Beginning at 6pm this Friday, December 31, Downtown Long Beach will host a free New Year’s Eve celebration featuring live performances by The Saps, Wayward Sons and famed Neil Diamond cover band Super Diamond.
New Year’s Eve in Downtown will begin with a family-friendly event in the waterfront amphitheatre at Rainbow Harbor followed by a high-energy street party in the Pine Avenue dining and entertainment district.
Beginning at 6pm, Downtown’s waterfront amphitheatre will come alive with a flurry of activities and roaming performers, including magicians, face painters and balloon artists.
At 7:30pm, The Saps will take the stage with a live performance of upbeat 80s tunes that will keep the crowd going until 9pm, when the East Coast countdown to midnight culminates with a nine-minute firework display from Rainbow Harbor’s lighthouse peninsula.
The outdoor party will start on Pine Avenue, from First to Third Streets. Wayward Sons will open the show at 9pm, with a mix of rock music that will set the tone for the event headliner Super Diamond, a celebrated Neil Diamond cover band featuring lead singer “Surreal Neal.” Super Diamond will play up until midnight when the countdown to 2011 begins.
Five outdoor bar areas will serve a variety of spirits and food throughout the night. Free transportation is available from 5pm-2:30am.