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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 31

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

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;, 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.

To watch

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

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 31 12/30/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 30, 2010 8:57pm]
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