So many big names, so little time. Have you ever seen this many gigantic parties in Orange County happening on the same weekend? Sure, the OC Fair's annual New Year's Eve block party is always loads of fun, but Tiesto is performing in Santa Ana. White Wonderland (with Paul van Dyk and Kaskade) will be at Anaheim. Even KCRW's Jason Bentley will be deejaying at the Detroit Bar! What the heck? Check out what else is happening this weekend after the jump.
5. Drop NYE at The Grove of Anaheim
We've already talked about Drop NYE at The Grove of Anaheim, happening this Saturday with Bart B More, R3hab, Nicky Romero and more. It's an 18 and over event, and there will be four stages of music. Bonus: If you go to dropnye.com and click buy tickets, you can enter OCWEEEKLY to
get $5 off each ticket right now!
Info: Saturday, 7 p.m., City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806
Big beat electronica DJ Junkie XL joins KCRW's program director Jason Bentley at this tiny venue, making it one of the biggest tickets this weekend.
Lineup: Junkie XL, Jason Bentley and Cosmic Kids
Tickets: $25 online presale.
Extras: Complimentary champagne toast at midnight, free overnight parking.
3. Brazilian New Year's Eve Celebration at the Queen Mary in Long Beach
Rio de Janeiro's Marcos Ariel Quartet will perform Carioca
music, plus some Brazilian standards such as Bossa Nova, Samba and Chorinho . There'll be a Samba show and Samba dancers partying with you on the historic ocean liner,
Info: Saturday, 8 p.m, Queen Mary 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, www.BrazilianNites.com, (818) 566-1111
Lineup: Marcos Ariel Quartet, Joany's Samba Show and DJ Chris Brasil
Tickets: $40 to $70 admission, $25 to $35 dinner tickets
Extras: Party favors, a dinner buffet and a midnight fireworks show!
2. White Wonderland
This two-day “all white” dress event put out by Insomniac is a two day rave with some of the biggest DJs ever to come to Anaheim. It should be the biggest party in OC since Monster Massive was aborted over Halloween.
Info: Saturday (6 p.m. – 2 a.m.) and Sunday (7 p.m. – 2 a.m.), Anaheim Convention Center 800 West Katella Ave. Anaheim, 21+ ID required
Lineup: Kaskade, Benny Benassi, Paul Van Dyk, Dada Life, Steve Angello, AN21 & Max Vangeli, and Thomas Gold.
Tickets: $40 to $8,000
1. Tiesto at the Observatory
Formerly the Galaxy, the Observatory fits just about 1,000 people. So when Sutra snagged one of the biggest DJs in the planet for XL NYE Weekend, it made sense that they moved it to the Santa Ana venue. Our advice? Run to get tickets, even if they cost $100.
Info: Sunday, 8 p.m., The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana
Lineup: Tiesto and Porter Robinson
Extras: VIP ADMISSION includes access to full hosted bars throughout the event.