Posted by: Nancy
December 22, 2010
It’s a Tempe institution, a family-friendly celebration that has been a part of the community since 1984. It’s Arizona’s biggest New Year’s Eve bash and one of the largest in the U.S.—it’s the Fiesta Bowl Block Party. From 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Mill Avenue, between 3rd Street and University Drive, will become party central with revelers of all ages gathering to ring in 2011.
The block party is known for its live music performed all evening on several stages scattered throughout the Mill Avenue District. This year more than 20 bands will keep things rocking. Then at 10:45 p.m., the East Valley’s own Jimmy Eat World will perform on the main stage through the final count down.
Although the live music is a major part of the block party, there’s a lot more going on during the evening. Roaming street theater performers will include a magician/juggler, magician/slight-of-hand artist, a stilt walker and a fiery unicyclist.
More magic, mixed with comedy, will have party-goers in stitches at the Circle of Illusion. DJ Rob will keep things hopping at the Center-of-Block-Party Video Dance Club; a giant slide, a Ferris wheel and other fun rides and activities will be found at the Carnival Zone. Kids and their families will find stage performances, activities and hands-on crafts just for them at the Kid’s Zone presented by Radio Disney.
There will be plenty of refreshments available at the Bud Light Beer Garden, College Football Sports Club, Fiesta Food Court and other restaurants and night spots in the Mill Avenue District.
Everything comes to a big, beautiful, glorious crescendo of music and fire works twice during the evening. To accommodate families and others who might not make it to midnight, the first fireworks display takes place at 10 p.m. At midnight the final display, complete with confetti and Jimmy Eat World, will usher in 2011.
The Fiesta Bowl Block Party is an evening to remember; it’s no wonder it’s been named one of the top ten places in America to ring in the new year by USA Today.
For more information and to purchase tickets to the Fiesta Bowl Block party, visit http://www.fiestabowl.org/index.php/events/blockparty/. For more information on other arts and cultural events in Tempe, visit www.TempeScene.com and www.TempeTourism.com.