More than 50 ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Tampa Bay area

New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday this year, so it’s the perfect time to let loose and have some fun. Here are more than 50 ways to usher in 2023.

New Year’s Eve Weekend: Celebrate the new year twice at this two-night party with music by Dead Set Florida (7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday), Antelope (9 and 10:30 p.m. Friday) and Matt Weise (7 p.m. Saturday). $20-$35. 7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday. Cage Brewing, 2001 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-201-4278.

New Year’s Eve Dance: Dress in formal attire and join the Tampa Bay Dance Club to celebrate the new year with dancing to music by Jorge Perez. $12. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday. Tampa Bay Dance Club, 5601 Hanley Road, Tampa. 813-390-7160.

Noon Year’s Eve Party: Ages 2-7 and their caregivers can count down to noon while they enjoy playtime, crafts, a sensory bin, music, movement activities and a balloon drop. $25, $20 sibling. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Playtime, 6124 N U.S. 41, Apollo Beach. 813-645-8777.

New Year’s Eve Elopement: It’s not exactly an “elopement,” but it is an easy way to get married on New Year’s Eve. Bring up to 20 guests for a 90-minute service and reception with photographs, a champagne toast, flowers, music and decorations. $2,800. 11 a.m. Saturday. Coastal Creative, 2201 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 813-452-9799.

City of St. Petersburg: The City of St. Petersburg welcomes 2023 with a 20-minute fireworks display launched from Vinoy Park at midnight. The best viewing locations can be found along the downtown waterfront. Free. 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. 727-893-7441.

New Year’s Beach Day: Celebrate the new year with your toes in the sand and champagne in hand. Includes live music, a dance contest, drinks and a mimosa bar. No cover. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Bellweather Beach Resort, 5250 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 727-360-1811.

Salute to Vienna: Waltz into 2023 as the music of Johann Strauss and his turn-of-the-century counterparts is brought to life in this New Year’s salute featuring European singers, dancers and a full symphony orchestra. $35-$135. 3 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Light It Up Clearwater: Ring in the new year with fireworks at midnight. Sand Key Park will be closed to the public and used as the launch point. The best viewing is from the southern part of Clearwater Beach. Free. 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. 727-588-4852.

New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl: Celebrate the new year at multiple venues with a welcome party, beads, koozies and drink specials. $14.99-$26.99. 4 p.m. Saturday. One Night Stand, 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-350-5822.

Media Noche: NYE: Ring in the new year with a four-course dinner, live music, dance performances, holiday cocktails and a champagne toast at midnight. $125-$175. Reserved table seating for dinner available from 5- 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Flora Fina, 1412 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-568-1200.

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Cooking for New Year’s Eve: Raise a glass to celebrate the new year as you learn to cook braised pork belly, shrimp bisque, standing rib roast and trifle. $70. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Publix Apron Cooking School of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. 813-926-4465.

New Year’s Eve Bonfire: Bring lawn chairs and gather around a giant bonfire for fellowship and roasted marshmallows. Free. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Lakewood Family Church, 12637 Pony Lane, Hudson. 727-856-1770.

Families can sit around a bonfire.
Families can sit around a bonfire. [ Courtesy Lakewood Retreat ]

New Year’s Eve Paint and Sip: Enjoy free wine as you listen to music and paint a pre-stenciled canvas. $30. 7 p.m. Saturday. Joe’s Palette, 900 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance: Welcome the new year Portuguese style with dancing to music by Louie Ultrasound, appetizers, a prime rib and shrimp dinner and a champagne toast with raisins at midnight. Bringing a dessert to share is encouraged. $85, $70 members, $30 ages 10-17, 9 and younger free. 7 p.m. Saturday. Portuguese American Suncoast Association, 7808 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-546-0476.

New Year’s Eve: This party includes drink specials, DJ dancing and fireworks. No cover. 7 p.m. Saturday. Shenanigans Irish Pub, 2914 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater. 727-266-4299.

New Year’s Eve Rooftop Bash: An open-air party atop the Aloft and Element Hotel includes choice of multiple bar packages, appetizers, a buffet and dancing. $160 and up. 7 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturday. Sal Y Mar, 3650 Midtown Drive, Tampa. 813-692-3330.

New Year’s Eve Fish Drop: Salty Nun drops a fish to celebrate the new year with music by the Cheaters. 7 p.m. Saturday. Salty Nun, 2501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-329-9994.

New Year’s Eve Bash: Enjoy a free champagne toast and party favors with music by Bad Neighbors. Free. 7 p.m. Saturday. Twisted Tiki, 340 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. 727-914-8881.

Champagne and drinks can be found just about everywhere.
Champagne and drinks can be found just about everywhere. [ E. JASON WAMBSGANS | Chicago Tribune ]

Swingin’ the New Year: The 13th annual swing dance celebration welcomes the new year with live music, dance lessons, party favors, deluxe chocolates, dance performances, a countdown to midnight, a champagne toast and a balloon drop. $45. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-892-5202.

New Year’s Eve Cruise: Board a yacht to count down to midnight as you sip cocktails and dance under the stars and fireworks. 21 and older only. $149.95. 8 p.m. Saturday. Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-223-7999.

Grand Glow Atlantis NYE: Sirens of the deep lure you in to this party with live music by the Black Honkeys, food stations and “deep dive” bars. $75-$95. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, 100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater. 727-281-9500.

Rock the New Year: Rock in the new year at four locations in one venue with music by DJs Ray and Just Frank, music by the Actual Bank Robbers and a view of the Clearwater Beach fireworks display. $45. 8 p.m. Saturday. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. 727-442-5107.

New Year’s Eve Skipper’s: Skipper’s celebrates with party favors, music by Donna the Buffalo, a champagne toast at midnight and a breakfast buffet. 21 and older only. $40-$45. 8 p.m. Saturday. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. 813-971-0666.

New Year’s Eve Blind Goat: Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet, open bar, music, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight. $85-$145. 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. Blind Goat Food and Drink Co., 4106 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. 813-515-7962.

New Year’s Eve Scottish Hogmanay: Greet the new year Scottish style with Scottish traditions, party favors, dinner, Celtic music by Seven Nations, a champagne toast and “first footing” at midnight. $65. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Scottish Cultural Center, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin. 727-465-6228.

Toast by the Coast: Cocktail attire is required for this party with dancing to disco and soul music by DJ Lorenzo, all-you-can-eat chef stations, appetizers, coffee, dessert, an open bar, photo booth, champagne toast and balloon drop. $187. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. TradeWinds Island Resorts, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 727-367-6461.

New Year’s Eve on the Deuces: Hit the dance floor in the Jordan Ballroom for DJ dancing, live entertainment, appetizers and an open bar (8 p.m.-midnight). $50-$125. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Manhattan Casino, 642 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-824-7221.

Havana Nights New Year’s Eve 2023: Ring in 2023 Havana style with welcome bubbles, appetizers, a buffet dinner, four-hour open bar, Latin music by Orquesta Infinidad, a champagne toast at midnight and a dessert bar. $259. 8 p.m. Saturday. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive. 727-724-7706.

New Year Celebration: Dress to impress for a catered party with appetizers, champagne toast, party favors, dancing to music by two DJs and a confetti drop at midnight. No cover. 8 p.m. Saturday. The White Room Bar and Lounge, 6472 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes.

New Year’s Eve at Luke’s: Kick 2022 to the curb with party favors, a champagne toast, karaoke and music by the Howler Monkeys. No cover. 8 p.m. Saturday. Luke’s Sports Shack, 999 Missouri Ave. N, Largo.

NYE Luau: Get a great view of fireworks from the fifth floor of the St. Pete Pier at this 21-and-older-only luau with party favors, live entertainment, drink specials and a champagne toast at midnight. $20. 8 p.m. Saturday. Pier Teaki, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 727-317-2848.

Ecstatic New Year: Ring in the new year sober at this sacred and sovereign celebration with a Cacao ceremony, Kirtan in a heart tub and ecstatic dance with Stellar Shift. Bring a cushion to sit on during meditation. $33. 8 p.m. Saturday. The Collective St. Pete, 327 11th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-453-9069.

Rockin’ New Year: Ball Drop Party: Dance the night away to music by Phoenix at this beachfront party with party favors, food and drink specials. No cover. 8 p.m. Saturday. Jimmy B’s Beach Bar, 6200 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 727-367-1902.

New Year’s Eve on the Bayou: The Port Richey waterfront will be lit up and the bayou will be rocking with music by the Bearded Brothers Band. Upgrade to VIP for guaranteed seating, a buffet dinner and a dedicated bar. No cover, $59.95 VIP. 8 p.m. Saturday. Gill Dawg, 5419 Treadway Drive, Port Richey. 727-842-1070.

Numerous area rooftop bars are having parties.
Numerous area rooftop bars are having parties. [ Photo courtesy of Spinners ]

Rooftop Cantina New Year’s Eve: Toast the new year with champagne and tequila at this rooftop party with a four-course meal, dancing and an open bar. $150. 8:45 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Red Mesa Cantina, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. 800-584-5414.

New Year’s Eve at the Ritz: Disco Donnie and Sunset Events present EDM by Benny Benassi with support by Taylorlace. 18 and older only. $25-$30. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-248-4050.

New Year’s Emo: Celebrate the arrival of the new year at the 21-and-older-only party with emo music. $25-$60. 9 p.m. Saturday. The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-248-9500.

New Year’s Eve Fire Walk: Embrace self-empowerment as you literally walk on hot coals to welcome the new year. Bring a potluck dish to share. $20-$40. 9 p.m. Saturday. Room to Grow, 4021 42nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-768-7555.

Midnights New Year’s Eve Party: It’s Pop Bops and Taylor Swift Night with dancing to music by DJ Kaps. $15-$20. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturday. Pegasus Night Club, 14811 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-971-1679.

New Year’s Eve Bash: A Night to Remember: Get dressed up for a night of dancing to music by two DJs, entertainment by Vegas-style performers, two belly dancers, hookahs, dinner and a champagne toast at midnight. $75-$85. 9 p.m. Saturday. Acropolis Greek Taverna, 3023 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-877-8200.

New Year’s Eve Dance: Dance to all genres of music at this party with food, water, sodas and ice for sale. $25. 9 p.m. Saturday. Caribbean American Club, 6211 S Martindale Ave., Tampa. 813-382-3610.

New Year’s Eve at The Lady’s Room: Vocalist Brittany Baldwin is joined by Tommy August on lead guitar, Mimi DeSeda on bass and special guest drummer Wyatt Bowman to present mixed music. 9 p.m. Saturday. The Lady’s Room, 9057 Ulmerton Road, Largo. 727-642-4412.

NYElectric 2023: The hotel’s first New Year’s Eve party features a five-hour premium open bar, dancing to music by three DJs, a salsa bar and party favors in a large decorated ballroom. $135-$200. 9 p.m. Saturday. JW Marriott Tampa Water Street , 510 Water St. 813-221-4900.

New Year’s Eve Black and White Ball: This formal party features a fireworks show, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors, multiple balloon drops, live entertainment and DJ dancing. $50-$175. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Saturday. Jackson’s Bistro Bar and Sushi, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. 813-277-0112.

All-You-Can-Drink New Year: It’s ages 21 and older only at this party with all-you-can-drink Grey Goose, Bacardi, Patron and Jameson and dancing to music by DJ Niki4. $100. 9 p.m. Saturday. Dirty Laundry, 1742 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-493-0040.

Rockin New Year’s Eve Party: VJ Hural Knight plays music videos from the ‘80s and ‘90s on TVs as you sip beer and champagne while waiting for the ball drop. 21 and older only. No cover. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Caledonia Brewing, 587 Main St., Dunedin. 727-351-5105.

New Year’s Eve at American Social: American Social celebrates “The Jordan Year” with music by three DJs, appetizers, an open bar until 1 a.m., a champagne toast at midnight and fireworks. Sneakers optional. $165-$265. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. American Social Bar and Kitchen, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. 813-605-3333.

NYE 2023: Stand on the pier, or by the pool, or go between both for this party with music by 3LAU and fireworks viewing. Stylish attire required. Dress code enforced at the door. $25-$75. 9 p.m. Saturday. WTR, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. 813-265-1234.

Glowing New Year: If it glows, wear it to this 21-and-older-only party with music by Mouse and all-you-can-drink Grey Goose, Patron, Bacardi and Jameson. $100. 9 p.m. Saturday. No Vacancy, 937 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-308-7878.

New Year’s Eve Rooftop Celebration: Say goodbye to 2022 on the rooftop terrace with music by Judy Haines, complimentary champagne all night, a cash bar, appetizers and party favors. 21 and older only. $85. 9 p.m. Saturday. Fusion Resort, 290 107th Ave., Treasure Island. 727-300-6866.

Crossover Service: New Year’s Eve: Join Pastor Frank Havey Logan and Evangelist Shade to ring in the new year with praise, celebration and prayer. The purpose of the service is to dedicate 2023 to Jesus. Free. 9 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Civitan Beach House, 18604 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. 813-461-5744.

Raise a Glass: Join internationally known hip-hop and soul artist Dynasty and local artists on the Riverwalk to welcome a new year. $75 and up. 9:30 p.m. Saturday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

NYE Bowling Party: Gather up to six people for a night of unlimited cosmic bowling with shoe rental, party favors, an extra-large pizza, popcorn and a champagne or soda toast at midnight. $149.99. 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Dunedin Lanes, 405 Patricia Ave. 727-736-1282.

New Year’s Eve Champagne Party: Ring in the new year dancing to authentic reggae, dancehall, hip-hop, R&B and Afro beat music. $15. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. Sd Banquet Hall, 10101 U.S. 92, Tampa.

Have a champagne toast at midnight.
Have a champagne toast at midnight.

[ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]

New Year’s Eve at Applebee’s: Applebee’s celebrates the new year with DJ music, drink specials and half-price appetizers. No cover. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Applebee’s, 4000 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. 727-544-1100.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise: All ages are welcome on this one-hour cruise with champagne, party favors and a front-row seat for downtown Tampa’s fireworks. Starts at $69.95, $49.95 child. 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. 813-390-3711.