80+ San Francisco New Year’s Weekend Events: NYE Fireworks & Parties, Polar Plunges, Ice Skating, Brunch, Comedy, Concerts, & More! | December 31-January 3, 2016

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New Year’s is upon us, San Francisco, & it’s going to be a fantastic weekend! We’ve got tons of Bay Area events for you to enjoy including ways to take in the spectacular NYE Fireworks, plenty of amazing NYE Parties to ensure you ring in the new year in high spirits, daytime family NYE celebrations including Noon Year’s Eve in Albany & Countdown to Noon in Menlo Park, travel safe with Ride Muni Free on NYE, your chance to celebrate New Year’s Day with some fun at Polar Plunges & Ice Skating, Brunches, Concerts, plus so much more! Below is a list of several fun events, and most of them are FREE!

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San Francisco Thursday Events, December 31, 2015:

  • Albany: Noon Year’s Eve Celebration @ Albany Community Center | Free, Family-Friendly, Balloon Drop, Arts & Crafts, Trivia, 11AM-1PM (more info)
  • Berkeley: Bear Country Funk @ The Starry Plough | Live Soul, Hip Hop, & Latin Dance Party (more info)
  • Comedy: NYE Comedy Countdown @ Cobb’s Comedy Club | Stand-Up Comedy, Midnight Toast (more info)
  • Cruise: New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruises @ Pier 43 1/2 | 3-Hour Sail Through SF Bay, View Of Fireworks & Lights, DJs, Appetizer & Dessert Buffets, Drinks (more info)
  • Cupertino: New Year’s Eve @ Arya | 4-Course Dinner Menu, Champagne Toast, Belly Dancing, Dancing, Balloon Drops (more info)
  • Dance: Nutcracker Under The Dome @ Westfield SF Centre | Every 30 Minutes Starting At 5PM, 3D Light Shows (more info)
  • Fireworks: New Year’s Eve Fireworks | Gorgeous Fireworks Display Over SF Waterfront, Hundreds Of Thousands Of Attendees, Kicks Off At 11:59PM (more info)
  • Hike: Sierra Club New Year’s Eve Midnight Hike & Fireworks | Guided Hike, View Of Fireworks, Free, 8PM-Midnight (more info)
  • Holidays: Illuminate SF Festival of Lights | 27 Dramatic Light Art Installations throughout 12 Neighborhoods, Free Guided Tours, Thanksgiving-New Year’s Day
  • Holidays: Macy’s Holiday Windows | Featuring SF SPCA Adoptable Animals
  • Holidays: Winter Walk SF @ Union Square | Pop-Up Plaza with Carolers & Live Music, Nightly 3D Light Shows, Food Trucks, & More, Nov 27-Jan 1
  • Market: Mission Community Market @ Bartlett & 22nd | Open-air Marketplace, 4-8PM (more info)
  • Menlo Park: Countdown To Noon @ Cheeky Monkey Toys | NYE Balloon Drop & Kid Crafts, Free, 11AM-1PM (more info)
  • Oakland: British New Year’s Party @ Commonwealth Cafe & Pub | Bagpipes & Bubbly, Free, 4PM (more info)
  • Party: Champagne Resolutions New Year’s Eve @ Hyatt Regency | Beautiful Ballroom Setting, DJs Sets, Premium Bar, 9PM-2AM (more info)
  • Party: Get Lucky NYE @ Lucky Strike SF | Live Casino Gaming, Complimentary Champagne Toast, Premium Open Bar, Evening Attire (more info)
  • Party: Epic New Year’s Eve @ Park Central Hotel | 20,000 Sq. Feet Of Party Space, 4 Dance Floors, 2 Levels, Balloon Drops (more info)
  • Party: NYE Massive @ Parc 55 | SF’s Original Multi-City Themed NYE Event, 5 Areas With 5 Dancefloors, Casino-Style Gaming, Balloon Drops (more info)
  • Party: Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve @ Fish & Farm | 2-Level Speakeasy Location, Roaring 20’s Theme, Open Bar, Midnight Champagne Toast, VIP Areas, 9PM-2AM (more info)
  • Party: Mega New Years Eve @ LUXX Events Space | 3 Dancefloors On 2 Levels, Afterhours Until 4AM, 7 DJs, Balloon Drops & Confetti Blasts (more info)
  • Public Transportation: Ride Muni Free on NYE | Complimentary Public Transportation Service, DEC 31, 8PM-JAN 1, 5AM
  • San Jose: Family Fun NYE @ Downtown San Jose | Free, Winter Wonderland Amusement Park With Rides, Mazes, Obstacle Course, & More (more info)
  • San Jose: Black & White Affair @ SP2 Communal Bar & Restaurant | New Year’s Eve Party, DJ Sets, Drinks, 9PM-2AM (more info)
  • Santa Cruz: NYE Daytime Bowling & Canned Food Drive @ Boardwalk Bowl | Free (more info)
  • Santa Cruz: “Last Night” DIY New Year’s Eve Parade & Street Party @ Saturn Cafe Parking Lot | Free, 5PM (more info)
  • Theatre: “Potted Potter” Harry Potter Parody @ Palace Of Fine Arts | Hilarious Live Show, 7 Books In 70 Minutes (more info)
  • Tour: Free San Francisco Walking Tours: Golden Gate Park, Castro, Chinatown, Excelsior, City Hall, Fisherman’s Wharf, & More (More info)
  • Trivia: Trivia Night @ The New Parkway Theater | Free, 7:30PM (more info)

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San Francisco Friday Events, January 1, 2016:

  • Art Walk: North Beach First Fridays | Free, Art Galleries, Local Artists, Music & Drinks, 6-9PM (more info)
  • Berkeley: Flash Back Friday Movie Night @ Hotel Durant | Unique Hotel Setting, Complimentary Soda & Popcorn, 8PM (more info)
  • Bikes: World Naked Bike Ride To New Year’s Day Freezing Plunge @ Lincoln & Great Highway | Free, 10AM-3PM (more info)
  • Bikes: San Francisco Bike Party | Free, First Fridays (more info)
  • Brunch: New Year’s Day Food Truck Picnic & Bottomless Mimosa Brunch @ SoMa StrEat Food Park | Free, 10AM-5PM (more info)
  • Burlesque: Hunny Bunny & Her Hot Toddies @ Skylark Bar | Free Burlesque & Variety Show, Drinks, Dancing, DJs (more info)
  • Coffee: Public Coffee Cupping @ Sightglass | Free, Coffee & Conversation, 3-4PM (more info)
  • Comedy: First Friday @ Il Pirata | Free, Comedy Show, DJ Dance Party (more info)
  • Garden: Free Admission To SF Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park (more info)
  • Holidays: Illuminate SF Festival of Lights | 27 Dramatic Light Art Installations throughout 12 Neighborhoods, Free Guided Tours, Thanksgiving-New Year’s Day
  • Holidays: Macy’s Holiday Windows | Featuring SF SPCA Adoptable Animals
  • Holidays: Winter Walk SF @ Union Square | Pop-Up Plaza with Carolers & Live Music, Nightly 3D Light Shows, Food Trucks, & More, Nov 27-Jan 1
  • Ice Skating: Polar Bear Ice Skate @ Union Square Park | Skating In Bathing Suits & Polar Bear Attire, Dance Contest, 2-3:30PM (more info)
  • Music: New Year’s Day 12-Hour DJ Block Party @ The Midway | 2 Tented Outdoor Stages, Full Bars, Food Trucks, Food Drive Collection, 6AM-6PM (more info)
  • Music: Queer Fridays @ El Rio | Live Music Series, Free, 10PM (more info)
  • Music: Dolci by the Bay @ Aquatic Park Center | Free Classical Chamber Music, 1PM (more info)
  • Oakland: The Art Murmur First Friday Art Walk | Free, 40+ Galleries, 6-9PM (more info)
  • Oakland: First Fridays Festival On Telegraph Ave | Free, Art, Music, Food & Drink (more info)
  • Oakland: Temescal First Fridays @ Temescal Square | Free, Art Galleries, Shopping, Food & Drink, Live Entertainment, 6-9PM (more info)
  • Oakland: First Friday Shorts @ The New Parkway | Film Screenings, 6-8PM (more info)
  • Oakland: Great Wall Of Oakland @ 400 Grand Avenue | Outdoor Digital Art & Film, First Fridays, 7-11PM (more info)
  • Oakland: First Friday Follies @ Stork Club | Free, Burlesque & Caberet Performances (more info)
  • Palo Alto: New Year’s Day SF Chamber Orchestra @ First Palo Alto United Methodist Church | Free, 3PM (more info)
  • Polar Plunge: New Year’s Day Pacific Ocean Plunge @ Ocean Beach | Free, Beach Party Following, 11:30AM (more info)
  • Polar Plunge: New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim & Hangover Cure @ Aquatic Park | Free, 11AM (more info)
  • Redwood City: Free First Fridays @ San Mateo County History Museum (more info)
  • Roller Skating: Midnight Rollers Friday Night Skate @ The Ferry Building On the Embarcadero | Music, Roller Skating, Free, 9PM (more info)
  • San Jose: New Year’s Day Electronic Music Marathon @ Johnny V’s Bar | Free, 2 Rooms Of DJs, 6AM-2PM (more info)
  • San Jose: South First Fridays Art Walk (more info)
  • Santa Cruz: Free First Fridays @ Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (more info)
  • Theatre: “Potted Potter” Harry Potter Parody @ Palace Of Fine Arts | Hilarious Live Show, 7 Books In 70 Minutes (more info)
  • Tour: Free San Francisco Walking Tours: Golden Gate Park, Castro, Chinatown, Excelsior, City Hall, Fisherman’s Wharf, & More (More info)

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San Francisco Saturday Events, January 2, 2016:

  • Cars: Cars & Coffee @ Cafe SpA Cars & Coffee SF | Exotic & Muscle Car Meetup, Free, First Saturdays, 8-11AM (more info)
  • Fillmore: Fillmore Farmers’ Market @ O’Farrell at Fillmore & Fillmore Center Plaza | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)
  • Holidays: Macy’s Holiday Windows | Featuring SF SPCA Adoptable Animals
  • Music: Prince & MJ Experience @ Madrone Art Bar | Hits, Album Cuts, & B-Sides, 8PM-2AM, First Saturdays (more info)
  • Music: Folkin’ New Year Concert @ Great American Music Hall | The Easy Leaves, Folk Country Music, 9PM (more info)
  • Oakland: The Art Murmur Saturday Stroll | Free, 1-5PM (more info)
  • Sausalito: Open House & Storytelling @ Nike Missile Site | Free, 12:30-3:30PM, First Saturdays (more info)
  • Sing-A-Long: Chantey Sing @ Hyde Park Pier | Free, 8PM-Midnight (more info)
  • Television: Downtown Abbey Season 6 KQED Screening Party @ Castro Theatre | Free, Exclusive Sneak Preview Screening, Noon (more info)
  • Tour: Free San Francisco Walking Tours: Golden Gate Park, Castro, Chinatown, Excelsior, City Hall, Fisherman’s Wharf, & More (More info)
  • Yoga: Yoga In The Park @ Big Rec Baseball Field In Golden Gate Park | 11AM (more info)

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San Francisco Sunday Events, January 3, 2016:

  • Astronomy: Quadrantids Meteor Shower | 50-100+ Meteors Per Hour, Midnight-Dawn (more info)
  • Comedy: Jamie Kennedy @ Cobb’s Comedy Club | Stand-Up Comedy, 7:30-9PM (more info)
  • Dance: Lindy in the Park @ Golden Gate Park | Free Swing Dance Party, Year-Round, 11AM-2PM (more info)
  • Food: Free Hot Dog Day @ Frankenart Mart | Unique Art Gallery, Free Dogs, 1-6PM (more info)
  • Food: Free BBQ @ Benders Bar & Grill | Free Burgers, Stiff Drinks, 2-7PM (more info)
  • Food: Free BBQ @ Molotov’s | Free food, Drinks, Retro Pinball, 3PM (more info)
  • Holidays: Macy’s Holiday Windows | Featuring SF SPCA Adoptable Animals
  • Market: Divisadero Farmers’ Market @ Grove Street | Year-Round Market, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Market: Inner Sunset Farmers’ Market @ In the Parking Lot between 8th and 9th Avenue | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)
  • Museum: Free First Sundays @ The Asian Art Museum (more info)
  • Music: SF Chamber Orchestra Concert @ Herbst Theatre | Free, Live Music Performance, 3PM (more info)
  • Oakland: Free First Sundays @ Oakland Museum of CA (more info)
  • Roller Skating: Skatin’ Place @ 6th Avenue & Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park | Free, Family-Friendly Roller Skating, 12-5PM (more info)
  • Tour: Free San Francisco Walking Tours: Golden Gate Park, Castro, Chinatown, Excelsior, City Hall, Fisherman’s Wharf, & More (More info)

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