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Thursday, December 31

Goodwill’s Annual New Year’s Eve Donate-a-thon
Thursday, December 31 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Goodwill San Francisco
Please drop off your end of year donations at Goodwill’s annual Donate-a-thon Thursday, December 31st, from 9 am to 4 pm at 121 Wisconsin St, SF. The support provided by your donations this year made a lasting impact on the livelihood of those we employ and ...
New Year Bell Ringing Storytelling for Families (Virtual)
Thursday, December 31 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Sliding scale donations
| Asian Art Museum
Celebrate the start of the New Year in style with stories of shape-shifters, magical cats, and Buddhist protectors of children, women, and travelers, told by one of the museum’s talented storytellers. (Please note that the link for this program is different than the one for ...

New Year’s Eve Farmers Market (Ferry Plaza)
Thursday, December 31 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Plaza (South Tower)
Get ready for a healthy New Year at our special Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Thursday, December 31, 10 am to 2 pm. You’ll find our regular Thursday farms along with some special pop-ups to help you get a fresh start in 2021. Thank you ...
10% Off: Virtual Ghirardelli Chocolate Warehouse Sale (Ends Dec. 31)
Thursday, December 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Enjoy an additional 10% off with promo code: FCSFWHS10
| Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory Store

Join us for the virtual Ghirardelli Chocolate Warehouse Sale December 1st-31st. Shop our unique assortment of signature chocolate SQAURES, exclusive gifts and baking supplies, simply shop the virtual web-sale and pick up in store. Enjoy an additional 10% off with promo code: FCSFWHS10** – good ...

35th Annual Japanese Bell Ringing Ceremony (Asian Art Museum)
Thursday, December 31 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Sliding Scale donations accepted
| Asian Art Museum
Livestreamed to YouTube and Facebook Live.  Join us for our first ever virtual New Year Bell Ringing Ceremony. Every holiday gathering this year is being reinvented, and our bell ringing promises to be different in some exciting ways.   We begin with a short welcome and discussion with the Rev. Gengo Akiba, his wife, Yoshie Akiba, and Eri ...
New Year’s Eve Virtual Concert for Beethoven’s 250 birthday
Thursday, December 31 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE

Dec 10, 24 & 31, 2020, 12pm Pacific time The Alexander String Quartet celebrates Beethoven’s 250 birthday during the month of December with a series of video recordings on San Francisco Performances’ free online platform “Front Row.” Also included in the celebration is a Beethoven ...

Final Day to See SF’s Upside Down 50-Foot Crystal Tree
Thursday, December 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Westfield San Francisco Centre

Westfield Centre is bringing back their famous upside down Christmas tree. The famous Inverted Christmas Tree is back for the holidays on Level 4 Under The Dome.  It is the perfect picture opportunity in the shopping center while you shop. See it shine from November 18 ...

SF’s Cliff House Iconic Sign Taken Down Today at Noon
Thursday, December 31 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Thanks to the SF Bay Times for letting us know that the iconic “Cliff House” sign is scheduled to be removed today at Noon. Related Stories 157-Year-Old “Cliff House” Restaurant Closes Temporarily – 7/20/20 SF’s Historic 157-Year Old Cliff House is Closing Permanently – 12/14/20 Read more at cliffhouse.com After ...
“Why SF’s Independent Press Is Essential” Online Talk
Thursday, December 31 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Join editors and publishers from the city’s leading independent news outlets for a discussion about why their work is essential. The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated the bottom lines of the city’s news publishers yet their work is now more important than ever. Please join us for ...
“Black Lives Matter” New Year’s Eve Rally & Car Caravan
Thursday, December 31 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Email CONNECT2THEPLUG@protonmail.com for location and details
| Secret Location Revealed on Dec. 31
New Year, No Division  LOCATION: TBA Day Of (San Francisco, CA) DATE/TIME New Years Eve (12/31) at 3pm DETAILS: For questions, please contact @_connect2theplug You’ve been PLUGGED IN 🔌 additional information on the caravan/rally 12/31: – for maximum impact: they are releasing location on the day of. SAVE THE DATE! – the event is organized by ...
LIKELY CANCELED: Free Cab/Uber/Lyft Rides Home: New Year’s Eve 2021
Thursday, December 31 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration required
| All Over San Francisco
12/31/20 Update: Please note there have been no updates to GJEL’s “Drink and Alive” Free Cab Program found on their website since St. Patrick’s Day 2020. So we’re under the assumption that this program is no longer taking place. Check for updates at gjel.com To help ...
SF City Hall Lights Up Gold for New Year’s Eve
Thursday, December 31 – 5:01 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall

Please note that although the New Year’s Day lighting schedule is not listed yet on the city hall website for 1/1/21, they typically do gold on New Year’s Day as well. San Francisco’s City Hall and its 220+ state-of-the-art LED lighting fixtures get into the New ...

15th Annual San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration (New Year’s Eve)
Thursday, December 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*The first 200 people to register get a free meal daily.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s Kwanzaa Celebration will stream virtually throughout the Bay Area. The Village Project and our community partners will celebrate our 15th annual Kwanzaa celebration with seven days of community events presented through social media, i.e., Instagram, Facebook Live and You Tube, ...

“New Year’s Eve Protest” to Support SF’s Restaurants & Nightlife (Civic Center)
Thursday, December 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Here’s a “protest” scheduled for civic center on New Year’s Eve so that you are aware. If you do decide to attend, keep distant, wear your mask and stay safe. Better yet, consider staying at home, but ordering take out or delivery from your favorite ...
NYE Pop-Up Drive-In Movie Night “Office Christmas Party” (Santa Rosa)
Thursday, December 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $40*
*$40 per car plus $3 booking fee
| Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Shelter in place update – 12/10/20 – Although drive-ins are shut down in SF and Contra Costa County, these shut-down rules do not apply to Sonoma County and drive-ins are currently allowed. There are two upcoming drive-in movie nights for December that the promoters say ...

Cars on NYE Banned from Twin Peaks, Marina Green, Stern Grove & Ocean Beach
Thursday, December 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE
San Francisco is closing the following park features for New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2020. Ocean Beach parking lot (closes at 5 a.m. on December 31) Marina Green parking lots (closes at 6 p.m. on December 31) Stern Grove parking lot (closes at 6 p.m. on December 31) These ...
Comedy Oakland Online – GoodBye to 2020 December 31, 7 pm to 9 pm Pacific time The year seems to get crazier and crazier, so we need laughter more than ever before. Comedy Oakland is here to help, and is not stopping for the holidays. On December 31, we say goodbye and good riddance ...
Quaranpalooza 2020: Year End Music Festival Extravaganza
Thursday, December 31 – 7:30 pm | Cost: $10 | QuaranPalooza
It’s been a truly crazy year and we’re ending it in style with a 5 hour live streaming music festival extravaganza! We’re excited to be joined by both David Gans & The Steve Lucky + Carmen Getit Show this time around as well as some very ...
Free Muni / Caltrain / AC Transit / VTA / SamTrans on New Year’s Eve 2020/2021
Thursday, December 31 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Even during these COVID times when most everything is shut down, in order to ensure those who need a safe ride home New Year’s Eve have one, many Bay Area transit agencies are offering free rides, but not having any extended service. Confirmed Free Rides for ...
Caltrain & Sam Trans Are Free on New Year’s Eve 2020/21 In order to ensure that those needing a safe ride home at the end of their evening will have one, Caltrain and SamTrans will provide free rides starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, until the end of service as it has in years past. Thursday, December 31, 2020 ...
“Light at the End” NYE Zoom Party
Thursday, December 31 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $20 | Dragon Productions Theatre Company
Tired of the same old zoom parties? Us, too. Join the Dragon in our new, interactive virtual theater space to celebrate the death of 2020 and the birth of a new year with friends and strangers alike. It will be a New Year’s Eve party unlike ...
“Cal Performances” at Home: New Year’s Eve Musical Celebration Join the artists who have made the Cal Performances at Home season possible for a celebratory evening of original performances recorded especially for this occasion. Soloists, recitalists, jazz artists, and chamber ensembles featured in the fall online streaming series have contributed special musical selections to ...
Snoop Dogg Virtual New Year’s Eve Special
Thursday, December 31 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Live Performances. Crazy Stunts. Surprise guests. Epic countdown. Tune in from anywhere in the world to Go Big with Snoop Dogg on NYE! FEATURING Snoop Dogg Live Performance Snoop’s fellow #GoBigShow judges Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles, Cody Rhodes and show host Bert Kreischer Dance Party with DJ Cassidy, DJ Battlecat ...
New Year’s Eve Musical Celebration (Cal Performances at Home) Join the artists who have made the Cal Performances at Home season possible for a celebratory evening of original performances recorded especially for this occasion. Soloists, recitalists, jazz artists, and chamber ensembles featured in the fall online streaming series have contributed special musical selections to ...
New Year’s Eve “Black Laughs Matter” Virtual Comedy Countdown It’s time for 2020 to be over. Help support black comics at this special “Black Laughs Matter” online New Year’s Eve comedy show live from San Francisco. Get your last laughs of the year with a fantastic lineup of comics from HBO, MTV, TBS, Upright Citizens ...
NYE “Crazy Funny Asians” Live: Virtual Comedy Countdown This live capstone New Year’s Eve comedy showcase will feature comedians from Netflix, Comedy Central, Clusterfest, SF Sketchfest and CBS, sure to infect you with the second most contagious thing on the planet – laughter. So “SIP” some champagne, put on your fanciest sweatpants, and take ...
New Year’s Eve “Desi Comedy Night” Virtual Comedy Bash HellaFunny and Funcheap present the LIVE Desi Comedy – NYE Virtual Comedy Countdown on December 31st celebrating comedians of Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Afghani, and South Asian descent. Say good riddance to 2020 and ring in the new year with all the laughter and energy ...
New Year’s Eve “F*ck 2020” Comedy Countdown It’s time for 2020 to be over. Like NOW. Get your last laughs of the year with a fantastic lineup of comics from Comedy Central, SF Sketchfest, HBO, Cobb’s Comedy Club, Netflix and more with a midnight countdown and online toast with 500 strangers. Get Tickets – ...
CANCELED: San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Midnight (2020/2021)
Thursday, December 31 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | Embarcadero
Not like we thought it would happen, and the city hasn’t officially said anything, but BART has announced officially that San Francisco has canceled the annual midnight fireworks show that would taken place on New Year’s Eve 2020/2021. BART is not running any extended hours and ...
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