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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 31

B.B. King: Spend New Year's Eve on the dance floor accompanied by the legendary blues icon, who is also playing an encore show two days later at the newly renovated venue. Concert starts at 9 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $69-$150. (727) 791-7400.

First Night St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg kicks off the New Year with this annual family-friendly event. There will be music, dancing, and two fireworks displays. The first will be at 8 p.m. and the second at midnight. It's free to wander around, but you need a button to participate in activities and enter venues. It starts at 4 p.m. in Straub Park at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 823-8906.

Downton Abbey New Year's Eve Premiere Party: Ring in the New Year in true Crawley family fashion with live music, a Downtown Abbey-inspired menu, a champagne toast at midnight and a preview screening of the show's season 4 premiere. 1920s-era attire is encouraged at the party starting at 7 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $160. (813) 229-7827.

Noon Year's Eve: Count down to noon with Radio Disney, games, arts and crafts, educational displays and more. Kids get to blow noisemakers, wear hats and toast in the Noon Year with juice. Included with regular zoo admission: $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552.


WALL-E, 10:15 p.m., Disney Channel If you're looking for some resolution inspiration, this heartwarming Disney-Pixar collaboration will have you reusing aluminum foil and rethinking that trip through the drive-through.


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First Flight: Wednesday will mark 100 years since Tony Jannus' first flight carrying a paying customer across the bay. The founder of Fantasy of Flight will re-enact it in his reproduction of the original Benoist airboat biplane. After a 9 a.m. celebration in St. Petersburg's yacht basin, the plane heads to Tampa's Peter O. Knight Airport.

Carl Labove: Side Splitters is bringing in the veteran comic, a friend of the late Sam Kinison, for New Year's Eve shows ($17-$75) and performances through Sunday ($14-$18.50) at

Barkarilla the Pooch Parade: Check out the doggies trying to look daring as they parade at 2:30 p.m. Saturday down E Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. The $5 admission to the party at The Dirty Shame, 1929 E Seventh Ave. benefits local animal rescue organizations.

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 31 12/30/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 30, 2013 1:46pm]
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