The Festivities will begin with FirstKids at the Morean Arts Center at 4:00 P.M, with hat and mask making, the Second Time Arounders Musical Petting Zoo and Art in Flight Projects from the Morean Center for Clay and Creative Clay. St. Petersburg Library is sending over a Puppets Show. FirstKids will finish with the Procession of Flight soaring down to the waterfront. at 7:00 P.M lead by the Mount Zion Drumline and Color Guard for the Bubble Stomp and the First Fireworks.
In Williams Park, The Warehouse Arts District Artists (WADA) will Light Up the New Year with Luminous Flight illuminated sculptural lanterns. First Night goers will be able to participate in hands-on demos by WADA artists including glass etching, flight based clay creations, and a decorating a Chinese style Dragon. Plan to join the Dragon Procession to the Waterfront at 10 pm. While you are making art you can listen to a mix of rock, pop and experimental music by Halibut, Altus Noumena, Mark Castle and DC9V on the Williams Park stage.
Our Musical Stages will feature Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass, Opera, Chamber Music, Hip-hop, Alternative Folk Rock and Sacred Steel. We are presenting outstanding Jazz at the First United Methodist Church with local favorites La Lucha Jazz Trio with Jun Bustamante, O Som do Jazz and the Whitney James Quintet. The Plaza Courtyard is featuring Bluegrass with the Florida Mountain Boys and tasty bar-b-que presented by the Witch and the Ale, St. Petersburg Opera presents favorite arias and fabulous chamber music, featuring current and past St. Pete Opera Idol winners n the Cathedral of St. Peter.
New this year is TASCO’s Young Talent Showcase in North Straub Park. Our Finale Stage will feature the incredible alternative folk favorites Have Gun WIll Travel and we will finish the night with the sacred steel sounds of the Lee Boys.
On the Dance Stage First Night Favorites Dundu Dole and the Florida West Ballet.
We are bringing back the Pathfinder Tree Climbing that was such a hit last year. Sign up early as it sold out quickly last year! New Year’s Resolutions can be made at the Bonfire and at the Resolution Fire Phoenix.
Throw some paint at St. Pete Slings Paint and look for our street performers as you stroll.
We will have Fireworks at 8pm and Midnight.
Participants can walk from venue to venue along St. Petersburg's busy, charming sidewalks and shops. Along the way, downtown boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars for patrons to enjoy throughout the evening.