More Ideas for New Year's Eve in San Francisco
While San Francisco's nightlife is not to be missed, we understand that not every visitor wants to spend the last hours of the year in the club. That's why we've compiled this list of other options for ringing in the new year. Reservations are strongly recommended, so make your plans now!
A New Year's Event with Seth MacFarlane and the San Francisco Symphony
The creator of Family Guy is also a talented crooner. Seth MacFarlane and the San Francisco Symphony, led by conductor Edwin Outwater, will perform the jazz standards and holiday favorites that inspired Seth to get into show business in the first place. VIP packages are available, offering sparkling wine and chocolates before the performance begins at 8 p.m.
Jeff Goldblum at Feinstein's at the Nikko
The often imitated but never duplicated Jeff Goldblum will be performing two shows on New Year's Eve at the intimate Feinstein's at the Nikko.
The Japanese New Year's Bell-Ringing Ceremony
Head over to the Asian Art Museum between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 31 for your chance to take a swing at a 2,100-pound, 16th Century Japanese temple bell. This Buddhist ritual is meant to welcome the new year with a clean slate. The bell is rung 108 times to represent the 108 "mortal desires that torment humanity." Get their early to make sure you get to be one of the lucky few to strike the bell!
Cruise the Bay on Commodore Cruises
Dinner, dancing and fireworks await aboard the Cabernet Sauvignon Commodore. Enjoy a gourmet dinner buffet, hosted standard bar, and live music as you cruise across San Francisco Bay. Boarding begins at 8:30 p.m. and there is free parking available at their Alameda dock.
Beach Blanket Babylon New Year's Eve Special
Spend the holiday at a San Francisco institution! The wild and wacky Beach Blanket Babylon revue will have two performances on New Year's Eve, at 7 and 10:15 p.m. The later show will be followed by dancing.
Enjoy A Sunset Sail on the Schooner Freda B
Who says you have to wait until nighttime to start celebrating? Board the Freda B in Sausalito at 3:30 p.m. and take a delightful trip around San Francisco Bay before the sun sets. A cash bar will be open during the two-hour cruise, serving California craft beer and Napa Valley wine.