Ring in the New Year with a pineapple because The Pineapple Drop in Sarasota is back! This free annual Downtown Sarasota event brings over 20,000 people to the area to enjoy carnival rides, food and beer concessions, live music and the pineapple drop at midnight. Sponsored by the Sarasota Merchants Association, the pineapple drops at the corner of Main Street and Lemon Avenue. You won't just be standing around waiting for the drop, there will be live music with DJs and bands across four stages, games and activities for kids and special offers at local bars and restaurants. A fireworks display over the bay starts as soon as the pineapple is down.

If you're looking for an upscale red carpet event, The Sarasota New Years Eve Red Carpet ILLUMINATION Party hosted by event experts at Full Moon Productions is your ticket! 

This year's event will once again be at the historic waterfront Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. One of the remaining Art Deco gems in our area, the Auditorium is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Stunning hardwood floors, gorgeous nighttime views of Sarasota Bay, and soaring cathedral ceilings will provide the perfect backdrop for the biggest and most inclusive New Year's Eve celebration in the region.

The Sarasota Illumination Party gets started promptly at 9 p.m. with free valet parking and a red carpet entrance, with bottomless champagne and a top-shelf open bar available inside the party. A huge range of delicious, chef-created appetizers will be provided by Premiere Catering and JPan Sushi. The Auditorium's enormous and luxurious dance floor awaits your best moves, powered by live entertainment from live artists and DJs. It's all for a good cause too as the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is the beneficiary of the festivities. 

Get your tickets for the very best all-inclusive red carpet New Year's Eve event in Sarasota for $150. Be sure to get them now because the price increases to $200 at the door if there are any tickets available.

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