10 ways to welcome Alabama into 2023
The start of 2023 comes this weekend, and if you’re not getting together with friends and family to count down the New Year at home, there are plenty of events across the state to attend.
Here’s a list of 10 ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Alabama:
Location: Jeff & Blues
Start time: 8:00 p.m
Adjacent to Huntsville’s new Orion Amphitheater, Jeff & Blues will host a disco-themed New Year’s Eve party starting at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40 in advance and are $50 at the door. Partygoers will enjoy ice skating at Orion, a dance floor, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.
Venue: Mars Music Hall
Start time: 8:30 pm
For a $10 cover charge, you can enjoy live classic rock in downtown Huntsville at the Von Braun Center’s newest music venue: Mars. The concert will feature the local band, the UnOrthoDox, and will start at 8:30 p.m
Location: Tin Roof
Start time: 18:00
Tin Roof Birmingham welcomes guests to celebrate the 2023 New Year. There will be live music from Jackson Cannon and Sean Mac, as well as a DJ. Of course, all guests will receive a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight.
If pop, rock and country aren’t your taste, join conductor Carls Izcaray and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra for classical performances and champagne at the University of Alabama Birmingham’s (UAB) Jemison Concert Hall. For this New Year’s event, the orchestra will allude to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s classic New Year’s Day performance.
Let’s be honest. Kids don’t always have an easy time staying up until midnight. For a more kid-friendly New Year’s Eve experience, visit the McWane Science Center in Birmingham. On Dec. 31, McWane will welcome guests to regular admission for a fun learning experience.
For the country folk eager to ring in the new year, local Southern rock and country group Trey Gutherie & Dirt Road Republic will perform at Auburn’s premiere ATV Park, Boggin’ on the Plains. Guests can get a weekend pass for $40 or attend on Saturday for just $20. Children 10 and under get in free.
For adults in Montgomery looking to float on a riverboat in 2023, look no further. Harriott II will take you down the Alabama River with a fully stocked bar and food from the Wheelhouse Grille. On this two-hour cruise, there will be entertainment on three riverboat decks and a fireworks display at midnight.
Location: The Wharf
Start time: 17:00
The Wharf at Orange Beach’s “Reelin’ in the Year” street party will kick off at 5pm on New Year’s Eve and will feature music from DJ Silky, the 88 Lick Dueling Pianos and the Park Band. The Orange Beach Marlin will drop at midnight, and guests can watch fireworks go off over the Wharf. This event is free to attend.
Start time: 18:00
Legendary Gulf Coast bar Flora-Bama celebrates the New Year from 6pm with an all-you-can-eat dinner and live music on all three stages. The food will continue until 2023 with a breakfast buffet. Of course, the party will continue into New Year’s Day with another iconic Flora-Bama tradition: the afternoon Polar Bear Dip, where thousands will jump into the now chilly Gulf of Mexico.
Location: Downtown Mobile
Start time: 8:00 p.m
Watch the iconic 600-pound electric Mobile MoonPie descend as Alabama enters 2023 in downtown Mobile. The MoonPie drop will follow the cutting of the world’s largest MoonPie. Afterwards, there will be a laser light show and a fireworks display. There will also be several musical performances throughout the evening from The Port City Secondliners and the Jukebox Brass Band, Red Clay Strays and Levon Grey. The event is also free to attend.
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