All The Best New Year's Events in Sarasota-Manatee

Whether you want to party into 2023 or start the New Year off with a fun run, you'll find a perfect way to ring in the new year.

By Laura Paquette December 16, 2022

Sarasota-Manatee will host a wide variety of exciting New Year's events.

Sarasota-Manatee will host a wide variety of exciting New Year's events. 

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New Year’s Eve Food Truck Rally at Big Top Brewing Company

Saturday, Dec. 31, Big Top Brewing Company, 975 Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, 

From 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., a variety of food trucks will serve up tasty eats, and YaYa Diamond and The Dream Chasers will perform. At midnight, expect a champagne toast and keg drop. Admission is free.

New Year’s Eve from the Highest Perspective at the Art Ovation Hotel

Saturday, Dec. 31, Perspective Rooftop Bar at Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 

Don your black ties and party dresses for this grand New Year’s bash at the poolside Perspective Rooftop Bar. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. and runs until 12 a.m., and will feature a DJ and poolside champagne bar. VIP tickets for a table of 6 are $800 and include a credit toward total food and drink purchases. To learn more and purchase tickets, click here

Sarasota New Year’s Eve Pineapple Drop Block Party

Saturday, Dec. 31, Intersection of Main Street and Lemon Avenue,

Party like it’s 2023 at the Sarasota Pineapple Drop. This fan-favorite event will take place from 1 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. on Jan. 1. The party will also feature a DJ, live music, games and carnival rides, as well as the highly-anticipated glowing pineapple drop at midnight. Following the drop, enjoy fireworks over Sarasota Bay. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and local eateries will offer holiday specials and promotions. Admission is free.

New Year’s Eve at Waterside Place

Saturday, Dec. 31, Waterside Place, 1561 Lakefront Drive, Sarasota, 

From 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., Waterside Place invites everyone to ring in the new year. There will be a DJ, food trucks and eats and drinks from Korê Steakhouse and Good Liquid Brewing Company. Admission is free.

New Year's Eve at Meliora

Saturday, Dec 31, Meliora, 1920 Hillview St., Sarasota,

Celebrate the new year in style at one of Sarasota's best new restaurants of 2022. Chef Drew Adams and his team are preparing a five-course prix fixe menu that is sure to send any foodie straight to heaven. Meliora will be offering two New Year's Eve seatings so you can dine early or late, whichever you fancy. To make a reservation, click here.

New Year’s Soirée at Pier 22

Saturday, Dec. 31, Pier 22, 1200 1st Ave. W., Bradenton,

Give 2022 an elegant finish starting at 7 p.m. at Pier 22. Guests will enjoy a buffet and full open bar while listening to gypsy jazz performed by Hot Club SRQ Trio. There will also be a live DJ and midnight toast. Tickets are $200 per person; to purchase tickets, click here.

New Year’s Eve Party at 88Live Piano Bar 

Saturday, Dec. 31, 88Live Piano Bar, 6640 Cortez Rd. W. Ste. A, Bradenton,

At 8 p.m., kick off the new year with live music from The Unessentials Dueling Pianos. The evening will feature dancing, hors d’oeuvres, champagne and party favors. Tickets are $25 per person. Contact 88Live at 941-900-1133 for ticket purchase information.

New Year’s Eve Beach Bash at Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill Manatee River 

Saturday, Dec. 31, Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill, 313 19th St. E., Ellenton,

This beachside new year’s bash will begin at 8 p.m. and will feature live music from the 301 Travelers Band, an à la carte food and drinks menu and a champagne toast at midnight. Palapa cabanas, VIP tables and firepits are available for reservation here. Reservations are encouraged and can be made here for a $15 hold charge, which will be returned unless you are a no-show.  

New Year’s Eve at Mattison’s 

Saturday, Dec. 31, Various Mattison’s locations,

Ring in the new year at any of the Mattison’s restaurants. Mattisons Forty-One (open 4 p.m. to midnight), will offer its regular menu, a Chateaubriand for two special and music from Randy Stephens. Mattison’s City Grille (open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.) in downtown offers a front-row seat to the Pineapple Drop and block party on Lemon Ave. and Main St. Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille in Bradenton (open 11 a.m. to midnight) will feature a special dinner menu, music from Avalanche and dancing. Mattison’s also offers new year’s catering options for private parties and quiet nights in. To make reservations, plan catering and learn more, click here

New Year Soirée at Grove 

Saturday, Dec. 31, Grove Restaurant,10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch,

Give 2022 a stylish send-off at Grove’s New Year Soirée. This party will feature a delicious buffet, a full open bar and loads of champagne. There will also be live jazz, a DJ, a photo booth and a midnight toast. Festive cocktail attire is encouraged. Tickets are $254 per person including tax and gratuities. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

New Year’s Eve with Ron Feingold at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre

Saturday, Dec. 31, McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 

Ring in the new year with some laughs at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. Ron Feingold will headline the event, along with Scott Novotny and Helen Keaney. The Green Room will open at 8:30 p.m. with the full food and beverage menu available and the show will start at 9:30 p.m. Attendees will also enjoy party favors, a midnight champagne toast and raffle prizes. All audience members must be at least 18 years old to attend. Tickets are $70. To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.

New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch at 99 Bottles 

Sunday, Jan. 1, 99 Bottles Tap Room & Bottle Shop, 1445 2nd St., Sarasota, 

Relax into the new year with a delicious brunch spread from 99 Bottles. Authentic, New York-style bagels, toppings and bagel sandwiches will be on the menu, along with coffee from O&A Coffee and Supply, Bloody Marys, mimosas, wine and craft beer. To-go ordering will also be available. Brunch will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seating will be first come, first served. 

New Year’s Day Fun Run and Potluck 

Sunday, Jan. 1, Siesta Beach Park, 948 Beach Rd., Sarasota,

Join the Manasota Track Club from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for an exciting fun run and potluck at Siesta Beach. Bring your favorite potluck dish and meet at the Siesta Beach playground to begin the run. For more information, contact the Manasota Track Club here.

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert

Monday, Jan. 2, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 

Kick off 2023 with the Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert at the Van Wezel. With dancers, singers and the Strauss Symphony of America, the concert will take audiences back to the golden age of Viennese music, bringing to mind grand balls and winter fun. The show begins at 7 p.m. To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.

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