If there’s anything we can say the holidays are excellent at highlighting, it’s the impressive diversity in the Bay Area’s “stuff to do” department.
This week, we’re ecstatic to highlight all the vastly different ways you can ring in 2018 – by laughing, by meditating, by hitting an amusement park. Damn, it feels good to be a Bay Kid. Raise a toast to the final weekend roundup of 2018.
Get your holiday kicks all at once
When: Sunday, December 31st, 11 A.M. – 8 P.M.
Where: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Why: If sparkling lights, festive decorations, alluring scents and seasonal treats are your thing, bring the family (or just your drunk bestie) to Six Flags for an evening of enchantment. With a synchronized light show, holiday dance party, Christmas Tree Forest and Candy Cane Lane, your chances of getting bored are lower than winter temperatures in Canada.
Start 2018 with a few good laughs
When: Sunday, December 31st, 10 P.M. – midnight
Where: Cobb’s Comedy Club
Why: If laughter is the best medicine, it may just be the perfect way to transition into the new year. Whether you need to forget the sometimes comical events of 2017 or just want to transition with a smile on your face, Cobb’s has arranged a diverse lineup that will keep you entertained all evening. // 819 Columbus Ave., Little Italy, $50 presale tickets, $55 day of, 18 and over, tickets here.
Begin the New Year from the top
When: Sunday, December 31st at 6:30 P.M.
Where: Mission Peak
Why: For the outdoorsy set who would prefer not to be stepped on by crowds: a night hike at the notoriously challenging Mission Peak is definitely unique and probably your jam. The hike will take the Peak trail to the summit, stopping on a regular basis. Hike participants will have the unique opportunity to overnight at the Eagle campsite, but those who want to leave early and return to the trailhead will be accomodated. Warning: your year can only go downhill from here – but we only mean that in the physical sense. // Mission Peak, Fremont, RSVP here
Have a very zen evening
When: Sunday, December 31st 8:30 P.M. – midnight
Where: Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center
Why: Whisper words of wisdom (around a fire). A “Letting Go of the Old” fire ceremony will be the centerpiece of this New Year’s evening. In the fire ceremony, participants write down a regret, guilt, or limitation on a slip of paper and put it into the fire one by one to watch it burn for a sense of renewal in the new year. Games, live music, refreshments, and meditation will all be part of the celebration. No prior meditation experience is necessary to attend the event. // 401 Baker St., NoPa, RSVP here.