Ventura Botanical Garden is free on New Year's Day. Photo courtesy of Visit Ventura
Ventura Botanical Garden is free on New Year's Day. Photo courtesy of Visit Ventura

New Year's Weekend Things To Do in LA: Free Gardens, Concerts and Movies in Your Car, & a Battleship

2020, we’re so sorry to see you go. So sorry. Those parties we’re throwing, those are because we are sad you are leaving. The flashy lights and the singing and the celebratory pinecones, all tangible expressions of our deep, profound, can’t-wait-til-you’re-gone sorrow. 

True, we may seem jolly through our many jubilations, but remember as we laugh on the outside, we are also laughing on the inside. Who wouldn’t, nibbling on tasty treats and exploring the rave-like wonders of LA’s newest drive thru? And even if it means most of our celebrations are virtual and far apart, we’re cool with that, because that means we are literally putting ourselves further from you.

Whatever 2021 holds in store, know that it can never replace you in our hearts, worst year ever. Though you may be gone, the silver lining is you will be gone. And us? We'll be so busy doing fun things like the ones we find on the Poppins@Home platform, such as a planting workshop, a LEGO masterpiece design class, and a virtual escape room, that we may even forget you ever existed...

Keep reading for our best picks to party like it isn't 2020...

While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do—or stay at home and check out our list of virtual events in December.


The Canyon - Montclair
5060 E Montclair Plaza, Space #2020 Montclair Place
Montclair, CA 91764

Legg Lake @ Whittier Narrows Recreation Area:
751 Santa Anita Ave
South El Monte, CA 91733

Ventura Botanical Gardens
567 South Poli Street
Ventura, CA 93001

Mel's Drive-In
1660 N. Highland
Hollywood, CA 90028

Westminster Mall
1025 Westminster Mall
Westminster, CA 92683

Descano Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr,
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Battleship Iowa
250 South Harbor Blvd
San Pedro, CA

Santa Anita Park
285 W Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007

Newport Landing Cruises
309 Palm Street Suite A
Newport Beach , CA 92661

Tanaka Farms
5380 3/4 University Dr
Irvine, CA 92612

Fairplex in Pomona
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Raging Waters
111 Raging Waters Drive
San Dimas, CA 91773

King Gillette Ranch
26800 Mulholland Hwy
Calabasas, CA 93102

Arena Cinelounge
1625 N Las Palmas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy,
Valencia, CA 91355

Gardena Cinema
14948 Crenshaw Boulevard
Gardena, CA 90249

Various Locations, including Zion Lutheran Church & School
222 N. East Street
Anaheim, CA 92805

Hollywood American Legion Post 43
2035 N Highland Ave,, CA
Los Angeles, CA 90068

Santa Monica Airport Interim Open Space
3223 Donald Douglas Loop S
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Toyota Arena
4000 East Ontario Center Pkwy Vehicles should enter through Gate B, located off Concourse Drive
Ontario, CA 91764

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Bloc
700 Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Irvine Spectrum Center
670 Spectrum Center Dr Regal Parking Deck
Irvine, CA

Ventura Fairgrounds
10 West Harbor Boulevard
Ventura, CA 93001

Mount Baldy
8401 Mount Baldy Road
Mount Baldy, CA 91759

Mountain High
24510 State Highway 2
Wrightwood, CA 92648

Lake Arrowhead
28200 Highway 189
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352

SkyPark at Santa's Village
28950 Highway 18
Skyforest, CA 92385

Big Bear
43101 Goldmine Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
1 Tramway Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Idyllwild Town Crier
54405 North Circle Drive
Idyllwild, CA 92549

Joshua Tree National Park
6554 Park Boulevard
Joshua Tree, CA 92256

Yosemite
9035 Village Drive
Yosemite Valley, CA 95389

Mammoth Mountain
10001 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Mt. Pinos Campground
Cuddy Valley Road
Frazier Park, CA 93225

Frazier Park Trailhead
OHV Trail 118
Frazier Park, CA 93225

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
13652 Highway 79
Julian, CA 92036

Palomar Mountain State Park
19952 State Park Drive
Palomar Mountain, CA 92060
Hollywood Legion Theater Drive-In
Hollywood American Legion Post 43 - 12:00 PM
Open: Huntington Gardens
Huntington Library and Gardens - various times
Tanaka Farms U-Pick Activities
Tanaka Farms - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides