About this Event
Comfort & Joy is breathlessly excited to present to you this year's AFTERGLOW NEW YEARS EVE – the wintry sister of our legendary Pride blockbuster – back again proffering a glowing fête full of chosen family, performative fun and quality time spent immersed in San Francisco Bay queer community as we collectively ring in 2023.
At Comfort & Joy we take pride in holding space for the transformational, at once celebrating the realities of humanity, while at the same time encouraging cathartic escape and soulful revivification. Join us as we seek to instantiate a space that is as open to our returning friends + lovers as it is welcoming to new folks to feel queer freedom ringing!
We can't wait to visualize, vocalize, dance, prance and play with you as we work together to make this a Most Queer New Year.
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From when doors open until 6am we’ll be taking you on a California-rooted journey to the stars with our spectacular musical guide spirits, including:
9:00 - DJ ALI
10:30 - HOMERO ESPINOSA
12:00 - New Year Performances
12:15 - AH-MER-AH-SU
2:00 - DJ DENISE
3:30 - OMEDJ
DISCO (BACK) ROOM
9:00 - ALLEN CRAIG
11:00 - SINDRI
2:00 - SERGIO FEDASZ
...OTHER PERFORMERS TBA!
As a prelude to our latenight celebratory madness, our amazing collection of performers will help you usher in the New Year with an explosive midnight mix of artistic performances, music, dance, hope and love! Don't miss the Main Room's midnight flight into a future formed by the hopes and the hands of our caring community.
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In the Main Room, dance ecstatically in the spellbinding presence of time itself, where dayglo expression will take center-stage: join us in lifting up Time Well Spent while countering the cause of Time Wasted; praise the Ticking of Times we love, while throwing off the Time Sinks allowed to lurk in the shadows. Perhaps together our movements can flip the Arrow of Time forever!
Like clockwork, the Cuddle Space will return for soulful soloists, demure duos and friendly gaggles seeking grounded immediacy...make sure you attend the workshop by Ariel at 10pm if you desire to navigate soft terrain with a shifted awareness of your surround.
Upstairs is, as always, your chance to watch it all unfurl before you...or seize the moment and make it yours with verbal consent as your wing-person!
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>>Special Note about Consent & Communication<<
Comfort & Joy is here for you! If you ever need support, see someone who may or have other concerns at our parties, please find one of our 'vibe-raters' (purple glow collars) or a house manager (pink glow collars).
We want everyone to always feel respected, adventurous and safe at our events. Consent makes that possible. Please communicate and check in before touching. If you aren’t feeling it, a polite 'no thank you' is kind. 'No' *is* a complete sentence. If you receive 'no' in any form, please be gracious and respect it. Ultimately, we request that we ask each other for permission rather than forgiveness, when it comes to consent.
NYE gold glamor, disco realness, dayglo/neon, red-orange-pink-purple ombre and anything else that brings you into your best lyfe is most highly encouraged.
Photobooth fun and body-painting majik will be provided to ticketed guests!
Wave after wave of our tasty late-night fruity refreshments.
Clothes check available to help you metamorphose from warmly cocooned to dancing queen!
This event is 21+. Our apologies to the youngsters!
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THERE ARE LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER AND HELP US CREATE GLOW MAGIC! It takes a big ol’ queer village to manifest all of this merry madness – each and every NYE Afterglow volunteer who signs up + shows up will receive a free ticket as thank you!
Volunteer signup coming soon!
NYE Afterglow is a luxurious, one-of-a-kind San Francisco celebration thrown by Comfort & Joy, a 501(c)(3) volunteer-run not-for-profit corporation. Proceeds enable us to host more fabulous parties, create our legendary village in the queerborhood at Burning Man, provide community art grants within and outside of San Francisco, and offer free or discounted events supporting inclusion of all queer, creative and expressive community members here in the SF Bay Area be their bodies black, brown, asian, white or something else we haven’t learned to describe yet. If you can’t afford a ticket but think you should be in attendance, tell us about it at [email protected] We thank you for your support!
Highly encouraged: two-course COVID vaccination + two boosters (including bi-valent booster) as well as both courses of the MPX vaccination + PrEP (if applicable) before attending! Get STI tests a week before event and start treatment as needed - Magnet on Castro, SF City Clinic in SoMa and the Berkeley Free Clinic are fantastic places to get these things sorted free of charge. If you feel sick, please stay home - we will gladly refund tickets for anybody unable to attend due to health concerns.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Space 550, 550 Barneveld Avenue, San Francisco, United States
USD 30.00 to USD 150.00