Laughs abound at the Fourth Annual New Year's Eve StandUp Comedy Celebration at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael ($35). Learn great insights on relationships featuring "the Spouse Whisperer" Mark Cordes, laugh with comedian and actress Cathy Ladman (Mad Men), among others and host Bob Alper. The event benefits the Ritter House, so bring along canned foods, toiletry items, warm lightly used or new coats, blankets, sleeping bags or
grocery store gift cards along.
200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 415.444.8000.
Lots of laughs ring in 2014 at the Best of the San Francisco Comedy Competition at the Marin Center in San Rafael ($35). Featuring four outstanding alumni of the event, this year's headliner will be 2008 finalist Tyler Boeh. Boeh's 2012 CD Carpool Companion beat out even Louis CK's Word: Live at Carnegie Hall and was dubbed by one review site as the best comedy release of the year.
10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6400.
Hot Buttered Rum and Vintage Grass play at Sweetwater Music Hall in Corte Madera ($47–$102). These five best friends have made their way to the most prestigious pop, folk and bluegrass stages in the country, and grace the stage of Sweetwater Music Hall for a night full of sweet music to welcome 2014. Tickets include a Champagne toast at midnight, and VIP tickets include a dinner of locally sourced, seasonally driven and organic foods whipped up by pioneer of the slow food movement chef Gordon Drysdale. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 415.388.3850.
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JOURNEY Miles Schon rocks New George's Nightclub in San Rafael.
The Miles Schon Band and Fenton Coolfoot play at George's Nightclub in San Rafael ($30). Miles Schon, son of Journey guitarist Neal Schon, leads the band composed of guest artists Ben Burleigh, Wil Roberts, Erin Greenwall and Mike Wray. Funk-soul-reggae-rock artist Fenton Coolfoot will open the show for a night of music and dancing to start off 2014 the right way. 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.226.0262.
Duran Duran cover band Notorious play at Hopmonk Novato ($30–$40). . . . Beso Negro plays at Peri's in Fairfax ($20). . . . Left Coast Syncopators play with a Champagne toast at midnight at Station House Cafe in Point Reyes ($20–$65). . . . See the Tom Finch Group at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax. . . . Tim Hockenberry joins the Fenix in San Rafael ($60–$115). . . . The Zydeco Flames play at Rancho Nicasio in Nicasio ($35–$45)
Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead in St. Helena celebrates the new year with a special evening featuring executive chef Stephen Barber's special four-course farm-to-table dinner menu paired with delicious wine, festive cocktails and Long Meadow Ranch's very own Grappa and live music by the Isaac Carter Band. Join the evening's delicious events at 5pm ($65) with optional wine pairings ($20). 738 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.4555.
The Harvest Inn's New Year's package with Goose and Gander brings the Rat Pack to St. Helena. It starts with a bottle of sparkling wine, with accommodations in a king-size room with a fireplace, roundtrip transportation to the Rat Pack party and a sparkling wine country breakfast for two on New Year's Day. 1 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.9463
Castello di Amorosa rings in the new year with a Masquerade Ball. Dress in black attire and Venetian masks for a five-course dinner paired with Castello wines, a sparkling wine toast and a balloon drop at midnight in the Grand Barrel Room of the valley's most opulent castle ($300). 4045 St. Helena Hwy., Calistoga. 707.967.6272.
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KISS AT MIDNIGHT Beso Negro play Peri's in Fairfax.
La Toque's five-course "Red Tie Dinner" ($195) is a New Year's delicacy. At the Michelin-rated restaurant inside the Westin Verasa, enjoy dinner with full access to the Red Tie Party ($75) at BANK Cafe and Bar, enjoy music, dancing and celebratory Champagne at midnight.1314 McKinstry St., Napa. 707.257.5157.
In downtown Napa, a Gatsby-themed New Year's Eve party gets swinging at 1313 Main. Wear flapper attire and indulge in wine, cocktails and bites from Lulu's Kitchen along with jazz music and a midnight Champagne toast ($25–$130). 1313 Main St., Napa. 707.258.1313.
Silo's promises that you will get satisfaction with the Rock 'n' Roll New Year's Eve party. Enjoy Champagne, party favors, a dessert buffet and a performance by the Unauthorized Rolling Stones ($100). 530 Main St., Napa. 707.251.5833.
Enjoy Silverado Resort and Spa's New Year's Eve extravaganza with dancing, party favors, photo booths, light snacks and a midnight balloon drop ($75). . . . Calistoga New Year's Eve Bash includes a $50 downtown dining voucher with participating restaurants and a party at the Napa County Fairgrounds Events Center with live music, premium no-host bar, late night munchies, party favors and a midnight toast with Schramsberg ($100).
. . . The Meritage Resort and Spa celebrates with a four-course dinner at Sienna, a ballroom party, bites, music and a sparkling wine toast ($125). . . . Wireless headphones pump the live DJ music that only you (and everyone else with headphones in the club) can hear at the Abnormal Formal Silent Disco Party Ball at Bergamot Alley ($60).