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New Year’s Eve 2014: Events in the Buffalo area

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First Night Buffalo – Tuesday, December 31st from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. in downtown Buffalo. It’s Buffalo’s biggest drug- and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration, with family activities throughout the evening. Tickets are $8 in advance at WNY Wegmans stores, children 2 and under are free; tickets will be $10 at the door. Find out more about First Night at

Hard Rock Café New Year’s Eve Guitar Drop –Tuesday, December 31st beginning at 8 p.m. at the Hard Rock Café Niagara Falls USA, 333 Prospect St. in Niagara Falls. The fifth annual Guitar Drop will feature a free outdoor concert from Living Colour with special guests Breakerbox and Randle & The Late Night Scandals. Food and beverages will be available on the street and in the Hard Rock Heated Party Tent, open to the general public. Find out more about the event at the HRC website.

New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Soiree – Tuesday, December 31st beginning at 8:30 p.m. at Acqua, 2192 Niagara St. in Buffalo. Admission includes four hours of open bar (9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.), hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast and midnight buffet. General admission tickets are $75 (limited seating or standing room), and VIP passes are available for $100 (guaranteed seat, private bar and food service and waitress service). Find out more here.

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