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River District to hold annual New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown

By Staff | Dec 12, 2012

The 2013 Fort Myers New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown is set for Monday, Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event will offer entertainment for people of all ages in the River District at various stages and venues between Edwards Drive and Main Street.

The celebration includes live entertainment by 11 diverse and exciting musical acts, a DJ Tower with nonstop music, Florida’s longest Conga line, food vendors, a craft beer garden, prizes, surprises and much more.

New this year will be a Kids Zone, sponsored by the Florida Everblades.

Southwest Florida’s Famous Big Ball will drop at midnight to ring in the New Year, along with a spectacular fireworks show over the new river basin.

Admission is free. Also available are preferred viewing tickets for $10 and $15, and VIP tickets starting at $99 per person, which include special access, food and a champagne toast at midnight.

Tickets are available at www.fortmyersdowntowncountdown.com.

Entertainment will take place on five stages and includes the sounds of American Idol contestant Paige Miles; ZZ Top, Rolling Stones and Miami Sound Machine tribute bands; The Jewmaicans; Hands Up Music; Influential; and Son Salvaje.

Stage hosts include Univision’s Jackie Figueroa, ABC-7 Meteorologist John Patrick, and dancing in the street with DJ Gentry Thomas.

The big bash is for people of all ages, including the little ones who will have a blast in the new Kids Zone complete with bounce houses, ball pits, obstacle course, giant slides, rock climbing wall, balloon typhoon, crafts and games. Plus, special activities sponsored by The Imaginarium, and Florida Repertory Theatre will present School House Rocks at 7 p.m. Tickets to the Kids Zone are free for children 6 and under, for ages 7 and above bracelets will be for sale at $12 for one, $20 for two and $25 for three.

The 2013 Fort Myers Downtown Countdown is brought to you by the River District Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the Fort Myers Downtown River District through art and culture.

Additional sponsors include Jet Blue, Suncoast Beverage Sales, Chico’s FAS, Inc. The Wilbur Smith Law Firm, and more than 35 other local businesses.

Visit the 2013 Fort Myers Downtown Countdown to New Year’s Eve web site at www.FortMyersDowntownCountdown.com