San Francisco is home to some of the largest parades, festivals and celebrations in the country. That makes this city the perfect setting for New Year’s Eve events. To salute 2018 and ring in 2019, venues all over SF are hosting more than ten sell-out parties, a pop-up plaza and, of course, the famous fireworks above the city.
For details on all of this and more, keep reading! And while you’re out on December 31st, remember that Muni is offering free service from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m.
November 26 – December 31, various times | Adjacent to Union Square Park | No tickets needed
Photo courtesy of Off the Grid
Through the entire month of December, this holiday pop-up pedestrian plaza will be entertaining the locals, visitors and families of San Francisco. In partnership with Off the Grid, the plaza will feature holiday decor, mobile food vendors and craft beverages, and New Year’s Eve marks closing day! The market will be open through 9 p.m. on December 31st which is just in time for the city’s fireworks display.
December 28 – 3, various times | SFJAZZ Center | Tickets
Especially known for his work with James Brown in the 1960s, Maceo Parker is a funk and soul jazz saxophonist. And he’s swinging through the SFJAZZ Center just in time for New Year’s Eve. For full details and tickets, click here.
December 31, 8 p.m. | Davies Symphony Hall | Tickets
The SF Symphony, Conductor Edwin Outwater and drag icon Peaches Christ are joining forces in Davies Symphony Hall for a festive evening of sass and flair. Buy your tickets here and get ready for a star-studded lineup of surprise guests.
December 31, 8:30 p.m. | Omni San Francisco Hotel | Tickets
This party at the luxurious Omni San Francisco is complete with live DJs on four dance floors, six separate areas, party favors and noisemakers, a photo booth with props, live casino games, and more.
December 31, 9 p.m. | Central Waterfront | No tickets needed
The city’s spectacular fireworks display will take to the skies beginning at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. You can view it from waterfront restaurants, rooftop lounges, Fisherman’s Wharf and PIER 39, city parks, or anywhere you have a view of the San Francisco skies.
December 31, 9 p.m. | The Speakeasy | Tickets
On New Year’s Eve, The Speakeasy is roaring even louder. This immersive theater experience is offering all the fun, craft cocktails and characters it usually does alongside appetizers and desserts, dancing and casino tables, and a party that will go until 2 a.m.
December 31, 9 p.m. | King Street Event Space | Tickets
Ultimate New Year’s Eve boasts over 20,000 square feet of party space, two massive balloon drops, impressive light displays, glow sticks, VIP options, and three music areas playing club hits, 90s favorites and Latin jams, respectively.
December 31, 9 p.m. | The Park Central San Francisco | Tickets
Inspired by Vegas clubs, Epic New Year’s Eve is celebrating with multiple DJs on four dance floors, multiple balloon drops, premium party favors, LED glow sticks, and dance floors dedicated to hits from the 80s, 90s and 2000s, club hits and salsa. The VIP section offers all of that plus private bartenders.
December 31, 9 p.m. | Parc 55 Hilton | Tickets
New Year’s Eve Massive has sold out for the past 14 years. This huge party explores five cities in five separate areas with world-class DJs playing different music on every dance floor. Other attractions include massive balloon drops, casino games, massive screens, party favors and an exclusive VIP option.
December 31, 9 p.m. | PianoFight | Tickets
Photo courtesy of Andy Strong (@andystrongphoto) via PianoFight
PianoFight is an indie arts event venue that showcases local artists, mouth-watering eats and crafted cocktails. For the fifth year, their New Year’s Eve Super Bash will have live music, DJs, karaoke, drag performances, balloons, champagne, confetti and multiple bars.
December 31, 9 p.m. | The Regency Ballroom | Tickets
MOANY stands for The Mother Of All New Year’s and, to prove it, this party sold out last year. To ring in 2019, they’re upping the ante with three distinct levels and three dance floors, fully stocked bars, casino tables, a photo booth and an impressive lineup of VIP exclusives.
December 31, 9 p.m. | Westin St. Francis | Tickets
Passport to the World is the largest black-tie New Year’s Eve party in the city. Don your best black tie clothing and get ready for seven areas with five themed rooms and 10 DJs, multiple performers, artists, stilt walkers and dancers, photo booths and other surprises.
December 31, 9 p.m. | Palace Hotel | Tickets
Inside the luxurious Palace Hotel, the NYE International Ball is celebrating until 2 a.m. with four separate rooms and each has their own DJ and live performers.
December 31, 9 p.m. | Fort Mason Festival Pavilion | Tickets
For the 10th year, EYE HEART NYE is coming to the city, and they’re partying in the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion with Grammy Award-winning artist MIGUEL. In addition to live performances, guests can enjoy an open bar available all night long, art installations and photo opportunities, waterfront and fireworks views, and a silent disco.
Happy New Year!