Now that you’ve survived another holiday season, the official countdown to 2015 has begun!  Alas I work, but fortunately for you, I found the best things going on in the bay for your New Years celebrations! From a sinful tantra party, a NYE event celebrating womanhood, a New Years day run to jumpstart your resolutions, to more traditional fanfare at your favorite nightclub, or enjoy a romantic 4 course dinner at Oakland’s best restaurant, Wear Your Voice has you covered for all your New Years eve plans. We scoured the web-below are the best 14 spots to ring in the New Year! All events are 21+ unless otherwise noted.

Happy New Year!

 

 1. Motown on Mondays

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Where: Legionnaire Saloon 2272 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 

When: Dec 29th, 9pm-2am

Price: FREE

Begin your pre New Year celebration tonight at Legionnaire Salon and get your groove on to your favorite mixes of Motown, soul, funk and disco! The event is free, so stop by, have a few drinks, and boogie down to Stevie  Wonder and Diana Ross!

2. New Years Day 5k


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Where: We Run This Fitness 568 Bellevue Ave, Oakland
When: January 1, 2015 Registration begins at 3pm
Price: $15-40.00 ( Find more information on purchasing tickets here.)
 If you’re like 99.9999% of peoples who’s New Years resolution is centered around getting healthier,  We Run This Fitness will be hosting a New Years 5k Run and After Party to help jump start you on your goals. The event starts off with a 5k (3 mile) run, followed by an introductory pole dancing class.

5k Information:

 3:00pm – Registration/Sign-In

3:00pm – Vendors Open Up
3:00pm – Live Entertainment

3:00pm – Refreshment Stand Opens

 4:00pm – 5K run / walk starts

4:45pm – Finishers start to come in

5:00pm – Awards for Top Overall Finishers

5:30pm – Mix & Mingle/Live Entertainment

6:00pm – Closeup

 Pole dancing class Information:

7:00pm-Registration/Sign In

7:30pm-After Party Starts

7:45pm-Pool Dancing Class Starts

8:00pm-Take A Spin On It

8:00pm-Enjoy, Music, Vendors & Refreshments

  3. Fenomenon

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Where: Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline Street (@ Essex Street) Oakland/Berkeley border,  94703

When: December 31st, 2014, Wednesday, 8:30 pm to 12:30 am
Price:  $35 ONLINE | $45 AT THE DOOR (purchase tickets online here)*PARTIAL WORK EXCHANGE AND LOW INCOME DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE. Please call Roke at 510.681.9740.
Fenomenon 2014, a Siren Project Community Event, is an All Women New Year’s Eve Ceremonial Celebration on December 31st, 2014. In it’s 4th year, Fenomenon 2015 intends to provide an alternative to mainstream NYE events – one where women can come together in a cozy and conscious space to look back and move forward from one year to another. Engage in mindful, reflective meditation, singing, drumming, writing/art making, insightful conversations, games and rituals.
 There will be hot and cold non-alcoholic beverages together with a dessert bar for refreshment/nourishment.
NOTE: This event is Alcohol and Fragrance Free.  Kid friendly, children under 12 enter free of charge. Drums and other music making instruments are welcome.Bring a few things you want to add to your intention altar and few other you want to burn/break as a form of releasing what no longer serves you.

4. Destino Nuevo Boat Party

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Where: Jack London Square, Base of Webster St.
Oakland, CA | 21 & Over | Limited Capacity
When: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 8:30 PM  1:00 AM
Price: $70 (Purchase tickets here)

SKIN World Wide & Bay Celebrations Present:

New Year’s Eve 2015
Destino: Nuevo” Boat Party

4.5 Hours of Music | Two Floors Of Music | Cruise of the Beautiful Bay Area | NYE Fireworks | Complimentary Champagne Toast + Hors D’oeuvres

Boarding Begins at 8:30pm
Boat Departs at 9:30pm | Returns at 1am
For More Information: 510.629.1855

5.  Wormhole NYE at The New Parish

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Where: The New Parish 579 18th St, Oakland

When: Wednesday Dec 31, 9pm-4am
Price: $27.00 Advance $35.00 Day of Show ( Purchase tickets here

Enjoy three rooms of music, live performances (circus, dance and live magic, anyone?) Be mesmerized by the psychedelic projection visuals as bass emits from multiple speakers. Be surrounded in bubbles as the clock strikes 12!

6. POP NYE

Where: Oracle Arena 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland
When: Wednesday Dec 31, 6pm – 2am (gates will open at 3pm)
Price: $75-176.00 (Purchase tickets here)

 NOTE: Ages: 18+ with a valid ID
I personally don’t like large crowds, but the music will be legit, the light show will be spectacular (bring LED gear to add more lighting flare,) and since it’s at the Oracle, BART will literally drop you off, so you don’t have to worry about scouring a DD.

 7. The Da’athique Masquerade Ball

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Where: Oakland Metro Opera House 630 3rd Street, Oakland
When: 
Wednesday, December 31, 8:00 PM- 3 AM
Price: $50-60.00  ( Purchase tickets here

The Da’athique Masquerade Ball is a ritualistic celebration with performances by Jill Tracy , a throat singing ritual performance by S O R I A H musical performance by Paul Mercer, tarot readings by Sean Anomie and many more. If you want to enter the New Year aligning your chakras, this is definitely the spot for you! 

8. Club Museum of Exotica’s NYE Bash

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Where: Club Exotica (secret location, Oakland (location given only to those who are accepted to event; click here to RSVP your invitation)
When: 9pm 

For the more sex positive individuals, head to Club exotica to enjoy musicians, exotic performers, magical troubadours, and more. Dance on beautiful hardwood floors, take a journey up twisted stairways, leading you to hidden coves and rooms, equipped with Balinese beds, soft pillows and blankets and ring in the New Year exploring tantra with your special date. Attendees are screened, so you don’t have to worry about being surrounded by creepers.

9-11. Bar hop at Ozumu, Lungomare and Parliament* (OAK NYE15)

*Oakland party promoters came together to provide you with a unique experience at three different venues ( OAK NYE ’15) to ring in the New Year. Head here to purchase a $50.oo ticket which allows you the freedom of experiencing each NYE venue.

9. Ozumo

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Where: OZUMO 2251 Broadway Oakland
When: Wednesday, Dec 31,  9:00 PM
Price: $20.oo single tickets, $3o for parties of two (purchase tickets here)

Enjoy music by DJs Hey Love and SAKE One in multiple rooms and enjoy a four course dinner.

THE DINNER

first course *pick one / fuyu salad – watercress, persimmon, chicory, tamari roasted pumpkin seed, red onion, honey yuzu su // kabocha soup – Japanese pumpkin, roasted pumpkin seed, coconut cream, togarashi oil

second course *pick one / mixed tempura – seasonal vegetables and a large prawn with housemade tentsusyu sauce // sashimi omakase – 4 pc chef selection // ozumo roll – 4 pc roll with unagi, cucumber, topped with snow crab, tuna, avocado, and sweet soy

third course *pick one / mapo tofu – kinoko, chili paste, negi confit, roasted garlic oil // gyu kakuni – braised short rib, shimeiji, daikon, baby carrot, savory aka miso sauce // grilled miso marinated walu – potato horseradish hash, spinach, and wild mushrooms

fourth course / xnew year’s tea cake – matcha cake, kuromitsu and orange mousse, macadamia nut brittle, satsuma sherbert

10. Lungomare

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Where: Lungomare 1 Broadway, Oakland
When: Dec 31, 7:30 PM
Price: $40-86.00 (purchase tickets here)

Sushi not your thing? That’s aight, Lungomare’s got you covered, have your pick from smoked salmon tartar, eggplant caponata, lemon bars and more!  Music provided by DJ Hector, Kola of Trends Manny Black of freshloveINK, Nina Sol of Elements and Oakland Faders’  own DJ Platurn!

 THE DINNER

passedhors d’ oeuvres / dungeness crab cakes / smoked salmon tartar, fennel cracker / blini, crème fraiche, osetra caviar / basil psto arancini / pork sliders / tempura sweet potatoes / salt cod potato cakes / bacon brittle, burrata / lamb meatballs, romesco / flat iron skewers / eggplant caponata / fried chicken & proscuitto ravioli / seared pepper crusted tuna

stations / artisanal cheese display / charcuterie & proscuitto, jardinière, olives / fregula sarda, octopus, radish, tessa oven dried tomoato vinaigrette / oysters, mignonette sauce / poached shrimp, cocktail sauce / wild mushroom risotto, truffle oil / chicories, persimmons, almonds, feta cheese / smoked ham,white beans & rapini / lentils & cotechino sausage

dessert / chocolate brownies / cannoli, hazelnut, chocolate, orabge, ricotta / lemon bars / tiramisu

 11. Parliament

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Where: Parliament 811 Washington, Oakland
When: Wednesday Dec 31, 8 PM
Price: $20-400.00 (purchase tickets here)
Dance the night away at this upscale nightclub after enjoying a four course meal at Ozumo or Lungomare (or both!) Music by: Lady Ryan | Davey D | Dion Decibels

 12. ‘Family Affair’ 

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Where: Legionnaire Saloon, 2272 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
When: Dec 31, 9 PM
Price: $10.oo at the door
Don’t really bring your family though (unless they’re over 21 and cool as shit!) The Second Annual ‘FAMILY AFFAIR’ New Years Eve event at Legionnaire covers two floors with DJs, live bands and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight! There will also be part favors, food vendors to please your growling stomach, and giveaways.

13. Official KMEL New Year’s Eve Bash

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Where: New Karibbean City, 1408 Webster St, Oakland
When: Dec 31, 9 PM
Price: $30-850.00 ( purchase tickets here)

This is the official KMEL party, so if you’re a huge KMEL fan, this is your joint. The infamous Sauna G will be spinning the best in Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae, Soca & Top 40.

14. New Year’s Eve Gala at USS Hornet

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Where: USS Hornet Museum 707 W. Hornet Ave, Pier 3, Alameda 

When: Wed, December 31, 7:30pm – 1:00am (Doors open at 7:15)
Price: $35-85.00 (proceeds go to USS Hornet Museum; purchase tickets here)

Party on board the USS Hornet in Alamdea! While the ship won’t be going anywhere (it will be permanently tied to the pier,) going here is still worthwhile since you’ll be invited to learn to free dance lessons on three separate dance floors, a dance performance by dance troupe The Tartlettes  and a silent auction. Eat beforehand, this is not a dinner affair. Food will be on deck, but cash only. This event is welcome to those 12 years +.

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