As Stevie Wonder once sang, some people are just “very superstitious.” Many of these people fault the number 13 as unlucky, while others believe it is, in fact, very lucky. After all, it’s just another number. So, no matter how you feel about it, on Monday night, we’re all ringing in the year 2013. Here are 13 awesome events happening in Sacramento—for adults, families and kids—to help celebrate the end of ’12 and the beginning of lucky (or unlucky) ’13.
For the adults (21 and over)
‘An evening of sensory fulfillment’
DJ DNA provides beats for District 30’s New Year’s Eve bash, billed as “an evening of sensory fulfillment.” The turntablist from Los Angeles recently spent time in the studio with Justin Bieber and Chris Brown and frequently collaborates with DJ Spider. The party also features a champagne toast, party favors, food, and plenty of balloons and confetti for the countdown. Monday, December 31, at 9 p.m.; $35-$50. District 30, 1022 K Street; (916) 737-5770; www.district30sacramento.com.
DJ Peeti-V at The Park Ultra Lounge
The Park’s resident deejay, DJ Peeti-V, mans the turntables for this party. It also features party favors, confetti cannons, champagne and video of the ball-drop countdown in New York City’s Times Square. Monday, December 31, at 9 p.m.; $40-$50. The Park Ultra Lounge, 1116 15th Street; (916) 442-7222; www.theparkdowntown.com.
New Year’s Eve celebration at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento
Hear lounge music from Ryan Hernandez and Keys on Plastic and dance music by DJ Rated R and the Cheeseballs. There are also a few different overnight packages if you want to just crash at the Hyatt, post-party. Monday, December 31, at 9 p.m.; $65-$75 general admission, $95-$105 for VIP seating and $299-$499 per couple for overnight packages. Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 1209 L Street; (916) 443-1234; http://sachyattnye.eventbrite.com.
DJ Nate Davit will kick beats for revelers at Social Nightclub’s Champagne Ball. Tickets include champagne at midnight and party favors, and DJ Heartworm will be performing on the outdoor patio. Monday, December 31, at 9 p.m.; $25-$40. Social Nightclub, 1000 K Street; (916) 443-9001; www.socialnightclubsacramento.com.
If an old-school dance party is your type of thing, this event is just the ticket. Catch performances by funk and R&B groups Con Funk Shun and the Dazz Band, as well as comedian Mo Jones and DJ Bryan Hawk. Monday, December 31, at 9 p.m.; $60. Woodlake Hotel Sacramento, 500 Leisure Lane; (916) 922-2020.
For the whole family
New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular
A free family celebration in Old Sacramento will feature entertainment for all ages. Highlights include live music, street entertainment, children’s activities, food and drink vendors, and two fireworks shows—one at 9 p.m. and one at midnight. Monday, December 31, at 6 p.m.; free. Old Sacramento, (916) 808-7777; http://nyesacramento.com.
Noon Year’s Eve Family Festival
Visit the Crocker Art Museum for free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., there will be a family-friendly celebration with music and dance performances, hands-on activities and a danceathon. Monday, December 31, at 10 a.m.; free. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street; (916) 808-7000; www.crockerartmuseum.org.
Freedom’s Eve: The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
Join the California Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association in honoring the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Participants are encouraged to celebrate black culture by wearing cultural attire and gathering at the west steps of the Capitol. Monday, December 31, at noon; free. California State Capitol, west steps, 10th and L streets; (916) 997-2451; www.blackagriculture.com.
For the teens (and young adults)
Year-End Dance Event
Club Retro hosts a year-end dance event with a safe, all-ages environment, featuring DJ Z Rokk spinning Top 40 and dubstep. There will be prizes and giveaways and a VIP section available. Saturday, December 29, at 7 p.m.; $10-$12. Club Retro, 1529 Eureka Road in Roseville; (916) 791-7555; www.clubretro.net.
New Year’s Eve Express
Hitch a ride on the Sacramento RiverTrain’s New Year’s Eve Express. The special 18-and-over ride includes a three-course dinner, party favors and live rock and blues music by Lucy’s Bones. Premium tickets include a bottle of champagne or wine, and roses. Monday, December 31, at 8:30 p.m.; $40-$92. Sacramento RiverTrain, 341 Industrial Way in Woodland; (800) 866-1690; www.sacramentorivertrain.com.
Party with the professionals
Professionals Guild Sacramento throws its annual party with Groove Thang, Innersoul and a few live deejays kicking the jams in three ballrooms. The 18-and-over event will also have casino gaming, a balloon drop, multiple bars and—judging from photos of past events—a diverse crowd. Monday, December 31, at 8:30 p.m.; $65-$85. Hilton Sacramento Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street; (800) 838-3006; http://pguild.com/new-years-eve-in-sacramento.
Hangover cures and alternatives
Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink
If you drink a bit too much champagne and want to burn off some of those excess calories on New Year’s Day, head to the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink Presented by Sacramento Downtown Plaza between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. The rink is also open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve—so another option is to boost your metabolism by doing some skating before you start popping bottles. Daily until January 21, hours vary; $8 admission, $2 for skate rental. Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink, 701 K Street; (916) 442-8575; http://downtownsac.org/events/ice-rink.
Urban walking with the Sacramento Walking Sticks
Instead of hitting a party, bar or club on New Year’s Eve, socialize in a more active and sober group setting. Take a leisurely 5k or 10k walk through the streets of Sacramento with the Sacramento Walking Sticks on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. The NYE walk stops to view the New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular along the Sacramento River. Monday, December 31, registration from 5 to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, January 1, registration from 9 a.m. to noon; free, or $3 for Volkswalk credit. Parking lot behind Pioneer House, 415 P Street; (916) 792-1720; www.sacramentowalkingsticks.org.