Well, we’ve finally made it to the end of year. And so, this will be the last Sober SoCal Weekend list of 2016! Don’t worry though, we’ve wrangled up a ton of fun ideas that DO NOT involve drugs or alcohol. Believe us, we know how tempting these next few days can be. In between cocktail parties, disco balls, and endless champagne, this is not the weekend you want to leave yourself vulnerable. So, savor the activities below and give yourself a non-alcoholic toast to 2017!
Saturday Pet Adoption
We’ve talked about the importance of pets in recovery before and nothing is more fulfilling than bringing a warm, cuddly four-legged friend home for the weekend. That’s why we’re proud to spread the word about Best Friend Animal Society’s year-end pet adoption drive. This Saturday afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to bond with puppies, kittens, dogs and cats in desperate need of shelter. All of the animals are fixed, vaccinated and micro-chipped, making them ready to roll that afternoon. It’s an amazing cause and costs just $20 to bring home a new BFF. Trust us, there’s no better way to start off 2017. This drive will take place in Mission Hills and West LA. You can click here for further details.
Marina Del Rey Fireworks Show
Now for New Year’s Eve itself, we strongly advise staying away from bars, clubs and alcohol-fueled fiestas. Instead, try heading out to beautiful Marina Del Rey for their annual (non-alcoholic) New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show. Based out of Burton Chase Park, there will be giant jumbotrons broadcasting the Times Square festivities at 8pm (close to east coast midnight). At 9pm, real fireworks will go off to coincide with the ball drop. Then, the whole thing happens again at 11pm (to coincide with our own new year). It’s a fantastic, safe experience that’ll certainly make you appreciate the importance of 2017. More details are available here.
Polar Bear Plunges
Another annual LA tradition is the Sunday morning Polar Bear Plunges. This unique event certainly gets the blood pumping after a long night out. Starting at 6am, swimmers gather at Cabrillo Beach, Hansen Dam and Venice Beach to hit the icy ocean and celebrate the new year. It’s a great way to get a little exercise and promises to be (no pun intended) an extremely “sobering” experience. Details are available here for both swimmers and spectators.
128th Annual Tournament Of Roses Parade
And how could we discuss new year’s weekend without mentioning the amazing Tournament Of Roses Parade? This tradition has been a part of Los Angeles for over 120 years and for 2017, it will take place bright and early Monday morning. Spectators can line the streets of Pasadena to watch amazing floral creations roll by. We highly recommend checking this event out in person. But keep in mind, it will be extremely tight on seating so the recommendation is to camp out the night before or pay $75 for a bleacher seat. More information is available here.
Happy 2017, VRC friends!