Celebrating the New Year's Weekend: Southwest Florida Style!

SUSAN KOSCHALK December 29, 2023

As we bid farewell to the current year and eagerly await the dawn of 2024, Southwest Florida is gearing up for a spectacular New Year's weekend filled with festivities and fun. From craft festivals to rooftop parties, there's something for everyone to welcome the New Year in style.

1. Coconut Point New Year’s Weekend Craft Festival, Estero
Dive into creativity as artisans showcase their masterpieces, from life-size sculptures to custom ceramics and original paintings. With outdoor tents nestled among 113 stores and 25 restaurants, this two-day festival promises a unique shopping experience to kick off the New Year. Tell Me More

2. Downtown Countdown: New Year’s Eve Celebration, Fort Myers
The River District comes alive with the Downtown Countdown, featuring live music from bands and DJs, including the surfabilly sounds of Fort Myers' own The Patina Turners. Food trucks will tantalize your taste buds, leading up to a mesmerizing fireworks display and ball drop at midnight. Tell Me More

3. Fireworks Cruise with Pura Vida, Naples
Sail into the New Year with a colorful explosion aboard the Double Sunshine. Departing at 6 p.m., this two-and-a-half-hour cruise offers a front-row seat to the fireworks, leaving you with plenty of time for additional holiday festivities. Tell Me More

4. New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks Display at Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda
Join the party at Fishermen's Village with two bands, a midnight fireworks display, tarot card readings, face painting, and other family-friendly activities along the waterfront complex. Tell Me More

5. New Year’s at Luminary Hotel & Co., Fort Myers
The Luminary Hotel transforms its roof into a tropical oasis for a luau-inspired holiday party. Attendees can expect themed attire, a DJ from Black Tie Entertainment, food stations, and a midnight toast. Oxbow Bar & Grill adds a touch of the Roaring '20s with flapper girl looks and Gatsby extravagance.  

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6. New Year’s Celebration at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Tiburón
Elevate your New Year's Eve with an elegant affair at The Ritz-Carlton, featuring tables of seafood, meats, carving stations, and a Champagne bar. Little ones can indulge in a children’s buffet for a delightful holiday meal.  Tell Me More

7. New Year’s Celebration with Anthony Rodilla at Off the Hook Comedy Club, Naples
Bid adieu to 2023 with laughter at Off the Hook Comedy Club, featuring the comedic talents of Anthony Rodilla, known for his playful skits and characters posted on social media during the pandemic.  Tell Me More

8. New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl, Fort Myers
Kick off the celebration at The Standard Restaurant and explore the city's bar scene with a bar crawl that includes stops at Space 39 and Cowboy Up Saloon. Take home souvenirs like koozies and party beads to remember the night.  Tell Me More

9. New Year’s Eve with the Rewind Classic Rock Dance Band at Cape Cabaret, Cape Coral
Enjoy a throwback evening with the Rewind Classic Rock Dance Band playing hits from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. Prior to the show, relish in a happy hour and a four-course dinner.  Tell Me More

10. New Year’s Eve Rooftop Party at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Myers
Pop Champagne and savor hors d’oeuvres in your best cocktail attire as you overlook the Caloosahatchee River. With a front-row seat to the River District’s fireworks show, the oversized dance floor offers plenty of space to dance into 2024.  Tell Me More

11. New Year’s Eve 5k and 1-Mile Run, Fort Myers Beach
Start the New Year on a healthy note with a community race along the beautiful coastline of Fort Myers Beach. The run begins and ends at Diamondhead Beach Resort, where award medals are handed out in the hotel’s ballroom.  Tell Me More

12. 24 Carat Gold NYE Party at BURN by Rocky Patel, Naples
Sip on handcrafted cocktails and premium cigars selected for the evening's festivities. Embrace the golden theme and dress up in your most stylish golden accessories and apparel, anticipating exciting surprises throughout the night.  Tell Me More

Southwest Florida is ready to bid farewell to the old and usher in the new with an array of events catering to diverse tastes. Whether you prefer a tranquil cruise, a laughter-filled comedy show, or a rocking dance party, there's no shortage of ways to ring in the New Year in style. 


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