It used to be that a fun party necessitated nothing more than good friends, good tunes and good drinks. These days, though, you aren't really getting down unless you go way over the top. Over the next week, three venues around Tampa Bay will host massive bacchanals involving mountains of foam, cloudbursts of paint and more than 10,000 glowsticks. Foam parties, neon parties and paint parties are the ultimate see-and-be-seen spectacles among club kids, who don't care how wet, dirty and wild they get. If you want to join the fun, here's a guide. — Jay Cridlin firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Foam Party 4: Labor Day Lather
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg.
Cost: For 21 and up: $10 advance, $15 day of. For 18-20: $20 across the board.
The hype: "The wettest, wildest, sexiest, sudsiest blowout in Tampa Bay."
What you'll see: "Foam machines, rain machines, hot dudes, hot chicks, great DJs" — that's how Ticketmaster describes it. A commenter on Jannus Live's website puts it another way: "A giant orgy in a bathtub." Six of one, half-dozen of the other, we suppose. At any rate, the last foam party at Jannus drew over 1,000 paying customers, with many more guests. The foam solution itself is biodegradable and hypoallergenic.
What you'll hear: A trio of DJs, none of whom is a major name. "It's more about the pure, unadulterated fun and friction," says Jannus Live spokesman Eric Snider.
What to wear: Dress like you're going to the beach — shorts and no shirt for guys, bikini tops and board shorts (or even bikini bottoms) for ladies. The first 200 women in bikinis get in free.
For info: (727) 565-0551, jannuslive.com
Neon Xtreme Tampa
When: 9 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City
Cost: Free before 11 p.m.; $15 advance, $20 at the door
The hype: "The world's biggest glow in the dark party. … Over 10,000 glowsticks!"
What you'll see: Organizers are replacing just about every light at the Ritz with a blacklight, not only in the main ballroom, but in both of the auxiliary wings off the side of the main hallway. The event will also stretch into the Honey Pot next door. A similar event held recently at Club Skye in Ybor City drew 1,400 people, said promoter Neal Carter.
What you'll hear: The event promises 50 DJs and 25 hosts, including DJs and personalities from Wild 94.1.
What to wear: All white will pop the best beneath the blacklights. Beyond that, club garb is appropriate, but if the crowds at Tampa's recent Identity Festival were any indication, you should wear as much neon as possible.
For info: nxtampa.eventbrite.com
When: 9 p.m. Sept. 9
Where: Hawaiian Village, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
The hype: "Experience DayGlow like never before with the long-awaited introduction of Blu paint."
What you'll see: A packed house of college-aged kids splattering each other with neon paint. Since being founded by a group of friends at Florida State, DayGlow has become an international brand, drawing thousands of people and some of the world's top DJs to parties across the nation. The last DayGlow party in Tampa, in April, sold out. This one probably will, too.
What to wear: All white is best, though blue jeans are allowed. For some reason, you cannot bring your own shutter shades, but DayGlow will provide shades at the event. Whatever you wear will get covered in washable, non-toxic paint.
What you'll hear: A pair of headlining DJs, George Acosta and The Devil from Acapulco
For info: (813) 868-7600, dayglowtour.com