New Year’s Eve in San Francisco: Your Guide to Events Around the Bay

December 3, 2019

Why spend New Year’s Eve huddled around the TV in your living room waiting for the New York City ball to drop?

Instead, celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Francisco for a night of fun, laughs, adventure, and fireworks.

To plan out your night, use this guide to the Bay Area’s NYE celebrations.

Attractions Open on New Year’s Eve

While the Bay Area comes alive with endless parties, fireworks, and more, several of San Francisco’s renowned attractions also get in on the fun. Many of your favorite museums, destinations, and attractions are open on New Year’s Eve, so you can get the party started.

Hours of operation for San Francisco attractions on NYE are as follows:

Alcatraz Island
New Year’s Eve - Tours available from 8:45 am to 4:25 pm
New Year’s Day - Closed

Aquarium of the Bay
New Year’s Eve - Open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
New Year’s Day - Open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Botanical Gardens
New Year’s Eve - Open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
New Year’s Day - Open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm (Free Admission)

California Academy of Sciences
New Year’s Eve - Open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
New Year’s Day - Open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Conservatory of Flowers
New Year’s Eve - Open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
New Year’s Day - Closed

Disney Museum
New Year’s Eve - Closed
New Year’s Day - Closed

New Year’s Eve - Open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
New Year’s Day - Open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
New Year’s Eve - Open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
New Year’s Day - Open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Pier 39
New Year’s Eve - Open (Restaurant hours subject to the discretion of management)
New Year’s Day - Open (Restaurant hours subject to the discretion of management)

To ensure you get into your attraction of choice, buy tickets online before you go.

friends celebrating new years eve with champagne and confetti

New Year’s Eve Party Cruises

Why not celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Francisco out on the Bay? Reserve your spot for one of these epic party cruises for a night of champagne, food, and entertainment under the stars.

Spirit Moonlight NYE Party

The Spirit Moonlight NYE Party Cruise sets sail across the Bay starting at 8:30 pm. Onboard a spacious yacht, you’ll enjoy three decks filled with food, fun, and music. With room for 550 guests, the yacht features full dance floors, live DJs, fully stocked bars, and a fantastic sundeck to gaze at the San Francisco Skyline. Further, note that this is event is for guests 21 and over.

The yacht boards at 8:15 pm, sets sail at 8:30 pm, and returns at 1 am. Since this cruise has a limited capacity, buy your tickets ASAP. It will sell out! Tickets and packages range from $199 – $769.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Gala Cruise

Also hosted by San Francisco Nightlife, the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Gala Cruise welcomes guests onto the Chardonnay Yacht of Commodore. Along with food, open bar, and entertainment all night long, guests must adhere to the strict dress code. Cocktail attire must be worn to board the yacht.

The cruise check-in begins at 7:30 pm at Ferry Building-Gate B. Ticket and package prices range from $199 – $2,020 with limited supply.

Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Cruise 2020

Wear your finest swingin’ attire and get ready to be transported back to the 1920s this New Year’s Eve! In addition to endless music, food, and beverages, guests can try their luck at the blackjack tables. Take a break from the party and head out onto the deck for gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay and landmarks.

Ticket prices vary from $215 – $2,020. While semi-formal or flapper attire is encouraged, guests are not required to dress up for the party.

Other popular cruises include:

New Year’s Eve Performances

Looking to ring in 2020 with exceptional entertainment? San Francisco is home to hundreds of concerts, stand-up comedy performances, and more all on New Year’s Eve. Reserve your seat for some of the best performers, including:

John Oliver 
December 31, 2019 at 7:00 pm, 9:30 pm
Masonic Auditorium at Nob Hill Masonic Center

Hometown Heroes: San Francisco's Last Laughs - Countdown Show
December 31, 2019 at 10 pm
Mezzanine San Francisco

Shen Yun at the War Memorial Opera House
December 31, 2019 at 2:00 pm
War Memorial Opera House

Cirque Du Soleil - Amaluna
December 31, 2019 at 4:30 pm
Oracle Park

Maceo Parker
December 28-31, 2019 at 8:00 pm
SF Jazz Center

Remember to purchase your concert or performance tickets ahead of time. They will sell out!

friends celebrating New Year's Eve together with champagne and confetti

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Bay Area New Year’s Eve Parties

What better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Francisco than with an over-the-top party? Fortunately, you’ll have your fair share of party options in the Bay Area. Ring in the new year at any of these upcoming parties (not a conclusive list):

New Year’s Eve Massive 2020

Head to the Parc 55 Hilton Union Square Hotel for one of San Francisco’s biggest New Year’s Eve parties. At NYE Massive, you’ll find five different dance floors each with a renowned DJ, premium party favors, a VIP area, and gigantic screens with a live NYE countdown. The state-of-the-art sound systems immerse you into a party atmosphere unlike any other.

Tickets start at $49 and run up to $2,249 for upscale, VIP ticket packages and amenities.

Mega New Year's Eve Party

For a raucous time, head to Mega New Year's Eve Party at the Palace Hotel! From 9 pm to 2 am, revelers ages 21 and over can dance the night away in four separate dance rooms. Whether you like Latin music, Hip Hop, 80s, 90s, international music, or Top 40s, this place has it all. Additionally, each room will feature 4,000 large balloon drops as well as talented dancers, drummers, party favors, and much more.

Tickets begin at $105 per person and run up to $575 for upscale, VIP ticket packages and amenities.

W SF New Year's Eve 2020 - Gatsby's House

Ring in 2020 with a Roaring 20s-style party! Celebrating 100 years of Prohibition, Gatsby's House will feature ten top DJ acts, five rooms of music, a four hour endless bar, three levels, and two VIP areas with premium perks...and a partridge in a pear tree (kidding!). This party is for those that want to celebrate 2020 with over-the-top flare and elegance.
Tickets begin at $115 and run up to $3,645 for upscale, VIP ticket packages and amenities.

San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks

For an unbelievable, jaw-dropping fireworks display, head to the Bay. At 11:59 pm on New Year’s Eve, a gigantic fireworks show is set off over the San Francisco Bay.

This 15-20 minute fireworks display is best seen from along the south end of the Ferry Building, including Rincon Park. Do your best to get a spot by the water, not the street.

Most folks claim their spots as early at 7:00 pm on New Year’s Eve. If the fireworks celebration is on your itinerary, pack some food and games to pass the time and get down to the Bay as early as possible.

How Will You Celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Francisco?

Ready to ring in the New Year? Book your San Francisco hotel room, reserve your spot on a fireworks cruise or party, and get ready for your best year yet.

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