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Touted as one of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations in Florida, the Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown is a free street festival full of fun and excitement for children and adults.

Each year revelers pack downtown to ring in the New Year and see the magnificent lighted drop at midnight. Festivities for kids include bounce houses, inflatables, face painting, games, contests, dancing with the DJ, and a special kids countdown. When night falls, the party begins for adults with live music!

Saturday, December 31  |  4:30 PM – 1 AM

Entertainment Schedule

  • Family Activities – 4:30-8:30 PM
    (Bounce Houses, Inflatable Slides, Face Painting, Pony Rides)
  • Kids Countdown – 7 PM
  • Big City Dogs – 5:30-8:55 PM
  • Juanabe – 9:30-11:59 PM
  • Anchor Drop/Countdown to Midnight – 11:59 PM
  • Juanabe – 12-1 AM


Visit our Photo Albums page to see our complete Downtown Countdown gallery.



Logos of Downtown Countdown sponsors: City of Fort Lauderdale, Orange Bowl, Ambetter from Sunshine Health, and Modelo


Coming to Downtown Countdown? The map below shows all of the parking information you will need. Parking sites #1 and #3 are the closest to the event followed by #2 and #4. Stay safe!

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