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

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.


Aquarium of the Bay exterior

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 5:00 pm
New Year’s Day – Open from 7:30 am to 5:00 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 – Open from 10:00 am to 2:45 pm
New Year’s Day – Closed

Exploratorium
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.


A San Francisco cruise sails by the bay at dusk

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.

NYE Midnight Kiss Fireworks Cruise

Hosted by San Francisco Nightlife, the NYE Midnight Kiss Fireworks Cruise sets sail across the Bay starting at 7:45 pm. Onboard a spacious yacht, you’ll enjoy 2 decks filled with food, fun, and music. And, we can’t forget the open bar!

Since this cruise has a limited capacity, buy your tickets ASAP. It will sell out! Tickets and packages range from $199 – $1,695.

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 Pier 40. Ticket and package prices range from $189 – $1,975 with limited supply.

Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Cruise 2019

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 $199 to $1,975. While semi-formal or flapper attire is encouraged, guests are not required to dress up for the party.

2019 San Francisco New Year’s Eve Cruise

Want the best views of San Francisco’s New Year’s Eve fireworks? Of course, you do. While you could plot out a spot along the piers hours in advance, you could also reserve your spot for this fireworks cruise! With a live DJ, open bar, spectacular skyline views, and complimentary appetizers, you’re all set to party the night away.

Tickets are available for $199 – $395. This cruise is more ideal for those looking to celebrate an affordable New Year’s Eve in San Francisco.


People attend a concert with confetti falling from the ceiling

New Year’s Eve Performances

Looking to ring in 2019 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:

San Francisco Symphony’s New Years Gaiety With Edwin Outwater + Peaches Christ
December 31, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Davies Symphony Hall

The Knocks & Friends NYE
December 31, 2018 at 9:00 pm (21+ Only)
Mezzanine San Francisco

Lee Fields & The Expressions
December 31, 2018 at 9:00 pm
The Chapel, San Francisco

Cirque Du Soleil – Volta
December 31, 2018 at 1:30 pm
AT&T Park

Maceo Parker
December 31, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Miner Auditorium

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


Friends toast the new year at a San Francisco party

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:

EPIC New Year’s Eve 2019

Start your new year at Union Square’s new luxury hotel, the Park Century Hotel for the Epic New Year’s Eve 2019 party. This party has everything from multiple dance floors to complimentary NYE party favors. You won’t be able to keep from dancing as San Francisco’s top DJs play catchy mixes of today’s hottest hits. Oh, and we can’t forget about the massive balloon drop at midnight!

The party starts at 9:00 pm and goes until 2:00 am. Tickets start at $29 just for entry and go all the way up to $2,249.95 for luxury, VIP party packages.

New Year’s Eve Massive 2019

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 $45 and run up to $2,249.95 for upscale, VIP ticket packages and amenities.

San Francisco’s Ultimate New Year’s Eve

Located across from AT&T Park, the King St. Event Space transforms for the ultimate NYE party. Here you’ll be treated to balloon drops, three dance floors, bottle service, and so much more as DJs spin the greatest hits and mixes of today and yesterday.

Cocktail attire is required, though semi-formal is preferred. Tickets begin at $25 and run up to $669.95. Of the parties on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco, this is among the more affordable options.


Fireworks explode over the San Francisco Bay with the Bay Bridge in View

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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