Clever BATS Improv actors create a musical on the spot in “Spontaneous Broadway,” for one night only, at Fort Mason's Bayfront Theater. (Courtesy photo)

Usher in 2018 with music and laughter

Don’t yet have New Year’s Eve plans? Here are a few festive ways to ring in 2018 on Dec. 31:

Street Magic Live: The New Year’s family matinee features magic, juggling and danger stunts by Frisco Fred, Chase the Entertainer and Jonathan Strange. 3 to 5 p.m., $40. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., S.F., www.brownpapertickets

Peña Pachamama New Year’s Eve Fiesta: The Latin party features music by Eddy Navia and Pachamama Band and traditional midnight magic with drummers and dancers from San Francisco Carnaval’s top samba troupe, Fogo Na Roupa. 4, 8 and 9:30 p.m., $99-$155. Pena Pachamama, 1630 Powell St., S.F., https://pachamamacenter.org/

Comedy Machine Tournament of Champions: Winners from previous standup comedy competitions appear in three shows, for a total of 24 comics in three holiday sessions. 6, 8 and 10 p.m., $40-$105. Howden Home of the Spice Monkey, 1628 Webster St., Oakland, www.comedyoakland.com

The Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show: Comic Will Durst and “his band of merry pranksters” appear in the 25th edition of the holiday event. 6 and 9 p.m., $38-$60. Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St., San Jose, www.tabardtheatre.org

San Francisco’s Last Laughs: The New Year’s Eve Countdown Show features comedy by Annie Lederman, Ms. Pat, Debra DiGiovanni, Jenny Zigrino, Maureen Langan, Helen Hong and host Lydia Popovich. 7 and 10 p.m., $25-$60. Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F., www.cobbscomedy.com

Hard Rock Cafe Guitar Smash: The “electric party on the pier” offers appetizers, drinks and music by DJ Jimmy Hits. 8 p.m., $75-$150. Pier 39, S.F., www.ticketweb.com

Seth MacFarlane with the San Francisco Symphony: The Academy and Grammy Award-nominated actor, producer, director, comedian and big band crooner performs jazzy and holiday tunes with Edwin Outwater leading the orchestra in his annual New Year’s concert. 8 p.m., $89-$264. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

PianoFight New Year’s Eve Super Bash: The fourth annual party on three stages includes live music, DJ’s, karaoke, drag, balloon drops, bubbly toasts, confetti cannons and multiple bars. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., $45-$110. PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F., www.pianofight.com

A Black and White Affair: The Starlight Room’s “exclusive” New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party includes live music, food, cocktails and surprises “21 floors up, between the stars and the cable cars.” 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., $225 and up, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St., S.F., www.starlightroomsf.com

Tom Ammiano and Friends: The Rhino 2017 New Year’s Eve Spectacular features the comedian-activist hosting an evening showcasing local queer music and comedy talent: Justin Lucas, Bambi Lake and Birdie Bob Watt, Scott Gessford and Patricia Pittipan, and the cast of “Megabytes The Musical.” 8 p.m., $40. Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F., www.brownpapertickets.com

Spontaneous Broadway: BATS Improv actors will create and perform a hit musical on the spot — audience members will be treated like elite Broadway investors — at the special New Year’s Eve performance. 8 p.m., $35. Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., www.improv.org

Bespoke New Year’s Eve: The elegant Latin party — with DJ D-Sharp, a fashion show, cocktails and party favors — fills the fourth floor of the Westfield SF Centre. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., $60 and up. 865 Mission St., S.F. (Bloomingdale’s entrance), S.F. https://bespokenye.com

Afrolicious: The San Francisco funk-electronic collective headlines a New Year’s Eve party with DJS Ozgood and Pleasuremaker, and Dj Zebuel of Smoked Out Soul. 9 p.m. $40-$50. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F., www.rickshawstop.com

The Speakeasy New Year’s Eve: The interactive theater experience set in a 1920s gin joint hosts holiday festivities, including an open bar, balloon drop, aerialist, acrobats, Baby New Year, Father Time, a swing band and string quartet. $205-$425. 8:30 p.m., Palace Theatre, 644 Broadway, S.F., www.thespeakeasysf.com

New Years Eve At Bimbo’s 365 Club: Party bands Tainted Love, Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums, and Mr. Lucky & The Cocktail Party featuring Ralph Carney, appear in the sold-out show, along with the Girl in the Fishbowl. 9 p.m., $65. 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F., www.bimbos365club.com

Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker: The rock and alt-rock bands headed by David Lowery — which have released four California-themed albums in the past four years — appear in their annual Bay Area New Year’s engagement; Johnny Hickman opens. 9 p.m., $50-$55. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F., www.slimspresents.com

The Boy with Tape on his Face: The one-man show — which draws from silent film, mime, magic, puppetry, Motown and the films of Patrick Swayze, and “accesses the inner child in everyone” — is followed by a DJ dance party. $20-$200. 9 p.m,. Great Star Theater, 636 Jackson St., S.F., www.greatstarsf.com

Con Brio: The Bay Area band — called by one critic a “party punk version of Sly and the Family Stone” — plays its annual New Year’s concert. 9 p.m., $55-$85. Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F., www.ticketfly.com

Dragon Theatre New Year’s Eve: The party and show includes “Frigid,” an interactive theater experience retelling the tale of a snow queen, and circus acts with performers “playing with gravity.” 9:30 p.m., $40. 2120 Broadway, Redwood City, www.dragonproductions.net

New Year’s Eve Comedy Countdown: Dave Attell and Friends — Big Jay Oakerson, Larry “Bubbles” Brown, Morgan Murphy and Nick Vatterott — appear. 9:30 p.m., $35-$75. Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F., www.livenation.com

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