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The best San Francisco New Year's Eve events and parties

Glam up and get down at the best San Francisco New Year's Eve events and parties to ring in a new decade

By Shoshi Parks
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There's no better way to welcome 2020 than with a party, and the Bay Area's got plenty on offer this year. Whether your goal is to spend the night dancing to the best DJs in town at the best clubs in San Francisco, to sip craft cocktails with your significant other at one of the best bars in San Francisco, or just to enjoy the fireworks celebration, there are tons of amazing things to do in San Francisco as 2019 comes to a close. Here are our picks for the best San Francisco New Year's Eve events and parties for celebrating a bright, shiny New Year.

 

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Best San Francisco New Year's Eve events

The Mint
Photograph: Courtesy of the Mint

1. New Bohemia NYE 2020 at the Mint

Feed all of your senses at the beautiful San Francisco Mint’s New Bohemia New Year’s Eve event. Here, a dance party is just the start; The night involves more than 21 interactive environments, micro-parties and performances by the Vau de Vire Society, Twisted Windows, and others. The Witchcraft Vault, Kink Lounge, Mixed Reality Vault and Magus' Tea Party will keep you entertained all night. It’s a Burning Man-esque experience without the dust storms.

Dec 31, 9pm-3:20am; $89. 

Fireworks in a red starburst
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2. New Year's Eve 2020 Masquerade Ball

Get gussied up for a glamorous rooftop party at the Hotel VIA. DJs will be spinning everything from Top 40 to '80s hits on four dance floors. At midnight, each will host its own unique countdown just before fireworks soar over the bay. Dress to impress. There will be complimentary Venetian masks and party favors to choose from to finish your NYE look (come early for the best selection).

Dec 31, 10pm-2am; Tickets start at $69.95. 

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1015 Folsom
Photograph: Flickr/pilar woodman

3. NYE 2020 with Gryffin at 1015 Folsom

Gryffin headlines the festivities at 1015 Folsom this NYE with an outsized performance dripping in elaborate sets, lights and raw, magnetic energy. When your mind's been blown, check out the club's three floors with five unique music rooms and a recently renovated VIP room for those pulling out all the stops this New Year's Eve. Don't wait to buy tickets—presale is already more than 80 percent sold out.

Dec 31, 8pm-3am; $150. 

New Year's Eve aboard the U.S.S. Hornet, one of the best New Year's events in San Francisco
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4. NYE Gala Aboard the USS Hornet

Board the Alameda-docked aircraft carrier, the USS Hornet, for a 1920s-themed party full of glitz, glamour and a swinging big band. Rumba, cha cha and waltz the night away on three separate dance floors on the hangar’s (heated) deck. Can’t dance? They’ve got a free instructor to take the lead. The night’s proceeds, along with a silent auction at the party, will go to benefit the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum’s education department. An evening of old-school enchantment and one of the best views of the fireworks in the bay.

Dec 31, 7:30pm-1am; $60-$99. 

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The Chapel
Photograph: Geremy Magbanua Photography

5. Fantastic Negrito at The Chapel

Usher in 2020 with beloved Bay Area son Fantastic Negrito. Join the Grammy-winning blues-slash-hip hop artist as he "takes that BS and turns it in to Good S---" in an epic show on the biggest night of the year. If you can't make it on New Year's Eve, head to The Chapel on the 30th for the first night of his NYE residency.

Dec 30, 31 at 9pm; $70. 

Bottles of champagne in ice
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6. Countdown 2020

This party at the Rocca Event Center on Mission is slated to be one of NYE's best. Dance away the last hours of the year beneath laser lights to a soundtrack of Top 40, hip hop, reggaeton and club hits. A confetti blast, massive balloon drop and video countdown will mark the witching hour. VIPs drink for free in the upstairs loft which comes complete with a casino for high-rolling fun. Dress to impress. 

Dec 31, 10pm-3am; Tickets start at $14.99. 

 

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Cat Club SF
Photograph: Courtesy Lauren Fukano

7. New Year’s Eve 2020 at the Cat Club

The good vibes of the 1970s and '80s are alive and well at the Cat Club this New Year’s Eve, which is hosting six hours of the best DJs and VJs from yesteryear, an open bar, and all the little details—noisemakers, balloons and more—that make NYE special. VIP tickets will keep you drinking for free during the last hours of 2019.

Dec 31, 9pm-3am; $20–$80. 

The band Ozomatli playing a show
Photograph: Flickr/Sonia/CC

8. Ozomatli at Cornerstone

Ring in the New Year with the eclectic, Latinx/hip hop/world music favorite, Ozomatli. They and guests Cut Chemist will fill the last hours of 2019 with the kind of danceable tunes that have kept them relevant for almost 25 years. The all-ages show plays until the clock strikes midnight.

Dec 31, 8:30pm–midnight; $54–$74. 

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eve's waterfront oakland
Photograph: Flickr/Kyle Mortara

9. Eve’s Waterfront

Oakland’s most epic New Year’s party is a two-floor extravaganza on the waterfront with an open bar from 9pm–10pm, a midnight champagne toast and a night of beats by Oakland's best DJs. Splurge on a table upstairs or VIP downstairs table with an upgraded open bar and appetizers.

Dec 31 at 8pm; Tickets start at $69. 

New Year’s Eve Family Fireworks Cruise, one of the best New Year's Eve events in San Francisco
Photograph: Courtesy Red and White Fleet

10. Speakeasy New Year's Eve Cruise

For the 9th NYE in a row, the Fume Blanc takes to the Bay for a mindblowing party cruise. Once on board, hit the blackjack tables or two separate dance floors where DJs will be spinning Top 40 hits. Enjoy an open bar under the stars and the best place in the city for a not-to-be-missed midnight fireworks display.

Dec 31, 7:45pm-12:30am; Tickets start at $215. 

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EYE HEART NYE
Photograph: Courtesy EYE HEART NYE

11. EYE HEART NYE

The 11th annual EYE HEART NYE event at Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion is a two-fer: Inside you’ve got live music and art installations, outside a brilliant view of the city’s famed firework display. This year Dillon Francis will be lighting up the main stage while DJs spin at the silent disco. Enjoy an open bar and interactive photo opps all night long.

Dec 31, 9pm-2am; $150-$200. 

Westin St. Francis
Photograph: Flickr/Mattia Panciroli

12. Passport to the World New Year’s Eve

Travel the world in one shining night of New Year’s Eve excitement. At the Westin St. Francis Hotel’s global-themed, 20,000 square foot party, stilt walkers walk, Taiko drummers drum, and fun-loving party goers dance to DJs and live bands on five different dance floors evoking the US, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. It’s a spectacular night with a midnight drop of 3,000+ balloons. 

Dec 31, 9pm-2am; $115-$300

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