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New Year's Eve in Tampa Bay

Kid-Friendly (and Kid-Free) Guide To New Year’s Eve in Tampa Bay

Happy 2018! While you polish those resolutions and get ready to make the most of the year ahead, let’s send the old year out with a bang! From kid-free to kid-friendly, here’s a look at things to do on New Year’s Eve in Tampa Bay. Date Night If your idea of New Year’s Eve is […]

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First Night St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg rings in the New Year with music, lights, dance, fire, bubbles, stories, creative fun, fireworks and much more!

First Night St. Petersburg celebrates its 21st Annual New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts from 4:00 p.m. to midnight at multiple venues in downtown St. Petersburg.  Over 28 venues, all across Downtown St. Petersburg, collaborate for First Night to create a family-friendly celebration of epic and artful proportions rife with fireworks, live music, entertainment, dance, games, art and more.

First Night venues are all within walking distance in the core of downtown St. Petersburg and along the waterfront.  Walking shoes are recommended.

First Night Facts

What is First Night? A community celebration of the arts taking place in over 20 downtown St. Petersburg venues on New Years Eve that is sponsored by The Edwards Group.

What’s first? Fabulous family and kids activities at the Morean Arts Center from 4 to 7 p.m.

What’s next? Bands and musical groups ranging from Jazz to Opera, puppet shows, history tours, ice skating, bubble stomping and resolution making, dance performances, and first time outdoor art installations from 6 p.m. to midnight.

How do I get around? Park in one of the Parking garages and wear your walking shoes. Venues are within walking distance.

What’s new? The first splash of fireworks is the Firstkids firework show and will take off at 8 p.m. The big Firework Finale will fire off at midnight.

What’s on fire? The First Night Bonfire in North Straub Park where revelers can write their words of worry and New Year’s wishes, cast them into the fire, and send them up in smoke. We will also be burning a Resolution Fire Phoenix, be sure to add your resolution as a feather or in the nest.

What’s the finale? The Finale Stage in North Straub Park features Have Gun WIll Travel bring their alternative folk sounds and The Lee Boys playing sacred steel blues with deep musical roots. The Finale Fireworks cap the event at midnight.

What’s the ticket? Flickering First Night buttons serve as tickets to all the festivities. The cost for each button if you buy them early is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages six through twelve. On December 31st Adult buttons are $15 and $10 Children ages six through twelve. Buttons can be purchased in advance on the First Night Web site. At First Night, buttons are for sale at most venues and the First Night Information tent, located at the corner of Beach Drive and Second Avenue NE starting about 2 p.m.

What is the Web site address? www.firstnigtstpete.com has a full schedule and all the details on activities and performances, plus an interactive map that highlights the performers at each venue.


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