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Friday, December 31

New Year’s Eve 2021: Free Guided Walking Tours of San Francisco

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 2022 Weekend  SF City Guides Walking Tours December 31, 2022 to January 2, 2022 All over San Francisco ...

Japan’s Stunning “Dandelion Project” Immersive Light Show (NYE)
Friday, December 31 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Limited to 15 people at a time. Masks required
| Japan Center Malls (Near Mochill Mochi Donuts)

A brand new immersive light art experience is coming to San Francisco’s Japantown for an 8 week limited run this winter. UPDATE: Please note the Dandelion Project has been extended two days and will now run through Sunday, January 23, 2022. The Japantown Community Benefit ...

New Year’s Eve Asian Art Museum Japanese Storytelling (2021)
Friday, December 31 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Sliding Scale donations accepted
| Asian Art Museum
Tune in for Japanese New Year stories for kids before our Bell Ringing Ceremony. Celebrate the start of the New Year with delightful Japanese folktales about a clever frog, a mischievous monkey, magical statues, and much more, told by the museum’s talented storytellers. Followed by the 36th Annual ...
East Bay Parks’ “Last Hike of 2021” (Diablo Foothills)
Friday, December 31 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required
| Castle Rock/Diablo Foothills
Description: CASTLE ROCK/DIABLO FOOTHILLS – Join us for the last hike of the year! Enjoy a peaceful 2 mile out and back trail along pine creek as we look for mushrooms, winter birds and signs of creek activity! Meet at the Orchard Staging Area Bring sturdy shoes, ...
“Pay-What-You-Can” Taco Day at SF’s Tato (Every Friday)

While many restaurants are struggling, San Francisco Mexican restaurant TATO wants to give back. They’re bringing back their “Taco Love” special which features a two taco plate with sides, and pay-what-you-can pricing. Pay-What-You-Can Taco Day Tato 4608 3rd St. (@ McKinnon) San Francisco (Bayview) Every ...Every Friday

Chabot’s Annual NYE Daytime Balloon Drop Celebration (Oakland)
Friday, December 31 – 11:00 am | Cost: $34*
*$10 + $24 adult admission for non-members ($10 + $19 for kids)
| Chabot Space & Science Center
Ring in the new year without staying up late! When it’s noon in Oakland, it will be 2021 somewhere on the planet. We’re celebrating the strokes of midnight around the world with multiple balloon drops throughout the day! Continuing a 20-year Bay Area tradition, our ...
36th Annual NYE Japanese Bell Ringing Ceremony (Asian Art Museum)
Friday, December 31 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Sliding Scale donations accepted
| Asian Art Museum
Join us for the annual New Year Bell Ringing Ceremony. This year’s program will be held virtually for a second year as holiday gatherings continue to be reinvented and renewed.   36th Annual New Year Bell Ringing Ceremony Friday, Dec 31, 2021 11:00 AM–12:30 PM Virtual Event Livestreamed to YouTube. We begin with a short welcome and discussion with the Rev. Gengo Akiba, his ...
Thrive City’s Outdoor “Noon Year’s Eve” 2021/22 Festival at Chase Center
Friday, December 31 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Thrive City Plaza (at Chase Center)

Thrive City Winter Wonderland, presented by Chase, is bringing a new family fun activity to experience. Take photos in front of the largest holiday tree in the Bay Area, submit your wish list in our North Pole mailbox and sing along to your favorite carols ...

Buy Fresh Dungeness Cab for NYE off the Boat at Fisherman’s Wharf (SF)
Friday, December 31 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Market price for crab
| Fisherman's Wharf
A new tradition for New Year’s Eve? Buying fresh Dungeness crab at Fisherman’s Wharf! Come to the waterfront today from 10am – 5pm for fresh crab from local fishers at Al Scoma Way and Pier 47. Location info, vendors and map at https://sfport.com/crab. ** HOURS FOR ...
New Year’s Eve at San Jose’s 2021 “Christmas in the Park”
Friday, December 31 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Plaza de Cesar Chavez

Since the early 1950’s when the display was originally set-up on the front lawn of the Lima Family Mortuary through it’s placement on the front lawn of City Hall during the 1970’s and where it has been since 1980, in downtown San Jose’s Plaza de ...

2:30 pmDecember 2021 QuaranPalooza Livestream Music Fest  $15*
*Get a ticket @ https://bit.ly/qpnyetix & join us on the zoom + we'll donate 25% of ticket sales to Bay Area Cancer Connections
Nappers Irish New Year at 4pm w/ Champagne & Balloon Drop (SF)
Friday, December 31 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Napper Tandy
Ring in the New Year Irish style . Irish New year at 4pm balloon drop ,live music and champagne ( family friendly) Can’t make the 4 pm then ring in American New Year.
SF’s New Year’s Eve Tarot Card Reading & Poetry in Golden Gate Park (SF)
Friday, December 31 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free
| Spreckels Temple of Music (Golden Gate Park Bandshell)
Join us to usher in the New Year with poetry, dance, music, and tarot readings from the new 81-card “Tarot in Pandemic and Revolution” deck (Nomadic Press, 2021) – featuring original works by 24 visual artists and 43 poets. Words & Light Turning with Tarot: Welcoming 2022 Friday, ...
Final Night: SF’s Spectacular Upside Down 50-Foot Crystal Tree (2021)
Friday, December 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Westfield San Francisco Centre

Westfield Centre is bringing back their famous upside down Christmas tree for 2021 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 ...

Free New Year’s Eve Uber, Lyft, and Cab Rides In Bay Area (Up to $35)
Friday, December 31 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Participation in this promotion is limited to the first 50 submissions per qualifying holiday.
| Ottinger Employment Lawyers
The team at Ottinger Employment Lawyers is proud to present our free holiday ride-sharing program in California. We want to do our part to help make our community safer by offering FREE Uber, Lyft, and Cab rides during the holiday season. UPDATE – We have no idea ...
Free Cab/Uber/Lyft Rides Home: New Year’s Eve 2021/22
Friday, December 31 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration required
| All Over San Francisco
2021 Update: Free cab/uber/lyft rides are back for 12/31/21 after a year off! Check for updates at gjel.com To help keep everyone safe on the way home, New Year’s Eve revelers in San Francisco, East Bay, North Bay, South Bay, Tri-Valley and Sacramento can get their cab rides ...
SF City Hall Lights Up Gold for New Year’s Eve 2021
Friday, 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 1/1/22, 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 ...

Oakland’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Bash 2021/22
Friday, December 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets start at $15 with promo code FUNCHEAP (normally $20)
| Copper Spoon Cocktails & Kitchen
The perfect pre-game for New Year’s Eve in Oakland w/ some of the Bay Area’s funniest comedians Only 30 Tickets Available Per Show.  Spend the last night of 2021 with some laughs with some of the Bay Area’s best comedians. Come grab a cocktail and laugh with comedians while ...
Back to the Future NYE Pub & Grub Crawl w/ $3 Drinks (SF) The San Francisco Beer Olympics hosts a rules-heavy pub and grub crawl on New Year’s Eve. If you can handle all the restrictions and rules, you might have fun! Read EVERYTHING if you are planning to attend. You must be RSVPed to attend – it will ...
7:00 pmA Tropical New Years Eve 2022 @ Del Mar SF  $20
The 5th Annual New Years Eve SF Comedy Explosion
Friday, December 31 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*40% discount using code "Funcheap" (normally $20)
| Neck of The Woods
Event Description: What’s the best way to end your year? With laughter duh! Come to the Neck of the Woods to end your year with a high note of laughter from San Francisco’s BEST COMEDIANS! Comedians on this showcase have been featured on NBC, ABC, VICELAND, ...
Free Muni / Caltrain / AC Transit / VTA / SamTrans on New Year’s Eve 2021/2022
Friday, December 31 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
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 12/31/21 “Drink and Alive” Free Cab Program Confirmed for 12/31/21 GJEL Accident Attorneys pay ...
8:00 pmNew Year’s Eve Party w/ Live Jazz + Midnight Toast at Arcana  $35.00*
*General Admission: USD 35.00
8:00 pmArena SF: New Year’s Eve 2022 (21+)  $20*
*TICKETS: $20 Early Bird Presale GA. $25 Tier 1 GA. $30 Tier 2 GA. $40 Tier 3 GA. VIP Presale $50 (Guaranteed VIP Entry + 1 drink ticket). ANTICIPATED SOLD OUT NIGHT
SF’s New Year’s Eve 2021 Tea, Zazen & Bell Ringing Ceremony at Green Gulch Farm (Zoom)
Friday, December 31 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE
New Year’s Eve Tea, Zazen, and Bell Ringing Friday, 8 pm – Saturday, 12:30 am PT Led by Abiding Abbess Fu Schroeder and Meiya Sōju Wender 百八つ梵鐘の先 平和なれ The great temple bell rings one hundred eight times— May there be peace! — Mitsu Suzuki All are invited to join in an online, silent broadcast ...
No Cover New Year’s Eve + Free Midnight Toast at Elixir (SF)
Friday, December 31 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*No cover. Bring $ for drinks
| Elixir
We’re doing it ELIXIR style as usual tonight, BUT FIRST… come buy some whiskey! The State of California has screwed us by changing the law, and as of tomorrow we can’t sell bottles anymore, so get down here and buy some rare whiskey, including our Welller barrel! ...
9:00 pmSF’s Annual Black & White NYE Ball – 2022 Under the Dome  $99*
*$99 to $1699
9:00 pmRing in the New Year with Hard Rock (SF)  $50*
*General Admission Includes 2 Premium Brand Drinks Ticket, Champagne Toast at Midnight, and Party Favors.
9:00 pm22 & Good 4 U – A Taylor Swift & Olivia Rodrigo Dance Party on NYE  $22*
*$22-$25 in ADV, $40 Day of Show. No drink min!
Whitechapel NYE Party w/ Buffet and Champagne Toast (SF)
Friday, December 31 – 9:00 pm | Cost: $20 | Whitechapel
Our New Year’s Eve party to ring in 2022! $20 at the door, party buffet table, champagne toast, instagrammable decorations. Cocktail-focused restaurant and the ultimate American destination for all things gin. Featuring the largest gin selection in the US & innovative food.
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