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Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral

Where to celebrate New Year's Eve in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral
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Ready to roar into the 2020s? So are lots of other local bars and venues, and they’ve got fireworks, parties and more planned to help you ring in the next decade on New Year’s Eve. 

Here are some of the biggest, coolest events happening in Southwest Florida. But check your favorite local bars and venues to see what they’re planning, too.


South Cape New Year’s Eve Trolley: Ride trolleys throughout downtown Cape Coral on New Year’s Eve and stop at different bars and venues for specialty drinks, live music and more. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $17 wristband includes unlimited trolley rides, a pair of light-up glasses and specially priced drink specials ($12 for designated drivers). Custom drinks are $2.50 each. Check-in happens at Big John Plaza and in front of Dixie Roadhouse, downtown Cape Coral.

Champagne corks will be popping all over Southwest Florida on New Year's Eve.

South Cape NYE Ball Drop: This block party includes food trucks, street performers, kids games, live music from funky rock band Soulixer, a deejay, a vendor village and a big “beach ball” drop at midnight. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free. All ages are welcomed. Southeast 47th Terrace between Southeast Ninth Place and Southeast 11th Place.

NYE at Fathoms: This Roaring 20s-themed party includes a three-course surf-and-turf dinner, dessert from local chocolatier Norman Love, a glass of Champagne, rock cover band Soapy Tuna (8 p.m-1 a.m.) and a ball drop (but no fireworks this year). Reservations required. Three seating times at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Costumes encouraged. $80. Fathoms Restaurant & Bar in Cape Harbour Marina, 5785 Cape Harbour Drive, Unit 106, Cape Coral. 542-0123 or

Soapy Tuna

New Year’s Eve Dance Party: Dance your way into the new year at this party with deejays Bio Bane and Audax spinning dance, hip-hop, new wave and synthwave music. Includes a free drink at midnight. 9 p.m. Free. Ollies Pub, 1019 Cape Coral Parkway E., Cape Coral. 540-7867 or

Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Celebration at Eight-Foot: This themed party includes free hors d’oeuvres and a Champagne toast at midnight, plus music and dancing the Charleston. Costumes are encouraged. 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Free. Eight-Foot Brewing, 4417 S.E. 16th Place, Unit 11, Cape Coral. 984-2655 or

New Year’s Eve at the Moose Lodge: Celebrate at The Moose with a buffet dinner, live entertainment, party favors and a midnight Champagne toast. 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. $15. Moose Lodge 2199, 155 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral. 458-8708 or

New Year’s @Nice Guys: The annual party includes pizza, of course, plus appetizers, an open bar and a Champagne toast at midnight. 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. $40. Tickets required. Nice Guys Pizza, 1334 Cape Coral Parkway E., downtown Cape Coral.  549-7542 or

Children dance around by the Naples Pier beach as the the City of Naples concludes their New Year's Eve firework display on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.


Downtown Countdown: This huge outdoor party features live bands on four stages, deejays, food trucks and a ball drop at midnight at Bay and Hendry streets. 8 p.m. to midnight. Free. Many downtown bars and venues will also have live bands, drink specials and more. Downtown Fort Myers. or

New Year’s Celebration at Rhythm House: Celebrate with dinner, dessert, party favors, a Champagne toast at midnight and live music by Pearl, CJ & Dori. 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. $55 (or $100 per couple). Rhythm House, 16440 U.S. 41 S., south Fort Myers. 466-8326

New Year’s Eve cruise: Pure Florida celebrates the day with a cruise sailing from Fort Myers. Features drink specials and view of the sunset. 4:30-6 p.m. $35 includes one free drink. $17.50 admission for children. Reservations required. Departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, 2360 W. First St., Fort Myers. 263-4949  or

New Year’s Eve Sunset Dolphin Cruise: Watch the sun set from the waters of Captiva and Sanibel islands and perhaps see some dolphins, too. Listen to tropical music and eat Champagne strawberry cupcakes. Feel free to bring your own wine or Champagne. 5-6:30 p.m. $39 includes free soft drinks, water and cupcakes. Adventures in Paradise, 14341 Port Comfort Road, south Fort Myers. 472-8443 or

NYE Bash: Society bills this event as three parties at one location. Three different musical acts perform in three different parts of the restaurant/music venue: The Ben Allen Band in the Treehouse, Mister Gray in Society Lounge and DJ Tanke in the West Room. The event’s theme is Dance through the decades, and people are encouraged to wear clothes from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s or now. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $20-$150 admission includes an appetizer buffet, a midnight Champagne toast and party favors. Society at Bell Tower Shops, 13499 Bell Tower Drive, Suite E-518, south Fort Myers. 334-0900 or

New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance Cruise: Celebrate the New Year during a 3½ hour cruise on the Caloosahatchee River. The Capt. JP paddle-wheel boat leaves at 9 p.m. The cruise includes a buffet dinner, music for dancing, party favors, a Champagne toast and cash bars. 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. $70 plus taxes. JC Cruises, 1300 Hendry St., downtown Fort Myers. 334-7474 or

Downtown Fort Myers on New Year's Eve. This photo is featured in the 2017 book “Fort Myers, City of Palms — A Contemporary Portrait” by photographer Ilene Safron and News-Press journalist Amy Bennett Williams.


New Year’s Eve Dinner: Harvest & Wisdom presents a 1920s-inspired multi-course New Year’s Eve dinner. The five-course menu — inspired by a menu created for Calvin Coolidge for New Year’s Eve in 1924 — includes a choice of entrée and complimentary glass of Champagne. In addition to the full wine list, Harvest & Wisdom’s sommelier has selected wines from the restaurant’s cellar to pair perfectly with the 1920s era menu. $125 per person plus gratuity, tax is included. Two seatings beginning at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Reservation required. 949-0749 or 

New Year’s Black and White Party: DeRomo’s is pleased to present comedian Frank Del Pizzo. Del Pizzo has entertained diverse crowds as the opening act for legendary comedians, from Sam Kinison to Rita Rudner. This New Jersey native makes people laugh with his true-to-life stories and irreverent perspective. His hilarious routines have entertained audiences from New York to Las Vegas. Ticket price includes a three-course dinner, a champagne toast at Midnight and noisemakers and hats. $150 per person. Reservations to be made online. 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 26811 South Bay Drive, Bonita Springs. 

New Year’s Eve Grand Buffet Dinner: Featuring multiple chef’s carving stations, a seafood bar, prepared entrees, a dessert bar and live music by Chris and Jean Sidwell. $97 for adults, $45 for children 5 to 12. 6 to 9 p.m. Ring in the New Year with DJ Buzze Ford at Belvedere Lounge from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs. 390-4398

New Year’s Eve White Party: Come enjoy delicious food, a live DJ, a photo booth, dancing, signature Cocktails, a full bar and more. $74.95 per person. Reservation required.11920 Saradrienne Lane, Bonita Springs. 263-6979 or 

New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance: Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a full meal and entertainment by Billy Dean and Dawn. 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Prices begin at $80. Reservation required. 9501 Spring Run Blvd, Estero. 949-0707 or


Naples New Year’s Eve Fireworks: Naples residents and visitors are welcome to celebrate the incoming new year and decade the city beach, north and south from the Pier. Bring your own chairs or blankets and pick a spot along the water to watch the 30-minute display. Fireworks begin at 7 p.m. Free. 25 12th Ave. S., Naples. 213-7120 or

New Year’s Eve at Celebration Park: Enjoy live music all night, a toast at midnight, free samples, giveaways, games and great food. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. 2880 Becca Ave., Naples. 316-7253

New Year’s Eve Cruise: The cruise features a dinner selected at the time of reservation, refreshments, music and entertaining narration from Pure Florida’s captain, followed by the fireworks show from the Naples Pier. $115 per person includes one complimentary drink ticket. 6 to 9 p.m. 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. 263-4949

Caffe Milano New Year’s Eve Party: Seating available 4 to 9:30 p.m., with an a la carte menu being served through 7 and two different pre-fixed menus at 7 and 9:30 p.m. $95 for the 7 p.m. menu, $120 for the 9:30 p.m. menu. Music provided by a DJ will begin at 9:30 p.m. Limited seating, reservation required. 800 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. 692-8480 or

New Year’s Rockin’ Eve at Whiskey Park: Ring in the new decade with the dueling pianos of Tommy Smith and Paul Nicodemi with all favorite sing-along tunes. Champagne toast and party favors included with cover. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 3380 Mercantile Ave., Naples. 263-6777 or

The City of Naples put on a half hour New Year's Eve firework display for thousands of people who gathered at the Naples Pier on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.

Comedian Vic Dibitetto: Dibitetto performs at Off The Hook Comedy Club. He’s hosted Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV, headlined The Three Tenors (who can’t sing) Tour across the country in 22 cities. Tickets include a three-course meal with choice of beef, chicken or shrimp dinner and a Champagne toast. Following the show will be music and dancing. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. $80 per person. 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite No. 1100, Naples. 239-389-6901 or

New Year’s Dance Party: Enjoy a high-vibing fun way to start the new year with dancing, friends and great music. Music styles will be primarily Salsa and Bachara with some Merengue, Cha Cha, Latin Hustle and Rumba. 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 580-8013 or 

Winter Wonderland New Year’s Eve: Come ring in the new year at Cavo, where DJ John will be spinning from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. $60. For reservations and special VIP packages, call or text 292-7636.

Public Holiday Lights Tour: The Holiday Lights Tour of Naples is a two-hour trolley ride along Third Street South and Fifth Avenue South. Then it is on to Victoria Park, one of Southwest Florida’s most decorated neighborhoods. There you can enjoy the sights and sounds of 300 plus decorated homes all set to holiday music. Feel free to bring along snacks and beverages. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. 1010 Sixth Ave. S., Naples. 260-3272 or


Fireworks at CJ’s on the Bay: CJ’s offers a fun-filed New Year’s Eve party including seafood selections and an outdoor deck that delivers a panoramic view of the Naples Pier fireworks. 740 North Collier Blvd No. 105, Marco Island. 389-4511 or

Marco Walk Plaza: Featuring restaurants open late into the evening, this open-air plaza has a range of small boutiques and restaurants including DaVinci’s Ristorante Italiano featuring a special New Year’s Eve menu. 599 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. 954-232-5831 or


New Year’s Eve Bash at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa: A family-friendly event with contests, a fire dancer show, stilt walker “Way Too Tall” Torrie, steel-drum music, a deejay, karaoke, cornhole, face painting, s’mores, pingpong, basketball, a football toss, inflatables, a countdown toast, an island-style buffet and more. 6:30 p.m. to midnight. $80 ($30 for children ages 4-12). Reservations suggested. Sundial Beach Resort, 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island.


Fort Myers Beach Birthday Party and New Year’s Eve Celebration: This annual New Year’s Eve bash goes hand-in-hand with the town’s birthday celebration. The birthday party starts with free cupcakes from noon to 1 p.m. at Times Square, followed by live music for the rest of the day with Remedy (noon to 5 p.m.) and High Tide (7 p.m. to midnight). The celebration ends with a ball drop and fireworks off the pier at midnight. Organizers are still actively raising money for the fireworks display. For information on donating, visit Noon to midnight. Free. Times Square, 1021 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach.

New Year’s Eve party at Parrot Key: Annual party with a four-course dinner, party favors, a Champagne toast at midnight and live entertainment. The Fort Myers Beach fireworks can be seen from restaurant decks. 6 p.m. to midnight. $60. Reservations recommended. Parrot Key Caribbean Grille, 2500 Main St., Fort Myers Beach. 463-3257 or


Early Bird New Year’s Eve Party: Yard Dog Charlie provides the “Florida swamp music” for this early party that includes hats, horns and a big Champagne toast and celebration at “midnight” — actually 9 p.m. Starts at 6 p.m. Free admission. Woody’s Waterside, 3051 Stringfellow Road, St. James City. 283-5555 or


Fishermen’s Village New Year’s Eve Celebration: Celebrate the holiday with fireworks, a deejay, a photo booth, dancing, magic shows, tarot card readings, face painting and more. 6 p.m. to midnight. Free. Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-8721 or


Jazzy New Year: Natalie Barber’s jazz trio sets the mood for this party with a four-course meal and a midnight toast. 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. $95. JD’s Jazz Club, 1951 U.S. 41, Port Charlotte. 941-255-0994 or


Proud to be an American New Year’s Eve Party: The American Legion celebrates the new year and patriotism with party favors, a Champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres, rock cover band Siren and a dinner featuring either chicken marsala or prime rib. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. $30 for dinner and party, $10 for party only. American Legion Post 323, 1124 Ashlar Ave, Lehigh Acres. 369-3178 or


New Year’s Eve fireworks show and party: The LaBelle Brewing Co. celebrates 2020 with fireworks, food from Sprout Catering and  jazz band Hot Club SRQ. 7 p.m. to past midnight. Tickets are $25 and include one beer. They’re sold on or at the brewery. LaBelle Brewing Co., 670 W. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle.

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