BANGOR — Downtown Countdown 2011: Rhythm of Life, 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, in West Market Square. Countdown and New Year’s Eve celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. This year includes VIP buttons available for purchase for a VIP venue and chance to win prize packages. Transportation between venues will be provided by the BAT bus. Call Downtown Bangor Partnership for information at 992-4234.
BANGOR — New Year’s Eve celebration, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road. All-inclusive tickets $125 a couple, which includes a dinner buffet 7:30-8:30 p.m., hors d’oeuvres 8:30-10:30 p.m., and an open bar and Champagne toast at midnight. Dancing 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. You must be at least 21. Tables seat 10. For information, call 941-8700 or visit www.spectaculareventcenter.com.
BANGOR — Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway New Year’s Eve Red Carpet event with reality TV stars Jordan Lloyd and Jeff Schroeder from the hit CBS shows “Big Brother” and “The Amazing Race,” with music by disco party band Motor Booty Affair starting at 9 p.m. Lloyd and Schroeder will be mingling, signing autographs and posing for photos with guests on the casino floor throughout the evening and into the new year. New Year’s accommodation, dinner and breakfast packages also available. For information, call 877-779-7771 or visit www.hollywoodslots.com.
BAR HARBOR — First Night celebration in Bar Harbor, Friday, Dec. 31. A family event that includes hayrides 5-7 p.m., a bonfire and other events during afternoon and evening. For information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 800-345-4617.
BELFAST — Fourteenth annual New Year’s By The Bay, 3 p.m. to midnight Friday, Dec. 31, featuring a cultural, family-oriented, chemical-free celebration held at many venues throughout the city. For a complete schedule and more information, visit www.nybb.org.
BLUE HILL — Last Night Celebration, 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Dec. 31, at multiple venues throughout the town featuring more than 20 performances including music, dance, theater, poets and children’s activities. The main event kicks off from 6 to 7 p.m. with Flash in the Pans classical and jazz repertoire at the Blue Hill Congregational Church. Details and an updated performance schedule are available at www.flashinthepans.org
MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — First Night New Year’s at MDI YMCA: 4:30-5 p.m. family and individual activities; 5-5:30 p.m. family Zumba class; 5:30-6:30 p.m. potluck dinner with food items donated by Geddy’s, Mother’s Kitchen and the Thirsty Whale Tavern; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Flick ’n’ Float featuring “Home Alone.” For information, contact the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce at 288-5103, or the MDI YMCA at 388-3511.
ORONO — New Year’s Eve dance with Rockin’ Ron and the New Society Band, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at the Orono American Legion Hall. Admission is $25 per person, $40 per couple. Hotel, dance and limousine packages are $109 per couple. For information, call 299-5153.