Now, there’s nothing wrong with staying in on New Year’s Eve, or hanging out with a small group of friends, but sometimes it’s fun to get out and celebrate the New Year with a crowd of revelers. There are LOTS of options around town, some including prizes, a midnight toast and some all-ages events for the whole family. Nicely, Oakland will be extending the free Broadway shuttle service, so there are even more options about how to get home if you’ve partaken in some festive bubbles. Here’s a list of music and more happening as the calendar turns from 2014 to 2015.

Music celebrations:

Haywyre + Freddy Todd + Kool A.D. + BOATS + Intellitard + Humpfree Lowgart + Krakinov — The New Parish, $27

Con Funk Shun — Yoshi’s, $69 for 8 p.m. show, $99 for New Year’s Eve countdown (includes champagne toast and party favors)

Kenny Washington + Frank Jackson + Al Obidinski  & Vince Lateano — Sound Room, $75 (includes appetizers, dinner and champagne toast)

Hot Buttered Rum + James Nash — Leo’s Music Club, $35

Foreign Legion + Max Kane + Deejay Saurus + Marc Stretch + Prozack Turner — The Legionnaire Saloon, $10 (champagne toast at midnight, party favors, food vendors, green Now & Laters, Jimmy hats and giveaways)


Other Oakland celebrations:

Chabot Space and Science Center balloon drop — family-friendly fun from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $5

POP NYE: laser show and dance party — Oracle Arena, tickets starting from $50

The Da’athique New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball — Oakland Metro, all ages, $50

Cedric The Entertainer — Paramount Theatre, tickets starting from $49.75

Comedy Mega Show with Kumail Nanjiani, Natasha Leggero, Brent Weinbach, Moshe Kasher and Andrew Michaan — Grand Lake Theater, $20

About The Author

Katie is the Music Editor at OL. She's a music geek, culture junkie, massive A's fan, and Oakland native. When she was six, she stood for five minutes with a felt pennant stuck under Chris Mullin’s armpit. Check out her Oakland music listings at, follow on twitter/instagram as @craziesthawk, or contact at

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