Bay Area New Year's Eve Fireworks and Events 2015-2016

Friday, January 1, 2016
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Fireworks fill the air in the bay over the Oakland, bottom, and San Francisco skylines, divided by the Bay Bridge, as part of NYE celebrations on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Looking for fun ways to ring in 2016 in the San Francisco Bay Area? Check out these events and find out where you can watch all the NYE fireworks displays!

Here are some transit resources to help you get around:


BART will extend service until 3 a.m. on New Year's Eve 2015. Trains will run every 20 minutes after midnight with extra trains standing by in downtown San Francisco after the fireworks show.

Caltrain will provide free services this New Year's Eve starting 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31. They will run regular weekday schedule plus 4 post-fireworks specials departing San Francisco Station at 12:45 am, 1:15 am, 1:45 am and a 2:15 am or when full.


Waze is a social mobile application providing free turn-by-turn GPS navigation based on the live conditions of the road. The more you drive, the better it gets. Join the community of drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area today!


Most transit services will be enhanced for New Year's Eve. Check 511 for the latest updates.

AAA will provide a complimentary ride and vehicle tow up to 7 miles from the point of pickup to drivers who have consumed alcohol. Ask for a Tipsy Tow by calling 1-800-400-4222. Available to both AAA Club members and non-members.

If you're celebrating in the San Jose area tonight, you can get a free ride home. A local law firm will reimburse partiers for their cab rides, in hopes of cutting down on drunk drivers. The rides must be in the San Jose metro area, between 5 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday. You must be over 21 and have a valid driver's license. You can get more details about the program here.

Click here for more Bay Area transit holiday schedules.


Embarcadero - Pier 14

Kick off the new year with FIREWORKS! The display begins at midnight along the waterfront in San Francisco Thursday evening.

Asian Art Museum

Ring in 2016 by taking a swing at a giant 2,100-pound, 16th-century Japanese temple bell during the "30th Annual Japanese New Year's Bell-Ringing Ceremony on Thursday, December 31 at 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m!

Bimbo's 365 Club

Watch performances from Tainted Love, Quinn Deveaux and The Blue Beat Review, The Cottontails and more on Thursday, December 31 starting at 8 p.m.!

Brava Theater Center

Watch "New Year's Eve Comedy Fiesta: Latino Power Edition" with with Marga Gomez, Lydia Popovich, Monica Palacios,

Chris Storin, Baruch Porras-Hernandez and Betty Pazmio. They'll team up for one night in the Mission District on Thursday, December 31 starting at 9 p.m.!

Club Fugazi

Watch the Beach Blanket Babylon's festive New Year's Eve show on Thursday evening, December 31!

Davies Symphony Hall

A New Year's Eve event with Academy and Grammy award nominated singer, songwriter, actor, producer and director, Seth MacFarlane!

New Year's Hornblower Cruises

Go aboard New Year's Eve cruises and dance the night away under midnight fireworks or enjoy New Year's Day with a full lunch buffet!

Palace Hotel

Join the spectacular celebration at NYE International Ball 2016!


Napa Valley Wine Train

Spend your New Year's Eve with sparkling wine, gourmet dining, casino games!

New Year's Commodore Cruise

Enjoy an amazing night with dinner, dancing, and a fireworks display at midnight!

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Walk into a winter wonderland with millions of twinkling lights during Holiday in the Park. Enjoy rides, entertainment and lots of photo opportunities all the way to 2016!

USS Hornet Museum

Welcome 2016 onboard the historic World War II aircraft-carrier-turned-museum USS Hornet! The celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 31 with live music, a silent auction, cash bars, and food concessions. Count down to midnight with the spectacular view of the Bay Area skyline from the Flight Deck.

If you're staying in this New Year's, you can watch the countdown on ABC7!

Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato to perform on 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth will be counting down 2015 in Times Square as a part of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest."

Watch "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest" on Dec. 31 starting at 8 p.m. on ABC7.