Ring in 2019 at the Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl
Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve Celebration!
Midnight Countdown to Feature Illuminated Anchor
The City of Fort Lauderdale is gearing up for the Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown, the annual premier New Year’s Eve celebration. Touted as one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Florida, this year’s free street festival is full of fun and excitement for both children and adults. Revelers will crowd downtown Fort Lauderdale on Monday, December 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. along S.W. 2nd Street between S.W. 2nd and S.W. 5th Avenues to wait with anticipation for the midnight countdown.
The midnight countdown will feature Fort Lauderdale’s larger-than-life illuminated anchor. The anchor, which debuted in 2015, will descend down from 100 feet in the air above the event’s main stage as the final seconds of 2018 tick down and we usher in the New Year.
The anchor measures 20 feet high and 17 feet wide. It weighs more than 700 pounds and features close to 12,000 LED lights. It is made of a steel framework with a grey mesh covering and is illuminated with lights positioned inside the frame. The anchor’s color-changing LED lights have a wide range of features and effects which will create a spectacular visual display for event-goers.
Downtown Countdown will feature a variety of activities for the whole family from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. including bounce houses, slides, face painting, games, contests, line dancing with DJ William Pennhouse, and free caricatures drawn by a team of talented sketch artists! Make sure to have your cameras ready to snap a selfie with special guest OBIE, the Orange Bowl Mascot, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Kids Countdown takes place at 7 p.m. on the main stage at S.W. 2 Street and S.W. 5 Avenue, and will feature the lighting of the anchor. Once the anchor is illuminated, it will remain on, showcasing a variety of colors and effects until the countdown at midnight.
At 7:45 p.m., live music kicks off on the main stage (S.W. 2 Street and S.W. 5 Avenue). Big City Dogs takes the main stage with their classic rock and blues until 9 p.m. Then, Pocket Change treats partygoers to a wide range of music including funk, R&B, soul, Motown, and dance party music from 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Family Fun Zone | 4:30 - 8:30 PM | Esplanade Park (400 SW 2 Street)
4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Inflatables, face painting, DJ with music, games and contests
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Special appearance by OBIE, the Orange Bowl Mascot
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Line dancing with DJ William Pennhouse
Plus, free caricatures drawn by a team of talented sketch artists!
Kids Countdown | 7:00 PM | Main Stage (SW 2 Street and SW 5 Avenue)
Join us for an early countdown at 7:00 pm in front of the main stage at S.W. 2 Street and S.W. 5 Avenue. See all the kids celebrate as we illuminate the iconic anchor. Once the anchor is illuminated, it will remain on showcasing a variety of colors and effects until the countdown at midnight.
Live Music and Entertainment | 7:45 PM – 1:00 AM | Main Stage (SW 2 Street and SW 5 Avenue)
7:45 PM - 9:00 PM - MAIN STAGE - BIG CITY DOGS
9:30 PM - 1:00 AM - MAIN STAGE - POCKET CHANGE
Beginning Monday, December 31, 2018 at 7:00 a.m., the following traffic restrictions will be in place (see map below):
(1) SW 2nd Street will be closed from SW 7th Avenue east to SW 1st Avenue;
(2) SW 2nd Street from SW 7th Avenue to SW 5th Avenue will be restricted to Broward Center for the Performing Arts employees, and Taxi, Uber, and Lyft pick up/drop off only;
(3) SW 2nd Avenue will be closed south of Broward Boulevard;
(4) Access to SW 3rd and SW 4th Avenues south of Broward Boulevard will be restricted to residents who live in the area and employees of businesses on those streets;
(5) SW 5th Avenue will be closed south of the parking garage entrance
Roads will reopen at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 1.
There will be two designated pick up/drop off areas for Taxi Cabs, Uber, and Lyft vehicles (see map below):
(1) The 100 block of SW 5th Avenue;
(2) SW 1st Avenue south of Broward Boulevard
Any other locations used for pick up/drop off will be strictly prohibited and citations will be issued. The designated areas are for Broward County permitted Taxi cabs, Uber and Lyft vehicles only. All other transportation services are prohibited.