Downtown Countdown



 Downtown Countdown Flyer

Ring in 2018 at the Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl
Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve Celebration!
Midnight Countdown to Feature Illuminated Anchor

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 Sunday, December 31 from 3:30 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.

The midnight countdown will feature Fort Lauderdale’s larger-than-life illuminated anchor. The anchor, which debuted in 2015, will descend down from 100 feet in the air above the event’s main stage as the final seconds of 2017 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 3:30 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 p.m. on the main stage at S.W. 2 Street and S.W. 5 Avenue, and will feature the lighting of the anchor. Once the anchor is illuminated, it will remain on, showcasing a variety of colors and effects until the countdown at midnight.

At 7:45 p.m., live music kicks off on the main stage (S.W. 2 Street and S.W. 5 Avenue).Orquesta Calle Sol takes the main stage with their tribute to the "Golden Years" of salsa (1970-80's) until 9 p.m. Then, the Shane Duncan Band treats partygoers to a wide range of music including rock, country, and all your favorite party hits from 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Event Highlights

3:30 to 8:30 p.m. -- Family Fun Zone

  • 3:30 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 anchor

7:45 p.m. -- Live music on the main stage

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 (11:58:50 p.m.): Countdown begins
City officials will count down the final seconds of 2016 out and usher in 2017 as the Downtown Countdown illuminated Anchor descends from the sky.

Midnight: Welcome 2018!
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…


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

Riverfront Garage
305 S Andrews Avenue

Riverhouse Lot
220 SW 3rd Avenue

200 Las Olas Circle Garage
200 SW 1st Avenue

Downtown Countdown Parking