If you have a spare moment or two as we careen toward 2017, you may want to relax with one of these events this week, although perhaps you're a bit preoccupied or maybe confined to the fetal position. Fair! We also trust that between our guide to seven New Year's Eve parties locals will enjoy and our picks for 10 New Year's Eve shows to attend, you're booked up on the big night — if not, a few words on how to take in the fireworks, a somewhat-surefire way to enjoy a free show.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27
HAWAIIAN SWING MUSIC AT A TIKI BAR: Escape 2016 early at Pagan Idol, the party-sized tiki bar from some Bourbon and Branch folks who are making use of their real estate this evening with live music. This week, as a special holiday version of their weekly Tiki Tuesdays, you can expect the dulcet tones of the Alcatraz Islanders who bring vibraphone and steel guitar sounds to swing era Hawaiian music.
Pagan Idol, 375 Bush Street, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., no cover
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28
FREE ICE CREAM: Humphry Slocombe celebrates eight years of ice cream with, of course, ice cream: They've got complimentary scoops for us all day at their Mission location, so swing by, and while you're at it, greet their friends at Project Open Hand, a meal delivery organization that's been active in San Francisco since 1985. Ben and Jerry's is corporate.
Humphry Slocombe, 2790 Harrison St, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., free
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29
LAST EXPLORATORIUM AFTER DARK OF 2016: In a symbol for entering the new year, why not crawl, blind and frightened, through a pitch-black Tactile dome a the Exploratorium? It's the final After Dark of the year — your last chance to make your own mechanical sculptures at their Cardboard Automata tinkering Workshop, peruse the usual exhibits, or even dissect a cow eye before getting a much-needed drink.
Exploratorium, Pier 15 Embarcadero (at Green Street), 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., $15
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30
PENULTIMATE PARTY OF THE YEAR: X-ing Over with Traver Rains has it all... Go-Go dancers, Ketel One vodka drink specials, DJ stylings from Beats by Juan, and more. Thank your lucky stars, or Rains, the cowboy, fashion designer, photographer and events producer, for this chance at a New Year's Eve dry-run that will be anything but.
Oasis, 298 11th Street, 10 p.m., $10
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31
FIREWORKS AND SUCH: As tradition dictates, explosions in the sky will occur for 15 minutes or so over the Bay after the stroke of midnight, usually in sync with music that's played over the loudspeakers along the promenade of Pier 14. As opposed to the 4th of July fireworks in the summer fog, these ones are typically visible, although we'll have to wait and see. Take care to arrive early if you're hoping for a prime spot on the Pier, and note, as as FunCheap does, that the Ferry Building is not a very good place to see the fireworks, but you might have luck on top of Telegraph Hill. If you've got money to burn, you can also get on board a fireworks cruise with Hornblower.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 1
BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS: If whatever drugs you took didn't quite wear off by New Year's Day, the Midway has something special just for you. That's Breakfast of Champions, their way to dance into 2017, delaying your hangover somewhat. Expect two indoor stages, a tented outdoor stage, and food trucks. The hosts, the Space Cowboys, are also matching donations top the SF-Marin Food Bank, and you can bring non-perishable food donations, too.
The Midway, 900 Marin Street, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., $30