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Dec 31: NYE Bowl Bash


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DVI Updates 


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Each year Downtown Vision evaluates the state of Downtown Jacksonville and collects data on how to improve the Downtown experience. If you live or work in DTJax (Northbank, Southbank, Brooklyn/Riverside Avenue, LaVilla or the Stadium District) we want to hear from you.

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#DTJax Gala: River of Dreams!


Save the date for our 2017 #DTJax Gala: River of Dreams. Proceeds will benefit a riverfront activation program.
Date: February 25, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
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Ring in the New Year right in #DTJax! Where else can you go to a concert, see a football game, have a ball in-style, or share a New Year’s kiss among the fireworks? Thats right, no where. So come down, have fun and bring in 2017 with us.



NYE Bowl Bash

Downtown Jacksonville

Dec. 31 | 4 – 11 p.m.

Cost: Free and VIP Tickets Available

Join us in Downtown Jacksonville as we ring in the New Year with a free concert featuring some of country music’s newest stars. Headlining the show is Brothers Osborne, winners of CMA’s Duo of the Year. This concert is free and open to the public. The stage will be positioned at the intersection of Ocean St. and Forysth St. in The Elbow. Fireworks over the St. Johns River will cap the night at midnight.



Soul Train Live NYE 2017

Downtown Cigar Lounge

Dec. 31 | 8 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Downtown Cigar Lounge hosts “Soul Train” NYE 2017. This customer appreciation and celebration of the new year lounge party will include cigars, champagne, fireworks, party favors and much more. Get your tickets today because this event will be closed to the public, advanced ticket sales only!




NYE with Steven Reineke: Sinatra – The Best is Yet to Come

Jacoby Symphony Hall

Dec. 31 | 9:30

Cost: $27-$77

Pops conductor Steven Reineke creates a program reflecting the timeless songs of the American legend, Frank Sinatra. Then, enjoy for the hottest party in town, complete with dancing to the Chris Thomas Band, champagne and the best location to view the fireworks.


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2nd Annual New Year’s Eve River Bash

Deep Blue at The Landing

Dec. 31 | 9 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

Cost: $75 – $90

The Jacksonville Landing and Just A Pinch Cafe & Catering  present private VIP access to Jacksonville’s NYE Bash on the River. Don’t deal with the crowds and enjoy the best views for the fireworks on the balcony or dance the night away while enjoying picturesque views of the historic St John’s River. Tickets include music, an open bar, appetizers and desserts, champagne all night, party favors and, of course, an amazing view of the fireworks!


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New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Menu

Candy Apple Café and Cocktails

Dec. 31 | Open from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Cost: $45

The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails is ready to serve guests a delicious final dinner of 2016. Walking distance from the fireworks at midnight, this meal includes a glass of prosecco, a fried oyster amuse brouche, a salad and a choice of short rib or sea scallops. Reservations for New Year’s Eve are strongly encouraged, and may be made by calling 904-353-9717 or visiting here.


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Volstead’s NYE Party

The Volstead

Dec. 31 | 9:00 p.m.

Cost: Free entry

Make celebrating NYE easy with the crew at The Volstead. No reservations or tickets required, just sit back with a new cocktail and enjoy DJ Joe spinning, enough balloons to test the feasibility of a Pixar’s “Up” situation and a free champagne toast at midnight.


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Dance Party Carnivale

Dos Gatos

Dec 31. | 7 p.m.

Cost: $5 – $10 Cover

The Lounge is cleared out and DJ NickFRESH holds the best dance party you’ve ever been to. Carnivale is the theme with shots at midnight, fireworks and bottle service available. Booth reservations are now available which includes VIP entrance for you and your friends, a complimentary bottle of good champagne and a front row seat at the best NYE party in Jax.


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Be Easy NYE Concert

Unity Plaza and HOBNOB

Dec. 31 | 9:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 for Concert, $65 – $75 for Dinner

Dance the night away under the stars and ring in the New Year! Be Easy will be rocking the Unity Plaza stage on New Years Eve. HOBNOB will be offering a four course dinner with optional wine and cocktail pairings. Brooklyn is a great spot to sit back, watch the fireworks and start 2017 off right.


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NYE Extravaganza

Myth Nightclub

Dec. 31 | 8 p.m.

Cost: $25 – $400

Join your friends on Saturday, December 31st for a huge New Year’s Eve celebration is #DTJax. The party is hosted by 95.1 WAPE has features: four rooms of sound, international DJ’s, dancers, complimentary midnight champagne toast and much more. General admission, open bar and VIP tickets are all available online.


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New Year’s Eve Brew House Bash

River City Brewing Company

Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.

Cost: $45 – $85

River City is stepping it up to bring you a new experience on the river with a great deal for New Year’s Eve. You’ll enjoy a fantastic view of the fireworks at midnight and different ticket packages with open bar, food, music and more! Kiss the year away from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.



TaxSlayer Bowl 

EverBank Field

Dec. 31 | 11 a.m.

Cost: Ticket prices vary


Game day parking, RV parking and stadium shuttle service information can all be found on the TaxSlayer Bowl website or the MyJTA app.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority will provide complimentary transportation via the Skyway for the weekend of the TaxSlayer Bowl and New Year’s Eve.

Dec. 30:  6 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Dec. 31: 8 a.m. – 3 a.m.


There are plenty of ways to ring in the New Year in #DTJax, so come spend then end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 with us! For more information on any of these events, head to our website. Don’t see your event listed here? Email to be added.

by: Katherine Hardwick in Events (7) Comments  

Say sayonara to 2014 and get going to where the bubbly is flowing. Whatever your flavory–DJ-feuled dance party, an all-night live act line up, unforgettable fireworks, a Mad Hatter’s Ball or a Willy Wonka-style wonderland–ring in the New Year in style Downtown.


Here’s the fine print: Most events are 21 and up. Metered parking is free after 6 p.m. Drive safe! Download the Uber app or ask your bartender/host to call a cab if need be. 


1) 333NYE at MOCA Jacksonville
333 N. Laura St.
10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Tickets: $100 / $180 couples

Go through the looking glass and welcome 2015 in style. This year’s fete will once again prove to be the thing to do on New Year’s Eve. Revel the night away on the dance floor, try your luck on the gambling floor, enjoy festive drinks and eats, and experience the best ball drop countdown in the city! Black tie optional. Hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and entertainment are complimentary with admission.


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Photo by Rob Futrell

After spending several days with the family, eating, catching up and running around town to say ‘hello’ to old friends, I’m itching to come back to Jacksonville where I can spend my time in my favorite neighborhood, Downtown (and where I live, Riverside). All of my friends are talking about what we should be doing for New Year’s, and I found there’s a lot to choose from. My head is kind of spinning (in a good way, of course).

Here’s a list of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations:

  • 1904 Music Hall hosts their New Year’s Eve Showcase with live music by The Artist Formerly Known as The Fritz with special guests The Politix, S.P.O.R.E., DJ Chef Rocc, and Vlad the Inhaler in their NYE Prince Tribute Show with two stages, a Champagne toast and a balloon drop.

And I found out that New Year’s Day is not a day to rest because Downtown is still kicking with events.

  • Icon Boutique celebrates New Year’s Day with Mal Jones Presents “The Lyricist Live” from 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Dos Gatos hosts a Black Jack dealing to help you start the New Year off as a winner.

Don’t forget there is no First Wednesday Art Walk. It will resume in February.

And some folks say nothing is going on Downtown? That’s just silly. Keep an eye on more Downtown New Year’s festivities by signing up for our weekly “Things To Do Downtown” e-newsletter, or follow our events calendar at

No matter what you do to celebrate, stay safe, have a ball and Happy New Year from all of us at DVI to you!