Fresh Start SF plans to host an epic block New Year's block party at The Midway. (Courtesy of The Midway)

21 Fun Things to Do Over New Year’s Week in the Bay Area

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See ya, 2021. We hate to see you go, but love to watch you leave.

We've rounded up the best ways to spend the last week of the year, including 15 epic New Year's Eve bashes, discos, dinners, and shows. So, grab your vax cards, get out there, and raise a glass bottle of Champagne—we've earned it.


Get grounded with Earth, an immersive sound experience. Find yourself transported around the world as sounds recorded over the last three years in locations like Hawaii, Thailand, Japan, and Africa combine with music for an intense and beautiful experience; Monday at 9:30pm. // Envelop SF, 900 Marin St. (Bayview); tickets at eventbrite.com


Don’t miss your last chance to see works by the world's most famous and elusive street artist, Banksy, under one roof. The showing of nearly 100 certified authentic pieces—including original paintings, prints, sculptures, and more—is said to be the largest privately owned collection of Banksys in the world; through January 3rd. // The Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St. (Marina); tickets at banksyexhibit.com


Black Cat Jazz Supper Club presents four nights of Grammy Award–winning music featuring trumpeter/producer/rapper Maurice "Mobetta" Brown. For his NYE shows, Mobetta will be joined by his all-star band and a four-course holiday tasting menu will be served; Wednesday through Saturday, with seatings beginning at 7pm. // Black Cat, 400 Eddy St. (Tenderloin); tickets at blackcatsf.com


Whose Line is it Anyway? comedian Greg Proops returns to his hometown for four nights of standup including two NYE shows; Wednesday through Saturday, 8pm. // Punchline Comedy Club, 444 Battery St. (FiDi); tickets at livenation.com


Celebrate Faux New Year's Eve with a Beatles Tribute. Rancho Nicasio brings back its traditional night before New Year's dinner and jam sesh at the outdoor stage; Thursday, dinner reservations from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, live music at 9pm. // Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Rd. (Nicasio); reservations at ranchonicasio.com

Ring in 2022 in a sexy Moroccan speakeasy. Berber is hosting two NYE experiences—a four-course prix-fixe menu complete with live cirque entertainment and a festive after-party complete with a balloon drop and live music; Friday at 5:30pm (dinner) & 10pm (after party). // Berber, 1516 Broadway (Nob Hill); tickets at exploretock.com


If your idea of a perfect end to an exhausting year is a few extra hours of sleep, ring in the new year without having to stay up ‘til midnight at Chabot Space & Science Center. Continuing a 21-year Bay Area tradition, this party will feature hundreds of colorful, biodegradable balloons raining down from above with drops every hour; Friday, 11am to 4pm. // Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd. (Oakland); tickets at chabotspace.org


If all-you-can-eat-and-drink is how you prefer to spend the final night of the year, don’t miss The Monk’s Kettle’s year-end send off; Friday, 8pm to 12:30am. // The Monk’s Kettle, 3141 16th St. (Mission); tickets at exploretock.com

Disco down at one of SF’s few rooftop bars. Charmaine’s is hosting a rooftop disco complete with a midnight Champagne toast and late-night bites; Friday, 9pm to 1:45am. // San Francisco Proper Hotel, 1100 Market St. (Civic Center); tickets at exploretock.com


NYE doesn’t have to be a total drag. Head to Osha Thai for an eight-course menu, drag and burlesque show, dancing, midnight Champagne toast, and views of fireworks on the Embarcadero; Friday, 8pm to 2am. // Osha Thai Restaurant & Lounge, 4 Embarcadero Center (Embarcadero); tickets at eventbrite.com


Sip martinis and channel your best Bond (or Bond girl) at the Dorian’s NYE party complete with casino games, a five-hour open bar, and a DJ spinning all night long; Friday, 9pm to 2am. // The Dorian, 2001 Chestnut St. (Marina); tickets at eventbrite.com

For the Glee at heart, kick off your New Year’s celebrations with the San Francisco Symphony and Darren Criss; Friday at 7:30pm. // Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Hayes Valley); tickets at sfsymphony.org

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Fleetmac Wood is hosting one of the grooviest celebrations in town complete with confetti, aerialists, and a power disco hour; Friday, 8pm to 2am. // Monarch, 101 6th St. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com


If you’re looking for a man after midnight, the Abba NYE extravaganza is the place to be. Break out your platforms and polyester—you can expect glitter and glamour, a massive balloon drop, Abba music video projections, and more surprises; Friday, 9pm to 2am. // The Great Northern, 119 Utah St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

Ring in NYE roaring '20s style (minus the whole prohibition thing) at Archer Napa with an open rooftop bar, gourmet bites, casino games, live music, and a Charleston-ready dance floor; Friday, 7pm to 12:30am. // Archer Hotel Napa, 1230 First St. (Napa); tickets at eventbrite.com


For those with hometown pride, end the year with a special NYE performance of the High-Flying Love Story—a theatrical, circus-fueled love letter to the City by the Bay. For NYE you’ll be treated to complimentary bites and bubbles, party favors, a midnight countdown, and more; Friday at 10:15pm. // Club Fugazi, 678 Green St. (Russian Hill); tickets at clubfugazisf.com


Head to The Midway for three days of live music, food trucks, art, and so much more. Whatever your plans, be sure not to miss the House of More! Fried Chicken Drag Brunch, from 10:30am to noon on Saturday; Friday, Saturday & Sunday. // The Midway, 900 Marin St (Bayview); tickets at freshstartsf.co

If being braver (and colder) is your resolution, strip down to your skivvies for a New Year’s Day tradition—the polar bear skate in Union Square. Prizes will be awarded for the wildest and most inventive beach attire on the ice; Saturday, 2:30pm to 3:30pm. // Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square (Union Square); tickets at unionsquareicerink.com


Break out your costume box—a block party of epic proportions takes over the Mission on New Year's Day. Dance your way through eight stages of music, explore art installations and circus acts, win big at bingo, have some fun with goat yoga, and so much more; Saturday, 4am to 9pm. // The Great Northern, 119 Utah St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com


Start 2022 on the right foot by taking a hike at more than 40 California State parks. Dedicated volunteers and staff will guide you through the giant sequoias, magnificent redwoods, or even a paddle along the coast. Nearby highlights include Angel Island State Park, Seacliff State Beach, San Luis Reservoir, Pigeon Point Light Station, Jack London State Historic Park, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and more; Sunday, park hours vary. // Details at parks.ca.gov


Let Gogh at an immersive yoga experience. The class will be choreographed to music along with the moving images of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh; Sunday at 7:45am. // Lighthouse Immersive, 10 S. Van Ness Ave. (SoMa); tickets at universe.com

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