New Years San Francisco 2018-2019

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 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 Monday night.

Fireworks SF NYE

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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Concerts, Live Music & Shows

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.

Learn More: Additional NYE Live Music Performances

Fireworks Over the Bay

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.

Learn More: Tips to Attend the New Year's Eve Fireworks Display

New Year's Eve Cruises

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 family friendly options to 21+ party boats. You will also find some upscale dinner and fireworks cruise options.

Learn More: Check Out SF Bay Cruises for New Year's Eve

Holiday Attraction Schedule

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.

Learn More: Holiday Attraction Schedules

21+ Parties & Events

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.

Learn More: Check Out the Top 21+ Parties for New Year's Eve

Additional Things to Do on NYE in SF

Cirque du Soleil's Volta

Enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show this New Years in San Francisco. This year's performance is Volta. It's the story of a young man that want to find a better life as he prepares to be a contestant on a game show. What he learns is that what's inside of him already is the power he needs to transform into who he really wants to be.

With colorful costumes and tricky acrobatics, this is one you do not want to miss.

>> Click here for a full schedule for Cirque du Soleil this year


Party & Fireworks at the Commonwealth Club

This is the first year that the Commonwealth Club is opening their doors for NYE. Enjoy this decadent part along the Embarcadero with gourmet cuisine, top-shelf cocktails, 3 separate party spaces, and a balloon drop at midnight. It includes 4-hour open bar cocktail party reception and front row seats to SF's annual fireworks display over the bay. This is one party you will not want to miss this New Years in San Francisco!


NYE with Grammy Award-Winning J. Hoard and Jazz Vocalist Viveca

Spend your NYE at the Black Cat with Grammy Award-Winning J. Hoard and Jazz Vocalist Viveca. J. Hoard collaborated with Chance the Rapper on "Coloring Book." Hoard's high energy performances offer a mix of jazz, gospel, soul, R&B, funk, and hip-hop. It will make for an unforgettable New Year's Eve in San Francisco.

The Black Cat is a jazz club near Union Square and will offer two seatings for dinner that evening between 6pm and 10pm. Each ticket includes a four-course prefixe dinner. After dinner, you are also welcome to stay all night long to enjoy the music, which will continue until 2:30am. Black Cat is at 400 Eddy Street.

>> Visit Eventbrite for more event details and to reserve your seats today


New Year's Eve One Day Run

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 on Monday, December 31. 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.

>> Click Here to Register Today


NYE at the SF Jazz Center

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. The second is at 10:30pm and is for members only. The second show includes complimentary champagne and a balloon drop at midnight.

>> SF Jazz Center's Official Website


Comedy Shows on NYE

Another fun thing to do on NYE in San Francisco is to catch a comedy show. 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.

>> Find a full list of performers on NYE here


Shen Yun at the War Memorial Opera House

The world famous performing arts troupe, Shen Yun, is on stage this NYE at the War Memorial Opera House. Their vibrant and high energy performances offer you a look inside China with traditional dance, music, and acrobatics. This year's show includes 100 performers and will take you on a 5,000 year journey. The show starts at 7:30pm and runs for just over 2 hours, which will give you time for additional NYE fun later in the evening.

Best Deals on San Francisco Hotels

Don't pay full price for your room this holiday season. Start your search by checking out the great deals all throughout the city. You can save on your room rate and/or get discounts on popular amenities such as wifi, parking, breakfast, and more.

Click the links below to start saving today!

Booking: Find great deals all around San Francisco for your upcoming stay!

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Fancy Dinner Options

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.

  • Big 4 Restaurant at The Scarlet Huntington

  • Fairmont Nob Hill: 2 Options
    • Laurel Court
    • Tonga Room

  • Foreign Cinema

  • Michael Mina

  • Zingari Ristorante
Make your reservations for these and other great places on OpenTable.com today.

Public Transit Hours

On New Year's Eve in San Francisco, you will find extended hours for BART, Caltrain, and SF's Muni.

BART

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. Also, please note, due to the additional trains running after 8pm, not all trains stop at all stations. Here is what you can expect.

Into San Francisco after 8pm
BART Line Service Details
Antioch & Richmond Exit at Montgomery (no stop at Embarcadero)
Dublin/Pleasanton & So. Fremont/Warm Springs Exit at Embarcadero (no stop at Montgomery)
Millbrae, Daly City, and SFO Stop at all stops

Leaving San Francisco after Midnight
BART Line Service Details
Antioch & Richmond Board at Montgomery (no stop at Embarcadero)
Dublin/Pleasanton & So. Fremont/Warm Springs

Board at Embarcadero (no stop at Montgomery)

First East Bay stop is Lake Merritt (no West Oakland stop)

Millbrae, Daly City, and SFO Board at Montgomery and then makes all stops

>> Visit the official BART site for additional details on these holiday changes

Caltrain

Caltrain is offering additional trains to San Francisco before the fireworks and also later trains southbound after the firworks. 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.

Here are more details on their site.

Caltrain also offers free rides on NYE starting at 8pm and ending when the final special train arrives in San Jose.

SF Muni

SF's Muni offers free transit from 8pm to 5am. Here are a few additional details:

  • Muni Metro hours will extend to 5am between West Portal and the Embarcadero; they will extend to 2:15am between West Portal and 4th and King Streets
  • F Market streetcar line will be serviced by buses all day
  • Cable car lines will be serviced by buses after 6pm
  • Extra Owl Service for the following routes from 1am to 5am: 5 Fulton, 14 Mission, 22 Fillmore, 24 Divisadero, 25 Treasure Island, 38 Geary, 44 O'Shaughnessy, 48 Quintara/24th , 90 and 91 Owl and the L and N Owl bus routes

Do not tag your Clipper Card during these times or you will be charged the regular fee.

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.

Attractions Open on New Year's Day

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


Tours & Cruises

Bay Cruise Adventure

  • 60-minute ride around the SF Bay
  • Cruise past Alcatraz Island, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Fort Point
  • Ride under the Golden Gate Bridge - twice!
  • Listen to narration along the way about the attractions and SF's history
  • Several cruises between 10:15am and 5pm
  • Buy your tickets today

Bike the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Guided three-hour tour from SF to Sausalito
  • Ride along the SF waterfront, up and over the Golden Gate Bridge, and on some small hills until you reach the seaside town of Sausalito
  • Stop along the way for pictures and to learn more from your expert guide
  • Ferry back to SF from Sausalito
  • Reserve your spot today

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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