10 New Year’s Eve events in the Tampa Bay area

First Night 2021: The coronavirus forces downtown St. Petersburg’s giant family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration to turn into a virtual art party. Virtual activities include Mad Science by First Kids, fire sculpting by James Oleson, Urban African Ballet by Dundu Dole and music by Nate Najar and Daniela Soledade. Packages include party favors, bubble wrap, bingo cards and art projects. Go to firstnightstpete.com to buy buttons and get information on how to access the program. $25-$100.

New Year‘s Eve Riverfront Concert and Fireworks: Sit alongside the Hillsborough River for a waterfront concert. Then watch as fireworks explode over the water. Satellite bars offer up 18 food and drink options. Crowds will be kept to 50 percent capacity and all COVID-19 safety regulations apply. $20, $75 VIP. 8 p.m.-midnight Thursday. Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. 813-250-3725.

NYE 2021: Carnage: Pied Piper Productions‘ annual New Year’s Eve party moves poolside with support from Nick Hogan, Lolo Mayhew and D.Pablo. General admission includes party favors, music by DJ Carnage, pier and limited pool access, a champagne toast and fireworks viewing. Upgrade to VIP for access to VIP table areas and DJ viewing. The party ends at 2:30 a.m. $39. 9 p.m. Thursday. WTR, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. 813-265-1234.

Rooftop New Year’s Eve: Welcome 2021 with a nine-course culinary celebration at the top of a 12-story hotel. The meal includes hand-passed appetizers, stone crab, tuna tartare, stuffed quail, lamb chop, Japanese Wagyu striploin, mango sorbet, a cheese course and butter cake. Also, enjoy a Champagne toast and fireworks viewing at midnight. $195 (reservations required). 7 p.m.-midnight Thursday. Karol Hotel, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. 727-273-7850.

Out With a Bang: Dress like a pirate and join other scallywags to sip some grog on a two-hour cruise with music by Casey Allen. Beware: The cannon may fire. $47. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. John’s Pass Pirate Ship, 140 Boardwalk Place W, Madeira Beach. 727-423-7824.

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party: Wear a decorative mask, as well as a functional one, and say goodbye to 2020 at this party with appetizers, dancing on multiple dance floors, a champagne toast and a cash bar. Social distancing is required. The party goes until 12:45 a.m. $45, $80 two. 8 p.m. Thursday. Hilton Garden Inn, 2155 Northpointe Parkway, Lutz. 813-491-4900, ext. 0.

New Year’s Eve Busch Gardens: To promote crowd control and social distancing, Busch Gardens will hold two fireworks displays on the Festival Field at 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. Guests must choose one of the shows and buy a ticket for admission to the field. $6.99 (park admission and reservations required). 8:30 or 11:30 p.m. Thursday. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. 813-884-4386.

Missed Holidays 2020: Whether it be St. Patrick’s Day, Easter or your birthday, decorate your reserved table and dress to celebrate the occasion you missed the most in 2020. Ring in the new year in that spirit. Includes DJ dancing, open bar until 1 a.m., fireworks and a champagne toast at midnight. Search for “Missed Holidays 2020” on Eventbrite to register. The party goes on until 2 a.m. $75-$200. 9 p.m. Thursday. American Social, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. 813-605-3333.

New Year’s Eve at Blind Goat: Dress to impress and put on your dancing shoes for a party with unlimited food, open bar all night, champagne toast and television viewing of New Year’s Eve celebrations across the globe. Masks are required for employees, and attendees are encouraged to wear masks when they’re not seated. All food will be pre-plated. Ample outside seating is available. The party goes on until 3 a.m. $75-$100. 8 p.m. Thursday. Blind Goat, 4106 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. 813-515-7962.

New Year’s Eve: DJ’s Paul Santana, Mondo, Gemini and 2 Tall Keith provide the music for this “Electronic Journey” into the new year with a champagne toast at midnight, kratom and kava available and a breakfast buffet after 3 a.m. The party goes on until the sun comes up. Local, state and CDC guidelines will be enforced. $20-$250. 10 p.m. Thursday. Marquee DTSP, 350 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-420-2875.

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