Thursday, December 31, 2009

What to do in Tucson on New Year's Eve 2009

There are tons of places to go and choices for ringing in the New Year.

I am not getting paid for any of these suggestions so they are in no particular order or preference. Just a few random ideas if you're looking for inspiration.

First Night Tucson: This is the second First Night. Its an alcohol free, family friendly event. You will need a First Night button to get into some things in the downtown area. Start your exploration of everything downtown at the TCC box office (cause that's where you can buy the buttons!) The Tucson Children's Museum does some stuff for New Year's Eve related as well that is kid friendly. Website: Click here

Murder mystery? There's something different to ring the New Year. Try Four Points Sheraton at Speedway and Campbell. Starts at 7:30 p.m.

All of the area casinos are throwin' down for New Year's Eve. Good news if you go there is that they don't close. So the party and fun can go all night (even if they stop serving liquor at 2 a.m. you don't have to leave).

Every bar is open and overcharging for drinks, cover and everything else. You'll want to brave the crowds if you don't feel like spending it alone. Bring plenty of money and be aware that alcohol patrols by the police are heavy on New Year's Eve. Oddly enough, New Year's Eve brings a lower than average number of DUI's because people are super concious of it. Cabs are hard to get unfortunately. You'll have to be patient if you call one.

TV is loaded up again this year. From Carson Daly on NBC, Ryan Seacrest on ABC, and Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper on CNN you'll be able to watch the ball drop in Times Square while more than a million New Yorkers freeze their asses off. It is interesting that MTV doesn't do anything from Times Square anymore now that they don't have their studios there. They are airing a new episode of Jersey Shore instead.

I am not doing any kind of event for the radio station. Odd I'm not working on New Year's Eve but it has happened occasionally. I haven't figured out what I'm doing as I write this but whatever it will be it'll be fun to ring in 20-KEN!