Visit the Golden Gate City on New Year’s Eve for a night full of more glitz and glamour than a Gatsby party.
San Francisco is a city known for so many of our favorites, from the sitcom Full House to sourdough bread. The cosmopolitan seaport city itself has to make the list of our favorites, too -- especially when it comes to celebrating New Year’s Eve.
Make this year’s celebration go down as one of the best ever when you head to San Francisco to get the party started. To plan out your night (and day!), use this handy guide to the Bay Area’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.
San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks
For a jaw-dropping fireworks display, make your way to the Bay! Arrive early to snag your spot, as an event as noteworthy as this one is bound to be jam-packed. We recommend showing up around 7 p.m. This fireworks show is sure to start the new year off on the right foot.
Keep in mind the city is still deciding whether or not to allow fireworks this year due to COVID-19, as fireworks attract large crowds.
New Year’s Eve Cruises in the San Francisco Bay
The best place to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Bay area is, well, the Bay! Reserve your spot on one of these epic party cruises for a night of dancing, food, and entertainment on the waves and under the stars.
New Year’s Eve Yacht Party
The San Francisco Spirit sets sail across the Bay starting at 9 p.m. On-board a luxury yacht, you’ll enjoy three levels filled with food, fun, and music. The yacht features a large dance floor, live DJ, taco bar dinner, and a fantastic scenic deck to gaze at the San Francisco skyline. Note that this event is for guests 21 and older.
The yacht boards at 8:30 p.m., sets sail at 9 p.m., and returns at 1 a.m. Since this cruise has sold out all prior years, buy your tickets ASAP! Tickets start at $239.
2022 New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise
Another great option is the Cabernet Sauvignon Yacht’s New Year’s Eve party. Soak in the views aboard the yacht, like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Treasure Island. Foodies will be raving about the dinner on this cruise, which features a hand-carved New York strip steak and ends with delectable tiramisu. Afterwards, the grand finale of the night is a fireworks show!
Boarding begins at 8:30 p.m. in Alameda. The cruise lasts from 9 p.m. to 1:15 a.m., with tickets ranging from $259 to $315.
New Year’s Eve on the Boardwalk Party Cruise
Ringing in the new year while dancing on the party deck of the San Francisco Belle will be a night to remember! Complimentary appetizers are included with a general admission ticket, but opt for a VIP ticket to enjoy a four-course dinner during the cruise. In addition to dancing, play a game of Roulette or Blackjack to pass the time as you await the midnight fireworks!
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The gate closes at 9:25 p.m. for the 9:30 p.m. takeoff, so don’t be late! Ticket prices vary from $209 to $389.
Photo Alert: Upscale cocktail or semi-formal attire is required for this event, so snap some pictures while you’re dressed to the nines to impress your followers!
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Other popular cruises include:
- Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Cruise 2022
- Red & White New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise
- Empress Yacht San Francisco New Year’s Eve 2022 Party Cruise
New Year’s Eve Performances in San Francisco
If you’d prefer to stay on dry ground and catch a show, San Francisco offers exceptional entertainment options. The city is home to many concerts, stand-up comedy shows, and more on New Year’s Eve! Reserve your seat to watch some of the best performers, including:
December 31, 2022 at 9 p.m.
December 31, 2022 at 10 p.m.
FRESH START 2021
December 31, 2022 at 5 p.m.
December 31, 2022 at 9 p.m.
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
December 31, 2022 at 10:30 p.m.
Cheaper Than Therapy
Don’t risk letting the tickets slip through your fingers. Remember to purchase them ahead of time in case they sell out!
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San Francisco New Year’s Eve Parties
If you’re looking to mix and mingle this New Year’s Eve, the San Francisco party scene will be lighting up for the night. We’ve scouted out some of the biggest and best parties just for you:
Dancing Queen: ABBA 70s Glitter Disco NYE Extravaganza
Head to The Great Northern to relive the good ol’ days with all of the old school hits. We’re talking ABBA, the Bee Gees, the Grease soundtrack, and so many other favorites. It all ends with a giant balloon drop! Tickets run from $20 to $60.
Photo Alert: Come dressed in your best 70s getup to take full advantage of the photo booth!
Gatsby’s House 2022 San Francisco
Grab your flapper dress or tuxedo to travel to the roaring 20s at this glamorous Gatsby party. Gatsby's House will feature ten top DJ acts, five rooms of music, a four-hour hosted bar, three levels, two VIP areas with premium perks… and a partridge in a pear tree (kidding!). This party is for those that want to celebrate 2022 with over-the-top elegance.
Tickets begin at $129 per person and run up to $3,495 for upscale, VIP ticket packages and amenities.
M.O.A.N.Y San Francisco 2022
For those who want to end the year on a bang, the Mother of All New Years party is known for its unbeatable countdown experience. Dance throughout the various venue rooms in your fanciest cocktail or semi-formal attire as you anticipate the finale of the night -- a massive confetti and balloon drop!
Tickets begin at $45 and go up to $2,022 for various VIP packages.
Attractions Open on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco
While the Bay Area comes alive with special parties, cruises, and fireworks on New Year’s Eve, several of San Francisco’s renowned attractions also get in on the fun. Many fan-favorite museums and attractions are open on New Year’s Eve, perfect for filling the daytime hours!
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Make sure to call before you go on New Year’s Eve in case there are any schedule changes. Hours of operation for San Francisco attractions are as follows:
Tours available from 8:45 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Restaurant and store hours subject to the discretion of management
Grab tickets online before you go to ensure entrance to your attractions of choice!
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The Best San Francisco Eats on New Year’s Eve
To truly experience the culture of the city, trying the local fare is a must. Few do crab or sourdough bread better than the City by the Bay. Grab dinner at some of San Francisco’s best restaurants to start off your New Year’s Eve right! Here are some of our top restaurant picks for the evening.
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Be sure to call ahead to make reservations. These popular New Year’s Eve spots are usually cramped, for good reason!
Here’s where to go if you’re craving…
The Franciscan Crab Restaurant is open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Visit Canela from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
More Meat Than You Can Eat
Izzy’s Steakhouse is the place to be from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Head to Penny Roma from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Unbeatable San Francisco Pizza
Del Popolo is open from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How Will You Celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Francisco?
If you’re looking for a New Year’s Eve experience for the books, this eclectic metropolis on the Pacific Ocean promises to deliver. Book your San Francisco hotel room, reserve your spot on a fireworks cruise or at a party, and get ready for your best year yet in the Golden Gate City!
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