ST. PETERSBURG, FL — As we say goodbye to our least favorite year and ring in optimism for 2021, many Floridians are opting for virtual New Year's celebrations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Patch has gathered a list of virtual and live event venues that mention safety protocols in place for New Year's Eve celebrations.
The First Night St. Pete's 28th annual Celebration of the Arts will be a three-hour virtual event instead of its usual family and crowd gathering celebrations in downtown St. Petersburg.
"We shifted gears to being you a virtual #FirstNightStPete2021 celebration so our community has a fun and safe option with their loved ones at home," the event posted on its Facebook page.
At 9 p.m., the virtual festivities kick off with local musicians, painters, artists and dancers. There's also a virtual scavenger hunt that will ask participants to post photos of the found clues on Instagram and Facebook with a designated hashtag. For more information or to participate, visit First Night St. Pete.
Comedian Al Ernst performs at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre and Humor Institute at 9:30 p.m., and guests can watch the ball drop on two of the 70-inch TV screens. Seating is limited and the venue said on its website they do have coronavirus safety precautions in place. For tickets and more information, visit its website.
The City of Fort Lauderdale is hosting a virtual New Year's Eve celebration from 11 p.m. to midnight via social media channels and TV. Live music will be performed by Shane Duncan Band and there will be a midnight countdown with an illuminated anchor with a fireworks display. For more information about this celebration, visit Fort Lauderdale.
From the comfort of your living room
Snoop Dogg and the #GoBigShow begins at 11 p.m. online and will have stunts, live performances and a countdown. It is free to attend, but registration is recommended at eventbrite. For more information, visit its website.
Armature Works’ Annual New Year's Eve celebration is ringing in 2021 with safety protocols in place. This year’s event is entirely outdoors and will feature a riverfront concert plus views of a fireworks display. Limited capacity and masks are required. For more information, tickets and guidelines visit Armature Works New Year's Eve.
Chill Year's Eve on the Riverwalk at the Straz Center features singer-songwriters Ari Chi, His Hem and Rebekah Pulley and comedian Steve Miller at this safety protocol alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve parties. Straz Center's Zachary Hines and Roxanne Gallo will host Tampa Total Request Live. The concert starts at 10 p.m., and seating begins at 9 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit The Straz.
New Year's Eve Celebration at Busch Gardens has music, rides and fireworks. The festivities beign at 6 p.m. and requires two separate reservations in order to provide social distancing during the fireworks display. For tickets and more information, visit its website.
New Year's Eve Countdown In Wesley Chapel at The Grove will have its first annual fireworks display along with live music and social distancing in place. For this family friendly event, visit its website for tickets and full information.
New Year’s Eve at Flute & Dram starts its New Year's Eve celebrations at 4 p.m., and will have live music by Matt Weis & Boxcar Hollow, a champagne toast at midnight and other festivities. Masks are required indoors while not seated. No standing room permitted. Table reservations are encouraged. To reserve, contact Bleu at 863-529-2842. Free admission, $150 VIP package available.
Tiki Docks Skyway Bar & Grill begins its social distanced New Year's Eve fun at 8 p.m. with food, cocktails and outdoor live music by singer-songwriter and guitarist Sandi Grecco, and a countdown to midnight.
Watch fireworks at midnight from Gatsby's Yacht Miami NYE 2021 celebration with live DJ music, gourmet food, cocktails, champagne and water views. This party cruise is expected to follow CDC Guidelines with social distancing and masks if and when necessary, according to its ticket page. Boarding starts at 7:45 p.m., however times are subject to change pending Miami curfews. Visit the yacht's event page for more information and to purchase tickets.
Pier Pressure Miami Fireworks Viewing NYE 2021 Yacht Party will have a fireworks shows, live DJs, appetizers, open bar, a buffet and views of the Miami skyline. Space is very limited due to social distancing. The event is from 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. This party cruise is expected to follow CDC Guidelines with social distancing and masks if and when necessary, according to its ticket page. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit its website.
New Yarrgh’s Eve Booty Drop
New Year’s Eve Premiere at Aloft Tampa Downtown
Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade (get the latest updates here)
New Year’s Eve Block Party at The Sail
NYE at MFA in St. Pete
Red Mesa Cantina’s NYE Party *Note: While there is no official NYE party this year, all three levels of Red Mesa Cantina will be open on a first-come, first-served basis on New Year’s Eve
Swingin’ The New Year at St. Petersburg Coliseum
Light it Up Clearwater midnight fireworks
If you are braving the crowds to attend a New Year's celebration, the Centers for Disease Control offers the following guidelines:
Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19 to protect others and yourself.
Wear your mask over your nose and mouth, secure it under your chin, and make sure it fits snugly against the sides of your face.
Wear a mask indoors and outdoors.
Stay 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.
Indoors or outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.
For the full list of guidelines, visit Centers for Disease Control.