Downtown Long Beach will host a massive celebration this New Year’s Eve with two incredible events beginning at 5 p.m.

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Downtown Long Beach will host a massive celebration this New Year’s Eve with two incredible events beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 31, 2011.

Produced and sponsored by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), New Year’s Eve in Downtown will begin with a family-friendly event in the Waterfront Amphitheater at Rainbow Harbor followed by a high-energy street party on Pine Avenue.

Family-Friendly FREE Waterfront Celebration

Beginning at 5 p.m., Downtown’s waterfront amphitheater will come alive with a flurry of activities and roaming performers, including magicians, face painters and balloon artists. Local live bands Them Novus and CPO & The SAPS will serve up family-friendly music and a trackless train will offer free rides along the esplanade between the Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village. At 9 p.m., the sky will come alive for an East Coast countdown with a ten minute fireworks spectacular from Rainbow Harbor’s lighthouse peninsula. Don’t miss the final hour of live music as families welcome the New Year together.

Wayward Sons Headline Pine Avenue Celebration

Kicking off at 7 p.m., this year’s Pine Avenue event will encompass two-square city blocks for a massive outdoor celebration.

Love Fool will open the show with a rocking 90s set and in keeping with the countdown theme, they’ll be back for a 80s mix that will set the tone for the event headliner. Wayward Sons, a celebrated 70s cover band, will wow the crowd for two hours and will rock ‘n roll right up until midnight, when the countdown to 2012 will begin.

Six outdoor bar areas will serve up a variety of spirits, allowing guests to enjoy food and beverages throughout the venue without missing a minute of live music.

Tickets are $10 in advance.  Click here to buy your tickets now.  Due to time constraints, tickets currently purchased online must be picked up in person (with valid ID) at the DLBA offices (100 West Broadway, Ste 120, Long Beach, CA 90802) on Thursday or Friday, December 29 and 30, 2011 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., or at George’s Greek Café (135 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802) on Saturday, December 31, 2011 between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Tickets at the door are $15.

For nearby parking, please view our parking map here.

The DLBA has partnered with Long Beach Transit to sponsor free transportation from 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

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