Fireworks Bayfront Park
Fireworks at Bayfront Park

New Year's Eve 2023: Top Celebrations in Sarasota

Say goodbye to 2022 in style with these festive happenings for the New Year!

November 28, 2022

Cheers to another year in the books! Send it off right on New Years Eve with some of the most beloved annual celebrations on the Gulf Coast. So put on a sparkly getup, grab a pair of "2023" glasses and something bubbly to ring in the new year – Sarasota-style. 

Downtown Sarasota New Year’s Eve Pineapple Drop

Pineapple drop
Downtown Sarasota Pineapple Drop

The fun kicks off in the afternoon with a family-friendly block party at Lemon Ave and Main Street of Downtown Sarasota. Find amusement games and carnival rides at 5 Points Park, live music from local bands and tons of options for food and drink (including spots with a full bar) throughout. Per tradition, it all culminates with the iconic Pineapple Drop at midnight and the spectacular fireworks display over the bayfront that follows.

Festivities start at 1pm and run till 1am. Find more event details here.

New Year's Eve Beach Bash at Sharky's on the Pier

A busy beachfront restaurant at sunset.
NYE Beach Bash, courtesy of Sharky's on the Pier

Kick off 2023 on the shores of the sparkling Gulf at Sharky's on the Pier, where a night of food and drink, dancing to the lively tunes of Scarlet Drive, a Gulf Coast-based five-piece and female-fronted band that specializes in high energy covers and original tunes and a diverse mix of upbeat pop, rock, country and dance music that ranges in style from the 70s to today's popular hits. It all culminates in a breathtaking fireworks show at midnight silhouetted by the iconic Venice Fishing Pier. The evening will only get better for revelers ready to ring in 2023.

Early bird tickets are $25, and $30 after December 23. Beachfront and upper deck VIP experiences are also available for $60-$165. Learn more about this event.

New Year’s Eve Gala and Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens

Lights in Bloom at Selby Botanical Gardens

Make New Year’s Eve a sophisticated black-tie affair at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota Campus. Begin the night with private access and tour of the award-winning Lights in Bloom: An Open-Air Holiday Light Show, indulge in passed hors d’oeuvres, a seated four-course dinner, as well as a performance by The Sarasota Ballet and dancing to DJ Karim. The countdown to the new year culminates with a champagne toast and a perfect view of the fireworks overlooking Sarasota Bay when the clock strikes midnight. 

Event runs from 7pm-1am and tickets start at $300. Find more details and snag your gala tickets here.

New Year's Rooftop Soiree at The Westin

the westin rooftop
The Westin Rooftop

Head to one if the tallest buildings of Downtown Sarasota at The Westin's rooftop for a sensational soiree. Bring in the New Year right with the stunning rooftop views of downtown and arguably one of the best views of the firework show that will take place at Sarasota Bayfront Park. The Rooftop Soiree is 21+ and will feature a DJ, two bars, a dance floor, party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

The event runs 9pm-1am. Tickets begin at $100 and can be purchased here.

Mango Drop NYE Party & Celebration at Hotel Venezia

Sunny Jim and John Patti are ringing in the New Year with a three-day celebration at the Hotel Venezia in Venice.  The festivities begin on Friday, Dec 30 with a Meet n' Greet at the hotel where James and John will welcome you to the party.  We'll have hors d'oeuvres and there is a cash bar in the room.  The next evening we'll celebrate with dining and dancing to the music of Tropicool - original Troprock songs and old Caribbean favorites. At midnight,  the "Mango will Drop" with the countdown and champagne will flow! Everyone receives a champagne toast to mark the new year.  On New Year's Day, enjoy an Acoustic Breakfast with Sunny Jim and John Patti. This will be the perfect way to start 2023 musically.

The hotel has arranged a great special rate for our guests, so book your room today. Learn more and purchase tickets here.