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Free New Year’s Eve fest with lighted Anchor Drop

Fort Lauderdale is offering free New Year's Eve festivities including an outdoor street party.  Live music entertainment includes the Brass Evolution band. 

The Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown will include its famous anchor drop and live music.

Photo: Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation

The fun in 2023 is 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. December 31 at Southwest Second Street and Southwest Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

The event includes:

  • anchor drop
  • inflatable slides, face painting and games for kids  & families 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Kids New Years festivities at 7 p.m.
  • DJ entertainment
  • live bands 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Extasy will play at 5:45 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. (45-minute sets) and Brass Evolution will play at 9:30 p.m., 10:40 p.m., 11:45 p.m. and midnight (after the countdown).
  • food and drink vendors

Photo/Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation

Information is online. Fort Lauderdale parking fees are usually about $3 an hour. Dial  954-828-3700 for parking information.

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