For those who prefer the epic to the intimate, we’ve compiled a short list of the big events happening around town. As of writing, all of these events still have tickets available.
Palace of Fine Arts: “Imagine”
Live jazz, DJs, dancing, “breathtaking visuals,” and a theatrical adventure through 11 fairytale-themed worlds with cirque performers, ballet dancers, costumed actors, magicians and fire-breathing dragons and (if you can believe it) even more. This indoor experience, created by Theme-Dream Productions, is pricey ($165 for general admission) but includes an open bar. More info & tickets.
The Mint: “New Bohemia”
Vau de Vire and Opel present this similarly eclectic event at the Mint — dancers, thespians, and other odd performers join 15+ DJs and live musicians across four floors, plus 13 “activated thematic environments.” This party always has a decadent and dark vibe to it for those who lean that way. You’ll find Simon Shackleton + DJs from Opel, Opulent Temple, Airpusher, Kazbah, Opulent Chill, Vau de Vire, and other underground local talent. More info & tickets.
Fort Mason: “EYE Heart New Years”
The main attractions here are musical acts T-Pain and Party Favor on the main stage, the giant ball pit playground, and the open bar all night. Lighting, visuals, and multimedia displays are promised as well, and other DJs include DJ Dilly, El Cool J, and James Ando doing a silent disco set. Early bird tickets are gone. What’s left ranges from $160-700. More info & tickets.
Big Shows Around Town
For this list we’re including those that are sold out, since tickets can occasionally be found for these shows up to the last minute for the eager and able-walleted. Click the venue name for ticket information.
Tycho @ The Fillmore
California Honeydrops @ The UC Theatre
Goapele @ Yoshi’s Oakland SOLD OUT
Tainted Love @ Bimbo’s 365 Club SOLD OUT
Primus @ The Fox Theatre
Lucius @ The Independent SOLD OUT
Pete Escovedo @ The Freight & Salvage
Cracker + Camper Van Beethoven @ Great American Music Hall
Kaskade @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
The Whispers + The Dramatics @ The Paramount Theatre SOLD OUT
Maceo Parker @ SFJAZZ
Metric @ Mezzanine
Other Big Parties
These are just a few of the big events, but there are all kinds of other parties that happen around town. Parties at fancy hotels, the names of which all include words like “grand,” “mega,” and “epic” so you know they are. There are party cruises. There’s a Gatsby-themed party. There’s even a bar crawl party. Something for everyone in this town.
Stayed tuned the next few days for more on the smaller, local side of New Year’s fun.