Ring in 2016 at the Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl
Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve Celebration!
Midnight Countdown to Feature New Illuminated Anchor
Fort Lauderdale - The City of Fort Lauderdale is gearing up for the Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown, the annual premier New Year’s Eve celebration. Touted as one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Florida, this year’s free street festival is full of fun and excitement for both children and adults. Revelers will crowd downtown Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, December 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. along S.W. 2nd Street between S.W. 2nd and S.W. 5th Avenues to wait with anticipation for the midnight countdown.
This year’s midnight countdown will feature the debut of Fort Lauderdale’s new, larger-than-life illuminated anchor. The anchor will descend down from 100 feet in the air above the event’s main stage as the final seconds of 2015 tick down and we usher in the New Year.
The anchor measures 20 feet high and 17 feet wide. It weighs more than 700 pounds and features close to 12,000 LED lights. It is made of a steel framework with a grey mesh covering and is illuminated with lights positioned inside the frame. The anchor’s color-changing LED lights have a wide range of features and effects which will create a spectacular visual display for event-goers.
Downtown Countdown will feature a variety of activities for the whole family from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. including bounce houses, slides, face painting, games, contests, line dancing with DJ William Pennhouse, and free caricatures drawn by a team of talented sketch artists! Make sure to have your cameras ready to snap a selfie with special guest OBIE, the Orange Bowl Mascot, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Kids Countdown takes place at 7:00 p.m. on the main stage at S.W. 2 Street and S.W. 5 Avenue, and will feature the first ever anchor lighting. Once the anchor is illuminated, it will remain on showcasing a variety of colors and effects until the countdown at midnight.
At 8:00 p.m., live music kicks off on the main stage (S.W. 2 Street and S.W. 5 Avenue) with Turnstiles, the ultimate Billy Joel tribute band. On the east stage (S.W. 2nd Street and S.W. 2nd Avenue), partygoers can jam to the sounds of DJ Kyle DeSouza from 8 to 11 p.m. Adam Foster, named New Times Best DJ of 2014 and the “King of the Las Olas Dance Scene,” takes the reigns on the east stage from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Just when you thought you’ve danced until you drop, get ready for country music sensation Amber Leigh, who takes over the main stage from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. South Florida’s “Female Entertainer of the Year” four years running, Amber Leigh combines the flavors of country, pop, and Celtic into a high-energy live show.
7:00 a.m. Set-up begins
4:00 p.m. Orange Bowl Game (Clemson vs. Oklahoma) on big screen TVs
Fans are welcome to arrive early and watch the Orange Bowl game live on two giant LED screens located at S.W. 2 Street and S.W. 2 Avenue (outside Tarpon Bend) and at Esplanade Park (across from the Museum of Discovery & Science). Kickoff is at 4 p.m.
4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Family Fun Zone
-4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Inflatables, face painting, DJ with music, games & contests
-6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Special appearance by OBIE, the Orange Bowl Mascot
-7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Line dancing
7:00 p.m. Kids Countdown to illuminate the new Anchor
8:00 p.m. Live music on the main stage
8:00 to 11:00 p.m. – Turnstiles
11:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. – Amber Leigh
8:00 p.m. Live music on the east stage
8:00 to 11:30 p.m. – DJ Kyle DeSouza
11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. - DJ Adam Foster
T minus 15 minutes (11:45 p.m.): Find last minute ball drop watch positions
Revelers should make their way toward the main stage for the midnight ball drop – it will be elbow room only.
T minus 1 minute 10 seconds (11:59:50 p.m.): Countdown begins
City officials will count down the final seconds of 2015 out and usher in 2016 as the new Downtown Countdown illuminated Anchor descends from the sky.
Midnight: Welcome 2016
A five-minute pyrotechnic display will brilliantly illuminate the sky above Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Bursts of custom-mixed colors light up the night sky as confetti descends on partygoers. And the band plays on…
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING OPTIONS
The City of Fort Lauderdale reminds everyone to celebrate responsibly and get home safely by using one of the transportation options below.
Below is a list of parking locations in downtown Fort Lauderdale conveniently located near the event site.
City Park Garage
150 SE 2nd Street
Broward Governmental Garage
151 SW 2nd Street
County Lot II
100 SW 1st Avenue
305 S Andrews Avenue
220 SW 3rd Avenue
200 Las Olas Circle Garage
200 SW 1st Avenue
The Sun Trolley Las Olas Link will operate from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fares are $1 each way or $3 for an all-day pass. Track Sun Trolley in real time by downloading the app at SunTrolley.com.
Taxi Cabs | Uber | Lyft
There will be two designated pick-up/drop-off areas for Taxi cabs, Uber, and Lyft vehicles: (1) SW 5th Avenue south of Broward Boulevard and (2) SW 1 Avenue south of Broward Boulevard. Any other locations used for pick-up/drop-off will be strictly prohibited and citations will be issued. The designated areas are for Broward County permitted Taxi cabs, Uber and Lyft vehicles only. All other transportation services are prohibited.
Additionally, Uber is offering users a free ride (up to $20) to or from Downtown Countdown. Follow these simple steps to get $20 off your ride:
1) Download the free Uber iPhone/Android/Windows app (or sign up at http://t.uber.com/NYEFTL)
2) Enter your information in the Uber app and promo code "NYEFTL" when you sign up.
3) Request a ride 5-15 minutes before you need one. $20 will be applied towards your first ride on uberX, uberXL, LUX, or LUX SUV.
Questions? Check out uber.com/miami or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 7 a.m. the following traffic restrictions will be in place: (1) SW 2nd Street will be closed from SW 7th Avenue east to SW 1st Avenue; (2) Eastbound SW 2nd Street from SW 7th Avenue to SW 5th Avenue will be restricted to Broward Center for Performing Arts employees and VIP/valet customers only with no parking garage access; (3) SW 2nd Avenue will be closed south of Broward Boulevard; (4) Access to SW 3rd and SW 4th Avenues south of Broward Boulevard will be restricted to residents who live in the area and employees of businesses on those streets; (5) SW 5th Avenue will be restricted to vehicles entering and exiting the Performing Arts Center garage. Roads will reopen at 8 a.m. on Friday, January 1.
The City of Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown is sponsored by Corona Light, Florida Prepaid, MetroPCS, Sunshine Health, and Tarpon Bend.
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