San Francisco is full of atypical music and dancing events for the holidays. First, F8 hosts an eight-hour benefit with proceeds going to the families of the victims of Oakland’s Ghost Ship fire. Then the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus sings traditional holiday songs with a twist at Castro Theatre. Escape the city and head to Tahoe for New Year’s Eve, where the three-day SnowGlobe Music Festival is a one-of-a-kind experience. Or stay in town and stay out late at 1015 Folsom’s January 1stparty with Kaskade. For a break from the tunes, head to New Asia Restaurant for Kung Pao Kosher Comedy.
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December 22 | Benefit
F8 Ghost Ship Benefit
The Bay Area music and arts scene, still deeply mourning the loss of 36 creative community members at Oakland’s Ghost Ship fire, has come together to help families and friends of the victims. DJs and performers from such like-minded local crews as Oakland record label Katabatik and weekly San Francisco party Housepitality will play at F8 Nightclub for more than eight hours. Organizers plan to donate all proceeds directly to the families of the victims.
6:30 PM - 3:00 AM | F8, 1192 Folsom St., San Francisco | Donations suggested | website
December 23 - 25 | Comedy
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, a beloved Bay Area holiday event, celebrates the time-honored Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas. Choose from a seven-course dim sum banquet or a cocktail performance (which also includes some vegetarian dim sum for a little nosh) to be paired with standup comedy from organizer Lisa Geduldig and comedians Elayne Boosler, Eddie Sarfaty, and Alex Edelman.
Times vary, New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., San Francisco | From $49 | website
December 24 | Concert
The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Presents “Home for the Holidays”
The gorgeous and historic Castro Theatre is the ideal venue for the 27th annual holiday concert by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. While the show is steeped in tradition, the tradition doesn’t take itself too seriously; expect unconventional and super fun arrangements of familiar classics. Opera soprano Melody Moore will be a special guest singer.
Times vary, Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco | From $25 | website
December 29 - 31 | Escape the city
SnowGlobe Music Festival
South Lake Tahoe is a festive place to ring in the new year even if you have no actual plans, but attending the outdoor SnowGlobe Music Festival can really take your holiday time in the Sierras over the top. The festival’s three-day passes have sold out, but single-day tickets for December 30, which features acts like Major Lazer, D.R.A.M., and Big Gigantic, are still available. If you want to check out the whole weekend, where highlights will include Flume, Odesza, and Lil Yachty, tickets for the other days should pop up on second-party sources such as Stubhub and Craigslist.
Lake Tahoe Community College, 1 College Way, South Lake Tahoe | From $109 | website
January 1 | Music
Still want to rage after most of the other NYE events have called it quits? Kaskade Redux, a morning party featuring Ryan Raddon (aka Kaskade), is your best bet. He’s one of the country’s most in-demand DJs and got his start in San Francisco. The show begins at 4 a.m. and ends just in time to go out and get some brunch. Tickets are technically sold out, but you can still find resale options on sites like Stubhub.
4:00 AM - 10:00 AM | 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St., San Francisco | From $109 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.