The Most Elaborate Oscar Watch Parties in San Francisco

Where will you be when Leo finally gets his hands on that golden statuette? Because, let’s be real—it’s time.

Get ready to surround yourself with fellow movie buffs on the biggest night of award show season. Some of these SF Oscar watch parties are almost as grand as the event itself.

“Best Actress Academy Awards” by Cliff via Flickr cc 2.0



88th Academy Awards Party
February 28, 3:30 PM
Novela Bar

Head to Novela Bar dressed as your favorite 2015 film character or in your finest night attire. This is where you’ll watch the show on multiple HD TVs and projection screens. Enjoy freshly popped popcorn with house seasonings, Hollywood-style decor, Oscar ballots to cast your vote, and award-worthy cocktails. Note: online RSVPs do not include a table reservation.

Free | Get Tickets


A Gathering of Royals – Academy of Friends 2016 Gala
February 28, 5 PM
San Francisco Design Center

The 2016 Academy of Friends Gala provides a unique way to watch the Academy Awards—all in the name of a worthy cause. Watch the 2016 Oscars unfold (with multiple viewpoints throughout the venue) while you enjoy delicious bites from favorite Bay Area restaurants, wine and bubbly, and a silent auction with enviable prizes. After the Best Picture winner is announced, the dance floor will open up, along with live entertainment, raffle drawings, and more. Best yet: 100% of ticket sales will be distributed to six HIV/AIDS services beneficiaries.

$225-$758 | Get Tickets


The Balboa Oscar Party
February 28, 4 PM
Balboa Theatre

Once again, the Balboa Theatre celebrates the Academy Awards with a live broadcast on the big screen. Feel free to dress up or down as your favorite nominated movie title (literal translations and bad puns allowed), or as your favorite movie star. Past screenings have also featured hosts to help pass the time during commercial breaks, in addition to prizes and games throughout the night.

$8-$11 | Get Tickets


An Intimate Evening with Oscar
February 28, 5 PM – 11 PM
Fairmont Penthouse

Hollywood glamour comes to San Francisco in this completely over-the-top viewing party and fundraising event atop Nob Hill. Come dressed in your finest tux or gown and hit the red carpet with champagne in hand, right before heading up to the Fairmont Hotel Penthouse. Premiere cocktails, an executive chef prepared meal, and live music await you. Root for your favorite films and actors in one of the five screening rooms—this is not your standard living room affair. All proceeds will support the work of the Saint Francis Foundation and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital’s collective impact initiative, the Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership (TLHIP).

$500-$1000 | Get Tickets


The Awards Benefit Bash
February 28, 3:45 PM
Roxie Cinema

The self-proclaimed “bargain basement awards bash” at the Roxie Cinema features a red carpet parade pre-show, and the option to bring your own drink and food—perhaps a burrito from La Taqueria? Although, they will have plenty of beer and popcorn for sale. Additionally, the Roxie’s resident curator of film and video will provide hilarious cinematic distractions during the breaks. Ticket proceeds benefit the independent, nonprofit, historic theater directly.

$15 | Get Tickets


FunCheap SF’s 2016 Oscar’s Viewing Party
February 28, 4 PM
SoMa StrEat Food Park

Also bringing back their red carpet affair this year is SoMa StrEat Food Park and Funcheap SF. The food truck fueled viewing party includes a red carpet entrance, Oscar themed bingo, drink specials, free popcorn, giveaways, and for the main event (besides the ceremony) an all-you-can-drink champagne option. Just a little something to help get you through those inevitably awkward award show moments.

Free-$43 | Get Tickets


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