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Fireworks, music, comedy highlight New Year's Eve around Tampa

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 07:25 PM

It's been a long year. Now it's time to have some fun and say goodbye to it.

From fireworks to specialty drinks to live music to swing dancing, find your favorite way to ring in 2013.

Light Up Tampa Bay: Channelside Bay Plaza hosts its own ball drop complete with live music and fireworks, come early for dining and nightlife fun; 4 p.m. Monday; free; Channelside, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa; channelsidebayplaza.com

Rooftop Eve: A mysterious, elegant and sexy New Year's Eve is promised at the Rooftop Masquerade Noir, a night of complimentary drinks, desserts, and music from DJ Papi, Rising Down and The Flats atop the Hyde Park Village parking garage; event benefits Ryan Nece Foundation; 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday; $150-$175; Hyde Park Village, 1602 W. Snow Ave., Tampa; therooftopeve.com

New Year's Eve Toast: A party so big it covers two floors and three stages of the Tampa Convention Center, it includes viewing of Times Square Ball Drop, a balloon drop, elite viewing of Channelside fireworks, music from Pat O'Brien, Jason Perez, Dasky multiple DJs and more; 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday; $20 to $175; Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa; legacytampa.com

New Year Sock Hop: Dig out a poodle skirt or slick your hair into a DA for a night filed with oldies music, party favors, spiked punch, a prize-filled balloon drop and midnight toast; 7 p.m. Monday; admission included with movie ticket purchase; CineBistro at Hyde Park Village, 1609 W. Swann Ave., Tampa; (813) 514-8300 and cobbcinebistro.com/hyde

Hard Rockin' Eve: A three time zone celebration with DJs Ekin, Knex, Chris Craze and Tony Puccio and Baby Anne, live feed from ball drop; 10 p.m. Monday and 2 a.m. Tuesday; free on Dec. 31 and $25 to $40 for West Coast Toast (2 a.m. Tuesday); Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa; (866) 502-7529

Swingin' The New Year: Celebrate 2013 with a big band, vocalists Lorrie Hafer, Ron Pond and Emily Gail and a night of dancing, balloon drop, vintage fashion photo shoot, party favors and cash bar; vintage attire encouraged; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday; $29; The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave., N., St. Petersburg; (727) 669-7839 and tampabayswing.com

New Year's Eve Celebration: American rock band The Bright Light Social Hour will perform with Le Blorr and other special guests; 8 p.m. Monday; $23.50; The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa; (813) 248-9210; daddykooltickets.com

First Night St. Petersburg: Celebrate the 20th anniversary of this arty ringing in of the New Year's covering more than 20 locations in downtown St. Pete; the event's varied activities includes performances by "American Idol" finalist Michael Lynche, Macy Kate, DJ BabyChino and St. Petersburg Opera, anniversary birthday cake, ice skating, temporary tattoo booth and Ka Boom, a fireworks display over the Vinoy basin at 9 p.m. and midnight; 5 p.m. Monday; $10 (purchase online or at select area locations); Straub Park, Fifth Avenue and Beach Drive, St. Petersburg; firstnightstpete.com

Noon Year's Eve: Ring in the New Year family style at the annual Noon Year's Eve daytime celebration hosted by the zoo and Radio Disney AM 1380; party begins with games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, educational displays and more; at noon ring in 2013 with noisemakers, hats and a juice toast; 9:30 a.m. Monday; activities are included with zoo admission; $19.95 to $24.95, seniors; Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa; (813) 935-8552 and lowryparkzoo.com

Outback Bowl Parade and Band Blast: Football fans from across the country and Bay area residents celebrate Tampa's bowl game with a parade and pep rally featuring floats, marching bands and more; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday; Ybor City, Seventh Avenue from 14th to 20th Street, Tampa; outbackbowl.com

New Year's Eve Dance: Celebrate the New Year with a roarin' 20s dance party with music by Johnny Charro & his Gangster Band; 9 p.m. Monday; $65; Sons of Italy Lodge, 3315 W. Lemon St., Tampa; (813) 870-1805 or (813) 933-5483

New Year's Eve Bash: Includes entertainment by multiple DJs, dance floors, access to beach bar, open bar, hors d'oeuvres, party favors and fireworks; 8 p.m. Monday; $95 to $120; Whiskey Joe's, 2500 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa; (877) 820-2582 Ext 2

Great Gatsby-Roaring '20s New Year's Celebration: Celebrate flapper style at this decadent evening at Blue Martini where you are encouraged to dress in era garb; 8 p.m. Monday; $40 (reserved seating available at increased price); Blue Martini at International Plaza, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa; (813) 873-2583 and bluemartinilounge.com

Ultimate New Year's Eve Extravaganza: Celebrate the New Year's Eve at The Pier before construction begins; event includes face/body painting, Fritzy Bros. One Man Circus (1 to 9 p.m.); The Dance Head interactive dance videos (3 to 7 p.m.); comedy hypnotist Erick Kand (7 and 9:30 p.m.); party starts at 1 p.m. Monday; free; St. Pete Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 821-6443 and stpetepier.com

Return to Prohibition NYE 2013: Mangrove's SoHo wants you to party like it's the 1920s at an event that includes open bar, upscale dinner, breakfast buffet, music and other live entertainment, midnight toast and more; proceeds benefit Kids First, a nonprofit organization; 8 p.m. Monday; $125 to $150; Mangrove's, 208 S. Howard Ave., Tampa; (731) 468-6310 and d10society.org

Aqua-Eve: Enjoy live music, complimentary food, beer and wine, plus a champagne toast and fireworks at midnight, at the Florida Aquarium; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday; $100 to $160 (includes boat cruise); Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa; (813) 273-4000 and flaquarium.org

New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise: Includes open bar, gourmet food stations, a DJ, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight; 10 p.m. Monday; $99.95; Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa; (813) 223-7999

New Year's Eve Celebration: Featuring celebratory dinner; 5:30 p.m. Monday; $60 per person; Pelagia Trattoria at International Plaza, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa; (813) 313-3235

New Year's with Bobcat Goldthwait: Laugh your way into 2013 with a New Year's Eve performance of the famed comedian; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Monday; $32 to $46; Tampa Improv, 1600 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa; improvtampa.com and (813) 864-4000

Ring in 2013: Multi-course menu for to ring in the New Year; 5 p.m. Monday; $29.95; Carmel Caf & Wine Bar, 3601 W. Swann Ave., Tampa; (813) 964-6889

Punchlines for 2012: Comedian Happy Cole and an open bar help ring in the new year with party favors, champagne toast and dancing; $15 for 7:30 p.m. preparty, $60 for 10 p.m. main event; Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa; (813) 960-1197 and sidesplitterscomedy.com

Downtown Deco Eve: An evening devoted to the '20s includes live music from Southtown Fever, dancing, hors d'ouevres and desserts, midnight champagne toast, breakfast and Deco-era inspired drinks; benefits Heartbeat International; 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday; $150, The Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa; downtowneve.com

2013 Platinum New Year's Eve Party: Celebrity DJ Ranny headlines a night of male dancers, Times Square ball drop, confetti cannons, midnight toast, balloon drop and more at what is billed as Tampa's biggest gay and lesbian New Year's party; 9 p.m. Monday; $5 cover; The Honey Pot, 1507 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa; (813) 247-4663

Jannus New Year's Eve Bash: A cache of DJs including Rincon, Msquared, Ku and Stonerokk rock in the the new year with a silent disco to keep the party going until 3 a.m.; 8 p.m. Monday; $20 to $30 (suites available); jannuslive.com

Sin City New Year's Eve Party: Vegas themed New Year's Eve party with open bar, Vegas style gaming tables (for entertainment only) Two Bands, Two DJ's and three places to party! Dinner packages also available. ...; 9 p.m. Monday; $69 and up.; Shephards Beach Resort, 619 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach; (727) 441-6875

Q Year's Eve Dance Party: Q105 presents the Hunks of Funk lead the way into 2013 during an evening that includes champagne toast and view of St. Petersburg fireworks; 9 p.m. Monday; $25 to $75; The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg; (727) 892-5798 and themahaffey.com

New Year's Eve Celebration At Busch Gardens: Mark the start of 2013 at the Tampa theme park with DJs playing party music throughout the park, extended hours and booming fireworks at midnight; free with theme park admission, $77 to $85; 9 to 1 a.m. Monday; Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa; seaworldparks.com/buschgardens-tampa

Noon Year's Eve: Celebrate 2013 every hour at Glazer Children's Museum with balloon drop and party hat and noise maker craft stations; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; $15 adults, $9.50 children; Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa; glazermuseum.org

Jackson's New Year's Eve 2013: Music, dancing, champagne toast and fireworks help ring in the new year; 9 p.m.; $27 to $125; Jackson's Nightclub, 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa; piedpiperproductions.com

New Year's Eve Buffet Dinner: Feast into the new year at this dinner featuring hand-carved prime rib and apple and pear-roasted pork loin as well as dessert; 6 p.m. Monday; $30 per adult and $15 per child (ages 6 to 12), plus tax and service charge; Petey Brown's @ Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa; (813) 207-6783

New Year's Eve Celebration Dinner: Featuring a celebratory dinner with a four-course menu by Chef Michael Von Burg and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight; 5:30 p.m. Monday; $125 per person, plus tax and service charge; Armani's, Grand Hyatt, 2900 Bayport Blvd., Tampa; (813) 207-6800

Blast Friday: New Year's Eve party with fire works and performance by Molly Hatchet; there will be a street festival featuring a variety of vendors as well as food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages; 5:30 p.m. today; free; Cleveland Street District, 600 Cleveland St., Clearwater; (727) 562-4044

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