How to celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Francisco


New Year's Eve Firework at San Francisco

San Francisco is definitely one of the best places in the country to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Make your night even more memorable by checking out any of the following tips.

  1. Watch the night sky light up with fireworks at The Embarcadero.

    The Embarcadero Fireworks Show is a once-in-a-year spectacle you should not miss. At exactly midnight, the show erupts into a fantastic display of lights and sparkles. Come early to secure your spot− they say the best place to view the fireworks is at the end of Market Street.

    Alternatively, you can also watch the fireworks display at the restaurant of your choice. In our previous blog post, we listed down the best Bay Area restaurants where you can enjoy front-row views on New Year’s Eve.

  2. Go on a special New Year’s Eve picnic.

    It is almost a local tradition for residents to gather at Dolores Park for a picnic, which lasts all the way ’til midnight. Crowds start to come in around sundown with baskets filled with food and champagne. While you wait to ring in the new year, feast with your loved ones and enjoy the gorgeous views.

  3. Hop aboard a New Year’s Eve cruise.

    If you want a different vantage point for the spectacular fireworks show that’s about to come later in the evening, consider going on a New Year’s Eve cruise, which is bound to be a unique experience.

    You can wine and dine and dance the night away. There are several cruises that sail around the bay on this special night, such as Hornblower, the Belle of the Ball, Commodore, and Fume Blanc’s Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Cruise.

    Take your significant other with you (or a loved one) for a fantastic New Year’s Eve aboard a cruise.

  4. Dress up and party!

    San Francisco is famed for its long list of New Year’s Eve parties, from upscale events to pub crawls in the Marina District. For instance, there’s the NYE International Ball, EPIC New Year’s Eve 2019, and San Francisco New Year’s Eve PubCrawl. Check our blog for more details about these upcoming parties.

  5. Go kayaking at midnight with the family.

    Are you looking for a totally different New Year’s Eve experience? City Kayak can give you just that. Take the whole family out on an outing, paddle out on a kayak, and enjoy unobstructed views of the city and the fireworks display.

    Take note, however, that the group is limited to only 30 participants, preferably those who are experienced with kayaking. If you have young children in the family, an alternative would be to go picnicking in Dolores Park or ice-skating in Union Square.

Take note of the following places if you’re looking for a place to spend the rest of the evening: Union Square, Financial District, SoMa, Civic Center, and North Beach. These neighborhoods are bustling with activity every New Year’s Eve.

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