San Francisco on New Year’s Eve has action and entertainment to satisfy the hardiest of partiers, including DJ/dance extravaganzas, comedy shows, cabaret acts, and live music of all types. If a glittery bash isn't your style, you can catch a silent flick at Grace Cathedral or the City of San Francisco's free midnight fireworks show along the Embarcadero, near Pier 14.
But first: Get some luck and soul-cleansing at the annual New Year bell ringing ceremony at the Asian Art Museum, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Dec. 31. The museum’s 16th-century Japanese bronze bell will be struck 108 times to erase the wrongs and ills of the past year and greet the new one.
Then, on to the evening revelry:
- Better Off New Year's An '80s tribute band, DJs, burlesque acts, free photo booth and open bar. 111 Minna, 9 p.m.
- Comedy Countdown New Year's Eve The annual comedy countdown includes the Sklar Brothers, Shane Mauss, Charlyne Yi and other comedians, live music and perhaps best of all, free parking. Palace of Fine Arts, 9:30 p.m.
- Furthur Features Grateful Dead original members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
- Marga Gomez New Year's Eve Spectacular The popular Gomez plus up-and-coming gay comedians. Victoria Theatre, 7 & 9 p.m.
- Chris Isaak Isaak croons in the new year. The Fillmore, 9 p.m.
- Bill Maher New Year’s Eve Political satirist Maher delivers his unflinchingly politically incorrect observations. Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael, 8 p.m.
- A Midnight in Paris Two ballrooms, DJs, and revelers in recommended black-tie attire. Julia Morgan Ballroom, Merchants Exchange Building, 465 California St., 9 p.m.
- New Year's Eve with Greg Proops Proops and comedians Tony Camin and Nato Green do two shows. Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery Street, 7:30 and 10 p.m.
- New Year’s Eve Dance Fiesta Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion, which specializes in Cuban dance music, performs danzon classics, cha-cha-cha, timba and original compositions. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 9 p.m.
- New Year's Eve Fireworks by Kayak Paddle out toward the Bay Bridge for an unforgettable NYE trip with incredible views. City Kayak, 9:30 p.m.
- New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball with the San Francisco Symphony A concert of operettas and waltzes, and then more music, masks, champagne, dessert and dancing. Davies Symphony Hall, 9 p.m.
- New Year’s Eve Roller Disco Skate rental included. To break up the disco beat, there's a New Wave dance floor in back. Attire to match the music is encouraged. CellSpace, 2050 Bryant St., 8 p.m.
- New Year's Eve Yoga Celebration & Groove Party Do Vinyasa yoga to world fusion music spun by a DJ. Result? Sweat, and hopefully explusion, release, and deep intention and expansion for the new year. YogaTree Castro Studio, 97 Collingwood St., 10 p.m.
- Not Your Normal New Year’s Eve Brent Weinbach, Moshe Kasher and Jill Bourque do stand-up comedy. Herbst Theatre, 8 p.m.
- Dianne Reeves Four-time Grammy winner Reeves sings in the new year. Yoshi's San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., 8 and 10 p.m.
- SF NYE BALL Colette, Mr. V, the Ladies of Desired Temptations, a one-hour open bar, hip-hop, mashups, salsa, Brazilian and other music, all under City Hall's magnificent domed roof. San Francisco City Hall, 8 p.m.
- Silent Film Screening Lon Chaney is the creepy Phantom of the Opera in this 1925 film, accompanied by the cathedral’s organ played by Dorothy Papadakos. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., 7 & 10 p.m.
- Streets of San Francisco Steve Aoki and other DJs, an open bar and great views of the fireworks and the Bay, amid a miniature version of San Francisco's cityscape from the Gold Rush era to the future. Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 9 p.m.
- Supper-Club Style New Year's Eve at 1300 on Fillmore First seating at 6 pm consists of a three-course prix fixe dinner. Second seating starting at 8:15 pm includes five courses and dancing to a live band from 10 pm to 1:30 am. 1300 Fillmore St.
- Surprise Me Mr. Davis and Big Light Café Du Nord, 9:30 p.m.