New Year's Eve For Free: Three Miami Events That Won't Cost You Anything

Categories: Around Town
Lex Hernandez
If this is what you're expecting, then this list is probably not for you.
Don't want to spend a ton of cash on New Year's Eve? Congratulations, you're an astute, fiscally responsible adult who knows how to have a good time within your means. Being cheap is enough reason to celebrate -- just look at those fools who drop $200 to $15,000 for a party at a crowded big name hotel nightclub to see an overrated DJ perform. Four hours of intangible pleasure are not worth four or more months of the credit card consequences.

It's been a long year and an even longer month, so why blow money you don't have on one night of partying like you're LeBron and Wade after winning the NBA Championships? It's true that Miami is brimming with fabulous options to ring in 2013, but here are the ones you can do for F-R-E-E.

Big Orange New Year's Eve Celebration At Bayfront Park
New York City may have the Big Apple dropping on New Year's Eve, but we have a Neon Orange rising to the top. The 35-foot Orange perched on the side of Downtown's InterContinental Hotel begins its 400-foot ascent at 6 p.m. (You may recall that Mayor Tomas Regalado renamed the thing "La Gran Naranja" in honor of the 500th anniversary of Florida's discovery by Ponce de Leon).

With music by Tony the Hitman, this is probably your best bet for a free dance party. The pre-show festivities begin at 7 p.m. and the main show begins at 9 p.m. "La Gran Naranja" reaches the top at the stroke of midnight and culminates with a fireworks display and laser light show over an ever-glistening Biscayne Bay.
Monday, December 31, 7 p.m., Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550;

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@MiamiNewTimes it' MONDAY dec 31st not saturday

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