January Events

January 2020 Events at San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

Planning to visit San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf in the New Year?  For the month of January and beyond, there are fun attractions to visit, things to see and do, hotels to stay, restaurants and bars to dine and drink, and plenty of sights and sounds.  

Looking for more details on visiting Fisherman’s Wharf, or a list of restaurants and hotels? Please visit our website at www.fishermanswharf.org. 

See you soon!

Here's what's happening at San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise

Join Red and White Fleet for an unforgettable New Year’s on the water!  Bring in 2020 in style with a scenic cruise along San Francisco’s sparkling waterfront, and a front-row seat to the midnight fireworks show!  Enjoy prime location for the fireworks, open bar, buffet-style snack bar, live DJ, photo booth, memerizing views and more.

The New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise is for ages 21 and over.  Advance reservations are required, as space on each boat is limited.  Due to the nature and popularity of this annual event, seating on these cruises are limited and unassigned.  Boarding begins 15-30 minutes prior to departure. We recommend you leave ample time to arrive due to road closures.

Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Departure Times: 10:00 p.m., 10:05 p.m., 10:30 p.m., and 10:35 p.m.

Location: Pier 43 1/2

For more information: Call 1-415-673-2900 


New Year's Eve at The Grotto!

The Grotto is the best place to celebrate your new year!  With breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge and harbor views, it will be a night to remember!  The Grotto will be serving a specialty New Year’s Menu!  Reserve your table now as we will fill up quickly!

The Grotto is also featuring live music 4 nights a week!  Enjoy live piano music on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  On Saturdays, there’s live guitar music from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  

Ring in your weekends with your favorite mimosas at our Mimosa Bar!  $9.00 with your choice of OJ, Pear, Grapefruit, Pomegranate, or Blood Orange.

The Grotto offers classic, delicious seafood dishes, and incredible views of the harbor and the Golden Gate Bridge.  Experience these delights in the newly renovated dining room, oyster bar, and Fireplace Lounge.

Restaurant Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday); 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)

Location: 2847 Taylor Street

For more information: Call 1-415-673-7025 or email info@thegrottosf.com


Welcome 2020 at the Buena Vista!

Join us New Year’s Eve in welcoming 2020 with convivial company, festive party favors and — at the chime of midnight — a glass of complimentary bubbly.  And on New Year’s Day, whether you’re still rejoicing or just recovering from New Year’s Eve revelry, a hearty brunch, lunch or dinner and a rejuvenating Irish Coffee is sure to jump-start your year.  Later in the month, on Saturday, January 25th, stop by to celebrate National Irish Coffee Day, and the Buena Vista’s world-famous contribution to the popularity of this very pleasing potion! 

If you’re still catching up on holiday gift-buying, or simply want to indulge in a little post-holiday self-gifting, drop by our adjacent retail shop where you’ll find an appealing selection of stylish BV logo apparel, collectibles and souvenirs.

Hours: Open Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; Weekends: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Location: 2765 Hyde Street (at Beach)

For more information: Call 1-415-474-5044



New Year's Resolution: Eat More Chocolate!

Start your chocolate resolution by discovering your love of Caramel, with the new Sea Salt Caramel Hearts at Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shops — the perfect place to find your Valentine’s Day treats!  Plus, you can treat yourself to one of our delicious sundaes topped with the World Famous Ghirardelli Hot Fudge.

Dates: Thursday, January 2 through February 15, 2020 

Hours: Varies by shop

Shop Locations: Ghirardelli Square (3 shops)

For more information: Call 1-415-474-3938 


Buy One, Get One Free!

Alcatraz Cruises is launching its third annual “Buy One, Get One Free” (BOGO) ticket promotion!  Although Alcatraz Cruises’ tours often sell out during the year, it is a priority to educate the community about the robust history of the Island.  As a result, Alcatraz Cruises wants to encourage local residents to experience the assets that make Alcatraz Island one of the country’s most visited national parks. 

Valid for residents in the 9 Bay Area counties:  Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.  

Reservations are strongly recommended.  BOGO tickets are not available for purchase on our website.  To book a reservation, please call +1-415-981-7625 or in person at the Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing Ticketbooth.  Tickets can only be collected on the day of your departure.

Dates: January 7-8; 14-15; 21-22; and 28-29; February 4-5; 11-12; 18-19; and 25-26. 

Departure Times: Varies by tour

Location: Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing

For more information or to purchase tickets: Call 1-415-981-7625 


Hard Rock Hosts Yaymaker's Paint Nite

Grab your pals and unleash the artist within you at the Original Paint Nite at Hard Rock San Francisco!  Guided by a talented artist, you’ll go from a blank canvas to a masterpiece of your own, with plenty of laughs along the way.  Come for food, fun and an ample dose of creativity!

Yaymaker events give you everything you need to get up, get out, and get making!  Instruction is provided by an expert host, so no experience is required, and everything you need is supplied.  Come paint, plant, tinker, and build — and give your week something to shout about!  Purchase your tickets now!

Dates: January 9, 14, 23, and 28, 2020 

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Entrance to PIER 39

For more information: Call 1-415-956-2013

Social Media:  https://www.hardrockcafe.com/location/san-francisco/   


The Blue & Gold Fleet Sunset Cruise Featuring Bay Lights

Come aboard Blue & Gold Fleet’s Sunset Cruise featuring Bay Lights and enjoy the many sights of the San Francisco Bay!  This 90-minute cruise will take you from PIER 39, past the famous California Sea Lions, the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, and around Alcatraz Island.  Be treated to a dazzling display of illumination as the western span of the Bay Bridge transforms into the world’s largest LED light sculpture. 

Cruise departs promptly.  This is not a seated event.  Don’t miss this breathtaking experience from the best seats on the bay!  

Dates: Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18, 2020

Time: 5:00 p.m. 

Location: PIER 39 (Embarcadero at Beach Street)

For more information: Call 1-415-705-8200 or info@blueandgoldfleet.com



The Aquarium of the Bay is hosting a SeaLionPalooza!  Let’s get together to dance the night away to celebrate 30 years of Sea Lions in the Bay!

You can expect a special combination of science and socializing.  Get in touch with your nerdy side during this event.  Stroll through 300-foot tunnels while you share a drink with a shark, enjoy some beats under the bay, and get crafty with hands-on science-based activities.

Tickets are $30.00 and includes:  After-hours access into Aquarium of the Bay; Silent Disco provided by Silent Storm and Live DJ; 1 drink ticket, good for one drink each (beer or wine); Full cash bar available; and Educational activities.  This is a 21+ event and ID required at the door.  

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location: PIER 39 (Embarcadero at Beach Street)

For more information: Call 1-415-623-5300 or info@bayecotarium.org



January at the Blue Mermaid

The Blue Mermaid Restaurant  has an authentic, richly textured oceanfront ambiance accented with seafaring touches like renderings of mermaids, rough-hewn timbers and thick braids of rope. 

Join us for San Francisco Restaurant Week, January 22 – 31, 2020!  We’re excited to feature Prix Fixe Two-Course Lunch and Three-Course Dinner chef offerings, with special wines.

There’s always Blue Mermaid Happy Hour Monday through Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  All Happy Hour food and beverage menu options are under $9.00!  

We are also rolling out our new Winter Menu: Petrale Sole Piccata; Frutti di Mare; Roasted Butternut Squash; Tuna Nicoise; and Roasted Sonoma Duck Leg Confit.

Location: 471 Jefferson Street (next to the Argonaut Hotel)

For more information: Call 1-415-345-5532 or email bluemermaid@noblehousehotels.com


The Cheese School Farm Tour

You’ll hit the road with Cheese School instructors Jeanine Eagan and Julie Gordon. They’ll set the stage with a brief history of the dairy region, then whisk you away in their van for an intimate tour and taste at Double 8 Dairy, home to California’s only water buffalo creamery.  Next, you’ll head to Cowgirl Creamery for a guided walk through their original location at Point Reyes Station with a tasting and talk specially designed for The Cheese School customers.  
Coffee on arrival, delicious lunch, and transportation to and from The Cheese School provided!  Tour is limited to 13 guests.  Register now!  
Please note: Cancellations must be made two weeks in advance for farm tours.
Date: Monday, January 27, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Meeting Location: The Cheese School, Ghirardelli Square
For more information: Call 1-415-346-7530 or email

Start the New Year at San Francisco's Historic Waterfront Restaurant, Eagle Cafe!

Eagle Cafe is open every day during the winter months!  Famous for our breakfast items such as house-made corned beef hash, banana pecan pancakes, crab benedict, and Boudin sourdough French toast with maple butter.  For lunch, enjoy a killer reuben, pastrami burger, fresh fish tacos, or some crab tater tots.  

Dates: Now through January 31, 2020

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Second Level of PIER 39

For more information: Call 1-415-484-1282


It's Dungeness Crab Season at Fog Harbor Fish House

Fog Harbor Fish House, the quintessential waterfront dining experience, is proud to be named a Top 5 Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco.  Family-owned and operated, spanning through three generations, Fog Harbor offers 100% sustainable seafood favorites, ranging from Award-Winning Clam Chowder, Dungeness Crab, Jumbo Scallop & Crab Risotto, Cioppino, and Seafood Platters.  As Dungeness Crab Season continues and the winter months roll through, Fog Harbor has developed a Dungeness Crab menu that is available for guests to explore the fresh, local crab dishes Fog Harbor has to offer.


Located on the second level of PIER 39, Fog harbor’s dining room offers spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, while guests sip on California Wines, Draft Beers and Award-Winning Handcrafted Cocktails.  Make your reservations now!


Dates: Now through January 31, 2020

Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday); 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)

Location: Second Level of PIER 39

For more information: Call 1-415-421-2442 or email fogharbor@simcorestaurants.com       



Weekday Happy Hour & Friday Live Music at Bistro Boudin!

Join us at Bistro Boudin for our Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Featuring: $1 Oysters and $3 to $5 drink specials, as well as classic happy hour food, including sourdough tortilla tacos, sourdough pizza, sliders, and more!

Live Music Friday is from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: 160 Jefferson Street, Second Floor

For more information: Call 1-415-351-5561 or email info@bistroboudin.com


Dungeness Crab at Pier Market Seafood Restaurant

Pier Market Seafood Restaurant offers a 100% sustainable seafood, and a  waterfront dining experience with views of the San Francisco Bay, the infamous PIER 39 Sea Lions and Alcatraz.  As winter and local dungeness crab season continue, Pier Market offers a variety of local Dungeness Crab dishes, ranging from Whole Oven Garlic Roasted Crab, infamous Clam Chowder topped with Crab, Crab Cocktail and more.  Pier Market sources their crab from local fishermen that are 100% sustainable, and they are excited to continue serving high quality crab for the winter seasons.


Dine with us and enjoy winter festivities, and the bustling PIER 39 while sipping on California Wines, Draft Beers and Handcrafted Cocktails.  Get a behind the scenes view of our chefs at work with an open kitchen and grill overlooking the Bay.  Make your reservations now!


Dates: Now through January 31, 2020

Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday); 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)

Location: Lower Level in the middle of PIER 39

For more information: Call 1-415-989-7437 or email piermarket@simcorestaurants.com


California Winter and Surf Vibes at Wipeout Bar & Grill

Wipeout Bar & Grill is open every day during the winter months!  Experience the California winter season and surf vibes from breakfast to after-dinner drinks with local draft feers and handcrafted cocktails outdoors by the fire pit, or indoors with cozy lights and bumpin’ music.  Wipeout starts everyday with breakfast favorites, including Combos, Omelettes, Huevos Rancheros and more.  As the afternoon and evenings commence, enjoy the bustling of PIER 39 and sports on flat screen TV’s seen from every table, while dining on a variety of appetizers and entrees ranging from 100% sustainable seafood to Wipeout Burgers, Paddlin’ Pizzas and Big Wave Bowls.


In our strides toward sustainability and environmental protection, Wipeout is a San Francisco Green Certified Business and has proudly made the switch to paper straws.


Dates: Now through January 31, 2020

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  (Breakfast daily from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)

Location: The end of PIER 39 (across from the carousel)

For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-986-5966 or email wipeout@simcorestaurants.com


Oracle Park Behind-the-Scenes Daily Tour

Oracle Park is widely regarded as one of the premier ballparks in all of baseball.  On your 90-minute Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the home of the three-time World Series champion, San Francisco Giants, you will step foot on the Field, sit in a Major League Dugout, take a peek inside the Visitors’ Clubhouse, and experience a brand-new museum space detailing the rich and storied history of the franchise, called The Giant Vault.


Dates: Tours Daily

Times: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Location: 24 Willie Mays Plaza (Tours depart from the Giants’ Dugout Store located on the Third Street side of the ballpark.)

For more information: Call 1-415-972-2400 or email toursinfo@oraclepark.com



Seafood Favorites at Pompei's Grotto

It’s been said that cioppino was invented on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf by the Italian fishermen returning from a day at sea, with each boat contributing some catch to a community pot, resulting in a delicious combination of various fresh fish and shellfish cooked with wine, garlic and tomatoes in a hearty stew shared with one other and their families.  Their wives would bring wine and bread, and everyone would feast on the fresh-caught stew as the night grew cold.


Pompei’s Grotto proudly continues this Italian tradition with our hearty Fisherman’s Stew — prawns, clams, mussels, calamari and fresh local fish in a garlic tomato broth — and our savory Crab Cioppino with fresh Dungeness crab in the shell, mussels, clams, and prawns in an herbed tomato sauce to warm you up on chilly San Francisco days.

Enjoy our full menu, including salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta, meat, and poultry, and our seafood combinations.  Lunch specials include $6 Clam Chowder Bread Bowl, $7 Fish & Chips, $4 Bloody Mary’s, and $4 Pompei’s Lager pint.  

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday); 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)

Location: 340 Jefferson Street

For more information: Call 1-415-776-9265 or email info@pompeisgrotto.com 



The San Francisco Sightseeing Pass

With the Sightseeing Pass, save up to 60% on admission to over 30 attractions, and enjoy a hearty bite of some of the best local and authentic flavors in San Francisco. Plus, enjoy 24 Hours of Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tours with Big Bus.  

With two flexible models, make the most of your visit to San Francisco and save big!  For first-time visitors looking to explore the city, check out the Sightseeing Day Pass: choose between 1, 2, 3, or 5 days, then see all you can for one low price.  Or, for travelers with a condensed timeline, use the Sightseeing Flex Pass: select between 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 attractions and tailor your trip when you arrive.  Plus, both Sightseeing Pass options have a bonus attraction — Free 1-Hour Bike Rental.

Save even more with our special winter promo!  For a special 25% off Winter offer, use promo code SF25!

Top Cities, Top Attractions, Top Choices — Save Big with the Sightseeing Pass

Desk Location: 501 Bay Street

For more information: Call 1-844-400-PASS (7277)



Big Bus Tours

Explore San Francisco’s famous landmarks on a Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour.  Sit back and enjoy the ride as you cruise through the city on an open-top bus and learn about San Francisco’s unique history.  You have the choice of a personal recorded commentary, available in 10 languages, or an entertaining live commentary.  Our unique city tour has 20 stops for guest to hop-on or hop-off the bus to visit attractions and points of interest.  Other tour options include Panoramic Night Tour and Sausalito Trolley Tour. Immerse yourself in San Francisco’s diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture and one-of-a-kind views.

Tour Hours: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Location: 99 Jefferson Street (at Mason Street)

For more information: Call 1-855-854-8687  



A Sweet New Year at Ben & Jerry's!

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is yummy year-round!

Show this newsletter item and get 20% off your purchase at one of Ben & Jerry’s Fisherman’s Wharf ice cream shops.  

Dates: Now through January 31, 2020

Locations: 475 Jefferson Street (next to Argonaut Hotel) and Pier 41

Hours of Argonaut Hotel Location: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday); 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Friday); 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Saturday); and 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Sunday)

Hours of Pier 41 Location: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Monday through Thursday); 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Saturday); 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Sunday)

For more information: Call 1-415-249-2656



The Gregangelo Museum -- the "Weirdest Home in the City"

The Gregangelo Museum is a one-of-a-kind artistic spectacle that has become known as the “Weirdest Home in the City.”  Dreamed up by native San Franciscan and Artistic Director of Velocity Circus, Gregangelo Herrera, the tour explores the unique history of San Francisco, the artistry that founded it, and the diverse cultures that make up its residents.  

Disconnect digitally and reconnect to the world around you as you are led on an imaginative journey that explores a myriad of immersive installations.  Rich with earnest conversation, laughter and dynamic storytelling, this interactive experience is sure to ignite the imagination and captivate the senses.

Half-tours are $65.00 – $75.00; Full tours are $85.00.  Due to high demand and limited capacity, our tour rates will be rising in 2020.  But if you book a tour for a future date before the year is out, you will be able to secure the current price.  Get your tickets here and get them now!

Hours: Tours available year-round by appointment only

Location: 225 San Leandro Way, San Francisco

For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-664-0095 or email greg@gregangelo.com 



Tailor-Made for Transportation, Tours & Executive Services

If you are thinking prestige, you’ve come to the right place. Serving the entire Bay Area, Protocol Transportation offers the Finest in Official and Proper Transportation.  

For your events or holiday needs, we provide a first-class transport experience.  We can also take you on a San Francisco City Tour

(Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, Japanese Tea Garden, Lombard “Crooked” Street, Seal Rock).

For business meetings, conferences, or team-building outings, Protocol is also ready to help plan an event of any scale including airport services, point to point transfers and as directed.

Location: 514 Presidio Avenue

For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-923-0934


Now Showing at 7D Experience: Carnival

A disturbed clown is out for revenge!

Trapped in an abandoned amusement park and played with like helpless mice, players are thrown, pulled and toyed with by the evil clown.  Maneuvering through decrepit rollercoasters, empty funhouses and possessed bumper cars, one thing doesn’t stop — the clowns don’t stop coming!   Will you be able to survive?

Combining 3D video, motion seats, special effects and play guns, this 7D video game experience is a virtual roller coaster unlike any other! You’ll be immersed in another dimension as you compete with other riders to take down a variety of virtual enemies!

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (last show at 9:30 p.m.)

Location: PIER 39 (directly across from the Carousel)

For more information: Call 1-415-658-7372 or email info@theflyersf.com  


Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours

Create your own journey or enjoy one of our road-tested itineraries showcasing the gems of San Francisco and beyond.  Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours has bikes for everyone and anyone, regardless of skill level.  By offering the largest selection of adult bikes, kids bikes, and specialty equipment, we can satisfy anyone’s biking needs. 

Our local guided tour experts proudly feature two Daily Guided Tours. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Tour takes you along the waterfront and over the bridge into cheery Sausalito.  The California Sunset Tour will take you on the west (ocean) side of the Golden Gate Bridge near sunset for an unforgettable view.  

Our professional guides can take you to explore San Francisco up close and personal.  Detailed riding maps of our favorite routes, locks, and helmets for are supplied with every rental to ensure a  flawless journey!

Save 20% when you book online!

Hours: Open daily at 8:00 a.m. Tour times and closing hours vary.

Locations: 501 Bay Street, 2661 Taylor Street, 2830 Jones Street, and 2800 Leavenworth Street

For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-346-2453


Annual Events at Fisherman’s Wharf