First Night St. Petersburg: The family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration has American Idol finalist Michael Lynche, above, and the usual assortment of mazes and street performers, with fireworks at 9 p.m. and midnight. $12 adults, $6 children, under 6 free.
New Year's at the Florida Aquarium: Dress to the gills and enjoy an open bar, food and a great view of the fireworks over Channelside. $100 at flaquarium.org.
New Year's Eve at Jackson's: This is always one of the sexiest parties in town, with strolling entertainment, favors and fireworks. Basic ticket is $40, if available. Party starts at 9 p.m. at 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. (813) 277-0112.
Balloon drops: Wear a mask for the Venue's Masquerade Ball and catch some cash at the $1,000 balloon drop ($35; $75 for dinner; 2675 Ulmerton Road, St. Petersburg; thevenueclub.com), or glam it up for Prana's two $5,000 balloon drops at 1619 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $30, $50 per couple.
Dead Kennedys: The political shock-punk band will tunnel through the underground into the new year at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. $25.
Aaron Lewis: The Staind frontman is on his solo tour, with Stone Sour's Corey Taylor opening at 9 p.m. at the Straz Center in Tampa; $35. (813) 229-7827.
The Guess Who: Ring in the new year with the '70s rockers (American Woman, These Eyes). Fireworks follow at midnight at Busch Gardens, included with admission to the park. 1-888-800-5447.
Kids and family
Outback Bowl New Year's Eve Parade: It's a parade and pep rally with the Florida and Penn State bands that winds down Seventh Avenue starting at 5:30 p.m. in Ybor City. Free.
Channelside fireworks: The New Year's Eve ball drop and fireworks can be seen from Cotanchobee Park, Harbour Island and Channelside. Free.
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2011, 11:30 p.m., ABC: Jenny McCarthy, Taio Cruz and Ke$ha are the headliners with Seacrest.
More to explore
These are just a few of the parties and concerts tonight. For lots more, go to tampabay.com/things-to-do.