6 things to do on New Year's Eve in SLO County

It’s a new year — almost! Get out there and celebrate in style, without traveling all the way to Times Square

slinn@thetribunenews.comDecember 27, 2013 

Has this ever happened to you? It’s New Year’s Eve, and you’ve got nowhere to go. Instead of heading out, you stay in.

By the time midnight rolls around, you’re slumped on the sofa sipping soda and watching “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on ABC. You’re in a New Year’s Eve rut.

This year, instead of watching Ryan Seacrest and Miley Cyrus shake their booties, we encourage you to sample some live, local entertainment on Tuesday.

Here are six ways to ring in 2014 in style:

Bring the kids

Are your children too young to stay up until midnight?

The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum is hosting its sixth annual Noon Year’s Eve Celebration for families with wee ones.

Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, children ages 1 to 10 can explore the museum, make noisemakers, dance to music by local tunesmith Matt Cross and enjoy an apple juice toast. Families should arrive before noon to catch the big countdown and balloon drop.

Noon Year’s Eve celebration
• San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum, 1010 Nipomo St., San Luis Obispo
• $8 adults and children, $7 military family members, $5 seniors; free for children 2 and under
• 545-5874 | http://slocm.org

Celebrate with the San Luis Obispo Symphony

Violinist Brynn Albanese, mezzo soprano Sarah Kleeman, organist Katya Gotsdiner-McMahan and pianist W. Terrence Spiller will join the San Luis Obispo Symphony for a pops-style program ranging from gypsy tunes to classic jazz.

Also performing are aerial dancers from Suspended Motion Aerial Arts of San Luis Obispo.

A pre-concert reception with appetizers and Champagne kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo, followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m. A countdown to 2014 caps off the evening at 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve with the San Luis Obispo Symphony
• Cohan Center, Cal Poly
• $40 to $70
• 756-4849 | www.pacslo.org

Party under the big top in Los Osos

Run off to the circus with popular Afro-Caribbean dance band Zongo All-Stars.

The Big, Big Show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Osos Community Center with music by local Afrobeat band Captain Nasty. Audience members can ring in the East Coast New Year at 9 p.m. with big-top “circus shenanigans” and strut their stuff in a vintage circus-themed costume contest.

The All-Stars take the stage at 9:30 p.m. before joining members of Captain Nasty to create a 14-plus piece Superband that plays until 12:30 a.m.

The Big, Big Show
• Los Osos Community Center, 2180 Palisades Ave., Los Osos
• $25 adults, $10 ages 13 and under
• 441-3344 | www.zongoallstars.com

Enjoy a very ‘Tuna’ New Year’s

Spend this New Year’s Eve with the eccentric citizens of tiny Tuna, Texas.

The Pewter Plough Playhouse in Cambria presents the final performance of “A Tuna Christmas,” a send-up of small-town Southern life starring Jonathan Shadrach and Jeff Walters, as part of a bash that begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday and ends after midnight.

Following the performance are a supper buffet with desserts and Opolo sparkling wine, and live cabaret music at the theater’s Café Lounge.

Accompanied by Pewter Plough Music Director Dave Manion on keyboards and vocals, singer Sunny Wright will perform “Swingin’ thru the Decades!” spotlighting the hits of the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

‘A Tuna Christmas’
• Pewter Plough Playhouse, 824 Main St., Cambria
• $130
• 927-3877 | www.pewterploughplayhouse.org

Honor a tradition in Oceano

A tradition continues at the Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville in Oceano with “The Holiday Extravaganza.” Doors open at 8 p.m. Tuesday, and the festivities start at 8:40 p.m.

Billy Breed stars as miserable miser Ebenezer Scrooge in a one-act version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption, “A Christmas Carol.” Afterward, the cast will present a fractured fairytale operetta, “Rapunzel, or Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow,” and the festive “Holiday Vaudeville Revue.”

Melodrama music director Sarah Wussow will keep the audience entertained until 12:15 a.m.

Admission includes hors d’oeuvres and dinner from Phil’s Catering in Grover Beach, popcorn, soft drinks, dessert and party favors.

‘The Holiday Extravaganza’
• Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, 1863 Front St. (Highway 1), Oceano
• $65
• 489-2499 | www.americanmelodrama.com

Rock the Casbah in Pismo Beach

The Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach invites event-goers to “Party like it’s 1983!” at a 1980s-themed dance party.

After a four-course dinner at resort restaurant Marisol, partiers can boogie to ’80s covers by Los Angeles tribute band The Spazmatics in the ballroom or groove to newer hits with DJ Jin Ho in the lounge.

Event highlights include a champagne toast, candy buffet, party favors and photo booth. The fun begins at 9 p.m. Tuesday and ends around 12:30 a.m.

(The Spazmatics also perform at 9 p.m. at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez with ’70s disco tribute band Boogie Nights; that event is free with a Club Chumash card. Call 800-248-6274 or visit www.chumashcasino.com for more information.)

Rock the Casbah New Year’s Eve
• The Cliffs Resort, 2757 Shell Beach Road, Pismo Beach
• $50 to $165
• 773-5000 | www.cliffsresort.com

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