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2014 New Year’s Eve Guide

Need last minute plans for NYE? Here’s 20+ fun & slightly weird event ideas.
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Midnight Embarcadero Fireworks Show

Bundle up with 200,000 of your closest friends for the annual midnight show along the Embarcadero in San Francisco.
 Best places to watch the fireworks
– Take a Sierra Club-led hike and watch from the hills
– Getting there (BART/Caltrain/Muni details)
– Free Cab Rides Home

Fireworks photo credit: Darvin Atkeson


Free New Year’s Eve Events & Parties

– Beachfront Ramones Punk Party & Jell-o Champagne shots (FREE)
– House DJs at sultry WISH lounge in SoMa (FREE before 8pm)
– Free Hugs at the Golden Gate Bridge at Midnight (FREE)
– Hard French ’60s Soul Party w/ free Fernet Toast (FREE)
– Songwriter Swap, Jam & Hoedown (FREE)
>> See the full list of free NYE events


Cheap Open Bar Dance Parties

– 1984 Dance Party – Open Bar 9 to 10pm ($10)
– Absolut Vodka Open Bar & Funky Hip-Hop DJs ($20)
– 36 Hour Dance Party at The EndUp with two-hour open bar (FREE with invite, otherwise $40)


New Year’s Eve is sponsored by InstantCab

$10 Off Cab Rides on New Year’s Eve

Get home safe thanks to InstantCab who are dishing out free rides on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco for new users. Just download the app (Android or iPhone), enter the secret promo code NYE and you’re all set.

– You’ll get a $10 credit ready and waiting for you for New Year’s Eve so you can skip the long Muni lines and avoid scary surge pricing

>> Get Your Free Ride in SF – Get the InstantCab app
– Use code “FUNCHEAP” for $10 off your first fare.


Fun & Games

– American Tripps Berlin-Style Ping Pong Party ($15)
– Pinball Museum Party: 100 Vintage Machines on Free Play ($35)
– Playland Carnival Games, Pinball & Treasure Hunt ($25)


Odd, Weird & Unique New Year’s Eve

– Mad Dash for Midnight Glow Run ($15)
– “Meow Mix” Draglicious Diva Show ($7)
– Champagne Showers with Wild 94.9 (FREE)
– Last Night DIY Art Parade in Santa Cruz (FREE)
– The Stinky Cheese Club (FREE)
>> See the full list of Odd, Weird & Unique events

Hella East Bay New Year’s Eve

– The People Party DJ NYE Ball ($10)
– Hubba Hubba Burlesque Revue ($12)
– Comedy Night & Dance Party ($5)
– Communal Art Party: Blank Walls & Lots of Art Supplies (FREE)
>> See the full list of East Bay events


A Quieter New Year’s Eve

– Zen Center meditation & courtyard bonfire (FREE)
– “Letting go” fire ceremony and serene meditation (FREE)
– Taoist Meditation and Potluck (FREE)
>> See the full list of quieter events


Free Muni / Caltrain / SamTrans / VTA

Ride Muni for free until 5am, along with free late night Caltrain Service.
– Find out which Muni routes have extra service
– Late night Caltrain schedules – Free until 2:15am
– BART and AC Transit late night schedules (Not Free… sorry)


Free Cab Rides Home

Get a free ride home within SF up to $35
– Full details


New Year’s Day – January 1, 2014 Events

– Annual NYD Pacific Ocean Plunge (FREE)
– Food Truck Brunch Party & Bottomless Mimosas (FREE)
– Golden Gate “Bridge to 2014” Walk (FREE)
– Polar Bear Ice Skate at Union Square (FREE to watch)
– Brass Tax Annual NYD “Survivors” Dance Party ($5)
>> See the full list of New Year’s Day events