New Years San Francisco 2014

Top Events & Activities for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in SF

San Francisco is one of the best places to celebrate New Year's Eve. You'll find a variety of celebrations from 21 and older pub crawls to the SF Symphony's annual Masquerade Ball.

On New Year's Eve in San Francisco, you can also take a cruise, catch some live music, or join friends for a night out on the town.

This year, New Year's Eve falls on a Tuesday night.

You'll find plenty of activities on New Year's Day too. You can head out on a special New Year's Day cruise, visit a few of the famous San Francisco attractions, or lay low watching some great college football games.

New Year's Eve Activities and Events

21+ Parties and Events

New Year's Eve Marina District Pub Crawl
December 31 starting at 6pm

  • Make your way through the Marina District all night long as you enjoy drink specials from participating bars such as $4 drafts and two glasses of champagne for $14
  • Stop by Extreme Pizza between 6pm and 10pm to register and receive your map of participating bars
  • Your ticket all allows you to enter each location without an additional cover charge

J'LaChic's San Francisco New Year's Extravaganza
December 31 from 9pm to 2am

  • Annual black tie event at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel
  • Kick off the evening with a Vegas style floor show including Motown, R&B and other soul favorites
  • After the show, mingle, listen to music and dance as you cruise from room to room enjoying a variety of artists and musicians
  • You can also check out the comedy by Jeff Applebaum, ballroom dancing with Richard Nelson's Trip and smooth jazz by SaxTigress
  • Several Bay Area DJ's will also be on hang playing the hottest Top 40 hits

NYE at the W in Downtown San Francisco
December 31 from 9pm to 2am

  • Enjoy live music by six of SF's hottest DJs
  • Cocktails from the four-hour open bar from 9:30pm to 1:30am
  • Three count downs to midnight
  • Tickets start at $90 per person

EyeHeartSF's Streets of San Francisco New Year's Eve 2013/2014
December 31 at 9pm at Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion

  • Walk through a recreation of the SF city streets at this NYE celebration
  • Panoramic views of the entire bay from Alcatraz Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge
  • See the fireworks display at midnight
  • Signature midnight champagne toast
  • Live performances from award-winning DJs
  • Premium hosted bar and music

Champagne Resolutions NYE 2014
December 31 from 9pm to 2am at the Hyatt Regency

  • Listen to the sounds of one of SF's top DJs, DJ Cobra
  • Four hour open bar from 9:30pm to 1:30am
  • Complimentary Champagne toast at midnight
  • Tickets start at $95 per person

Epic NYE 2014
December 31 from 9pm to 2am at the Westin Market Street

  • 20,000 feet of party space with 2 levels of entertainment
  • 4 rooms with different music including Top 40, House, Hip Hop; 80s/90s/2k Hits; Salsa, Merengue, Reggaetown; VIP's Only Top 40 & Club Hits
  • Ball drop at midnight
  • Party favors and amazing sound and lighting
  • Tickets start at $35 per person and $99 per person for the open bar ticket

NYE International Ball 2014
December 31 from 9pm to 2am at the Palace Hotel

  • Four separate rooms of music from 7 well known DJs
  • 11 Piece Live Salsa Band
  • Multiple balloon drop at midnight
  • High energy dancers and drummers
  • Complimentary salsa class from 9pm to 9:45pm
  • Party photo booth
  • Premium open bar with most tickets
  • Early bird tickets start at $150 per person

New Year's Eve Cruises

A cruise on the bay on New Year's Eve is another great way to celebrate the new year. There are five cruises offered on New Years Eve in San Francisco.

Hornblower New Year's Eve Cruise with Four Course Dinner

  • Four hour cruise starts at 9pm
  • Gourmet four-course seated dinner
  • Open premium bar including Champagne, cocktails, beer, wine and other liquors
  • Dance floor with live entertainment
  • One of the best views of the New Year's Eve fireworks
  • Festive party favors
  • Dress code for this cruise is upscale casual to business casual. No jeans allowed.
  • Cost per person starts at $293.87

Hornblower San Francisco New Year's Eve Cruise

  • 3.5 hour cruise that starts boarding at 9:15pm in Fishermans Wharf
  • Cruise around the bay aboard a 200 passenger boat
  • Enjoy an open bar, appetizer buffet and a Champagne toast at midnight
  • Dance the night away to DJ Entertainment
  • Watch the fireworks from one of the best spots in the bay
  • Smart dress is recommended
  • Cost per person starts at $160

3rd Annual Speakeasy New Year's Eve Cruise 2014

  • Hop aboard the Fume Blanc Commodore for NYE 2014
  • Transport yourself back to the 20s with black jack tables and dealers
  • Enjoy live entertainment from DJs spinning Top 40 music
  • Sip on cocktails from the open bar that is open for four hours
  • See the lights of SF's top attractions including Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Check in begins at 7:30pm, boarding is at 8:30pm
  • The boat returns to shore at 1am
  • Tickets start at $125 per person,

Family Friendly Fireworks Cruise

  • Enjoy New Year's Eve 2014 on the SF Bay aboard the Royal Prince
  • 3-hour cruise offers entertainment, dancing and one of the best views of the fireworks at mid-night
  • The cruise also features an open bar for adults to bring in the New Year
  • Boarding begins at 10pm, with the cruise setting sail at 10:15
  • It returns to SF at 1:15am
  • Tickets start at $125 for adults over 21, $105 for those under 21

Live Music

Here are some of the top shows at New Years San Francisco:

  • NOFX New Year's Heave: Dilinger Four, Tennage Bottlerocket, Implants at the Warfield at 9pm
  • Tainted Love: The Regency Ballroom at 9pm
  • Sea of Dreams NYE: Thievery Corporation, A-Trak & Dillion Francis: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium at 9pm
  • Holy Ghost: The Independent at 9pm

Learn more about other live performances in San Francisco in December.


Other Events in San Francisco on New Year's Eve

Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna
Tuesday, December 31 at 1pm and 4:30pm

This year's Cirque du Soleil performance is Amaluna. Engage your senses with colorful characters, intricate costumes and dare devil acrobatics on New Year Eve Under the Big Top near AT&T Park. This two and a half performance is done early, so you can then celebrate the New Year in style at one of these other fun events. Learn more about Amaluna and find tickets for NYE.

The Book of Mormon
Tuesday, December 31 at 8pm

Head over to the Orpheum Theater to see the award winning production of The Book of Mormon. From the creators of South Park and the cocreator of Avenue Q, this funny musical is the winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Very explicit language, no children under 5 allowed. Find ticket information and other theater performances for NYE.

New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball with the SF Symphony
Tuesday, December 31 at 9pm

Dress to the nines in your favorite ball gown or tuxedo and head over to the War Memorial Opera House to celebrate with the SF Symphony. The event starts at 9pm with the SF Symphony concert. After the show, the night continues with complimentary La Marca Prosecco, dancing and a toast at midnight. Tickets start at $85 per person. Buy tickets online on the SF Symphony website.

New Year's Eve One Day Run
Tuesday, December 31 starting at 9am, 12pm and 6pm

Run into the new year on the New Year's One Day. You can choose from the 24-hour (starts at 9am), 12-hour (starts at 12pm), or the 6-hour (starts at 6pm) run. You'll run a 1.061 mile loop in Crissy Field with beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Register today!

Comedian Greg Proops at the Punch Line Comedy Club
Tuesday, December 31 at 7:30pm and 10:00pm

Ring in the New Year with funny guy Greg Proops. His witty humor will have you laughing all night long. I love going to this show and then heading out with friends for an evening on the town. On NYE, he will perform two shows.

New Year's Eve Comedy Countdown
Tuesday, December 31 at 9pm

Another fantastic New Years San Francisco option is the Comedy Countdown at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. This year's lineup includes Natasha Leggero from Chelsea Lately; Bert Kreischer, a reality show host and party animal; Doug Benson from Super High Me and Rory Scovel, a master of improvisational comedy.Click here for additional comedy shows on New Year's Eve.


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New Year's Day

If you didn't party too hard on New Year's Eve, you can also enjoy a number of fun activities the next day. Here are just some of the top things to see and do on New Year's Day in San Francisco.

Tours & Cruises

Hornblower Cruise
Hornblower Cruises is also offering a Champagne Brunch Cruise on New Year's Day. This two-hour cruise starts at noon.

  • Full brunch buffet
  • Free flowing Champagne, juices, coffee, tea and water
  • Soft drinks, wine, beer and cocktails also available for purchase on board
  • Live entertainment
  • Cruise starts at $69 per person (+taxes and additional fees)

Holiday Lights Tour
The Holiday Lights Tour offers one last look at the beautiful holiday decorations and lights on the evening of New Year's Day. This 90-minute tour includes:

  • Open-top trolley with unobstructed views of the San Francisco lights
  • Ride through Union Square to see the Christmas Tree and the Macy's Department Store holiday windows
  • Cruise through Fishermans Wharf and past Ghirardelli Square to see their holiday light displays
  • View of the colorful lights of City Hall, Davis Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House
  • Drive over to Treasure Island for a full view of the San Francisco skyline at night
  • Cost per person starts at $28 and starts at 6pm

Explore Chinatown: An Insider's Walking Tour

  • Starts at 11am at Chinatown's Main Gate on Bush and Grant
  • Stroll through this mysterious district and learn about the people, the culture and its history
  • Visit the Chinese Temples, an herbalist shop and the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company

Attractions Open on New Year's Day

Several of San Francisco's attractions are free and open to visitors year around. Click here for a list of all attractions one on New Year's Eve and Day including hours of operation for both days.


Best Places to Watch College Football

One of my favorite things to do on New Year's Day is watch some college football. Here are some great sports bars where you can enjoy the games.

Nickies: Lower Haight neighborhood; pub food available all day including beer battered fish & chips, mac & cheese and gourmet burgers; normally opens at noon; 466 Haight Street (between Webster & Fillmore Streets)

Final Final: Marina District; fun, but often crowded sports bar; mostly locals; very limited food menu; 2990 Baker Street (at Lombard)

Green's Sports Bar: Russian Hill/Nob Hill area; great place to watch football; bar only - no food; normally opens around 10am; 2239 Polk Street

Kezar Pub: Haight Ashbury/Cole Valley; small, but popular sports bar near Golden Gate Park; full pub menu that includes wings, tacos and burgers - their Bangers and Mash is also amazing!; usually opens around 11:30am; 770 Stanyan Street

Union Square Sports Bar: Union Square; it's a little bit of a dive bar, but has several TVs and centrally located; drinks only - no food; usually opens around 11am; 115 Mason Street

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