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Ring in the New!

Our 2013 North Bay New Year's Eve guide

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SONOMA COUNTY

Revelers both married and single can ring in the new year with lots of laughs at the all-comedy cabaret with Sandy and Richard Riccardi at Sixth Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa. The Riccardis describe menopause, social consciousness and their cracked road to marital bliss at 7pm ($25) and 10pm ($40–$50). 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.3544.

"Romp with the Beasts" this New Year's Eve ($100) at Safari West in the wilderness of the Sonoma Serengeti. A festive dinner and dancing are par for the jungle, with wine and beer available for purchase. Also on offer is the option to stay past midnight by booking overnight accommodations in luxury safari tents, with breakfast and mimosas provided on New Year's Day ($378–$500). 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa. 707.579.2551.

For early sleepers, the Petaluma Museum hosts its fifth annual New Year's Eve gala starting at 7pm. Celebrate with a concert by violist Yun Chu, cellist Shu Yi Pai and pianist Elizabeth Walter, who collaborate on Beethoven; then, Chu and Pai are joined by four members of the San Francisco symphony for a thrilling performance of Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence." The concert is from 7pm to 9pm, and guests will be provided with complimentary wine, cheeses and refreshments ($35–$45). 20 Fourth St., Petaluma. 707.778.4398.

CLUBBING Truthlive DJs the Flamingo in Santa Rosa.
  • CLUBBING Truthlive DJs the Flamingo in Santa Rosa.

Festive club goers can join Antix Events—the promoters behind the hugely successful Doubletree NYE parties in years past— at Flamingo Resort's New Year's Eve event to dance the way into the new year. Party at the four stages of music with top DJs from Matt Price to TRUTHLiVE spinning Top 40 and backbeat lounge tracks before the countdown ball falls. The event is 100 percent hosted, so drinks are free all night with admission ($120). 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

Celebrate New Year's Eve fake-afro-wig–style with Wonderbread 5 at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma ($51–$56). With some crazy antics lined up for the last couple hours of 2013 and the first hour of 2014, the band plays all your favorite and nonfavorite radio hits from the '70s, '80s and '90s to ring in the new year. 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Those hoping to start New Year's Day with healthy first steps should look no further than Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. As a part of the national "First Day Hikes" movement sponsored by America's state parks, the free, moderately strenuous, eight- mile hike begins at 10am through the mixed evergreen forest up to a summit offering sweeping vistas of Sonoma Valley. 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. 707.938.5216.

The "Queen of Boogie Woogie," Wendy Dewitt, plays at Main Street Station in Guerneville ($17–$30). . . . The Thugz play at Redwood Cafe in Cotati's New Year's Eve party. . . . Choppin' Broccoli light up at Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa. . . . "Shotgun Harlot" and ADD/C play the Roadhouse New Year's Eve party at Spancky's Bar in Cotati. . . . The Alameda All Stars, a midnight toast, and favors fill the bill at the Tradewinds in Cotati. . . . The Smokin' Aces New Year's Eve party burns into Mavericks in Santa Rosa ($20). . . . The California Ballroom New Year's Eve dance waltzes the night away at Monroe Hall in Santa Rosa ($15). . . . A Champagne toast and desserts at Cinnabar Theater celebrate the year after the performance of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris ($55–$65).

MARIN COUNTY

Freefallin' into 2014 isn't so hard at the Mill Valley Community Center with Tom Petty cover band Petty Theft. The night includes opening act Fleetwood Mask, a band that recreates the look and sound of Fleetwood Mac at their peak, a full bar and party favors. Reserved table tickets and standing general admission can be purchased online ($40–$55) or on the day of the show ($45), with proceeds to benefit Mill Valley Recreation's New Music Program. 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 415. 383.1370.

A year-end extravaganza with a lineup of talent brings laughter and dancing along with warm soup, salad, farmer's bread, Champagne and desert. Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs, Mark Pitta, Junk Parlor and other special guests all line up for a night of entertainment at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley at ($60–$80). Then, kick off New Year's Day with some of the funniest comedians around: Will Durst, Johnny Steele, Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, Mari Magloni and Arthur Gaus ($20–$24). 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.

The New Years' extravaganza at 19 Broadway in Fairfax is the ultimate funky dance party in Marin ($35–$40) with Vinyl featuring local soul diva "Sweetie Pie," dancehall legend Bobby Tenna and Soul Pie opening the night at 9pm. Enjoy the show along with Gumbo from Hummingbird Cafe, a Champagne toast at midnight and party favors. 19 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 415.459.0293.

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