Noon Year’s Eve

Friday, Dec. 31 at 9:30 a.m.

  • Count down to noon with Radio Disney to celebrate the New Year with the entire family. Activities include games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, displays and more. Kids get to blow noisemakers, wear hats and toast in the Noon Year with juice. Included with regular zoo admission. Phone: (813) 935-8552

Friday, Dec. 31 at 5 p.m.

  • St. Petersburg’s family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration has upped the entertainment quotient this year with the addition of American Idol finalist and hometown favorite Michael Lynche. Other featured acts this year include Have Gun Will Travel, Joe Hall and the Louisiana Cane Cutters, and Fred Johnson will be performing with the Tampa Bay Steel Orchestra.  FirstKids, the popular venue for children’s activities and entertainment, will be held at Baywalk. It begins at 5 p.m. and concludes with a procession to the Bubble Stomp on Bayshore Drive at 8:30. First Fireworks, sponsored by Creative Pyrotechnics of Orlando, will fill the sky at 9 p.m. and again at midnight. And of course there will be street performers and other acts at 25 venues around downtown. For the second year, buttons will be for sale in all of the St. Petersburg Starbucks stores. Buttons can also be purchased at the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, The Pier, Florida Craftsmen and select Publix locations. For a complete list of locations please visit the website at firstnightstpete.com.  Here some some schedule highlights:
    Mount Zion Progressive Drumline lead procession, Baywalk, 8 p.m.
    Joe Hall and the Louisiana Cane Cutters, Plaza Courtyard, 8-11:30 p.m.
    Michael Lynche, main stage in North Straub Park, 11-midnight  Click here for the full schedule.
    Price: $10 adults, $5 for children 6-12, children 5 and under free in advance. $12 adults, $6 children day of.  Phone: (727) 823-8906  http://firstnightstpete.com/

Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade

Friday, Dec. 31 at 5:30 p.m.

E Seventh Avenue and N 15th Street, Tampa FL 33605

This fun, family- and fan-friendly event features a pep rally with the Florida and Penn State bands, floats, 20 marching bands and school mascots. Be sure to wear your fan colors to cheer along the parade route as it winds down Seventh Avenue.  Insider tip: Fans might just get a glimpse of some of their favorite players as the two teams explore the streets of Ybor City. So be polite if you run across any from either team, and show them some Tampa Bay hospitality. Find more Outback Bowl activities. Price: Free.

New Year’s Eve Gala

Friday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.

  • Radio personality JoMama Johnson of 95.7 The Beat is  guest host for this upscale New Year’s Eve party with entertainment by Shawn Brown, Nate Najar, Theo Valentine, Tony Janflone Jr., Tom Patton, Pat Barbara, Lonza Bartlett and Dre Lewis. General admission includes a dinner entree. VIP includes two dinner entrees per person and admission to four rooms with catered food and drinks. Benefits the American Cancer Society and Gulf Coast Oncology Foundation. Price: $85, $100 VIP.  Phone: (813) 924-8943  http://www.ShawnBrownEntertainment.com

New Year’s Eve at the Flamingo

Friday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.

  • Join comedian Christine O’Leary as she helps ring in the New Year at this gay and lesbian resort’s masquerade party. The night also features members of the drag queen show cast — Bobby York, Iman, CoCo Montrese and Alexis De La Mer — performing regular and burlesque shows. And what would New Year’s Eve be without a free champagne toast and a balloon drop featuring cash and prizes. The resort is also offering an optional holiday buffet dinner at  6 p.m. for $24.95. The drag shows are at 7 and 9 p.m. O’Leary is at 10. The burlesque shows take place at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Price: Free. Phone: (727) 321-5000 http://www.flamingofla.com/

Dead Kennedys

Friday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.

  • You should be honored that Dead Kennedys have chosen you. The heavily criticized social, political and shock nature of their lyrics made them big in the underground scene. They will punk in the new year in the burrows of the Burg, drawing devoted fans even though they haven’t a new album since 1986. That’s just how awesome they are/were. Price: $25.  Phone: (727) 895-3045

Happy Blue Year 2011

Friday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.

    • Blue Martini
      Bay Street at International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa FL 33607
  • The Blue Martini’s annual formal New Year’s Eve party includes dancing to music by the Knot and DJ Ku, hand-rolled sushi, appetizers, open bar, champagne toast at midnight, party favors and pastries and coffee before you leave. Price: $40, $200 table for four.  Phone: (813) 873-2583

Salute to Vienna, A New Year’s Eve Celebration

Friday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.

  • A new cast of European singers and dancers with famous Strauss waltzes, polkas and operetta excerpts. Reminiscent of Vienna’s world-famous Neujahrskonzert (New Year’s Concert). Pre-show buffet available, $30 per person, buffet starts at 6 p.m. in the Margarete Heye Great Room. Price: $42-$68.  Phone: (727) 791-7400

The Venue’s Masquerade Ball

Friday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.

    • The Venue
      2675 Ulmerton Road , St. Petersburg FL 33762
  • Wear your own mask or grab one at the door for this masquerade ball with dancing to music by the Untouchables and DJ Kidd Leow, party favors, $1,000 balloon drop and champagne toast. Formal masquerade ball attire suggested but not required. Price: $25 advance, $35 at the door; $75 per person dinner (includes table downstairs); $1,000 minimum table upstairs. Phone: (727) 571-2222

New Year’s Eve at Push Ultra Lounge

Friday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

  • View the fireworks from the roof deck and dance 2010 away to music by DJ’s Rev Kev, Beniot and Kristijan. A Las Vegas vacation package will be given away. Price: $15.  Phone: (727) 895-7874

Swingin’ the New Year

Friday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

    • Coliseum
      535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg FL 46614
  • Dress to impress for this all-ages dance with live music by Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band, a countdown to midnight and balloon drop, party favors, noisemakers, chocolates, prize giveaways and New Year’s decor. There’s also a vintage fashion photo shoot and contest. New Year’s or vintage attire encouraged. Price: $24 advance, $29 at the door.  Phone: (813) 579-4645

New Year’s Eve Party with KC and the Sunshine Band

Friday, Dec. 31 at 10:30 p.m.

  • KC & the Sunshine Band will rock the club’s pool pavilion for a one-night-only outdoor concert. The pool will be covered with a custom-built, see-through dance floor, and partygoers will be dancing on the water by Boca Ciega Bay to one of the great party bands. Dinner will be served before the show, which begins at 10:30 p.m., with a midnight champagne toast and dancing until 2 a.m. Reservations are required. Price: $175 per person, includes dinner.  Phone: (888) 695-0888

Michael Lynche at First Night

Friday, Dec. 31 at 11 p.m.

  • Michael Lynche grew up in St. Petersburg, often performing with his family in venues around town. Now he returns to his hometown after a heady year that saw him finish fourth in Season 9 of American Idol. He spent the summer on tour as an Idol, and now he’s launched a career as a new artist best-described as a cross between Gnarls Barkley, Outkast and R. Kelly in a style known as “Dirty Blues.”  He’ll perform on the main stage at 11 p.m. as part of the First Night celebration in downtown St. Petersburg. Read about his favorite place to eat when he visits, plus some First Night memories from his childhood. Find out more about First Night here. And here’s a story Eric Deggans wrote when Lynche returned home to St. Pete after Idol had ended. Price: $10 adults, $5 for children 6-12, children 5 and under free in advance. $12 adults, $6 children day of.  Phone: (727) 823-8906

New Year’s Fireworks Display at Busch Gardens

Friday, Dec. 31 at 11:55 p.m.

  • Watch the sky light up at the stroke of midnight. Before the fireworks, Canadian rock band The Guess Who performs. Price: Included with admission to the park.  Phone: 1-888-800-5447

Great Ex Bop’n Rock’n New Year Sleepover

Friday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.

  • While parents are out partying, kids ages 5-11 can bring in the New Year at this sleepover with games, activities, crafts, a midnight ball drop, ginger ale toast, movies, snacks and a light breakfast. Price: $50, $40 members.  Phone: (727) 821-8992

New Year’s Eve German Style

Friday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.

  • Here’s a New Year’s Eve party with a German twist. Zither player Sepp Diepolder and his brother Heinz with yodel and perform authentic Tyrolean and Bavarian music at this event with party favors, a midnight balloon drop, midnight champagne toast, traditional New Year’s lentil soup, coffee and donuts. Cash bar available. Price: $25.  Phone: (727) 548-5234

New Year’s Eve in Gulfport

Friday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.

  • Dance in the New Year to live music by Identity Crisis with cash bar, party favors, prizes, silent auctions and light snacks. Benefits Gulfport Arts Center and City of Imagination. Price: $20.  Phone: (727) 893-1070
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