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Everything You Need To Know About Los Angeles' Biggest Free New Year's Eve Party At Grand Park

Grand Park's NYE celebration last year (Photo courtesy of Grand Park)
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With New Year's Eve just around the corner, it's good to know that Grand Park is throwing pretty much the biggest bash in Los Angeles this year—that won't even cost you a penny. And we have the 4-1-1 on what's in store and how to get there.

The event heads are tripling the size of this second annual event in downtown L.A., dubbed "Grand Park's N.Y.E. L.A." that's being held on Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. They're actually taking over the entire 12 acres of the park and neighboring streets for a total of 84 acres of partying. There will be three stages of music, with acts like Mr. Little Jeans, Breakestra and Run River North headlining, and with artists performing all types of music from folk rock to Latin alternative and electronica. They'll also have KCRW DJs like Chris Douridas and Garth Trinadad spinning some tunes for you to get your groove on.

Keep in mind though that this is going to be an alcohol-free event, so you'll have to leave your booze at home. Their main event is the countdown to midnight, where they'll have a 3D projection mapping video displayed on two sides of the 22-story City Hall building. In addition to having over 30 food vendors slinging delicious dishes (your paleo cleanse doesn't start until 2015, right?), they'll also have four photo booths where you can snap some photos with your family and friends for posterity. The photo booths will be located at Olive Street, Grand Park’s Community Terrace (between Hill Street and Broadway) 1st Street between Hill Street and Broadway, and Spring Street near 1st Street.

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3D projection mapping on the City Hall tower (Photo courtesy of yU+Co / Grand Park)
The Entrances:

There are four entrances to the event, at 1st Street between Grand Avenue and Hill Street, Hill Street between 1st and 2nd Streets, Broadway between 1st and 2nd Streets, and 1st Street between Los Angeles and Main Streets. See the map below:


Map of the stages and entrances at Grand Park's NYE celebration (Image courtesy of Grand Park)
How to Get There:

Going Metro is the easiest way to get there. Metro service runs for 24 hours that day, and rides are free from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. If you take the Metro Red Line or Purple Line, get off at Civic Center/Grand Park Station at the 1st Street exit, or the Gold Line at Union Station.

If you're planning on driving, there are parking lots surrounding Grand Park, like the Music Center—enter on Grand Avenue ($10); Walt Disney Concert Hall—enter on 2nd Street at Grand Avenue ($9); and Lot 17—enter Northbound on Olive Street at 2nd Street ($9). However, you can reserve parking spots ahead of time on ParkMe for a fee.

There will also be a free bike valet at Hill and Second Street.

What You Can Bring:

Picnic baskets and totes, blankets, and empty or reusable water bottles are allowed. If you bring a pet, it will have to be on a leash at all times.

What You Cannot Bring:

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Alcohol, drugs, chairs, tents and fireworks are prohibited. If you bring a backpack or bag, it can't be larger than the average backpack size (16.75 inches x 13 inches x 8.5 inches).

Schedule For The Performances:

Countdown Stage (Grand Park’s Event Lawn in front of City Hall)
7:00 p.m. Mario Hernandez, MC
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Mr. Little Jeans
9:30-10:30 p.m. Made in Heights
11:15-11:40 p.m. Breakestra and continuing after the countdown from 12:05-12:30 a.m.

Get Down Stage (Grand Park’s Performance Lawn between Grand Avenue and Hill Street)
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Chris Douridas, DJ and MC
8:30-10:30 p.m. Aaron Byrd
10:30 - 11:40 p.m. Garth Trinidad and continuing after the countdown from 12:05-12:30 a.m.

Low Down Stage (1st Street between Olive and Hill Streets)
7:00 p.m. Stephanie Garcia, MC
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Omid Walizadeh
8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Run River North
9:00 - 9:30 p.m. Omid Walizadeh
9:30 - 10:30 p.m. Ceci Bastida
10:30 - 11:05 p.m. Omid Walizadeh
11:05 - 11:40 p.m. Dorothy and continuing after the countdown from 12:05-12:30 a.m.

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