Celebrate this New Year’s Eve in downtown Gainesville. All are free and open to the public, so there is something for everyone this year!
The evening begins at Depot Park, located at 200 SE Depot Ave. At 5 p.m., bring blankets and chairs and find a spot in the park to enjoy the last sunset of 2017 while DJ Billy Beats hosts a family-friendly dance party on the main stage. At 6:30 p.m., the fun continues in Depot Park with “Sparks in the Park,” a musically choreographed fireworks show over the main pond. Following the fireworks display, guests are invited to “GLOW Downtown,” where the sidewalks connecting Depot Park to Bo Diddley Plaza will be lined with glowing luminaries.
The Downtown Countdown begins at 9 p.m., and continues until midnight in Bo Diddley Plaza. It features two bands and a countdown to midnight to ring in 2018 with the sounds of noisemakers provided free to the audience. Headlining this experience are the Savants of Soul (Motown, soul, R&B), with The Duppies (ska, reggae) as the opening band. Revelers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to the plaza for seating.
The Downtown Countdown is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, and is funded in part by grants from Culture Builds Florida and Visit Gainesville. Downtown Countdown is located at the Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. Revelers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for seating. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at email@example.com or 352-393-8532.