The Best Hot Spots For A Bradenton New Year’s Eve Celebration
Every year brings more and more choices to choose where you would like to ring in the big night at any of the local Bradenton New Year’s Eve celebrations. If you can’t make it out to the Blu Mangrove Grill this New Years Eve, here’s a look at some of the local options for ringing in 2015. There’s something for everyone! However you choose to celebrate, don’t drink and drive.
Main Street Live New Year’s Eve: Old Main Street, Bradenton
If you’re looking for the biggest party in Bradenton New Year’s Eve, look no further than Old Main Street between Manatee and Third avenues. Live music is provided by Big Daddy and there’s a countdown to the ball drop at midnight. It’s free and open to the public.
Beachhouse New Year’s Eve Celebration: 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach
The annual Beachhouse New Year’s Eve fireworks show includes several dining/viewing options. Tables under the covered pavilion are available for $100 each, with seating for up to six guests. Seating elsewhere on the deck and inside the dining room will be first-come, first-serve. Reservations and information: 941-779-2222.
New Year’s Eve at Aces Live: 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton.
Ari and the Alibis, a great band that mixes blues, funk, soul, and jazz entertain the crowd. Party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight make for a festive atmosphere. If you’re looking for entertainment all night long, this may be the best place to spend for Bradenton New Year’s Eve. Cover is $10. Information: 941-795-3886.
Annual Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge: Gulf Drive and 12th Street South, Bradenton Beach
This will be the seventh year of the Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge! The event has raised more than $100,000 for local charities over the years. The event is set for Jan
1st at noon. Proceeds go to Caring for Children Charities. Information: 941-952-1109.
WSLR New Year’s Eve Celebration: Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota
A family-friendly New Year’s Eve bash, from 8 p.m.-1 a.m., features Renesito Avich, the David Smash Band, and The Dram. At midnight there’s a kumquat drop. Tickets: $10-$15. Information: 941-894-6469.
Sarasota Downtown New Year’s Eve Party: Main Street, Sarasota
The festivities in downtown Sarasota start at 2 p.m. with rides and other activities. As night falls, street dancing with DJs and live music (including Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones) kicks in.
Just before midnight there’s a countdown, with a Pineapple Drop. Free admission. Information: sarasotanewyearsparty.com
First Night St. Petersburg: various locations in downtown, St. Petersburg
Cities all over the county offer First Night celebrations to let people celebrate the new year with entertainment instead of alcohol. St. Petersburg has the biggest and oldest one around these parts.
It runs from 4 p.m. until midnight at venues along downtown St. Petersburg’s sidewalks. You can purchase admission buttons online for $10 adults. $5 for children ages 6-12. Prices increase at the event. Children younger than 5 get in free. Information: 727-823-8906 or firstnightstpete.com.