Pilgrims started the tradition of New Year’s Eve resolutions shortly after landing at Plymouth Rock, with most of them resolving to finally gain back those stubborn 10 pounds they'd lost to scurvy. Revel in all the holiday’s traditions minus its hoity-toity hassles with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two general-admission tickets to the first-ever all-ages OC Fair New Year's Eve Block Party (a $50 value) at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.
The OC Fair Block Party keeps its atmosphere laid-back and accessible with a year-ending bonanza of live music and delectable delicacies. Uncomfortable black ties and pointless forehead cummerbunds can be left at home; at the Block Party, revelers of any age get to dress however they like. Pump fists at four stages as tribute bands cover hits by The Beatles, Journey, The Smiths, Pearl Jam, and more. While your date shows off their Tuvan throat-singing skills at the karaoke bar, be a sweetheart and pick up a few noshes from the armada of around 50 local food trucks serving gourmet grub from around the world. Adrenaline addicts, meanwhile, can keep the jitters away with a car-crunching taxi-cab demolition derby (not included in this deal; $10 for an assigned-seating upgrade the day of the event while supplies last). As the countdown to midnight and one more year of not winning the lottery approaches, spin your partner 'round under the sky as it fills with a midnight spectacular.