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Wednesday, January 1

New Year’s Day Party: “Fresh Start ” | The Midway This New Year’s Day Fresh Start returns to The Midway for its second year running with a fresh crop of talent and the same promise to kick off your 2020 with a bang. Featuring, headliner Claptone, Elax (Boys Noize), Eli & Fur, J.Phlip, Jeremy Olander, & ...
It’s A New Day: Breakfast of Champions New Year’s Day 2020 Block Party | SF
Wednesday, January 1 – All Day | Cost: $20*
*After Party Tickets $20 (Sold Out). Ticket cost increase as the event gets closer.
| The Great Northern
On New Years Day 2020 The Great Northern and Space Cowboys are back with SF’s biggest block party. It’s A New Day & Breakfast of Champions. Featuring over 70 Dj’s from across the world, 7+ full stages, amazing food vendors, clothing vendors, interactive art and lots ...

New Year’s Day 2020 Hikes & Walks | Bay Area
Wednesday, January 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*All hikes are free, some required RSVP. Some appreciate donations.
| All Over the Bay Area
Start the new year off right with a hike or a walk to begin 2019 with fresh air and your blood pumping. All hikes below are free, but some required an RSVP 2020 New Year’s Day Hikes/Walks SF City Guides Walking Tours– six tours on NYD – ...
New Year’s Day Free Admission at SF Botanical Garden | GG Park

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. A unique urban oasis, the garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, and showcasing over 8,500 different kinds ...Monthly

New Year’s Day Buddhist Altar & Rooftop Ceremony | SF Zen Center
Wednesday, January 1 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is free, but donations accepted and consider becoming a member.
| San Francisco Zen Center
Enjoy a New Year’s Procession of Buddhist altars on January 1, 2020. Starting in the Buddha Hall, the procession will visit the various altars of the City Center temple building. The procession ends on the roof, weather permitting, or in the dining room with toasts to the ...
Free Meters: New Year’s Day Parking Rules in SF | How Not to Get a Ticket Celebrate the kick off of 2020 with a day of free parking throughout the city of San Francisco. Although parking hazardously is always ticketable and towable – as is parking in a red or blue zone – much of the rest of the city is yours ...
New Year’s Day Shrine Visit | Japantown
Wednesday, January 1 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free all day.
| Konko Church of San Francisco
Come ring in the new year with prayers for peace, prosperity, and health. Everyone is welcome to the Hatsumode. Traditional first shrine visit of the new year. Ozoni (Japanese New Year’s Mochi Soup) will be served on the first day, January 1, 2020. New Year’s Day ...
New Year’s Day 2020: Free Guided Walking Tour Day | 9 Free Tours Start 2020 off by learning all about the city we love. San Francisco City Guides offers several free walking tours on New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day 2020 SF City Guides Walking Tours January 1, 2020 All over San Francisco FREE 2020 Schedule: 9:30 am: Japanese Tea Garden 11:00 am: Coit Tower ...
Oakland’s Free Parking Days for the Holidays | 2020

Leave your quarters at home (but bring your watch) and go shopping in Oakland during the holiday season, from New Year’s Day to Christmas Day. The city of Oakland will offer free off-street parking at city-owned garages and lots to encourage holiday shoppers to check out local merchants. ...

New Year’s Day 2020 Ocean Plunge & After Party | Ocean Beach
Wednesday, January 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*No lifeguards are on duty, so plunge at your own risk.
| Ocean Beach (Taraval St)
Take the plunge and dive fearlessly into 2020 for a quick dip into the water at Ocean Beach on January 1, 2020 (assuming the waves aren’t insane and dangerous). Start off the new year freezing and right with The Riptide. Meet down at the end of Taraval at the beach ...
World Naked Bike Ride to New Year’s Day Freezing Plunge | Ocean Beach
Wednesday, January 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Lincoln & Great Highway
On Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 10:30 am, strip down and join the World Naked Bike Ride as they take a leisurely nude bicycle ride to Riptide’s Annual Pacific Ocean Plunge on New Year’s Day and jump in all nudey like. Join up for the bike ...
New Year’s Day 2020 Food Truck & Bottomless Boozy Brunch | SPARK Social SF New Year’s Eve gets all the hype, but New Year’s Day is where the real fun is. This New Year’s Day, strut (or stumble) your way to SPARK Social SF and kick-off the decade with a roaring good time. Feed your belly and your ‘gram with ...
Skylawn Memorial Park’s Free Kite-Flying on New Year’s Day | San Mateo
Wednesday, January 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Skylawn Memorial Park
Skylawn Funeral Home in San Mateo invites families to fly a kite in memory of loved ones on Skylawn’s vast and breezy grounds on Wednesday, Jan. 1 beginning at 11 am. As your kite soars up to the heavens, you’ll begin the new year with a ...
Sierra Club Singles New Year’s Day Hike | Briones Regional Park
Wednesday, January 1 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Bring water and snacks.
| Bear Creek Staging Area
Come celebrate the New Year on this moderately paced hike to see the wide-open green hills and vistas of Briones Regional Park. The weather and trail conditions will determine the route to take, but come be prepared for a seven to nine miles hike with about ...
CANCELED SF’s Massive Sand Art Party on New Year’s Day | Ocean Beach
Wednesday, January 1 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but please register so they know how many folks to anticipate. Donations are encouraged.
| Ocean Beach (Below Cliff House)
Join and celebrate the New Year with a large community artwork on the beach. Offering an informal, drop in style, artwork to be created by the community. Last year’s creation was a beautiful success and they are excited to be offering the art tools and guidance ...
2020 New Year’s Recovery at The Lookout: Dancing & Jello Injectors | Castro
Wednesday, January 1 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Lookout
The best way to recover from New Year’s Eve. Legendary Superstar DJ Phil B bring the beats starting at 3 pm to kick off 2020. Of course, no Recovery party is complete without hostess Pollo Del Mar. The Glamazon will be on hand with her own ...
New Year’s Day Polar Bear Ice Skate | Union Square
Wednesday, January 1 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch, but normal fees apply to skate.
| Union Square Park
The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines welcomes skaters of all ages to the return of San Francisco’s take on the popular Canadian tradition. In this version, ice skaters are encouraged to put on their bathing suit, grab their shades and ...
Brass Tax “Supper of Survivors” New Year’s Day 2020 Dance Party | Public Works
Wednesday, January 1 – 3:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*$10 before 4:20 pm, $20+ sliding scale after 4:20pm.
| Public Works
Just because midnight came and went, doesn’t mean you have to stop partying. Brass Tax is throwing their Annual New Year’s Day dance party, Supper of Survivors, kicking off at 3 pm at Public Works on January 1, 2020. And the first 100 people through the door ...
Final Day: 14th Annual Holiday Circle of Lights at the Cemetery | Oakland
Wednesday, January 1 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Cemetery

Enjoy a month-long holiday light exhibition featuring scenes from Santa’s workshop and other holiday-inspired themes starting December 1st until New Year’s Day, January 1, 2020. A giant Nutcracker soldier awaits your arrival, then the magical storyland of lights will continue to delight you. The whimsical ...

“The Magnificent Mr. Mozart” Free Main Stage Concert | SF
Wednesday, January 1 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | First Palo Alto United Methodist Church
Ring in the New Year with a program dedicated to the classical master, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Featuring our stellar Debut Artist, 11-year old Amaryn Olmeda performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in D Major, our concert will begin with his youthful first symphony and close ...
Macy’s Holiday Windows & Adorable Puppies & Kittens: Final Day | Union Square
Wednesday, January 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Macy's (Union Square)
It’s your last chance to see Macy’s decorated Holiday Windows and perhaps start the new year with a new furry friend on January 1, 2020.
Closing Night: 2019 “Illuminate SF” Festival of Light | SF
Wednesday, January 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco

Illuminate SF Festival of Light happens Thanksgiving 2019 through New Year’s Day 2020 and shines a light on San Francisco’s ever-expanding light art scene. Get your glow on during this two-month celebration during the longest nights of the year. In past years, the city has hosted ...

SF City Hall Lights Up Gold for New Year’s Day
Wednesday, January 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco’s City Hall and its 220+ state-of-the-art LED lighting fixtures get into the New Year’s spirit by illuminating in gold for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. City Hall Holiday Lighting Schedule December 31, 2019 – January 1, 2020 – Gold for New Year’s The ...

Pier 39’s New Year’s Tree Lighting Show | SF
Wednesday, January 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39

PIER 39 is spreading holiday cheer on San Francisco’s waterfront. Pier 39 is unwrapping their nightly tree lighting show for the holiday season. Synchronized to holiday music, the tree transforms into a kaleidoscope of swirling colors every half hour from 5 pm -10 pm, November ...

CANCELED? “South Side Beer Ride” Free Monthly Brewery Shuttle | SF
Wednesday, January 1 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Shuttle is Free.
| Triple Voodoo Brewery

We don’t see the South Side Beer Ride listed on Facebook for 2020. So please be aware this event may not be taking place anymore. Monthly

Every Wednesday

Free Bad-Ass Morning Outdoor Workout: Alta Vista Park | SF
Every Wednesday – 6:30 am | Cost: FREE | Alta Plaza Park
Free Bad-Ass Morning Outdoor Workout: Alta Vista Park | SF
Every Wednesday morning at 6:30 am, gather at Alta Plaza Park for a free badass workout and a chance to meet fellow fitness enthusiasts in your city. The half hour workouts are different each week, but consist of boot camp style workouts like running hills, core work, ...
“Heart of the City” Wednesday Farmers Market | UN Plaza
Every Wednesday – All Day | Cost: FREE | UN Plaza
"Heart of the City" Wednesday Farmers Market | UN Plaza
Heart of the City Farmers Market is a uniquely independent, farmer-operated, nonprofit farmers market located year round on Sundays and Wednesdays in San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza, rain or shine. Nearly 30 local farmers and artisan food vendors provide a wide selection of fresh local produce, ...
Autodesk Design Gallery & Free Guided Tour | Embarcadero
Every Wednesday – All Day | Cost: FREE | Autodesk Gallery
Autodesk Design Gallery & Free Guided Tour | Embarcadero
The Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco celebrates the design process that takes a great idea and turns it into a reality. With more than 20 different exhibits regularly on display that showcase the innovative work of Autodesk customers, the gallery illustrates the role ...
SF Public Library’s $1 Book Sale | Civic Center
Every Wednesday – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
SF Public Library's $1 Book Sale | Civic Center
Starting in April, the San Francisco Public Library hosts weekly Wednesday Steps Sales, located at the Larkin Street entrance to the Main Library. All books and media are just $1 or less each and all proceeds from Steps Sales benefit the San Francisco Public Library. SF Public ...
Stitch In: Come By, Meet People & Stitch | SF
Every Wednesday – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| San Francisco School of Needlework & Design
Stitch In: Come By, Meet People & Stitch | SF
These free events give you the opportunity to stitch in an inspiring environment with fellow enthusiasts. Bring along your projects, embroidery, knitting or even darning, and enjoy the company of others and their vast needlework library at your leisure. Free Stitch Ins meet every Wednesday from ...
Castro Farmers’ Market | SF
Every Wednesday – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Castro Farmers' Market
Castro Farmers' Market | SF
Join the Castro Farmers’ Market new season. There will be giveaways, kids’ activities, musical entertainment, and all your favorite purveyors of fine products returning for the season. Castro Farmers’ Market Every Wed., Mar. 11-Nov. 18, 2020| 4 – 8 pm Castro Farmer’s Market, Noe St., SF Free admission, bring ...
“Karma Cinema”: Pay-What-You-Wish Movie Night | The New Parkway
"Karma Cinema": Pay-What-You-Wish Movie Night | The New Parkway
Time to get generous; The New Parkway Theater is letting you pay-what-you-wish for a movie ticket every Wednesday night. Theater doors open at 6 pm every Wednesday and every movie (albeit a few exceptions like private events) will be offered on a sliding scale of a penny (if ...
Dandelion Chocolate: Factory Tour & Guided Tasting | SF
Every Wednesday – 6:10 pm | Cost: $15*
*$15 and reservations are required
| Dandelion Chocolate
Dandelion Chocolate: Factory Tour & Guided Tasting | SF
Mmmm… chocolate! Four days a week, Dandelion Chocolates offer $15 factory tours (with tastings.) These tours can book up months in advance (especially for the Saturday tours), so we recommend trying to book as early as possible and aim for a Wednesday or Thursday. On the tour, ...
“Musical Wednesdays” Sing-Along At The Edge | Castro
Every Wednesday – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Edge
"Musical Wednesdays" Sing-Along At The Edge | Castro
Start your week singing with Musical Mondays or get over the hump with Musical Wednesdays at The Edge in the Castro, where they play all of your favorite musicals to sing and drink along with a different theme each week from 7 pm to 2 am every ...
Liquid Wednesdays Latin Jam Nights | Peninsula
Every Wednesday – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Bring cash for food and drinks purchase.
Liquid Wednesdays Latin Jam Nights | Peninsula
The Historic 7 Mile House will be hosts a weekly Wednesday Latin night and will feature the Bay Area’s best Latin bands on a rotating schedule. Liquid Wednesdays Latin Jam Nights Every Wednesday at 7 pm 7 Mile Sports Bar & Grill, 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane, CA FREE (No Cover. Reservations ...
Free Live Jazz & Latin Jazz Nights | Cigar Bar
Every Wednesday – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cigar Bar & Grill
Free Live Jazz & Latin Jazz Nights |  Cigar Bar
Join the Cigar Bar & Grill every Wednesday & Thursday evening for a free Jazz show (both traditional jazz and latin jazz) by local Bay Area musicians. Shows start at 8pm. Enjoy great food, drinks & Jazz. For complete line-up and more information please visit their website. Live ...
The Premise: Intimate Stand Up Comedy | SF
Every Wednesday – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Laundry
The Premise: Intimate Stand Up Comedy | SF
Every joke starts with a premise and every Wednesday Comedians Jeff Dean, James Mwaura and Andrew Orolfo bring together the best local and nationally touring stand-up comedians to turn these premises into hilarious bits. Join them in The Laundry’s hidden and intimate comedy basement. Surprise drop ...
Rock Paper Scissors Tournament Pub Crawl | SF
Every Wednesday – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required
| Northstar Cafe
Rock Paper Scissors Tournament Pub Crawl | SF
Try your hand (literally) at the Rock Paper Scissors Tournament Pub Crawl starting in North Beach. Get lubricated on $3 – $3.50 drink specials, and compete in Rock Paper Scissors tournament qualifying rounds while moving from bar to bar. The tournament champ wins a bar tab. Meet new people while earning points to ...
F Bomb’s “Laugh w/ Dignity” Free Comedy Show | SF
Every Wednesday – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | La Rocca's Corner
F Bomb's "Laugh w/ Dignity" Free Comedy Show | SF
Come see real, live, up close, and uncaged comedians in an intimate environment at one of North Beach’s favorite watering holes, La Rocca’s corner. 21+ only. The show is free, the drinks are cheap with Happy Hour pricing all night, and the laughs are plenty. Hang with ...
“Housepitality” DJ Party & Free Champagne | SoMa
"Housepitality" DJ Party & Free Champagne | SoMa
Housepitality SF gives you a reason to come out dancing every Wednesday night with world-class artists and free champagne. Enjoy free champagne from 9-10 pm and $5 Jameson (with mention of Housepitality discount). The RSVP list closes at 6 pm on the day of the show. Housepitality DJ Night Every Wednesday ...
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