If you’re looking to celebrate the New Year in San Francisco, you’re in luck. There are a plethora of great ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Francisco. There are many fun activities and events taking place throughout the city to help get 2019 off to a great start. Here are a few ways to ring in the New Year and enjoy your stay at Tilden Hotel.
One of the largest events this New Years in San Francisco is the Fireworks display over the Bay. This annual event is just to the south of the Ferry Building near the San Francisco Bay Bridge. To view it from the street, stand near the end of Market Street at The Embarcadero. Avoid standing in front of the Ferry Building, where the building will block your view. The show kicks off at 11:59pm. The 15-minute display that begins at 11:59 p.m. is synchronized to music that blasts through speakers set up along the promenade. Get there hours earlier and stake out a good spot to watch.
San Francisco residents enjoy having a New Year’s Eve late afternoon picnic in Dolores Park at Dolores Street and 19th Street. They usually show up at sunset with champagne and beer to toast the end of the year while enjoying the park’s gorgeous city views.
You’ll get an even better view of the fireworks if you’re out on the Bay. A unique way to spend your New Year’s is aboard a cruise on the San Francisco Bay. It’s one of the few places in the country you can enjoy this type of adventure a couple of options include the 6th Annual Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Cruise 2019 and the Hornblower New Year’s Eve Cruise. If you are more adventurous, City Kayak takes just 30 experienced paddlers out for midnight outing. The lucky group, led by guides in a motorboat, paddle out for a front-row fireworks view and a glass of ice-cold champagne.
If you want to dress up, dance and drink the night away, New Year’s Eve parties in San Francisco are some of the best. One of the most exciting and unique things about the New Bohemia New Year’s Eve is the location in the Old San Francisco Mint. Also exceptional is the staging by Vau de Vire, who attract edgy artists whose works would be at home at Burning Man, along with a great lineup of musical performers. Another party of note is the prohibition-themed New Year’s Eve at The Speakeasy. View a list of parties in San Francisco
This is the first year that the Commonwealth Club is opening their doors for New Year’s Eve. Enjoy this decadent part along the Embarcadero with gourmet cuisine, top-shelf cocktails, 3 separate party spaces, and a balloon drop at midnight. It includes 4-hour open bar cocktail party reception and front row seats to SF’s annual fireworks display over the bay. This is one party you will not want to miss this New Years in San Francisco! View Website
Join the San Francisco Zen Center to send the old year packing and let the new one in with zazen meditation and deep, regular ringing of the densho bell. Don’t wait for midnight to appear. Zen Center residents appear in early evening for temple cleaning, followed by a light dinner of noodle soup at 10 p.m. The rap of the wooden han begins at 10:30 to signal zazen at 10:45. After this, the densho bell rings 108 times and everyone enjoys a bonfire in the courtyard. It’s fun, free and probably different from anything you’ve ever done on New Year’s Eve. View Website
It’s not exactly a party, but you can also get a jump on the celebrations by going to the New Year’s Eve performance of Beach Blanket Babylon.
If you’re celebrating the new year with the whole family, you can enjoy ice skating in Union Square or near the Embarcadero Center. And take the kids to dinner on Macy’s sixth floor where you can look down on the lighted square below.
Another fun idea is the annual celebration at the USS Hornet. The old aircraft carrier is docked across the bay in Alameda, where you can count down to midnight from the Flight Deck, with a gorgeous San Francisco view.