New Year’s Eve in San Francisco means a famous midnight fireworks show above the Bay and countless entertainment options to ring in 2018. The biggest decision you’ll have to make that night is choosing where you’re going to be when the fireworks fly!
In our event guide, you’ll find cruises on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, kid-friendly events so the whole family can join in, and 21+ parties so you can salute the year in style. Whether you’re looking for fine food, laugh-out-loud comedy, a soothing serenade, or live DJs and a rousing party, you’ll find it all right here.
So the question remains: Where will you be when the clock strikes midnight?
If you’ve been on a Hornblower cruise before, you know they go all out for the holidays. On New Year’s Eve, they have a New Year’s Eve Champagne Brunch Cruise leaving from San Francisco at noon, the SF Belle of the Ball New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise and Premier New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise leaving from San Francisco in time for the fireworks, a Berkeley New Year’s Eve VIP Seated Dinner Cruise, the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Cruise and the Starry Night New Year’s Eve Cocktail Cruise leaving from Berkeley.
Then, on New Year’s Day, you can embark on the New Year’s Day Berkeley Champagne Brunch Cruise or the New Year’s Day San Francisco Champagne Brunch Cruise.
To see the full line-up of New Year’s cruise options with Hornblower, click here.
Ring in the New Year on the Grand Dame of the San Francisco Bay — the Cabernet Sauvignon Commodore! This year, Commodore Cruises & Events is celebrating with a delicious dinner buffet, a hosted bar, music provided by a live DJ, and a midnight display of fireworks along the San Francisco City Front.
Book your seats here, then board at 8:30 p.m. in Alameda. Eat, dance and party until the ship returns to Alameda at 1:15 a.m. on New Year’s Day!
December 31, various times at Crissy Field
At this race event, you can opt for the 24-hour run, the 12-hour run, the 6-hour run or just come to cheer on the racers! If you choose the 24-hour, you’ll be running Crissy Field from 9 a.m. on New Year’s Eve until 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Bring a flashlight for the nighttime hours, see the fireworks from the track and don’t miss out on the hot soup and pizza dinner! Get all the race details and register here.
December 31, 8 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall
You may know Seth MacFarlane as the many-voiced star and creator of Family Guy, but he’s also an Academy and Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter! Join him and the San Francisco Symphony of finger-snapping jazz standards and holiday classics. Buy your tickets here.
Events for Ages 18+
December 31, 8 p.m. at Oracle Arena
This 18+ show is your opportunity to ring in the new year with Roberto Tapia, Ramón Ayala and other stunning performers! Get your tickets here and dance your way into 2018.
December 31, 9 p.m. at Kanbar Performing Arts Center
Recommended for guests 18 years and older, this comedic extravaganza is a sell-out every year! Tickets include a complimentary glass of champagne (for those 21 years of age and older) and a full evening of smart, funny and clean stand-up comedy from five laugh-out-loud comics. Round up your friends, reserve a lantern-lit table for groups of four or eight, and celebrate the evening with laughter! Find tickets here.
Events for Ages 21+
December 31, 9 p.m. at Palace of Fine Arts
For the first time ever, New Year’s Eve is coming to the Palace of Fine Arts! Not only is this themed event taking place in one of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks, it will also have 11 themed fantasy worlds, live music from the Old Hollywood Jazz Band, DJs and dancing, a premium open bar and wine tasting room, an unforgettable, full immersion 360 theater experience with OneDome, a fashion art exhibit, cirque entertainment and even more! It’s also 75% sold-out so get your tickets today!
December 31, 9 p.m. at The Regency Ballroom
M.O.A.N.Y. stands for “Mother Of All New Year’s” so choosing this lively party on December 31 isn’t a difficult decision. With three different spaces, three dance floors, and three fully-stocked bars, complimentary casino tables, a photo booth and more, it’s the place to be for NYE. Semi-formal attire is required so dust off that little black dress and buy your tickets today.
December 31, 9 p.m. at Parc 55 Hilton San Francisco
This wild party sells out every year because it gives you and your friends the opportunity to experience five amazing cities in one night! Buy your tickets and step into Las Vegas, Hollywood, Miami, New York and, of course, San Francisco on New Year’s Eve. Get all the details on each floor and each city theme here, including DJs, music themes, dress code and more.
December 31, 9 p.m. at Palace Hotel
On NYE inside San Francisco’s stunning Palace Hotel, you’ll find three separate rooms with three distinct music themes, live DJs, 4000+ balloon drops, a hosted bar, and so much more! Don your best party attire and head to the Palace for red carpet treatment. Get more details and buy your tickets online.
December 31, 9 p.m. at The Park Central San Francisco
In the heart of San Francisco, this Union Square shindig features four dancefloors with multiple DJs, 20,000 square feet of party space, two huge screens to watch the countdown to midnight, and one of the best balloon drops in the city! Dress in your semi-formal best and buy tickets before they sell out.
December 31, 9 p.m. at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion
If partying with T-Pain is on your bucket list, now’s your chance! This New Year’s Eve party has an impressive line-up of DJs, including Mad Decent and T-Pain himself. With views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, you can take part in a huge silent disco, grab craft drinks at the open bar all night long, and dance into 2018. Buy your tickets ASAP!
December 31, 9 p.m. at The Westin St. Francis
This intimate party is limited to 1,500 guests — less than half allowed in past years and at other San Francisco parties. With plenty of glitz and glam and more than 3,000 balloons for the midnight balloon drop, this party (complete with open bar) is the place to be on New Year’s Eve 2017. Get your tickets here.
December 31, 9 p.m. at Americano at Hotel Vitale
This huge NYE party is set right under the city’s midnight fireworks spectacular. With expansive views of the Bay, you’ll dance the night away with DJs Just-IN and Vierra Vibe. You’ll also enjoy world-class cocktails from the open bar and you’ll be able to watch the fireworks beneath the clear canopy above the Americano at Hotel Vitale. Upon arrival, make sure you’re in your best cocktail attire for the red carpet photo shoot. Buy tickets and get information on the pre-party prix-fixe dinner here.
December 31, 9 p.m. at Omni San Francisco Hotel
Five distinct spaces, three dance floors, a starry outdoor terrace, a massive balloon drop, and party favors — these are all included in your ticket to the New Year’s Eve Grand Gala. Grab your dancing shoes and throw on your formal attire; this will be a night to remember!
Happy New Year!
From all of us at McGuire Real Estate, we hope you have a fun and safe holiday.