So, you want to have a blast saying bye-bye to 2012 and hello to 2013, but you don’t want to spend a lot of cash? Free would be best, you say? Well you are in luck, in the awesome City by the Bay. San Francisco — and the Bay Area — knows how to party, and for free too (or close to it). Here’s the scoop:
Friday December 28:
Free Muni Ride Day! Includes cable cars. All day 100th Birthday Celebration.
South of Market Architecture Stroll – SOMA, FREE
10 am. City Guides tour of classical revival, modern postmodern, and green trends and more, in this San Francisco guided walking tour. The tour includes building facades, public spaces, and public art. See it all! Zigzag and meander main streets and back alleys as you walk toward the Transbay Terminal complex.
Day 3 of Kwanzaa: Live Music and Holiday Celebration, Bayview YMCA/Bayview Library – FREE
Live it up during this celebration of African American culture. Ujima (collective work and responsibility). 1 p.m performance by Jay’e & Friends – WFRC/Western Addition Senior Center (Queen Adah), 1390 Turk Street @Fillmore. 5:30 pm., celebration and dinner (may be for purchase) Bayview Y/Bayview Library, 1601 Lane Street, San Francisco, CA
iPad Mural Making Party – SOMA, FREE 4 pm., Shared, 739 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA
Now for something completely different. Help warm the Shared space at their very first public event. Shared will provide iPads so you can join in on some collaborative mural-making fun. Each iPad will connect to a collaborative drawing and projected on the wall. There will be a theme chosen at the beginning of the evening for the mural.
El Rio’s FREE “Oysters on the Half Shell” Fridays – 5:30 pm., 3158 Mission Street @Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA.
El Rio is a cool dive deep in the Mission, serving free oysters every Friday at 5:30 pm. These go mucho fast so get there on time. Wash those babies down with a Happy Hour drink, Fridays 5–8 pm, with pints and well drinks for $3. Don’t pass this up!
Holiday Dance Party: House Music & Appetizers – SOMA, FREE 6 to 8 pm, 1192 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA
Party for a good cause, in this ‘Tis the season for giving, at Hidden Measure’s Holiday Party. Hidden Measure along with local businesses are working together to raise money for local non-profit Kerry’s Kids. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Visit the site for the party’s musical lineup.
SF Beer Olympics! Drinking Games + $1 Beer!
FREE Fridays in San Francisco, 8:30 pm. Free to play and FREE club entry with drink purchase. Win Games Prizes! Everyone is placed on a team based on country, making it easy to meet new people. Teams compete at Beer pong, relays, and flip cup. Compete with locals, tourists, students — a microcosm of San Francisco culture. An excuse to meet people or meeting people is an excuse to drink – you decide. After the games and awards ceremony, everyone gets free entry to the nightclub! (Wow! Save on $20 cover). Want a $1 shot? Like SF Beer Olympics and RSVP on facebook that you are attending, and it’s yours!
Free Funk Dance party with DaM-FunK, 10 pm., FREE with RSVP
1015 Folsom Street. Get funky and boogie-down at a free show by DaM-FunK, an American modern-Funk musician, vocalist, and producer. The show is on with support from impressive musical talent.
Saturday, December 29:
Treasure Island Flea Market — All day $3, Great Lawn. Continues Sunday, December 30.
This monthly open-air flea market presents hundreds of local vendors showcasing virtually everything imaginable from collectors, craftspeople, indie designers, bakers and more, plus outdoor exhibits, scavenger hunts, and gourmet food trucks. From December through March the Treasure Island Flea Market is held indoors.
Day 4 of Kwanzaa, FREE, 1 pm, MoMagic, Ella Hill Hutch, 1050 McAllister Street @Webster (Young Entrepreneurs in Action).
4pm., Celebration & dinner (may be for purchase) – Potrero Hill Family Resource Center at Potrero Hill Recreation Center, 801 Arkansas Street @ 22nd Street.
Mundo Maya: Cacao Celebration & Samples, Mission district, 3- 6 pm., FREE to attend, Galleria de la Raza.
Join in this celebration of things cacao. For $3 to $5 you can sample yummy treats such as pan dulce, cacao drin, chocolates and more in honor of pioneers of what we now call chocolate. In collaboration with Sixth Course artisan confections, La Victoria Bakery, La Cocina and L Café.
“White” Party, Brazilian Dance Party, FREE, 10 pm to 1 am, Bacchus Kirk, 925 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA.
Dress in white to dance to the musical beats of Brazilian DJ Rubens Kroy. Enjoy drink specials on calpirinhas, Brazil’s national cocktail.
Sunday December 30:
Day 5 of Kwanzaa, Dance Performance & Celebration FREE, 1-7 pm., African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street @Webster, San Francisco, CA
1 pm., Tolson Family Dancers — Third Baptist, 1399 McAllister Street @Pierce
6 pm., Celebration & dinner (may be for purchase) African American Arts & Culture Complex.
Dial M for Music: SF Chamber Music Orchestra Concert, FREE, Herbst Theater, San Francisco, CA
The three Ms start with Mendelssohn’s brilliant string sinfonias, written when he was just 13. Harold Meltzer, an award-winning composer based in NYC inspired by Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for his own work. Meltzer’s double concerto is paired with Mozart’s, one of his most beautiful works.
Felix Mendelssohn: Sinfonia No. 9 in C major; Harold Meltzer: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Viola (SFCO Commission & a World Premiere); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Viola, K. 364
The Concert Events continue December 31 and January 1, 2013.
San Francisco Zoo Lights 2012, Final Night, 4-8 pm., $5 (parking) December 22-30.
For the first time ever, enjoy the Zoo with a magnificant light show, full of holiday-themed fun for the entire family. Meander through the Zoo guided by twinkling lights.
Goth Disco Salute to 2012, FREE, 8 pm. to 1:30 am., Bacchus Kirk, 925 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA.
Put on your darkest finest and hit the dance floor for a goth salute to 2012, at this big holiday party and fundraiser for Pakistani education activist, Malala Yousafzai. Admission is free, with raffle tickets to benefit the Malala campaign. In connection with Nomads, 556 Hayes Street, San Francisco.
Monday, December 31:
Sierra Club New Year’s Eve Midnight Hike & Fireworks, FREE but RSVP required, 8 pm., rain or shine. Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA
Welcome 2013 by exploring several of the city’s best walkways and vistas. Trade the stilletos for hiking shoes and be prepared for steep climbs and descents and lots of stairs. After the hike hang out with a thousand of your closest friends to enjoy the midnight fireworks show.
The Endup’s All Night Dance Party & Free Drinks. FREE (with RSVP through Dec. 29) 8 pm to noon January 1, 2013. A promotional push from Stoli this amazing 1950’s sci-fi themed bash will definitely welcome in 2013, with complimentary appetizers & cocktails, a champagne toast and DJs all night — until noon the next day, yet. What a deal! FREE but RSVP no later than Dec. 29 or the deal is off for you, and it is $40.
Club 1984 FREE New Year’s Eve Party at Mighty, 9 pm., 119 Utah Street, San Francisco, CA
Free champagne toast at midnight, FREE admission all night. Party hearty with two dance floors to non-stop 80’s music and video DJ’s.
Ramones Punk Rock New Year’s Eve, FREE, 9:30 pm., The Riptide, 3639 Taraval Street, San Francisco, CA
The Ramones USA, an Oakland-based Ramones cover band blasts you into 2013, at this tribute night event. Yhere’s no cover tonight, and there just may be a champagne toast at midnight, as The Riptide did in 2011, but as of now, no comment. But hey, it’s free!
New Year’s Eve Silent Disco Party. $5 in advance, $10 at the door, 8 pm. to 2 am., Vagabond Ballroom, 830 Isabella Street, Oakland, CA
What’s this all about? Groove in silence as a DJ plays through a network to wireless headphones at very high-fidelity, but not in the rest of the room. This is charity event to Save the Tigers. All proceeds go to Rain Forest Action Network. The disco has about 30 headphones to wear and a solid line-up of DJs, with guest appearances. Sounds like something uber different this year.
Free Rides Home on New Year’s Eve, Free cabs, Free tows, Free Muni, all night long.
Don’t drive home drunk! ‘Nuf said. Here is all the information you will need. Be smart = be safe. Happy 2013!
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