…And beats will thump harder.

Many parties will rage until the clock reads 00:00, but one of the best shindigs to hole up at has got to be the totally free Downtown Countdown at Esplanade Park, beginning tonight at 8. The party proper will have family friendly activities like a bounce house, face painting, games, and music from local rock outfit Grindstone. But what really makes this party a must is its proximity to all the clubs and bars around Himmarshee and Riverfront — including a no-holds-barred blues bash at the Downtowner Saloon (also free). The park is at the corner of SW 2nd St. and SW 5th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-828-PARK.
Wed., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., 2008
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