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 theater performances.
On New Year's Eve, 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 Friday 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.
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There are several great shows on NYE in San Francisco.
You will find these concerts at venues all over town including The Warfield, The Fillmore, and The Independent. These are top shows scheduled so far this New Year's in San Francisco.
One of the largest events this New Years in San Francisco is the Fireworks display over the Bay.
This annual event is just to the south of the Ferry Building near the SF Bay Bridge. The show kicks off at 11:59pm.
A unique way to spend your New Year's is aboard a cruise on the SF Bay. It's one of the few places in the US you can enjoy this type of adventure on NYE. You will find a variety of cruises from high-end dinner cruises to 21+ party boats.
Many attractions close early on New Year's Eve. As you plan your visit, make sure to check out my list of closing times for top SF attractions on New Year's Eve.
One of the most popular ways to ring in the New Year in San Francisco is at a fun 21+ party. You will find dozens of options, many are at high-end hotels.
They feature a variety of music options, dancing, and a night full of fun and entertainment. My favorite part about them is that most charge a set fee and include drinks all night long.
The Fresh Start Festival is a three day outdoor music event at The Midway in San Francisco.
It stars on New Year's Eve, but also offers live music on both New Year's Day and January 2.
The headliner on NYE is Golden City with Lane 8 taking the stage on Sunday, 1/2.
This festival is a fun way to kick off the new year in style!
Head over to the new SF Jazz Center on New Years Eve for Maceo Parker. This funky New Year's Eve Party includes two shows. The first is at 8pm and is open to the public.
The second is at 10:30pm and is for members only. The second show includes complimentary champagne and a balloon drop at midnight.
Another fun thing to do on NYE in San Francisco is to catch a comedy show. The biggest act on stage this year is Brian Regan at the Masonic. He'll take the stage at 8 pm.
SF brings in big name performers all year long and NYE always offers up some great options. You can catch an earlier show which will end well before midnight so you can still head out on the town.
You can also catch a show that runs through midnight to escape the chaos all around town.
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If you love heading out for a nice dinner to celebrate NYE in San Francisco, then you have many of great options. Here are a few places to check out this year. I recommend making your reservations ASAP, as they fill up quickly.
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On New Year's Eve in San Francisco, you will find extended hours for BART, Caltrain, and SF's Muni.
BART runs trains until around 3am. Special service running to and from San Francisco will start at 8pm. This gives you a little extra time to catch a ride home. This year, they will not run their "skip service" which skipped certain stations during busier times.
Caltrain is offering additional trains to San Francisco before the fireworks and also later trains southbound after the fireworks. They have added on two additional northbound trains.
Additional trains will head out after the NYE fireworks display with the last train leaving at 2am. Make sure to get to the Caltrain station as quickly as you can after the show as these trains fill up quickly.
Caltrain also offers free rides on NYE starting at 8pm and ending when the final special train arrives in San Jose.
SF's Muni offers free transit from 8pm to 5am. Here are a few additional details:
Do not tag your Clipper Card during these times or you will be charged the regular fee.
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.
On New Year's Day, you will find a number of attractions open including the Aquarium of the Bay on Pier 39, the SF Zoo, and the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. One special treat this day is that you will also get free admission into the gorgeous Botanical Gardens.
Learn More: Hours for All Top Attractions on New Year's Day
Bay Cruise Adventure
Bike the Golden Gate Bridge
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.