The elegant, black tie (optional) IMAGINE New Years Eve affair promises to bring the “mystical and bizarre” to life, setting the tone with cirque performers: ballet dancers, contortionists, stilt walkers, jugglers, and illusionists. The venue is also loaded with Insta-worthy photo ops, thanks to 11 fantasy-themed decorated backdrops and actors dressed as Merlin the Wizard, fairies, dragons, mermaids, and the Evil Queen herself. Payne Mansion, 1409 Sutter at Franklin (www.donovansf.com/imaginenye.htm). Dec 31 8pm. $125-$175.