Get ready to win the internet this New Year’s Eve. We live in an Instagram-ready city. From the pop-up museums with giant marshmallow pits and candy backdrops to the always magical views of the “tule fog,” there are endless selfies waiting to happen. This NYE, get ready to check-in to the Bay’s most eclectic spots and make a night worthy of remembering (or at least documenting in photos).
Monday, December 31, 2018 from 8:30 pm to 12:30 am
Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center
401 Baker Street, San Francisco
Free (reservation required)
Join a real Fire Ceremony, with guided meditation, where you write the innermost thoughts you do not want to carry into the next year. In silence, toss your small paper into the fire and watch it burn. This transformative event invokes a fresh start to the new year. Meditation, games, live music and words of wisdom complement the “Letting Go of the Old” fire ceremony, making it a unique and surely awe-inspiring experience.
Monday, December 31, 2018 from 9 pm to 2 am
The Bond Bar
3079 16th Street, San Francisco
Get kitschy at this NYE celebration. The themed event, similar to a murder mystery dinner, will entertain any crowd. In full James Bond style, retrieve a secret document before midnight, eliminating threats along the way. And if the mission fails, simply enjoy an all-night open bar while in character.
Monday, December 31, 2018 at 11:30 pm
Golden Gate Bridge – Battery Cranston
Battery Cranston Road, San Francisco
Don’t have anyone to kiss? Not to worry! Ring in your new year hugging a stranger … atop a desolate (yet organically artistic) artillery fort. Nothing says fun like free hugs at a historical location of battle, right? The event is sponsored by HugTrain, an annual movement that travels throughout the U.S. around the holidays, organizing free hug pop-up events to raise spirits and celebrate human contact. The 10th Annual gathering will convene around the flagpole at the southeast side vista point in San Francisco at the Golden Gate bridge.
Watch NYE Fireworks from Bayview Park & Candlestick Heights
Monday, December 31st at 11:59pm
There’s no better way to welcome the new year than with a special viewing of the San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks from Candlestick Heights or even Bayview Park. The exhilarating and action-packed firework show will get you excited for all of the new adventures 2019 will bring. Whether you want to bring someone special, your best friend or even that cousin who stuck around through New Year’s, this will be a holiday spectacular you won’t want to miss!
Monday, December 31, 2018 at 10 pm to Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 6 am
Presented by Comfort & Joy
550 Barneveld Avenue, San Francisco
They had us at sprinkles. This event offers everything imaginable from lollipops, luminescent sticks, face painters, “fluorescent splendor” and biomimetic glow prisms to the roaming artists and photographers. Come for the most unique extravaganza the city has to offer. NYE Afterglow is a luxurious, one-of-a-kind San Francisco celebration thrown by Comfort & Joy, a 501(c)3 volunteer-run non-profit and the winter sister of its legendary pride party. Proceeds enable them to host more fabulous parties, create the legendary village in the gayborhood at Burning Man, support local artists and offer free or discounted events supporting queer community, creativity, and expression here in the SF Bay Area.
A large espresso and some fresh air can’t cure a failed resolution. But, they may help with your post-NYE hangover! ? Visit The Storehouse on Tuesday morning for a latte, or cozy up in Craftsman & Wolves for hash brown waffle and picturesque “I survived” photo with friends. It’s the perfect end to the perfect night of celebrating.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 6 am to 3:30 pm
451 Galvez Ave, San Francisco
1598 Yosemite Avenue, San Francisco