First Night St. Petersburg

Saturday, Dec. 31 at 5 p.m.

  • Vinoy Park,  501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg –American Idol’’s Michael Lynche, Suite Caroline, St. Petersburg Opera Company, music, lights, dance, fire, bubbles, stories, 2 fireworks displays & more. Fireworks at 9 p.m. and at midnight.  Buttons are $12, $6 children. (Buy early to get the light-up buttons, which are limited; hand stamps will be used after they’re gone.)
  • Main stage lineup, North Straub Park: 7 p.m., Sound Parlor; 8 p.m., Suite Caroline; 10:30 p.m., Vodkanauts. Elsewhere: Michael Lynche and the Tampa Bay Steel Orchestra, 7-8 p.m., First United Methodist Church; St. Petersburg Opera Company, 7:30-11:30 p.m., St. Peter’s Cathedral.
    • Peek in the PODS: Selected artists including Blue Lucy, Coralette Damme, Sara McClaron and Kim Radtaz will create unique one of a kind spaces (South Straub Park)
    • First Kids at the Pier: Join the festivities off with an instrument petting zoo by the Second Time Arounders Band, plus other fun activities. It lasts from 5-8 p.m.
    • Bay Shore Bubble Stomp: The street is lined with Bubble Wrap, get there before 8:00 if you want to stomp

    New Year’s Eve Busch Gardens

    Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9 a.m.

    Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa FL, concert by Clint Wiley’s None Other and fireworks at midnight. The park stays open to 1 a.m.

    Outback Bowl Parade

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

    • Ybor City, 1700 E Seventh Ave., Tampa -parade by the college marching bands and cheerleaders for the Georgia Bulldogs and Michigan State Spartans combine for the Outback Bowl Parade with floats, 20 marching bands. It runs along Seventh Avenue in Ybor City.

      Channelside Lights Up the Bay

      Saturday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m.

      • Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa-12 hours of free live entertainment, a midnight ball drop and fireworks, all beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Viewing of the fireworks from the wharf area will be limited to the first 3,000 people, though, and wristbands will be given out for access at the Garrison Street gate starting at 8:30 p.m. Only persons with wristbands will be allowed on the wharf. The party ends at 1 a.m

      Disco Eve: With Gloria Gaynor, Sister Sledge and Maxine Nightingale

      Saturday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.

      • Mahaffey Theater,   400 First St. S, St. Petersburg -disco divas Gloria Gaynor (I Will Survive), Sister Sledge (We Are Family) and Maxine Nightingale  $75-$150.

      Cheap Trick

      Saturday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.

      • Jannus Live!  16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg – new wave/ punk rock group from the ’70s  perform their album Dream Police. Also Rhythmic Noise Philharmonic Orchestra & Mind Choir in 4D, featuring an 18-piece orchestra.  Concert only $65. With open bar $100.

      Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve at the Lobby

      Saturday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.

      • Lobby Bar, 217 Central Ave., St. Petersburg-fire dancers, an ice luge (a large martini glass carved out of ice that delivers your favorite shots), a snow machine, live music and a champagne toast. $15, $250 VIP table.

      New Year’s Eve Party with the Isley Brothers

      Saturday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.

      • The Club at Treasure Island , 400 Treasure Island Causeway , Treasure Island   The Isley Brothers ( It’s Your Thing) and Stormbringer  for a one-night-only outdoor concert.  The pool will be covered with a custom see-through dance floor for dancing on the water by Boca Ciega Bay. Also ice sculptures, temporary tattoo parlor, free-flowing champagne and multicolored light shows. A portion of the proceeds benefits All Children’s Hospital. $150.

      New Year’s Eve at MacDinton’s St. Pete

      Saturday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.

      • MacDinton’s Irish Pub St. Petersburg, 226 First Ave. N,  free cover, a champagne toast at midnight and a DJ from midnight to 3 a.m. The bar will also stream the next-door Cheap Trick concert live.

      New Year’s Eve at the Bishop

      Saturday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.

      • Bishop Tavern, 260 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg , two-story lounge plans two big parties under one roof, with complimentary party favors and a champagne toast. $15, plus service charge, also VIP service available


      Saturday, Dec. 31 at 8:30 p.m.

      • Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, American Hasidic Jew is a reggae musician. With San Francisco’s Tea Leaf Green.Tickets start at $34.50. (I saw him about 1  1/2 years ago in St Pete at Push-awesome show.)


      Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

      • Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa,  inside the aquarium with food, beer and wine, exhibit viewings, dancing to live music, a champagne toast and fireworks viewing. Cocktail attire required. $100

      New Year’s Eve 2012 at Vintage

      Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

      • Vintage, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg-Playing off the prediction that the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world in 2012, the nightclub is promising to “go out with a bang.” Since it’s right next to Jann$10 up to $500 for VIP table

      Swingin’ the New Year

      Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

      • Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg-Dress to impress for this all-ages dance with music, 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. $23 day (reserved); $22 day (general)

      New Year’s Eve at Push Ultra Lounge

      Saturday, Dec. 31 at 10 p.m.

      • Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg -View the fireworks from the roof deck and dance 2011 away to music by DJ’s Rev Kev, Coz, Kristijan and Lyndon. Hot 101.5 will hold a live remote broadcast beginning at 10 p.m. $25

      The Venue’s Masquerade Ball

      Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

      • The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road , St. Petersburg-Wear your own mask or get one at the door, dance to music by the Entourage and DJ Gemini and party favors. Formal masquerade ball attire suggested but not required.$40, $75 per person dinner and bottle of champagne.

      New Year’s Eve at Gulfport Casino

      Saturday, Dec. 31 at 7:30 a.m.

      • Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport-Historic Gulfport Casino with party favors, snacks, prizes. Full cash bar and champagne toast.  Music by variety Band Caliente, playing dance music including Ballroom, Tango, Swing, Salsa, Rock and more.$22.