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New Year's Eve in San Francisco

Fun & Fireworks to Greet 2014


New Year's Eve in San Francisco

Guests dance on the Davies Hall stage during the San Francisco Symphony's New Year's Eve ball.

San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco on New Year’s Eve 2014 has entertainment to satisfy celebrants of all types and moods, such as DJ and dance extravaganzas, live music, comedy and of course the city's free midnight fireworks show along the Embarcadero. Here are some of the highlights. Keep in mind that major hotels like the W San Francisco, Palace, Westin St. Francis and Hyatt Regency are each hosting parties, too.

To start off the new year right, get some luck and soul-cleansing at the annual New Year bell ringing ceremony at the Asian Art Museum, mid-day on December 31 (free with museum admission). Visitors take turns striking the museum’s 16th-century Japanese bronze temple bell with a log, 108 times in all, which is meant to erase the wrongs and ills of the past year and greet 2014. 

Then, on to the December 31 evening events, which are listed below in chronological order. Among the slew of grand parties is a new extravaganza created by the minds behind Kink.com, Opulent Temple and DISTRIKT (known for their Burning Man productions) and the Edwardian Ball: New Bohemia NYE, which will take over the San Francisco Armory for the night. 

Note: If you'll be drinking, don't drive. See our article on how to get around on New Year's Eve safely and for free.


  • Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams This black-tie night for foodies includes a caviar-and-sparkling-wine reception, a five-course dinner paired with wines and accompanied by a vocalist and a 10 pm dance party with dessert and hors d’oeuvres. The Mandarin Oriental, 222 Sansome St., San Francisco 94104, at 6 pm-1:30 am.

  • John Oliver Oliver, from The Daily Show, performs. Ages 18+. Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, at 7:30 & 10 pm.
  • Greg Proops Proops is the creator of "The Smartest Man in the World" podcast. Ages 18+. Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., San Francisco 94111, at 7:30 & 10 pm.
  • Not Your Normal New Year’s Eve Jill Bourque and Brian Copeland host six fellow comedians (including Laurie Kilmartin, Brent Weinbach and Joe Klocek) and a big balloon drop. Not recommended for ages 13 and under. Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco 94102, at 8 pm.
  • New Year's Eve Hike Get some great views off of San Francisco's beaten paths, and then watch the midnight fireworks along the waterfront. Organized by the Sierra Club local chapter's singles group. Meet in front of the Ferry Building, San Francisco, at 8 pm.
  • Cafe Cocomo New Year's Eve Gala Orquesta Borinquen and Orquesta La Clave del Blanco keep the salsa beat going. Plus party favors, a bubbly toast and balloon drop with cash prizes. Ages 21+. Cafe Cocomo, 650 Indiana St., San Francisco, at 8 pm.
  • Fantasy Island NYE Univision Radio's party features Latin bands and various DJs spinning everything from house to '80s music on four dance floors, plus roulette and other casino games. Ages 21+. At Treasure Island Event Venue, 401 California Ave., Treasure Island 94130, at 8 pm.
  • Sea of Dreams NYE An explosion of music, art and performance that includes jugglers, fire spinners, break dancers, aerial and carnival performers, face and body painters, stilt walkers, art installations, massage practitioners, DJs and live band Little Dragon. Ages 18+. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., San Francisco 94102, at 8 pm-3 am.
  • New Year's Eve with the California Honeydrops The East-Bay-based band plays New Orleans-tinged soul and R&B to dance to. Yoshi's San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., 94115, at 8 & 10:30 pm.

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