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New Year’s Eve in Gainesville and Alachua County

NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENTS

NYE Chef Specialty Menu at Pomodoro Café
Tuesday, December 31, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

New Year’s Tours at Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
December 31 and January 1, 1 p.m.
Two hour walking tour with a professional zoologist. See 110 rare and endangered animals and hear their individual stories. Golf carts seats, rhino feeding and lemur interaction available at extra fees. Tickets: Adults: $25; Under 12: $10.  Reservations are required, email contact@cswildlife.org

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NYE at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Tuesday, December 31, 1 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Cypress & Grove Brewing Company will have music, food, and beer! Halo Donuts and other food trucks on site. New beer releases and champagne by the glass. Ring in 2020 with C&G! A keg drop will count down at midnight!

Set Off Your NYE Celebrations with Fireworks at Sparks in the Park
Tuesday, December 31, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
At 5 p.m., bring blankets and chairs and find a spot in the park to enjoy the last sunset of 2019 while a DJ hosts a family-friendly dance party on The Hill. At 6:30 p.m., the fun continues with Sparks in the Park, a musically choreographed fireworks show. Following the fireworks display, guests can follow a trail of lights to downtown to enjoy dinner, drinks, festivities and the Countdown to Midnight at Bo Diddley Plaza.

(sold out) Spark Wonder at the Cade’s New Year’s Celebration
Tuesday, December 31, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Enjoy everything the museum has to offer including exhibits and activities in the Creativity Lab and Fab Labs. Special party activities include face painting, glow party, carnival games, alternate time zone countdown, New Year’s Resolutions and more. After a sparkling cider toast, watch the Depot Park fireworks from the Museum. This event is sold out.

NYE Bash with Live Music from Billy Reese Peters and Whiskey & Co. at Public & General
Tuesday, December 31, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Have some great food and drinks then ring in the new year with a countdown and complimentary champagne toast! Whiskey and Co. (country-ish) & Billy Reese Peters (punkrock-ish) will play on the back porch from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Open for dinner service from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., and the bar will be serving drinks, charcuterie and desserts until 1 a.m.

NYE Party Flow with Kate at Searchlight Yoga
Tuesday, December 31, 5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m.

A unique and powerful vinyasa yoga class complete with disco lights and a bumping soundtrack to usher you into the New Year! The superstition is that whatever you do on NYE you are likely to do for the rest of the year, so be wild AND healthy! Class passes and drop ins are welcome.

New Year’s Eve Wine Pairing Dinner at Leonardo’s 706
Tuesday, December 31, 7 p.m.

New Year’s Eve All Night Skate at Skate Station Funworks
Tuesday, December 31, 7:30 p.m. – 7 a.m.
New Year’s Eve fun for the whole family. The celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. for all ages, at midnight the party continues for ages 15 and under with plenty of adult supervision. All night event includes unlimited play, dinner, breakfast, games and prizes, balloon drop, hats, horns and noisemakers! Admission from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. starts at $9. All night ticket is $25 pre-paid, $30 at the door.

Pre-Countdown NYE Dinner at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Tuesday, December 31, 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
A pre-countdown New Year’s Eve dinner and wine pairing featuring five courses of beautiful Spanish wines and Foods. Celebrating the end of the year and the beginning of another. $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by phone or online.

Spark @ Embers Annual NYE Cocktail Bash  
Tuesday, December 31, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Ring in 2020 at Spark!  Spark’s annual Cocktail Bash includes charcuterie with house-cured meats and cheeses from around the world. Butler passed Hors d’oeuvres includes favorites from the Spark menu such as lobster croquettes, prime beef, shrimp and grits, duck wings, all freshly created by our chef. Sparks mixologists will have unlimited prosecco, 2 specialty cocktails, classic well drinks, 30 wines by the glass and our craft beers. $90 per person pre-purchased (This event has sold out the past two years).
Doors open at 8 p.m. First come first seating. Tickets are for open seating and are non-refundable. Gratuity is not included. Attendees will need proper 21 or older ID.
For the New Year’s Eve 5 course dinner at Embers Wood Grill, please call to reserve a table at 352-390-0901.

NYE Masquerade Ball at the Backyard
Tuesday, December 31, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Everyone’s invited to a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino. DJ Malibu, complimentary masks, balloon drop at midnight, a photobooth & more!

New Year’s Eve Gainesville Punk Night Party at High Dive
Tuesday, December 31, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Dance, mosh, and bounce around while the DJ play all your favorite Punk Rock, Pop Punk, Emo, Hardcore, & Ska music. If you like We The Kings, All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, Pierce the Veil, Reel Big Fish, Paramore, Blink 182, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, My Chemical Romance, A Day to Remember, Escape the Fate, New Found Glory, Sum41, Green Day, The Used, Falling in Reverse, Panic! At the Disco, State Champs, MxPX, and Good Charlotte – this dance party is for you! This show is completely different from any other punk or emo events in this area. Tickets are $7 each.

Ring in the New Year with Pizza, Cocktails and a Drag Show at New Years Eve 2020
Tuesday, December 31, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Tickets includes a buffet, full bar, an incredible drag show at 11:30 p.m., a champagne toast at midnight and free shuttle service to downtown after the show.

NYE 20/20 at Celebration Pointe

Play and Stay at Celebration Pointe’s New Year’s Eve Party
Tuesday, December 31, 8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m
Ring in 2020 at an adults-only party complete with small plates from Prime & Pearl, live DJ, silent disco, midnight countdown and ball drop. Expect an action packed night at Celebration Point as Probeatz Entertainment Rocks in the New year with 3 DJs spinning Latin, Top 40 Dance, and Hip Hop under Glowing Headsets from 8:30-11:00 p.m. transitioning to Live DJ for the Final Countdown. For tickets and more information, www.celebrationpoint/events.com.
Avoid finding a ride at the end of the night Hotel Indigo offers a New Year’s Eve rate. Click here to reserve your room today!

New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Party at Blackadder Brewing Company
Tuesday, December 31, 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Ring in the New Year 20’s style! Get in your 1920’s garb and be ready to whisper the code to get in. Advanced purchase only, $50 per person. Entrance fee includes glass of special crafted NYE “hooch”, hors d’oeuvres, some swanky swag, and a toast at midnight.

Downtown Countdown at Bo Diddley Plaza
Tuesday, December 31, 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Featuring two bands and a countdown to midnight to ring in 2020 with the sounds of noisemakers provided free to the audience. Local Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band, Heavy Petty, headlines the event while Phillip “JazzDad” Thomas and The Forever Miles Band kick things off with popular cover songs. Revelers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for seating. Rock out the old and ring in the new in Downtown Gainesville!

New Year’s Eve 90’s Party at Big Top Brewing Company
Tuesday, December 31, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Ring in the new year 90’s style at Big Top Brewing Company! This is a free event, no cover charge. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Live DJ will be playing throwback hits all night long. Dress in your best 90’s outfit for the chance to win a Big Top gift card!

New Year’s Eve at High Springs Brewing Company
Tuesday, December 31, 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Ring in the new year with craft beer and live music from Brett Bass and the Melted Plectrum. MexiCocina serves up good eats all night.

Roaring Twenty20s NYE Soiree at Hotel Indigo
Tuesday, December 31, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

NYE Karaoke Dance Party at Loosey’s Downtown
Tuesday, December 31, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

NYE Block Party at The Top, Atlantic, Arcade Bar & The Wooly
Tuesday, December 31, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Join the party at The Top, The Wooly, The Atlantic, The Alley and Arcade Bar. Bring your dance moves as DJs keep each venue fresh with music ranging from retro dance tunes to house/techno to hip hop and R&B. Ring in 2020 with free champagne. Ages 21+ only.

New Year’s Eve Dueling Piano Party at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Tuesday, December 31, 10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Open Bar, Buffet and Champagne Toast with Live Music by Gilberto de Paz at NYC Celebration at Emiliano’s Cafe
Tuesday, December 31, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

New Year’s Day Events, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

New Year Day Hike at Paynes Prairie State Park
Wednesday, January 1, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Join a park ranger on a guided walk on Bolen Bluff Trail, an excellent trail for viewing wildlife and learning about the state park. The hike is an out-and-back route totaling 1.5 miles, an easy pace to allow time for wildlife viewing.
Meet in the Bolen Bluff Trail parking lot off of Highway 441 by 9 a.m. The ranger will be waiting at the trailhead by the kiosk. Check weather conditions and dress appropriately for hiking in an open environment on a natural trail with little to no shade.
Please RSVP on www.prairiefriends.org. Program is free, and day-use park entrance fees will be waived for participants on this hike.

New Year’s Day Walk at Dudley Farms State Park
Wednesday, January 1, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join a bird-watching guide from the Alachua Audubon Society through the farmstead woods. Learn about, and perhaps catch a glimpse of, your favorite bird. You may hear or see a pileated woodpecker, bluebird or maybe a brown thrush!  **Free with park admission of $5.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people).

First Day of 2020 Hike to Hidden Springs at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Wednesday, January 1, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Begin 2020 with an enjoyable 1-mile ranger-led hike on the Blue Trail. Explore a pristine area of the park that has just recently opened to visitors and features hidden springs. Meet a hidden treasure, “Aric the Giant,” a 350-year-old cypress tree. Learn about the history of the park and its aquifer, plants and wildlife. Whether you are a first-time visitor to the park or a regular, hopefully this First Day Hike inspires you to make Florida State Parks an important part of your routine. **Free hike with the paid park entry fee of $6 (per vehicle for up to eight people). Meet at Pavilion 1.

First Day of 2020 Hike to Hidden Springs at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Wednesday, January 1, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Begin 2020 with an enjoyable 1-mile ranger-led hike on the Blue Trail. Explore a pristine area of the park that has just recently opened to visitors and features hidden springs. Meet a hidden treasure, “Aric the Giant,” a 350-year-old cypress tree. Learn about the history of the park and its aquifer, plants and wildlife. Whether you are a first-time visitor to the park or a regular, hopefully this First Day Hike inspires you to make Florida State Parks an important part of your routine. **Free hike with the paid park entry fee of $6 (per vehicle for up to eight people). Meet at Pavilion 1.

New Year’s Day Race at High Springs BMX
Wednesday, January 1, 2:30 p.m.
Participate, or spectate, the 5th annual New Year’s Day BMX Race at High Springs BMX Track. Registration and practice are between 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The races begin at 4:30 p.m.

Cornhole Tourney at High Springs Brewing Company
Wednesday, January 1, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Kick off the new year with some friendly competition and a beer at High Springs Brewing Company’s weekly cornhole tournament. Registration opens at 6 p.m. and play begins at 7 p.m. Cost to participate is $10 a person.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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