information.
Close out 2022 with the final performance of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s reimagined production of the cult classic B-movie musical “Little Shop of Horrors” at 2 p.m. Dec. 31 in Palo Alto, featuring an updated setting in San Francisco’s Chinatown that celebrates the cross-cultural community fostered there. Tickets start at $35 per person.
The Guild Theatre in Menlo Park rings in its first New Year’s Eve as a live music venue with Grammy Award-winning blues, R&B and roots singer-songwriter Fantastic Negrito and psychedelic soul band Monophonics. The Guild also offers a livestream of the show. Doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $80-$120 in person or $15 for the livestream.
Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings present their annual New Year’s Eve party at Club Fox in Redwood City. Tickets ($75 per person) include party favors and midnight toast.
The Peninsula Folk Dance Council hosts the Lucy Chang Memorial NYE Folk Dance Party at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, featuring a potluck and dancing. Proof of COVID vaccination requested. Admission is $5 per person.
The New Year’s Gala at 3 p.m. on Jan. 1 in Mountain View will celebrate the 18-year anniversary of New Century Dance School with a performance of classical Chinese dance and ballet. Tickets are $30 per adult, $27 per person 21 and under and $25 per child 12 and under.