North Coast-Centric Ways to Celebrate the New Year

By Emily Lindblom | Sunday, December 22, 2019

New Year's Eve

Many restaurants, pubs and businesses on the North Coast are inviting you to celebrate the new decade with them the evening of the 31st. With live music, food and drinks, fireworks and more, you can expect to make it a festive occasion. 


In Tillamook you can ring in the New Year in musical style. Listen to a Tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Tillamook Elks Lodge, or listen to a rock n' roll band called Silverhill and Guests at the Schooner Restaurant & Lounge

Nehalem and Manzanita

If you're the sort who prefers to steal the spotlight, give your New Year's Eve a more performative angle: Sing your heart out at the New Year's Eve Karaoke Party at the San Dune Pub in Manzanita, or rock out to the Mr. B Band at the New Year's Eve Party at the Manzanita Lighthouse Pub

Photo Credits to San Dune Pub 

Seaside and Gearhart

The McMenamins Gearhart Hotel is also putting on a 2020 New Year's Eve Celebration with live music. The Times Theatre & Public House in Seaside is hosting a 2020 New Year's Eve Brewer's Ball with live music by classic rocker cover band Running with Scissors. The $15 party ticket includes a pint of beer, a photo booth, contests, and at midnight, a toast and balloon drop.

Photo Credits to Times Theatre & Public House


In Astoria, listen to live jazz music by Equinox Plus Equinox at the Bridgewater Bistro from 6 to 8:30 p.m., or sip the Fort George Brewery's newest beer Magnetic Fields while listening to music from the Holiday Friends during New Year's Eve at Fort George, starting at 9 p.m. Those 21 and older can cheer on the performers at Dragulation New Year's Eve Eruption 2020 at the Columbian Theatre Voodoo Room. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., and the show starts at 10 p.m. The night ends in with a dance party, so come prepared to bust a move.      

For an evening dedicated solely to moving with the music, head to the Workers Tavern for the New Year's Eve Dance Party with Odd Man In, an original rock and blues band that also performs a few covers. The show starts at 10 p.m.

Long Beach and Seaview

You can also dance 2019 away at Sou'Wester Lodge in Seaview at the New Year's Eve DJ Cuica & Sahel Sounds Dance Party. If you're looking for an evening of tasty specials, local oysters, a menu of champagne and a midnight toast, New Year's Eve at the Pickled Fish in Long Beach is the celebration for you. For the featured acts, The Juleps will perform jazz and swing music, and Wanderlodge will play country and folk music.

And to close the last night of 2019 with a bang, plan to catch the New Year's Eve Fireworks at Midnight, put on by the City of Long Beach.

New Year's Day

Start the first day of 2020 with some fresh air and scenic views on the annual First Day Hike, organized by different state parks around the country. The free hike begins at 8 a.m. on January 1 at one of my favorite places to hike: Oswald West State Park in Arch Cape. A park ranger or volunteer will lead the way and tell the hikers about the history, wildlife, geology and plants of the area. Hikers should meet at the Cape Falcon trailhead.

If you prefer a paved path, put on your running shoes, and join the New Year's Day 5K Fun Run on the Riverwalk in Astoria. Snacks and refreshments will be provided for all participants, and the fastest runners will receive prizes. After racers register at 10 a.m. at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the run starts at 11 a.m. The race costs $10 to enter.

Daredevils and thrill seekers are invited to take in the New Year with a shiver at the Annual Polar Plunge at Neahkahnie Beach near Manzanita. It's too cold for me to do without a wetsuit, but for those of you brave enough to run into the ocean in just your swimsuit or regular clothes can do so from 11 a.m. to noon January 1.

These are just some of the many ways to spend New Year's Eve and New Year's Day on the North Coast. Find out about more events on our North Coast Daytime Events calendar and North Coast Nightlife page. 

About the Author Emily Lindblom
Emily Lindblom is passionate about telling the stories of people and places in the Pacific Northwest and loves investigating environmental issues and highlighting the wonders of the region's forests and coastline. She has a background in community reporting and a master's degree in multimedia journalism and enjoys hiking and surfing in her free time.